That would signal a serious lack of defensive production from the position.
It's a fair point to make and good research. There are a few differences at this point: Griffey did go back to Seattle toward the end of his career, and he did not stay with the Reds post-career. Instead, his post-career has been with the Mariners. Pujols will have his post-career with the Angels, unless he walks away from $10 million to have that time elsewhere.
Good point. Also: injuries.
I was not covering the team when Tino Martinez was here. I was covering the team when Tino Martinez was with the Marlins as hitting coach, and I have had enough of a chance to talk with people around Martinez and who knew Martinez and one of the big reasons why he struggled with the Cardinals is because he was homesick for the Yankees.
No, they have not entirely shifted from that philosophy. And I'm glad you brought this up, because when I was listing Yepez's performance early, I meant to try and touch on this. They still discuss having players skip High-A to go the better hitter fields of Class AA. Wong, Adams, and several others did that with great effect, while the Cardinals have seen players like Anthony Garcia swallowed whole by the parks in the FSL. Priority players are going to factor into this, and Yepez has to hit his way still into that. There's not the playing time for him at Class AA, and that's going to guide the decision more than any other factor. A promoted player has to get the playing time to continue the development, especially with the upside he's shown. There's no reason he should go to a better hitting park and not play. That's counter productive.
He famously once said that he was only going to sign autographs for Yankees fans -- and I believe, but cannot remember for sure, that he was wearing a Cardinals jersey as he said this. Bad look.
Is Johnson City really short-season when those players are together in extended spring training for the months leading up to opening day? Why do we park on driveways and drive on parkways? And if Matt Carpenter hits a home run to win a game will the chatters notice?
Andrew Miller will indeed be a free agent after this season. I have no thoughts on whether the Cardinals should chase after him because that really seems so unlikely at this point.
Oh no. If that award goes to the manager who defied the expectations of his team by the pundits at the start of the season, then it's Braves manager Brian Snitker. After that it would be Clint Hurdle up there in Pittsburgh. That's today.
Yes! This is an excellent point. I think it does neutralize the benefit of an above average fielder because shifts allow teams to turn average infielders into above average infielders by positions. This is something that Jose Oquendo did through coaching, and we saw most recently with Jhonny Peralta at shortstop because of his experience, his savvy, his true arm, and Oquendo's guidance. Take a gander some time at Peralta's 2014 season for the Cardinals. He was a plus-17 at SS. He had 17 Defensive Runs Saved, according to Baseball Info Solutions. That ranked third at the position. That put him ahead of Brandon Crawford (8 DRS) and J.J. Hardy (8 DRS). Hardy won the AL Gold Glove that season. I think we can see other examples in the middle infield, where teams are maximizing the ability of their fielders by using shifts and positioning to adjust where range once didn't. Elite fielders are still going to stand out. There is no positioning that will turn an average shortstop into Andrelton Simmons. There just isn't. But the idea that positioning can narrow the game between average and above average has always been in baseball. Jose Oquendo once told me that his job is to take a poor fielder and make them avereage, an average fielder and make them good, a good fielder and make them great, a great infielder and make them win a Gold Glove. He was doing by instinct and scouting what metrics now allow so so so many teams to do.
It was a remarkable 11 years of production down by the River, yes.
You ain't kidding. What does it say that there are fewer questions on days like this, and maybe even a few fewer watchers. I guess people like to rubberneck for the chat.
Tommy Pham. Michael Wacha would be an interesting one, though he's so close to free agency it could be a one-or-trade type situation for him in the coming year. Bud Norris would be a possible conversation at some point this year. Neshek-like, honestly. But if he likes the fit, likes the role, likes the place, then maybe it has another end.
They would have to weigh him against those other options. those other options have a chance to make their case starting this evening with Gant. It's when Reyes is available that the rotation could start see churn. Though Wainwright's return could offer another reason for a pitcher to go back to Class AAA for a re-tune.
Per day, based on the big-league calendar which is a little more than 180 days.
Alright, have to relocate here. So give me a chance to pack, move, unpack. I'll keep the chat going as best I can and then we'll zoom to a finish from the ballpark.
Especially if he were lefthanded.