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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 settled into the leadoff spot in the batting order.
Rather than Berkman, it appeared early on that Craig might be the one to suffer through an injury-plagued season. Craig suffered a spring setback in his recovery from off-season knee surgery, opening the season on the disabled list.
Craig was activated on May 1, but it didn’t last long. By the 18th, he was back on the DL, this time with a hamstring injury. In between, Craig was amazingly productive, with an incredible 19 RBI in 13 games.
Back for good on June 1, Craig anchored Mike Matheny‘s lineup for the rest of the season, finishing with 22 home runs an...
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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...
We’re back with a look at the St. Louis Cardinals. We were high on the system a year ago and little has changed except some of the prospects had break out seasons as we expected. The system had...
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On November 13, 2011, Mike Matheny was named as the new manager of the St. Louis Cardinals, replacing retired Tony La Russa. While his club was unable to repeat as World Champions, the 42-year-old had a solid first season in the job.
Prior to his hire, Matheny had been a special assistant to general manager John Mozeliak and an organizational catching instructor. A 13-year major...
Our annual feature remembering 10 former St. Louis Cardinals who passed away during 2012, including the oldest then-living ex-Cardinal.
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...
Like most OK ideas we have at Cards Diaspora, they generally happen after the fact. Is that going to stop us from having the Top 5 2012 Song Dedications to the Cardinals 3 days into 2013?
No it isn't. Bonus music insight on each song too!
DEDICATION 1 - To Albert Pujols: "Brand New Me" by Alicia Keys
It took a long summer and another playoff run...