Future hall-of-famer Albert Pujols was released by the Angels Thursday, ending a decade-long run in Anaheim that saw him solidify his credentials as one of the game’s most feared power hitters.
“The Angels organization proudly signed Albert Pujols in 2011, and are honored that he has worn an Angels jersey for nearly half of his Hall-of-Fame career,” team owner Arte Moreno said in a statement. “Albert’s historical accomplishments, both on and off the field, serve as an inspiration to athletes everywhere, and his actions define what it means to be a true superstar.
“Since his Rookie of the Year season in 2001, Albert and his wife Deidre have generously given their time and resources to countless charities throughout the world,” Moreno said. “We are thankful to the entire Pujols family.”
A three-time MVP and 10-time all-star, Pujols ranks fifth all-time with 667 homes, fifth with 669 doubles and second with 2,112 RBIs. He also ranks fifth in total bases and fifth in extra-base hits.
He and Hank Aaron are the only players to ever accumulate 3,000 hits, 600 home runs and 600 doubles.
During his Angels career, he appeared in 1,181 games, amassing 1,180 hits, 214 doubles, 222 home runs and 783 RBIs.
Pujols, 41, is in the final year of his 10-year contract with the Angels, a deal worth $240 million.