Guys guys guys
As you all may know, my nickname is "Scooter". Naturally, with that nickname, my favorite player growing up was David Eckstein. Could I have chosen Jim Edmonds? Too flashy. Albert Pujols? Too obvious. Scott Rolen? Too intimidating. David Eckstein though? He is scrappy. He is adorable. He hustled. I love him. During his three seasons wearing the Birds on the Bat he accumulated 4.7 fWAR and never had an OBP less than .350 or a grounder he did not run out.
And he is the 2006 World Series MVP and if there is a more fitting MVP for how that season and postseason went, this writer certainly missed him.
Happy forty-second birthday to Cardinals legend David Eckstein!
what else is going on in baseball...
- Where does 2017 rank among all HOF classes? | Sports on Earth
- Jeff Bagwell is finally getting the credit he deserves. | Sports on Earth
- Jeff Bagwell used to give Tim Raines the silent treatment when he reached first base | MLB.com
- New Hall of Famers discuss enshrinement | MLB.com
- Ivan Rodriguez shaped by Puerto Rican roots | MLB.com
- The 24 hours that defined Ivan Rodriguez's Hall of Fame career | SweetSpot | ESPN
- As snubs show, WAR won't carry you to Cooperstown | ESPN
- Looking ahead to next 4 HOF inductions | MLB.com
- A Look Ahead to Next Year’s Hall of Fame Ballot | FanGraphs Baseball
- Orioles, Mark Trumbo agree to deal | MLB.com
- MLB announces game times for 2017 season | MLB.com
- World Baseball Classic Team Israel preview | MLB.com
- Pick the Better 2017 Hitter | FanGraphs Baseball
- The Other Most Unhittable Fastball | FanGraphs Baseball
- Dodgers set sights on a Jurickson Profar trade | SBNation.com
what the cardinals are up to...
- Goold: Could a Cardinal get the call from Cooperstown next year? | Derrick Goold: Bird Land | stltoday.com
- BenFred's 5: Difficult path to Hall for Molina? What about Rolen? | Ben Frederickson | stltoday.com
- Free Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens! 10 Takeaways From MLB Hall of Fame Results | 101Sports.com
KNOW THINE ENEMY...
the nl central
- Brewers Sign Neftali Feliz, Remain Interesting | FanGraphs Baseball
- Reds Flip Dan Straily, Marlins Buy In | FanGraphs Baseball
- Projecting the Prospects in the Dan Straily Trade | FanGraphs Baseball
viva el stuff...
La La Land & the Cardinals: A Comparison | Viva El Birdos
Some Stats and Words: Kolten Wong | Viva El Birdos
Do the Cardinals have enough Cardinals? | Viva El Birdos