Found February 27, 2012 on
Each off-season seems to have something happen that we’ve never seen before, but this off-season has been different. We’ve seen sluggers change teams, prospect for prospect deals, suspensions over turned, and much more. I’ll be looking at the 10 craziest stories that fueled baseball this week.
First up, Albert Pujols and Yu Darvish.
Letting the Greatest Hitter Walk
Every hot stove season we see great players change teams – most by free agency, but some by trades. But it’s rare to see one of the greatest hitters in the history of the game walk away from the only team he’s known.
That’s what happened with Albert Pujols.
Pujols had spent the first 10 years of his career with the St. Louis Cardinals, collecting MVPs, World Series, and records galore. It was a good 10 years. The problem was he was under-paid for all of it. He signed a team friendly deal early in his career (the reasons for which are unknown; some think it’s because of the player he is, while other say his agent was near...
BEST OF MAXIM
Albert Pujols hasn't connected for his first homer and he's already having a powerful impact on the Los Angeles Angels.
The superstar slugger, who signed a $240 million free agent contract with the club in December, has impressed his new teammates with an unparalleled work ethic so far in spring training. Pujols has been one of the first players to report each morning and...
Tempe, AZ - Albert Pujols is the man.
Despite the preference of Albert Pujols not to be marketed as "El Hombre" by the Anaheim Angels, he is without question the man at the center of the Anaheim Angels attempt to win their first World Series Championship in 10 years.
Pujols, who built a close relationship with Hall of Famer and St. Louis Cardinal icon Stan...
Around Halloween last eyar, we were introduced to young child that was dressed up as Lil’ Ron Washington. This year at Spring Training, Yu Darvish is the hot attraction for the Texas Rangers. We already have a copy-cat of miniature version of the teams manager, but in the form of the newest member of the organization.
Darvish the Japaneses picture that the Rangers posted $51.7...
Albert Pujols hasn't connected for his first homer with the Angels, and he's already had a powerful impact on them.
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Before the clubhouse got crowded, before many of the television cameras showed up and before the Angels would conduct anything that closely resembled a real practice, Albert Pujols had been here -- in the backfields of the Tempe Diablo Stadium complex, getting his work in with very little fanfare, as he prepares for a 10-year career with the Angels.
The Angels will phase out use of the phrase "El Hombre" in marketing campaigns involving superstar slugger Albert Pujols.
(Eds: APNewsNow. With AP Photos.) By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer The offseason departures of sluggers Albert Pujols and Prince Fielder has left the NL Central wide open for the taking. There's no clear-cut favorite to win the division title in 2012.
It's up for grabs. And the Cincinnati Reds just might be the ones to snatch it.
With a revamped pitching staff, star first...
Coming off a year where they didn’t make the postseason but they got back in the mix, the Angels have a very good team. They have been one of the better teams in the American League over the past decade but had seen a decline in the last couple of years. They are back in a big way with the signings of Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson. This is a look at their 40 man roster in...
Nothing that happens in the Angels' camp this spring will be more closely scrutinized than every step Kendrys Morales takes on his attempted comeback.
Morales has not played since suffering a fractured ankle in May 2010. But his return to full health could further transform an Angels lineup that has already added first baseman Albert Pujols.
In the first week of camp, Morales...
Catcher Mike Napoli counted seven. That is how many different pitches Yu Darvish threw during his third live batting practice session on Wednesday.
SURPRISE, Ariz. You know it's a quiet day on the Yu Darvish front when he's not even the most popular Japanese pitcher in camp.
That honor went to Akinori Otsuka, who watched the Rangers practice and was a popular interview subject for the Japanese media. Otsuka spent his final two years in the majors pitching for Texas, saving 36 games over the 2006 and 2007 seasons.