1. Infielders in the Outfield? Statement or Necessity?

    Aaron Miles, Brendan Ryan, Adam Kennedy, Felipe Lopez, and Josh Phelps. What do all of these players have in common? Their...outfielders? That's right. Tony La Russa is playing his infielders in the outfield...

    Joel Koch Written by Joel Koch about 6 years ago 203 reads 2 comments

  2. New York Yankees: Looking Ahead to 2009

    I can’t believe I’m doing this, but I’m going to play General Manager of the New York Yankees. The Yankees to need revamp their roster, and it could take some creative thinking and moves...

    Joel Koch Written by Joel Koch about 6 years ago 3,772 reads 9 comments

  3. Cardinals Overhauling Again?

    It was October of 2007 when Walt Jocketty was fired. The Front Office overhaul began. The Cardinals then hired John Mozeliak as the General Manager. They fired several more "Jocketty guys" and hired "Bill DeWitt guys" to fill the slots...

    Joel Koch Written by Joel Koch about 6 years ago 419 reads 0 comments

  4. Let's Get Ready to Ramble: Rasmus, La Russa, & Prospects

    As the headline says, this is a complete ramble. It's not incoherent, just a ramble. It all starts with the Colby Rasmus. Where's Robin? Batman Needs to Save the Day! Let it be known, Batman is Albert Pujols...

    Joel Koch Written by Joel Koch about 6 years ago 191 reads 0 comments

  5. Handing Out the Hardware, Part VIII: N.L. Most Valuable Player & Recap of Awards

    Well, another series has come and gone. We’ve looked at Gold Gloves, Rookie of the Years, and Cy Youngs. Now, we wrap up not only the Most Valuable Player series, but the entire eight part series of “Handing Out the Hardware...

    Joel Koch Written by Joel Koch about 6 years ago 115 reads 0 comments

  6. Handing Out the Hardware, Part VII: A.L. Most Valuable Player

    Sorry for the lateness, classes interfered with what’s important: Bleacher Report. Right now, we look at the American League Most Valuable Player. In a short time, we’ll look at the National League MVP and the recap of the awards...

    Joel Koch Written by Joel Koch about 6 years ago 94 reads 0 comments

  7. Handing Out the Hardware, Part VI: N.L. Cy Young

    Part VI is here and ready to roll. It’s time to look at the National League Cy Young award. This will be a dogfight to the end between Tim Lincecum and Brandon Webb, but in the ...

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  8. Handing Out The Hardware, Part V: A.L. Cy Young

    Now that I look at it, the National League Most Valuable Player should have been Part V, but you’ll see why later. Now, it’s time for the American League Cy Young. A pitcher who wins a Cy Young should be a great pitcher...

    Joel Koch Written by Joel Koch about 6 years ago 270 reads 4 comments

  9. Handing Out the Hardware, Part IV: N.L. Rookie of the Year

    We are now halfway done with this series, which saddens me a little. I realize how much fun these series are to write, and how it stinks when they finish because you’re back to writing single articles...

    Joel Koch Written by Joel Koch about 6 years ago 140 reads 0 comments

  10. Handing Out the Hardware, Part III: A.L. Rookie of the Year

    It’s time for Part III, the American League Rookie of the Year. This one wasn’t tough at all to figure out, but I do feel obligated to give more than just the winner in this case...

    Joel Koch Written by Joel Koch about 6 years ago 160 reads 3 comments

  11. St. Louis Cardinals Top 30 Prospects

    It’s getting closer and closer. What you may ask? The time where Baseball America ranks all 30 organization’s best prospects...

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  12. Handing Out the Hardware, Part II: N.L. Gold Gloves

    Well, here we are! Article two of this eight part series. I would ramble like I did in Part I, but I think you all are about tired of my rambles, am I right? So, without further ado, ...

    Joel Koch Written by Joel Koch about 6 years ago 341 reads 6 comments

  13. Handing Out the Hardware, Part I: A.L. Gold Gloves

    Welcome, welcome, welcome! This is quite exciting for me, as I am writing my second multiple-part series of articles. The first series, that just ended yesterday, was the offseason preview. Now, we look at offseason awards...

    Joel Koch Written by Joel Koch about 6 years ago 379 reads 0 comments

  14. Offseason Preview Part V: Outfielders

    Well, today is a sad day. It’s the end of my first multi-part series of articles. I hope you all have enjoyed the first four installments because today, we’re going out with a boom! Well, somewhat...

    Joel Koch Written by Joel Koch about 6 years ago 176 reads 1 comments

  15. Offseason Preview Part IV: Middle Infielders

    It’s the fourth installment of this five-part series, and today we look at the free agents of the middle infield. It’s an underrated part of the game. The defense has to be top notch or you’ll lose a lot of games...

    Joel Koch Written by Joel Koch about 6 years ago 178 reads 0 comments

  16. Offseason Preview Part III: Corner Infielders

    Corner infielders, the game's most offensive savvy players. Offense comes first, defense comes second. When you see a franchise player, it’s normally one of these talented athletes...

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  17. Offseason Preview Part II: Catchers

    Well folks, let’s look at the other side of the battery. In today’s game, homegrown talent rules all...

    Joel Koch Written by Joel Koch about 6 years ago 304 reads 7 comments

  18. Offseason Preview Part I: Pitchers

    Free agency; the offseason; payday. Those are three terms that define the downtime between the end of the World Series and before pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training...

    Joel Koch Written by Joel Koch about 6 years ago 349 reads 2 comments

  19. Journey Never Said it Better, "The Party's Over"

    "Oh, bye-bye, babyThe party's over,I have gone away.The party's over,I have gone away.The party's over,I have gone away.The party's over,I have gone away.Oo, the party's over,I have gone away...

    Joel Koch Written by Joel Koch about 6 years ago 244 reads 4 comments

  20. Staring Straight Ahead: the Cardinals Farm System

    The St. Louis Cardinals have had ten different players make their Major League debuts this season. That was the plan way back in March: see what the future holds. The only logical way to do that is to have the rookies play a big role in the team...

    Joel Koch Written by Joel Koch about 6 years ago 329 reads 3 comments

  21. Running the Comeback Trail: Josh Kinney

    Josh Kinney, one of the bullpen catalysts of the St. Louis Cardinals 2006 World Series run. Now? He’s still on the comeback trail, running side by side with Mark Mulder. Before we look at the now, let us in fact look at the past...

    Joel Koch Written by Joel Koch about 6 years ago 325 reads 0 comments

  22. Making A Case: Pujols & MVP

    Think of this article as a courtroom. You have the jury, or the Baseball Writers of America, and the audience, or every person without a vote on end of the year Major League Baseball awards...

    Joel Koch Written by Joel Koch about 6 years ago 406 reads 7 comments

  23. Reinforcements Incoming: September 2008 Callups

    At the trade deadline, St. Louis Cardinals fans called for the addition of pitching (I was one). Now, the bullpen and rotation have finally shaped up. The good news is, the pitching staff will get several big boosts...

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  24. Buster Olney Writes Off Cardnals: Justified?

    From Baseball Tonight, which aired at 11:30pm (central) on August 14. Robert Flores: "Will anyone catch the Cubs?" Buster Olney: "The answer’s no. No one’s catching the Cubs...

    Joel Koch Written by Joel Koch about 6 years ago 312 reads 11 comments

  25. Micah Owings Traded to Reds

    As the entire baseball world knew yesterday, Adam Dunn was sent packing to the desert. The Arizona Diamondbacks added Dunn via waiver trade yesterday, sending RHP Dallas Buck to the Cincinnati Reds...

    Joel Koch Written by Joel Koch about 6 years ago 499 reads 1 comments