Salutations. Welcome to MLB Draft Day 1. The Cardinals scouts are gathering at Busch for a day of spectating and mock drafting in prep for tomorrow, when they have the 19th pick on Day 2. There will be no waiting on the chat though. Let's hop into the maelstrom. And along the way I may share some of baseball card packs I have to open here. Away we go ...
If you mean fans, yes, sure, they are calling for his return. If you mean the team calling him offering a return --- that was not made. Both Rick Hummel and myself have spoken to Oquendo, and his candid comments to Hummel show that Oquendo has wanted to be in the role he has now. He has long said he wants to teach, wants to be in Florida, and that there are other aspects of returning to the job that are not appealing. Mozeliak said he considered an offer to Oquendo to bring him back, and what that role would look like. He did not make that offer. He, frankly, wasn't sure what that role would look like.
All about the blade heighth. That's how the designs are done. Cross hatching. Arch. All-Star star. Retired numbers.
Compression sleeves, mostly. Wong started wearing one on injured arm.
Better return, and this one I've heard a bit, is Trevor Rosenthal. Oh as a rental has an appeal for sure, and that could be with Nationals. But Rosenthal is going to have more. It's a year of control and it's velocity and it's past performance and all the things that could bring a haul like we saw last year on relievers. Oh would bring a prospect. Rosenthal would bring a package.
A clear and succinct message that a change was needed --- and if performance doesn't change then more will be coming. There is also a message for players. Buddha has built in trust and familiarity with many of the hitters, and that is welcome as they're struggling. Pop is familiar to many of the players, and that gives them another person, if they choose, to talk to, to trust. Players need that. So, it's a message to officials that --- to use the parlance of the chat --- the seats are warmer and a message to players, the new voices are there to help and the team will be responsive if players want/need something.
Agreed. Pham's earnestness is welcome, needed, and he's earned the right to talk that way.
There was not a clubhouse meeting outside of the players-only gathering on the most recent road trip. Matheny met with most of the players around second base after the moves and talked through the new responsibilities of the coaches and what it meant for players. He also talked through them in the meetings scheduled with hitters and pitchers. I asked the manager if he wanted to be the voice that translated the front office's message or left it up to the individual player to interpret. He said the message hasn't changed: bottom line, produce. I imagine the message may not have changed, it just had an added urgency. Players could pick that up on their own then.
He did. In this case, flexibility is a synonym for security. Everyone here has likely read my thoughts on the Under Glass Reliever.
Gyorko 2.0. Same role he had when he thumped 30 homers last year.
Sure. That conversation could happen. We've seen that, even mentioned publicly, with other clubs. Ahem, Cubs.
His average is still exactly the pitcher that Cardinals need to contend. A quality start Monster. He is who the other teams don't have.
One second. Catching up on an article and refreshing the hopper.
If you asked a question about Carlos Beltran, please resubmit. Thank you.
And, yes, at first thought and after looking into the stats previously, Carlos Beltran is a HOF. He is the second best switch hitter of his generation and his blend of speed and power was rare. He did things defensively, offensively, and on the bases that few people did. A lot would hinge on who else appears on that ballot, the peers along side him, but I bet he will stand out.
Exactly. All of that. Look, by the grace of the other teams in the division the Cardinals are still in the race. I like Buster Olney's description: it's a mud bog. They're all stuck in it, and yep if there is no separation in the next month then sure that's a reason to move, to be a buyer, not seller.
No. It means they think they can make a closer --- or keep Oh.
Excellent question. Now let me try and recreate the answer I just had and lost ...
Alright, up and running, and now with a consistent access to wi-fi and questions. So here goes.
Re: Pham's comments about Peralta. He didn't say anything publicly that he hadn't already shared with other players, in a group or privately. And, yes, he was saying that a player didn't have to be part of one of the groups -- the clubs -- to be a valued part of the team. A guy that just comes in and gets work done has value to a team even if it appears like he's not playing the reindeer games. He was not calling out his teammates for not being focused or for their work ethic; his point was that even though there's not a club that he was a part of that he didn't mix it up with others, he still set a tone that was valuable. And that guys like him can still fit in, still be a part of the chemistry. And in some ways, I think you can read that Pham is suggesting the role he'd like to play in the ecosystem.
To keep you a Cardinal. What part of locking in a player for that many years makes an appealing trade target?
Good read on it. Longevity would have helped.