I think all St. Louis Cardinals fans — at least the relatively rational ones — are in agreement that the club did all it could in its effort to land reigning National League Most Valuable Player Giancarlo Stanton.
Word filtered out in the last 24 hours that Miami Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton’s list of teams to which he would accept a trade includes the Los Angeles Dodgers, the New York Yankees, the Houston Astros and the Chicago Cubs — but not the two teams which are actually trying to acquire him, the St. Louis Cardinals and the San Francisco Giants.
Hall of Fame players George Brett, Rod Carew, Dennis Eckersley, Don Sutton, Dave Winfield and Robin Yount will be on the 16-man committee that decides Sunday if anyone formerly passed over for Cooperstown will now get elected.
The St. Louis Cardinals have taken a lot of criticism the past few years because of their pattern of being the runner-up when it comes to the pursuit of top free agents and star players on the trading block.
Aledmys Diaz crashed the St. Louis Cardinals starting lineup in 2016, made an All-Star Game appearance and would have been a stronger candidate for National League Rookie of the Year had injuries not limited him to 111 games.