And what a gap there is when you put it that way. Yikes.
That's not what I'm saying at all. You are proving my point: Surgery > Stitches. Let's keep things in perspective, and too often perspective is loss on Tommy John surgery. I've had fans write me about how it's "minor surgery." Heck, you may even suggest that what Seth Maness had is "minor surgery." You know why you call it minor? Because you didn't have it.
The procedure you suggest wouldn't have protected or corrected Reyes. It would have been, as I wrote, just another surgery for him to risk not coming back from. That's not ideal. The partial tear of his ligament was in the middle of the ligament away from the bone, and it was merely the stretching of the ligament, like taffy when it's just translucent. Reyes was not a candidate for the Seth Maness, as we've discussed often in here, in print, and it should be clear. There's a reason why Maness and Mitch Harris are two of three professional pitchers who had the primary repair. FEW ARE ELIGIBLE.
As for the last five words of your question, you don't need to apologize. Clearly.
Remind me why I do this again?
E. An NRI with an uphill climb, ticket for Class AAA, and out clause on May 15.
Um, it wasn't this season if it was a season at all. That started a few years ago as an unintended consequence of the new compensation and QO situation. This is a trend that has been brewing for awhile -- and it's long held sway when it comes to veteran relievers, especially middle relievers. Teams would rather go younger, even if they're wilder, then to go with the certain, costlier pitches. You don't see too many Cal Eldreds in bullpens anymore.
This is a concern, yes. Cardinals say it's Peralta. The depth chart is thin on the left side.
Much one on one work is being done. Oquendo reviewed video of Diaz's play at shortstop and has some ideas on how to improve and hide some of the weaknesses in the field for the shortstop. He's been drilling him a lot on gloveside work.
Because you're spending too much time talking to Cardinals fans, I imagine. Cubs fans recognize their team for what it is and are probably peppering their beat writers on their chats with those questions.
Looks strong. Still light. Was sharp today against live pitching. That conversation isn't happening. Molina made his point last year.
I have never heard that. I've heard third base if his bat plays there.
I think baseball is trying to fix a problem with more problems. You're right: They're coming up with some razzle-dazzle stuff to distract from the fact that it's commercials that slow the game, but it's also commercials that fund the game. Those aren't going away any time soon. Pace is the important word when it comes to the game. That's what needs to be focused on. That doesn't mean time of game, that just means the action going on in the game. Pace.
Printed for posterity because you'll love saying "I told you so" if it happens, I guess.
We work together as a team here in Jupiter, Fla., to discuss, generate, report and then execute story ideas. That way we don't overlap and we can play to each other's strengths and/or roles.
They'll discuss that later this spring. Should have a good feel then. Lots of questions each side has to have answered before it progresses from the briefest, introductory of talks that were had and reported about this past offseason.
The only thing you don't want to cover is a boring team. Win, lose, draw, but don't be boring. I have never had that happen covering the Cardinals. Probably won't, not with the fanbase they have.
I'm not alone on the island making that speech every few months. Others are doing the same.
He's a pitcher. He throws hard. Instances of Tommy John surgery have been increasing in recent years at an alarming rate. You don't need to be a panelist to make a statement like that. You only need to be a mathematician with a high school-level understanding of probability.
1. Likely, yes. Doesn't finish there, though.
2. Good question and he's trying. He's taking his cues from similar pitchers who have found a way to make that work, and he has tried a variety of breaking balls to make it happen. His game is never going to be built around a breaking ball. He needs it for show, it needs it for the dirt.
None if all the righthanders are good.
Lance Berkman+ is a good description. He brings a buoyancy.
Alright, seems like a good place to stop. There is much to type for tomorrow's paper. Jesus Ortiz will have a column from Cardinals Camp. I'm working on a story about a longtime friendship that could carry into the majors for the first time this season. Plus there will be news and notes and all types of stuff. The torrent of content never stops at StlToday.com. Will be back next week with a chat -- though there is a split-squad scheduled for Monday and that could complicate the schedule. Check your local listings for the date and time of that week's chat. We'll get Hummel back in the seat as well, because there is a clamor for him to return, especially from BJ who called my role in the chat "garbage" and many variations of AustinTx, some of whom may actually be the same person. Not sure. Anonymity is swell.
I appreciate the patience as I found my way out of the reporting today and into the chat. Solid questions. Truly. Some real excellent ones. Hope I rise to the occasion next time. Aloha.