And Pujols is still peaking isn’t he? Last year, he led MLB in Runs and led the NL in HR and RBI. The year before that, he led MLB in Runs, HR, Total Bases SLG, OPS. His maddening consistency has become monotonous. Two MVP’s in the last 3 years, and he was 2nd in MVP voting last year (probably because people tired of voting for him). Will fantasy baseball players tire of picking him 1st in their drafts this year? Um, no, he’s still ranked #1 in ADP.
Anyways, as a sports fan, with all the recent free agent betrayals (by players as well as teams), it’d be nice to see a top-tier player like Pujols be able to stay with a historical and traditioned team like the Cardinals.
Joe Posnanski has written some good stuff about the Pujols situation, so check out his blog:
I also really like some of the analysis done at Fangraphs, especially the simple WAR graph used here really puts things in perspective: