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The 2004 St. Louis Cardinals are almost extinct

A Baseball Primer post celebrating the inexplicable return of Bobby Abreu has evolved into a post about the best players remaining from 2004 , which is the whole point of Baseball Primer. cardsfanboy beat me to making up the list of 105-win Cardinals still in baseball, which is a little depressing:

C Yadier Molina
1B Albert Pujols
OF Rick Ankiel

SP Dan Haren
SP Jason Marquis

The Marlins, by comparison, have nine players remaining—11 if you count Ramon Castro and Hee-Seop Choi, still playing outside affiliated ball.

Of course, when you look at the 2004 roster, there aren’t many players whose absence from 2014 would have surprised us at the time. Edgar Renteria is the most conspicuous absence, unless you were a huge Carmen Cali fan.

The 2006 team isn’t much better—which makes sense, because they were basically just an older version of the 2004 team.

C Yadier Molina
1B Albert Pujols
2B Skip Schumaker

SP Adam Wainwright
SP Jason Marquis
SP Mark Mulder

In fact, you have to scrub forward to 2008, when the infrastructure surrounding the MV3 Cardinals was finally dismantled, before most of the Cardinals’ starting lineup remains active (and only just):
C Yadier Molina
1B Albert Pujols
SS Cesar Izturis
LF Skip Schumaker
CF Rick Ankiel
RF Ryan Ludwick

IF Brendan Ryan

SP Kyle Lohse
SP Adam Wainwright
SP Jaime Garcia
SP Mark Mulder

RP Kyle McClellan
RP Chris Perez
RP Mitchell Boggs
RP Jason Motte

In conclusion, you are an old person, and you should feel old. But not as old as a Walt Jocketty roster.