Albert Pujols
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Albert Pujols

Cardinals first baseman

"Julio Franco was the ballplayer that I most admired. I liked the way that he played. He was one of the best pure ballplayers that came out of the Dominican Republic at the time. I always admired him.

"Once I made it to the big leagues, there were different players that I loved to see play. They were Jeff Bagwell, Craig Biggio, Chipper Jones. I thank the Lord for giving me a chance to play against them before they retired.

"They were great models for young ballplayers. Now it is my job to be a good model for the young players that are coming up. I want to motivate them so that they don't take things lightly, that they devote themselves and work hard."