Albert Pujols Free Agent News: Rating All 30 Team Stadiums for Pujols' Needs

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Albert Pujols Free Agent News: Rating All 30 Team Stadiums for Pujols' Needs
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As Albert Pujols fields contract offers from the Cardinals, Marlins and what will surely be other teams, he will no doubt make his decision based primarily on (in no particular order) money, length of contract, the talent of the team and the quality of the organization.

One additional factor that he would be wise to consider is the design of the stadium that he will call home. While Pujols, one of the greatest hitters ever, can produce at the highest level at any stadium, the design of the stadium where a player spends 81 games per year can dramatically affect his output.  Some stadiums favor pitchers, others favor left-handed batters and some have climate issues, each of which could harm Pujols' productivity.  

Pujols can hit the ball to all sides, but like practically all batters, is best when pulling the ball, though he is also strong up the middle.  Pujols's lifetime batting average when pulling the ball is .477, drops to .322 when hitting it up the middle and is a healthy .308 when hit to the opposite field.  

It is clear that Pujols would most benefit from playing in a stadium with a short left-field fence and a fence that does not increase in distance too dramatically in left-center and center field, and where the climate does not negatively affect power hitters.

Here is a look at how each of baseball's stadiums, including the new stadium in Miami, is suited or unsuited to Pujols's needs.   

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