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Sunday, April 12, 2015

Pitchers boosting pace to slow running game : Sports

Good stuff.

The focus on getting to 1.2 seconds is simple math, a triangulation of the time it takes for the catcher to make a throw to second and the time it takes the runner to get there. As a catcher, Matheny wanted his “pop time” — the time it took to go from his mitt to the middle infielder’s glove at second — at less than 2 seconds. Hundredths of a second mattered. Yadier Molina has been known to throw in the 1.80s. The time left over has to be covered by the pitcher, and most steals are on them and a dawdling delivery.

The Cardinals have had relievers with 1.4-second deliveries or slower.

“You’ve got to find that happy medium where you’re not sacrificing stuff just to be quick,” Matheny said. “You look at the best pitchers in this league and they’re all quick. It’s something they take out of their mind. The running game isn’t an issue. When you look at how quick (Clayton) Kershaw is. Look how quick Waino is. … It’s just not that big of an issue because they’ve already mastered that.”

Jim Furtado Posted: April 12, 2015 at 09:31 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, stolen bases

Sunday, April 05, 2015

The Cubs-Cardinals Rivalry (Sports on Earth: Leitch)

A pre-game warm-up for tonight’s opener.

Chris Fluit Posted: April 05, 2015 at 09:15 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: bartman, cardinals, central illinois, cubs, freese

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Grantland (Lindbergh): 2015 NL Central Preview

Stats, charts, breakdowns, snark and the surprising admission that the best thing about the Cardinals is “The players, probably. The players are pretty good.”

Chris Fluit Posted: April 01, 2015 at 08:09 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, cardinals, cubs, nl central, pirates, reds

Next SL: Cardinals Set to Flee St. Louis Without “Top Tier” Stadium Deal

As if the drama surrounding the possible departure of the St. Louis Rams National Football League team wasn’t enough, nextSTL has learned that the St. Louis Cardinals may relocate if funds are not found for a new “top tier” stadium.

Opened just a decade ago to much fanfare, Busch Stadium III is already seeing wear, and is considered by many to be outdated. The final construction cost of just $364M, a modest sum by today’s standards, ironically makes the stadium almost expendable.

The Montreal Cardinals??


Sunday, March 29, 2015

Feeling left arm fatigue, Garcia unlikely for Opening Day | cardinals.com

Just as the Cardinals began to allow themselves to get excited about what a healthy Jaime Garcia could add to their rotation, the lefty suffered another medical setback that will almost certainly preclude him from making the Opening Day roster.

Manager Mike Matheny announced after the club’s 4-3 loss to the Tigers that Garcia was scratched from his scheduled start on Sunday after he alerted the team’s medical staff on Saturday afternoon that “he’s feeling something that isn’t right.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 29, 2015 at 09:48 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, jaime garcia

Friday, March 27, 2015

Jason Heyward’s Ability Seems Boundless. Soon, So May His Contract.

If he wants the biggest contract, he has to put up some bigger numbers than he has put up the last few years. Even if he doesn’t, he’ll be a very wealthy young man at the end of season.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 27, 2015 at 11:34 AM | 48 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, free agents

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Former Cardinals player punched at St. Louis County gas station after racial slur

Best Fans in Baseball?

Former Cardinals outfielder Curt Ford said Thursday he may move away from the St. Louis area in disgust after being punched in an allegedly unprovoked, race-related attack at a gas station.

“I’m going to let the authorities handle this situation, but I’ve had enough of St. Louis,” Ford said in a phone interview Thursday. “You hear about this kind of stuff happening, and I always knew it existed because of my previous experience working here in St. Louis, but you try to keep away from it and there is just no way you can do that unless you stay inside like a hermit.

“I just want justice. It’s all I want.”

Ford, 54, said the experience has made him consider moving, even though, “I care a lot about St. Louis and I love the people here.” He added, “The people I have been involved with are all very positive and all they want to do is work and pay bills. There are very nice people here.”

St. Louis County police from the Fenton Precinct arrested James Street, 37, of the 400 block of Saline Road, a white man who allegedly slugged the black former Cardinals player after shouting racial slurs at him and telling him to “go back to Ferguson,” the Post-Dispatch has learned.

“I was sucker-punched, blindsided,” Ford said. “I was walking into the store and hit from my blind side.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 26, 2015 at 05:13 PM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, curt ford, ferguson, race

Callis: Ranking the best farm systems of the past five years

No Phils.

In today’s Pipeline Perspectives, Jonathan and I debate which farm system has been the most productive since the end of the 2009 season. My choice was the Nationals, who have developed three budding superstars in Stephen Strasburg, Bryce Harper and Anthony Rendon, two more All-Stars in Ian Desmond and Derek Norris, plus a bunch of complementary players and trade fodder….

4. Royals
Kansas City nearly rode its system to a World Series championship last year, building the second-most homegrown playoff team in 2014—behind only St. Louis. The Royals’ in-house highlights included Kelvin Herrera, Greg Holland, Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas, Wil Myers and Jake Odorizzi (the key pieces in the James Shields trade), Salvador Perez and Yordano Ventura.

5. Reds
Cincinnati has harvested a nice combination of blue-chip talent (Aroldis Chapman, Todd Frazier, Billy Hamilton, Devin Mesoraco) and solid contributors (most notably, Yonder Alonso, Brad Boxberger, Zack Cozart, Didi Gregorius, Yasmani Grandal and Mike Leake), though it has traded most of the latter group.


Saturday, March 07, 2015

Rasmus looks back at time with Cards

Colby Rasmus talks about his issues with Tony La Russa.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 07, 2015 at 09:32 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, cardinals, colby rasmus

Thursday, March 05, 2015

‘Boring’ Cardinals know how to win

“People say we’re boring,’’ Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright says. “That’s fine.

“But it’s kind of like the San Antonio Spurs, right? They just show up every year, play well, and act professionally.

“That’s who we are.

“We want to make news because we’re winning, not because we’re the loudest or act a certain way.’‘

The Cardinals have been the most consistent team in baseball since 2011. They’ve reached the National League Championship Series four consecutive years, winning one World Series and two pennants. Since the turn of the century, they’ve had just one losing season and 11 playoff appearances.

Yet, they may be the most anonymous team in baseball, with not a single player featured in a national endorsement, let alone selling sandwiches or hair products on the air.

Come on, go ahead and bang your head against the wall to shake those brain cells, can you remember a single controversial quote by any Cardinals player in recent time?

Anything that trended on Twitter, lit up Facebook, or created national headlines?

Anyone? Anyone?

“Even if I could think of one,’’ Wainwright says, “I wouldn’t bring it back up. That would go against the curve, right?’‘

And a retort filled with potty mouth language.

 


Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Rosenthal wants to avoid creating jams : Sports

Rosenthal has a plan.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 04, 2015 at 08:24 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, trevor rosenthal

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Ex-big leaguer (Jim) King, 82, dies

Former professional baseball player Jim King of Elkins died Monday in Fayetteville.

He was 82.

An outfielder, King played 11 seasons with six major-league teams. He began his major-league career in 1955 with the Chicago Cubs where he played two seasons. His first at-bat came at Wrigley Field, where he had a pinch-hit double against eventual Hall of Famer Robin Roberts.

King went on to play a year for the St. Louis Cardinals and San Francisco Giants. He didn’t play in the majors in the 1959 and 1960 seasons.

King’s longest professional stint came with Washington where he played six years. He started the 1967 season with the Senators before wrapping up his career later that year playing a combined 42 games with the Chicago White Sox and Cleveland Indians.


Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Gay Minor League pitcher Jason Burch was just waiting for the right question

Still, through his Minor League career that stretched across six seasons and four Major League Baseball franchises, Burch kept to that mantra: No one asked, no need to tell. During a game for the BaySox in 2008, a rare opportunity presented itself. Sitting in the bullpen, one of his teammates, a pitcher from Latin America, asked him if he had a girlfriend with whom to spend their upcoming break. The door opened and Burch strode right through it.

“I’m not interested in girls. I’m gay. And I don’t have a boyfriend.”..

That wasn’t the only time he shared his sexual orientation with teammates. He opened up to people he trusted, men he had known for a while and people he considered true friends. That list of trusted teammates simply wasn’t very long, as the life of a Minor League player is full of change. He played for five different A+ and AA teams, and two Major League spring trainings, in just his final two seasons in baseball. Players are traded, moved up, dropped down and sent to other teams all season long. Opportunities to build deep, trusting relationships with teammates are few and far between.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 24, 2015 at 03:18 PM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, coming out, gay rights, jason burch, orioles, rockies

Baseball’s Fight With Fatigue - WSJ

Who would think I’d be using the word “innovation” to describe the Marlins.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 24, 2015 at 06:53 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, innovation, mariners, marlins

Monday, February 23, 2015

Choate hopes to resume specialist role : Sports

This is silly.

Veteran lefthander Randy Choate and Matheny have discussed Choate’s occasional unhappiness last year that he wasn’t used as much for lefthander-on-lefthander specialty purposes, which basically why Choate was given a three-year contract before the 2013 season. He pitched more complete innings than he thought he would but some of them were in blowout games.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 23, 2015 at 06:24 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, randy choate

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Lackey aiming for World Series trifecta : Sports

Remember when people said Lackey would never pitch for the minimum. Good times.

Lackey, working out at a Cardinals camp for the first time Wednesday, said he would be amenable to a contract extension although he quickly added that there was “nothing close.

“If it’s something that works for both sides. I would like it,” said the 36-year-old Lackey, who very much likes what he’s seen with the Cardinals in just the two-plus months he spent with them last August through October.

“This group of guys ... this organization ... it’s a great place to be and it’s something I would entertain for sure,” Lackey said.

General manager John Mozeliak conceded that an adjustment/extension in Lackey’s contract is not a front-burner issue.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 19, 2015 at 09:26 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, john lackey

Friday, February 13, 2015

Ranking the teams: 6 through 1

6. Seattle Mariners

Probably unintentional, but the number 6 meme lives!

Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: February 13, 2015 at 06:52 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, dodgers, indians, mariners, nationals, pirates

Friday, January 30, 2015

Puig says Cardinals are Dodgers’ biggest adversary

Yasiel Puig is really close with a particular family in Los Angeles, and that family has a 10-year-old Cardinals-loving boy who has made it his mission to exasperate the Dodgers’ eccentric outfielder….

“His mom calls him ‘The Cardinal,’” Puig deadpanned. “We don’t even know his name anymore. … I take him to the stadium, I put the tickets under my name, I introduce him to all of my teammates, and he shows up with a Cardinals shirt. He’s driving me nuts. I can’t win with him. His cousins all have [Dodgers gear]. Not him. We have to do something. I have to make him change his mind. We won the second game and that’s it. He cried, and after that, he started laughing at us again.”...

Puig spoke highly of the Cardinals, how great their team is and how smart their manager is. He thanked them for teaching his team the proper way to play baseball and said they’ve become the Dodgers’ truest adversary, more so than even the defending-champion and division-rival Giants.

Steve Parris, Je t'aime Posted: January 30, 2015 at 09:45 PM | 67 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, dodgers, yasiel puig

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Herzog calls 1985 team his best as Cards manager

Whitey Herzog talks about the 1985 World Series team.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 11, 2015 at 07:22 AM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, whitey herzog

Thursday, January 08, 2015

Could Hamels, Price or Scherzer be answer to Cards’ rotation needs? | FOX Sports

Are the Cardinals really involved in all of this?

Jim Furtado Posted: January 08, 2015 at 06:21 AM | 46 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, cole hamels, david price, max scherzer

Monday, December 29, 2014

Nine possible spots for Max Scherzer: Star FA without a team, or a rumor - CBSSports.com

Will Boras really be able to convince a team to go $200 million on Scherzer?

9. Yankees: Hal Steinbrenner has been weighing Scherzer for weeks, but in recent days indications are Steinbrenner still isn’t ready to dive in, and they’ve said as much. Many rotation question questions carry over from last season, and it appears that for now at least, talented youngster Nate Eovaldi is the answer to McCarthy’s departure. Their starting group could be very good, but there’s a lot of uncertainty, from Mashiro Tanaka’s elbow to CC Sabathia’s knee to Ivan Nova’s elbow to Michael Pineda’s ability to continue to perform. The issue is this: With a 50 percent tax for them, a $28 million salary for Scherzer would cost them $42 million, steep even by Yankees standards.


Sunday, December 21, 2014

Someone old, someone new are Cards’ best : Sports

Who are the Cardinals prospects of the year?

Jim Furtado Posted: December 21, 2014 at 09:18 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, prospects

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Cards weighing internal options for righty hitter at first | cardinals.com

Do they need a full platoon or would a fill in for the most difficult match-ups get the job done?

While acknowledging that Tuesday’s Winter Meetings work gave him a better feel for which right-handed-hitting first baseman may be a fit for the Cardinals’ roster hole, general manager John Mozeliak also shed light on some internal candidates that could potentially address the need.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 10, 2014 at 09:41 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, matt adams

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Cards can be patient with pitching market : Sports

Reports, originating first from ESPN’s Jim Bowden, connected the Cardinals to lefty Jon Lester, who along with St. Louis native Max Scherzer are the top starting pitchers available as free agents. While Scherzer’s market is still percolating — not unusual for a headliner and Scott Boras client — Lester has drawn offers from Boston and the Chicago Cubs, according to reports. He has also made visits to teams, including the Cubs and Atlanta Braves. The Cardinals, as of this week, had no plans to bring Lester to St. Louis for a visit. Their interest in the lefty appears as much opportunistic as enthusiastic — what Mozeliak has often referred to as “due diligence.” A baseball official at the general manager meetings earlier this month suggested, hypothetically, if the Cardinals could enter the fray for Lester then why wouldn’t they pursue Scherzer, who is six months younger and from the area?

Jim Furtado Posted: November 29, 2014 at 08:16 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, jon lester

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