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Pujols returns to Cardinals, gets standing ovation in Jupiter

42-year-old St. Louis slugger says this is his ‘last run’
Published: Mar. 28, 2022 at 3:16 PM EDT
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Albert Pujols has returned to the St. Louis Cardinals, finding a home in the place where he became one of baseball’s most powerful sluggers.

The 42-year-old slugger emerged from beyond the right field wall at the Cardinals' spring training complex between the first and second innings of an exhibition game against Houston on Monday. Pujols drew a standing ovation from the crowd and was greeted with hugs in the St. Louis dugout.

Pujols was a three-time MVP and helped the Cardinals win two World Series titles. He signed with the Los Angeles Angels after boosting the Cards to the 2011 championship.

He split last season with the Angels and Dodgers.

Pujols reached a one-year deal with the Cardinals over the weekend and gives them an option at designated hitter.

St. Louis Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols listens to a question from a reporter at Roger Dean...
St. Louis Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols listens to a question from a reporter at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium, the team's spring training home, after signing a one-year contract to return to the team, March 28, 2022, in Jupiter, Fla.

"This is it for me," Pujols told reporters at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium after the Astros beat the Cardinals 2-1. "This is my last run."

Pujols, who did not play Monday, said it "feels great" to put on his familiar No. 5 jersey and return to the locker room where his Major League Baseball career began.

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