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Albert Pujols Retires Officially. One Last Goodbye. Next Stop… Cooperstown!

Albert Pujols photo credit: Harry How/Getty Images

Per Mark Feinsand of, future Hall of Famer Albert Pujols officially signed his retirement papers on Monday.

Upon returning to the St. Louis Cardinals last offseason, Pujols had announced that 2022 would indeed be his last season in the majors. He more than lived up to the hype of his return by putting up one of the more memorable seasons by a Cardinal in quite some time.

Albert Pujols photo credit: Gary A Vasquez/USA Today Sports via Reuters

He slashed an impressive .270/.345/.550 with a .895 OPS. He smashed 24 HR in his chase to 700 (which ended in 703) along with 63 RBI. 17 of Albert’s HR came after the start of August and was one of the strongest stretches in his career.

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The 42-year old Pujols was a big part of the Cardinals winning the NL Central and while the iconic moments & farewell tour were amazing, his impact both on the field and mentoring fellow teammates made his final season more than just the expected nostalgia signing that many Cardinals fans suggested it was coming into it.

Albert Pujols photo credit: Jeff Roberson/AP Photo

As if anyone needed a glance at his career accolades, they include:

Albert Pujols: The Final Tally photo credit: Bally Sports Midwest

He ended his career with a .296 avg., 3,384 hits, 703 HR, and 2,218 RBI. Bally Sports had the final tally of Pujols all-time ranks in the graphic above, and it seemed like every at-bat Pujols was passing another all-time great on something. Albert finishing only behind Barry Bonds, Hank Aaron & Babe Ruth on the All-Time HR list... is just one of many mind blowing milestones.

Albert Pujols photo credit: Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images

While Pujols did spend time as both a Los Angeles Angel & Los Angeles Dodger, his best years were spent wearing the Birds on a Bat. There is no doubt he will have his number 5 retired and on the outfield wall, a statue likely outside of Busch Stadium, a red jacket, and the ultimate honor of one day being inducted into the HOF in Cooperstown.

Albert Pujols photo credit: Justin Berl/Getty Images

There are too many moments to jot down that serve as memorable, but over that 22 year career, every fan of baseball got to witness one of the greatest to ever play the game. We at Cardinals Nation 24/7 thank Albert for every memory he blessed us with over the years, and wish him the very best in his well deserved retirement.

Albert Pujols photo credit: Sue Ogrocki/AP Photo

We will definitely miss your presence come Spring Training in Jupiter, FL… but who are we kidding, we miss you already!

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