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Monthly Archives: January 2011
As the snow is piling up and temperatures are in the teens in St. Louis it is a perfect time to envision warmer temps and Cardinal baseball! In today’s game with FA’s getting lucrative contracts it is becoming more and more important for teams to build from within to stay competitive. Like most teams, the Cardinals have focused more time, resources and money in scouting and player development in recent … Continue reading
In the seventh entry in my NL Central Preview, I move on to center field. Easily one of my favorite positions, center fielders are typically speed guys with good defense and the ability to hit, not necessarily having an abundance of power. Or at least that’s the type of player that comes to my mind. However, there are several center fielders who dispute my stereotype, much like the Cardinals’ current center fielder … Continue reading
The Cardinals have agreed to terms with free agent infielder Nick Punto on a 1 year deal that I’ve seen is for $750,000. The 33 year old Punto has spent the last 7 years of his career with the Minnesota Twins in a utility type role, making starts around the infield. He’s a switch hitter, which should greatly help his playing time in a Tony LaRussa system. Last season he … Continue reading
On to shortstops! Or backwards, rather. As of now, gone are the likes of Brendan Ryan and Orlando Cabrera. With Ryan gone, the question of who is the best defensive short stop in the NL Central is back open and the answer may really surprised you. So will the other name at the top. Since I’m rolling backwards at this point, I won’t waste any time and jump right into … Continue reading
On to the outfield! We’ll start in left field since in position scoring numbers that one comes before the other outfield positions. After looking at all the potentials, this might actually be the first one that writes itself. There’s a pretty clear order to NL Central Left Fielders, especially since Matt Holliday looks to return there in 2011 despite some rumors that he would switch outfield corners. Well, I won’t … Continue reading