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Albert Pujols: Derek Jeter 'pretty close' to Jesus

Derek Jeter Albert Pujols (Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) Derek Jeter is a career .312 hitter, nine points less than Albert Pujols. (Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Derek Jeter has been showered with praise for his illustrious career after announcing Wednesday that 2014 will be his last year in the major leagues.

But it was one of Jeter's peers, Albert Pujols, who was perhaps the most effusive in his admiration — essentially referring to the Yankees shortstop as a deity in pinstripes.

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Tweeted Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times: "Pujols on Jeter: 'On and off field, he's the way you want your kids to grow up, Only Jesus is perfect, but he's pretty close to that guy.'"

Pujols, whose 492 career home runs trail only Alex Rodriguez among active players, is a three-time MVP and two-time World Series champion.

Still, even he idolizes the 39-year-old Jeter, who is a five-time World Series champion.

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