Katie Woo of The Athletic reports that the St. Louis CardinalsAlbert Pujols will participate in the 2022 T-Mobile Home Run Derby next Monday night at Dodger Stadium.

MLB commissioner Rob Manfred announced last Friday that Pujols and the Detroit Tigers’ Miguel Cabrera would participate in the All-Star Game as legacy selections.

Pujols is a three-time MVP and two-time World Series champion, and he’s now an 11-time All-Star Game selection. He has 684 career home runs and entered play on Monday with a .916 career OPS.

And on Monday night in the Cardinals’ game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Pujols became No. 3 on MLB’s all-time extra-base hits list — behind only Hank Aaron and Barry Bonds — with this double:

It’s been an incredible career for Pujols that will land him in the Baseball Hall of Fame one day.

But Pujols is now a 42-year-old with five homers and a .674 OPS in 2022 (his final season), and he’s many years removed from being an above-average major-league hitter. So, the announcement of his Home Run Derby participation has drawn very mixed reactions from baseball fans.

Here’s a sampling of how the baseball world has reacted to the news that Pujols will in the Home Run Derby:

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