He's a manager's dream, a player who hits for power to all fields, plays Gold Glove-caliber defense at first base, runs the bases smartly and aggressively, fights through nagging injuries, is ultra-prepared and will do anything to win.
"All [Angels Manager] Mike Scioscia has to do is tell Albert the game starts at 7 and we're playing the A's," La Russa said. "That's how easy it is to manage Albert."
"He's the best player I've been around in 33 years, and now the Angels have him," La Russa said. "This guy is perfect. If you find a flaw, tell me, and I'll challenge it."