Found November 01, 2011 on With Leather:
The St. Louis Cardinals won Game 7 of the World Series on Friday to secure the franchise’s 11th title (11 in ’11 is not ironic, despite what Shane Victorino thinks) and they had a whopping 48 hours or so to enjoy it before the entire world crumbled around them. Yesterday morning, Tony LaRussa announced his retirement after 33 years of managing and three World Series wins (16 and 2 with the Cardinals, respectively). Instead of celebrating an incredibly improbable championship run, Cardinals players and fans now wonder, “Who will be the next manager and will it affect whether or not Albert Pujols stays?” Only one man – St. Louis GM John Mozeliak – knows the answer to that first question, and only one man – Albert Pujols – knows the answer to the second question. Granted, his agent, wife and kids probably know, but he’s the only man who matters for right now. That doesn’t mean, though, that every sports writer, blogger and Internet commenter on Earth won’t make predictions, some of th...

Pujols Fantasy

It’s been reported by multiple media outlets for weeks that the Marlins figure to play a role in the impending free agency of Albert Pujols.   It is likely the Marlins do in fact check in Pujols and even present an offer but at the end of the day — the chances of the future Hall [...]

Top 10 reasons why Tony LaRussa is retiring

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With La Russa gone, does it sway Pujols?

ST. LOUIS Winning the World Series may have helped the St. Louis Cardinals in their efforts to bring back free-agent first baseman Albert Pujols. Having their future Hall of Fame manager retire may not. It's too early to tell how or if manager Tony La Russa's stunning retirement Monday will impact the Cardinals' courtship of their franchise player. But with Pujols set...

Rains’ new book on 2011 Cardinals season now available

The accomplished author, educator and radio host Rob Rains has released a new book. Not surprisingly, the subject is the 2011 St. Louis Cardinals. This new print book and instant eBook, Wild Cards: The St. Louis Cardinals Stunning 2011 Championship Season, is now available through the Triumph Books website and, digitally on the iBookstore, the Kindle Store and BN...

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Wild Cards

Wild Cards: The St. Louis Cardinals' Stunning 2011 Championship Season from Rob Rains is due out this week following the Cardinals' World Series win. It is being published by Triumph Books and hits stores on November 2, 2011.From the press release:While the 2011 World Series capped arguably the most exciting season in team history, injuries, off-field distractions, and poor...

Cubs more interested in arms than sluggers

Cubs fans with slugging first basemen on their free-agent wish lists this holiday season might want to start thinking more in terms of arms than bats. As the Cubs introduced new general manager Jed Hoyer, his comments regarding Prince Fielder and Albert Pujols were no more suggestive of a splashy move...
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