Most people know Albert Pujols as a baseball player and that is what he is most famous for. While his baseball career is undeniably incredible, you have to wonder who the man is behind all of that power and the equally impressive offensive and defensive games. Where was he born, where does he live, and where did he come from? These are common questions as Albert Pujols becomes one of the greatest players in Major League Baseball history. Born on January 16, 1980, Pujols was raised in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic by his grandmother. Pujols and his family immigrated to the United States from the Dominican Republic in 1996. Upon his arrival Pujols realized that he loved the game of baseball. Albert loved to play baseball, watch baseball, and even talk about baseball. The game quickly became his passion and practice paid off. In the U.S., Pujols displayed his hitting skill by batting over .500 in his first season at Fort Osage High School in Independence, Missouri, twice earning all-state honors. Pujols graduated from high school in December 1998. Unlike a lot of young men, Albert’s passion for baseball didn’t die when he graduated from high school. Instead, Pujols attended Maple Woods Community College in Kansas City. In his first season with the community college team he made his presence felt immediately, as he hit a grand slam and turned an unassisted triple play in his first game. Albert Pujols proved his talent, with a batting average of .461 in his first year in college. Pujols is widely considered to be one of the greatest players in modern Major League Baseball; this is due in part to his impressive accrual of statistics and records before the age of 30. At the end of the 2009 season, Pujols ranked within the top 15 players in major league history in four statistical categories: on-base percentage (12th), slugging percentage (4th), on-base plus slugging (OPS; 4th), and adjusted OPS (tied for 6th). From 2001 to 2005, Pujols hit 201 home...
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