Albert Pujols a.k.a. José Alberto Pujols Alcántara is a professional baseball first baseman playing at Major League Baseball for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Previously, he played for St. Louis Cardinals where he became the 9-time MLB All-Star winner (in 2001, and from 2003 to 2010), and received 3 National League MVP awards in 2005, 2008 and 2009. With the Angels, he was also All-Star in 2015. Born in the Dominican Republic, Pujols was moved to the US in 1996.
The Cardinals selected him in 1999 MLB draft in 13th round after one season of college baseball. For the Cardinals in 2001, he was voted the National League Rookie of the Year and played for 11 seasons and led the team to 2 World Series Championships in the years 2006 and 2011. He became free agent and signed a contract with the Angels for 10 years. He is a well known hitter who contributed with his patience, contact hitting ability, and raw power. He remained the Silver Slugger for six times and led the NL twice in home runs. He is among the top 10 richest sportsman in the world. For the Hall of Fame, he became a strong future candidate.
Full Name: José Alberto Pujols Alcántara
Date of Birth: 16 Jan 1980
Nationality: Dominican American
Marital status: Married
Occupation: baseball player
Net Worth: $90 million dollars
Source of Income: Baseball
Few teams showed keen interest in Pujols as they were confused about his age, his build and the position he should play. Fernando Arango, scout of Tampa Bay Rays recommended his team to sign him. When Tampa Bay didn’t sign him, he quit his job. Until the 13th round of MLB Draft 1999, he was not drafted. In the same year, he was drafted with 402th overall by the St. Louis Cardinals. Initially, Pujols spent his summer playing at the Jayhawk Collegiate League for the Hays Larks and refused his $10000 bonus. He is also the richest sportsman in the world.
In 2000, he started his minor league career and he played third base with Peoria Chiefs of Midwest League in single-A. With 6 triples, 32 doubles and 128 hits, he batted .324 alongside 84 RBIs in around 100 games. In the high-A Carolina League, he played 21 games with Potomac Cannons. He was named to All-Star team and voted the Most Valuable Player of the league.
On January 1, 2000, he married Deidre and the couple has 5 children – Esra, Albert Jr., Sophia, Esther Grace, and Isabella (Deidre’s daughter from ex-husband). They live in St. Louis during his offseason. The couple also supports people suffering Down syndrome. Isabella was also born with this condition. He got US citizenship in 2007 and scored perfect 100 on his test. He donated money in 2009 to Mike Coolbaugh Memorial Tournament and organized the event when a sponsor left. In Washington D.C, La Russa and Pujols attended Restoring Honor rally by Glenn Beck on August 2010.