What is the simplest way to annoy a fan of the Los Angeles? Tell them that Albert Pujols is a steroid user. That will really blow their minds. Albert Pujols is undoubtedly an eminent baseball player. Unfortunately, many baseballers have been busted for doping (HGH and illegal anabolic steroids). As for Albert, nobody knows exactly whether he resorted to such substances (like methandrostenolone, methandienone, testosterone enanthate) or not. Read this article and you will learn something, regarding the issue.
Albert Pujols and His Career in Baseball
José Alberto Pujols Alcántara is originally from Santo Domingo, where he was born on January 16, 1980. He is a Dominican player of the LA Angels – a club belonging to Major League Baseball (or MLB). The majority consider him one of the most prominent contemporary representatives of the baseball game. 2008 is the year of his recognition as the best slugger in MLB. A survey, in which the managers of 30 league’s teams participated, confirmed his status. In 2005, 2008 and 2009, he ranked the 1st position among the top National League’s players.
Pujols spent his childhood in the native town. The love for baseball was instilled by his father, Bienvenido, who encouraged his son from the early age. Albert considered Julio Franco the icon in this field. In 1996, Pujols and his family emigrated to America and settled in the bright City of New York. But such bustling megapolis didn’t suit the family, which relocated to Independence, Missouri. Here Albert entered the school of Fort Osage and graduated from it in 1998. Playing in a school team, he demonstrated enormous skills in baseball. He was twice titled the greatest player among students. He won sports scholarship of Maple Woods Community College in Kansas City in 1999. He spent a year, playing for a college team. After that he started his path on the professional arena. He was a member of the St. Louis Cardinals for about 10 years. In 2011 he became a free agent and signed a contract with the LA Angels for ten years (until 2021).
Pujols has several nicknames:
- “The Mang“;
- MV3 (with his colleagues Jim “Jimbo” Edmonds and Scott Rolen);
- El Hombre;
- Phat Albert;
- Big Al;
- Sir Albert;
- Prince Albert.
Albert Pujols’ 2017 Achievements
On June 04, 2017, Albert Pujols reached the historic mark of 600 knocked-out home runs, which he gained with the help of a grand slam. The most famous slugger managed to do it in a match against the Minnesota Twins. The sportsman knocked to the stands the pitch of Erwin Santana (the Twins’ starting pitcher) in the 4th inning.
He became only the 9th player in the history of MLB who had set that record by joining the following stars:
- Barry Bonds (762);
- Alex Rodriguez (696);
- Willie Howard Mays, Jr. (660);
- Jim Thome (612);
- Sammy Sosa (609), and others.
Also, the list comprises only 2 persons, born outside the US-Albert, namely Pujols and Sosa.
Pujols together with Aaron & Bonds became exclusive individuals, possessing 600 home runs and 600 doubles in the asset. Puchols’ grand slam contributed to the establishing of a new American record.
The player noted that he was extremely happy and satisfied to get such results and felt relief, since he experienced pressure from both his mentors and the whole society. It forced him to move forward and run on the field with the highest speed. He was very thankful to his wife (Deidre). She sent him a text message before the game, advising him to showcase all his power. She added that she heartily believed in her husband. Three times Albert has won the dignity of the most important player, and has participated in the All Stars game 10 times. There is no doubt that after his resign, he will be definitely included to the Hall of Fame – if he isn’t involved in any doping scandals, of course.
Albert Pujols’ Possible Retirement in 2021
In 2015, the information that the sport industry could say “good bye” to the world-class star, appeared. 2021 was announced as Albert’s expected resignation year. It shocked and worried fans significantly. They desperately tried to reveal and understand the reasons of such a decision. The sportsman belonging to the best hitters ever known in the entire baseball history could continue his career. His intention wasn’t clear for admirers. His managers stated, that the contract, signed between Pujols and Angels, was valid only until 2021. However, the baseballer stresses out that this is not a key motive for such action. He refutes the alleged career termination because of health deterioration. He also negates his inconsistency with current requirements to the athletes.
The icon of the modern baseball justifies the possible career completion by family matters. From those close to Albert Pujols, we know that his little daughter (Sophia) is a promising gymnast with a considerable potential. She is expected to be selected for the Olympic Games, planned for 2020 in Tokyo. A loving father wants to be with his kid at such important moments and provide assistance. He is ready to end his brilliant career for such purpose. However, at the time of the upcoming games his daughter won’t be sixteen, which casts doubt on her performing, since only people above 16 are permitted to participate in the Games of the XXXII Olympiad.
“The Machine” and 2020 Summer Olympics
Another assumptions of Albert Pujols’ desire to leave a big sport precisely in 2021 is connected with Olympic Games of 2020. Some presume he is willing to take part for professional gain. In 2016 the International Olympic Committee (IOC) resolved to add 5 new kinds of sport to the next Summer Games. At the session, IOC included baseball/softball, karate, skateboarding, surfing and rock climbing in the Games’ program. The likelihood that Albert will play for his native country on the national baseball team and help it gain a victory is almost one hundred percent. Nowadays, there is no data, concerning the rules, according to which the collective competitions will be organized and held. But for Pujols it’s a great chance to show all his capabilities and after the triumph, proudly end the remarkable way, filled with glory and universal love.
Albert Pujols: Steroids User or Clean Baseball Player?
Is it possible to find out whether a sportsman is clean or a cheater? Actually, the guesses remain assumptions until someone confesses. For example, in a 60-minute interview given in 2007, Alex Rodriguez denied using steroids. As far as Albert Pujols is concerned, he wasn’t added to the unconfirmed list of “juicers” leaked in 2003. So, we cannot say for sure that he is among them.