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2022 Payroll & Projected Budget

Where does the budget stand for 2022? Plus some predictions on what they might do.

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An homage to Mike Shildt, Cardinals Manager (2018-2021) and philosophical differences

I.... had... the time of my liiiife.

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Saturday SOC: Philosophical Differences, Consistency, and Cohesion

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Manager Mike Shildt has one more season on his contract but the club is already talking extension. Should they do it?

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The former top prospect could become a solid starter when he eventually enters the rotation, but he likely needs another season before he is ready to take such a step.

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A Farewell for the departing Cardinals

A few players are locks to not be with the Cardinals next year. I thought I’d say an early goodbye before they officially become free agents.

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Saturday SOC: Final Thoughts on the WC, Early Thoughts on the Offseason

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The Quiet End of an Era

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Win with Waino or “All Hands on Deck”?

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Mike Shannon has signed off (¡Viva el Moon Man!)

Get up, baby!