ST. LOUIS (KMOV) -- I hope he continues to struggle. If he hits .195 every year for the next 10 years I think that'll make me happy.
I know that's not a real nice thing to say, but that's how I feel now that Albert Pujols is largely responsible for the firing of the L.A. Angels longtime batting coach Mickey Hatcher. Hatcher's only crime is talking to reporters and relaying to them positive comments Pujols made to some of his teammates.
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When Pujols was struggling through the early weeks of the season, I was hoping he'd get it together and have a decent season. He was one of the best players in the history of the Cardinals organization, and played a huge role in their success over the past 11 years. We can never take that away from him. He gave us a lot of thrills, not to mention a couple of World Series championships.
While the Cardinals were negotiating with Pujols after the 2011 season, I was hoping they'd get him re-signed, but not if they had to pay stupid money to do it. They offered him stupid money in $210 million, but the Angels made an even more ridiculous offer of $240 million. This may turn out to be the worst contract ever given to a professional athlete.
Not only has Pujols lost his batting stroke (he's hitting .213 with two homers and .248 on base percentage after 38 games) he's also becoming more grumpier than ever. Richard Justice of MLB.com has been covering Pujols this spring and told me today that Albert is not the same guy we remember in St. Louis. Now he was never the friendliest guy anyway, so to say he's gotten even more sour paints a frightening picture.
The pressure on Pujols to live up to the expectations of his new contract are enormous. I thought he'd thrive on that, and go out to Anaheim and tear it up. Maybe have the best season of his career just to prove that he's worth $240 million. The opposite has happened.
It's just a month and a half into a 10-year deal, but none the less the Angels have to be in a panic. Why else would you fire the hitting coach? Mickey Hatcher had been with the Angels for 12 seasons and was extremely popular. He's one of Angels manager Mike Scioscia's best friends. It's clear who's running the L.A. Angels now. It's the "Mang". Angels owner Arte Moreno is on the hook for the next decade with Pujols and that ridiculous contract. He has to side with Albert on any disagreement that comes up. Good luck with that.
I'm sorry, but I can't help myself. I'm really hoping Pujols continues to struggle at the plate. This should be fun, and at the same time, very sad to watch.