The Daily Pujols – 11.02.2011

by on November 1, 2011 · 2 comments

Albert Pujols hitting a home run

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On the morning of January 19th, I started collecting links – as many as I can find with minimal effort – that discuss the Albert Pujols contract discussions. Why? Who knows, yet here they are. Oh, and to serve you all, our three loyal readers! The Daily Pujols certainly won’t be a comprehensive list, but between local, national, and blog coverage, maybe you’ll find something here you otherwise wouldn’t. Without further delay, here is today’s Daily Pujols…

Local

At CBS St. Louis, Chris Kerber opines that Albert DOES owe something to the Cardinals and their fans. I think it’s a bit pie-in-the-sky, but tend to agree. At least if you’re going to go, pay respect to the organization you’ve been with for so long and give them time to execute their follow-up plans.

Dominic Genetti thinks Pujols should be named player-manager. He’s not the only one. (Not me.) Did he see the failed hit-and-run Albert called in Game Five? I just can’t agree with this.

National

At Forbes.com, Patrick Rishe notes the same thing I’ve been thinking for a while: “Albert Pujols knows that his iconic status will only be enhanced if he remains a Cardinal.”

Cathal Kelly of the Toronto Star puts odds of the Blue Jays signing Pujols at 100-1.

Jon Morosi expands upon his David Eckstein – Jose Oquendo piece from Monday. It’s a persuasive argument.

Steve Rosenbloom of the Chicago Tribune thinks that age and expected future production may lead the Cubs and Theo Epstein toward Prince Fielder rather than Albert Pujols.

Ryan Theriot thinks that signing Pujols would “be a game-changer” for Chicago and the Cubs.

Joe Capozzi reports that for the Marlins and Larry Beinfest, “all options are on the table”.

Blogs

An interesting bit from Murray Chass, blogger, on agent Ron Shapiro and how he has managed clients who have chosen to “stay home” when free agency came calling. Not sure it entirely applies to Pujols, knowing what we know currently, but it’s a nice story nonetheless.

I-70 Baseball started off the United Cardinal Bloggers Off-Season Roundtable today with a simple question – Albert Pujols is gone. How to you shape the 2012 team?

Aaron Gleeman at Hardball Talk has a quote from Brian Cashman that the Yankees will be focusing on pitching.

Joe Pettini has a good chance at being named manager? And that’s going to make Pujols stay? I am clearly behind on my research.

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Phil November 3, 2011

Hey,

I really don’t see Pujols leaving the Cards and I tend to agree with the blogger (and you Nick) that he will never be treated as the icon that he is anywhere else. One other reason would be this Cardinal team has a very good chance of winning it all again in 2012 so he would have to be a bit silly to leave.

Player/Manager? Have to give that one some thought but I have a feeling there is a former Cardinal first baseman in the running for the vacated managerial position…..

Have a great day!

Phil

PH8 November 8, 2011

I don’t think McGwire is a candidate to manage, nor do I think the player/manager thing has any legs – but I’m also certain that Pujols will do what he thinks is best for him and his family.

If that means “settling” for a few bucks less to stay in the relative comfort (especially media) that he enjoys in St. Louis, I can see it happening.

The wild card, the big variable, IMO – is the players’ union. Will they lean on him to go after every last penny?

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