ST. LOUIS -- Miguel Cabrera might be the best hitter in baseball, but the Angels might have someone just as good in their lineup next season.
And, no, Tony La Russa was not talking about Mike Trout.
For the first 11 years of his career, Albert Pujols played for La Russa and the St. Louis Cardinals. The two men remain close; La Russa said he spoke with Pujols last week and said the first baseman is in good health and good spirits.
"All he has to do is be healthy," La Russa said Sunday, before Game 4 of the World Series.
"If he's healthy, there will be no better hitter in either league. He didn't do this accidentally for 11 years."
In the first two years of his 240-million contract with the Angels, Pujols has had the worst two seasons of his career. The three-time National League MVP played a career-low 99 games last year, hobbled by plantar fasciitis in his left foot. The inflamed tissue eventually tore, and Pujols and the Angels believe that should resolve the issue.