2014 GIBBY Awards Preview

By Brian Helberg
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Albert Pujols

Oct 5, 2014; Kansas City, MO, USA; Los Angels first basemen Albert Pujols (5) hits a solo home run in the fourth inning against the Kansas City Royals during game three of the 2014 ALDS baseball playoff game at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports

After missing much of the 2013 season due to multiple injuries, 2014 was a bounce back season for Albert Pujols. The 34-year-old first baseman appeared in 159 games for the Halos, hitting 28 long balls, and driving in 105 runs. Pujols was a finalist for a Gold Glove in 2014, and was a steading force in the heart of the Angels lineup.

Pujols is up for a pair of GIBBY’s on Saturday, as he is nominated for Best Moment and Walk-Off of the Year. Pujols’ Moment of the Year nomination is for when he hit his 500th career home run on April 22nd in Washington. The 500 home run plateau is a historic feat in baseball, and almost guarantees you a spot in Cooperstown after you hang up your cleats. On August 9th against the Boston Red Sox, Albert Pujols, ended a marathon 19-inning game with a walk-off home run. The 6 hour and 31 minute game is the longest ever played at Angel Stadium in Anaheim.