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This article covers the week ending Saturday, August 30.
An ongoing point of contention among segments of Cardinals fans is the financial situation of the Cardinals and their ownership. Some see owners as greedy and unwilling to spend to compete while others look at the results and applaud them. "MLB Franchise Valuations" revisits that discussion. In the second post, "Oquendo11" compared the Cardinals financials to their NL Central rivals.
As the 2008 Cardinals have lost ground in the standings, many discussions have become less friendly and polite as folks are looking for a place to assign blame. "cards13" made an attempt to define " What is a Cardinals Fan?". Others answered with their logic as to what should be questioned and how.
Replying to the initial query in a thread called "question for the board concerning scott boras", "1964Cards" provided one view of why the agent has been successful – exploiting clubs that do not follow a clear business plan.
Speaking of Scott Boras, the thread "negotiations hardball" was begun to note problems with the signing deadline and contract amounts committed to June draftees. As the discussion evolved, "SoonerinNC" noted at some of the root causes for the current financial status of the game of baseball.
Last week, there actually were some threads about baseball players and games, too! For the second consecutive week, we are noting a new discussion initiated about Cardinals starter Braden Looper, quietly the most consistent Cards pitcher, but a free agent to-be. This time, "Braden Looper's Recent Success - Is it sustainable?", was begun by "jaym123", looking at Looper's numbers early, at mid-season and recently. The intent was to try to determine what to expect in the future.
In recognition of that post, "jaym123" is our winner of the "Post of the Week". He collects a free four-week subscription to stlcardinals.scout.com and all the other great sites in the Scout.com network.
Next week, it can be you! So, keep posting!
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