Originally posted on Extra Pine Tar  |  Last updated 10/3/12

What a strange year it must have been for Albert Pujols. He went from winning the World Series and being the consensus biggest name in free agency, to having a worse batting average than Howie Kendrick. If the Angels wanted a .286 hitter who could get 100 RBI’s and 30 jacks, they could have just signed Big Papi for half the price.

It looks like the Cardinals came out victorious and those steadily declining Pujols numbers weren’t just an aberration. Somewhere, Tony La Russa is stirring a drink and reminiscing about better times. My guess is Pujols will be doing the same this offseason.

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