The Daily Pujols – 01.25.2011

by on January 25, 2011 · 1 comment

On the morning of January 19th, I started collecting links – as many as I can find with minimal effort – that discuss the Albert Pujols contract discussions. Why? Who knows, yet here they are. Oh, and to serve you all, our three loyal readers! The Daily Pujols certainly won’t be a comprehensive list, but between local, national, and blog coverage, maybe you’ll find something here you otherwise wouldn’t. Without further delay, here is today’s Daily Pujols…

The DP hit the jackpot today with the launching of Pujols’ own site, PujolsFive.com.  Strangely, they’ve apparently already started ripping off articles from other sources without accrediting the original author.  Oops.  By the way, there’s also a Twitter feed (@pujolsfive) and a Facebook page.  Yee-ha.

On with the DP!

Local

Jacob Mayer at the Daily Egyptian likens Albert Pujols ‘ situation to another prominent Midwestern free agent, Peyton Manning. ESPN could make a killing off of these one-hour “Decision” specials in 2011.

National

The Orange County Register’s Sam Miller made up some word clouds from reactions to the Vernon Wells / Mike Napoli trade from Angels and Blue Jays blogs.  Note one of the larger words on the Blue Jays cloud – PUJOLS.  Sam Miller is a stud.  (h/t Drunk Jays Fans)

Rob Neyer held a chat at ESPN.com and – surprise! – one of the overriding themes was a Pujols contract.  Actually surprising was the other overriding theme that the length of the contract should be a concern because of questions about his actual age, with Neyer actually suggesting “Gramps” as a nickname for AP.  I guess it’s not terribly surprising for it to come up, but strangely enough, that’s one I hadn’t heard much yet through this process.  Moving on…

ESPN.com also hosted Jayson Stark’s piece on the Pujols negotiations today, and it is one of the more thorough and logical recaps of the negotiations I’ve seen (especially from the national mainstream) to date.  Stark knows a lot of people in positions to know things, so when he anonymously quotes agents and officials from other clubs saying the deal will get done – it’s hard not to believe that.  As many have suspected, Stark also notes that he expects years, and not average annual value, to be the kicker in getting a deal done.  Great read, highly recommended.

Blogs

Mets blog Rising Apple offers more speculation about the Wilpons springing for The Machine.  Interesting comment too – what number would he wear, if David Wright already has 5?  Mysteries abound!

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