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Cardinals overcame some big losses since last title

ST. LOUIS — The St. Louis Cardinals have a deeply rooted culture and a rich tradition, but whether their prolonged success would endure would be seriously tested following their World Series championship in 2011.

Manager Tony La Russa decided to step down, but more shockingly three-time Most Valuable Player Albert Pujols decided to leave the team that drafted him and developed him into a superstar for a 10-year, $240 million contract with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Pujols was a staple of the Cardinals’ title teams in 2006 and 2011, the most feared hitter in the game, good for 35 homers, 110 RBIs, and a .330 average per season.

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