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Eckstein: Pujols would stay if Jose Oquendo got the Cardinals managing gig

Nov 1, 2011, 8:15 AM EDT

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Some very gritty insight from former World Series MVP David Eckstein:

“Albert would stay if (Jose) Oquendo got the job”

No word on whether Pujols’ agent agrees with that. Also no word on whether or not the Cardinals will lower their offer to Pujols to, say $16 million while hiring Oquendo to find out if Eckstein in right.

Whatever. The hook to all of that is Eckstein’s view that Oquendo is very popular among Cardinals players, particularly infielders who he helps coach, and that Oquendo has been groomed to replace La Russa. Which he may very well have been.

But just as it seems silly to suggest that La Russa’s leaving will impact Pujols’ free agency decision — La Russa wasn’t likely to manage the entire length of Pujols’ next contract anyway — it seems silly to say that the choice of new manager will influence Pujols’ decision making anywhere close to the nature of the contract offer will.

And remember: it’s not at all certain that they’ll hire a manager before Pujols’ contract is put to bed. They may want to — and it might make a lot of sense to — but it may not come down that way.


  1. paperlions - Nov 1, 2011 at 8:32 AM

    What is this? Viva El Birdos? I am sick and tired of all of these Cardinal posts, one after another, all day long. This mid-west bias is sickening. I am tired of you pushing your anti-east coast agenda down our throats.

    • CJ - Nov 1, 2011 at 9:23 AM

      + 10000000000000000000000000000

      Who cares about the Cardinals? They’re not playing anymore.

    • presidentmiraflores - Nov 1, 2011 at 9:31 AM

      When the Cardinals and the Brewers are in a race to the bottom of the division next year, while Houston wins 100 games, the powers that be at HBT and ESPN will eat their words. All Cards fans are just bandwagon frontrunners, anyway. The WS is over!!! This is free agency season, tell me what’s happening with the Red Sox and Yankees!!!

    • paperlions - Nov 1, 2011 at 9:58 AM

      Is it not obvious that all 3 of these posts are sarcasm? Or do people not approve of the sarcasm because….well….they are objects of it?

      • kopy - Nov 1, 2011 at 10:05 AM

        Not the first time I’ve posted this on HBT:

  2. paperlions - Nov 1, 2011 at 9:08 AM

    Because this post won’t engender much discussion on its own….I’ll take this opportunity to make some jerky comments. :-)

    I hope Nyjer Morgan and the rest of the Brewers enjoyed watching the Cardinals win the World Series. Alberta and the rest of the girls really enjoyed themselves, too bad you couldn’t make it.

    I’m sure Jonny Gomes and the rest of the 2011 Reds (current and former) are very happy the Cardinals won. After all, “outside of the different uniforms they wear….[they] are all brothers”…and who doesn’t call their brothers “whiney little bitches” and celebrate their injuries? That is what brotherly love is all about (as far as I can tell, using citizens of the city of brotherly love as the paragon).

  3. Brian Donohue - Nov 1, 2011 at 9:33 AM

    Funny things happen when you chain yourself to a free market ideology, don’t they? Carl Crawford’s in the $16M/season area, I believe. D’oh! He’s a low-average performer and AP’s one of the 5 greatest players of all time! Oh, Mommy, I don’t like the free market anymore…


  4. cosmoman11 - Nov 1, 2011 at 10:14 AM

    LaRussa’s leaving may not have an impact on Pujols’ decision but who they hire could. It is entirely possible that the next manager could be there for the duration of Pujols’ career. I agree with Eckstein. If the Cardinals hire Oquendo it increases the odds that Pujols will stay. Not for a huge discount but at least for a reasonable contract that he might not accept otherwise.

  5. snowbirdgothic - Nov 1, 2011 at 10:16 AM

    Somewhere, there’s a lonely, honest sportswriter who’s going to pen a piece called “Albert Pujols is going somewhere they’re going to back up a dump truck full of money to his house, and none of this other crap matters, but we can’t say that and we have column inches to fill.”

    He will then, immediately, be fired, and his replacement will do 1200 words on how Red Hudler believes that if Pujols goes to Chicago, he’s not a true Cardinal.

    • cur68 - Nov 1, 2011 at 11:46 AM

      Yeah, I know what you mean. Better get used to it though; its all we have now for baseball. For the next 4 months this will have to do. Helpings of Rumor, Innuendo, Spite, Bile; Big ole’ cups o speculation and blatant fanboy enthusiasm, will serve as garnishing to our daily dishes of these from the greater press corps. We can probably count on Craig and the boys to keep the HBT stuff under 200 words, but this kind of link will be our bread and butter on a daily basis. Sad, really. How many days till spring training?

  6. jcarne9014 - Nov 1, 2011 at 12:39 PM

    Wouldn’t it be great to hear just one of these guys say?…”I like playing and living here, so does my family. I make more money that I can possibly spend right now. Is there really a difference between $200 million and $220 million?”

    • paperlions - Nov 1, 2011 at 2:41 PM

      Guys do say that, people just don’t tend to notice. Carpenter and Berkman each just signed extensions that are less than they could have gotten in FA. I’m sure there are plenty of examples throughout the league of guys that make such choices.

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