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Outside The Confines: The Machine broke down

Most days, a guy throwing a no-hitter that was as close to being a perfect game without being a perfect game would be the lead story. But a sure-fire first ballot Hall-of-Famer being released takes precedence.

  • The Angels released first baseman Albert Pujols on Thursday. Pujols reportedly said he wasn’t through playing and that if the Angels felt he wasn’t good enough to play regularly, they should release him. The Angels said there was never a good time for something like this, but that it was time to move on.
  • Bob Nightengale writes that despite Pujols’ desire to keep playing, his career is probably over.