Alfonso Soriano

I owe you dear readers a qualifier.  This is really about some of the largest contracts in baseball history that were signed prior to 2011, because it might be a tad bit early to grade that Votto deal for $225M with the ink still wet. Alex Rodriguez (Yankees) – 10 years for $275M signed in [...]

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Around this same time last year as part of the annual UCB project to make predictions for all 6 divisions, I not-so-boldly picked the top three as the Brewers, Cardinals, and the Reds (see here for proof).  Based on the individual rosters, it wasn’t difficult to put those three in order.  It was actually the [...]

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Follow The Money

by on March 2, 2011 · 2 comments

By my rough estimate, the 6 teams in the NL Central are going to start the 2011 season with a combined $544M committed to team payrolls.  Yikes.  Check out the breakdown: Cubs ~ $133M Cardinals ~ $109M Astros ~ $91M Brewers ~ $84M Reds ~ $76M Pirates ~ $51M If you split teams 1-3 and 4-6 [...]

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Cards versus Cubs at Wrigley Field – does it get much better than that?  Well, assuming a Cardinal victory anyway… The United Cardinal Bloggers again undertake our progressive game blog, and you can find the previous and following innings here. I’m covering the fourth inning today, and here we go with the heart of the [...]

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See what I did there?  A baseball pun? Today marks the second birthday (or anniversary, however you look at it) of this humble little site. In May 2008, I led things off with a post that really had nothing to do with the Cardinals – “Soriano = Zito?” – which is strangely being made to [...]

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In an effort to put a new spin on making preseason predictions this year, we decided to get outside input from those who know the division best – other folks writing about the NL Central.  It just so happens this falls in line with the United Cardinal Bloggers’ 2010 Predictions project as well, so two [...]

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[Ed. note - While the usual suspect around here is on vacation, we've drummed up some great guest posters to take the reins and keep our loyal readers (all three of you) entertained.  Today's guest post is from Brad Taylor.  You can usually find Brad writing on his own blog over at bradtaylor.tumblr.com.  Thanks Brad!] [...]

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The Cards took two of three from the Wee Bears this weekend, continuing their strong play at home.  Sunday was a different story at Busch III unfortunately, but we’re choosing to stay on the postitve side regarding overall outcome of the series. A few quick hitters this morning, then we focus on the Braves: —– [...]

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Is anyone else becoming mildly concerned about Adam Wainwright’s seemingly sudden inability to throw strikes? I know, small sample size and all, but the sample size continues to grow with no marked improvement.  It should also be noted that he had this same problem in the spring, struggling to get in a groove and running [...]

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Soriano = Zito ?

by on May 5, 2008 · 5 comments

It’s time someone said it. Is Alfonso Soriano the Cubs’ very own version of Barry Zito? Clearly Soriano is struggling and he and his manager and teammates will attribute it to injury. But will he ever be the same hitter? Soriano sports a .222 OBP so far this season, with 3 HR and 13 total [...]

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