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Pujols in Lineup vs. Royals
Sunday, March 6
The Angels announced Pujols will serve as the designated hitter and bat fourth against Kansas City.
Pujols Comments on Recovery, Position in 2016
Tuesday, Feb. 23
According to the Orange County Register's Jeff Fletcher, Pujols' "goal is to be ready for Opening Day." He also said he isn't sure about playing first base this season.
"I would love to play 1B, but I can't be selfish," Pujols told reporters.
Pujols Continues to Be Effective Despite Decline
Even at the age of 36, Pujols has remained productive. Despite hitting just .244 last season, he still ripped 40 home runs and 95 RBI. It was his most home runs since 2010, though it was just the second time in his 15-year career he failed to reach the 100-RBI plateau.
Pujols' one-dimensional power numbers from the plate in 2015 were perhaps partly the result of a plantar fascia injury he played through for much of the season and which required the aforementioned surgery in November.
Pujols remains one of the most prominent power hitters of his generation, evidenced by his long list of awards and accolades that includes three National League MVPs, 10 All-Star Game appearances, the 2001 Rookie of the Year Award, the batting title in 2003, two Gold Gloves and six Silver Slugger Awards.
Between 2005-10, he finished with the best WAR among National League position players each season, per Baseball-Reference.com.
While he isn't quite the dominant force he was during his time with the St. Louis Cardinals, he's paired with Mike Trout and Kole Calhoun to give the Angels a solid trio of power hitters in the middle of the lineup.