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Friday, October 13, 2017

Cardinals focus on adding talent, not rebuilding | St. Louis Cardinals | stltoday.com

“We’re trying to do this without losing our stride,” said Mozeliak, who moved from GM to president of baseball operations this year. “Arguably, the last two years we have. But we’re going to try to get this right by not having that year of a timeout. … We’re not trying to copy someone. We’re unique. We believe this organization has been on a very, very nice run over the last 17 years and we want to continue that. I’m not using the phrase ‘rebuild’ or ‘redo the organization.’ I hope you don’t either.

“When you look at the future of this organization there is a lot of young quality talent coming,” Mozeliak concluded. “Do we need to augment that somehow? Of course.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 13, 2017 at 05:58 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Lilliquist out as Cards seek pitching coach with ‘modern’ focus | St. Louis Cardinals | stltoday.com

The new coach “has to understand modern strategy, modern analytics, and how we can leverage that to optimize our staff,” Mozeliak said. “Clearly when you look back at the success of our pitching, it’s been good. But I felt like the process was not ideal for future growth. This is a unique spot. We have to get this right.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 04, 2017 at 01:37 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals

Friday, September 29, 2017

The Players’ Tribune: Letter To My Younger Self

Also a love letter to the Cardinals and their fans.

Perry Posted: September 29, 2017 at 06:55 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, comebacks, rick ankiel

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Molina undergoing MLB concussion protocol

Molina took the first shot directly off his mask and fell over frontwards onto his knees. He was soon back to his feet as Matheny and trainer Chris Conroy came from the dugout.

“That first one obviously gave us some concern,” said Mike Matheny. “Went out and saw him, the medical team was okay. He was ready to go, he just needed a second.”

“We’ve been through that conversation many, many times. He was fine. Trainer kind of put him through a couple of things and everything was okay.”

Molina stayed in the game, but the very next pitch was almost a repeat of the same play as the foul ball again struck Molina’s head. As Yadi reeled and even became sick, Matheny was already on his way out of the dugout to make the change with Carson Kelly coming in to replace Molina behind the plate.

Scary, and terrible luck.  I hope he’s alright.

Optimistic Moses Taylor, optimist Posted: September 26, 2017 at 10:50 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, concussions, yadier molina

Monday, September 25, 2017

DeWitt Q-&-A: Matheny is ‘right guy to lead us into the future’

I completely wrote off this team earlier this year. Although they might fall short in their playoff push, they still proved me wrong.

DG: The team hasn’t made a deal like that where it packages a group of prospects for a single player since 2009, for Holliday. Are you more reluctant to make a deal like that?

BD: I think clubs who have premium players have high expectations in terms of prospects. They want your best prospects, the very top. And multiples of them. Even close to the major leagues prospect. Everybody was looking to get (Alex) Reyes and (Luke) Weaver from us, and those guys are major-league ready. Where would we be without Weaver?

Jim Furtado Posted: September 25, 2017 at 06:22 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals

Friday, September 22, 2017

Ozzie and the MVP | Articles | Bill James Online

Dave Fleming on the 1987 MVP race.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 22, 2017 at 06:39 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, history, mvp, ozzie smith

Wednesday, September 20, 2017


Saturday, September 16, 2017

Have the Cardinals Found the New J.D. Martinez? | FanGraphs Baseball

Dave Cameron likes him; he really likes him.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 16, 2017 at 07:41 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, jose martinez

Monday, September 04, 2017

High-speed prospect Alcantara shows another gear in MLB debut | St. Louis Cardinals | stltoday.com

In a three-pitch at-bat in the middle of Alcantara’s major-league debut Sunday, the former National League MVP saw back-to-back sliders and then swung over a 92-mph changeup. Catcher Yadier Molina rolled the changeup ball to the dugout as a souvenir of Alcantara’s first big-league strikeout. It came against the best hitter he faced and without using his best pitch.

“You can start getting exciting when you see (that),” manager Mike Matheny said. “Anybody who throws hard, you know he’s still got more in the tank. He’s a 100-mph pitcher. But you see him have that kind of confidence throwing the breaking ball in any count and that changeup — the changeup is the differentiator for me because it changes all those splits. It’s something that we’re going to continue to take a look at, see how it can help us out.”

Jim Furtado Posted: September 04, 2017 at 08:10 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, sandy alcantara

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Mariners acquire Mike Leake | MLB.com

With the Mariners three games out of an American League Wild Card spot, general manager Jerry Dipoto moved to bolster his injury-racked rotation by acquiring veteran right-hander Mike Leake from the Cardinals on Wednesday for Minor League infielder Rayder Ascanio.
...
Players acquired prior to Thursday’s waiver trade deadline are eligible to compete in the postseason, but Leake is more than just a one-month rental, as the 29-year-old still has three more years and about $55 million remaining on a five-year contract he signed with St. Louis following the 2015 season.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 30, 2017 at 01:30 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, mariners, mike leake, trades

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Cardinals rethink roster protection for offseason | St. Louis Cardinals | stltoday.com

“I think what you have to realize is there is always going to be a team or two that can take the approach to a complete rebuild, or take a chance,” Mozeliak said. “When you go back five, six, seven years ago that wasn’t happening where people are taking four or five Rule 5 players. Now people are being more aggressive in how they think about talent collection.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 23, 2017 at 10:23 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, rule 5 draft

Monday, August 14, 2017

Despite gaudy numbers, rookie DeJong stays grounded | St. Louis Cardinals | stltoday.com

Another unheralded prospect impresses.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 14, 2017 at 09:31 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Hochman: Molina posts another Instagram message, Internet responds | Benjamin Hochman | stltoday.com

Tell me again about Matheny being secure in his position.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 01, 2017 at 01:53 PM | 57 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, yadier molina

Cardinals can’t find a deal they’re comfortable making | St. Louis Cardinals | stltoday.com

We haven’t run from the fact that we mentioned or talked about adding an additional bat to the lineup,” Mozeliak said. “We were unable to find a partner that was willing to do that. … We approached it as we were open to any ideas. We talked about what it might look like to move a player, and we also looked at what it would be to add players. It wasn’t that we were driven to do one or the other. In a broad sense, we definitely had trial balloons going up on all different fronts. Small deals. Large deals. Complicated deals. Simple deals.

“We just weren’t able to get something to where we felt comfortable hitting the ‘go’ button, or the other side (was), for that matter.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 01, 2017 at 10:28 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals

Monday, July 31, 2017

Cards stuck between a trade and a hard place

Mike Matheny, whose club has also struggled in the field, continues to give the optics of optimism. That’s part of his job. Part of his aura, too. In an interesting chat with writers before Sunday’s game, the manager got animated when talking about certain fans.

“Just the general baseball fans, it’s a shame when they make up their mind and make strong statements about where our club’s going to go,” he said, “because they don’t get to be really an active part of when something really cool happens. I think about how many people must have done that in ’11. They’re just so bitter — this team, this, that or the other. And kind of had their mind set. So when everything started to go well, did they truly get to enjoy what happened from there on out? I think that’s part of the excitement of the entire season. Stick it out, ride it out. You never know what you’re going to see.”

And so, one writer asked how a Lynn trade would play to the optimistic fans? After all, they believe in the team, yet the team would trade one of its horses? They want to see a contender.

“That’s what they’re going to do,” Matheny said. “Don’t throw that on the shoulders of one person.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 31, 2017 at 09:42 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, mike matheny

Friday, July 21, 2017

Carson Kelly promoted to Cardinals; Marco Gonzales traded | Derrick Goold: Bird Land | stltoday.com

A bunch of moves and the following report:

Sounds like a managing change is coming.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 21, 2017 at 02:11 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals

Mariners trade top prospect Tyler O’Neill to Cardinals for LHP Marco Gonzales

The Mariners have made another trade to beef up their pitching staff, acquiring left-handed starter Marco Gonzales from the Cardinals in exchange for minor-league outfielder Tyler O’Neill, the organizations’ top prospect.

The team announced the move Friday morning, a day after acquiring reliever David Phelps from Miami for four minor-leaguers.

Gonzalez, 25, has a career 5.53 ERA in 12 games over parts of three seasons with St. Louis. He was a first-round pick out of Gonzaga in 2013 and was named the Cardinals’ minor-league pitcher of the year in 2014.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 21, 2017 at 01:15 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, marco gonzalez, mariners, tyler o'neill

It’s unacceptable — Cardinals have lost their Way under Matheny

It was embarrassing and unacceptable, and somebody must be held accountable. Who are these guys masquerading as the St. Louis Cardinals?

There’s a right way to play baseball and a wrong way to play it. For 124 years of Cardinals’ baseball, the glorious franchise of Stan “The Man” Musial was the gold standard.

These guys hardly resemble George Kissell’s beloved Cardinals anymore. They aren’t your mom and dad’s Cardinals, much less your grandma and grandpa’s. The Cardinal Way is gone, and let the record show it went missing on manager Mike Matheny’s watch.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 21, 2017 at 12:27 PM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, mike matheny

The Pirates and Cardinals will play in “The Little League Classic” on August 20

Major League Baseball and the MLBPA just announced that the Pittsburgh Pirates and the St. Louis Cardinals will play a special regular season game during the 2017 Little League World Series on Sunday, August 2. It will be called “The Little League Classic” and will be played in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. The Pirates will be the home team.

The game, which takes place during the Little League World Series, will air nationally on ESPN at 7pm that night. ESPN, of course, broadcasts the Little League World Series. This is what they call “synergy.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 21, 2017 at 11:47 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, little league, pirates

The 10 best Cardinals blockbuster trades in the DeWitt era | Jeff Gordon | stltoday.com

It’s time for the Cardinals to pack it in.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 21, 2017 at 11:15 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals

Thursday, July 06, 2017

Evaluating the St. Louis Cardinals baserunning with Statcast – THE INTREPID STL

Just stumbled onto this. Here’s an interesting look at the Cardinals baserunning using advanced metrics.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 06, 2017 at 06:33 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, sabermetrics, statcast

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Cardinals call up Weaver, vow that he won’t ‘just sit’ in the bullpen | Cardinal Beat | stltoday.com

“The best place for a rookie pitcher is long relief.” ~ Earl Weaver.

“We’re going to give him a chance just like everybody else down there really,” said Matheny. “We don’t want to take him out of the Triple-A rotation to have him just sit down there (in the bullpen) and have him be an emergency-type backup guy. I just don’t want to hem him in from the beginning, that he’s only going to be in a situation where we need a guy to cover, three, four five innings.

“I plan on pitching him. It’s a great chance for him to help establish what our bullpen needs to do.”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 04, 2017 at 10:39 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, luke weaver

Monday, July 03, 2017

Hummel: After 56 seasons, La Russa has plenty to offer in new role | St. Louis Cardinals | stltoday.com

This argument is so 2001. It isn’t, and never was, an either or choice.

“I don’t want knowledge to disappear,” said La Russa the other day over lunch at an Italian restaurant near Chase Field. “The new guys coming in just know their formulas.

“That’s what bothers me about guys like Leyland, Duncan and Oquendo. If we don’t pass that stuff around and it disappears, it will not be good for the game.”
...
“You’ve got to make sure that the lessons of George Kissell get passed along. That’s why I have no intent to ever stop doing something where I can contribute what I’ve learned over the years.

“If there is one thing I’d love to be able to do is somehow be involved in preserving that expertise.

“Somehow. Some way.”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 03, 2017 at 02:41 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, diamondbacks, tony la russa

Friday, June 30, 2017

Cardinals promote Mozeliak, set to name Girsch general manager

It has been discussed for several months now within the ballpark how Mozeliak would be promoted and one of his lieutenants would be moved up to the general manager role. Mozeliak would have a role overseeing all of baseball operations—and a title to go with it, akin to president—and still remain heavily involved. The Cardinals would have a new general manager to work in tandem with Mozeliak.

Mike Girsch, the assistant general manager, has been identified as the next general manager of the team, moving up from the same role Mozeliak held before he was promoted to GM on Halloween 2007.

The Cubs have a similar setup atop their baseball operations with president Theo Epstein and general manager Jed Hoyer. Other teams have also followed this model in recent years.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 30, 2017 at 01:27 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, john mozeliak, mike girsch

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Shock therapy continues as Cardinals demote Diaz

The Cardinals have tried shock therapy at several different levels in this disappointing season.

They traded former regular first baseman Matt Adams to Atlanta for a Class A prospect. They sent regular outfielder Randal Grichuk to Class A. They reassigned their third-base coach and released former regular Jhonny Peralta. And on Wednesday, the scythe was wielded for 2016 All-Star shortstop Aledmys Diaz, who was optioned to Class AAA Memphis.

Taking the roster place of Diaz, who hit .300 last season as a rookie, is infielder Alex Mejia, also 26, who was purchased from Memphis. Diaz left with seven home runs but only a .293 on-base percentage and .396 slugging percentage.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 29, 2017 at 11:41 AM | 46 comment(s)
  Beats: aledmys diaz, cardinals

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