The Cardinals and Marlins would exchange medical information on the player(s) involved, and part of the deal could be contingent on an in-house/team physical. That's not uncommon, especially during the offseaosn when players can move around or doctors can to find a deals. In fact, one of the things that held up a few of the deals the Cardinals made this past winter was medical stuff. For example, Stephen Piscotty had to have a physical with the A's before the trade could be completed, and the Cardinals had to help get him to the doctor for that physical, which happened while Piscotty was away from home, for example. Same with Ozuna. There was a physical that the Cardinals wanted to make that deal, and they had to orchestrate that at the same time as the other deal. So it happens, and the Cardinals were comfortable with the results -- comfortable to the point of limiting his throwing program during the spring in an attempt to aid the shoulder and comfortable that his production at the plate last year with the same soreness was not reduced.
Anything's possible. One of the challenges of the modern hitting coach -- and I've spoke to a few with other teams about this, including McGwire in the past and, for example, Kevin Long several years ago -- was how hitters were seeking out their own gurus. Some guys have their dads. Some guys have trainers. And so on and so on. Tommy Pham and Jose Martinez see a guy in Miami who they refer to as Sosa. Dexter Fowler has a personal trainer who he works with for hours before coming to the ballpark. He and Ozuna have both turned to Barry Bonds for hitting advice. So a hitting coach has to be one of the chorus of voices for hitters, and the decibel level he's heard always depends on the player. That's what I mean by receptive. The player has to be receptive.
He is not. I can't think of a GM that would be.
It's standard for him to get a raise. His responsibilities are greater.
I don't. The demands are too great. The time commitment, the expectations, the taffy pull would be too much for a player.
Oquendo interviewed for several openings, including the Mets and the Mariners, off the top of my head. He made the rounds. It seems like his time to be a manager came at the same time the Matheny-like manager era dawned. Look back. He was interviewed for the Cardinals' job and they went to Matheny, who did not have the coaching/managing experience but was a widely respected player -- and then look at the hires after that. Suddenly the trend shifted from the third-base coaches and established coaches or minor-league managers to the Matheny, Ventura, Ausmus, model. Oquendo was suddenly a coach out of an era. The game has shifted back somewhat. He'll get internal discussion, and he'll have to answer if his comments to Hummel were at the moment or something he feels from here.
I missed where they miscalculated. All along it's been reported he would miss more than a month and possibly as much as two. In the paper, we used Robbie Ray as the model because of the similar injuries and he was out two months.
No chance Yankees consider that.
Not likely. Sources: Yankees like him.
He is effectively a free agent. Cardinals wouldn't block him from another job. Here's something that I could not fit into the article: The Cardinals did not talk to Matheny about serving in another role with the club for the remainder of his contract. That hasn't been ruled out, per se, but they did not approach him about it Saturday or in the days since.
Alright, I've got to get to some daily work here. Lots of stories to set up for the All-Star Game preview. Mikolas left because his wife went into labor, according to an MLB official. I'll try to get to some more questions once I'm passed a few deadlines here. Thanks.