Luis Pujols

Luis Bienvenido Pujols Toribio (born November 18, 1955) is a former Major League Baseball catcher and manager. Though he batted just .193 over his career, he managed to put together a nine-year career as a back-up catcher thanks to his exceptional defensive abilities. He is the cousin of Los Angeles Angels first baseman Albert Pujols.

Luis Pujols
Luis Pujols (199532054) (cropped)
Pujols with the San Francisco Giants in 2006
Catcher / Manager
Born: November 18, 1955 (age 63)
Santiago de los Caballeros, Santiago Rodríguez Province, Dominican Republic
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 22, 1977, for the Houston Astros
Last MLB appearance
May 22, 1985, for the Texas Rangers
MLB statistics
Batting average.193
Home runs6
Runs batted in81
Managerial record55–100
Winning %.355
As player

As manager

As coach

Houston Astros

Seventeen-year-old Pujols signed with the Houston Astros as an amateur free agent out of the Dominican Republic in 1973. He batted .230 with five home runs and 107 runs batted in over five seasons in their farm system when he made his debut as a September call-up in 1977. He got one hit in fifteen at-bats over the remainder of the season. More importantly, he caught four of eight attempted base stealers.

He started the 1978 season in the minors, but was brought up mid-season around the time the Astros dealt starting catcher Joe Ferguson to the Los Angeles Dodgers. He platooned behind the plate with former first round draft pick Bruce Bochy, who was also called up at around the same time, for the remainder of the season. Pujols batted a modest .131 with one home run and eleven RBIs.

The Astros acquired Alan Ashby from the Toronto Blue Jays to assume the starting catcher job in 1979. Bochy was given the back-up catcher job, and Pujols was reassigned to the triple A Charleston Charlies. In Charleston, he put together his finest season at any level, batting .249 with six home runs and 41 RBIs. He was called up to Houston in late August to again platoon with Bochy after Ashby injured himself in a game against the Montreal Expos, and was lost for the season. He was the hero of his second game back in the majors. In a tight race for the National League West, Pujols hit a triple and a double, driving in two and scoring one run to lead his team to a 9-4 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers.[1] He also had a three RBI game against the Atlanta Braves on September 25.[2] For the season, he batted .227 with eight RBIs as the Astros finished a game and a half back of the Cincinnati Reds.

In 1980, Pujols spent his first full season in the majors. He batted .199 with twenty RBIs for an Astro team that captured its first division crown in franchise history. Though both were hobbled with injuries,[3] Pujols actually received the bulk of the playing time over Ashby in the 1980 National League Championship Series against the Philadelphia Phillies. In thirteen plate appearances, he drew three walks and hit a triple off Hall of Famer Steve Carlton.

Following Carlton Fisk's departure from the Boston Red Sox via free agency, Pujols was rumored to be headed to Boston for Joe Rudi, but nothing ever materialized. Instead, he remained in Houston, and was on his way to his best season statistically when a players strike interrupted his season. On May 19, after hitting a triple against the St. Louis Cardinals' Bob Shirley, Pujols stole home for the only stolen base of his career.[4] He batted .254 with one home run and eight RBIs in the first half, while batting .224 with six RBIs and no home runs in the second half. Still, the Astros won the NL West in the second half of the season to return to the post-season a second year in a row. Pujols came to bat seven times in the 1981 National League Division Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers without getting a hit.

Pujols had a nightmare of a game on June 24, 1982. With knuckleballer Joe Niekro on the mound, he was charged with four passed balls and allowed two additional wild pitches.[5] He'd had only two passed balls up to that point in the season, but ended up leading the majors with twenty in only 488 innings behind the plate by season's end (the Texas Rangers' Jim Sundberg had the second highest with sixteen in 1136.2 innings). Likewise, his hitting tapered off as well as the season progressed. After his batting average peaked at .276 on July 2, he batted just .161 the rest of the way. He did, however, have a career high four home runs.

Final years

He split the 1983 season between the Astros and Triple A Tucson Toros, and spent the entire 1984 season in Tucson until being dealt to the Kansas City Royals for minor leaguer James Miner. He appeared in four games for the Royals that September, collecting one hit in five at-bats.

He signed with the Texas Rangers for 1985, and seemed in line to win the back-up catcher job until pulling a muscle in his right arm in Spring training. After appearing in one regular season game, a fractured shoulder cost him the entire season. He returned healthy the following Spring, but failed to make the club. He spent the 1986 season in the minors with the Rangers, and the 1987 season in the Montreal Expos' organization before retiring. He spent the 1989 season as a member of the West Palm Beach Tropics in the Senior Professional Baseball Association.


When Felipe Alou had the interim tag removed from his managerial position with the Montreal Expos for the 1993 season, he asked Pujols to serve as his first base coach. He remained there through the 1999 season, moving into the bench coach position for 2000. On July 20, he was fired and replaced by Jeff Cox.[6]

He managed the Detroit Tigers' double A Eastern League affiliate, the Erie SeaWolves, to an 84-58 record in 2001 before becoming bench coach with the major league club for the 2002 season. He ended up becoming the Tigers' interim manager for most of the season after Phil Garner was fired six games into the season. Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski hired Felipe Alou to be Pujols' bench coach for the remainder of the season. On June 25, history was made when the Tigers faced off against the Kansas City Royals, who were managed by Tony Peña. It was the first time two Dominican-born managers opposed each other in a major league game.[7] An infamous incident in Pujols's year managing was when the Tigers somehow batted out of order.[8] Pujols was released at the end of the 2002 season. Under Pujols, the Tigers posted a 55–100 record for a .355 winning percentage, the worst of any manager in club history.[9]

He ended up following Alou to the San Francisco Giants, where he served as first base coach until Alou and his entire staff were fired at the end of the 2006 season. When Alou was named manager of the Dominican team in the 2009 World Baseball Classic, Pujols joined him there as well.[10] On December 10, 2007, Luis Pujols was named manager of the Corpus Christi Hooks, Class double A farm team of the Houston Astros.

On February 25, 2013, he became the Manager for the Delmarva Shorebirds, the lower level Single-A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles. In February 2014 he was named the manager for the Frederick Keys, the advanced Single-A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles.

Preceded by
Tommy Harper
Montreal Expos first base coach
Succeeded by
Perry Hill
Preceded by
Gene Glynn
Montreal Expos Bench coach
Succeeded by
Jeff Cox
Preceded by
Phil Garner
Detroit Tigers Manager
Succeeded by
Alan Trammell
Preceded by
Gene Clines
San Francisco Giants first base coach
Succeeded by
Willie Upshaw


  1. ^ "Houston Astros 9, Los Angeles Dodgers 4". September 4, 1979.
  2. ^ "Houston Astros 8, Atlanta Braves 0". September 25, 1979.
  3. ^ "Phils Receive Heart Transplant". The Vancouver Sun. October 14, 1980.
  4. ^ "St. Louis Cardinals 15, Houston Astros 12". May 19, 1981.
  5. ^ "San Francisco Giants 4, Houston Astros 3". June 24, 1982.
  6. ^ "Johnson Back at Reins". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. July 21, 2000.
  7. ^ "Dominican managers exchange lineups for first time". Sports Illustrated. June 25, 2002.
  8. ^ "Angels rally to sweep Tigers after lineup confusion". Sports Illustrated. August 15, 2002.
  9. ^ Larry Lage (September 30, 2002). "Tigers Fire Pujols as Manager". USA Today.
  10. ^ "Rosters for 2009 World Baseball Classic Announced". February 24, 2009.

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1977 Houston Astros season

The 1977 Houston Astros season was a season in American baseball. The team finished third in the National League West with a record of 81–81, 17 games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers.

1978 Houston Astros season

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1980 Houston Astros season

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1980 National League Championship Series

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1981 Houston Astros season

The Houston Astros' 1981 season was a season in American baseball. It involved the Houston Astros attempting to win the National League West.

1982 Houston Astros season

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2002 Detroit Tigers season

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List of Detroit Tigers managers

The Detroit Tigers are a professional baseball team based in Detroit, Michigan. The Tigers are members of the American League Central Division in Major League Baseball. In baseball, the head coach of a team is called the manager, or more formally, the field manager. The duties of the team manager include team strategy and leadership on and off the field. The team initially began in the now defunct Western League in 1894, and later became one of the American League's eight charter franchises in 1901. Since the inception of the team in 1894, it has employed 47 different managers. The Tigers' current manager is Ron Gardenhire, who was hired for the 2018 season.The franchise's first manager after the team's arrival in the American League was George Stallings, who managed the team for one season. Hall of Famer Hughie Jennings, who managed the team from 1907 to 1920, led the team to three American League championships. Jennings however was unable to win the World Series, losing to the Chicago Cubs in 1907 and 1908 and the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1909. The Detroit Tigers did not win their first World Series until 1935 under the leadership of player-manager Mickey Cochrane. Steve O'Neill later led the Tigers to another World Series victory again in 1945. The Tigers would not win another World Series until 1968 World Series when the Tigers, led by Mayo Smith, defeated the St. Louis Cardinals. Sparky Anderson's 1984 Detroit Tigers team was the franchise's last World Series victory, and marked the first time in Major League Baseball history that a manager won the World Series in both leagues. In total, the Tigers have won the American League pennant 10 times, and the World Series 4 times.

The longest tenured Tiger manager was Sparky Anderson. Anderson managed the team for 2,579 games from 1979 to 1995. Hughie Jennings, Bucky Harris and Jim Leyland are the only other Detroit Tiger managers who have managed the team for more than 1,000 games. Anderson's 1331 wins and 1248 losses also lead all Tiger managers, while Cochrane's winning percentage of .582 is the highest of any Tiger manager who has managed at least one full-season. Seven Hall of Famers have managed the Tigers: Ed Barrow, Jennings, Ty Cobb, Cochrane, Joe Gordon, Bucky Harris and Anderson. Barrow was elected as an executive, Jennings and Anderson were elected as managers; the others were elected as players.


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