DELICATE GENIUS RETURNS!
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.