As he finishes his 22-year major league career, Albert Pujols will be able to add one more honor to his legendary resume.
Major League Baseball named Pujols the National League Comeback Player of the Year on Tuesday night. MLB.com beat writers determine the winner of the award.
Pujols, 42, returned to St. Louis in 2022 following a 10-year absence and looked like his old self. The three-time MVP posted his highest totals since 2011, the final season of his first stint with the Cardinals, in OPS (.895) and OPS+ (154) while hitting for a .550 slugging percentage, his highest since 2010. The future Hall of Famer had a .270 batting average with 24 homers and 68 RBIs, and he posted an outstanding .323/.388/.715 slash line after the All-Star break.
Pujols participated in the All-Star Game — albeit on an honorary basis — for the first time since 2015 and finished second to Juan Soto in the Home Run Derby. He hit his 700th career home run on September 23, becoming just the fourth player in MLB history to reach the prolific milestone.
Pujols, who hit .326/.417/.614 in 12 seasons as a Cardinal and .256/.311/.448 in 10 seasons between the Angels and Dodgers, announced in spring training that the 2022 campaign would be his last. He stayed true to his word, filing his retirement paperwork in October after his memorable retirement tour came to an end with the Cardinals' elimination in the wild-card round of the 2022 postseason.