Thanks again to A+E Networks, MLB Productions, and Foundry Communications for letting me review the World Series collections. A couple weeks ago I got the opportunity to review the 2-disc World Series film that included the film and Game 5 of the NLDS, you can find that review here. Today, however, I bring you my review of the 8-disc collector’s edition that I was giving away as the main prize of the Redbird Dugout Cardinals’ Memories contest.
As the press conference in Anaheim presenting Albert Pujols was under way, the news was reported from Rafael Furcal‘s agent that he has agreed to a $14 million, 2 year contract to return to the Cardinals. The contract will be finalized after a physical next week.
Furcal, 34, proved to be a vital glove man at short stop down the stretch for the Cardinals, however, his hitting left much to be desired. Spending his time in the leadoff spot, Furcal had a line of .255/.316/.418 in his 50 games in Cardinals red. He followed that up with a line of .195/.244/.325. However, without him the Cardinals probably don’t make the run they do. He was credited with the advent of the “Happy Flight” mantra that had the team winning getaway game after getaway game late in the season.
I just got back from finishing up my Christmas shopping when I sat down at my desk to see a tweet talking about Pujols and the Angels. It piqued my curiosity and I decided to scroll backwards and see what the root of the talk was. Then I spotted it, Pujols accepting a deal valued in the $240-250 million over 10 year range with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. My jaw slightly dropped.
For one, I didn’t think any team was going to step up and offer that sort of money. Pujols has been amazing his last 11 years with the St. Louis Cardinals, but over the last three years his numbers have slipped. Many defended his slump this year saying that he was trying to prove himself worthy of a big contract with Alex Rodriguez-type money. But what’s he going to do this next year as he tries to prove himself worth of the contract he got.
This morning the annual Major League Baseball Rule 5 Draft was held during the winter meetings in Dallas, Texas. The Cardinals selected Erik Komatsu from the Washington Nationals.
Komatsu, 24, was drafted in the 8th round of the 2008 MLB draft by the Milwaukee Brewers. The left handed outfielder was traded last season to the Nationals. In 124 games in Double-A, Komatsu had a line of .277/.367/.382.
Certainly not horrible, but not that much better than what we already have.
Jeff Luhnow, the Cardinals Vice President of Player Procurement, has accepted a job with the Houston Astros as their new General Manager. Luhnow will take over for Ed Wade, who was fired last month by the Astros’ new owner Jim Crane.
Luhnow, who has essentially controlled the Cardinals’ amateur scouting and drafting departments for the last few years, is responsible for drafting many of the successful Cardinals you see today. The Astros are hoping that he can do the same for them as they seem ready and willing to spend the time to build a solid foundation for future success rather than going out and buying it.