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Letters to the editor: Pujols is just good, no longer great

2013-05-03T20:15:00Z 2013-05-22T16:01:53Z Letters to the editor: Pujols is just good, no longer great stltoday.com

Problems with Pujols

To claim that Albert Pujols has collapsed in Los Angeles would be an overstatement, but to say he has gone from great to good would be accurate.

In all honesty, Allen Craig was a better player last year than Albert. Craig hit over .300 and for the second year in a row Albert fell below that mark, with a batting average in the .280s.

The insanity of the bank given to Pujols from the Angels’ owner flush with TV money was too crazy for a savvy Cardinals organization. And, where as the Cardinals came within one game of the World Series last year, the Angels did not reach the postseason and now are well below .500.

I am sure Albert will clean up his numbers by the end of the year but the signs of wear and tear on his body of a mystery age are evident for all to see. Right now Pujols is limping around the West Coast often as a DH with a .245 average and minimal power heading into the weekend.

He put up historic numbers to start his career and helped the Cardinals to two championships, but something tells me his fat numbers and championship runs are in the past.

It is kind of sad that a St. Louis icon left “Baseball Heaven” for more dinero in “Tinsel Town” — which has no clue on how to build a championship club.

It seems appropriate that the Angels waste their fat wallet on aging talent while the Cardinals get younger with power arms in the majors and young studs in Memphis.

The reality is that the Cardinals do it right while Albert and the Angels seem to make all of the classic mistakes in trying to buy a championship.

Stephen Einspanier • Webster Groves

Boggs is a class act

These 2013 Cardinals have the talent to succeed and are pulling for each other. They’ll be fine.

Nobody’s throwing anyone under the bus. No player has quit competing in a game.

Mitchell Boggs, who before being sent to Memphis on Friday was resonating the team’s character every time he self-assuredly answered a scribe’s disquieting question.

After his ERA ballooned to 12.66 last Sunday, Boggs reminded the soothsayers of doom that he didn’t toot his horn last year when he was one of the best setup guys in baseball, nor did he worry about expressed concerns when he had some missteps.

As long as every one of his teammates continues to mirror his competitive attitude, this team will continue to have a championship character and it will succeed.

Russ Vanderbeek • St. Louis

Bleeding Blue

When you experience the tremendous cheering level at Scottrade Center, you know for sure that the Blues have a seventh player on the ice — which is all of the fans and their great Blues hockey spirit!

Dick Reeves • Kirkwood

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