However, nobody in the Cardinals organization, including Pujols, is worried about it. Hitting coach Mark McGwire said, “By the time the year is over people will see his numbers where they’ve always been.” I agree.
As we all know, the big issue surrounding Pujols during spring training was his contract negotiations with the Cardinals and how both sides couldn't reach an agreement. Many believe that this is Pujol's last year in a Cardinals uniform and come next season he will take his talents elsewhere-- i.e. Chicago Cubs.
Personally, I think Pujols and the Cardinals will work something out and he will remain a Cardinal for life. By the time it's all said and done, Pujols will break almost every Cardinals' batting record which are mostly held by the legendary Hall of Famer, Stan "The Man" Musial. Pujols knows the significance of his potential immortality so that's why I think he isn't going anywhere any time soon. Breaking Musial's records means the world to King Albert and he knows it.
Here is where Pujols currently stands in most major offensive categories in Cardinals history which are held by Musial. The number in parenthesis is where Musial and Pujols currently stand on the all-time Cardinals list--
Games Played - (1) Musial - 3026 -- (9) Pujols - 1619
At-Bats: (1) Musial - 10972 -- (8) Pujols - 5970
Plate Appearances: (1) Musial - 12712 -- (6) Pujols - 7051
Runs Scored: (1) Musial - 1949 -- (3) Pujols - 1228
Hits: (1) Musial - 3630 -- (6) Pujols - 1966
Doubles: (1) Musial - 725 -- (3) Pujols - 433
Home Runs: (1) Musial - 475 -- (2) Pujols - 421
Runs Batted In: (1) Musial - 1951 -- (2) Pujols - 1268
Bases On Balls: (1) Musial - 1599 -- (2) Pujols - 940
Total Bases: (1) Musial - 6134 -- (3) Pujols - 3692
Those were some lofty numbers put up by "The Man" and Pujols has an excellent chance to break most of them, of course, if he stays in St. Louis.
Stats courtesy of baseball-reference.com