The Teams Of MY LIFETIME: The St. Louis Cardinals Edition

I Had A Recent Conversation In Which The Other Person Told Me About Having Made-Out A Lineup Card Based Solely On The Players He Had Actually SEEN PLAY LIVE During His Young Lifetime.

I Found The Subject FASCINATING, As I’d Been Considering Doing A Blog Posting On That Very Topic.

I Can’t Emphasize Enough That This Listing Isn’t Necessarily THE BEST PLAYERS At Their Positions From Their Era…

…But It’s A List Of MY FAVORITE PLAYERS At Their Positions During The Era Of My Young Lifetime.

I Was Born In 1980…

…But Truly Began To Embrace Professional Baseball In 1985.

I’ve Split It Into TWO Lineups.

My “A-SQUAD” And My “B-SQUAD” If You So Choose To See It That Way.

And…

…Since I Know My ST. LOUIS CARDINALS Better Than Any Other Major League Team…

…I Felt They Were THE Place To Begin This Little Romp For Me.

So…

…Here We Go.

LINEUP #1

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1B

JACK “The Ripper” CLARK

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2B

TOMMY HERR

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3B

TODD ZEILE

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SS

OZZIE “The Wizard” SMITH

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C

DARRELL PORTER

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LF

RAY LANKFORD

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CF

JIM “Jimmy Baseball” EDMONDS

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RF

LARRY WALKER

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LINEUP #2

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1B

JOHN MABRY

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2B

FERNANDO VINA

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3B

TERRY PENDLETON

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SS

DAVID ECKSTEIN

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C

MIKE MATHENY

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LF

VINCE COLEMAN

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CF

WILLIE McGEE

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RF

“Hard Hittin'” MARK WHITTEN

(Aka "The Tragedy That Was Mark Whitten"

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Since Any True Baseball Person Knows…

…The Team Doesn’t Function Without…

THE BULLPEN CATCHER

.Period.

So, In This Role, I’m Gonna Go Ahead And Slot In:

C

TOM PAGNOZZI

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As For PITCHERS, I’ve Made It A Short-List.

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SP

JOHN TUDOR

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SP

CHRIS CARPENTER

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SP

ADAM WAINWRIGHT

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SP

MATT MORRIS

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SP

BOB TEWKSBURY

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RP

TODD WORRELL

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CLOSER

LEE SMITH

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How’s THAT For A Little List Of Personal Favorites?

I Can’t Tell You How Much Fun I Had Putting This Little Number Together.

I Simply Didn’t Know Any Other Way Of Doing It Up Than To Just DO IT UP, Ya Know!?!

I’m Sure There Will Be Comments…

…Concerns…

…Arguments…

…Pats-On-The-Back…

…Finger-Wags Of ALL Sorts…

etc etc etc

JUST REMEMBER, Kiddies…

…These Are The Heroes Of My Youth.

When Going To The Ballpark Was The Biggest Deal EVER!

The 1980s AND 1990s Were HUGE For Baseball AND Bradley.

And It’s Carried On.

It’s Been A Long-Term Love-Affair…

…That’s Continued On And On And On…

…Right To This Very Day.

And I’m VERY SURE It’s Going To Continue For A Long-Time To Come!!!

Hope Ya Liked This One, My Peeps!!!

I SURE DID!!!

(hehehehehehehe)

😀

A Happy HEADLINE=) “Jim Edmonds and Ryan Franklin take post-retirement roles with Cardinals”

(Part Of The Article) By Aaron Gleeman -Feb 16, 2012-

–Jim Edmonds canceled his comeback attempt last spring, signing a minor-league contract with the Cardinals and then retiring before reporting to camp.

This time around he’ll be at Cardinals camp, wearing his familiar No. 15, but Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that Edmonds will be a “special instructor.”

And according to Strauss, if things go well for Edmonds it “might lead to deeper involvement with the organization, possibly in a consultant role to general manager John Mozeliak.”

Strauss also reports that former closer Ryan Franklin has already been hired as a special assistant to the GM and “will advise Mozeliak on personnel and perform regional scouting chores based out of his Oklahoma home.” …–

(Full Article Link Here –>) http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/02/16/jim-edmonds-and-ryan-franklin-take-post-retirement-roles-with-cardinals/

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For Those Of You Whom Know Me The Best…

…You Also Know I’m A HUGE Supporter Of…

JIM “JIMMY BASEBALL” EDMONDS

…And (likely) ALWAYS WILL BE.

JIM EDMONDS -CF- -STL- "The Greatest Defensive Outfielder Of His Generation!"

So Anytime I See His Name In The Paper…

…Or If There’s Something Special Going On He’s Involved In…

…I ALWAYS Take The Time To Check-It-Out And See What’s Up.

There’s Not Much To The Above Article…

…But It STILL Made Me Smile As I Read Along.

I’m Sure Jimmy…

…And The Cardinals…

…And Cardinal Nation…

…Are ALL Tickled Pink…

…Over His Return To St. Louis.

I Sincerely Doubt The Cardinals General Manager…

…Could Have Found Better Folks To Surround Himself With.

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As For…

RYAN FRANKLIN

…Uh…

…Hmm…

…Nice Beard?

RYAN FRANKLIN -BEARDED MAN- -RP- -STL-

Maybe?

😉