Cardinals begin manager search

Today was supposed to be the setup day as I began my post-season posting schedule on Friday, but consider this a special edition run. According to an article by Joe Strauss in today’s Post-Dispatch, the Cardinals are beginning to interview their top rung of candidates for their open managerial position. So I decided I’d go ahead and just poach for fun. 🙂

According to the article there are less than 10 candidates on their short list of potential replacements for future Hall of Fame manager Tony La Russa. The list includes some minor league managers, some major league managers, some coaches, even a former Cardinals player that many fans could see as a future manager somewhere, someday.

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Happy Trails, Tony La Russa

What a way to go out. For Tony LaRussa, it was probably the best managing job he’s ever done. Over 10 games out in August, rallying to make the playoffs on the final day of the season, beating Philadelphia in 5 games, beating Milwaukee in 6, and then playing what is very likely the best World Series game in history, before clinching his third World Series Championship in Game 7 against the Texas Rangers.

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Cardinals prepare for free agency

Free agency has technically begun, but it’s not yet open season on them. Players have until Tuesday to negotiate exclusively with their former clubs. Then they hit the open market and can talk to any teams.

The biggest news of the Cardinals’ free agency moves is that the team has exercised the $7 million option to bring back catcher Yadier Molina to the Cardinals next season. Molina, 29, is coming off of his best offensive season. He hit .305 with 14 HR, 65 RBI, and 55 runs scored, all career highs. He also tied a major league record with 9 RBI in a World Series.

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World Series Game 7 – From My Perspective at the Right Field Foul Pole

Let’s start at the end.  Our St. Louis Cardinals are the 2011 World Series Champions!!  OK…now let’s take a step back.

I passed on Game 6 tickets and instead had a few neighbors over to have snacks and drinks to cheer our Cards on.  Boy was that a mistake!  My neighbors have kids and they had to bail about the 6th inning and I am left all alone with a ton of snacks, beer and my TV.  To that moment the game was about as sloppy as it could have been both on the Rangers and Cards side and I was just praying we stayed in it to the final innings and could make one last run.  Lynn comes in for the 7th inning after we just tied it up AGAIN in the bottom of the 6th.  He promptly gives up back-to-back homers to Beltre and Cruz and then another run scores to put the Rangers up by 3.  My excitement turned to disappointment and the thought of our season ending started embedding in my mind.  But I still thought…this game is crazy and we must have a run in us that could make this game interesting.  Well we all know what happened next…FREESE HAPPENED!!

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Cardinals are World Series Champions

For the 11th time in their illustrious history, the St. Louis Cardinals can be called World Series Champions. Thankfully, they did it without the type of drama or heroics required in Game 6.

The Texas Rangers got on Chris Carpenter early, putting up two runs in the top of the first. It looked like it was going to be more of the same from the night before. But in the bottom of the first, it was David Freese once again delivering in the clutch with a two-RBI double to tie the game up.

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