Pujols said he found out his wife’s surgery was successful after he received a text during the Cardinals’ spring training game last week and thanked fans for their well wishes, but confirmed that he planned to stay with the team rather than return to California to be with his, The Associated Press reported at the time.
The couple married on January 1, 2000 and have five children, including Deidre’s daughter from a previous relationship.
“I am grateful for the five beautiful children we brought into the world and remain committed to raising them in a loving and safe environment,” Pujols said in his statement Monday.
Last week, Pujols agreed to a one-year, $2.5 million deal with the Cardinals, returning to the franchise after a ten-year absence. ESPN reported.
The deal sees the 42-year-old slugger likely spend the final year of his Hall of Fame career with the team he started it on and achieved his greatest success.
Pujols made his Major League Baseball debut with the Cardinals in 2001 and spent 11 seasons with the franchise, including winning two World Series championships (2006, 2011), three National League MVP awards (2005, 2008 , 2009), six Silver Slugger Awards. (2001, 2003, 2004, 2008-2010) and the NL Rookie of the Year Award (2001), as well as nine of his 10 career All-Star Game appearances and one of his two Gold Glove Awards (2006) .
The Santo Domingo native signed a 10-year, $254 million contract with the Los Angeles Angels after rejecting a 10-year, $210 million contract offer from St. Louis.
Pujols spent last season with the Los Angeles Dodgers, recording a .254 batting average, 12 home runs and 38 RBIs in 189 at-bats.
The 42-year-old enters the 2022 season with a career batting average of .297, 679 homers, 3,301 hits and 2,150 RBIs in 21 MLB seasons.
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