- Tim Kurkjian, MLB reporter
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Cardinals manager Tony La Russa has called Albert Pujols "the perfect player,'' which covers it all, says it all.
Such an acclamation has been reserved for maybe a handful of players in baseball history, including Willie Mays and Hank Aaron, for it goes beyond the five-tool player, it goes beyond the complete player, it describes a player with no weaknesses.
That is Albert Pujols. So, we spoke to four former players, three of them Hall of Famers, about the brilliance of Pujols as a hitter -- one view from a hitter, one from a pitcher -- a defensive player and a baserunner.
When we were done talking with all four, it was clear that as good as we knew Pujols is, he's a better player than we thought.
Click on one of the four areas:
IS PUJOLS MAN OR MACHINE?
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