Inside Albert Pujols’ first professional baseball field with Peoria Chiefs

Borea – Albert Pujols’ 23-year professional baseball journey has him on the brink of 700 home Major League hits.

It all started with Peoria heads In the Midwest League, he made his first professional home game with him in his first professional game in 2000.

“Over the course of that season, you’ve been watching the player play and you can tell he’s going to be good,” said former Peoria Chiefs president and co-owner Rocky Funchen. “I don’t think anyone could say he would be good so quickly. But it was only a matter of time.

“Then in 2001, if Bobby Bonilla hadn’t been hurt, they wouldn’t have kept Albert in the beginning. Things could have gone differently.”