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Congratulation to the 2013 Cardinals

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Posted: 10/31/2013 7:15 AM

Congratulation to the 2013 Cardinals 


The 2013 Cardinals overcame many obstacles, didn’t use them as excuses, and still managed to get the best record in MLB and the NL pennant.

 

Obstacles included:

The organization role model passed away prior to the season.

 

Several personal from the front office staff leave to another organization.

Second longest-tenured/most-experience member of the coaching staff leaves to take the same position with another team.

 

The starting SS (2012 All-Star) out for the year.

A “core” member of the team in prior years was granted his request to be traded to his “hometown” team.

 

The pitching-staff Co-Ace out for the year.

The winningest pitcher over the prior two seasons rejects the Cardinals contract offer and leaves via FA.

A veteran RHP (#4 in rotation) multiple trips to the DL

 

The only LHP starter (#3 in rotation) out early in the year.

A replacement LHP starter, out after only a few starts.

 

The closer out for the year.

The 2012 set-up man ineffective as closer, demoted and eventually practically given away.

The most frequent closer of 2011, inconsistent and demoted at times.

The 2012 LOOGY ineffective as a LOOGY, demoted and eventually practically given away.

 

The veteran RF, started the year with a broken toe.

The 3B missed almost all of ST with a back injury.

The team MVP Catcher had a trip on the DL.

The slugging 1B, missed seven weeks including the NLDS & the NLCS and was limping throughout the WS.

The replacement slugging 1B played with an extended elbow injury.

 

The 2013 Cardinals had so many obstacles that they used the most rookies in MLB.  Throughout the season they relied on 19 rookies (a 20th rookie was used in only one game after roster expansion). 

Not one of those rookies was their #1 prospect who got injured early in the season and missed the remainder of the season.

 

I am sure I missed to list some obstacles we heard about, and I am also sure that other obstacles were never made public.

So I applaud the 2013 Cardinals organization!!!


21st Century postseason wins:
St. Louis(56),NYY(51),BOS(45),SFG(33),PHI(27),DET(25),LAA(21),TEX(18),ARI(16),LAD(14),TB-ATL-HOU-OAK(13),CHW(12),FLA(11),COL-CLE(8),MIL-MIN(6),CHC(6),NYM(6),SEA(4),PIT-BAL(3),CIN-WAS(2),SD(1),TOR-KC(0)
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Posted: 10/31/2013 7:53 AM

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Great post and reminder, Oqie!  

Thanks.

Tough times don't last long but tough people do -

Darryl Kile

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Posted: 10/31/2013 8:23 AM

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awesome year for the cards!!!  take a day to recover, then look ahead to spring.  we're gonna' be a good team for a very long time!!!
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Posted: 10/31/2013 9:07 AM

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Definitely awesome year for the Cards.  It's unfortunate we didn't come away with the ultimate prize, but I still consider winning the pennant as a huge accomplishment.  What I'm most excited about is that our team is on the upswing with so much youth and I think there are plenty of ways to keep improving to make sure this team stays very competitive for the next several years.  And as always, I'll be looking forward to those discussions on this board throughout the winter biggrin
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Posted: 10/31/2013 9:17 AM

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A “core” member of the team in prior years was granted his request to be traded to his “hometown” team -

I'm drawing a blank on this one. Who was it?

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Posted: 10/31/2013 9:17 AM

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Great year in deed for the cards!
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Posted: 10/31/2013 9:20 AM

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Skip?
MtownCardfan wrote: A “core” member of the team in prior years was granted his request to be traded to his “hometown” team -

I'm drawing a blank on this one. Who was it?

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Posted: 10/31/2013 9:38 AM

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Yes Skip.  Notice "core" is in quotes.

21st Century postseason wins:
St. Louis(56),NYY(51),BOS(45),SFG(33),PHI(27),DET(25),LAA(21),TEX(18),ARI(16),LAD(14),TB-ATL-HOU-OAK(13),CHW(12),FLA(11),COL-CLE(8),MIL-MIN(6),CHC(6),NYM(6),SEA(4),PIT-BAL(3),CIN-WAS(2),SD(1),TOR-KC(0)
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Posted: 10/31/2013 9:43 AM

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I didn't follow the off season that close last year due to selling/buying a house and moving twice. Then trying to get into a new house (painting, etc.) before Christmas. Thanks. Great post.
Oqie11 wrote: Yes Skip.  Notice "core" is in quotes.

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Posted: 10/31/2013 9:49 AM

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Actually the Skip trade was the last obstacle I added. I wanted to get to an even 20, I didn't count using 19 rookies as an obstacle but as a means around/over the obstacles.

21st Century postseason wins:
St. Louis(56),NYY(51),BOS(45),SFG(33),PHI(27),DET(25),LAA(21),TEX(18),ARI(16),LAD(14),TB-ATL-HOU-OAK(13),CHW(12),FLA(11),COL-CLE(8),MIL-MIN(6),CHC(6),NYM(6),SEA(4),PIT-BAL(3),CIN-WAS(2),SD(1),TOR-KC(0)
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Posted: 10/31/2013 12:05 PM

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Oqie11 wrote:

The 2013 Cardinals overcame many obstacles, didn’t use them as excuses, and still managed to get the best record in MLB and the NL pennant.

 

Obstacles included:

The organization role model passed away prior to the season.

 

Several personal from the front office staff leave to another organization.

Second longest-tenured/most-experience member of the coaching staff leaves to take the same position with another team.

 

The starting SS (2012 All-Star) out for the year.

A “core” member of the team in prior years was granted his request to be traded to his “hometown” team.

 

The pitching-staff Co-Ace out for the year.

The winningest pitcher over the prior two seasons rejects the Cardinals contract offer and leaves via FA.

A veteran RHP (#4 in rotation) multiple trips to the DL

 

The only LHP starter (#3 in rotation) out early in the year.

A replacement LHP starter, out after only a few starts.

 

The closer out for the year.

The 2012 set-up man ineffective as closer, demoted and eventually practically given away.

The most frequent closer of 2011, inconsistent and demoted at times.

The 2012 LOOGY ineffective as a LOOGY, demoted and eventually practically given away.

 

The veteran RF, started the year with a broken toe.

The 3B missed almost all of ST with a back injury.

The team MVP Catcher had a trip on the DL.

The slugging 1B, missed seven weeks including the NLDS & the NLCS and was limping throughout the WS.

The replacement slugging 1B played with an extended elbow injury.

 

The 2013 Cardinals had so many obstacles that they used the most rookies in MLB.  Throughout the season they relied on 19 rookies (a 20th rookie was used in only one game after roster expansion). 

Not one of those rookies was their #1 prospect who got injured early in the season and missed the remainder of the season.

 

I am sure I missed to list some obstacles we heard about, and I am also sure that other obstacles were never made public.

So I applaud the 2013 Cardinals organization!!!

Very well done, Oqie.

Every team has multiple, usually numerous injuries to rise above each season. But perhaps the Birds did have more than their share in 2013.

All credit to the players, manager, and organization as a whole. No panic-driven trades at any point, and the patience paid off.

It was a tremendous year and the Redbird future is as bright as it's ever been.
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Posted: 10/31/2013 12:18 PM

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At several points in the season I would have been very satisfied to go 6 games deep in the world series.

But when you start winning you keep raising your sights and I wanted that 12th world championship. Looking back most should agree that we had a very good year.

I have pondered on the makeup of the pitching staff next year. At this point I know that Jaime Garcia will be in the rotation but maybe only because of his contract extension and someone will be in the pen who could be a starter. Of course if Garcia has a breakout spring training he could also be a good trade chip.

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Posted: 10/31/2013 12:37 PM

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There's an old saying.....You cant ever have enough pitching.  I'd like to see Martinez and Rosenthal stay in the pen.  If Motte comes back, along with Siegrist as the main late inning lefty, we could have four very good relievers for the late innings.

Wainwright
Garcia
Miller
Lynn
Kelly
Wacha

The four aforementioned.
Choate as a LOOGY.
Maness (as long as he keeps the ball down so people like Gomes dont hit dongs)

Seems like i am forgetting someone.  Who knows, maybe Mujica and Salas can pitch in long/mopup relief.

Rat
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Posted: 10/31/2013 1:57 PM

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The guy you're forgetting is Axford.  Keep him, if we can, and let Mujica go with a laurel and hearty handshake.
RatsBuddy wrote: There's an old saying.....You cant ever have enough pitching.  I'd like to see Martinez and Rosenthal stay in the pen.  If Motte comes back, along with Siegrist as the main late inning lefty, we could have four very good relievers for the late innings.

Wainwright
Garcia
Miller
Lynn
Kelly
Wacha

The four aforementioned.
Choate as a LOOGY.
Maness (as long as he keeps the ball down so people like Gomes dont hit dongs)

Seems like i am forgetting someone.  Who knows, maybe Mujica and Salas can pitch in long/mopup relief.

Rat
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Posted: 10/31/2013 2:04 PM

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Great job Oqie. Yes, 2013 was indeed a great year. We've been in 2 of the last 3 World Series, and have a lot of young players in key roles. I'm not sure when a Cardinal team looked so poised to compete for the next several years.
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Posted: 10/31/2013 8:18 PM

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--- Jmodene1 wrote:

The guy you're forgetting is Axford.  Keep him, if we can, and let Mujica go with a laurel and hearty handshake.


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Don't you mean "laurel and Hardy handshake", JMo?


Yes things look great with all of the young Top Guns. But you never know about these world series things? It could be 50 years until our next appearance. You know who is spoiled? This new generation (25 & younger) of red sox fans who don't know what it's like to lose a WS. Heck they barely know what its like to lose a WS game let alone a series, having gone 12-2 in the Fall Classic this past decade. But.....their day is coming and I am sure going to relish seeing those guys getting it handed to them in the WS. I really believe that a baseball fan really does not become a complete baseball fan until they experience their favorite team losing a World Series. Ever really sit down and talk with a cubs fan? You come away from the experience thinking that there's something missing about the person. You can't quite put your finger on what it is, you just know something isn't right with them. Here's a toughie. Red Sox vs the cubbies in the WS. Who do you root for? For me it was an absolute slam dunk before this past week. There was just no way I could ever ever ever cheer for the cubs, especially in a World Series. Heck if Al-Qaeda had a traveling squad who blazed into Wrigley for a 3 game series, I'd be torn on who I wanted to prevail. But anyway, red sox and the cubs in the WS. You know, I just might do the unthinkable.
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