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Though it can never be proven, I suspect the absence of Lance Berkman may have been the single biggest blow absorbed by the 2012 St. Louis Cardinals – even greater than the comparable loss of Chris Carpenter. Berkman missing all but 32 games caused an impact on the payroll, the results on the field and in the clubhouse.
In September 2011, when the Cardinals re-signed Berkman to his second consecutive one-year contract, my first reaction was that the move was a hedge against the offense that could be lost by the then-potential departure of free agent-to-be Albert Pujols.
My next thought was that the organization may have been rewarding Berkman for a tremendous 2011 that would culminate in he and his teammates winning the World Series. Berkman was a National League all-star, and following the season, he was deservedly named NL Comeback Player of the Year.
Only later when manager Tony La Russa and Pujols joined the ranks of ex-Cardinals did I fully consider the depth of a potential ...
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Not sure how we whiffed on this one, but buried deep on the YouTubes was the following video featuring Jon Jay and David Freese on College Humor.
Looks like this was uploaded way before the Cardinals ended up winning the 2011 World Series and David Freese became DAVID FREESE, so really, this is the last vestige of non-famous Freese and Jay... at least in St. Louis.
One of the St. Louis Cardinals’ most talked about needs heading into the offseason concerned who would patrol the dirt around second base next season at Busch Stadium, but they might start the 2013 season and contend for a playoff spot with the same players who did that job in 2012.
The Cardinals ended last season with Daniel Descalso as the starting second baseman and Pete Kozma...
Two St. Louis Cardinals, both drafted in 2006, spent their first full-seasons as regular starters in 2012, helping to power the club into the playoffs.
First baseman Allen Craig (eighth round) batted cleanup and filled much of the offensive gap created by oft-injured Lance Berkman while centerfielder Jon Jay (second round) took charge in the field and filled a major need as he...
Simply put, the 2011 St. Louis Cardinals would not have won the World Series without starting pitcher Chris Carpenter. They had to try to repeat without the veteran right-hander for most of 2012. Despite an inspirational and unexpected recovery from mid-season surgery, the old October magic was not there.
A player whose durability has been a career-long challenge, Carpenter was...
Lance Berkman is still a free agent. However, he may choose to retire. Berkman made it known as the 2012 season was winding down that he may call it quits, but as the offseason opened up, he decided to test the market. He previously said that he would return for the right deal. That deal will not be with the St. Louis Cardinals.
Early on, the Cardinals were keeping an...
Matt Carpenter had a breakout season of sorts in 2012. He filled in where he could and performed above expectations. Carpenter, though, has been limited to an injury replacement and platoon role. He has been further limited by the position he played naturally - third base. Now, Carpenter is learning to play second base.
Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says...
Our annual feature remembering 10 former St. Louis Cardinals who passed away during 2012, including the oldest then-living ex-Cardinal.
In Brian Walton’s ideal scenario, first baseman Matt Adams makes the 2013 St. Louis Cardinals roster. How would all the pieces fit?
Free agent Lance Berkman still has not decided that he will play in 2013. But he is talking about a possible return with multiple clubs, including the Texas Rangers, major-league sources say.
Berkman's hometown team, the Houston Astros, remains open to bringing him back, even after signing free-agent first baseman Carlos Pena. But the Rangers stand a much better chance than...
So, how about this.
A friend of the site (@AbSim86) got a book as a holiday gift called "The Ultimate Baseball Roadtrip". The reviews on Amazon seem to be pretty positive, but the section on the Cardinals is highly suspect.
Poor people coming to Baseball Heaven only to be directed to this site for Cardinal information. Oh my......