Pujols Impacting Angels on, off Field


February 27th, 2012 by Jim Field

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Albert Pujols hasn’t connected for his first homer and he’s already having a powerful impact on the Los Angeles Angels.

The superstar slugger, who signed a $240 million free agent contract with the club in December, has impressed his new teammates with an unparalleled work ethic so far in spring training. Pujols has been one of the first players to report each morning and one of the last to leave. Following the Angels’ first full-squad workout of camp Monday, when Pujols hit laser-beam line drives during batting practice, outfielder Torii Hunter said he gets “a great vibe” just being around the All-Star first baseman.

Hunter said he can learn how to become a better hitter just by watching Pujols swing in the batting cage.