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Saturday, March 18, 2017

Mozeliak says Cardinals ‘open for business’ with Molina | Cardinal Beat | stltoday.com

Mozeliak was not taken aback by the summary he received — Bengie Molina said during a Sirius XM MLB Network Radio interview that Yadier Molina won’t hesitate to enter free agency if the catcher does not receive an extension he deems desirable.

“Can’t you say that about every player?” Mozeliak asked. “I don’t know what’s so weird about that.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 18, 2017 at 09:20 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, yadier molina

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Goold: How high could prospect Sierra start the season? | Derrick Goold: Bird Land | stltoday.com

Some insight into the decision-making of proper placement of a good-looking young player on his way to the big leagues.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 14, 2017 at 06:09 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, magneuris sierra

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Fashion Statement: Matheny cracks wise on home wins & haberdashery

The start of “T-Shirt Wars”. See it on the History Channel in March 2018!

“I think we have T-shirts somewhere that say something about winning at home,” Matheny said in his office after the win.

That’s a great line. Deserved. Well-timed.

Wait, what?

T-shirts.

That couldn’t be ...

Jim Furtado Posted: March 08, 2017 at 07:48 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals

Mitch Harris eager to show Cardinals result of elbow surgery | St. Louis Cardinals | stltoday.com

In a roster bind for much of this winter, the Cardinals removed Harris from the 40-man roster and every other team in baseball had a crack at him. The Cardinals lost players Jeremy Hazelbaker, Tim Cooney and Dean Kiekhefer this past offseason through waivers, but Harris passed through without being claimed. Like the free agent Maness, Harris is listed as having elbow surgery, and for most that’s Tommy John and a 12-month absence. Having cleared waivers, Harris remained with the Cardinals, the only team he’s ever known, and he hopes to show he’s more prepared to compete than they know.

“The team that took me when most other teams had no idea what was going to happen,” Harris said. “I love this organization. It’s kind of a two-way thing. No team picked me up because of the surgery. It was also a good thing (because) I’m still with the club that I want to be with.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 08, 2017 at 06:51 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, mitch harris, tommy john surgery

Sunday, March 05, 2017

OTP 6 March 2017: Baseball Won’t Change Politics, But Politics Will Definitely Ruin Baseball

Equal time for our friends on the right, with a blast from David Harsanyi of the Federalist:

Stark notes, for instance, that there was a “social media storm” when St. Louis Cardinals centerfielder Dexter Fowler “dared” to “express personal concern for his wife’s Iranian-born family in the wake of President Donald Trump’s travel ban.” Fowler was also expressing concern about his sister-in-law having to delay a business trip from Qatar.

Don’t get me wrong, that struggle is real. Yet if Fowler, who has a daughter, had “dared” bring up the rampant misogynistic culture that permeates Iran (and most of the Islamic world) when Barack Obama was striking a deal with that country, the reaction would have been far more consequential than some random fans telling him to stick to baseball.

(As always, views expressed in the article lede and comments are the views of the individual commenters and the submitter of the article and do not represent the views of Baseball Think Factory or its owner.)

 

BDC Posted: March 05, 2017 at 10:07 PM | 1583 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, politics, social media

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Matheny on CF prospect Sierra: ‘He’s an electric player’ | St. Louis Cardinals | stltoday.com

The Cardinals could use a speedy ball hawk in center again.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 01, 2017 at 07:55 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, magneuris sierra, prospects

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Cardinals’ sign Jose Adolis Garcia to deal | MLB.com

Cuban outfielder Jose Adolis Garcia, the younger brother of Braves third baseman Adonis Garcia, agreed to a Minor League contract with the team on Friday. The deal includes an invite to Major League camp, and it will pay Garcia a $2.5 million bonus, according to MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 25, 2017 at 09:38 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, jose adolis garcia

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Goold and Hummel on the Cards | Derrick Goold: Bird Land | stltoday.com

Questions, in a weird format, about the Cardinals.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 21, 2017 at 06:23 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals

Rick Ankiel drank vodka before starts to ease anxiety

Former major leaguer Rick Ankiel said Monday that he drank vodka before his first two starts of the 2001 season for the St. Louis Cardinals, which came after his meltdown in the 2000 playoffs when he became the first major league pitcher to throw five wild pitches in one inning since 1890.

Ankiel made his comments to 590 The Fan while discussing his upcoming book, “The Phenomenon: Pressure, the Yips, and the Pitch that Changed My Life,” co-written with sports writer Tim Brown. The book will be released on April 18.

On Monday, he discussed drinking vodka before his first start of the 2001 season, in which he was the winning pitcher against Randy Johnson and the Arizona Diamondbacks.

“Before that game ... I’m scared to death. I know I have no chance. Feeling the pressure of all that, right before the game I get a bottle of vodka. I just started drinking vodka. Lo and behold, it kind of tamed the monster, and I was able to do what I wanted,” he said in the radio interview.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 21, 2017 at 02:48 PM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: alcohol, cardinals, rick ankiel, social anxiety

Monday, February 20, 2017

How 10 Facebook comments tell the story of Dexter Fowler, the Cardinals and America in 2017

Fowler hadn’t sought to make a grand political statement. His wife, Aliya, was born in Iran, and he was talking about how the president’s executive order seeking to severely curtail immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries affected his family. The law had mucked up his sister-in-law’s travel plans, and Fowler said he no longer was comfortable visiting Iran with his young daughter.

“It’s huge,” Fowler said. “Especially any time you’re not able to see your family, it’s unfortunate.”

Those 14 innocuous words – ones that, absence of context, speak to Democrats and Republicans, black and white and Latino, man and woman, anyone and everyone – turned Fowler into a target. The refrain was simple. “Play ball,” wrote 77 people. “Just play baseball,” said another 15. They were among the most civil.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 20, 2017 at 01:51 PM | 46 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, dexter fowler, politics

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Heyman: Cardinals And Yadier Molina Have Preliminary Extension Talks

Mozeliak called the talk “very preliminary.”

Jim Furtado Posted: February 18, 2017 at 08:16 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, yadier molina

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Cardinals’ Alex Reyes has difficult road ahead | MLB.com

But there are two things to consider about the realities of Tommy John surgery.

One is that just about every terrific pitcher of the last decade did not go through Tommy John surgery. It’s striking: There are very, very few exceptions. The past 10 Cy Young Awards winners are Max Scherzer, Rick Porcello, Jake Arrieta, Dallas Keuchel, Clayton Kershaw, Corey Kluber, R.A. Dickey, David Price, Justin Verlander, Roy Halladay and Felix Hernandez. Not one of them had Tommy John surgery. Then you throw in other pitchers who have had dominant seasons—Madison Bumgarner, Zack Greinke, Cliff Lee, Chris Sale, Cole Hamels and so on. None of them had Tommy John surgery, either.

This probably shouldn’t be a surprise … but it is. There is this sense you get sometimes from people that Tommy John surgery is no big deal in the grand scheme of things, that it is just a year-long delay on the road to greatness. But almost without exception, the very best pitchers in the game manage to avoid serious injury when they are young.

The second thing to think about is when a pitcher has Tommy John surgery. There are those who have had it mid-career—think John Smoltz, David Wells, Tim Hudson, John Lackey, Chris Carpenter and others—who do come back and pitch well. That was true of Tommy John himself. And while that’s encouraging, it is not of much use when talking about a breathtaking young pitcher like Reyes, who was just beginning his big league career.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 16, 2017 at 01:48 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: alex reyes, cardinals, tommy john surgery


Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Cardinals’ Alex Reyes not cleared to throw | MLB.com

Nobody else reporting this (as far as I’ve seen), but if this is true, it’s really bad news.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 14, 2017 at 01:46 PM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: alex reyes, cardinals

The decline of Albert Pujols has been a shame. | Sports on Earth

NEWSFLASH: Players get old. Paying them as if they won’t is a problem for their teams, not the players.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 14, 2017 at 12:43 PM | 112 comment(s)
  Beats: albert pujols, angels, cardinals

Friday, February 10, 2017

A Look at Mike Matheny’s Comical, Baffling Use of Alternative Facts

“It’s amazing how little regard people actually put into how many young players we put on the field last year. The conversation kept going all season long without people really acknowledging it. We had to throw Aledmys Diaz into the lineup at the last second when he had spent the previous season at Double-A. Kolten (Wong) really hasn’t found the traction in the league yet. Those two guys were in the middle. We had to search to find a center fielder, and Randal Grichuk hadn’t spent a full season in the big leagues. Our right fielder (Stephen Piscotty) hadn’t spent a full season in the big leagues. Four of the eight position players were in the minor leagues the previous year….

Absolutely hysterical. In Washington D.C. this would be labeled as “alternative facts.”

1. Matheny is blaming the wrong players. In pointing to Wong, Grichuk and Piscotty as reasons to explain the Cards’ shaky defense in 2016, Matheny was so off target it boggles the mind. It’s absurd and dishonest to see him copping an excuse for his own mismanagement of the roster by singling out three players who were PLUS DEFENDERS in 2016.
Wong had 5 Defensive Runs Saved in 2016, which ranked sixth among MLB second basemen.  Over the past three seasons combined, Wong’s +19 in Defensive Runs Saved puts him in the top five among big-league second basemen.
Grichuk was a +7 in DRS for his play in center field last year, which put him 10th at the position. And Grichuk is a +15 center fielder in his two-plus seasons in St. Louis.
As for Piscotty, he played a fine right field in 2016, coming in at +4 DRS, ranking 11th at the position. Picscotty received praise all season for his work in right field.
Wong, Piscotty and Grichul aren’t all that young, either

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 10, 2017 at 02:11 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, mike matheny

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

Carlos Martinez, Cardinals nearing extension | MLB.com

The Cardinals and right-hander Carlos Martinez are closing in on a five-year, $51 million extension, according to MLB Network insider Jon Heyman.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 01, 2017 at 10:36 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, carlos martinez

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Ortiz: No winners, only losers in hacking scandal | Jesus Ortiz | stltoday.com

The longer he sits in prison, I wonder whether he will name names or just disappear into the ether.

Correa testified that he told colleagues he had seen the Cardinals’ information in the Astros’ database, but somehow we are expected to believe nobody with authority asked him how he saw it.

He never gave up any names, though, so you’ll have to take the Cardinals’ word that this was merely a case of one rogue employee. The rest of the baseball world views it differently. That’s the burden the Cardinals’ reputation must now carry.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 31, 2017 at 05:04 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, cardinals

In statement, Correa alleges Astros benefited from ‘unauthorized access’ | Derrick Goold

What a mess.

The statement, released Tuesday morning by his family on Correa’s Twitter address, offers Correa’s view of what he labeled “intellectual property theft.” He describes how he “through unlawful methods” sought to learn whether the Houston Astros had utilized data and approaches that were proprietary to the Cardinals. The U.S. district court judge in the case had likened Correa’s motives to breaking into a neighbor’s house “to find out if they were stealing your stuff.” The court declined Correa’s motions to prove what he describes in his statement.

“I accept responsibility for my wrongful actions and am paying my debt to society,” the statement reads, as it was released Tuesday morning on Correa’s Twitter address. “The Cardinals organization must now pay a heavy price as well.”

Jim Furtado Posted: January 31, 2017 at 05:01 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, cardinals

Monday, January 30, 2017

Cardinals deserved far worse punishment from MLB after hacking Astros | FOX Sports

Ken Rosenthal thinks the punishment didn’t fit the crime.

Neither does Jeff Sullivan.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 30, 2017 at 07:08 PM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, cardinals

MLB hammers Cardinals — first two draft picks, $2 million go to Astros | St. Louis Cardinals | stltoday.com

The penalty is in.

In a decision issued Tuesday afternoon by commissioner Rob Manfred, the Cardinals have been fined $2 million in damages — possibly the largest ever for one team — and their first two picks in the coming draft have been taken away as a result of an illegal hack into Houston’s database. The two picks, Nos. 56 and 75, will go to the Astros, as will the slot money assigned to those picks. The $2-million fine will also be paid to the Cardinals’ former division rivals.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 30, 2017 at 02:13 PM | 72 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, cardinals

Cardinals: Did GM John Mozeliak Make a Mistake In Moving On From Brandon Moss? - 101Sports.com

5. Finally, I’ll tack on my theory: Mozeliak’s decision to move on from Moss and Matt Holliday was the latest in a sequence of GM interventions. As Matheny has shown several times, he is resistant to cutting the playing time of struggling hitters/defenders that benefit from preferred “Mike’s Guys” status. Matheny’s decision to ride with a cratering Moss late last season — with a postseason berth on the line — was alarming and predictable. And we can’t ignore that.

I don’t think it was a mistake to let Moss walk … but depending on how this plays out, Mozeliak could be in for the usual second-guessing that every GM lives with.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 30, 2017 at 08:19 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals

Sunday, January 29, 2017

As MLB ruling nears, new details of Cardinals’ hacking of Astros account

According to the documents, portions of which remained redacted, Correa intruded into the Astros’ “Ground Control” database 48 times and accessed the accounts of five Astros employees. For 21/2 years, beginning in January 2012, Correa had unfettered access to the e-mail account of Sig Mejdal, the Astros’ director of decision sciences and a former Cardinals employee. Correa worked in St. Louis as an analyst under Mejdal, who came to Houston after the 2011 season with Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow, also a former Cardinals executive.

“(Correa) knew what projects the Astros’ analytics department was researching, what concepts were promising and what ideas to avoid,” said one of the documents, signed by Michael Chu, the assistant U.S. attorney who prosecuted the case against Correa. “He had access to everything that Sig Mejdal ... read and wrote.”

Correa also attempted to gain access to the accounts of Bo Porter, the Astros’ manager in 2013-14, and pitching coach Brent Strom, and he used passwords belonging to Luhnow, Astros analyst Colin Wyers, and three Astros minor league players to gain access to the Astros system, the documents show.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 29, 2017 at 12:50 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, cardinals, hacking

Friday, January 27, 2017

A Big Key For the Cardinals Offense in 2017: Raise the OBP, Which Collapsed in ‘16 - 101Sports.com

Their team .325 OBP was the fourth lowest in 21 seasons of baseball during Bill DeWitt Jr.’s ownership reign.
So what can be done to improve the OBP in 2017?

I don’t want to get overly complicated here, so I’ll keep it to three points.

1. Obviously, the signing of center fielder Dexter Fowler should be a big help. Since 2009, Fowler ranks third among MLB leadoff hitters (minimum 400 games in the No. 1 spot) with an OBP of .369. In terms of getting on base, Fowler is as reliable as any leadoff man in the game.

2. The Cardinals can go with a high-octane OBP to ignite the regular lineup. It would unfold with Fowler at the top, and Matt Carpenter and Aledmys Diaz slotted in the next two spots, depending on manager Mike Matheny’s preference.

3. Don’t forget about the injuries that removed Carpenter and Diaz from the lineup for an extensive stretch of games. Carpenter and his career .376 OBP were sidelined by a torn oblique from July 7 through Aug. 5. The Cardinals went 15-10 during that time. They had a .306 OBP and averaged 4.4 runs during MC’s absence.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 27, 2017 at 01:39 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Harris eager to show Cardinals result of elbow surgery | St. Louis Cardinals | stltoday.com

Potentially one of the biggest stories of the upcoming season.

Like former Cardinals reliever Seth Maness, Harris went into surgery expecting Tommy John and left as one of three professional pitchers attempting to return after an alternative. Dr. George Paletta did a “primary repair” of Harris’ ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) at the bone and then constructed a protective sling out of tape to give the ligament support and protection as it healed. As a result, instead of missing 2017 and adding another 12 months to his absence, Harris intends to show the Cardinals he’s 100 percent, good to go, for spring. He will be throwing “high-intensity” bullpen sessions leading into spring training.

“I gave Paletta a big hug,” Harris said. “It’s happening fast, but we’re excited with where we’re at. I would say I’m probably at 75 percent, even pushing 80. We are close. It’s just a matter of now getting those high-intensity bullpens.”

Jim Furtado Posted: January 24, 2017 at 07:06 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals

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