Post of the Week– August 27 through Sept. 2

Recognizing the very best post of the week from our message board community of thousands of Cardinals fans the world over. The winner of this recognition receives a free four-week subscription to and all the other fine sites in the network.

As is the case every week, this article calls out the best of the best - the "Post of the Week" from our Cardinals message board, this time for the week ending Saturday, September 2.

Most weeks, the selection comes from a single post, often ones that start a new discussion, but not necessarily. Once in awhile, it is the body of contributions from an individual that stirs the greatest level of interest.

But, this time is different. Our winner this week, "CariocaCardinal" initiated a series of threads focused on options for key members of the Cardinals roster for next season. This opened a number of very interesting discussions among those fans looking ahead to the 2007 team.

In fact, there is a stickeyed thread now with an index and links to all the individual player threads, which began with So Taguchi and continued through Mike Ferris, Adam Wainwright and everyone's favorite, Rick Ankiel, so far, with the promise of many more. "What to do 2007 links" .

This week's honorable mentions include another in the long list of quality posts from regular "Bokonon2". Check the thread "the NL in 2006", in which Bok posted an analysis of how draft picks and drafts might help explain the disparity between the AL and NL this season.

"DizzyDean17" offered a very good analysis of the minor league usage and record of baseball's top closers in the thread "Closers are found and not developed", while drawing some interesting conclusions.

Poster "Jmodene1" shared some interesting background on costs involved in bringing up a lot of minor leaguers in September that not everyone may have considered in the thread "September Callup Question".

Finally, on page three of last week's winning thread, "Payroll and Winning", reader "Oquendo11" provided an analysis of teams earning playoff berths based on their spending levels.

In recognition of a fine post, CariocaCardinal wins a free four-week subscription to and all the other great sites in the network.

Next week, it can be you! So, keep posting!

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