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Thursday, October 14, 2021

Mike Shildt out as St. Louis Cardinals manager, per report

One week after losing the NL Wild Card Game to the Dodgers, the St. Louis Cardinals have made a managerial change. Mike Shildt is out as the club’s manager, reports ESPN’s Jeff Passan. The team has not yet confirmed the news but has scheduled a press conference for Thursday afternoon.

Shildt, the 2019 NL Manager of the Year, replaced Mike Matheny on an interim basis in Aug. 2018, then was given the job permanently following that season. The Cardinals went 252-199 in parts of four seasons under Shildt, winning one NL Central title.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 14, 2021 at 02:51 PM | 53 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, mike shildt

Friday, October 01, 2021

Adam Wainwright, St. Louis Cardinals reach deal for 2022, sources say

The St. Louis Cardinals have reached a one-year extension for 2022 with ace Adam Wainwright, sources confirmed to ESPN on Friday.

Terms of the deal are not yet available. A news conference has been scheduled for 3 p.m. ET.

The right hander has had a solid 2021 campaign and will start the National League Wild Card game for the Cardinals next week. He’s 17-7 with a 3.05 ERA in 32 starts including three complete games and a shutout. His 206 innings pitched so far are the most for him since 2014.

Wainwright has won 10 of his last 11 decisions with 11 quality starts during that span.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 01, 2021 at 02:41 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: adam wainwright, cardinals

Monday, September 27, 2021

The Cardinals’ Impressive Winning Streak Doesn’t Guarantee October Success

For as unbeatable as the Cardinals appear right now, the history of late-season winning streaks tells us that while this run may certainly help the team secure a playoff berth, it doesn’t tell us anything about how they’ll fare in October. Look no further than that aforementioned Cleveland team for a harsh reminder of that lesson. From August 24 to September 15 of the 2017 season, the defending AL champions steamrolled opponents, piling up wins in close games and in blowouts until they’d set an American League record. The team finished with 102 wins, the highest total by the franchise since 1954, and hopes were high that they could secure the title that they’d come so close to winning just the year before. Yet when the postseason rolled around, Cleveland was unceremoniously bounced, losing a tight five-game series to the Yankees.

The story was similar for the team whose AL record they broke. The 2002 A’s won 20 straight games from August 13 to September 6 and finished with 103 wins, the franchise’s highest total since 1988. Yet they too were defeated in a five-game Division Series, losing to the Twins.

In fact, no team that’s run off a late-season streak — starting in August or September — of more than 11 wins has even reached the World Series during the division play era (1969 onward):

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 27, 2021 at 05:28 PM | 45 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals

Friday, September 24, 2021

14 wins in a row! Cards tie 1935 club record

The game in which the 1935 Cardinals set the franchise record with their 14th consecutive victory came with Pepper Martin batting leadoff against the Boston Braves, crossing the plate twice in support of starting pitcher Paul Dean, who threw a complete game. That Gashouse Gang played just two road games amid their July streak—both at Wrigley Field—and averaged just under 6.5 runs per game.

The game in which the 2021 Cardinals tied that record came with Jack Flaherty pitching as an opener ahead of Dakota Hudson—both making long-awaited returns to action—buoyed by five home runs blasted out into the Wrigley Field bleachers. These Cardinals are averaging 6.93 runs per game in their streak and have yet to see it end.

There are some stark similarities and differences between the two streaks separated by 86 years—the only two of that length in franchise history after the 2021 team clinched a 12-4 win over the Cubs on Friday—but no factor is more important than this: These Cardinals have played historically winning baseball at the exact right time, vaulting from fringe postseason contenders to near-mathematical locks to play in October.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 24, 2021 at 11:28 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Cardinals steal their way to 10th consecutive win, pull off a trick in ninth inning to edge Brewers, 2-1

The Cardinals did not have an extra-base hit until the ninth inning. Didn’t need one. They created their own.

And now they’re about to filch a wild-card playoff spot while everyone is looking.

The Cardinals’ 10-game winning streak is the club’s first since 2001, when the team had two at least that long. In 130 years — a history that includes 11 World Series championships — this is the 13th time a Cardinals team has won at least 10 consecutive games.

It’s at least tied for the timeliest.

“It’s hard to capture,” manager Mike Shildt said. “Because I don’t plan on being done with it.”

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 22, 2021 at 10:09 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals

Wednesday, September 08, 2021

Has pitcher friendly Busch Stadium become a competitive disadvantage for offense? Cardinals are wondering

The Cardinals are exploring internally how their downtown ballpark has become detrimental to their offense and what changes to its dimensions or their approach could correct a competitive disadvantage, an official confirmed Saturday.

“The numbers don’t lie,” said John Mozeliak, president of baseball operations. “What we’re trying to understand is what’s changed at Busch. We’re taking a look at this, we’re studying this, and we’re looking for what we can do to perhaps improve the offense in the future.”

A ballpark that favored pitchers since it opened in 2006 and still could house the NL’s top scoring team in 2013, Busch III has become increasingly hampering to hitters in recent years. The Cardinals entered Saturday’s game with home runs in nine consecutive games — eight of them on the road. That’s no coincidence. With six homers Friday night at the Brewers’ hitter-friendly confines, the Cardinals have 96 on the road compared to 57 at home in only three fewer games, 68 to 65. Three of the six homers hit Friday would not have been out of Busch, including Molina’s grand slam, which would have been a homer in three parks, two of them in the NL Central.

One of Nolan Arenado’s two homers could have been a flyout at Busch.

“Arguably, I go from one of the top three greatest hitters ballparks to the top three worst, numbers-wise, ballparks for hitters,” said Arenado, who the Cardinals acquired from Colorado on Feb. 1. “I think the biggest adjustment as far as that, where I’ve failed in a sense, is focusing on the end result. When you hit the ball well you don’t always get rewarded, not necessarily. Where at Coors Filed or here (Milwaukee) you get rewarded.”

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 08, 2021 at 10:53 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, park effects

Thursday, September 02, 2021

Waino-Yadi partnership in ranks with legends

When the Cardinals open their series against the Brewers on Friday, Adam Wainwright will throw his first pitch of the game to Yadier Molina. It’s a given: If Molina is healthy and Wainwright is pitching, they will start together. They have done so 25 times already this year.

It’s Brunswick, Ga., and Bayamón, Puerto Rico, coming together every five days to play catch. From the mound in Milwaukee, it will mark 300 times—a milestone only three other sets of batterymates have reached before them. (And a tally that doesn’t include 14 more games started together in the postseason.)

The others? Mikey Lolich and Bill Freehan (324 starts). Warren Spahn and Del Crandall (316). Red Faber and Ray Schalk (306).

“It’s really a mind-blowing number, for me,” said Cardinals manager Mike Shildt. “It speaks to the longevity. It speaks to each of their ability to compete well. It speaks well to the fact they want to stay in an organization for as long as they have. It’s really an amazing, amazing accomplishment for both of them.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 02, 2021 at 05:52 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: adam wainwright, cardinals, yadier molina

Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Yadier Molina, Cardinals Reportedly Agree to 1-Year, $10M Contract Extension

Yadier Molina is returning to the St. Louis Cardinals for a 19th season in 2022.

Per Katie Woo of The Athletic, Molina agreed to a one-year, $10 million contract extension Tuesday.

There had been speculation during the season that Molina and the Cardinals were working toward a new deal. Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported on Aug. 19 that both sides were “encouraged” by their recent discussions.

Woo and Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic noted Molina was seeking a one-year deal worth more than the $9 million he received in 2021.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 24, 2021 at 05:08 PM | 52 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, yadier molina

Saturday, July 31, 2021

St. Louis Cardinals acquire left-handers Jon Lester, J.A. Happ prior to deadline

The Washington Nationals completed their final trade of a dizzying sell-off, sending veteran left-hander Jon Lester to the St. Louis Cardinals at Friday’s deadline.

Lester becomes the second experienced lefty to join St. Louis, which also acquired J.A Happ from the Minnesota Twins on Friday.

Cardinals president John Mozeliak said the club accomplished its goal of stabilizing its pitching without giving away any top prospects.

“That was something that was critical in our decision-making,” Mozeliak said. “Needless to say, obviously today we felt like we took a couple steps forward without having to sacrifice those futures.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 31, 2021 at 12:57 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, j.a. happ, jon lester

Sunday, May 23, 2021

BenFred: If Cardinals were not shopping for a starter before Saturday, they should be now

Miles Mikolas has been derailed again, and the answers the Cardinals hoped to see emerge from their internal options have not been convincing enough consistently enough for a team that plays its best baseball — a really fantastic brand of baseball, too — when quality starts are stacked one on top of the other.

The Cardinals entered this season with two healthy, proven starters — Jack Flaherty and Adam Wainwright — and a lot of positive thinking.

They hoped Carlos Martinez could bounce back big in a contract season.

They hoped John Gant and Daniel Ponce de Leon could turn long-awaited opportunity into success.

They hoped injured starters Kwang Hyun Kim and Mikolas could heal, rehab and get rolling as soon as they returned.

They hoped Johan Oviedo could be a secret-weapon sixth starter dropped in here and there to provide quality innings while helping teammates rest.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 23, 2021 at 01:01 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals

Friday, December 11, 2015

IT’S THE CUBS’ WORLD NOW

Not to spoil the ending, but:

But the Cardinals aren’t doomed. They still have a solid lineup, a solid rotation and a solid bullpen, and you’d have to think they’ll add somebody. But for years, some fans have claimed, wrongly, that Cardinals-Cubs isn’t a real rivalry because the Cards have always been so much better than the Cubs. This, not coincidentally, is the same thing Yankees fans used to say about the Red Sox, before Epstein took over there as well. Now, some have said, in the wake of the Cubs’ signing of Heyward, that this ratchets up the rivalry.

But if anything, I believe it dampens it. Even before Friday, the Cubs were a better team than the Cardinals in just about every way. Now that the Cubs took the Cardinals’ best player, the gap between these teams have widened. If anyone needs to prove this is a rivalry, it’s the fading Cardinals.


Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Pujols, La Russa absent as Obama honors Cardinals

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Tuesday dubbed the St. Louis Cardinals the “greatest comeback team in the history of baseball” thanks to their thrilling late-season charge into the playoffs and death-defying, seven-game triumph in last November’s World Series.

[...]

Two key figures of the championship season were absent. Manager Tony La Russa retired after the series. And star Albert Pujols signed a $240 million contract with the Los Angeles Angels in the offseason.

Classy!

Tuque Posted: January 17, 2012 at 10:22 PM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals

Monday, January 16, 2012

Retrosimba: An interview with former Cardinals pitcher Al Jackson

Q: You began the 1967 season in the Cardinals’ rotation and in April pitched a one-hit shutout, beating the Astros, 4-0, in Houston. Bob Aspromonte broke up the no-hitter with a leadoff single in the eighth. Do you recall what happened?

Al Jackson: Yes, I do _ big-time. It wasn’t so much the no-hitter. I just wanted to maintain the stuff that I had that night, the control that I had. I wasn’t throwing as good as I was earlier in the game but I also knew that when I got a little tired, I was a better pitcher because I could keep the ball down. Against Aspromonte, I got the groundball I wanted. The pitch may have been down the middle because it was hit in the hole between short and third. If I had thrown it a little further away, the ball may have gone to the shortstop. I wasn’t worried about losing the game. I just wanted to stay on top of mine.

I also had pitched a one-hitter with the Mets against Houston. Joe Amalfitano got the hit. Boxscore Later, I was asked to speak at a dinner in New York. I began by saying I disliked Italians. The room was full of Italians and they looked at me like I was crazy. Then I had to explain: the two guys who broke up my no-hitters are named Amalfitano and Aspromonte. It got a laugh.

Q: Musial was 4-for-5 in his career against you. He batted .800 against you. You were smart to put him on with the walk…

Al Jackson: I’m glad I had a place to put him. I was asked after the game, “Why would you walk him? He’s a left-handed hitter.”  I said, “Why? That’s Musial.” Just look at his record. He’s known for beating teams. And here I am in that small ballpark _ just 250 feet down both lines. I know he can hit for power down both lines. And I never thought about striking him out. That wasn’t on my mind at all.

Thanks to Heck.

Repoz Posted: January 16, 2012 at 06:32 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, history, mets

Sunday, January 15, 2012

MLB.com: Wainwright expresses admiration for Tebow

ST. LOUIS—Hours before taking the field against the New England Patriots on Saturday night, Tim Tebow found himself the center of discussion in the Cardinals’ interview room. Yes, these days it seems as if there is no setting that the Broncos quarterback can’t effectively infiltrate.

Putting his Southeastern Conference allegiance aside, Adam Wainwright spent several minutes expressing his admiration for Tebow, particularly for the fearless the University of Florida product shows in expressing his religious faith in a public forum.

“I am obsessed with Tim Tebow,” Wainwright said. “I’m not afraid to say it. It’s almost embarrassing to us athletes that this much emphasis is put on Tim Tebow because that means we aren’t living our lives as we should. If we did that more often, the way he is living wouldn’t be as big a story. I’m so proud of him for living out his faith.”

Tripon Posted: January 15, 2012 at 02:07 PM | 193 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, rockies

MLB Trade Rumors: Bartolo Colon Agrees to Sign With Unknown Team

Bartolo Colon has agreed to a deal with an unknown club reports Bob Nightengale of USA Today (on Twitter). The right-hander wouldn’t divulge the team because he has not yet passed his physical.

Pretty sure it’s either the All-Stars or the Champs.


Thursday, January 12, 2012

Neyer: Who Will the Cardinals Miss the Most?

Rally squirrel, obv.

Thursday, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s website ran a poll:

Whose departure will have the biggest impact on the Cardinals?

The choices: Dave Duncan, Tony La Russa, Albert Pujols…

What I found most interesting about the poll wasn’t that Pujols finished last, but that Dave Duncan finished first, with 42 percent next to La Russa’s 30 and Albert’s 28… I’m intrigued by the notion that Cardinals fans might actually give more credit to Duncan than La Russa for the team’s recent successes. Partly because I’m not completely sure they’re wrong.

But hey, let’s make this about the Hall of Fame, since we could never get tired of that.

This isn’t an original thought, either for me or the rest of the Internet, but I believe Dave Duncan deserves, if not more credit than La Russa, at least some real Hall of Fame consideration…

In the five years before Duncan got hold of Dave Stewart, he went 30-35 with a 98 ERA+. In the next five years, he went 93-50 with a 118 ERA+.

I don’t know how much of that was Dave Duncan, how much was Tony La Russa, and how much was just Dave Stewart getting a chance to pitch. But if I were somehow involved with the Hall of Fame, I would like to know.

I would like to know that, and a lot more.

The District Attorney Posted: January 12, 2012 at 07:40 PM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, hall of fame

Thursday, January 05, 2012

Robothal: Cards’ Duncan taking leave from team

Dave Duncan, one of the game’s most respected pitching coaches, is taking a leave of absence from the St. Louis Cardinals, general manager John Mozeliak said Thursday night.

Duncan, 66, is leaving the team so he can be with his wife, Jeanine, who underwent surgery to remove a brain tumor on Aug. 21, the team announced in a news release…

The team said that Mozeliak will meet with new manager Mike Matheny in the near future “to determine the team’s course of action to fill Duncan’s position during his absence.”

Duncan missed more than a month after his wife’s surgery last season, but rejoined the team for the final day of the regular season and remained with the club through the Cardinals’ march to the World Series title.

Bullpen coach Derek Lilliquist served as pitching coach while Duncan was away from the club…

Duncan is under contract to the Cardinals through 2012 with a club option for the 2013 season.

The District Attorney Posted: January 05, 2012 at 10:40 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Cybermetrics: Why Didn’t The Writers Vote Johnny Mize Into The Hall Of Fame?

Being that he saw his whole career…I once asked Madden the same exact thing.

He got in, via the Veterans Committee, in 1981. So it might seem a little late and silly to complain about it.

But he never he even got 50% of the vote from the writers (he topped out at 43.6% of the vote in 1971 and he got 41.3% in 1973, his last year of eligibility). If we went strictly by WAR, it seems like he should definitely be in. Even now, about 50 years from when he first became eligible, he is 55th in career WAR among position players with 70.2. He had 8 top 5 finishes and one first place. He was in the top 5 each year from 1937-40.

So he had very high career value and peak value. In Win Shares, he also had 8 top 5 finishes among position players, including 3 first places finishes. He was 104th through 2001 in career Win Shares (338) including pitchers. He also missed 3 seasons due to WW II. Bill James ranked him as the 6th best 1B man in the 2nd Historical Abstract.

...In his first year of eligibility, 1960, he got only 16.7% of the vote. Click here to see the voting that year at Baseball Reference. Twelve guys got more votes than he did that year and he had more WAR than all of them. He beat 8 of them buy 20 or more WAR. Edd Roush, Sam Rice and Eppa Rixy all got over 50% of the vote that year, a level Mize never achieved. None of them had even 52 WAR (Mize had 70.2). All but one of the 12 got in before Mize (except Lazzeri). Most were by the Veterans Committee. So they too, did not give Mize the credit he deserved.

I think the writers, and to a lesser extent the Veterans Committee, did a poor job in evaluating Mize. I hope the writers have been, and are getting, better. But when I see the voting for guys like Raines and Bagwell, not to mention Lou Whitaker being gone after just one year on the ballot, I am not sure.

Repoz Posted: December 28, 2011 at 08:53 PM | 51 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, hall of fame, history, sabermetrics, yankees

Monday, December 26, 2011

Jayson Stark (ESPN): Strange stuff … in the 2011 postseason

The postseason edition of trivia and oddbits that Jayson Stark excels at collecting and presenting…

Here’s one I didn’t know:

All four teams that advanced to the LCS—the Cardinals, Brewers, Rangers and Tigers—got outscored by the teams they played in the Division Series … and won.


Friday, December 23, 2011

Carlos Beltran Signs 2-Year Deal With St. Louis Cardinals, According To Report

According to a report from Derrick Gould of the Post-Dispatch, free agent outfielder Carlos Beltran has agreed to terms with the St. Louis Cardinals on a two-year contract. St. Louis emerged as a major contender for Beltran’s services this week, though the club was cautious given the veteran’s recent injury problems.

  The Cardinals and Beltan’s agent, Dan Lozano, were able to finalize a deal Thursday evening. Beltran missed significant playing time in 2009 and 2010 as he recovered from knee surgeries, and the Cardinals wanted to understand more about his health before completing the deal. The Cardinals intensified their pursuit of the switch-hitter this week.

Thanks to Doug.

Repoz Posted: December 23, 2011 at 01:14 AM | 80 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Perry: Why I’m Not Mad at Pujols

Dayn’s first piece for Pitchers Hit Eighth.

This is a story without a villain:

I’m not angry at Albert Pujols. How can I be after all this? He’s provided us with too many impossible moments to chronicle and ferried us to a pair of championships. The past is unchanged, as some philosopher said at some point, probably in the original French.

...We’ll never, ever know the full complement of motivations that led him to do this. Pujols might want a new challenge after winning it all and seeing the only manager he’s ever known retire. He might believe the Angels provide him with a better opportunity to win than the Cardinals do (although there’s a self-fulfilling element to that prophecy). It could be layers of reasons. The weather. The chance to ease into the DH role in five years or so. Maybe his favorite cousin lives in Mission Viejo. He enjoys fresh, roadside citrus. Whatever. Even the most enterprising reporters aren’t privy to his thoughts.

...Most of all, to read into L’Affaire Pujols the basest of impulses is to pretend you know things you simply don’t. You’ll never know his innermost workings, the exact tenor of negotiations, or his true reasons for making this choice. Never. It makes for a tidy narrative to color him as a bad actor in all of this, but one could just as easily say the organization, after enjoying a decade-plus of Pujols for pennies on the dollar, is the disloyal party, the one who’s most transparently “about the money.” I choose not to make either case, mostly because a negotiation isn’t a morality tale.

And with that, I am sufficiently purged. I’m also ready for actual baseball.

Repoz Posted: December 17, 2011 at 05:03 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, cardinals, history

Friday, December 16, 2011

Gordon: Mozeliak assembling strong clubhouse for Matheny

Not without stud-framing clips, you don’t.

This team must keep as much of the 2011 vibe as possible. The Cards will have a different feel without destined Hall of Famers Tony La Russa and Albert Pujols setting the tempo on and off the diamond, but the team can maintain a good temperament by keeping the right sort of players.

Mozeliak learned plenty while sparring with La Russa over his roster make-up. Some players can excel in part-time roles and others cannot.

La Russa placed a premium on getting optimal fits for platoon and bench roles. Schumaker is a classic case. So is Punto.

Fans tend to dismiss the impact of such players, but a strong supporting cast can keep a team keep rolling through the 162-game grind. The sturdy makeup of the 2011 team allowed it to step over fallen teams and reach the playoff bracket with its unlikely late charge.

...Fielding a team with great mental/emotional make-up will be just as important as maximizing offensive and defensive potential — especially with a first-year manager in charge.

Repoz Posted: December 16, 2011 at 11:18 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

What Lou Brock Will Tell Pujols

When the good Lord opens the sky and rain of disdain falls about ye…make sure you got a freakin’ Brockabrella handy!

Brock is planning on meeting with Pujols soon.  I asked him what he plans to say to the newest Angel.

“The first thing I would say is: ‘Relax,’” Brock said.  “Take a break from all of this.  And most of all, do not let your good deeds here in St. Louis be spoken of as evil because you went to Anaheim.”

...About a week before the Winter Meetings, Brock visited with Pujols.  He noticed that Pujols became somewhat uncomfortable when people around them would bring up the future.

“Albert, in his mind, was coming back to St. Louis,” Brock said.  “(But) every time somebody around us would mention that…he would just smile.  It was an indication that ‘I don’t want to talk about it – my body language may say one thing, but I’m really thinking another.’” “But it actually was to stay in St. Louis,” Brock insisted.

How many years of baseball does Pujols realistically have left in him?

“I think Albert is on the mountaintop,” Brock said.  “How long can he sustain being at the top of his game?  I would say he has a good six or seven years left.

“The decline can start — and will start — on the other side of the mountain,” Brock notes, “but you’re talking about six or seven years away.  That’s a long time.”

Repoz Posted: December 14, 2011 at 04:02 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, cardinals

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Albert Pujols’ wife says Cardinals fans ‘deceived’

“The offers that people have seen on television, I’m going to tell you what .... had that offer been the one that was given to us, with guarantee, we would have a bird on the bat. ... What I’m saying is it wasn’t a guaranteed situation. When you have somebody say, ‘We want you to be a Cardinal for life’ and only offer you a five-year deal ... it kind of confused us. ... Well, we got over that insult and felt like Albert had given so much of himself to baseball and into the community that he at least deserved the opportunity to have real life-long—you know, I tell you what—we didn’t want to go through this again. Free agency, it’s stressful.”

After Pujols became a free agent, the Cardinals’ initial offer was five years guaranteed for $130 million, far less than the roughly $198 million they offered Pujols in spring training. Their ultimate 10-year, $210 million offer deferred a significant portion of salary without interest.

Hey, at least they have Matt Holiday and Rafael Furcal

Jack Sommers Posted: December 13, 2011 at 02:04 PM | 52 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, cardinals

Hannibal Courier Post: Tim McCarver is not a Hall of Famer

Lifting from Mountaintop Motel Massacre’s sweet Evelyn here…“Please do not piss off Cardinal fans. They already are.”

Tim McCarver, that biased broadcaster, has been elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

From here on out, he’ll be referred to as a Hall of Famer.

But I’ll just call him Tim McCarver.

Because in my eyes, he is NOT a Hall of Famer. He is a dumbfounded broadcaster who, for whatever reason, has been on the air way too long.

...He is constantly negative toward the Cardinals and does not have any credibility. I can remember when he referred to former pitcher Donovan Osborne as Donovan “Os-burn.” Even during this past postseason, McCarver said the word strike was made up of five letters. Add all that to his sentence structure — that I’m sure makes English teachers squirm — that’s not excellence.

McCarver was a great ballplayer, I respect him for that. In that genre, he’s still not a Hall of Famer (didn’t have the numbers nor did he stand out), but he was certainly an impacting player for the teams he played on.

Losing out on the award this year is Texas Rangers broadcaster Eric Nadel, who is the best descriptive broadcaster there is; McCarver’s former teammate Mike Shannon, who is the most unique broadcaster in the game; and a large number of others who were so much more deserving.

Repoz Posted: December 13, 2011 at 11:02 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: announcers, cardinals, hall of fame, history, media, television

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