The adjustment happened before he came to the Cardinals and actually date back to when he won a batting title with Kansas City. He recognized like you did -- he'd been in the minors too long and hadn't had that break through. So he altered what he was doing at the plate and took a risk. He was going to change his swing and emerge better because of it, or he was going to idle away in the minors. He emerged better for it, and when you look at how tall he is and what his swing does, that's an unusual combo. He's made it work.
Google is an amazing tool that all the kids have these days.
The 40-man doesn't work that way. It doesn't have to be full. The Cardinals can keep it at 38. They can keep it at 39. They can keep it at 40 with Reyes on it, and they likely will have a player eligible for the 60-day on the 40-man because the roster may not be full. It has to be full for the Cardinals to put some one on the 60-day. And if there aren't three players who need to be put on the 40-man to be on the active roster then they won't make the 60 move and they won't use all the spots. Nothing wrong with that.
He went on a rehab assignment.
I don't get that sense, no.
Even if he stays, they must consider doing this. They have the money. They'll have the need.
I hadn't heard this comparison before, and I only know of the TLR/Ozzie/Royce triangle what I've read and of course what we all know from the fallout that meant Ozzie didn't come by spring training for years and years and years and was not around the team much at all. That said, I don't get the comparison. Matheny would handle this differently to be sure, and so would the players. The players are different personalities than the ones mentioned. The contract situation would be worked out and the commitment made long before it ever got to this kind of situation.
I'm not sure I agree with the premise. It really depends on what those injuries are -- and the Reyes injury didn't put them any closer to that point than those injuries would have if they happened and Reyes was healthy. That's just my view. Yours is different, to be sure. I just don't see the roster as suddenly frail without Reyes, and it's possible that Reyes wouldn't be on the 25-man roster to start the season. That was possible. Seriously. What Reyes' injury does do is thin their pitching staff and make Michael Wacha far more important and his durability far more valuable, if he can prove it.
As for the trades ... Oh and Rosenthal would have the value you're talking about if they have good starts to the season. We saw what closers got teams last year. I'm not sure the reverse-Rasmus could happen.
Eventually, yes. Absolutely.
I did fight the temptation to make a reference to that.
Yes. Personnel is part of that. Lineup will be the next part of that. What they hope isn't also a part of that is fewer runners on base.
It varies from player to player, contract to contract. There are some players that can without a hit all spring and still be in the lineup as advertised and expected. There are others that can hit .800 and not crack the majors. It really is a case by case basis. For Martinez, the performance is valuable, but not entirely for the reason you think. See, for Martinez production means starts, and those are gold this time of year. Because starts means innings and innings to show the major-league staff what you can do, and the more chance you have to do that and the better you do with it ... well it feeds itself. Production get playing time and playing time is how a player like Martinez wins a job, just as Hazelbaker did.
Good question. So he's on a minor-league deal so he just has to be reassigned. However, if he makes the team and they put him on the active roster and thus must option him out if he does not stay in the majors -- then he has the service time to have to give permission or become a free agent. He has an opt out in his contract that gives him the same protection in the minors. Lots of six-year free agents do.
There's the counter argument that was just explored: Sometimes it's production, sometimes it's the contract, and sometimes the job was given before spring started. Actions always speak louder than words, Bruce. Even in the chat.
It's a fair point, especially when there's a row of restaurants nearby. We've run into some of the same things with the movement of the media from place to place. We used to remain on campus and move from the clubhouse to the field without leaving the "building." Not so, now. And we have to come and go out of the gates a few times a day -- and often twice a game. I left the ballpark today and then peaked back in to take that picture earlier in the chat of FredBird. In that 15 second span I was stopped by security and told that my backpack needed to be looked at. I had just left the ballpark and wasn't even back in it. Just snapping a pic for the chat. Clearly, everyone is trying to get a feel for these tougher, stricter security rules. Heck, they're not even the same on the sides of the complex. The Marlins are doing the MLB protocol. The Cardinals have cranked theirs up to the Homeland Security protocol. We're all learning together, and that includes the teams and its officials.
Socolovich. Garcia is on the team. Lyons starts on the DL, possibly.
A Stephen Jay Gould bobblehead would be amazing. He adores baseball and has done some great baseball writing to be honest. That would be a leap for a team though. So would a Derrick Goold bobblehead.
Benjamin Hochman got a bobblehead.
Someday I'll be worthy.
Colorado, mentioned earlier.
It's your second question that I find interesting and if you'll permit me a little latitude I'll give you an answer. I don't know the one team, but I have a sneaky suspicion what division that team will come out of: The NL East. Follow me here. The Atlanta Braves are likely going to be better than expected, but not great, not a contender, not now. They are going to be the spoiler of all spoilers. Think about that rotation. A knuckleballer. A righthander. A Colon. A Garcia. And then a power righty. That's going to foul some teams up in that division. The Mets or Nats are going to go into a four-game series against the Braves and have their heads turned so many ways by a flutter-knuckle here, Garcia's sinker there, Colon's whatever it is he throws, and so on. That will cost a team for a few days and it will catch up with them. That will play a factor.
Yep, same as Jaime Garcia did.
I think you're probably mishearing them. They're saying, 'Get out.'
Seems like a good place to end it. Been a lovely and lively afternoon here at the weekly chat. Looks like we're back on for Monday next week for the chat. Regularly scheduled time. The Cardinals will be playing Houston in their first meeting since cutting the Astros a $2 million check. Surely that will be something worth writing about. We'll be chatting. Good stuff coming in tomorrow's paper. Hochman on Bob Gibson. Rick Hummel on the news, including updates on Rosenthal (game this weekend), Carpenter (game not till next week), and more goodies. And I've got a lede on something Matheny did today that was a lesson learned from last year's spring training -- and all that followed. Plus, we'll have the usual array of blogs. Thanks for joining me during a heavy traffic chat day at StlToday.com