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Outside The Confines: Is Albert Pujols poised for retirement?

Pujols’ wife caused a stir on Instagram in a now-edited post.

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Albert Pujols has had a tremendous 20 seasons in baseball. By all accounts it’s a Hall of Fame career in spite of flagging results in the latter years. But this week a post on Instagram from his wife Deidre (which has since been edited) seemed to indicate 2021 would be Pujols’s final year in the majors.

Pujols will be a free agent in 2022, and will be 42. While he has had tremendous results for the St. Louis Cardinals and the Los Angeles Angels, it’s unlikely he’ll be a sought-after asset in free agency. After his wife’s message—which she said was simply a well-wish for the 2021 season—Pujols said, “I will make a decision about the future, depending on what happens this season.”

So while there isn’t yet an official statement of Pujols hanging up his cleats, it seems likely to happen after 2021.

And tomorrow will be a better day than today, Buster. Make it so.