La Russa says Cardinals smart to let Pujols walk

La Russa says Cardinals smart to let Pujols walk

La Russa says Cardinals smart to let Pujols walk

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by Brendan Marks / BaseballSTL

KMOV.com

Posted on September 26, 2012 at 3:24 PM

Updated Wednesday, Sep 26 at 10:21 PM

ST. LOUIS (KMOV) – Former Cardinals manager Tony La Russa’s admiration for Albert Pujols is a well-known fact amongst Redbird fans. But even he thought it was a good move to let Pujols walk in the offseason.

 

Making an appearance on ESPN’s “First Take” Wednesday, La Russa told Stephen A. Smith he thought signing Pujols to a 10-year contract would have been a bad move.

The topic came up during a discussion on whether the Texas Rangers should re-sign star outfielder Josh Hamilton to a long-term deal.

Pujols shocked Cardinals nation in December when he left and signed with the Los Angeles Angels to a 10-year, $254 contract.

He is batting .288 with 30 home runs and 102 RBIs this season with the Angels.

 

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