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Tuesday, July 17th, 2018



And the people were stunned. Tony La Russa, aka The Delicate Genius, has inked a new deal to remain the skipper of the Cards.

Sure, the Cards are in the always winnable NL Central. But they have no GM and a slew of injuries to some of their main players. Chris Carpenter just got his brace removed and will begin throwing in January. There’s no guarantee of him being in the rotation in 2008, let alone his effectiveness after major surgery.

Then there is Scott Rolen. La Russa even acknowledged the riff between the two. “You’ve got to be honest, he’s probably the one guy who has issues with me,” La Russa said. “You hope he’s healthy, understand we have issues, and don’t let it get in the way.”

Not to mention that Scott Rolen was more like Scott Brosius last year (not the postseason hero Brosius), failing to even slug .400 and hitting just 8 homers. Rolen also has season-ending surgery.

Mark Mulder had surgery again on his rotator cuff and sparkplug shortstop David Eckstein  is unsigned. Jim Edmonds will be 38 in June and has had declining numbers 4 years in a row.

There are certainly bright spots. Ankiel, Wainwright, Looper, Brendan Ryan and of course Pujols are reasons to be an optimistic Cards fan.

I’m just surprised La Russa chose to come back. Of course, I figured he’d leave after the World Series win. It will be another fun year in the Central with La Russa and Baker back.

  • http://www.myMVPpix.com John Bigenwald

    “You’ve got to be honest, he’s probably the one guy who has issues with me,” La Russa said

    I knew there was a reason I really liked Rolen…

  • PV

    You know, I don’t think I’d have it any other way… :)

  • http://www.tremendousupsidepotential.com Rickhouse

    Man the Cards roster looks so bad, but you know they’ll be in it again next season. They were in the thick of the race this year for a while without Carpenter and with the whole Hancock situation. They clearly have to get younger, and I’m not sure how good Ankiel will be next season.

  • dhaab

    The Zoner obsession with the Cardinals continues… ;)

    As a lifetime fan, I was leaning on the “wish he would go” side, but that’s only because he’s been in St. Louis for 12 years (which is a very long time for anyone to be in one job), he’s already won a WS and he has issues with playing younger guys. This team needs to start going young quickly and I think this move only delays that inevitable outcome for two more years. BUT if Dewitt hires the right GM and he and TLR can get on the same page, we could see some good baseball again in 2008.

  • http://zonersports.com The Zoner

    It’s big news. And I love writing about TLR. Remember he was the Sox manager first. And his 3rd base coach…none other than Jim Leyland. How about that!

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