Saturday, June 4, 2011

St. Louis Cardinals

1B  Albert Pujols – Ten straight seasons of .300+ BA, 30+ HRs, and 100+ RBI; twice led NL in HRs; won batting title in ’03; three-time MVP; two Gold Gloves.
2B  Rogers Hornsby – Six straight batting titles (.424 in 1924); won NL Triple Crown twice; best hitting 2B in baseball history.
SS  Ozzie Smith – Defensive wizard with ELEVEN straight Gold Gloves in St. Louis; stole 30+ bases nine times for the Cards; hit .280 or better six times.
3B  Ken Boyer – Hit .300 or better five times; consistent power hitter with eight 90+ RBI seasons; won five Gold Gloves; NL MVP in ’64.
OF  Joe Medwick – Won NL Triple Crown in ’37 (.374, 31, 154); led league in RBI three straight years; batted .350 or better three times.
OF  Lou Brock – Led NL in steals eight times (118 in ’74); career .293 hitter with 100 runs scored in seven seasons.
OF  Stan Musial – The Man won seven batting titles and drove in 100+ runs ten times; career .331 BA with 475 HRs.
C  Ted Simmons – Batted .300 or better six times for the Cards; consistent RBI producer with five 20+ HR seasons; I may put Molina here in a couple years.
Bench  Jim Edmonds – Bottomley, Hafey, McGee, and Mize are also strong choices, but I’ll take Jimmy Ballgame’s power, high OBP, and Gold Glove defense.
Pitcher  Bob Gibson – Five-time 20-game winner; unhittable in ’68 (1.12 ERA; 13 shutouts); twice won Game 7 of the World Series.
Pitcher  Dizzy Dean – Won 18 or more games five straight years (30 in 1934); led NL in Ks four consecutive seasons.
Pitcher  Chris Carpenter – Posted winning pct. of .750 or better three times; won NL Cy Young in ’05; almost won another in ’09 (17-4, 2.24 ERA); Jesse Haines is also a good choice.
Closer  Bruce Sutter – Many candidates for this spot; Sutter led the NL in saves three times (1.45 ERA in ’84) for St. Louis and played a key role in the ’82 Series victory.

Greatness at every position. This team would provide Jack Buck with many opportunities to close out his broadcasts with "That’s a winner!"

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