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Major League Baseball fans will have a special treat during the All-Star Week celebration.
Albert Pujols, fifth in home run history, will take part in Home Run Derby 2022 in the last season of his professional career.
St. Louis Cardinal who was added to All-Star Game Roster MLB commissioner Rob Manfred made the announcement on Twitter as an honorary nominee.
“I’m very happy to be able to do this and I hope I can put on a good show for the fans,” Pujols said, according to MLB.com. “I’m just going to try to have fun, like I always do at this tournament, and try to put on a good show. I will be representing many players and fans and hopefully I can put on a good show for them. and have fun. When they asked me about it, I was thrilled and honored to be able to do this.”
Pujols returned to St. Louis in the off-season on a one-year contract after spending the last 10 years of his career in Los Angeles. The three-time MVP appeared in 50 games for the Cardinals this season, hitting .219 with six home runs and 20 RBIs.
On Monday, Pujols edged out Cardinals great Stan Musial for third on the all-time off-base hits list.
“He was probably looking down and smiling,” Pujols said of Musial on Monday, according to MLB.com. “He probably said, ‘One more time, you did it.’ I mean, I don’t even have words to describe how I feel about the respect I have for Stan and his entire family and the legacy he left behind through this organization and through himself. It means a lot to me.”
It was the 1378th off-base hit of his storied career, and Pujols is second only to Hank Aaron and Barry Bonds in the all-time top off-base hits.
The Home Run Derby will feature eight runners including Pete Alonso of the New York Mets, Ronald Acuna Jr. of the Atlanta Braves, Juan Soto of the Washington Nationals, Kyle Schwarber of the Philadelphia Phillies and the Pujols confirming their participation.
Home Run Derby 2022 will take place on Monday 18 July.