After being told that Wander Franco was wearing the Tampa Bay Rays No. 5 in his honor, Albert Pujols took it as a sign he needed to retire.
Albert Pujols made his return to the St. Louis Cardinals for the first time since retiring after the team’s World Series-winning season in 2011. However, Pujols announced that he plans to retire after the 2022 season, ending a long MLB career.
Pujols was one of the most influential players in baseball. That was evident when Tampa Bay Rays shortstop’s Wander Franco revealed that he wears the No. 5 because it was raised in honor of Pujols, who he cited as his favorite player. When told about it by the media, the first baseman joked that it was a sign “it’s time to go.”
Albert Pujols jokes that Wander Franco honoring him with the jersey number means it’s time to retire
Even after making the joke, Pujols said it meant a lot to him to find out a younger player was wearing his shirt number in his honor.
During his debut stint with the Cardinals, which spanned 11 seasons, Pujols cemented his status as one of the top players in the entire National League. He won three NL MVP Awards (2005, 2008-09), two World Series titles (2006, 2011) and six Silver Sluggers (2001, 2003-04, 2008-10) while making the All-Star team nine times formed.
That year, Pujols appeared in 31 games in which he slashed .211/.324/.367 while recording four homers, 15 RBI and 19 hits.
Meanwhile, Franco has a .270 batting average, a .727 OPS, four homers, 19 RBI, 27 runs scored and 48 hits in 45 games this season.
Pujols has been in the majors for 22 years and has influenced players like Franco and is honored that they would wear his uniform number to show their respect.
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