Albert Pujols caps Cardinals homecoming with NL Comeback Player honor

Already the unofficial winner of comeback of the yr for his return to St. Louis and fascinating surge towards 700 profession house runs, Albert Pujols acquired Major League Baseball’s official honor Tuesday evening.

The Cardinals’ designated hitter acquired the National League’s Comeback Player of the Year Award to cap his last season within the majors.

Houston’s Justin Verlander received the American League award.

Other gamers to obtain assist within the National League included Cardinals’ nearer Ryan Helsley, who returned from knee and arm accidents; Atlanta outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr., who returned from knee surgical procedure; and Philadelphia pitcher Mark Appel, the primary general decide in 2013 who stepped away from baseball from 2018-20 and at last reached the majors for the primary time with six video games in 2022.

Pujols signed a one-year contract with the Cardinals with just a few video games remaining in spring coaching, and after a gradual, irritating begin to the season, the three-time MVP rediscovered the comforts of his first house. Pujols hit 24 house runs to complete with 703 in his profession and change into the fourth participant in major-league historical past with greater than 700. He additionally surpassed Stan Musial to complete second in complete bases (2,611) to Hank Aaron and leapfrogged Babe Ruth to be second in RBIs (2,218).

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The exclamation level on the finish of his profession got here a yr after the Los Angeles Angels launched him because of a discount in his taking part in time and efficiency hindered by leg and foot accidents. After his look within the All-Star Game, Pujols had a jubilant second half with a .323 common, a .715 slugging share and a 1.103 OPS, one of many highest of his profession in any half. He hit 18 of his homers after the All-Star break.

St. Louis Cardinals Albert Pujols seems to be over a damaged bat off a foul ball within the third inning in opposition to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday, Sept. 23, 2022 at Dodger Stadium. His substitute bat hit house run quantity 699 on his subsequent swing, adopted by his historic 700th house run an inning later. Photo by Robert Cohen,

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Pujols introduced throughout spring coaching that he would retire on the finish of the 2022 season, filed his paperwork in the course of the World Series, and reiterated this previous weekend how he doesn’t plan a comeback encore.

Verlander missed the whole 2021 season recovering from Tommy John surgical procedure, and in his return, he led the AL in wins (18) and different important classes whereas additionally authoring a league-best 1.75 ERA, the bottom within the majors since Pedro Martinez’s 1.74 ERA in 2000. Verlander, a member of the World Series champion Houston Astros, was additionally the unanimous choice by baseball writers because the AL’s Cy Young Award winner this season.

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Pujols is the third Cardinals participant to win the Comeback Player of the Year Award offered by MLB. Previous honorees embody Lance Berkman in 2011 and Chris Carpenter in 2009, the identical season he completed second for the Cy Young Award.

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