Sure. It's not my future. And think of the stories I'd get to write.
Darn it. That answer was good. Let me try to recreate it.
It is an issue. It's a big, looming issue for the Cardinals, and it runs in stark contrast to who they want to be as an organization. Defense and baserunning and fundamental play -- crisp, sharp fundamental play, has been a hallmark of the organization. It wasn't too long ago that the 2015 team won because of such things or the 2013 team won the pennant because strong fundamental play. It was non-negotiable at a time, certainly was with Tony La Russa and his staff in charge. As far as accountability it seems to depend on how you view that. It sure seems like I've written a lot in the past few years about how awry the fundamentals have become and how costly the mistakes have been, particularly when you talk about fielding and what happened last year. It sure seems like we spend a lot of time in these chats acknowledging the issues, in blogs commenting on the issues, in columns exploring the issues, and on the radio or the podcast openly wondering when these things are going to get fixed. If you watched the postgame media interview this past week in Philly, then you saw manager Mike Matheny try to get ahead of my question about two baserunning mistakes that could have proved costly. (We spoke about it later, off camera, and his view of the mistakes was blunt.) Answering questions and providing resolutions are part of the accountability. But I increasingly get the sense that's not what the modern usage of the word is. You want blood. You want tar. You want feathers. You want your pound of flesh. You want a public trial on Twitter that gets retweeted by the president with the phrase, "Last out of the inning at third base. Sad!" And maybe all of that is ahead. There is an increasing lack of patience with the Cardinals lack of fundamentals. That is true in the halls of the clubhouse, all the way up to the owner. The issues have already cost one coach his role. It has already cost a few players their spot on the roster or their place on the team. And there will be more of it doesn't improve, for sure. So, however you describe accountability -- it's happening because the team recognizes what these frayed fundamentals cost them last year and are already costing them this year. But, hey, this is just writing in a chat.
(There. My best to recreate the answer.)
It's an issue. The lack of sharp, fundamental this team has had over the past year and a half is a stark contrast to just the team they had in 2015 and the organization they insist on having from year to year. Fundamental play and defense is the hallmark of the Cardinals. I am always interested in what people mean by "accountability," because it sure seems like I spend a lot of inches chronicling the Cardinals failings on the bases and troubles in the field -- and that we spend a lot of time hashing over it in this chat or in the podcast or in any of the dozens of blogs that we have on a daily basis on StlToday.com. That doesn't even begin to recall the questions that are asked constantly about it. If anyone watched one of the postgame shows from Philly, then you saw Matheny cut me off at the pass before I asked a baserunning question about another series of mistakes that were almost costly. (We talked, instead, about it off camera. And he was blunt in his assessment of what went wrong.) But I get the sense you mean "accountability" not from the traditional of sense of having to answer for mistakes or face criticisms from the mistakes. You want blood. You want tar. You want feathers. You want firing. Is that correct? Because, look, the Cardinals' fundamentals are a big issue and its one that has now cost the team in parts of two seasons, and that won't last. It has already cost one coach his role. It has already cost a few players their roster spots or starting spots. And it's going to expand from there. The questions won't vanish until the answer shows up.
Oh, and then the answer reappears. OK. Well, you get both.
Broadway Oyster. Bailey's Range. Pi. Sugar Fire.
Because the Rays were willing to offer more for a glove, and the Cardinals need a bat.
All the time. Especially once a week. During the chat.
Lyons and Mayers are on call for piggyback requirements in relief of Wacha.
I believe that story has been written. Columnists have recently done several.
Not in today's game. Players are getting to the majors younger, getting there with less time in the minors, getting there without the previous pre-reqs of at-bats in the minors or innings in the field, or any of those things. That means that more teaching is going on at the upper levels and in the majors than before, too. It's part of why teaching and developing is now part of the manager's responsibility. Managers themselves, Matheny included, are being developed at the major-league level with little or no time in the minors. Why would the players be any different?
Conversations with the Marlins are a must at this point. Attention paid to Toronto, too.
Alright, game is about to start. Time to get going on the paper assignments. Been a good, solid chat. The questions have been excellent this week, and I appreciate those who took the time to bring the heat, bring the thought, and not get bogged down in the wildly speculative word of fantasy trades. I guess we have a whole month ahead to have fun with that. Look for the weekly curated best-of questions from the chat. That will appear tomorrow at StlToday.com. Mitchell Forde is at the keyboard for the live game blog which is available right now at StlToday.com. And a full armada of Post-Dispatch writers is present in the press box today to offer opinions, tweets, alliteration, metaphors, allusions, reports, notes, and the occasional baseball detail. Talk to you next week. Monday. Seems like a good day to chat.