Albert Pujols’ foot has caught up with him

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It was such a nice year for Albert Pujols. Healthy for the first time in ages, he was looking way more like the future Hall of Famer he is than the declining slugger he has appeared to be these past couple of seasons.

At the All-Star break, Pujols was hitting .255/.323/.532 with 26 homers. He was back, baby. In the second half, however, he’s batting just .219/.269/.376. And the culprit, as it has been so many times in the past several years, his feet. Mike Scioscia talking to the L.A. Times:

“There’s no doubt his base and strength isn’t quite the same because of his foot,” Scioscia said late Wednesday. “It affects other parts of his body and his swing, and it’s tough for him to leverage right now. But he’s a gamer, and he’s going to go out there and do everything he can to put the ball in play.

What a drag it is getting old.