Saturday, April 02, 2005
A Record To Stand The Ages

According to a nugget in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols did not strike out in spring training. An almost unheard of occurrence:
    He is the first player to go an entire spring without a strikeout since the Milwaukee Brewers' Eric Young in 2003. The Chicago White Sox' Joey Cora accomplished the feat in 1993 in 72 plate appearances. Outfielder Luis Saturia was the last Cardinals player to go all spring training without a strikeout in at least 20 plate appearances. He did so in 2002; however, he was reassigned before the end of camp.
No other player in Major League Baseball has done that since the year before last and no Cardinals spring trainee attendee has done that since two years ago. And that Cardinals player was demoted to the minor leagues.

If local sportswriters could have it, we know which Cardinal they would elevate to the papacy.

To say Noggle, one first must be able to say the "Nah."