As I said yesterday, we're wrapping the Champs of the Past series up today with the White Sox and Cardinals.
CHA Ozzie Guillen
STL Tony LaRussa
CHA Ken Williams
STL Walt Jocketty
CHA Ozzie Guillen, Frank Thomas
STL David Eckstein
CHA: A.J. Pierzynski took most of the reps and provided some pop behind the plate, but not much else except some post-season controversy. Chris Widger and even Raul Casanova saw some time behind the plate as well.
STL: Young Yadier played much like his brothers, good defensively, but not so much defensively. Gary Bennett was the primary backup and Mike Rose saw a few at-bats as well.
CHA: Paul Konerko and a mix-mash of Carl Everett and Frank Thomas combined for a pretty effective trio with Konerko cashing in similar to Mike Lowell.
STL: The amazing Albert Pujols got his first and at the moment only ring at the age of 26. It was a typical Albert season: .431 on-base and .671 slugging. Ho-hum.
CHA: Tadahito Iguchi, Willie Harris, Geoff Blum, and Pablo Ozuna all saw time at second. That’s more than a bit amusing.
STL: Ronnie Belliard was the defensive wunderkind, but Aaron Miles, Hector Luna, and even Jose Vizcaino saw time here. Again amusing.
CHA: Joe Crede had a Rolen-esque year with the glove and with power. Not so much with getting on base, he managed to hold off the mighty Pablo Ozuna though.
STL: Scotts Rolen and Spiezio covered third, with Rolen showing why St. Louis jumped at the chance to acquire him a few seasons earlier. .369 OBP, .518 SLG, and stellar defense at third, um yes please?
CHA: Juan Uribe and freaking Ozuna. For a guy with no offensive skills Ozuna sure did play a lot.
STL: Let me transcribe what Gary Thorne just said about Eckstein: “[Eckstein] is a spark plug, a lead by example guy who has done so on two World Series champions.”
CHA: Scott Podsednik went ape before re-becoming Scott Podsednik and made the Carlos Lee deal look good for a season. Jermaine Dye had a pretty good year, and Aaron Rowand was decent.
STL: Jim Edmonds headlined the offensive and defensive portion of the outfield. So Taguchi, Chris Duncan, and Juan Encarncion played second, third, and fourth fiddle until Preston Wilson arrived.
CHA: Mark Buehrle, Freddy Garcia, Jose Contreras, Jon Garland, Orlando Hernandez, and Brandon McCarthy.
STL: Chris Carpenter, Mark Mulder, Jeff Weaver, Sidney Ponson, Anthony Reyes, and Jason Marquis all made starts.
CHA: Bobby Jenks, Dustin Hermanson, Neal Cotts, Cliff Politte, Damaso MArte, and Luis Vizcaino.
STL: Jason Isringhausen, Braden Looper, Randy Flores, Josh Hancock, and Adam Wainright.