One of the greatest baseball players in MLB history played his final game in 2022. At 42 years old, Albert Pujols concluded his career in the same place where he began it — as a member of the St. Louis Cardinals. Future first Ballot Hall of Famer Albert Pujols achieved something in 2022 that only 3 other players have ever done in the history of the MLB. Albert Pujols hit over 700 career home runs. Ending at 703 home runs, Albert Pujols joins the illustrious list of Barry Bonds, Hank Aaron, and Babe Ruth as the only four players in the 700-home run club.
When you take a look at the feats that Pujols has accomplished in his Hall of Fame career, they are truly breathtaking. Pujols was a 3x MVP, 11x All-Star, 2x World Series Champion, 2x Gold Glove, 6x Silver Slugger, Rookie of the Year, NLCS MVP, 3x TSN Major League Player of the Year, and also won the batting title in 2003 with a batting average of .359. Obviously, you can understand why Albert Pujols was such a legendary baseball player.
If MLB The Show 23 decided to put Albert Pujols on the cover, it would be a great way of recognizing that we’ve said goodbye to a legend on the baseball field. There would be no arguing as to why Pujols has made the cover athlete because everyone knows how emotional and historic of a year 2022 was for him. I don’t know if Pujols would be the first choice to be on the cover, but he is definitely someone who is in the conversation and someone who is more than deserving to have that honor.
There are not many things that Albert Pujols have never done in his career, but Pujols has never been on the cover of an MLB The Show video game so granting him that honor would check off one last thing on the list.
It will be interesting to see which route MLB The Show 23 takes. There are a lot of great candidates, but it feels like the cover athlete is going to be one of Julio Rodriguez, Aaron Judge, or Albert Pujols. 2022 was a big year for each of them which makes sense that they would be honored in 2023 with being the cover athlete of MLB The Show 23.