Cardinals chat with Derrick Goold

Cardinals chat with Derrick Goold

Bring your Cardinals questions and comments, and talk to Post-Dispatch baseball writer Derrick Goold in a live chat at 1 p.m. Monday..




    Credit where credit is due. The Cards finally have a solid backup (or 2) to Yadi. How long does your reporting tell you Yadi will be sidelined?
    The current estimate is between two and three weeks. That is an estimate because they want to see in the coming few days how his hand has responded to treatment/rest.
    I was fortunate enough to be at the Cards/Cubs game last Sept 29 and be standing by the team bus (outside the gate of course) as the Cardinals players were loading on after the game. Waino came out and walked over the fans standing there telling them that he would be back next year. I couldn't get that moment out of my head yesterday watching him battle through the 8th inning. Cardinals twitter was losing its mind that Shildt didn't go get him, but I loved it. These guys train their whole lives for these moments and sometimes you gotta dance with who brought you, analytics be $#%*#! :).
  • You might be surprised that the analytics weren't against the move given all the variables. Analytics aren't the bogeyman. Sometimes they do side with what comes across as a "gut" move. It is possible.
    I can appreciate where you are coming from regarding Wainwright being allowed to finish the eighth inning yesterday, but man that was risky, and if it hadn't worked out, I'm pretty sure the conversation would be centered on why he was left in the game. I guess that's baseball, if it works, the manager is a genius, if it doesn't, well........
    Of course it would. That was the reason why the second question of the press conference was about that decision -- not about the results of it, but hey Shildt tells us why you made that decision before you knew what was going to happen. Take us through the balance, the risk, the choices, the options. And to his credit he did. Like I said, some of it was even advertised before the game as we knew that Martinez was not available, that Gant was limited, and that Hicks was limited. Miller was the unknown. But we got our answer fast when he didn't warm up at all for Schwarber or Rizzo in that inning.
    On Saturday's game on Fox Network in their crawl across the bottom of the screen they showed leaders in various different batting and pitching categories. All were listed as MLB leaders (combining players from both leagues as opposed to separate listings for NL and AL). Is this just a FOX peculiarity or does this portend something else that, as a traditionalist, I'm probably not going to like?
    This happened a few years ago. They tore down the wall between the leagues when it comes to players. A quick example of this is when players are traded. Sure, they leave behind their stats in one league for the purpose of the batting crown, etc., but their whole season does not revert to .000. You don't see a player come to bat in the first of August with a .750 average because he was just traded from an AL team to an NL team, and we did used to see that. Now the stats carry over with the player and count toward his whole season. Hence, rankings like you're season. For the purposes of the awards and titles, league stats still matter. But a pitcher can go from the AL to the NL at the deadline and win 20 games total and be a 20-game winner.
    Would it be a fair assumption to say that O'Neill has been surpassed by Carlson, and possibly even Lane Thomas, on the organisational OF hierarchy?
    I'm not so sure. I get what you're saying, I do. But I don't think the depth chart is as linear as you make it sound. If they need a corner outfielder tomorrow, O'Neill gets the call. If they need a fourth outfielder who can play center well, Thomas gets the call. In neither of those situations, does Carlson get the call. If they need a starter in the corners for a longterm because of injury, O'Neill gets the call today, but Carlson could be the answer by August, but not if Thomas is, if he really goes on a tear. So, does that put Carlson ahead of O'Neill or Thomas? Not really. 
     
    I see a depth chart for today that has Carlson third.
    There is also a depth chart for 2020 that has Carlson vying for a role in the majors.
     
    So there's the current depth chart and projected depth chart, and those might have the outfielders in different order. And Carlson has not yet leaped ahead in both. He's only expected to keep leaping ahead toward the majors.
    The question should have been if the Cards were swept by the Cubs this weekend they would be 7.5 instead of 1.5 behind the Cubs. What might be consequences if this had happened?
    Ah. Interesting question. I would suggest that the front office's impatience would have gone from a strong 7 to a Spinal Tap 11 and that once they got through the draft they would look at the coming road trip as the defining stretch of the season for significant moves. That could be with the coaching staff, but it's more likely that would be with the roster, and clearing spots in various corners of it for younger players, like they did last year with Hudson, et. al., in the bullpen. I don't think it would have led to anything today, this moment, right away. But it would have set the stage for changes that even a winning road trip might not hold off.
    With Molina out, who else has a decent chance to be included on All Star Rooster come July as we stand today?
    Paul DeJong has a claim to an All-Star spot. No one wants to hear it from me -- well, if Twitter replies are any judge -- but really this is going to be on Cardinals Nation. The past decade or so, the Cardinals fans have not really rocked the vote for the All-Star Game. They've been surpassed by smaller markets, and I still hear oh woe is us the big New York teams and San Francisco teams with their voters aw-shucks can't get the small-market players past those fortified barricades of high-population centers. Hogwash. Two of the teams in recent memory who have done the best to motivate voters; Kansas City and Milwaukee. They have energized their fan base with promotions and voting pushes that got players elected to the All-Star Game. The Cardinals fans and the Cardinals will need to do this to get some of the players recognized -- whether it's for their production or their popularity.
    Seems like instant replay process running a lot smoother this season. Are the teams more satisfied with it now? Do you envision any significant changes next year to it?
    I agree, it is. Teams are satisfied. Umpires deserve a lot of credit for this. One area that MLB wants to get more consistent is the calls along the line. If we see a change in replay we're going to see some acknowledgement of boundary calls ahead of the umpire on the baseline. It's going to take an advancement in tech to get there, but that's an area baseball is looking.
    It looks better right now, but it's just one weekend. Do you have any sense of how close they are/were to Kelly/Craig/Lackey II?

    I realize that is an unfair question, because I seem to remember version I came without much warning for anybody.
    That came without warning for anybody, yes. The clubhouse was shocked. The manager was crestfallen. The players were confused. Allen Craig said nothing as I passed him on the way out. Joe Kelly was trying to make sense of whether he had been traded or not -- because a few players learned from folks like me, the media. It was an odd day. As mapped out earlier, the Cardinals may not have been close to a move like that -- June is different than July, as you know -- but they were inching toward some changes that we've see them make in the past to reshape/jumpstart/reinvent a team. That would have started with the roster it seems, but not in a Lackey deal way.
    I ask this each year because your coverage is that good. Can we expect the weekly minor league updates to come back? Loved reading about the young guys in the system
    In recent years, we have had a Sunday minor-league story. For many years, I wrote that for the Sunday paper. Then my role changed at the paper. In inherited a chat, for example. We had a Hummel Intern handle the minor-league coverage the past few years, and it was really remarkable the stories that many of them found and did for the paper, and I was grateful for those additions. You may have already noticed this year that we're folding more minor-league coverage into the day-to-day coverage from the Cardinals. In the notebooks that run each day. There has already been a Cardinals Insider that was gear toward minor-leagues, and there will be others. That goal is to not isolate the minor-league coverage to one day, but respond to when it's the news. That said, I still intend to use some space in the daily coverage to collect and recount general performances through the week. So, you'll still see the minor-league coverage, but not pinned to the one day as before. I hope this does as well covering the system as the other approach did.
    Derrick- Thanks for these chats. I am a Cards fan who lives in D.C. and also follows the Nats. Scherzer isn't going anywhere. Nats enjoy the three headed monster of Scherzer-Strasburg-Corbin. They saw Harper leave and are about to see Boras client Rendon head into free agency. Not a chance they let Scherzer go. Even if Rizzo had a deal in place for him, the Lerners tend to nix anything in season.
  • I appreciate what you're saying, I do. But that does not sway from the first point I made about this whole question: Scherzer will have to force the issue. That's where it has to start. That assertion fits right in with your description. I am not pulling that answer out of thin air. I come at this having given it thought and reporting, and arrived at the above statement: Scherzer will have to want to go elsewhere.
    DG, absolutely love how you thoughtfully respond to our questions. Thanks for the great work. A Yelich-type question for you (no, not the one you answered a thousand times about why the Cardinals didn't trade for him instead of Ozuna)--do the Cardinals have any player in their system who has the potential to develop into the type of player that Yelich is now? I know that is unfair to ask and even more unfair to heap such expectations on a player, but do we have that in Dylan Carlson potentially?
    We'll have to tackle this from a few different ways. Do you mean be an everyday corner outfielder who can hit toward the top of the order? Yes. Sure. That's Dylan Carlson. Jhon Torres also has his fans for this role. Do you mean a NL MVP? A guy who goes and leads the NL in home runs? Please forgive me if I stop short of predicting that the Cardinals have somebody like that. Impossible to know. Unfair to say. Carlson doesn't have a swing like Yelich's, though he has the athleticism of it and the ability to play multiple positions. Gorman has the flat out bonkers power that goes with a middle order masher, but is he some surefire MVP-caliber player. No clue. Wouldn't have said that about Mike Trout at the same age or Albert Pujols at the same level, so it's just unwise to make that leap. Malcom Nunez is a name to know and an advanced hitting prospect at a young age. But he's far away from such massive pronouncements, too.
     
    Or, do you mean Yelich in the sense that he is an elite bat and an above-average player at his position and as close to an all-around talent as he can be? Not necessarily as productive or MVP-like as Yelich, but as well-rounded, er, well-lopsided as Yelich is for his position? Is that the player you mean? Then, yes. The Cardinals have a player that. He's an elite bat for his position. He is an above-average fielder. And he's got elements of an all-around game that probably grades out a tick below Yelich in several categories (power, baserunning, etc.). That young player is already in the majors.
     
    DeJong.
    Is there a screening process for the questions? I didn't think mine was bad, but I have yet to see it answered. Maybe just not thought provoking?
    Questions are submitted through the portal. They are sent into an inbox that I have to sort through. I choose the questions that appear. Right now I can see one question. There are more than 150 in the inbox. One appears on my screen. I can score through quickly to 20-23 of them, depending on how fast others roll in it. I cannot take time to go through all 150+ for the best because that would take longer time than you want to wait. So I do my best to pick from the 10 or so that are readily available and I move on. Then I resort the questions so that ones submitted earlier don't get lost, and I go through that whole process again.
    With all the hype today on MLB Network and many other media sources promoting today’s draft, it sickens me that a very large majority of these youngsters in three years from now are still going to be relying on their parents or other individuals to support them for meals and other living expenses while playing professional baseball. Will this ever change? Cannot you and your colleagues in the press keep this issue out there and help get something done to remedy this travesty? Manfred if you want to change the game start with this.
    Many of us bring it up all the time. The commissioner has been asked often about it. So has the union. The union does not speak for these players. Only players on the 40-man. If the union shifted that approach, then maybe there would be even more momentum. Many of us have also written stories about this -- and will continue to do so. You can make a difference by contacting your congressman, for example. Part of this does involve the government and its willingness to have players qualified as seasonal employees. That's brutal. They have a year-round job, they just don't have a year-round stage. Teams like the Jays have said they're doing to do something about it internally. The Cardinals have had conversations internally about changing their pay structure for minor-league players. If there was a competitive advantage to doing so -- hint, hint, CBA, agents, union, hint hint -- then all teams would do it. It's long overdue.
    Does Marcus Stroman hold appeal for the Cardinals?
    Some. I've asked about him for awhile and not heard anything to lead me to believe he would be dismissed as a possibility, nor that they would race to stay first in line for him. He's on the list. I don't get the sense that he's atop it. Not now. But that's subject to change, of course.
    I don't know anymore. I'm just trying to type fast, man.
    Like I said, thoughtfully answered responses, including that one I asked about Cardinals players compared to Yelich. Thanks again. Do you see Carlson more as a corner outfielder at the major league level or possibly a CF?
    He's going to get to play center field all the way up till the majors until he shows he needs to move to a corner -- or that's where the playing time is. He's handling center fine at Class AA. And the Cardinals want him to continue to work there and learn there and gain instincts there and that will be what keeps him there. He'll compete for playing time there, unless needed elsewhere.
    I heard the Mets, Tigers and Mariners may have a fire sale. Will the cards be very aggressive?
    Honestly, can we just dispense with the "will they" and all agree they must be?
    Derrick, the four minor league teams are collectively having a rough start, notwithstanding the presence of some exciting prospects like Gorman and Carlson. Do you sense any concern about the state of the system?
    There is a general sense that there needs to be some replenishment of the pitching depth throughout the system.That was part of the motivation for the story I wrote for Sunday's paper. The Cardinals have done well to find pitching talent in the first round and throughout the draft, and they've also become deft at developing it. Now they need some more bodies, some more talent into the system to raise the level of pitching throughout it. We see how this works in cycles, no? The Cardinals -- for the first time possibly ever -- have seven position players in their top 10 prospects. That's the current cycle. That's a change from when they had eight, nine pitchers in the top 10 not too many years ago. It will shift back, but the need for pitching is creeping through the system and you're see why.
    I think there are two options that would greatly improve replay in all sports. First would be to take it out of the coaches hands. Allow another official or officials to stop play after seeing something to make sure that the right call is made. Or, if it remains a challenge based system, then the challenge has to be based on what the coaches can see from a dugout. No more video guy watching in super slow motion while the manager stalls for 30 seconds.
    At least in that way, the plays being challenged are ones fairly obvious to the naked eye and not because the video guy saw the player slide a half inch off the base.
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