Edmonds: Pujols' struggles may come from new environment

Edmonds: Pujols' struggles may come from new environment

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ANAHEIM, CA - APRIL 06: Albert Pujols #5 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim looks over at the dugout while at bat in the second inning against the Kansas City Royals on Opening Day of the 2012 MLB season at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on April 6, 2012 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

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by Brian Feldman / BaseballStL

KMOV.com

Posted on May 3, 2012 at 4:50 PM

Updated Sunday, Nov 3 at 7:35 AM

(BaseballStL) -- Everyone is trying to figure out exactly why Albert Pujols is struggling right now.  There are many theories.  He's not comfortable at the plate.  He is expanding his zone.  He's not walking enough.  He's getting "pull crazy".
 
All those theories are legitimite.
 
But when I spoke to Jim Edmonds on Wednesday about his former teammate he gave me probably the most unlikely, yet interesting, theory yet.  Edmonds says the newness of the city could be getting to the three-time MVP.
 
You don't know where the store is.  You miss your family.  You're not in the same house as you have lived in for years.  You are in a different batter's box in Anaheim than you were in St. Louis.  It's a different environment.  It's a different feel.
 
When he said that I had to take a step back and think.  Is that possible?  Could that be a real reason why Pujols is struggling?  It's certainly not something Albert would ever admit to...if true.  But think about it.  He's human.  That whole "machine" stuff is bogus.  He's flesh and blood like you and me.
 
Why can't he be a little thrown off by all the change that's taken place?  And it's not like Edmonds doesn't know what he's talking about.  The man did do the same thing as Pujols (kind of) by going from Anaheim to St. Louis back in 1999.  So he's got some insight into what Pujols is going through.
 
Now, Edmonds didn't spend as many years with the Angels as Albert did with the Cardinals.  And while Edmonds' move was big...it didn't get nearly the attention that Albert has gotten by switching teams.  Jim was traded while Albert signed as a free agent.  So there are big differences.
 
But when you sit back and think about it...I could see it.  It's a fascinating theory that definitely deserves some merit.  Maybe Albert Pujols needs some time to get adjusted to a new city, new life, new culture and then he can get comfortable in the batter's box. 

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