In the long run, Matt Carpenter's best defensive position will be first base. He'll be above average there.
A bad stretch when it comes to the record, yes. A bad stretch when it comes to style of play -- that was why it was so alarming. The frayed defense, the starters who struggled, baserunning ... these were all things that the Cardinals said they would improve and had a spring when they did show improvement. Then: More of the same. It wasn't that the Cardinals started 2017 slow, it was that they looked so much like a continuation of 2016 when doing it.
The member of the Cardinals' video crew present at the game. Sometimes there are multiple members present, so it's not one person who always picks up.
If the injury happened because of a violation of the contract, then the team can push to invalidate the contract and not pay as a breach of contract. Ask Aaron Boone.. More likely, the team carries insurance for such injuries and will recoup some cost there -- preferring to avoid invalidating the contract.
One must either emerge or be acquired. OBP is a-wasting.
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Best I can tell is Mark Langston picked off three players in one game, and that tied the record. It hasn't happened all that often and not since Langston did it to the Cubs in 1989. I'll continue to look. I wonder if the Cardinals have been picked off second more than the other 29 teams combined.
Seems reasonable, Duke. Carpenter at 1B > Martinez at 1B. Could even see Diaz at third. There is building case for that to be the Cardinals' move.
They do. They certainly did when the allegations came out, and that prompted tracking down more information and actually helping to understand the nature of the complaints. For those who don't remember this topic, allow me a quick summary: Tyler Dunnington was a minor-league player in the Cardinals organization and during spring training, in 2016, he told Outsports.com that he quit the game because of homophobic attitudes and conversations that he encountered. He detailed in an email several encounters he had, and one mentioned coaches had particularly vile things to say in his presence. The Cardinals began an internal inquiry into what coaches he could be describing -- but after several conversations with Major League Baseball, officials, and Outsports.com, it was later clarified that the coaches were from earlier in Dunnington's career, in college. Outsports.com clarified the story and reported that Dunnington alleged conversations with teammates in the Cardinals' minor-league clubhouse:
From PD story at the time: "During conversations with unnamed teammates on a Cardinals' minor-league team Dunnington described how 'two teammates in particular questioned their straight teammate on how he could possibly be friends with a gay person, even his brother. They even mentioned ways to kill gay people.'"
Billy Bean, an MLB official and MLB's ambassador for inclusion at the time, had come to the Cardinals' spring training complex in 2015 to meet personally with John Mozeliak and discuss ways to urge awareness and acceptance within any baseball organization. One quick addition was trying to alert players that if the felt uncomfortable or discriminated against the people they could talk to -- be it a manager, a minor-league official, or even up the chain. Players needed to know where to go if they the same way Dunnington described, Mozeliak said at that time, and the organization has to make that readily available. Dunnington's story led to followups with Bean and Major League Baseball, and entering spring training this year, I and I imagine other reporters asked about how content had been changed fr team meetings, if at all. The Cardinals, like many teams, did speak to the minor-leaguers about tolerance and awareness of teammates -- and that included past conversations about race, religion, upbringing, nationality, and sexual orientation. Bean has been involved in educating teams how to do this as well.
There are a lot of people around the Cardinals and within the Cardinals who still see this as an important lesson and story for the team, and one that involves a response proven over time, not with a press release. It's important the question comes up consistently.
First, and foremost, for him to remain as a coach at the major-league level they would have to fire a coach at the major-league level. Or, not have him in uniform. Second, he'd have to agree, and that seems highly doubtful at this point because it's accepting retirement.
Thanks for the kid words, Mr. Rant. The sense I get from around baseball about the 10-day DL is overall enthusiasm and an undercurrent of suspicion. Teams are really interested to see how the DL is used with pitchers, particularly starters. This spring, an executive with a team and I figured out a way that the 10-day DL could be used to effectively create a 27-man roster for a doubleheader. The DL can be backdated, and so when a starter goes on, he could be put back to the day after his most previous start. Give a couple off days, and the starter might not miss a scheduled start at all, and there are a couple off days around those two-game series for each team. Take into account the extra player that can be added for a part of the doubleheader, and voila it's like a 27-man roster without ever having to truly be without a player. That's what teams are eyeing. To be sure, they're all making quicker calls on injuries, and teams do like that -- fewer days playing short for a weeklong injury and that player comes back on a weeklong injury.
It's 70/30 on those who read and 35/65 when it comes to those care, but it's 100 percent the amount of players who care when their family reads something that bothers them. And, yes, I've had players quote stuff back to me from stories I wrote -- good and bad. I had a player not speak to me for half of a season not too long ago because of one sentence I wrote in January. Not even the season. But he let me know about it -- and his decision -- during spring training. So there we were. This past spring, I asked one of the Cardinals' core players what he meant about the "trend" that the team was experiencing, and he told me I should know because I'm the one who was always writing about: The WS in 2013, the NLCS in 2014, the NLDS 2015, and excused from each on a three-game losing streak, and then out of the playoffs in 2016.
What's most interesting about the interest was best captured by the late Joe Strauss. For a good bit, we had just heard about all the negative things we do and ask and especially write, oh the negative things we write, and Strauss asked: "Do you ever hear anything about the positive stories we write? Can you name one?"
There was a pause.
"No," came the answer. "Those aren't brought to my attention."
It will be his best. Book it.
Fair suggestions. You are using evidence that wasn't readily accepted when we did that BPIB. I'll add to this: Garcia has impressed at third base. He's a solid glove there. Heady player.
You've got a good feel for it, though it may not happen that swiftly for all of them. I'll add one wrinkle. Marco Gonzales is set to Memphis about the same time, and that could slow the progression that you put so well as the "trickle up." Flaherty could get a long look at Class AA for a few reasons: 1) Class AA is on the doorstep of the majors as the Cardinals see their affiliates and 2) There is a benefit in the claustrophobic Texas League of seeing how a player adjusts over time as they face the same teams over and over and over and over again. Could see him get a stretch there in the Texas League and if there's need above after the All-Star break then see him rise up during the inevitable reshuffling that happens then.
Doing the matchup game with Martinez makes sense, given the positions he plays.
Pleau Principle. The decision will be made for them -- by injury, by performance.
That's the sign of a good poll, right? Or a bad one considering the cluster at average.