How Tall Is Albert Pujols?
Albert Pujol is 1.9 m tall
Albert Pujols St. Louis Cardinals Career
A year into the 2001 season, Mark McGwire told the Cardinals’ manager, Tony LaRossa, that “if you don’t promote Pujols, it might be one of the worst choices you ever make in your career“.
According to the “story” later recounted by manager Tony La Russa, Pujols was only on the Opening Day roster in 2001 because of the injury of Bobby Bonilla.
It is said that the Cardinal administration was so impressed by Pujols that they planned to bring him up to the big leagues even before Bonilla was injured.
The Cardinals didn’t need Pujols to play any certain position, but they did activate him for Opening Day, and he played all season at third base, right field, left field, or first base.
To date, Pujols is the only big leaguer to have made his debut on Opening Day versus the Colorado Rockies, which took place on April 2.
In an 8–0 loss to pitcher Mike Hampton, he got his first professional hit that game, a single.
Four days later, in a 12–9 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks’ Armando Reynoso, he got three hits and three RBIs, including his first home run.
Against Denny Neagle of the Colorado Rockies, Albert Pujols hit a two-run home run in his first at-bat on April 9.
He joined Wally Berger (1930) and Joc Pederson (2015) as the only rookies to smash 20 or more home runs before July of their first year (2015).
Pujols made the All-Star Game as a rookie, becoming the first Cardinals rookie to do so since Luis Arroyo in 1955.
He batted for the rest of the season. Three hundred and ninety-ninth in the league with 194 hits, 47 doubles, 37 home runs, and 112 runs plated.
In terms of total home runs, he led the Cardinals with 37, more than Jim Edmonds (30) and Mark McGwire (199) combined.
As a third baseman, he won the National League’s Silver Slugger Award and finished behind only Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa, and Luis Gonzalez in the voting for the NL MVP.
After setting an NL rookie record with 130 RBI (sixth in the league) and becoming the fourth MLB rookie to hit, he was unanimously awarded the NL Rookie of the Year .300 batting average, 30 home runs, 100 runs, and 100 runs batted in