Good God. That is up there for the worst contract ever. I mean, shit, even Sandoval's contract was only for five years.That's a bummer. It's amazing how his career took a nosedive the second he signed with the Angels. You would have figured he'd have one more bounceback year in him after he went there, but after his first season he never put up an .800 OPS.
When you put it that way, he's a pretty good hitter for a 57 year old.I wonder if his age will ever be confirmed. I know there's been questions about it and looking at his aging curve it certainly looks like he may have been older than reported when he came to the US.
Yea, his numbers are a lot more respectable if you think his actual age is 45-47 years old. That would paint him in a different light, but man is that Angels contract an all time cautionary tale. He was incredible with the Cards.I wonder if his age will ever be confirmed. I know there's been questions about it and looking at his aging curve it certainly looks like he may have been older than reported when he came to the US.
This is a good question. My best friend is a die-hard Cardinals fan and one of the biggest Pujols fanboys imaginable. He's convinced Albert is 3-4 years older than his listed age.I wonder if his age will ever be confirmed. I know there's been questions about it and looking at his aging curve it certainly looks like he may have been older than reported when he came to the US.
Miguel Cabrera is on deck and coming to the plate. 0 for his last 26 and due about $75 million through 2023.
Don't forget Mo Vaughn signing a then-record 6/80 contract after the 1998 season with LAA, then tumbling down the dugout steps chasing a pop fly on the first game of the 1999 season.The Angels have made some horrible signings that have prevented them from growing. Josh Hamilton before Pujols. This is the right thing to do but it is always so sad to see the great ones become mortal.
Ssssssppppppllloooooooge. Coffee splattering on the wall.It's crazy his career is ending before that ball he hit off Brad Lidge in the 2005 NLCS lands.
Not to derail but every time I see Hamilton's name I can't help but think of Cafardo's weekly jabs at the Sox for not being a serious franchise until they emptied their wallets for him.The Angels have made some horrible signings that have prevented them from growing. Josh Hamilton before Pujols. This is the right thing to do but it is always so sad to see the great ones become mortal.
RIP and everything, but god did Cafardo suck as the Sunday Notes guy
Thomas was a MUCH better hitter through his 30s. He lost significant time to injury but was still really good while out there.Besides Pedro and Manny, my 2 favorite players of all time are Pujols and Frank Thomas. I think Pujols had the better peak, but did Thomas have the better career?
The horrid part about Miggy's was that it was 100% unnecessary and almost guaranteed to always end terribly, and everyone said it the second it happened. They gave him an 8-244 extension (with 2 vesting options that will never vest at this point) when he still had 2 years left on his deal. Maybe they end up giving him a lot of money anyway, because he was still really good those last 2 years, but he's 4+ years into the extension and he's put up a grand total of -1.3 bwar.Miggy's could end up being worse because of the dollar amount/length, but Detroit got fair value (and more) early on. His numbers with the Tigers alone are borderline H of F, and he won two MVPs and also finished 2nd, 4th and 5th. four straight trips to the playoffs, including a world series. what sucks for the Tigers is having to pay the tail end, when they'd like to be rebuilding but are stuck with this albatross of a contract. But for his first 7-8 years in Detroit, he put up great numbers. Pujols never did anything in LA.
The Cards did offer him 8 years and $200 million, so the Angels may have saved the Cardinals from themselves, but St. Louis was right not to push their offer to Angels' levels.I despise the Cardinals but have to hand it to them, just an all time great non-move letting him walk. Absolutely unbelievable player for them and the timing couldn't have worked out better.
It probably goes without saying, but Barry Bonds walked more than he struck out for 17 of his 22 seasons. He didn't hit 40+ homers for all of those, but neither did Pujols for almost half his St. Louis seasons.The most amazing thing about Pujols while he was with the Cards was that every season other than his rookie year he struck our fewer times than he walked. He struck out between 50 and 70 times per year while hitting 40+ homers. I can't think of another player with that kind of K/BB ratio while hitting for power like that.