Found January 20, 2012 on i70baseball:
White House Turns Red (As in Cardinal Red, folks.) Talk about a “Super Tuesday” — this week members of the 2011 World Champion St. Louis Cardinals met with President and First Lady Obama at the White House.  Notably absent were Adam Wainwright, Albert Pujols and Tony LaRussa, perhaps following Yadier Molina’s example just a couple of days earlier, as he skipped the Winter Warm-Up for the second straight year. President Obama congratulates (most of) the 2011 Cardinals (Photo: Glittarazzi) Perhaps the potential (real or perceived) awkwardness of Albert being around John Mozeliak and the DeWitts was a factor for Pujols’ lack of attendance.  Personally, I wouldn’t imagine there would be any measurable difference in awkwardness between Albert and his former teammates.  Cards starter, Adam Wainwright cited avoiding a disruption in his rehab schedule as his reason for not attending the event.  Reasons for LaRussa’s absence are still unclear. We all know someone, many of us know more than ...

Who cares about a face of the Cardinals franchise?

Last weekend during Winter Warm-Up, I listened to several media members quiz various St. Louis Cardinals players as to who they felt would become the new “face of the franchise” now that Albert Pujols (and Tony La Russa) have departed. (In one artificial measure, Pujols is the only person to appear on the cover of  the Cardinals Media Guide in each of the last three years....

2012 Fantasy Baseball Rankings: Top 20 First Basemen

1. Albert Pujols, Los Angeles Angels Albert Pujols, Los Angeles Angels Who else? 2. Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers Cabrera is the second most consistent first baseman in baseball. 3. Adrian Gonzalez, Boston Red Sox Gonzalez led all MLB first basemen with 630 AB in 2011.  With that many ABs and the players surrounding him, you can’t help but get giddy about Gonzo. 4. Joey Votto...

How Long Will Extra $210 Million Stay In The Bank?

Whether you were devastated, relieved, or somewhere in between when Albert Pujols rejected a reported $210 million, 10-year contract offer from team president, Bill Dewitt, and GM John Mozeliak, the fact remains that the departure of the St. Louis Cardinals’ long-time first basement gives the front office a lot more payroll flexibility moving forward. Photo Courtesy of/Copyright...

A's season looks over before it starts

First, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim made a big bet in the AL West, signing not only free-agent first baseman Albert Pujols, but also left-handed starter C.J. Wilson, the Opening Day starter last season for the two-time defending AL champion Texas Rangers. Then the Rangers raised the ante, landing Japanese right-hander Yu Darvish, amid speculation that they well could wind up...

Darvish set to sign with Rangers

                Less than a month after seeing division rivals the Angels sweep up both C.J. Wilson and Albert Pujols, the Rangers did the expected and signed Japanese import free agent Yu Darvish. After a record 51.7 million dollar bid to even negotiate, the deal reportedly comes out as 6 years and 60 million dollars..Darvish, strengthens a rotation already including promising...

Reunited And It Feels ... So ... Creepy

I know being in a division the defending A.L. champions and the team that just got Albert Pujols can drive a team to do drastic things. But this is over the top.If the Seattle Mariners really wanted to reunite people, they could have tried Loggins and Messina. Or the cast of Cheers. Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt, for crying out loud! But these two? These are the two you want to...

Rangers put their faith, and money, in Yu

After the Angels acquired Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson, all wondered what the Rangers would do to counter those moves. The question was answered on Wednesday with Texas' deadline-beating deal with Japanese pitching phenom Yu Darvish.

Cherington: Red Sox eager for 2012 to start

Boston Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington says his players are looking forward to spring training to erase the memory of last September's collapse. Cherington says he's ready to go, too, for his first spring training as GM. Cherington spoke before the annual dinner of the Boston chapter of the BBWAA. About 700 people were scheduled to attend the dinner at a downtown...
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