- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 29, 2012

TEMPE, ARIZ. (AP) - The Angels will phase out use of the phrase “El Hombre” in marketing campaigns involving superstar slugger Albert Pujols.

Angels Vice President of Communications Tim Mead said Tuesday that billboards using Pujols and “El Hombre” would remain up in parts of Southern California until early April.

But Mead said the franchise is aware of how Pujols feels about the phrase and will respect his wishes that it not be used further.

Pujols told reporters early in training camp that he was not in favor of being referred to as “El Hombre” as he felt it undermined the respect St. Louis baseball fans have for former Cardinals great Stan Musial, whose nickname was “The Man.”

Pujols signed a $240 million, 10-year contract with the Angels in the offseason.

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