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MLB rumors: Albert Pujols’ wife backtracks on declaration that Angels star will retire after 2021

Will he stay or will he go?

That’s what Los Angeles Angels fan are wondering about slugger Albert Pujols, thanks to some confusing Instagram posts by his wife.

On Monday, Deidre Pujols posted the following, according to the Los Angeles Times: “Today is the first day of the last season of one of the most remarkable careers in sports! I’m talking about my husband, Albert Pujols, who since the time he was a child would eat, sleep and breath this sport. I have had the privilege to walk out 23 years of this baseball journey and it is with such a full heart that I speak a blessing over him as he finishes this good race!”

Many interpreted that to mean the 2021 season would be Pujols’ last, since it coincides with the end of his 10-year, $240 million contract he signed to leave the St. Louis Cardinals a decade ago.

However the Los Angeles Times reports Deidre Pujols amended her post with the following (and yes, it was all in capital letters): “THIS IS NOT AN OFFICIAL STATEMENT OF PUJOLS RETIREMENT. I’M JUST TRYING TO SEND MY HUSBAND WITH BLESSINGS INTO 2021 SEASON!!”

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According to the Times, a person close to Pujols said the future Hall of Famer “has not determined yet if it’s going to be his last year.” The Angels declined comment to the Times, but a team spokesperson said he was informed by one of Pujols’ agents that “the report was not true.”

Whenever Pujols does decide to retire, he can set his calendar for five years because that’s when he’ll be in Cooperstown as a first-ballot National Baseball Hall of Fame inductee.

Pujols is 10-time All-Star and three-time MVP (he finished second in MVP voting four times). He owns six Silver Slugger Awards and a pair of Gold Glove Awards.

His 662 career home runs are fifth all-time. Up next on the list is former New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez in fourth place with 696 home runs.

Pujols is 15th all-time with 3,236 career hits. He needs 84 base hits to catch Paul Molitor and crack the top ten.

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