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Albert Pujols says Cardinals need to find a way to get Colby Rasmus "out of here"

Sep 5, 2010, 3:25 PM EDT

Things are turning sour quickly in St. Louis, and not just in the National League Central standings. Prompted with the report that 24-year-old center fielder Colby Rasmus asked for a trade earlier this season, Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols told Jeff Passan...

Things are turning sour quickly in St. Louis, and not just in the National League Central standings.

Prompted with the report that 24-year-old center fielder Colby Rasmus asked for a trade earlier this season, Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols told Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports on Sunday, “We need to figure out a way to get him out of here.”

“That’ll
show you right there a young player that doesn’t respect what he’s got,” Pujols continued.
“He needs to find out the talent and ability that he has
and pretty much keep his mouth shut and play the game. Let the organization make those decisions, not himself.

It’s not surprising whatsoever that Pujols is siding with Tony La Russa, who has served as his only major league manager.  The two seem to have similar belief systems and Pujols, with his quiet and hard-working approach, isn’t the type of guy that is going to take kindly to a young player requesting a trade.

But Pujols lives in a bubble.  He has no concept of Rasmus’ value to the future of the Cardinals and probably hasn’t thought about the fact that the Redbirds need low-salary players to cover his own looming extension, which may prove to be the richest contract in the history of baseball. 

It’s upsetting that Pujols decided to go public with his thoughts, but it’s apparent that the Cardinals now must consider their superstar’s feelings when deciding how to best solve this suddenly volcanic matter.  Would firing La Russa rub Pujols the wrong way and cause him to test free agency?  Might it be time for the Cards to actually explore a deal for Rasmus? 

Whatever the case, this won’t end well.

  1. Largebill - Sep 5, 2010 at 3:54 PM

    Until this article, I had not considered how Pujols plays into the teams decision whether or not to keep LaRussa. I’ve gotten the sense that Tony had worn out his welcome in St. Louis. However, if the team feels Pujols would be more likely to leave if his manager is unceremoniously shown the door they may have to bite the bullet and keep LaRussa longer.
    Rasmus may have some developing still to do, but I think it would be foolish to dump a talent like that so quickly. Half the other teams would quickly move to sign him.

  2. mike3775 - Sep 5, 2010 at 4:20 PM

    And right here is the major malfunction in MLB. These all star players who have “demands” and forces the team to accept them or they leave. Know what, LaRussa needs to go, he has done all he can with the Cardinals, and this season has already showed that the team has all but given up with him as manager. So Pujols wants him to stay, well tell Pujols that its not up to him, put the player in the proper placement of things on the Cardinals. Pujols may end up getting what he wants, but LaRussa won’t be cheap, and neither will Pujols, so it be interesting to see if the Cardinals can win with 1 high priced manager and one high priced player and a bunch of medium paid players can succeed, and this season has shown that they can’t

  3. Frances - Sep 5, 2010 at 4:31 PM

    Pujols should be more concerned about his poor showing the past 2-3 weeks. Maybe he should ask Glenn Beck to pray for him!

  4. Old Gator - Sep 5, 2010 at 4:44 PM

    You’re assuming that Glenn Beck actually prays, and that the bloated fool isn’t just presenting his buffoonish holier-than-thou front as a matter of sheer, calculated opportunism. I don’t doubt that Sarah Palin really is that stupid, but the jury is going to be out on Beck until someone finds a way to tape a conversation between him and his booking agent.

  5. willmose - Sep 5, 2010 at 4:52 PM

    Here is the true story of the Albert and Tony attending the Glenn Beck rally.

    Tony went to the Glenn Beck rally give Albert some cover. Joe Buck, an employee of Fox, approached Cardinal ownership about Puljos attending the rally. Cardinal ownership strongly requested that Albert attend to pick up an award, asuring him that there would not be anything political about the rally. The ownership said it would considerate a personal favor if he would attend. Tony invited himself along to get between Albert and any annoying questions.

    The Cardinal ownership did Fox (who pays them millions of dollars per year) a favor. Cardinal ownership also strongly agrees with Glenn Beck’s political agenda (as does Buck), so it was a win-win situation for them. Unfortunately, ownership forgot about the impact on the team.

    The story is all over town here in Saint Louis. The only reason I can think of that it hasn’t reported by Craig, or Drew, or one of the HBT bloggers is that Fox does not want it known that it is using it sports’ network to advance its political agenda. If one of the HBT bloggers reports it, they will not be able to use video or get gossip from the Fox reporters. Fox has a lock on MLB.

  6. Kevin S. - Sep 5, 2010 at 4:55 PM

    Free Colby Rasmus.

  7. Kevin S. - Sep 5, 2010 at 4:57 PM

    I had suspected that the award for Pujols was Beck and Co. using him in some fashion, but I hadn’t thought the team was involved in it. If that’s true, Pujols is doing Rasmus a favor by trying to push him out, and should try to hitch himself onto the same trade. That’s outrageous.

  8. pete pfutzenreuter - Sep 5, 2010 at 5:00 PM

    i could live with an OF consisting of Span-Rasmus-Cuddyer/Kubel/Young

  9. Paper Lions - Sep 5, 2010 at 5:03 PM

    Sounds like Pujols also still needs to learn to “keep him mouth shut and play the game”. Rasmus didn’t go to the press, Pujols did.

  10. scatterbrian - Sep 5, 2010 at 5:05 PM

    Pujols was the NL Player of the Month in August…

  11. Paper Lions - Sep 5, 2010 at 5:14 PM

    What Pujols actually said first was, “If he doesn’t want to be here next year, we need to figure out a way to get him out of here and find somebody that wants to be here and play. That’s a reality.” That was in response to Rasmus declining to answer a question about whether or not he likes it in St. Louis. I wouldn’t be surprised if Rasmus’ answer would have been something to the effect of, “I don’t like playing for Tony LaRussa.”
    All of these are examples of why players shouldn’t discuss such issues with the media. No good comes of it.

  12. Materialman - Sep 5, 2010 at 5:17 PM

    Rasmus and Pujols just need to play ball. It’s pretty obvious the last couple-three weeks something is wrong. The season isn’t over boys, shut up and play ball.

  13. SDelMonte - Sep 5, 2010 at 5:32 PM

    This sounds positively Metsian.

  14. RichardInBigD - Sep 5, 2010 at 5:33 PM

    If you need any proof about 1 high-priced player and a high priced manager, see the 2001-2003 Rangers.

  15. wetmybeak - Sep 5, 2010 at 6:46 PM

    I had no idea Cardinal ownership supports Glenn Beck. I have been a Cardinal fan since the days of Stan the Man. I can’t respect this organization any longer. I’ll be Rasmus feels the same way.

  16. RocChalk - Sep 5, 2010 at 7:21 PM

    I had a lot of respect for Albert until this debocle. Since when does a superstar who has done nothing in the past 25 or so games has suddenly aquired status as a spokesperson of the Cardinals? Albert has no business sticking his nose into adminstrative business of the team. Unless the Cardinals have given him such a position. Albert’s spouting off about another player gives the Cardinals a stressful position of siding with this or that player. Suddenly you have players looking over their shoulders at who’s talking about who. Is Albert their friend or is he going to run to the boss as a snitch?! Albert’s mouth has suddenly put him in that position. In an attempt to get rid of a player he sees as a detriment to the team, Albert may have forced the Cardinals to take a look at HIM!!!

  17. Ari Collins - Sep 5, 2010 at 8:38 PM

    .379/.453/.777 in August and NL Player of the Month. I’m not sure what some of you are smoking with that “needs to worry about his own play lately” crap.

    Not gonna touch the Glen Beck or Pujols/Rasmus stuff, though. Except to say that if LaRussa says he wants trade Rasmus, they’re gonna get calls from 29 GMs. Possibly 30 once Mozeliak hears of it.

  18. Snappy - Sep 5, 2010 at 8:44 PM

    Colby Rasmus is a Muslim

  19. Chris Fiorentino - Sep 5, 2010 at 9:53 PM

    LOL at the whiny liberals who talk about how Glenn Beck is a hate-monger, and do nothing but hate on him, Fox, and the conservatives. L.O.L. Keep up the good work, Libs, and enjoy getting your asses handed to you in November. House? Check. Senate? Possible. White House? That will have to wait until 2012. Cardinals losing has nothing to do with Glenn Beck, but it’s a convenient excuse for your pinko liberals. Idiots.

  20. jde - Sep 5, 2010 at 10:07 PM

    You’re still around? Do us all a favor and go away. Please.

  21. Joboo - Sep 6, 2010 at 12:00 AM

    This is the stupidest thing ever written on a baseball blog.

  22. Kevin S. - Sep 6, 2010 at 7:13 AM

    People don’t hate Beck because he’s conservative – they hate him because he’s an idiot. Every conservative I know with half a speck of intelligence despises him. But hey, it gave you a chance to prove once again just how much you love to talk down to people who disagree with you, even while you have no idea what they’re actually talking about.

  23. John_Michael - Sep 6, 2010 at 8:27 AM

    Let the organization make those decisions, not himself.
    That’s about the easiest way to be used and abused by the corporate meat grinder. The organization’s decision, without a good, pointed nudge, would be to do whatever they can to keep his salary cost down.
    There’s a fine line between being a good team mate and managing your own career. I’m don’t know enough to say what side of the line Rasmus is on, but for Pujols to suggest that it’s best to put faith in management, well, that’s just stooopid.

  24. Tim - Sep 6, 2010 at 10:00 AM

    This article only mentions the drama. It should be updated with the post-game comments from Rasmus. It should also be updated to mention that Pujols thought Rasmus requested a trade this weekend. Why wouldn’t that irk him? The Cardinals are trying to find some unlikely way to salvage the season. I’m sure he felt disrespected.
    http://stlouis.cardinals.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20100905&content_id=14320700&vkey=news_stl&fext=.jsp&c_id=stl

  25. Travis W - Sep 6, 2010 at 10:00 AM

    Since when does someone who has done little or nothing in the past 25 or so GAMES get status as a spokesperson!!?? How about since the same guy did EVERYTHING for the last 7 years or so?

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