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Albert Pujols' statistics: A little hiccup, or long-term decline?

The slugging first baseman's key numbers have dropped almost across the board for two consecutive years. The Angels, of course, hope that trend is reversible.

February 12, 2012
  • Is the bubble about to burst on Albert Pujols' legendary productivity? His declining numbers and advancing age suggest his best days might be behind him.
Is the bubble about to burst on Albert Pujols' legendary productivity?… (Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles…)

Diminishing returns

The Angels, in signing Albert Pujols, now 32 years old, to the third-richest contract in baseball history — $240 million over 10 years — are taking a chance that a two-year slide in his offensive production isn't the start of a long-term trend. A look at some of his numbers the last three seasons:

Year; Batting ave.; on-base %; slugging %; HR; RBI; BB; K

2009; .327; .443; .658; 47; 135; 115; 64

2010; .312; .414; .596; 42; 118; 103; 76

2011; .299*; .366*; .541*; 37; 99*; 61*; 58

*-career low.

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