Articles by David A. Arnott


The lost blueprint: Whitey Herzog and the Cardinals dynasty

Imagine your favorite baseball team decided to eschew both home run hitters and strikeout pitchers. There would probably be some kind of fan revolt, since dingers and punchouts are nearly synonymous with offense and defense in the modern game. It’s a near-universal assumption that if a team wants to win it all, they have to possess power at the plate or power on the mound, and preferably both. There was, however, a relatively recent mini-dynasty…