The Declining Albert Pujols Report

by Bill Chuck on August 20, 2013

Albert Pujols, who hasn’t played since July 26 when he partially tore his plantar fascia while running, will miss the rest of the season.

While sitting out the past three weeks, Pujols repeatedly said he hoped to return at some point in September, but he finally admitted that there was no point.

This season’s injury-riddled performance produces a punctuation point in the decline of the 33-year old Pujols who is still owed $212 million over the next eight years.

The declining batting average

Year Age BA ▾
2008 28 .357
2007 27 .327
2009 29 .327
2010 30 .312
2011 31 .299
2012 32 .285
2013 33 .258
13 Yrs .321
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Pujols streak of 30+ homer seasons has ended

Year Age Tm HR
2001 21 STL 37
2002 22 STL 34
2003 23 STL 43
2004 24 STL 46
2005 25 STL 41
2006 26 STL 49
2007 27 STL 32
2008 28 STL 37
2009 29 STL 47
2010 30 STL 42
2011 31 STL 37
2012 32 LAA 30
2013 33 LAA 17
13 Yrs 492
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Pujols streak of 170 hits per season has ended

Year Age Tm H
2001 21 STL 194
2002 22 STL 185
2003 23 STL 212
2004 24 STL 196
2005 25 STL 195
2006 26 STL 177
2007 27 STL 185
2008 28 STL 187
2009 29 STL 186
2010 30 STL 183
2011 31 STL 173
2012 32 LAA 173
2013 33 LAA 101
13 Yrs 2347
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Pujols declining OBP

Year Age Tm OBP
2008 28 STL .462
2009 29 STL .443
2010 30 STL .414
2011 31 STL .366
2012 32 LAA .343
2013 33 LAA .330
13 Yrs .410
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Pujols declining OPS

Year Age Tm OPS
2008 28 STL 1.114
2009 29 STL 1.101
2010 30 STL 1.011
2011 31 STL .906
2012 32 LAA .859
2013 33 LAA .767
13 Yrs 1.008
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Pujols streak of 20+ doubles has ended

Year Age Tm 2B
2001 21 STL 47
2002 22 STL 40
2003 23 STL 51
2004 24 STL 51
2005 25 STL 38
2006 26 STL 33
2007 27 STL 38
2008 28 STL 44
2009 29 STL 45
2010 30 STL 39
2011 31 STL 29
2012 32 LAA 50
2013 33 LAA 19
13 Yrs 524
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Pujols declining WAR

Year Age Tm G PA WAR Salary
2009 29 STL 160 700 9.7 $14,427,326
2010 30 STL 159 700 7.5 $14,595,953
2011 31 STL 147 651 5.4 $14,508,395
2012 32 LAA 154 670 5.0 $12,000,000
2013 33 LAA 99 443 1.5 $16,000,000
13 Seasons 1958 8546 93.0 $132,040,436
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