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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

Monday, June 19, 2017

Goold: New Cards coach Shildt keeping Kissell’s ideas alive | St. Louis Cardinals | stltoday.com

Each of the Double-A Springfield managers before Shildt had received the little black book with “GK” on the cover. Ron “Pop” Warner, now in the majors as an assistant coach, keeps his in a safe. He returns to it to be reminded of George, or when he finds himself repeating words he heard from George as a player. (“Being a baseball player means you need to be a sponge,” Warner repeated recently. “If you’re not, you’re a rock, and you sink. We can’t be rocks.”) There are pages of “Georgisms” — that’s what it says — that his son recreated in the book.

“Destroy the first pitch before it destroys you.”

“It’s a Cardinal sin to make the first or last out at third!”

Yes, the C is capitalized.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 19, 2017 at 10:29 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, george kissell, the cardinal way, the orioles way

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Cardinals send DeJong back to Memphis, signal changes to bench | Derrick Goold: Bird Land | stltoday.com

He says about the guy heading back to the minors.

The 23-year-old batted .244 with a .244 on-base percentage and a slugging percentage just below .400. He homered in his first at-bat, but he had only one extra-base hit to go with 11 strikeouts in his final 30 at-bats.

He proved proficient at second base, earning praise from Reds’ leadoff hitter Billy Hamilton for robbing a single from him last week in Cincinnati.

“They don’t make that play in the minors,” Hamilton said.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 13, 2017 at 06:43 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals

Friday, June 09, 2017

Maloney out as Cardinals reorganize coaching staff; Peralta DFA’ed

The Cardinals made several coaching changes to reassess and rethink manager Mike Matheny’s staff in the wake of a disappointing start to the season.

The Cardinals reassigned third-base coach Chris Maloney within the organization, and Mike Shildt will move from the quality control coach to the third-base coach box. Bill Mueller took a recent leave of absence, and he will not return to the same role as assistant hitting coach. Mark Budaska will take over in that role.

Ron “Pop” Warner will also join the coaching staff…..

“You cannot blow the whole thing up,” general manager John Mozeliak said. “But we had to do something different. ... I think the road trip definitely said we had to do something different. In our case, this was not working.

“Everybody is frustrated. This is not meeting our expectations.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 09, 2017 at 03:27 PM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, jhonny peralta

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Cards notebook: Carpenter defies shift; Sierra still surging | St. Louis Cardinals | stltoday.com

“If their third baseman is not there, if they don’t have a shortstop playing third or someone on the grass on the left side, I’ll do it every time,” Carpenter said. “I look every time. If they had a true David Ortiz (shift) where they are all over there, I would do it every time. But they don’t because they know I would do it.”

Jim Furtado Posted: May 27, 2017 at 03:16 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals

Tuesday, May 23, 2017


Saturday, May 20, 2017

Matt Adams traded to the Atlanta Braves

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 20, 2017 at 06:21 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, cardinals, matt adams

Monday, May 08, 2017

Sierra makes big jump for big league debut | St. Louis Cardinals | stltoday.com

This is very surprising.

When Cardinals manager Mike Matheny walked into the clubhouse early Sunday morning he found one player sitting there, “beaming from ear to ear,” he said. Magneuris Sierra, the 21-year-old prospect from high Class A, left Jupiter, Fla., at 3 a.m. and still beat most of his new teammates to SunTrust Park.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 08, 2017 at 08:16 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, magneuris sierra

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Baseball fan grazed by stray bullet during Cardinals game at Busch Stadium

Police are investigating after a woman was grazed in the arm by a stray bullet during Tuesday night’s Cardinals game inside Busch Stadium.

Police sources say there had been a call for shots fired near the 14th Street and Chouteau Avenue area moments before the woman was struck, and that the bullet may have come from someone shooting into the air.

That intersection is less than a mile from Busch….


In a statement, the Cardinals confirmed the incident and said: “There is nothing more important than the safety of our fans, and the Cardinals are grateful that no one was seriously injured.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 03, 2017 at 01:32 PM | 75 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Carpenter out of lineup serving one-game suspension

Cardinals first baseman Matt Carpenter will sit out Tuesday’s series opener against the Toronto Blue Jays with a one-game suspension.

Carpenter received the suspension after making contact with home plate umpire John Tumpane in Sunday’s contest at the Milwaukee Brewers. In that game, Carpenter and manager Mike Matheny were ejected for arguing balls and strikes in the top of the seventh inning.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 25, 2017 at 05:22 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, matt carpenter, suspensions, umpire

Friday, April 21, 2017

What’s Wrong With Carlos Martinez? It Ain’t The Hair. He Isn’t “Disinterested.” Two Words: Throw Str

Hint: It isn’t because Martinez is “disinterested.”
Over Martinez’ last two starts, we’ve heard team TV broadcasters refer to him as “ambivalent” and “disinterested.” During Martinez’ poor start against the Brewers Thursday night, Al Hrabosky said something about “slapping” Martinez to “wake him up.”
This is so awful on so many levels, it just about leaves me speechless.
But not quite speechless.
Disinterested? In his last two starts Martinez has struck out 33.3 percent of his batters faced. Presumably that strikeout rate would be 70 percent if Martinez only had more interest in pitching and competing. Martinez was wrecked by two long homers from the Brewers — they’ve crushed 32 already this season — but at one point he retired 11 consecutive hitters. Martinez must have been interested when he set down 11 in a row.
This junk has been going on since Martinez came to the majors.
When Martinez is animated and bouncing around … well, he’s too emotional and needs to mature.
Ah, but when Martinez is struggling to control the strike zone, and he’s low-key and focused and serious about getting out of jams … of course that means he’s disinterested and needs to be slapped.
Sorry, but you can’t have it both ways.
——————–
So what’s the problem?
It’s pretty easy to explain, actually.
Martinez isn’t commanding the strike zone.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 21, 2017 at 02:38 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, carlos martinez

Thursday, April 20, 2017

David Freese, World Series hero, finds greater triumph in depression battle

He may forever be a hero in these parts, but during a time he should have been basking in glory, he instead was a tormented man who battled just to get out of bed.

He would wake up mornings, slam his eye lids shut, wishing he were dead.

“I was depressed. I was always depressed,’’ Freese tells USA TODAY Sports. “I never tried to do anything to myself, but I didn’t care about my life. I didn’t care what would happen to me. It was almost to a point that if this is my time, so be it?

“And there was definitely a lack of care about my well-being at certain times, for sure.’’

Freese says he has battled depression his entire life, a factor in his decision to relinquish a college scholarship after high school to Missouri. He instead just wanted to be like any other student, giving him plenty of time for partying and alcohol. There were three public drunken-driving incidents, including a December 2009 arrest in which his blood alcohol content was measured at .23, nearly three times the legal limit.

Those episodes barely scratch the surface. There was the Thanksgiving Day afternoon in 2012 when he crashed his Range Rover into a tree. The countless mornings he awoke and had no recollection of even getting into bed. The blackouts. The constant feeling of lethargy and fatigue.

“I’ve had moments like that since high school, to be honest,’’ Freese says. “It’s been 15-plus years of, ‘I can’t believe I’m still here.’ ’’

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 20, 2017 at 05:41 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, david freese, depression, mental health, pirates

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