“Yes, you read that right!” trumpets the official announcement from the Leones del Escogido: Albert Pujols will make his winter league debut in the Dominican Republic this season. He’s expected to arrive on Friday and immediately join the team.
¡Si, leyeron bien! Albert Pujols es nuestro nuevo LEÓN, quién llega a nuestro equipo vía cambio desde los Gigantes que reciben a Edward Paredes y Melky Mesa. ¡RUGE! #LaTemporadadelSiglo #CentenarioRojo pic.twitter.com/VXRmfFzHF9— Escogido Baseball (@EscogidoBBClub) October 28, 2021
A source told Jeff Fletcher at the Los Angeles Daily News that Pujols intends to play in Major League Baseball again in 2022. so Pujols’ winter plans are likely designed to keep him sharp during the offseason. A strong showing, combined with the potential addition of the designated hitter to the National League, could make it easier for the future Hall of Famer to land a new contract.
“I think Albert can do whatever he wants to do and if he wants to play next year he’s certainly going to be a really good contributor to whatever ball club,” manager Dave Roberts said during the National League Championship Series.
You can catch all the games on MLB.TV this winter.
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