Hardly. A bullpen coach coordinates the readiness of the relievers, who should be throwing when, and who should be preparing for what matchup. the bullpen coach must have a good feel for the matchups and how the team wants a specific pitcher to attack a hitter a specific way. The bullpen coach also has to be aware when a pitcher doesn't have it, can't make it work, and the team needs to go in a different direction, like when a catcher gives a heads up to the dugout that something is wrong with the pitcher or he cannot make the pitch that is needed. The bullpen coach has to be able to follow the game plan and see several at-bats or innings ahead for the game plan -- and to do so from afar.
I seriously doubt that a roster decision will be made based on the answer they can give me to one of the questions they know I'm going to ask. A lot. Again.
Yep. Complete with the second half fade.
He did not. Schafer had the full Tommy John. Maness is back with KC this season.
Wouldn't be a shock if there's some informal setup like that where Kelly most often catches one of the pitchers just as a built-in way for Molina to get that turn of the rotation off. But don't expect that to be an every start thing. Matheny is very aware of sending the message that he has a "Caddy" catcher for one of the pitchers, and he doesn't want that to become a thing where there are assigned batteries. He might let it happen as he did with Leake-Backup. It's most-often, but not always.
That's what Matheny said in the story linked below, yes.
They did talk to his agent, most likely because they talk to all agents. But I've asked around on him today and over the past week and there hasn't been any indication of interest, let alone traction.
I don't find it a puzzling decision. I find it an example of how the Cardinals believe that last year was an outlier and their view of the lineup is still the way they want to go. I find it interesting that they might have their best hitter batting fourth and thus costing him about 20-25 fewer plate appearances over the course of the year. Seems to me that Ozuna coming up in the first inning is preferable.
Sources. People who would know. Executives. Agent folks. You know, the job.
No, you are not. You are, for example, an outfielder. Just a heads up.
Depends on who I'm with. I'll take a long walk on an icy sidewalk with my wife over a solo stroll down the beach any day.
None really. That's your preferred lineup.
No. They did it because of security reasons. That is what they have said the past two years. They are trying to get a certification from the federal government that allows them to have access to better insurance in the case of a catastrophic event. Other teams are doing the same thing. And because the media are required to wear credentials we are easily identifiable and thus subject to more security searches, and because they moved us off campus we also have to go through security far more times just to get back to where we do our job. The Cardinals, at last check, are the only team doing this. There are other teams going for this certification, but they have, at last check, been able to keep the media covering the team on campus, and even in some cases, in the same building as the clubhouse. Just as likely is that the Cardinals are running out of room at Roger Dean Stadium and wanted to use the media workroom for their in-house media, such as the magazine and the TV programs they're doing. Security can be the stated reason. Proximity is just as likely a reason. And they are the only team of the 30 that has done this.
That fad certainly has changed. But I think it's apples to oranges. The opt outs coming in the near future aren't likely to be exercised because of the money at stake. You can see why Kershaw would opt out. I don't see why Stanton or Heyward would. Goodness -- walk away from that guaranteed money. Hard to do regardless of what happened this winter.
Slower. You can tell by the deals they're offering. But also from people in the know.
Munoz could because they don't have that surefire backup at shortstop. Schrock is an interesting bat and could make some noise this spring. He really slides into that spot that Alvarez had a year ago -- good hitting, versatile-fielding, has to learn positions, fielder. He's an example of crop rotation that I didn't use in the blog last month. Alvarez was traded for Nicasio, and into Alvarez's spot comes Schrock, who was acquired via the Piscotty trade.