This coming season, I hope and
- Tony La Russa and Dave Duncan both
have reason to smile widely and often… and that they actually do
- Scott Rolen’s shoulders are strong
and sturdy. If so, the rest will take care of
- Chris Carpenter fully earns the
respect he deserves by spinning another Cy Young Award-class season on the
- the business of baseball doesn’t
keep Jim Edmonds from eventually retiring as a
- Rick Ankiel finds some way to
finally exorcize his personal demons, whether in St. Louis or
- another feel-good story like John Rodriguez in 2005 happens this season.
- all the newcomers on the 2006 team
become as beloved as the players they replaced.
- Head Trainer Barry Weinberg and
Team Physician Dr. Rick Wright have a very quiet and boring summer and
- Assistant General Manager John
Mozeliak gets his own starring role – hopefully in the American
- the new radio broadcast team of
John Rooney and Mike Shannon mesh so well that fans are motivated to turn off
their television sound just because they are that
- every Cardinals fan who could
previously receive KMOX through the air free and clear will be able to find an
over-the-air replacement in 2006.
- the teams of the Cardinals minor
league system all post winning records, providing summer excitement to fans from
- the newest crop of young Redbird
farmhands continue their progression toward the
- the 2006 Amateur Draft proves to
be as positive as the 2005 edition was for the
- the Cardinals’ Latin American
program increases the flow in its pipeline of players into the
- the Houston Astros age gracefully,
but show their age, nonetheless.
- the Milwaukee Brewers also show
their age by not improving too much too quickly.
- Dusty Baker and the Chicago Cubs
just keep on being themselves.
- the “Lords” of Major League
Baseball stop counting their money long enough to negotiate a new labor
agreement with the Players Association before the current one expires in
December and a long and ugly strike ensues in 2007.
- MLB realigns into two 15-team
leagues, eliminates the designated hitter, lessens the Wild Card advantage,
addresses their umpiring problem and moves the World Baseball Classic into the
fall, when all Classics should be held.
- the new Busch Stadium realizes its
promise for everyone – fans, players and yes, even
- when all the smoke clears, the
Cardinals finally hoist their tenth World Championship trophy into the crisp,
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