Guest Blogger: Rich Jarrett

Why the St. Louis Cardinals will not even make the playoffs next year?

The St. Louis Cardinals made us all remember how important it is to never give up, even in the very end. With their come-from-behind victories in games six and seven, thanks to third baseman David Freese’s heroics, the Cardinals won their first Championship since 2006. But I am afraid to tell you Cardinals fans that this is the last Championship for a while.

With the departure of Tony La Russa, arguably one of the best baseball managers ever, the Cardinals don’t know where to turn. So far, they have been searching through the minors, looking for a young, rising star coach. But right now, the foundation of their winning franchise is retired, and does not want to return. Leaving them with no leadership.

Probably the biggest reason why the Cardinals will not be a winning team nest season, is because they are about to lose Albert Pujols, the cornerstone of the franchise, and arguably the best player in all of baseball. Pujols has been the face of the team ever since he was brought up in 2001. Winning rookie of the year that season, Pujols quickly developed himself into one of the most feared hitters in the game, and with his passion for the diamond turned himself into one of the greatest baseball has ever seen. Pujols carried these characteristics into the 2011 postseason and carried the cardinals on his back all the way to the World Series.

But, the problem is not that Pujols is aging, it’s that he may not be wearing a redbird jersey in 2012, which is incredibly hard to imagine. Pujols is now a free-agent, and the cardinals are trying to gather enough money to pay the immensely talented player, who is looking for Adrian Gonzalez money that the Cardinals just don’t have right now, due to being tied up in the contracts of Matt Holliday, Lance Berkman and Adam Wainwright. If Pujols doesn’t return, its safe to say that the Cardinals will not be a contender.

Another mystery in the world-series winning franchise is their pitching staff. This is because their only reliable pitcher, Chris Carpenter, is constantly injury-prone, and is their only truly reliable option on the mound. No one knows what Adam Wainwright (their obvious second-best option on the team) is going to look like after missing two whole seasons by getting Tommy-John surgery. He very may well turn out to be another Brandon Webb, who showed much promise, but career ruined by the popular medical procedure.

The Cardinals will not be a good team in the 2012 season, and most certainly will not repeat for a ring. The reasons are blatant and every analyst is unanimously agreeing. I think that the cardinals should do everything they can to rebuild for a brighter future by trading everyone away and investing in young prospects. But for now, well see what they can do with what they have.

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8 thoughts on “Guest Blogger: Rich Jarrett

  1. Steven Webb says:

    Me I’m a New York Yankees fan, knowing my team was out for the World Series made me pay less attention to MLB. But hearing game six, and how good of a game it was because the Cardinals made a dramatic come back from behind to win and go onto the final, game seven! I watched the seventh game. Watching them come back again and winning against the Mets in game seven was great, but it made it more incredible that the World Series was actually decided by the last game. Believe first time in history…?
    I would disagree with you Rich when you said that the Cardinals could have just won their second but last for a while World Series because of them losing their manager. I know he’s one of the greatest but I still believe the talent is from the players, all coaches, managers and other people who help the team strategy wise are the same but I think it’s the players themselves that made it happen. Yes the coaching helped but when it all comes down, you can’t teach talent you can practice it though, which all teams do.
    But I do agree, that losing Albert Pujols will be a major loss as he is, like you’ve already stated on of the best cardinals, and yet one of the best to play the game. You keep talking of these other players who could possibly going too, if all is true and they all leave then yes, your claim in the beginning could be correct, but if that same family stays we could see another possible run next year by the Cardinals, maybe against my Yankees.

  2. Clune says:

    The evidence that the St. Louis Cardinals are going to fall off the face of the baseball world and no longer contend for another World Series title isn’t exactly concrete. True, the possibility of them loosing the greatest player in the franchise’s history is looming, however this does not mean that all will be lost. Even if Albert Pujols does end up signing with another team, the Cards will still have some big bats to lean on such as Matt Holliday, Lance Berkman, and let’s not forget David Freese, who single handedly saved the Cardinals season by hitting a triple with 2 outs in the bottom of the 9th inning of game 6. Freese is young and full of promise. Though Pujols carried much of the weight during the regular season, it was Freese who came up clutch in the postseason when his team needed him most. Looking forward, he will be a very valuable asset especially if Pujols ends up departing from the organization.
    The other concern for St. Louis heading into the off – season is the retirement of long – time manager Tony La Russa. La Russa has skippered the Cards 2 World Series championships as well as numerous division titles. He is often mentioned among some of the greatest managers of all time and it is no doubt his absence next season will affect the performance of the team. However, this is not to say that La Russa’s departure will be detrimental to the Card’s ability to compete for another World Series. The St. Louis Cardinals are one of the most storied franchises in all of baseball. St. Louis also just so happens to be one of the biggest baseball markets in the MLB with a very vast and loyal fan base to go along with it. Wearing the Cardinal uniform would be an honor for many and a dream come true for most players and managers in the MLB. So it’s safe to say the Cardinals shouldn’t have much of a problem locating a replacement for La Russa. It can also be assumed that filling the void Pujols may leave won’t be too tough of a task either seeing that they have one of the best player development programs in the league, the program that David Freese was brought up through. So it’s pretty safe to say that the St. Louis Cardinals aren’t going to fall out of contention in the blink of an eye. They’ll stick around as long as the people in their front offices keep doing what they’ve been doing for the last decade. Nobody expected the Cards to pull through and win the World Series, so nobody should be counting them out already.

  3. The Cardinals could be screwed, I have to agree. However, I feel like Pujols is going to be a Cardinal his whole career. He has become, arguably, the best hitter of all time. The Cardinals can not afford to lose this guy especially after what he has done for the team over the last 11 seasons. He’s averaged over 30 homers a season, 100 RBI’s, .300 Batting Average, 100 runs, and has impressed people with his glove over at first base as well. The guy is a first ballot hall of famer, how can you not find a way to re-sign the guy? He’s the face of the franchise, and in all honesty, it wouldnt be right for him to leave to another team. I know the Cardinals just won the world series and we sound like their time is done, but if they can figure out a way to get Pujols back in 2012, dont be surprised if the Cardinals make it back to the World Series.

  4. Yosh Karbowniczak says:

    You cannot predict who is going to win the world series before the season starts in proffessional baseball. Something you have to realize is that these are all proffessional athletes, the best of the best, and they all are going to have there good, better, and bad days. They get paid millions of dollars to perform at the best of thier ability. Just because some of thier better players and coaches are retiring or are freee agents doesn’t mean that with a little bit of money, they wont get a player to fill their spot. Baseball is a sport of money. Teams are not afraid to drop unruley amounts of money to get a player on thier squad. The best part is, teams like the yankees spend the biggest bills every year trying to get the best players on thier team and still fail to make it to the world series. What you neeed in baseball is a team that compliments each other, a team that plays good together. Team chemistry is so important on a baseball team and if you can get a group of guys together that believe in themselves, then that will most likely be the team that wins. Its not always about the best athletes like everyone thinks, because the best athlketes are the ones with all the pressure on them to perform at high standards.

  5. Ashley says:

    Maybe it’s because St. Louis blood runs through my veins–I was born within view of the arch and Bush Stadium and raised on deep-fried “toasted ravioli” which remains my favorite dish today–but I have to disagree. Okay, what I know about sports could fit in a thimble on my little finger. Maybe half of it. I don’t know what kind of manager LaRussa was–but I know he’s been there a long time. Losing him is going to be tough and it may take awhile for the cards to recover. But “never” is a broad statement to make. As for Albert…well I have to just believe in my heart he’s going to stay a STL boy, mostly because I’d hate to see him go somewhere for more money when he’s already making millions. My GRANDMA adores the man, and do you know how hard it is to ge on her good side? I think he’s making a good scary bluff but he’s not going to walk and leave his team in the dust. Not with LaRussa also gone. He IS getting old–I think he’ll stay with the team that’s been there for him.

    But see, that’s why I don’t get pro sports: I have ethics and morals. None of this “drop your friends for another $10 million” business.

  6. Honestly I cried when the Cardinals beat out the Phills this year. Even though I’ve lived in New York for the past five years, I will forever and always be a Phillies Phan (how do we get so hooked on sports teams anyway? is this really the best outlet for our loyalty?). Naturally nothing would’ve made me happier than to have the Cardinals win it all, but alas. I think that sports drama is (along with pro-wrestling) somewhat a soap opera when we get caught up in trades and retirements. Personally, I’d rather concentrate on the sport and the athlete’s abilities and performance sans the performance enhancing drugs. I’m sure that LaRussa will be sorely missed by his teammates, but, if I were a Cardinal’s fan, I’d attempt to have a little more faith in my team. The only people that can decide who’s going to win the next World Series are the individual players that go out there for every game and do their best. I have to have this mentality about sports or I’d get my heart crushed every time the Phills don’t have their best game; I’m a spectator and a supporter and that’s exactly what I concentrate on doing.

  7. eurogate says:

    You really can’t make a claim like that this early. It is sad that you easily gave up faith in a team you claim to be a diehard fan of. I really hope that you still choose to root for them in 2012. The fact that you are quick to insult the team makes me think you never were a true fan to begin with. Being a fan of loosing franchises (nationals, redskins) I look at the statements you made as treason to your team!! lol I Know the Nationals are not getting anywhere near the world series but I will still rep them because they are my team. Be true to your city/team!

  8. maddiecarens says:

    How about those Red Sox? Yeah I know, a little off topic, but hey baseball is baseball. I can tell you that I share a mutual understanding with you about the Cardinals probably having an interesting season next year, and they’ll most likely be alongside the Red Sox in that case. You are so right, any time the managerial staff changes in the sports world, the first thing we think about is how the next season will be a time for rebuilding. It is probable that we will see the Cardinals and Red Sox with sporadic standings in the wins and loss categories. This isn’t always the case though. Look at Terry Francona. In his first season, 2004, leading the Red Sox to a World Series victory.
    Unfortunately this year in the turn of events resulting from the Red Sox horrible record in the last part of the season, Terry Francona and Theo Epstein are leaving the club. I am slightly worried because with this major disruption the hope that the Sox will have a season like 2004, 2007, or the first half of 2011, is greatly diminished for me. With the possibility of Ortiz and Papelbon, two core, stand out players leaving the Sox, there is another unsettling feeling amongst Red Sox Nation, losing the long time stars. To be honest I am almost glad that I am in upstate New York at a time like this, when there is uncertainty and disruption in one of my home team clubs. It means I don’t have to constantly be hearing all the updates on the news, radio, and my dad about the “trouble” the Red Sox are in.

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