Where has the winter gone? Maybe I was just waiting for something more to happen this off-season. Jason Marquis was supposed to be gone, end of story. Yet, here we are a mere month before the phrase I've been waiting all winter to hear: pitchers and catchers report, and Jason is still in the starting rotation and the big impact power corner outfielder we added was… Juan Encarnacion? And the pitching help was, well, a guy who was fired from the Orioles because of poor conditioning, poor results and an alcohol problem.
Of course with the cold and
flu season it seems many baseball fans and franchises alike develop a more
insidious malady that I call "Steinbrenner's Syndrome." It's a conditioned characterized by
irritability, mood swings and feelings of inadequacy if the gross national
The only real complaint I
might have with this off-season was the lack of punch in the lineup. I like Encarnacion almost as much as I
All that being said, I like
the look of the '06 Cardinals so far.
It's unlikely that Rolen and
And one last thing, not that I haven't beaten a dead horse already, but I for one am glad that Jocketty has been more conservative in his spending habits. One need look no further than the Florida Marlins and their strange cycle of over-bulking and then selling off en masse to get the team budget in check. In the Jocketty era there have been no fire sales and no unloading of players solely for budgetary reasons. While it has cost the Cardinals in free agent bidding wars it's this same mentality that got the Cardinals the likes of Scott Rolen, Jim Edmonds, Woody Williams, Chris Carpenter, Jason Isringhausen, Fernando Vina and one year impact players like Mark Grudzielanek and Tony Womack. The result has been one of the most consistent and winning National League franchises in recent memory.
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