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On This Day: The Ryan Howard-Albert Pujols Blockbuster Swap That Never Was

Philadelphia Phillies 1B Ryan Howard with St. Louis Cardinals 1B Albert Pujols on Saturday, August 2, 2008, at Busch Stadium. (@Efreet69) By Matt Rappa, Sports Talk Philly editor Eight years ago today, on Monday, March 15, 2010, a rumored trade involving first basemen sluggers Ryan Howard and Albert Pujols took over by storm not only their respective spring training camps, but...
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Over/Under: Albert Pujols GIDP 22.5

Albert Pujols sets a new career MLB record every time he grounds into a double play. He’s hit into 362 thus far in his Hall of Fame career and that number can be expected to climb in 2019. That GIDP figure is a testament both to Pujols longevity (17 years in the league) and also to his bat being in the middle of the order and getting a lot of opportunities to hit into double plays...
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8 days ago

The 'Red Sox finally get their guy' quiz

We're just a little over a month away from Opening Day, and it appears MLB general managers are finally remembering there are some pretty talented players on the market.It was 10 days ago when the Cubs landed the best free agent starter in Yu Darvish, while the ink is still not dry on the eight-year, $144M deal the Padres gave Eric Hosmer to pry him out of Kansas City. But the winter...
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Rays drop All-Star Corey Dickerson after trading for CJ Cron

The Los Angeles Angels and Tampa Bay Rays made a trade on Saturday that led to a head-scratching move.The Angels traded first baseman/DH C.J. Cron to the Rays for a player to be named. To make room for Cron, Tampa Bay designated outfielder/DH Corey Dickerson for assignment. In case you don’t actually believe the news — and we didn’t at first — here’s the Rays’ official Twitter account...
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27 days ago  |  Discuss

Albert Pujols hopes to play more first base after losing weight

Albert Pujols is going from being considered dead weight to quite literally losing the dead weight this offseason.Speaking with reporters at camp on Friday, the Los Angeles Angels slugger revealed that he has lost 12-15 pounds since last season and is looking forward to playing more first base in 2018, per Mike DiGiovanna of the LA Times. Pujols, who was officially listed at 240...
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28 days ago  |  Discuss

Angels owner says they are thinking about Mike Trout extension

Los Angeles Angels owner Arte Moreno is not in a rush to extend Mike Trout, but he says the subject is on his mind.Trout signed a six-year, $144.5 million contract with the Angels in 2014 that carried him through 2020 and bought out some of his free agency years. Though he will still be with the Angels for a few more seasons, Trout is not the kind of player you want to let go. That...
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29 days ago  |  Discuss

Los Angeles Angels: The Albert Pujols Problem

In the 2017 season, Albert Pujols had by far one of the worst seasons of his career. Not only was he one of the worst performing players on the Angels, but one of the worst players in the league. The man was signed to a historic contract after the 2011 season with the St. Louis Cardinals who he had been with all of his career. Based on his track record with the Cardinals, he deserved...
December 24, 2017  |  Discuss

Astros use highly unusual shift against Albert Pujols

The Houston Astros used an unusual shift to defend against Albert Pujols on Thursday night, and it worked.During Pujols’ at-bat in the bottom of the third, the Astros put three players to the left of second base, moving their shortstop and second baseman to the shallow part of the outfield. The shift was very similar to what teams will do against slow-running, pull-hitting lefties...
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September 15, 2017  |  Discuss

Three Up, Three Down: Scooter Gennett makes his mark

Welcome to this week's edition of Three Up, Three Down — your weekly catch-up of the three best highlights (and lowlights) from around the league. We're here for all of the cheers and the jeers, because it's baseball. You can't have a winner without someone losing along the way.This week, we have an unlikely history-maker, a revival north of the border, an veteran looking like his...
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June 08, 2017  |  Discuss

Tony La Russa says Cardinals ’embarrassed’ Albert Pujols

The 2011 World Series marked the final games in a St. Louis Cardinals uniform for both manager Tony La Russa and first baseman Albert Pujols (though La Russa would return for the 2012 All-Star Game).La Russa retired and Pujols signed a 10-year, $240 million contract with the Los Angeles Angels. On Friday, Brenden Schaeffer‏ of KMOV quoted La Russa, who criticized the Cardinals for...
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June 02, 2017  |  Discuss

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