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)

😀

John Mabry is Returning to The St. Louis Cardinals Once AGAIN!

Really Quick, Here’s The Important Portion of The Article that Inspired THIS Bloggin’ing…

Mabry Hired As Assistant Hitting Coach

ST. LOUIS (AP)—New St. Louis Cardinals  manager Mike Matheny finalized his coaching staff, hiring John Mabry as assistant hitting coach working under Mark McGwire.

The 41-year-old Mabry replaces Mike Aldrete, who was promoted to bench coach.

Mabry had three stints with the Cardinals during his playing career and had his best season in 1996 with a .297 average, 21 home runs and 74 RBIs. …—

John Mabry came up with St. Louis in 1994, and finished 4th in the Rookie-Of-The-Year Voting in 1995.

In All Honesty, My Peeps…

I LOVE This Move by Mike Matheny.

PERIOD.

I Was/Am/Will-Always-Be a HUGE John Mabry Fan.

I Even Tried Talking My Parents into Getting Me a “Mabry #47” Jersey in 1995!

He Had His BIGGEST/BEST’EST Season with St. Louis in 1996…

…Even Hitting For The “NATURAL” Cycle!

This Is The John Mabry Baseball-Card I Have... His "1996 Upper Deck"!!! '96 Was a FUN Baseball Season that I Remember VERY Well! 😀

He Was…

…BY FAR…

…My FAVE of FAVES in regard to “Utility-Players”…

…Fo Flippin’ Sho!

Sadly, 1996 was His ONLY Big Season in The Majors…

…as He Lost His 1st-Baseman Job in 1997…

…When The Cardinals Hired Mark McGwire.

I Did/Do Like “Big Mac” a Butt-Ton, Sure Sure…

…I Just Liked “Mabes” MORE.

He Wasn’t The Best Player, no no…

…BUT He Played with HEART…

…He Played with DETERMINATION…

…and He Played ANYWHERE on The Field You NEEDED HIM To!

Mabry was An Exciting Player to Watch, and a Damn Decent Man. The Cardinals ALL Used to Say How Kind and Thoughtful He Was, and What a Great Presence He Was in The Clubhouse.

Yeah…

…Loved Loved LOVED to Watch Him Work.

And YES…

…I Am SUPER-DUPER-HAPPY He’s Come Back to St. Louis!!!

A Fine Ballplayer, A Good Man, A Great Teammate.

BRING ON 2012, Boys!

I. AM. READY.

PERIOD.