Looking ahead to 2023 with Kevin Wheeler, of KMOX/1120 AM, and how what must happen for the Cardinals to challenge for a championship in the next year has its roots in one of the most remarkable things to happen in the past year. The biggest story of 2022 for the St. Louis Cardinals was an obvious one: Albert Pujols' homecoming and successful quest for 700 home runs. So captivating was Pujols' second half production that it surpassed an MVP season from Paul Goldschmidt and a division title as the leading highlight of 2022, but it leaves the Cardinals with a strikingly familiar offseason question: How do they fill Pujols production? It's 2011 all over again. Except it's not. It's 2022, and this is Steve Cohen's National League. The Mets' owner stunned Major League Baseball by continuing his free-spending and reportedly signing Carlos Correa to a massive, $300-million deal shortly after a massive, $300-million deal with San Francisco Giants dissolved due to the physical. This podcast was recorded before that news. But the comments and evaluations still apply. Just change the teams. And heighten the description of the Mets' spending.  The Best Podcast in Baseball, sponsored by Closets by Design of St. Louis, is a production of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, StlToday.com, and Derrick Goold.

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