With a pasting at the hands of the Seattle Mariners, Albert Pujols' first season after his defection from the Cardinals is complete.
After an 0-for-3 night, Pujols completes his year with a .285 batting average (the worst of his career by 14 points and 43 points below his average in 11 seasons with St. Louis), 30 homers (his worst career total) and 105 RBIs (the third lowest of his career, but the figure was probably enhanced by playing in the designated hitter league).
He struck out 76 times to tie for the second-highest total of his career, has the lowest on-base percentage of his career by 14 points which is 59 points less than his career average. His slugging percentage was 33 points below his career worst and 90 points below his career average.
Pujols didn't make the All-Star Game, didn't compete for the batting title, isn't in the MVP conversation and he isn't even the best player on his team. He was supposed to be the marketing centerpiece for the Angels. But, according to MLB, Pujols doesn't even rank in the top 20 best selling jerseys in baseball.
I think that's pretty remarkable when one of baseball's biggest stars switches to the second-largest market in the majors. But, while rookie teammate Mike Trout ranks fifth on the list, no other Halo is to be found. (The Cardinals David Freese ranks 12th while Yadier Molina checks in at 18.)
So, after inking a backloaded deal, Pujols still has about $238 million coming to him in his 10-year Angels pact.
Any regrets about the new addition to your "family," Mr. Moreno?