Oct 2, 2022; St. Louis, Missouri, USA; St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols (5) addresses the crowd during a farewell ceremony for Pujols and catcher Yadier Molina (4) before a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

Albert Pujols, who, last year, became only the fourth member of MLB’s 700 home run club, put his announcing chops to work Sunday. There, he joined color analyst Bob Walk and play-by-play veteran Brendan Burke on the call for Sunday’s game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and his former team, the St. Louis Cardinals. It’s only fitting the 43-year-old would start this new phase of his career at PNC Park, where Pujols slugged 35 career home runs, easily the most by a visiting player in the stadium’s 22-year history.

Given his profile as a surefire Hall-of-Famer and one of the greatest players of his era, it’s surprising how little attention Pujols generated in his broadcasting debut, with minimal promotion surrounding the event. That’s likely because the game was buried on NBC’s streaming service, Peacock, with an unusually early 11:35 AM ET first pitch.

Still, even amid the muted circumstances of his maiden voyage on Peacock, Pujols was generally well-received by fans, who felt he came off as likable and well-prepared.

It helped having his former teammate Adam Wainwright break the ice, sharing an anecdote about Pujols talking his ear off in the sauna, of all places.

Time will tell if Pujols proves successful in his transition from the batter’s box to the broadcast booth, though, if nothing else, his insight as a three-time MVP and two-time World Series champion should prove valuable, lending star power and credibility to a brand desperate to make its presence felt in the sports content space.

About Jesse Pantuosco

Jesse Pantuosco joined Awful Announcing as a contributing writer in May 2023. He’s also written for Audacy and NBC Sports. A graduate of Syracuse’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications with a master’s degree in creative writing from Fairfield University, Pantuosco has won three Fantasy Sports Writers Association Awards. He lives in West Hartford, Connecticut and never misses a Red Sox, Celtics or Patriots game.