Trailing only the New York Yankees in number of World Series championships (11 to 27), the St. Louis Cardinals are one of baseball’s most popular and successful franchises. There have been several top-flight managers directing the Redbirds
throughout their history, and one of the first was Frankie Frisch. Frisch was the impetus behind the early 1930s “Gas House Gang,” and as player-manager, he led the team to a World Series title in 1934. In his six seasons as Cards manager, he compiled a 458-354 W-L mark.
Billy Southworth (in his second stint) took over as skipper of Read the rest of this entry »
This past offseason, the St. Louis Cardinals and superstar first baseman Albert Pujols parted ways after 11 spectacular seasons. The Pujols era in St. Louis included seven trips to the postseason and two World Series championships – the most recent coming in 2011.
As a Cardinals fan who lives far from St. Louis, I’ve been able to follow the team from afar with MLB EXTRA INNINGS on DIRECTV. I also get a ton of games in HD, which is awesome. If you’re a Cardinals fan living outside of St. Louis or just a baseball fan in general, I would highly recommend DIRECTV to watch the games in high definition. You can learn more about DIRECTV HD here: http://www.direct4tv.com/direct-tv-hd.html.
Since DIRECTV allows me to watch the Angels as well as the Cardinals, I’ve come to peace with the exit of Albert Pujols by realizing a few things.
Pujols signed a 10-year, 254 million contract with the Los Angeles Angels in December of 2011. This contract, which seems like it’s worth more than the GDP of some small countries, is downright ridiculous. No baseball player is worth this much money. One guy can’t single-handedly carry a baseball team to a pennant. It’s not like basketball where LeBron James can make everyone on his team better. In baseball, you need good pitching, good defense, good management and, of course, good luck. Albert Pujols isn’t going to do it by himself. He’s just one guy in a nine-hitter lineup.
Plus, at 32, the Angels are banking on Pujols remaining an elite hitter into his late 30s and early 40s. He’s going to slow down eventually. As they say, father time is undefeated. When he’s 39 years old and hitting .260, that 25 million salary isn’t going to look so good.
Look, the Cardinals had 11 great years with Albert Pujols in the prime of his career. The team has two World Series championships to show for it. While it would have been nice to keep Pujols around in St. Louis for his entire career, 250 million just isn’t a good investment in a guy that’s best years are probably behind him.
The game of baseball has been defined by commentators by a series of historical eras. Each era of the game has had its stars and dominating players. The modern era of baseball seems to be defined by powerful hitters who are multi-talented players. For many the player at the top of this era is Albert Pujols . Everyone is asking the question; how does Albert Pujols rate in baseball history?
Players who dominated fifty or eighty years ago may not be as dominant today.I was looking for more information and found Read the rest of this entry »
Lance Berkman is a very skilled player for the Cardinals. As you may know he applied his amazing talent to win the World Series of 2011, which he is now champion of. While this is a great achievement, this left a lot of people wondering if he could have another great season. Lance Berkman has amazing statistics, and not too long ago on July 5th 2011 he hit his 350th home run in his career. This is an amazing achievement, 350 home runs! Some people believe that because of his skill in baseball alone he will be able to lead the Cardinals Read the rest of this entry »
As one of the most famous managers in the Major League of Baseball, people are wondering if Tony LaRussa will continue to manage the Cardinals. He has grown to be one of the most successful managers in the game and people are wondering if he will still be in the dugout next year. He has seen the Cardinals grow over the years and as a former player himself, he has seen the evolution of players like Albert Pujols. Many analysts have contributed some of Pujols’ Read the rest of this entry »
After a brief celebration and parade, the St. Louis Cardinals’ front office quickly went to work on the business of securing their top priority; Albert Pujols. King Albert of course chose to take his hardware and hall of fame numbers to California, leaving the defending World Champions with a huge hole in their lineup and first base. Once the Redbirds recovered from that stunning hit, they went about securing their lineup without the best hitter to ever play first base in St. Louis.
Even if the Cardinals had secured Albert Pujols, their Read the rest of this entry »
One of baseball’s most storied franchises, the St. Louis Cardinals, reigning world champions after capturing their National League-record 11th World Series title in 2011, trail only the New York Yankees’ 27 world championships.
Such Hall of Famers as Rogers Hornsby, Dizzy Dean, Joe Medwick, Stan Musial, Lou Brock, Bob Gibson and Ozzie Smith have worn Cardinal Red, but they’ve also had their share of outstanding rookies over the years.
Their first NL Rookie of the Year was OF Wally Moon in 1954. Moon batted .304, with 12 HRs and 76 RBIs. OF Bill Virdon hit .281 with 17 HRs and 68 RBIs the next season to Read the rest of this entry »