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Cardinals Update

I am worried about the Cardinals for next year unless they make some significant improvements. They are solid on pitching and defense, but their offense is horrible. I don’t understand letting Wong go who has great talent but seems at times to do stupid things-like getting picked off to end the World Series. The Cardinals need hitter, particularly, outfielders. Their outfield has to be one of the weakest hitting ones in baseball history. I also question their Vice President, John Mozelak who spent lavishly on marginal players such as Fowler and Carpenter but let Voss and other talented young hitters go. Unless the Cardinals significantly upgrade their offense they will not make the playoffs. Written by Paul Dribin

Joe Morgan

I am greatly saddened to hear of the death of Joe Morgan, one of the greatest ballplayers of all time. I lived in Ohio during his glory years with the Reds and loved watching him play. He was a very smart player who combined great defense, speed, and power. He could steal a base or hit a home run. I also greatly enjoyed his work as an announcer. His work with Jon Miller was fantastic. Joe could take baseball overly seriously and Jon countered that with a great sense of humor. Baseball has lost some great players recently, Bob Gibson and Lou Brock in addition to Joe Morgan. Written by Paul Dribin

Baseball Predictions

As a St. Louisan I follow the Cardinals although the Cubs are my favorite team. I am amazed the Cards made the playoffs, they have a fairly poor team, particularly offensively. Their pitching is excellent.

Much to my surprise I have enjoyed the shortened baseball season and the unique rules under which it has been played. There is an excitement to the fact that almost every team can make the playoffs. I have enjoyed the designated hitter rule and the 7 inning doubleheader’s. They made serious mistakes by extending the contract of Matt Carpenter who is one of the poorest hitters in baseball and Dexter Fowler. Former players such as Luke Voit, Marcell Ozuna, and Randall Griuchek have been superb. I think the Cardinal ownership is content to maintain an average product.

In the end I believe the Dodgers and Yankees will meet in the World Series with the Dodgers winning it all. Written by Paul Dribin

Lou Brock

I have very fond and bittersweet memories of Lou Brock as a Cub fan when he played. Lou came up in 1961 with the Cubs and was really hyped as the next Willy Mays. He was very raw coming from D ball to the majors. To make matters worse, the Cubs had terrible leadership and didn’t develop him in the right way. They put him in centerfield and later right which are sun fields at Wrigley with the wind adding to the difficulty. Lou was only 19 or 20 when he came up. His play was erratic, making brilliant plays and long home runs. He would drop balls and make base running errors.

By 1964 he turned into a good but not spectacular player. At the time the Cubs actually thought that getting Ernie Broglio for Lou could make them a contender. It was obviously one of the worst trades in baseball history as Lou turned out to be a hall of farmer both on and off the field. I have very fond memories of sitting in the right field bleachers at Wrigley and watching Lou play in front of me. Written by Paul Dribin

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