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Sport Report: Dominican Republic Shows Interest in Pujols for Tokyo Olympic Qualifiers

19:16  11 may  2021
19:16  11 may  2021 Source:   si.com

Breaking: Angels Are Reportedly Cutting Albert Pujols

  Breaking: Angels Are Reportedly Cutting Albert Pujols After the 2011 season, St. Louis Cardinals superstar Albert Pujols, one of the best hitters that the MLB had seen, signed a massive 10-year, $253 million deal with the Los Angeles Angels. Just over a month into the final year of that deal, he has been released. Pujols was expected to be a franchise cornerstone […] The post Breaking: Angels Are Reportedly Cutting Albert Pujols appeared first on The Spun.

Albert Pujols holding a baseball bat © Provided by Sports Illustrated

The 10-time All-Star was released by the Angels last week after appearing in 24 games this season, hitting .198 with five home runs and 12 RBIs.

The Dominican Republic is reportedly interested in having Albert Pujols play for the national team in Olympic baseball qualifiers this month, according to MLB Network's Jon Morosi.

Following his release from the Angels, Pujols is eligible to take part in the qualifiers since he is currently not on a 40-man MLB roster.

The Americas Qualifying Event takes place in Florida starting May 31. The Dominican Republic will face Puerto Rico, the United States and Nicaragua in the group stage, where the top two teams from each group will advance to the semifinals.

White Sox manager Tony La Russa says of potential reunion with Albert Pujols: 'There is no fit'

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The winner of the tournament will qualify for the Tokyo Olympics. The runner-up and third-place finishers will compete in the Final Qualifying Tournament in Taiwan in June.

Pujols, a two-time World Series winner, has recorded 3,253 hits in his 21-year career and is fifth all-time with 667 home runs. The 41-year-old appeared in 24 games for the Angels this season, hitting .198 with five home runs and 12 RBIs.

Pujols' release from the Angels on Thursday caused shockwaves around the league with former Dominican stars Pedro Martínez and David Ortiz lashing out at the Angels for their treatment of the 10-time All-Star.

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First Pitch: Inside look at Albert Pujols' free agency chase .
Albert Pujols left the Angels only to sign with the crosstown Dodgers. What was his thought process, and just how close did the future Hall of Famer come to a St. Louis reunion? The story arc of Pujols leaving the Angels is a controversial one, and something very few pundits saw coming given his enormous contract. Eventually, however, the two sides had little value for one another — Pujols could no longer provide any worth at the plate, and the Angels remain far removed competitively from World Series contention.

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