Albert Pujols' shocking decline

How the Angels star's walk rate reveals so much more

Originally Published: August 13, 2014
By Peter Keating | ESPN The Magazine

THE MOMENT YOU think you've seen it all in baseball, the game delivers something you've never encountered. Consider the decline of Albert Pujols (age: 34; OPS: .810). Everyone's stats fall off sooner or later, but Pujols' skills have decayed in a way that is unique in baseball history -- and that shows how the latest advanced metrics let us gauge the physical and even mental struggles of a waning ballplayer.

On average, as baseball players age, they lose speed, then ...

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