Statistics Show St. Louis Cardinals Made Wise Move

Many baseball fans in the St. Louis area are either sad, upset and/or disappointed after hearing news this morning about Albert Pujols signing a 10-year, $255 million deal with the Los Angeles Angels.  To them, I say, “Not to worry!  The folks in the front office of the St. Louis Cardinals made a wise move when they allowed the Hall of Famer to sign with another team.”

Perhaps, an explanation is in order, so here goes it:  The average length of a Major League Baseball player’s career is 5.6 years, according to Science Daily.  Using that as a guide, Pujols — who has 11 seasons under his belt in St. Louis — has lasted almost twice as long as the average player.  By letting another sign “The Machine,” the Cardinals will be able to sign numerous talented players without being burdened by a contract that’s almost guaranteed to turn sour (i.e., Pujols will get hurt and/or wear out).

FYI:  If anyone from the Cardinals’ front office is reading this, please know that I’m willing to play any position for a fraction of what you were willing to pay Pujols.  Also, my high school son drew the graphic above two years ago at age 13.

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Scott Spezio Released by St. Louis Cardinals

Law enforcement officials in Irving, Calif., issued an arrest warrant for 35-year-old Scott Spezio on a number of charges related to a hit-and-run incident in late December. According to more than one news report today, the utilityman who helped the St. Louis Cardinals win the World Series in 2006, was later released by the team and could face up to two years in prison if found guilty of all charges.

Spezio joins an ever-expanding list of professional athletes, high-profile figures and ordinary Joes who, after running afoul of the law, have found themselves on the virtual pages of Bob McCarty Writes. The list includes — but is not limited to — the following:

Tony LaRussa, manager of the St. Louis Cardinals — See Tony LaRussa Arrest Tapes Made Public

O.J. Simpson, former football player, sports announcer and actor — See O.J. Simpson Charged with Armed Robbery

Michael Vick, former quarterback of the Atlanta Falcons — See Allegations Against Vick Pale in Comparison

Albert Gore III, son of former vice president Al Gore — See Will ‘Three Strikes’ Law Earn Gore III a Life Sentence?

Ty Pennington, star of ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition — See ‘Extreme Makeover’ Star Apologizes for DUI Bus?

and, last but not least,

Illegal aliens — See GAO Study: ‘Illegals Arrested Eight Times Each’

What amazes me most about the cases discussed in each of the posts above is the disparity in the manner in which each was handled.

Tony LaRussa Arrest Tapes Made Public

Tony LaRussa will not serve any jail time after pleading guilty to driving under the influence, according to a report on the KMOV-TV web site today. The St. Louis Cardinals manager’s attorney entered the plea today in a Jupiter, Fla., court 8 months after police found the manager asleep behind the wheel. Details about punishment, if any, were not immediately available. LaRussa received a fine, probation, revocation of his drivers license and other punishment, according to other news reports.

Below are links to the dash-camera video from the March 22, 2007, arrest of LaRussa in Jupiter which have finally been made public:

Police Arrive — Dashboard camera video released by authorities in Florida showing police driving up to LaRussa’s SUV prior to his arrest in March on drunken driving charges.

Sobriety Test — Raw video released by authorities in Florida of the sobriety field test issued to LaRussa prior to his drunk driving arrest in March 2007.

The Arrest — Dashboard camera video released by authorities in Florida showing police arresting LaRussa in March of 2007.

To read about other arrests of high-profile personalities from the world of athletics, read my post, Allegations Against Vick Pale in Comparison.