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Hok Talk: Baseball moves faster than we think

Hok Talk: Baseball moves faster than we think

Perceptions of players change at a glacial pace compared to their actual production. Albert Pujols used to be a superstar. Maybe the best hitter in baseball for a period of time. You’d be forgiven for not realizing that if you only started watching in the last few years, though. Albert hasn’t put up superstar numbers since 2010. After 2011 the Cardinals chose not to bring him back, much to the disappointment of fans in St. Louis. The Angels signed him to a mega-deal that he’s still playing out for them. But wait a second, you might be saying, I just said that Albert stopped putting up...

Trout, Pujols back Harvey and lift Angels over Royals 5-2

Mike Trout and Albert Pujols had two hits each and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Kansas City Royals 5-2 on Friday night.
Call to the Pen May 15, 2019

Los Angeles Angels: Jared Walsh becomes second two way option

Intriguing prospect Jared Walsh made his debut with the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday, becoming their second two way player. When Shohei Ohtani returned to the lineup earlier this month, Justin Bour‘s days with the Los Angeles Angels were numbered. Between Ohtani’s ability with the bat last season, and Albert Pujols still being owed another […] Los Angeles Angels: Jared Walsh becomes second two way option - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Call to the Pen May 13, 2019

MLB: Ranking Albert Pujols Among the All-Time Greats

In 2001 Albert Pujols made his MLB debut. Since his debut, Pujols has made himself arguably one of the greatest of all time. Now at the age of 39, Albert Pujols is a former rookie of the year, 3-time MVP and10-time All-Star. The slugger has also joined the 600 home run club, the 3000 hit […] MLB: Ranking Albert Pujols Among the All-Time Greats - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Bless You Boys May 13, 2019
Links: Tyson Ross placed on injured list

Links: Tyson Ross placed on injured list

We also talked about that Albert Pujols baseball story that just won’t die. Somehow, as we coast into the middle of May, the Minnesota Twins own not only the best record in the AL Central, they lead all of Major League Baseball sitting at 25-14 — even after the weekend series where your Detroit Tigers strolled into the land of the Purple Rain and showed the Twins what it sounds like when doves cry. The Tigers managed to split a four-game road tilt against what is, inexplicably, the best team in baseball right now. I’ll take my silver linings where I can get them. Up next are the...

Pujols' 2 HRs, 3 RBIs to help Angels beat Orioles 7-2

Albert Pujols homered twice to increase his total to 641, had three RBIs and scored three runs to help the Los Angeles Angels beat the Baltimore Orioles 7-2 Saturday.
Baltimore Sun May 11, 2019

Orioles' Dylan Bundy has lowest career fastball velocity in 7-2 loss to Angels

Dylan Bundy followed up his best start of the season with one that clearly illustrated how his good ones have become the anomalies. Bundy's fastball averaged 89.8 mph, the lowest average fastball velocity of any start in his major league career, and aged slugger Albert Pujols deposited two 89 mph...
Halos Heaven May 11, 2019
Matt Harvey walks the tightrope, Albert Pujols razzle-dazzles in Angels circus win

Matt Harvey walks the tightrope, Albert Pujols razzle-dazzles in Angels circus win

Halos continue to take care of business in Baltimore. Angels 7, Orioles 2 Saturday wasn’t Matt Harvey’s day. The fastballs weren’t locating, the breaking balls weren’t breaking, and against a marginally better lineup, this game might have been out of reach much earlier. It wasn’t. It was the Orioles. And sometimes, you need the breaks to get you going. Harvey had misfits from the first batter of the game, and when Jonathan Villar doubled and Dwight Smith Jr. homered, you got the sense that it would be one of those runaway starts, where the horse leaves the barn and runs around...
OC Register May 11, 2019
Albert Pujols belts two homers to lead Angels to victory

Albert Pujols belts two homers to lead Angels to victory

Pujols hit two homers and singled, driving in three runs. Despite Mike Trout's rare 0-for-5, the Angels won for the fourth time in their last five games.
OC Register May 11, 2019
Fan changes mind, plans to give baseball to Albert Pujols; wants no money

Fan changes mind, plans to give baseball to Albert Pujols; wants no money

Ely Hydes left the ballpark Thursday after refusing several offers of memorabilia exchanges from the Tigers and Angels. He initially said he wanted to keep the ball, rather than try to sell it. Pujols still says the gesture is unnecessary.
Detroit Sports Nation May 10, 2019

BREAKING: Fan who caught Albert Pujols’ 2,000th RBI ball has change of heart

Ely Hydes, the Detroit Tigers‘ fan who caught Albert Pujols‘ 2,000th RBI ball at Thursday’s game and refused to trade it for memorabilia still has no plans of selling. Embed from Hydes’ original plan was to keep the ball and give it to his child which will soon be born or to his […] More
Detroit Free Press May 10, 2019
Albert Pujols’ RBI ball could be worth $25,000, but Tigers fan won't sell it

Albert Pujols’ RBI ball could be worth $25,000, but Tigers fan won't sell it

Tigers fan Ely Hydes wont sell Albert Pujols 2,000th RBI baseball, and says it could be bound for Cooperstown Hall of Fame        
Detroit Sports Nation May 10, 2019

JUST IN: Detroit Tigers refute fans’ claim he was treated poorly after catching Albert Pujols’ 2,000th RBI ball

There are always two sides to a story. On Thursday, Ely Hydes was in the right place at the right time as he caught Albert Pujols‘ 2,000th RBI ball during the Detroit Tigers game against the Los Angeles Angels. Embed from As you have likely heard by now, after catching the ball, Hydes […] More
Detroit Free Press May 10, 2019
Detroit Tigers fan vents about Albert Pujols' historic RBI ball

Detroit Tigers fan vents about Albert Pujols' historic RBI ball

Ely Hydes made national headlines on Thursday when he caught Albert Pujols 2000th RBI ball. On Friday, he vented on Facebook.        
Call to the Pen May 10, 2019

Albert Pujols one of the last of a dying breed in MLB

MLB veteran Albert Pujols added another accomplishment to his large mantle of milestones. It further cements his Cooperstown status but is also marking the end of truly unique hitters. I want to start by asking you a question: Who, in the current MLB, would you compare to that of Albert Pujols? There is the immediate […] Albert Pujols one of the last of a dying breed in MLB - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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