[Editor’s note: This story has been updated from an earlier version that attributed the interest in returning directly from Albert Pujols, not Dino Ebel’s opinion.]
Albert Pujols is rumored to want to return to the Los Angeles Dodgers next season. According to Dodgers insider, David Vassegh, LA third base coach Dino Ebel feels that if the Dodgers wanted Albert back in 2022, he would gladly come back.
While nothing is official, the idea is still worth the conversation now.
We discuss Albert Pujols’ impact on the Dodgers this season and if LA should bring him back next year. Plus, Albert Pujols’ secret motivation this year.
Tío Albert has shown shades of old since coming to LA (the real one) with a big smile on his face. Along with that smile and a bunch of hugs, la maquina has also found his bat.
Albert Pujols since joining the #Dodgers:
? Slashing .276/.309/.500 w/ 8 HR and a .809 OPS.
? VS LHP: 344/.382/.656 w/ 6 HR and a 1.039 OPS
? LA's 36 wins since adding Pujols are more than any team in MLB in that stretch.
— Dodgers Nation (@DodgersNation) July 19, 2021
While the rumor is low on the rumor meter, there’s at least enough reason for Andrew Friedman and the Dodgers to consider a return engagement with the future Hall of Famer. And, importantly, all signs point to universal DH in 2022, which could play up even more in Pujols’ favor.
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