Tony LaRussa

[Ed. note - As a charter member of the St. Louis Cardinals chapter of the Baseball Bloggers Alliance (BBA) (along with fellow UCB members C70 at the Bat, Fungoes, and Stan Musial's Stance), PH8 been afforded the honor of carrying an official vote for a couple of the BBA's 2009 MLB Awards.  You can find [...]

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In the handful of hours since the Cardinals lost Game One of the NLDS to the Dodgers, the realization has set in that the Dodgers didn’t play much (if any) better than the hometown club. Sure, they had more timely hits – both with the bat and by the ball – than the Cards, but [...]

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In another game that many would argue the 2008 Cardinals didn’t have a chance in, the 2009 Redbirds emerge victorious to win another series against the Dodgers, their fifth win this season in the seventh and final regular season matchup with the NL West leaders. Notes Adam Wainwright was brilliant early, then seemed as if [...]

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Get ready for the link-fest folks. Shelby Miller The Cardinals’ front office has been saying for weeks they weren’t worried about getting a deal done.  The St. Louis scribes have said for some time that they expected it to get done.  There are tidbits floating around on Twitter today that many of these deals have [...]

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Matt Capps should be thankful that Albert Pujols cannot throw a 100 mph fastball.  Or that he would likely never bat versus the Cardinals in a situation to be hit anyway.  Or that Albert just didn’t feel like maiming a guy who could arguably be laughed at for calling himself a closer in the first [...]

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Brett Wallace. Clayton Mortensen. Shane Peterson. Which one is this go-round’s Dan Haren? As one would expect, the Cardinals’ trade for Matt Holliday brought about much excitement, for there is a new big bat in the daily lineup.  It also brought consternation because of the seemingly exorbitant price. We can’t add much outside of the [...]

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If you needed any more evidence to back up our prior assertion that Chris Duncan is one of the more polarizing players of recent Cardinal history, you need only read the wide variety and massive number of St Louis mainstream media pieces, blog posts, and message board threads on the Duncan-Julio Lugo trade. For every [...]

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The St Louis Cardinals’ newest infielder, Julio Lugo is expected to be at tonight’s game in Washington, a one-game makeup versus the usually hapless Nationals.  Knowing Tony LaRussa’s tendency to throw players into the mix early on, we wouldn’t be surprised to see Lugo’s name on the lineup card right away. In a bit of [...]

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Well, are you a Cardinal fan that rejoices at this news or one that laments the treatment Chris Duncan received in St Louis? Do you think Duncan never got a fair shake, or that he never had to actually make the team? Will Lil’ Dunc ever become the hitter his potential showed in 2006 and [...]

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[Ed. note - I know it's July.  I know I'm about four-ish weeks late with this post.  Sue me.  Better late than never, right?] I was lucky growing up where I did, about a half-hour east of St Louis – “on the Illinois side.” I was able to attend Cardinal games fairly regularly, thanks to [...]

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