Albert Pujols on Prospect of Retiring: 'I Don’t Think That My Time Has Come Yet'

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Albert Pujols isn't ready to give up on his cleats as he prepares for the uncertain offseason.

Juan Toribio from reports that Pujols spoke to reporters in Dominican Republic Friday about his future.

He said, "I've always maintained that I would retire when it feels right." "I don't think my time is yet."

The speculation about Pujols' future began in spring training, when his wife Deidre posted an Instagram post (h/t Katherine Acquavella, CBS Sports) indicating that he would be retiring in 2021.

While speaking with Enrique Rojas from ESPN Deportes, Pujols denied his wife's comments.

Pujols stated that nothing has changed from what was discussed last week. "I will make a decision regarding the future depending on what happens this year."

The 41-year old first baseman started the season with the Los Angeles Angels. Before being designated for assignment, he hit.198/.250/.372 and had five home runs in 24 games.

Pujols signed an one-year contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers after clearing waivers. As a part-time player, he did better with a.254/.299/.460 line and 12 homers in his 189 at-bats.

At this stage in his career, Pujols would be best served as a platoon player. In 2021, the Dominican's OPS against lefties was.939 while it was.500 against righties.

Pujols, a 21-year MLB veteran is one of the most outstanding players of his generation. He is a 10-time All-Star and six-time Silver Slugger Winner. He also has three times been named National League MVP. His 679 career home runs rank him fifth in MLB history.