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23 24 albert pujols the ground to the gut, point the shoulder and step and throw. ” In other words, Albert’s still-shaky command of the English language made it difficult for his coach to give him the instructions he needed. Still, despite his fielding problems, Albert was beginning to catch the notice of baseball scouts. They knew that shortstop was not a natural position for him, but they had a hard time imagining what position he should play. And, because he was still only a junior in high school, despite being 18 years old, he was ineligible for the baseball draft.
Just knowing how much to get off so they wouldn’t throw behind him . . just the little things you can’t teach that made him a special player. ” Moving Up Mark Buehrle, playing here in 2002 against the Minnesota Twins, is an all-star pitcher for the Chicago White Sox. Buehrle was the opposing pitcher in Pujols’s first game at Maple Woods Community College, and Pujols had a great start—he hit a grand slam off Buehrle. Propelled by Pujols’s hitting, the Centaurs went to the regional National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) championship but fell just one game short of making the trip to the national World Series.
In the season’s first half, Pujols played 46 games at third base, 14 in right field, 13 at first base, six in left field, and two as a designated hitter. That Pujols could maintain his concentration as a batter with all these moves and with all the media attention he was receiving is a testament to his ability to focus on what is important to him—playing the game to the best of his abilities. 500 ball. The team caught fire in the second half of the season, entering the pennant race with a 20–10 record in the month of August.