Found February 13, 2012 on i70baseball:
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 recently, over some comments he made concerning his contract, and related discussions.  “I’m open to staying here.  I love the city.  I love the fans.  I love the ballpark.  But it’s out of my hands.”, Molina said.  Sentiments all too familiar to this fan base, who, by all rights is slow to trust anything that sounds remotely close to what Albert Pujols told them for so long. Winner of the 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011 Rawlings Gold Glove Award, and general all-around bad-ass, Yadier Molina The reigning (since 2008) Gold Glove catcher, has earned the Rawlings award, and in the most recent three years, wen...

Et Tu, Molina? (Pars Duo)

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...

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...

What to Expect in 2012: Albert Pujols

I’m working on case by case predictions for players. Number one on my list was Albert Pujols. As a Cardinal fan, I wanted to see what he could do in Los Angeles and what he could have done if he stayed in St. Louis. Just to look at my projections, here was what I had him at for 2011 before the season started. Year Age G R H HR RBI AVG OBP SLG 2011 Projected 31 136 91 151 27...

Angels about to feel power of Pujols

If the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim are expecting Albert Pujols to lead them to exciting places, culminating in a loud, successful run through October, it is neither unreasonable nor unrealistic.

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

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 ...

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.
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