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A few years ago I wrote a cautionary piece foretelling the eventual departure of one Yadier Molina — SUPREME JEFFY MANCRUSH — if the Cardinals somehow didn’t resign Albert Pujols to a long, career stabilizing contract. I wrote it flippantly, thinking this will never happen in real life. And then real life hit. Albert Pujols is gone and Yadi doesn’t seem to be as in love with the Cardinals as the Cardinals faithful are in love with him: “I love the city. I love the fans, I love the park. But it’s out of my hands. Whatever they like to do is how it is … They let Albert [Pujols] go. It’s business for the team, too. It’s out of my hands.” (source) Um… wrong. One, dearest Yadier, it most certainly IS in your hands. And two, the Cardinals DID NOT “let Albert go.” They made him a very good offer, one that would most likely highjack the team for the latter half of this decade, one that would have made Albert a very, very, VERY rich man. And he declined. For more money. I don’t have a probl

Yadier Molina: He’s No Pujols

BREAKING NEWS: Yadier Molina is not Albert Pujols.  The catcher for the World Champion St. Louis Cardinals is entering the final year of his current contract, and, unless extended will become a free agent once the upcoming season ends.  And that’s about where the similarities between the redbirds’ catcher, and their former first baseman end. Molina, 29, has garnered some attention...

Holliday, Cards ready to fill void left by Pujols

ST. LOUIS Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday doesn't plan on forfeiting the upcoming season just because three-time MVP Albert Pujols decided to leave for the Los Angeles Angels in the offseason. As the Cardinals look to defend their World Series Championship, Holliday knows he and the rest of the team will just have to do a little bit more to make up for the nine-time All...

The Angel as guardian: Albert Pujols' charitable commitment

The Pujols Family Foundation seeks to enrich lives of families of children with Down syndrome and aid the Dominican Republic's impoverished. 'This is my passion,' he has said.Reporting from St. Louis -- Baseball is a game of endless numbers and statistics, but here's a line you've never seen before: From May 2005 through last May, Albert Pujols hit .527 (39 for...

Albert Pujols as a man among boys

The Angels' new slugger was impressive even in high school, but somehow there were 401 players drafted ahead of him.Reporting from Kansas City, Mo. — It's hard to fathom the trajectory of a ball hit from home plate at Liberty High to an air-conditioning unit on the roof of a two-story building behind the left-center field fence.

Albert Pujols' statistics: A little hiccup, or long-term decline?

The slugging first baseman's key numbers have dropped almost across the board for two consecutive years. The Angels, of course, hope that trend is reversible.Diminishing returns

Miggy and Pujols lead first basemen

Do you remember the days when trading card companies employed the "paint job" to update a player's team following a trade? OK, I suppose that I showed my age with that one in the age of digital photography. I can take the rumor-mongering of the blogosphere and speculation about deadline deals and create new looks for players in an instant. Fortunately, I don't...

Halo Headlines: Jerry Dipoto not eager to trade Bobby Abreu, the challenge of Albert Pujols switching leagues, Vernon Wells is in the best shape of his life

The February 14th, 2012 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels of ...

Video: SportsTalk: Who ya got? Pujols or Fielder?

SportsTalk: Albert Pujols signs with the Angels and Prince Fielder joins the Tigers. Which team is better now? (NBC Sports)

Pirates' division foes lose some punch

The Cardinals' Albert Pujols and the Brewers' Prince Fielder not only changed teams, but both also found new homes in the American League.

AL experienced seismic shift by adding Pujols, Fielder

Tim Lincecum thought about the seismic shifts of baseball's offseason, the ones that saw Albert Pujols and Prince Fielder migrate to the American League. "I think it's great," San Francisco's two-time Cy Young Award winner joked. "I won't have to pitch to them anymore." There's been a lot of change ...

Power shift to AL begins

Tim Lincecum thought about the seismic shifts of baseball's offseason, the ones that saw Albert Pujols and Prince Fielder migrate to the American League.

Sluggers add new life to American League

Tim Lincecum thought about the seismic shifts of baseball's offseason, the ones that saw Albert Pujols and Prince Fielder migrate to the American League. Michael Dwyer Associated Press Josh Berman, 7, of Framingham, Mass., watches as Red Sox equipment is loaded onto a truck Saturday outside Fenway Park in Boston. Attention shifts to baseball as spring training begins.
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