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Friday, December 07, 2018

Cards hire Prebynski as game-planning coach

In an effort to improve the synergy between the baseball analytics group and field staff, the Cardinals have hired Joey Prebynski to serve as a game-planning coach.

Prebynski comes from Milwaukee, where he has spent the last three seasons as a pro scout. Prior to joining the Brewers, Prebynski worked with the Rangers as a video coordinator, research analyst, advanced scout and assistant in Minor League operations and player development. Prebynski’s diverse background made him an attractive candidate as the Cardinals began creating the job description for this new hybrid role.

“The game has evolved, and you see all the information and the increase of more departments, especially on the development and analytical side,” Cardinals manager Mike Shildt said. “We looked up and realized we could use some more help. The staffs have grown, the information has grown, and that’s healthy. It’s already shown to be valuable. We need someone like Joey to help.”

The intention is to have Prebynski available to relay analytics information to the staff in a way that’s easily digestible. And while he won’t necessarily spend much time directly interacting with players, Prebynski will be taking player requests back to the baseball operations departments.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 07, 2018 at 01:22 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals

Cubs know NL Central is going to be a dogfight: ‘We have our work cut out for us’

The last time the St. Louis Cardinals played a postseason game, Jason Heyward and John Lackey were wearing redbird logos and had yet to suit up for the Cubs while Trevor Cahill picked up the win and Hector Rondon notched the save for the Cubs at Wrigley Field.

In other words, it’s been a really long time since the Cardinals played in October.

They’re trying hard to change that fact, going all-in for 2019 by acquiring perennial MVP candidate Paul Goldschmidt in a trade with the Diamondbacks Wednesday. This comes after they pulled off a big deal with the Marlins last winter by trading for slugging outfielder Marcell Ozuna.

So, who among the Cubs is a first-rate aviator?

QLE Posted: December 07, 2018 at 06:25 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, cardinals, cubs, nl central

Wednesday, December 05, 2018

Diamondbacks trade Paul Goldschmidt to Cardinals

The St. Louis Cardinals have acquired slugger Paul Goldschmidt from the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for right-handed pitcher Luke Weaver, catcher Carson Kelly, infielder Andrew Young, it was announced Wednesday.

The Diamondbacks also receive a 2019 Competitive Balance Round B draft pick from the Cardinals.

Goldschmidt is a free agent next winter.

Jose is an Absurd Force of Nature Posted: December 05, 2018 at 05:25 PM | 62 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, diamondbacks, hot stove, trade

Sunday, November 25, 2018

The Royals hired ex-Cardinals manager Mike Matheny and it brought KC and St. Louis fans together

It’s not often that Kansas City and St. Louis baseball fans agree on anything — let alone console each other — but news on Friday afternoon that ex-Cardinals manager Mike Matheny was joining the Royals as a special advisor almost seemed to bring the two sides together.

And not necessarily in a good way.

It appears neither fanbase particularly likes Matheny and they haven’t been too quiet about the matter on social media, either.

How quickly they turn….

QLE Posted: November 25, 2018 at 04:22 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: best fans in baseball, cardinals, mike matheny, royals

Wednesday, November 07, 2018

Here’s why the Cardinals need Bryce Harper

Is Harper really better than Stanton?

9. They were just willing to do this with Stanton
The Cardinals, by all accounts, were willing to take on Stanton’s entire contract last offseason. Stanton is signed through 2027 for a total of $270 million, nearly $33 million a year (when you account for a $10 million buyout in ‘28). Stanton is (obviously) a great player. But is he better than Harper? Probably not, right? And then remember that Harper is two years younger. Harper might get more than $33 million, and it might be for longer than ‘27. But that’s still a better bet than Stanton, right? If they were willing to take Stanton, why in the world would they not go all the way for Harper?

Jim Furtado Posted: November 07, 2018 at 09:51 PM | 66 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, cardinals

Monday, November 05, 2018

Why the Cardinals and Giants could enter the Bryce Harper free agency sweepstakes

You know the deal: Free agent outfielder Bryce Harper, because he’s still just 26 years of age and has MVP upside, is likely going to wind up signing the largest contract in MLB history this offseason. His left-handed power and patience at the plate—plus the possibility that he’s pre-prime—mean he’s of interest to almost any team that thinks it can afford him. As for specifics, you can reportedly add the names of two traditional National League powers to his list of likely suitors.

First, there are the St. Louis Cardinals. Here’s what Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports:

The team and chairman Bill DeWitt Jr., according to one industry source, are “sending signals they are out to be a player.” The Cardinals intend to explore Harper’s market and see how they fit, sources confirmed.

Granted, if recent history means anything, the Giants ending up with Harper will not lead to the results either one had in mind….

QLE Posted: November 05, 2018 at 08:40 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, cardinals, free agency, giants

Tuesday, October 30, 2018


Thursday, October 25, 2018

Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina wins Roberto Clemente Award

For his relief work after the Puerto Rican hurricane, still ongoing.

“I hope this award raises awareness that there are many people in Puerto Rico who still need help. There are many houses without roofs. There are many people who lost their homes. There are many people without water. We still need a lot of help, and at Foundation 4 we are focused on getting that help.”

Perry Posted: October 25, 2018 at 08:19 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, clemente award, yadier molina

Monday, October 22, 2018

Hochman: In new baseball world, money still has loudest voice | Benjamin Hochman | stltoday.com

“We’re deep, we’re versatile, and more and more in the modern era, that’s real important,” Dodgers president Stan Kasten told The New York Times after Game 7. “The last couple of years, that’s how we’ve worked, depth and versatility, using not just the 25-man roster but the 40-man roster. A lot of teams do the same thing, but a lot of breaks went our way.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 22, 2018 at 11:18 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, economics

Friday, October 19, 2018


Thursday, October 18, 2018

Mozeliak: Offseason accountability ‘is going to be very real’ for Cardinals’ current players | St. Louis Cardinals | stltoday.com

“It’s three to four months of, ‘Can you take advantage of it?’” Mozeliak said. “Rather than just say, ‘I hope you work hard,’ we want to be very intentional on how you spend your time and energy. … I feel this is just a more strategic approach to optimizing our offseason. I see this as a chance to take a much bigger step forward.”

That’s because the team sees how it’s several steps behind.

The Cardinals don’t want to wait for games to start before trying to regain lost ground, and they have identified the offseason as an edge they could keep sharper.

“Sometimes you need to force yourself to rethink or maybe zig and zag when you don’t want to,” Mozeliak said. “We try not to get into a position where we get into (a) comfort zone of that steady state. We’re always pushing to make sure there is some evolution. None of that is something we can ever just sit back and say, ‘We’ve got this.’

“Because we know we don’t.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 18, 2018 at 06:40 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, john mozeliak

Friday, October 12, 2018

BenFred: Harper would make the Cardinals must-see TV

Bryce Harper sure loves his shows.

It turns out he spends his off nights like Cardinals fans during the past three postseasons — on the couch, clicker in hand, trying to dodge the sting of watching other teams’ champagne celebrations.

A recent Washington Post column named the TV series the Nationals star is into these days. “Suits,” “Yellowstone” and even some old-school “Gray’s Anatomy.”

So, how would you react if Harper became a Cardinal?

QLE Posted: October 12, 2018 at 03:43 AM | 63 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, cardinals

Saturday, October 06, 2018

BenFred: Hot corner hasn’t been so hot for Cardinals recently | Ben Frederickson | stltoday.com

What might suit the Cardinals best is a bridge, an upgrade over the present that does not block the future. It’s that line of thinking that leads to the discussion of familiar names like Mike Moustakas and Josh Donaldson. The latter, though righthanded, has a higher ceiling than Moustakas, but he comes with concerns about the calf injury that spoiled his contract year. He can answer questions beneath the postseason’s lights if Cleveland makes a run.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 06, 2018 at 07:12 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals

Thursday, October 04, 2018

What Happened to the Houston Astros’ Hacker?

The Dogs went undefeated, consistently thrashing even the powerful All-Blacks. Something to put on my résumé, the Dogs’ coach thought to himself, mordantly. FPC Cumberland championship softball coach. His CV had once been impeccable. He had been Chris Correa, the former doctoral student who had steadily ascended through the front office of the Cardinals to become their scouting director, in charge of their amateur draft. No longer. Now he was Christopher J. Correa, federal inmate 04550-479.

Correa, 38, spent much of his time out on Cumberland’s softball field even when there were no games. He walked laps around its perimeter for one to two and a half hours each day, covering four to 10 miles. He began to shrink inside his prison-issued dark green uniform, losing 35 pounds off his 5’11” frame, and his wedding ring dangled from his slimmed finger.

As he walked, he listened to a transistor radio. The NPR affiliates served mostly as background for his thoughts, which always cycled back to one simple question.

Why am I here?

Jim Furtado Posted: October 04, 2018 at 02:34 PM | 49 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, cardinals

DeWitt on Cardinals chasing improvements for 2019: ‘We’re aggressive and we’ve got resources’ | St. Louis Cardinals | stltoday.com

The Cardinal Way is not dead.

“They’ve certainly put pressure on themselves to get us where we want to go,” DeWitt said Thursday, including himself as part of that “collaborative” group. “It’s not like, ‘Oh, we better win the division next year or we’re going to turn everything upside down.’ That’s not our view. I think that’s a dangerous approach because then you put people in position going all-in as the model. ‘Forget about two, three, five years down the road when, oh well — I’m not going to be around. So, I don’t care.’ I don’t think that is the way to operate a team.”

...

“There is value in star players. No question about it,” DeWitt said, declining to speak specifically about any one player. “I think the question has to be, ‘What is the value?’ You can’t fall in love with some name player at the expense of making a bad decision which is going to hurt you down the road. We’ll wade in and determine who would be a good fit to improve our club. We’re aggressive and we’ve got resources to deploy if the right situation emerges.”

Recent returns might give them pause.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 04, 2018 at 10:40 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Everyone Thank The Marlins For Making The NL Playoff Race Fun

Things are getting hot in the National League in the final days of the season. After last night’s results, here’s how things stand: The Brewers lead the wild-card race and are a half-game back of the Cubs in the central division; the Rockies are a half-game back of the Dodgers out west and now hold a half-game lead over the Cardinals for the second wild-card spot. If you’re enjoying this, thank Derek Jeter.


Monday, September 24, 2018

Fowler, still owed almost $50 million, eager to be part of Cardinals’ future | St. Louis Cardinals | stltoday.com

Does Fowler really still have a place in the Cardinals outfield?

Jim Furtado Posted: September 24, 2018 at 06:28 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, dexter fowler

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Buehler, Dodgers blank Cards to draw even in wild-card race

In a pivotal series for the Dodgers, rookie Walker Buehler came through with a masterful performance.

Buehler allowed two hits in eight innings, Yasiel Puig homered twice and Los Angeles drew even with the St. Louis Cardinals in the NL wild-card race with a 3-0 victory on Friday night. The Dodgers also moved within one-half game of first-place Colorado in the NL West.

Buehler (7-5) pitched beyond the seventh inning for the first time and earned his first victory since Aug. 17. He retired the first 13 batters before Paul DeJong singled to left field. Harrison Bader singled later in the fifth for the Cardinals’ only other hit.

We could always use a Game 163- or however many extra games at the end of the season as we can get….

 

QLE Posted: September 15, 2018 at 09:05 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, dodgers, walker buehler

Monday, August 27, 2018

Bader, other Cardinals rookies learning ‘an outfielder’s nightmare’ at Coors

“It felt like I’m watching the game instead of playing it,” Bader said. “Center feels so far away. It’s just a large, large field. There is a large distance between me and home plate.

“It’s like it’s 800 feet away.”

Kid did alright, though, with several fine catches in the series. Also scored from second today on a high chopper to the 2B. Don’t know how much he’ll hit, but he’s electrifying to watch.

Perry Posted: August 27, 2018 at 06:29 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, coors field

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

MLB—How Matt Carpenter went from hitting .140 in mid-May to potential MVP

I picked up Carpenter as a buy-low guy early in the season. Unfortunately a rash of injuries hit and I released him!

Arrrrrrrrrrrrghh!

Jim Furtado Posted: August 22, 2018 at 09:34 AM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, matt carpenter

Gordo: Playoff race is all about pitching, and Cardinals have it in abundance | Jeff Gordon | stltoday.com

Anyone else remember people saying the Nationals *and* Cardinals seasons were over at the All Star break?

Jim Furtado Posted: August 22, 2018 at 09:29 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals

Nationals throw in the towel, trade Daniel Murphy to Cubs, Matt Adams to Cardinals

Somewhere, Alex Anthopoulos and Matt Klentak are dancing a merry jig…..

With a sub-.500 record and their playoff hopes all but gone, the Washington Nationals have waved the white flag on the 2018 season and have begun tearing down a once-promising roster.

The Nationals on Tuesday traded three-time All-Star second baseman Daniel Murphy to the Chicago Cubs for minor-league infield prospect Andruw Monasterio and a player to be named or cash considerations.

“We took a chance at the first trade deadline and held tight with the belief that that was our best way to compete and kept almost our entire roster intact,” general manager Mike Rizzo said.

QLE Posted: August 22, 2018 at 08:01 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, cubs, daniel murphy, matt adams, nationals, white flag

Friday, August 10, 2018

Cardinals executive on radar in Mets’ GM search

In the nascent stages of the Mets’ general manager search, Gary LaRocque’s name is among those receiving consideration.
[...]
Multiple individuals connected to the team have indicated Mets patriarch Fred Wilpon, 81, is unlikely to hand the organization’s reins to a young, purely analytics-driven GM with whom he would perhaps have difficulty connecting. The growing belief is Wilpon will look toward a more traditional baseball person.
[...]
There is thought among team officials that perhaps the Mets became too analytics driven in recent seasons under Sandy Alderson’s watch, and a veteran leader with a pure baseball background would help shift the organization toward the center.


Thursday, August 02, 2018

Displeased but not ready to dismantle, ‘Mo’ says moves give Cardinals ‘a peek at the future’ | St. Louis Cardinals | stltoday.com

I like the moves the Cardinals are making. One remaining move that needs making…cutting the cord with Dexter Fowler. Fowler’s been a decent player for his career but he’s never been a good outfielder. Now that he’s not hitting he’s not give a lot of value. I know that jettisoning approximately $54.5 million (over 3.33 years) is tough for the decision makers who signed off on the contract but at some point you have to face reality and embrace the sunk cost.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 02, 2018 at 09:10 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, john mozeliak

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Mike Matheny Fired

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#STLCards announce that they have fired Mike Matheny.

Interim manager: Mike Schildt. John Mabry and Bill Mueller also fired.

Andere Richtingen Posted: July 14, 2018 at 11:19 PM | 49 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals

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