Matt Holliday Should Hit Second for the Cardinals

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Matt Holliday Should Hit Second for the Cardinals
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For more than a decade, hitting third has been a badge of honor for the Cardinals, given to the team's best hitter. Albert Pujols took over for Mark McGwire after a brief Jim Edmonds/J.D. Drew interlude. After Pujols and Tony La Russa, the manager who pencilled in his name every day for a decade, left for respect and retirement, Mike Matheny continued the tradition by putting Matt Holliday in the third spot in the lineup. While some conventional wisdom held that a team should put its best hitter fourth, La Russa believed it important to get the team's best hitter up in the first. Matheny should do La Russa one better and put his best hitter a spot earlier to maximize Holliday's value...

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