Albert Pujols: How Miami Marlins' Majestic Lineup Would Look with Fat Albert
The Miami Marlins haven't made the playoffs since 2003.
That may end in 2012.
Pujols is widely considered the best hitter in baseball. Since being drafted in the 13th round of the 1999 MLB draft by the St. Louis Cardinals, Pujols has gone on to hit at least 32 home runs in each of his first 11 seasons. On top of that, he's racked up at least 99 RBI and 99 runs in each season. He's done all of this while hitting .328 for his career.
Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria and president David Samson reportedly were set to meet with Pujols' agent, Dan Lozano, on Tuesday.
Samson indicated that a decision could be forthcoming today.
Would Marlins make playoffs this season with Albert Pujols?
While all of this has been going on, new manager Ozzie Guillen actually filled out a lineup card of the projected lineup with Pujols in it.
It is, safe to say, explosive.
Guillen's lineup is as follows: SS Jose Reyes, CF Emilio Bonifacio, 3B Hanley Ramirez, 1B Pujols, RF Mike Stanton, LF Logan Morrison, 2B Omar Infante, C John Buck and the pitcher.
Guillen expects to play Ramirez at third base this season after being a lifelong shortstop.
Said Guillen, via The Miami Herald:
"It's for the ballclub and he's going to be a better player with those two guys hitting in front of him. I think having this kid at third base, we're a better ballclub. He's a little bit upset about it? I don't blame him. I would be, too. But moving him to third, he's going to be fresh. He's going to take care of himself a little bit better, because shortstop moving all over the place. I don't expect him to be no Gold Glove out there."
It's worth noting that the Marlins' starting pitching struggled last season, so they still have some issues there, but their bullpen should be solid and the added offense could catapult them to the playoffs. They went 70-92 last season, but the additions of Reyes and Pujols are substantial.
One thing's for sure: If the Marlins sign Pujols, they're going to score a boatload of runs.
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