Six division titles, seven playoff appearances, and two World Series appearances with one trophy in a highly unlikely year make the St. Louis Cardinals the best team of the decade. The franchise that boasts the second most World Series championships in baseball only to the New York Yankees also had the advantage of having the same manager throughout the decade and a lineup that features the best overall player on the planet.
(Guest written by former TSB contributor Jake McCormick)
Having said that, the Cardinals of the 2000s have reaped the benefits from having Gandalf as their pitching coach and a front office that is willing to spend but does so in a sensible and realistic manner, supporting their core strengths. If you’ve been a Cardinals fan over the past 10 years, you don’t really have much to complain about; just revel in the fact that the archrival Chicago Cubs stayed a good 10 steps behind you for most of the time.
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