Jocketty’s Greatest Hits Collection

…includes 30 songs on 9(!) CDs. Rare B sides, live recordings, and never released tracks – until now! The whole package can be yours for only $29.99!!!

Just kidding. With the trade deadline for 2007 approaching quickly for this year, I’ve decided to look back of some of Walt Jocketty’s player personnel moves over the last few years. The hope is to identify some hope for a big move or two that Jocketty might make this summer. We’ll cover the period 1999 through the present day and look at what I consider his ‘big’ trades, signings, and draft picks. Here we go:

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ONE FINAL LOOK BACK AT THE RED OCTOBER MIRACLE

With spring training only 3 days away, I’m going to take one last trip down memory lane with a slightly different look at the St. Louis Cardinals march to the 2006 World Series Championship. I think what I’m supposed to say here is, read more after the jump. So everybody, JUMP! JUMP! A Mac Daddy will make you, JUMP! JUMP! A Daddy Mac will make you, JUMP! JUMP! Criss Cross will make you JUMP! JUMP!

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Rotation, Rotation, Rotation.

After more than a month off from blogging(is that a word?) I’m back to it. I took so long off because it seamed like the Cardials took the holidays off. And well, there just wasn’t that much to talk about. I was waiting on Mark Mulder, and Jeff Weaver to make up their minds about where they wanted to play. And now that they have, I think I have enough material to fill a post or two. So without further delay, it’s time to make it bounce.   Continue reading

ATTENTION KMART SHOPPERS, WE HAVE A BLUE LIGHT SPECIAL GOING ON RIGHT NOW FOR MLB PLAYERS IN ISLE 5.

As Cardinals fans, don’t you always get the feeling that the team is always shopping at Wal-Mart for their free agent players? While all the other teams do their free agent shopping on Rodeo Drive? Continue reading

A look at the free agents signed this week. The upcoming Winter Meetings. And some football on the side.

Well as a big college football fan, I am really upset that USC and Arkansas crapped in their beds today. It’s very sad to watch two teams throw away victories. Both USC and Arkansas should have had won, maybe not easily, but they both should have won.  Now that I’ve watched both games, gassed up on two Venti 8 pump Cafe Moca’s from Starbucks, I’m ready to write about today’s games, and the Cardinals off-season moves to date.   Continue reading

Card’s 1st Nonroster Moves

This will be brief since I’m on my lunch hour. After resigning some Cardinal players (Edmonds/Spezio) from last year, the Cards made some moves. In case you missed it somehow, the Cards have signed the following players:

Adam Kennedy  2B

Kip Wells    back-of-rotation starter

Gary Bennet     backup C

Eli Marrero     minor league utility player

I’m am very pleased by everyone of these moves. Gary Bennett and Adam Kennedy were on many people’s radar as possible signings. Both were signed to appropriate money as well. I don’t remember anyone talking about Kip Wells and I can guarantee no one had a thought about Eli Marrero.

Kip is your typical Dave Duncan masterpiece waiting to happen. We’ll have to wait and see if he turns out to be another Woody Williams or Jeff Weaver. I like the risk for the price no matter how he turns out. Bernie Miklasz mentioned on the forums over at STL Today that Duncan “really wanted” Kip too. I wonder how often Duncan has said something like that. I could be reading too much into that one statement but maybe Duncan thinks Kip will be more than a 5th starter next year if he can get Kip to follow his lead and make some adjustments.  

 Eli is a really nice signing when you think about it. Eli has done a lot for LaRussa in the past – catcher, decent outfielder, switch hitter (i think?). I also believe the guy has overcome cancer if I remember right. How’s that for character and determination. I’ll be rooting for this guy to do well and make the team.

 Funny to see former Cardinals organization guys coming back to STL recently in Kennedy, Marrero, and Looper last year.

 The Cards rotation so far is:

Carp

Reyes

Free Agent

Kip

Free Agent/Wainright/Some scrapheap 5th starter

Looks like Schmidt and Lilly are still out there at the moment. I have a feeling that Walt will make a trade to fill out at least one of those missing starter positions. Hopefully we don’t give up too much. I trust Walt though – he’s proven himself too many times.

That’s it for now. GDM426 will undoubtedly have some input on this in another post.

Turkey Hangovers and *Of The Year* Awards

Well it’s “BLACK FRIDAY“, A.K.A the day after most of America gorged themselves on turkey and all the fixins. I hope all of you out there got to at least enjoy yourselves a little bit. I for one know how terribly awkward, annoying,  frustrating, and down right brutal big family dinners can be. And yesterday started the two month long marathon of get togethers, and holiday tradition most familys force upon themselves. Continue reading

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