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Cards didn't expect Berkman of '06

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11:15 AM ET 05.07 | It's fair to say that Lance Berkman, 35, has exceeded expectations. The man who signed him, Cardinals GM John Mozeliak, is already receiving national accolades for making the best move of the offseason. But did Mozeliak see this coming? Yes, in that he thought Berkman would do well here. But the GM probably wasn't counting on the 2006 version of Berkman to show up. Berkman shows speed on the bases. He's played a decent right field. And the Big Puma is even punishing lefthanded pitching, something he hadn't done since 2008.

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Lance Berkman, Paul Spinelli/Getty Images Lance Berkman, Paul Spinelli/Getty Images
May 7, 2011  11:30 AM ET

If ya ain't first your last

May 7, 2011  11:43 AM ET

I was certainly skeptical - Thanks for proving me wrong, Big Puma!

May 7, 2011  01:27 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

I was certainly skeptical - Thanks for proving me wrong, Big Puma!

Same here - I didn't expect Berkman to work out well.

May 7, 2011  03:10 PM ET
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Same here - I didn't expect Berkman to work out well.

He'll be back to being a pork chop by year end.

May 7, 2011  03:55 PM ET
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He'll be back to being a pork chop by year end.

Sometimes these guys have one last great year in thier mid-thirties. I think that's happening with Berkman. Injury is the only thing I think might derail him.

May 7, 2011  06:55 PM ET

Yep, unfortunately I think there's a high probability of he will be.

Plenty of regular rest may be enough to prevent a total reversal though.

May 7, 2011  07:49 PM ET

Sometimes all it takes is a change of scenery.

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May 9, 2011  09:08 AM ET

I sure hope theCards give Albert his 30 million dollars a year contract...

 
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