A former MLB manager claims Albert Pujols lied about his age throughout his career.
David Samson, who was President of the Marlins from 2002 to 2017, made the claim during a recent appearance on The Dan Le Batard Show. Samson pondered the 2012 off-season when Pujols was a free agent and the Marlins were one of the teams trying to sign the baseball star.
Pujols eventually signed a massive 10-year $ 240 million deal with the Angels. It’s the 14th largest contract in MLB (per Cot’s Baseball) history, and it ensured he was paid on-going. Despite worse numbers in recent years, Pujols will still make $ 30 million this season – which many consider to be his last, despite saying he hasn’t made up his mind.
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While Samson remembered that contract and offered to send the pujols to the Marlins, he missed the fact that the baseball player is not the age he claims to be.
“We knew when we did the calculations for this deal that we didn’t care about 2019, ’20 or ’21. It was so far in the future that it didn’t matter,” said Samson. “We knew he would.” Be unproductive, we knew he wasn’t the age he said he was. We had all the information. “
Le Batard replied: “Have you just reported that Pujols is older than he always said?”
Samson said, “There isn’t a person, not a leader, in baseball who believes Albert Pujols is the age he is. The amount of fraud that was going on in the Dominican Republic back then, the name change, The change of birthdays would blow your mind. “
This isn’t the first time Pujols, listed at 41, has been questioning his age. As Samson notes, there is a story where Dominican Republic players are not the age they claim to be. Former pitcher Wandy Rodriguez was two years older than previously thought, and so was Miguel Tejada.
As for Pujols, Samson didn’t give the age he thought was the baseball star, but there is a story where Pujol’s own words were used. Many people became aware of this in a 2018 interview with Yahoo Sports when Pujols may have revealed his real age.
“I actually got it with Octavio Dotel, I think I told you. I was about 12, 13, almost 13 years old,” said Pujols, describing his very first home run. “And we’re going back, you know, 28 years later, and here I am.”
According to Pujols’ math, the 13-year-old and 28-year-old would have made him 41-year-old at the time of the interview. In the same interview he said, “Well, Dotel, I think he’s three or four years older than me.” The same math resulted in Pujols being 41 years old.
In this context, Pujols would be three years older than the 41-year-old he is currently listed on (considering his January 16 birthdate is correct), which in theory would make him 44.