After winning the 2011 World Series with the St. Louis Cardinals, Albert Pujols switched over to the American League and signed a 10-year, $240 million contract with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. While many experts and writers have hailed Pujols as the greatest hitter of this generation, he's put up some abysmal numbers to start the 2012 season with his new team.
In his first 110 at bats of the year, Pujols didn't hit a single home run – setting the record for the most homerless at bats to start a season by a player with 400 or more career home runs. Baseball writer Joe Posnanski wrote that there's more to Pujols' struggles than his lack of power. He's struck out significantly more than he's walked, something he's never done in a season since his rookie year.
On Saturday, Angels manager Mike Scioscia kept Pujols out of the lineup after he went hitless in four at bats on Friday, soliciting boos from Los Angeles fans. When the slugger returned to the order on Sunday, he responded and hit his first home run of the season.
When a player is struggling at the plate, coaches need to remind them that if they don't get a hit 60 percent of the time, they could be hall-of-famers. It's important that they keep their composure and take time to work on their swings.
Sometimes just one game off could make a difference. If players are hitting balls in play, but don't seem to be getting on as much as they should, they should consider checking out new baseball bats that are designed to give them as much of an advantage at the plate as possible.