Monday, July 29, 2013

Albert Pujols - busted expectations

Pujols was going to be the savior of the organization, making the Angels a national brand in Major League Baseball through the next 10 years - putting up metronomic numbers for 162 games a year as the Angels muscled their way to dominate the American League West.

Now, Oakland has put out a better baseball product, Texas still has a decent baseball team and the Mariners will probably end up being better than the Angels at the end of the year - what a disappointment to see how things have fallen apart for the Angels, not knowing the downfall started with the signing of what was one of the dominant talents in the game over the last 10-15 years.

If Pujols had only pop a few more home runs, get a few more hits to raise tha BA or do enough things to get his OBP and slugging up, maybe I'd be more confident in him in 2013 - but he's put up sluggish numbers seemingly all season long, presumably because he had to nurse his bum foot on a game-to-game basis.

Now, with Pujols shelved for what most likely be the rest of the year, I have no rooting interest for the crap team the Angels have put together for 2013 - except for Mike Trout perhaps, who the F cares what the rest of the team does now that Pujols is a goner.

While I don't question Pujols' ability, smarts, desire or 'want it,' not even at these dire times - how is his broken down body going to allow him to become a relevant player again, even if come the start of next year, pronouncing himself healthy and ready to go.

I was naive in thinking Pujols would be the same player when he'd already been decline before he signed with the Angels - what a raw deal for the fans, since I don't think it's going to get better for him.

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