Former AL MVP and MLB executive Al Rosen passes away at the age of 91


Sad news to pass along late this afternoon, as former Indians great and major league executive Al Rosen has passed away at the age of 91.

“He was an inspiration to us all and had a special presence, strength and intellect. His fierce competitive nature and toughness was legendary,” Indians president Mark Shapiro said in a statement from the team.

Rosen had a brief, but impressive career, all as a member of the Indians from 1947-1956. A four-time All-Star, he had a .285/.384/.495 batting line with 192 home runs and 717 RBI over 1,044 games. He won the American League MVP Award in 1953 in a year he just narrowly missed out on a Triple Crown.

Injuries forced Rosen into early retirement from his playing career at age 32, but he later returned to the game as an executive, making stops with the Yankees, Astros, and Giants. San Francisco won two division titles with him at the helm as president/general manager and made the World Series in 1989. He was named Executive of the Year in 1987.

Here’s an interesting video about Rosen in a discussion about his Jewish heritage:

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We send our condolences to Rosen’s family, friends, and colleagues.

Pujols hits 701st career home run, connects for Cardinals

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ST. LOUIS — Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols hit his 701st home run, connecting Friday night against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Pujols launched a slider from former teammate Johan Oviedo over the Big Mac Land sign in left field at Busch Stadium. The solo drive in the fourth inning made it 1-all.

Pujols faced Oviedo for the first time and made the 24-year-old righty the 456th different pitcher he’s homered against.

The St. Louis star hadn’t homered in a week since hitting No. 699 and 700 at Dodger Stadium last Friday. Pujols had gone 10 at-bats without a home run after two starts and one pinch-hit appearance.

The Busch Stadium crowd gave the 42-year-old Pujols a long standing ovation before he came out of the Cardinals dugout to tip his cap for a curtain call.

Pujols hit his 22nd home run this season for the NL Central champion Cardinals.

Pujols is fourth on the career home run list behind Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755) and Babe Ruth (714).