The Dodgers are reportedly set to make the Albert Pujols signing official at some point on Monday. The move caught a lot of fans in Los Angeles by surprise for a lot of reasons. There isn’t a clear spot for him, he’s aging out, and his bat isn’t nearly as effective as it once was. Not by a long shot, to be frank.
It’s not like the Dodgers can just put Pujols anywhere on the field to get him at-bats against left-handed pitching. He’s not exactly the most fleet of foot. Pujols actually ranks out as the worst player in baseball with a spring speed of 21.6 ft/second. To give some context, Justin Turner is the current slowest on the team at 25 feet/second.
Dave Roberts was not allowed to comment on the Pujols signing on Saturday afternoon when it was announced. But the Dodgers skipper was asked a pretty funny question. Does Doc think that he could beat Albert in a foot race right now?
As a player that I respect greatly, could I beat him in a foot race? … I would say yes.
You gotta love the respect that Doc gave him before saying that he could beat him. But the Dodgers skipper has always been speedy. Maybe not so much at almost 49-years-old, but he did steal 243 bases in his big league career.
I would imagine that the Dodgers are going to have Pujols doing as little running as possible in his time with Los Angeles. He did steal a base with the Angels this year though, so you never know.