Good Morning Cardinal Nation. Here’s what I have for you this morning:
PUJOLS TO PLAY WBC: Albert Pujols, who will be entering the second year of his ten-year $240 million contract with the Los Angeles Angels, plans on representing the Dominican Republic in this year’s World Baseball Classic. While Pujols had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee in October, agent Dan Lazano feels that he will be ready in time to play when the first round begins on March 2. To see a list of players representing the U.S. team, click here
MOZELIAK RECEIVES AWARD: John Mozeliak and Oakland A’s general manager Billy Beane were recipientsof the Andrew “Rube” Foster Award for NL and AL executives of the year, given by the Negro League Baseball Museum legacy awards.
ALLEN CRAIG IS REALLY GOOD: Viva El Birdos takes a look at Allen Craig’s 2012 season and reveals how good he actually was. They do a very nice job of breaking this down. With the departure of Pujols and the injury plagued season from Lance Berkman last year, they needed a couple of guys and provide the Cards with more-than-expected productive seasons, and there is no doubt that Allen Craig was one of those guys.