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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 as the starting shortstop.
Descalso is a light-hitting, strong defensive player who can make great plays in the field and come up with a hit at a critical time. The problem is those moments don’t happen often, and he can usually be counted on to hit near his career average of .245.
Kozma was the Cardinals’ first-round draft pick in 2007 and muddled his way through the minors for much of the next five years before the big club called him up when shortstop Rafael Furcal hurt his elbow Aug. 31 against the Washington Nationals. Kozma capitalized on his first opportunity for regular playing time in the big leag...
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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.
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...
The St. Louis Cardinals had five selections in the first day of the 2012 First-Year Player Draft. Four were compensatory picks awarded for the loss of Albert Pujols (#23, #36), Octavio Dotel (#52) and Edwin Jackson (#59). Their own selection was 19th overall.
The five combined first round and supplemental picks are the most the Cardinals have enjoyed since 1991, when they had...
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...
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...
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?
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......