I saw him pitch, in person. He allowed two hits to two righthanded batters. Got the lefty to hit into a double play with a good sinker, and the got a righthanded batter out with his curve. He did not throw his slider. He would like to not go through another appearance without test-driving that pitch.
Oh, and his next action could be as soon as Thursday, in the outfield.
Not as much as losing does, and losing has a far more damaging effect on the fan base and ticket sales as, say, the hacking scandal. So on the list of bruises the Cardinals take talking about keeping an iconic player and then seeing them leave one after another can be chalked up to business. Here's a situation that is a little different. You could see Molina leave not for the money but for the same money just more playing time. So it's going to be a different conversation if their catcher of the era goes elsewhere. They realize that.
Just wait until they put an ad on the jersey and you have the NY on one side and Brand X on the other. That's going to be a good, goofy look on the pinstripes. But, hey, revenue.
No. Third baseman. He may just have appeared at first first because that's where the playing time was.
There's a long time between now and 2018, I suppose.
You bet. Been reporting a story about him that I'm eager to see in the paper soon. I just need to, you know, write the thing. Hope it's good.
One big reason for that is because Tyler Lyons is not yet ready for games. He's got to field his position before he can, and he's a few days away from making the stride that puts him on track to appear in games. That will happen before the team leaves spring training, and the question is whether there is enough time for him to build up innings as a starter or just to be ready for long relief. The added week will help him. The Cardinals are intrigued by him, and the thought of a lefty starter has an appeal if others falter.
Bingo. Drives me batty. MLB just own it. The game is longer and the pace is slowed by commercials, but the pockets are lined and the wallets are fat because of commercials. It is what it is. Not changing.
I asked Tony Clark a bit about this and will write for tomorrow's paper, FYI.
Yes. That's in play. Lots of Ifs there.
There is a lot around the ballpark on opening night and throughout that day. There will be activities and rallies and the like. You should be able to find a ticket, and the only question is what are you capable of stomaching as far as the cost. Opening day is a civic holiday in St. Louis, and you'll see that especially with the world champions in town.
Class AA seems likely. I'd like to see him actually play a game or do more before answering the other part.
Since I reported it, I'm going to stand with news. They sought him out in the Dominican Republic and made sure to see him in person. Teams aren't yet setting up private workouts for him. The Cardinals will be line to do that if possible. There's genuine interest -- and here's the news: there is genuine urgency. He must be declared a free agent before June 15 for the Cardinals to have a crack at him. Otherwise they cannot go beyond severe limits. If anything, it's in Robert's interest to be declared a free agent now when teams like the Cardinals are going to be able to bid because the Red Sox, Cubs, Dodgers, are already out, and their sanctions aren't going to be lifted in the next turn either. So, yes, news. News. Definite news.
They work with all of the pitchers so that they're ready to be the starter when necessary. As far as personal catchers, that is something that Matheny, a former catcher, has done his best to avoid, even though last year it really appeared like he was going with Leake and the backup instead of Leake and Molina. He was trying to get something better from Leake, and that was a route he went. The preference for Matheny is to avoid such a pairing.
Not just one, really. He's just a one that could come into the window of signing. There are other players that the Cardinals have scouted that if they were available they would make a play for.
It's always a good place to start that baseball players are in a profession just like I'm working for a newspaper, or the wife used to work for the symphony, or my father. There is medical insurance, and there are worker comp situations. The players are injured on the job -- and the team and its insurance are required to cover the cost of making the player whole again. Players have the right to seek second, third, whatever opinions as negotiated and then agents take a part in it to. That's where it parts ways, but if a player is injured on the job it's the responsibility of the team.
He was not here. I have not. My attention has been elsewhere.
I asked him once. He said Mag-nur-rus. I'm trying to spell it phonetically. Hope that works. I think so.
The link, which was mentioned this past weekend in the Post-Dispatch, came originally from an interview Luis Robert did with MLB.com and Jesse Sanchez. Good stuff in it, if you can find it on their site. In the interview. Robert references Adolis Garcia as a guide. That's all. One would lead to the other, but look it's going to be the bigger offer, the money that makes the deal happen. Let's not overthink this.
Jose Martinez had first base is up there. Sierra's swing stands out. Check out Wainwright's size tomorrow when he takes the mound for the first time. I imagine that's what folks will notice.
He had a significant hand injury that cost him the season. He's not out of sight out of mind as a prospect, but there wasn't much to discuss other than to give an update on his rehab. It went well, by the way.