The expectation within the team was a change of hitting coaches around the All-Star break. Matheny would often offer up defenses of Mabry, even unprompted. On a recent road trip he took a question about something unrelated and turned it into a stirring defense of Mabry's work ethic and the hours he put in. We all put in a lot of hours. At some point production matters. That was becoming more and more apparent in actions and as the break approached.
Plenty teams have. You can live with an OF doing that more than you can a 3B. That's for sure. Adjust where the cutoff man goes. Tell the SS to run deeper, make that throw harder on him. And there you go. Far easier than it was with an infielder. Also, I want to be very clear here: The closest comparison we have to Ozuna's shoulder trouble is Carpenter's. All indications are Carpenter's is more significaht. Also, to be clear: A fielder is a lot easier to stomach when he's a mashing, bashing slugger, too.
Chris Sale starts for AL. Max Scherzer, in his (pro) hometown, for NL.
Kolten Wong should play. A lot.
I didn't hear hope from them.
There was a palpable agitation from fans, yes.
Chatting with you. For a few more minutes.
Norris was unavailable, dealing with some sort of undisclosed arm soreness. He was talking with Maddux and the trainer before the game about whatever discomfort he had and there was internal discussion before the game on whether they would have to go without him for the day. The Cardinals structured their bullpen use around him being unavailable.
Coin flip. Would have to be a team where he has ties. I think he'd welcome that chance, but I don't know that for a fact. He spoke with three reporters in town, and I believe shared something similar to that with them. I did not get a chance to ask him, nor do I expect to.
No. I asked that specific question.
I did, too. A noteworthy statement for sure.
Carlos Marmol is the first base coach. Has been for awhile now.
He has 2 1/2 years remaining on his contract, and that means well more than $2.5 million owed to him. Probably in excess of $3 million. Those contracts are guaranteed unless there is language in there "for cause." A winning record but a disappointing spot in the standings would not be a reason why a team could cancel a contract. The Cardinals will have to pay him the rest of it.
Have not seen it yet. That's tomorrow night. Heard rumors it's a sharp one.
I misunderstood your question. I apologize. I see what you're saying. You're suggesting that they said "we hope" this and "we hope" that. Got it. I took those as statements to lead to their expectations not the bedrock premise of a plan. If anything, the firing of Matheny was a stand against always hearing about the "hope" of a turnaround and saying it wasn't going to happen on hope alone.
I stand by my prediction. What do you say? Cleveland's next season. See him there?
Believe it or not -- those who got the first edition paper have the evidence, I guess -- but I wrote in that first edition story that Saturday's game was the kind of game that forces a team to take an long look at the ugly truths of its season and that a change would take place. Pressure had never been greater on the manager and holding together a tense clubhouse and a backsliding team was definitely a sign of concern that ownership and the front office had hid. A change was coming -- just wasn't sure if it would be the manager (I had heard twice that DeWitt preferred to make such moves after the season for a different kind of exit) or the hitting coaches.