All-Star outfielder Matt Holliday just recently signed back with his St Louis Cardinals earlier this week. The seven year deal presents a salary between $119-120 million with a team option at the end of the contract. Holliday is very happy to remain with the Cardinals, saying “I think first of all going into free agency I had in the back of my mind that I really liked my time in St. Louis and felt it was a good fit for me and my family.”
In 2009 Holliday produced a .313 batting average with 24 home runs and 109 RBI’s. The five year veteran was certainly relieved to officially put contract negotiations to rest following months of discussion. “This has been a bit of a long process and there were some emotional ups and downs that go with it,” he said. “It hasn’t exactly been a walk in the park. It’s relief.” The Cardinals are scheduled to open their regular season against the Cincinnati Reds for a three game series starting Monday, April 5th.
Bud Selig has confirmed that Busch Stadium in St Louis will be the site of the 2009 MLB All-Star Game on July 14th. This will be St Louis’ first since 1966, and the 80th in the history of the MLB. Rays coach Joe Maddon will be in charge of the American League team, who haven’t lost an All-Star game since 1996. Phillies skipper Charlie Manuel will try to break the NL’s losing streak. The National League leads the all-time record at 40-37-2, but the AL’s recent streak has nearly tipped the scales.
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Recap – Goals are important in winning NHL hockey games, and unfortunately for the St. Louis Blues they have scored only 120 goals, the lowest total in the league. Fortunately, they have one of the leagues best defenses and do not allow many goals either. Manny Legacy has seen the majority of the time in net for the Blues and brings 9 years of experience to the table every night. Everyone recognizes the name Paul Kariya as the team superstar, but it’s Brad Boyes who is making a lot of noise for the struggling offense scoring 27 goals thus far in the season. He can’t do it all by himself and needs some help from second line teammates to pick up the slack.
2nd Half – If the Blues were in the Eastern Conference they would be a playoff contender this season, but the Western Conference is much more powerful this year, especially in the Central Division. The Blues will have to play the role of spoiler this year because due to their lack of offense, they won’t be seeing the post-season.
Team Name: St. Louis Blues (22-18-6)
Central Division Standing: T-4th place
Conference Standing: T-12th place
Final Predictions – 4th in Central Division, 12th in Western Conference
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