Found February 08, 2012 on
When the Cardinals take the field in 2012, they will do so with the noticeable absence of Albert Pujols. However, despite Pujols' departure, the franchise moves forward with its goal of becoming the first National League club since the 1975-76 Reds to win back-to-back World Series titles.

Berkman ready for first in 2012

ST. LOUIS - The first thing that popped into Lance Berkman's head when he heard the news that Albert Pujols had signed with the Anaheim Angels wasn't one of disappointment or sadness or shock. It was a bit more obvious. "That I was going to be playing first," Berkman said of his initial reaction. After returning to the outfield full-time for the first time in...

Identity crisis? Not so fast, say Cardinals

Albert Pujols, who once encompassed the identity of the Cardinals, leaves behind an undaunted supporting cast-turned-future core. Those in this bunch talk little about who will be missing, though they also avoid promises of immediate and equal replacement production.

Yadier Molina moves on without his friend, Albert Pujols

For the first time in his 12-year professional career, Molina walked into Roger Dean Stadium last week knowing Pujols wouldn't be joining him.

Who's got the best rotations?

DeMarco's Mailbag: Tampa Bay, Philadelphia and Albert Pujols' new team the Los Angeles Angels head the list.

Five contracts that will shape teams past 2012

There were a multitude of interesting contracts handed out this offseason, from big names like Albert Pujols, Prince Fielder, and Jose Reyes, to the mid-range starters like CJ Wilson and Mark Buerhle, to the lower level guys like Willie Bloomquist and Alex Gonzalez. Some of these contracts are going to affect their teams for more than just the 2012 season, though. Some will shape...

#39: Who will be 2012′s best first baseman?

Five players could all legitimately finish the season as the top-ranked first baseman: Miguel Cabrera, Albert Pujols, Joey Votto, Prince Fielder and Adrian Gonzalez. The million dollar question is who will it be? While all five will be taken in the first 10-15 picks, the answer to this question has changed slightly from the time it was posed back in September. Let’s eliminate...

Painting the Black: The Two-Strike Hitting Skill by R.J. Anderson

In last week’s Painting the Black, I introduced a table that showed the top five two-strike hitters since 2007, as judged by True Average. Said table included Albert Pujols, Miguel Cabrera, and a trio of Red Sox teammates. An observant reader emailed me, asking if I thought the Boston bunch was a coincidence or a sign of something more. Because prodding Ben Cherington for an...
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