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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

Friday, April 14, 2017

What’s the point of the Matt Adams outfield experiment?

Adams didn’t look very good on any of these three plays, with the first two looking like balls a better outfielder maybe or probably catches. Which is normal, of course, because he’s never played the outfield before, and it would be weird if he already looked like he’d been playing out there forever. This is a guy a month into learning a new position, and doing it on the big stage. None of this is his fault. He’s clearly trying to do something his team wants him to be able to do, and it’s getting him in the lineup, so of course he’s putting in his best effort.

Playing the outfield at a major-league level is just difficult, though. There’s a reason you don’t see many guys trying to learn to play a more difficult position in the big leagues. And when a team is willing to experiment with a position switch at this level, it’s usually because the offensive upside is so great that the experiment is worth trying. But that’s the weird thing about this one: I don’t know why you’d suffer through Adams’ transition to the outfield in order to get his bat in the lineup more often, because there’s not a lot of evidence that he’s a demonstrably better hitter than Pham — an actual outfielder already — to begin with.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 14, 2017 at 10:38 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, matt adams

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Cardinals announce Hall of Famer Lou Brock has been diagnosed with cancer

Hall of Famer and Cardinals legend Lou Brock has cancer, the club announced on Thursday.

Brock, 77, was initially set to appear April 25 at Busch Stadium for Budweiser Bash, but instead that has been cancelled. The Cardinals released the following statement on Brock’s health:

The St. Louis Cardinals announced that Lou Brock has cancelled his April 25th Budweiser Bash appearance at Busch Stadium as he is currently undergoing treatment for Multiple Myeloma. The Hall of Famer was recently diagnosed with the bone cancer and has been undergoing treatment in St. Louis.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 13, 2017 at 05:16 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: cancer, cardinals, lou brock

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Piscotty takes a pounding as Cards lose to Cubs | St. Louis Cardinals | stltoday.com

Somebody on TV said he really earned this run. I agree.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 05, 2017 at 08:11 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, steven piscotty

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Pedro Guerrero, feared Dodgers slugger, reportedly ‘fighting for his life’

Pedro Guerrero, whose big bat powered many of the Dodgers’ best teams in the 1980s, was hospitalized Monday in the Dominican Republic. Initial reports offered conflicting information about Guerrero’s current state.

Miami-based journalist Antonio Puesan reported that Guerrero has died. Three other reports indicated Guerrero is alive, but in failing health. ESPN’s Renato Bermudez reported that Guerrero suffered a heart attack, while ESPN’s Enrique Rojas reported that Guerrero suffered a stroke. Hector Gomez of Deportivo Z101 wrote on his Twitter account that Guerrero is brain dead.

A spokesperson for the Dodgers had no information about Guerrero’s condition Monday night.

Guerrero, 60, played 15 seasons in the major leagues. As a Dodger from 1978-88, he made three All-Star teams and finished in the top four in National League MVP voting three times.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 04, 2017 at 01:03 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, dodgers, pedro guerrero

Monday, April 03, 2017

MLB Opening Night on ESPN: Highest-Rated Since 2010

Everyone tuning in to see the Cardinals wheel out their championship trophies!

MLB Opening Night on ESPN, in which the St. Louis Cardinals defeated the defending World Series Champion Chicago Cubs 4-3, was the highest-rated Opening Night telecast since 2010, based on metered market ratings from Nielsen. The ESPN telecast delivered a 2.3 metered market rating, up 10 percent from last year, which was a World Series rematch between the New York Mets and Kansas City Royals.

Additionally, the Cubs-Cardinals matchup drew a record Opening Night streaming audience for ESPN. The game generated 20,457,000 total minutes streamed, 321,000 unique viewers and an average minute audience of 91,000 viewers. These metrics were up 94 percent, 59 percent and 78 percent, respectively, from last year’s Opening Night streaming audience.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 03, 2017 at 10:50 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: baseball ratings, cardinals, cubs, espn

Source: Cardinals complete extension with outfielder Piscotty

The Cardinals will announce a long-term extension with Piscotty on Tuesday afternoon at 1 p.m. St. Louis time. A source confirmed the deal to The Post-Dispatch.

Terms of the deal were not yet clear.

Piscotty has only one year of service time, so an extension is preemptive, and would likely include all of his remaining control years—through 2022. The Cardinals prefer to make such deals with players when they also include some free agent years. If so, that would give Piscotty the longest contract on the team.

Piscotty, 26, hit .273 with an .800 OPS last season, his first full season in the majors.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 03, 2017 at 10:47 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, stephen piscotty

Sunday, April 02, 2017

OPENING DAY CHATTER

Yankees/Rays 1:10 PM Tanaka (0-0) Archer (0-0) 

Giants/D-backs 4:10 PM Bumgarner (0-0) Greinke (0-0) 

Cubs/Cardinals 8:35 PM Lester (0-0) Martinez (0-0)

 


Thank God

Lassus Posted: April 02, 2017 at 06:53 AM | 148 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, cubs, diamondbacks, giants, mlb, rays, yankees

Saturday, April 01, 2017

Goold: Will extra motivation make Cardinals ‘more dangerous’? | St. Louis Cardinals | stltoday.com

“The Cardinals are the standard for that sustained success in the game, and there is no reason that is going to change,” Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer said. “We won 2016 and it took until the 10th inning of Game 7 after a rain delay to do it. You can’t build for that. You can’t build to have one or two shots at it. You have to build to sustain, year in and year out. … When 86 wins is a disappointing season, you’re in an awesome place as a franchise.”

Echoed DeWitt: “If you just try to win the winter and let the summer take care of itself, that’s a recipe for failure, in my opinion. Making a big splash for a ‘window’? I don’t really believe in windows. We want to be good year in, year out. The key through the years, when you talk about the 125 years, is successful Cardinals teams were built. They weren’t bought.”

Jim Furtado Posted: April 01, 2017 at 09:58 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals

Hummel: Matheny finds fun and competition incompatible | St. Louis Cardinals | stltoday.com

“A manager should stay as far away as possible from his players. I don’t know if I said ten words to Frank Robinson while he played for me.” ~ Earl Weaver

Part of me thrives on that,” he said. “That’s a great responsibility for a manager — to be able to wear the burden and take it off the guys. But I just got to the point of realizing that winning a popularity contest is not what I’m supposed to do.

“If we’ve been given the right talent and we all put our piece in together, then we’ll be where we’re supposed to be and everybody will be pretty happy at the end. I also understand that with this job that people aren’t going to like every decision. Even if they work, there’s still a group that won’t like it. How do you do it, unless you truly go out and try to please the masses? Then, I get away from what I’m truly here for because they’ll sniff that out.

“If this is about me building up me for the sake of approval, then I’ve missed the whole gist of what I’m supposed to do.”

Jim Furtado Posted: April 01, 2017 at 07:36 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals

Friday, March 31, 2017

Yadier Molina contract is about perception for Cardinals. - St Louis Cardinals- ESPN

It’s not my money.

The new three-year deal the St. Louis Cardinals are about to complete to make Yadier Molina the highest-salaried catcher in the game is more about public perception than the team’s usual shrewd approach, but certain players—just a few in each league—force those kinds of mistakes.

The rules are different for franchise icons. They’re different when a player comes up in your organization, professes a love for the team and its city and becomes the face of its two most recent World Series celebrations. Molina was, by those criteria, in a class unlike Matt Holliday, who came up in Colorado, and unlike Albert Pujols, who could have sunk the entire organization if the Cardinals had matched the bloated deal Angels owner Arte Moreno gave him.

Three years of fiscal pain, in other words, is palatable if it keeps your fans happy.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 31, 2017 at 07:06 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, yadier molina

Monday, March 27, 2017

Heyman: Cardinals, Molina Making Big Progress Toward Extension

The St. Louis Cardinals and revered catcher Yadier Molina are making major progress toward a possible contract extension, sources tell FanRag Sports. While the current terms being discussed are unknown, Molina was originally seeking a four-year extension, while the team countered with a two-year offer. A deal now appears to be getting close between the two sides.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 27, 2017 at 07:23 PM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, yadier molina

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Gammons: Daniel Bard Is Willing To Endure The Frustration

The Cardinals last spring signed Bard to a two year deal which his agent Mike Milchin thought would give the organization time to see if they could ground him. His initial numbers with Palm Beach in the Florida State League (3 3 8 9 13 1) were not successful, but Director of Player Development Gary LaRocque and his minor league pitching staff decided to have him try a lower arm slot.

“In some ways, it’s a lot like what Andrew did—simply everything,” says Bard. In 2012, when struggling with his delivery, Miller, with the help of pitching coach Bob McClure, tried a delivery that was part slidestep, part of fire-the-ball-at-the-backyard wall step and fire.” Which, as we saw in October, helped him develop into one of the best relievers in the game.

Bard now just loads and fires from his low ¾ slot. On this video, shot by Woodard, one can see him registering 96 on the radar gun.

I’d love to see him return to his top form. Maybe not with the Cardinals…

villageidiom Posted: March 26, 2017 at 05:01 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, comebacks, control issues, cubs, daniel bard, pirates, rangers, red sox

Wong would rather be traded than platoon at second base

Second baseman Kolten Wong expressed confusion and frustration Sunday about the news that the Cardinals are considering a platoon approach at Wong’s position to start the regular season.

“You know what, that’s out of my control,” Wong said before the Cardinals played the Marlins in a Grapefruit League game at Roger Dean Stadium. “I was told that I was going to be the starting second baseman. If that’s what they want to do, then that’s their decision. The thing with me, and my frustrations is that, I think when you give someone a contract and you expect him to be the guy, you should have belief in that guy. It’s hard when you don’t feel that belief. But it is what it is. If that’s the case, then I’ll be ready to do what I gotta do to help the team win.”...

Wong has not requested a trade but confirmed he would rather depart if he is not going to be a regular starter in St. Louis.

“One hundred percent,” he said. “One hundred percent. I don’t want to be here wasting my time. I know what kind of player I am. If I don’t have the belief here, then I’ll go somewhere else.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 26, 2017 at 03:07 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, kolten wong

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

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