After winning the World Series, St. Louis Cardinals fans expect Albert Pujols to return to his throne in Busch Stadium. However, the recently announced retirement of Tony La Russa could shake things up under the arch.
Tony La Russa is the only manager Pujols has had in the major leagues, and their relationship is of the "father-son" type. With La Russa's departure, maybe the Machine would like a fresh start as well.
What the Cardinals should be considering right now is not only re-signing Pujols, but knowing what they will have and what they need to do if he doesn't return to the Redbirds.
There is no one who will be able to fill the cleats of Albert Pujols in St. Louis.
However, with the front office they have, the Cardinals could very well find a way to remain one of the best teams in baseball.
Here are the guys who could be at first base for the World Champions in 2012.