Albert Pujols is a Dominican-American first baseman and designated hitter for the Major League Baseball St. Louis Cardinals (MLB). During spring training in 2001, Cardinals manager Tony La Russa told incumbent first baseman Mark McGwire that not promoting Pujols to the major league roster would be “one of the worst moves you make in your career.”
Later, La Russa addressed the “myth” that Pujols was only added to the Opening Day roster in 2001 because Bobby Bonilla was injured. According to La Russa, Pujols impressed him and the rest of the Cardinals’ management enough that they decided to promote him to the big league club even before Bonilla’s injury.
Although the Cardinals did not require Pujols to play any specific position, he was activated to the Opening Day roster and started every game at third base, right field, left field, or first base.
On April 2, against the Colorado Rockies, Pujols became the first major leaguer born in the 1980s. He got his first career hit in that game, a single against pitcher Mike Hampton in an 8-0 loss. In a 12-9 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks’ Armando Reynoso four days later, he had three hits and three RBI, including his first home run.
Albert Pujols Children: Meet Ezra Pujols, Isabella Pujols, Albert Pujols Jr., Esther Grace Pujols And Sophia Pujols
How many children does Albert Pujols have? Albert Pujols and his wife, Deidre, have five children: Isabella (a previous relationship’s daughter), Albert Jr., Sophia, Ezra, and Esther Grace. Ezra Pujols is a 12-year-old baseball player who was born in 2010.