Albert Pujols is set to wrap up his MLB career with the same team where it all started this coming season. And though most call it a nostalgic send-off, the 42-year-old made clear that he hopes to provide the St. Louis Cardinals a boost and hopefully win another World Series championship.

But before that, it seems the return of Pujols has gotten off to a rocky start. The two-time World Series champion announced in an official statement released by his agent, Dan Lozano, that he and his wife Deidre were splitting up.

“I’ve been asked a lot of questions over the past few days regarding what’s been going on at home and sadly, after 22 years of marriage, I have made the decision to file for divorce from my wife, Deidre,” the statement read.

The announcement comes days after Deidra had successful surgery to remove a brain tumor. Pujols was aware of the timing and explains that deciding on it was not easy.

“I realize this is not the most opportune time with Opening Day approaching and other family events that have recently taken place. These situations are never easy and isn’t something that just happened overnight.”

Albert Pujols and Deidre have been married since 2000.

Even though they are separating, Albert Pujols added that they will both remain committed to raising their five children in a loving and safe environment.

“I am thankful for the five beautiful children that we brought into this world and remain committed to raising them in a loving and safe environment. I ask that you please respect our privacy and the privacy of our five children during this time.”

Pujols signed a one-year deal with the Cardinals for the coming season. He previously played for the team from 2001 to 2011.

Last season, Pujols hit .236 with 17 homers as he split time with the Dodgers and Angels.

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Coming in at number 77, Albert Pujols makes a total of $20.3 million, including a salary of $18.3 million and endorsement deals of $2 million. Getty

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