Manny Machado says that other teams shouldn’t have ignored Albert Pujols’ farewell trip
Manny Machado of the San Diego Padres slammed MLB teams for not giving Albert Pujols a farewell tour.
Albert Pujols returned to the St. Louis Cardinals this offseason for the first time since 2011. Even though the reunion will be amazing, Pujols has said that he will stop playing baseball after the 2022 season.
Other players, such as Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees and David Ortiz of the Boston Red Sox, have received farewell tours from opposing teams. However, there have been few honors for Pujols, and San Diego Padres third baseman Manny Machado took to Twitter to express his disappointment.
Manny Machado criticizes teams for failing to pay attention to Albert Pujols’ farewell trip
As Machado remarked, h/t Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, “I’ll tell you what.” “It’s a load of nonsense that teams aren’t giving him a farewell tour.”
That’s something I’ll tell you right now. Why? Albert has been the best player of our generation to ever play this game, and to see him achieve what he’s doing now is just incredible. It’s incredible that St. Louis provided him with the opportunity to return and conclude his career as a Cardinal. “
After making his debut with the St. Louis Cardinals in 2001, Pujols established himself as one of MLB’s top talents. During his 11 seasons with the franchise, he won three NL MVP titles and six Silver Slugger medals, as well as helping them win two Commissioner’s Trophies.
Fans were screaming for him to return to the Cardinals when he parted ties with the Los Angeles Angels early in the 2021 season.
Despite this, he agreed to continue the season with the Dodgers. But he made it official this offseason when he signed a one-year deal with the team that chose him in the 13th round in 2000.
Machado simply wanted to state that Pujols is completely deserving of being recognized by teams that face St. Louis this season.