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St. Louis Cardinals Inside Pitch 2008-12-02


St. Louis Cardinals Inside Pitch 2008-12-02
When a team has such long-running success as the Cardinals have experienced this decade under manager Tony La Russa, it generally isn't accomplished with a revolving door of second basemen. But no matter who signs on as the regular second baseman for 2009, it will mark the sixth different starter at that position in the last seven seasons for the Cardinals.

Adam Kennedy, who had been more or less the regular the last two years -- at least at the start of the season -- technically still is with the team, as is valuable backup Aaron Miles. But the Cardinals have said they would try to accommodate Kennedy's trade request, and they think of Miles more as a super utility man.

If Felipe Lopez signs back as a free agent, he surely would be the starter, as he was in the last month of the 2008 season. He finished with a .385 average in 43 games with the Cardinals.

Lopez then would succeed Kennedy, who succeeded Hector Luna/Ronnie Belliard (2006), who succeeded Mark Grudzielanek (2005), who succeeded Tony Womack (2004), who succeeded Fernando Vina/Bo Hart (2003).

The Cardinals missed the playoffs the last two seasons, but they went to the World Series with Womack, to the National League Championship Series with Grudzielanek and won the World Series in 2006 when Luna started the season and then gave way ultimately to July acquisition Belliard.


Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: December 2, 2008

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