I have not seen a report/quote about Cordoba's feelings outside of the natural thrill of being in the majors as swift as he is now and, of course, the substantial huge big massive pay raise. The other question you ask is the one that has really preoccupied me for awhile. We hear/write so much about what this does for the team, what this does for the lineup, what this does for the organization, and its chances to contend or its chances to rebuild or its chances to make a trade. Blah blah blah. We need to ask more about what it does for the individual player. Is this going to inhibit the player he could be -- down the road, even if it's for another player. Look, baseball teams aren't altruistic. They are in it to win it, and they'll step over the injuries and the failed prospects to the next player to make that happen. That doesn't mean we the media have to fall in line. If an early promotion like that is detrimental to a player's development and is going to truncate an All-Star career into a one-year experiment we should discuss that and ask about it. So, I've started. Had a long talk yesterday about it, and I've been trying to look into examples. There are -- well, there isn't a proven answer. There are players who have been pushed and thrive and those who are pushed and vanish, but how do you prove they wouldn't have vanished anywhere? I'm going to keep asking.
There are possibilities, sure. That would be something they'd discuss with Wainwright and Wainwright would discuss with them. But that is either years down the road or would involve the Cardinals having a starter or two better at this point. Are you suggesting they do?
Not necessarily. Day game. Done in plenty of time. Reasonable turnaround.
Ridiculous. Never happen. A joke.
Yes, because pitching is brutal. The act of pitching is an injury waiting to happen, and therefore when someone does it repeatedly over time and under stress they risk injury. They are one of 30 teams that experience this every season, several times each season.
He'll probably finish the season with the Mets and be a delightful grump the entire time. Teams will line up to make a move for him because of the Change of Scenery theory. Off he'll go the Marlins or to the Diamondbacks or Cubs -- now there's an interesting fit -- or Dodgers or some such team. And he'll do fine, but won't change all that much. We've seen this happen before. Time is a loop.
Dying? No more so than it was 20 years ago, or 30 years ago. But a few still throw it.
Teams have lined up and some have had their private workouts with Robert, and that list does include the Cardinals as of this past week. Houston, White Sox, Cincinnati, and San Diego are also some of the teams who have reportedly (or confirmed by the PD this past weekend) had time with Robert. John Mozeliak, the Cardinals' GM, has also upped his involvement in the pursuit now in the past week or so. He quietly eased away from St. Louis and saw Robert in person as part of a group from Cardinals that saw Robert last week in the Dominican. That would mark the third time they've had scouts see him and that group would have been expanded for this look-see last week. So, the Cardinals have had an informal work with him, they attended the showcase, and then the one-on-one. The Cardinals, as you can imagine, are not real keen to advertise or even confirm that they saw him. Not like some other teams have, so I've had to get it from elsewhere. That's partly a tell on Mozeliak's involvement. He's not one to promote interest or his involvement, because it rightly hints at the seriousness of the team's pursuit and he doesn't want to give away -- or lose any perceived leverage. They see Robert, a Cuban teen outfielder and considered a Moncada-level prospect, as a singular talent to sign at a singular moment because they're already over the spending limit, they don't have a first-round pick (which he is clearly that level), and they want to add some talent depth to the organization.
What level? Seems like Class A is a good place to start. Maybe see him at a GCL first, then a turn up to short-season Class A. I bet a team like the Cardinals would place him based on geography as much as talent level. So like GCL and then Florida State League makes more sense than say all of a sudden off to State College.
1. Yes. That's the job.
2. The bench coach is both a safety net and a sounding board. For most teams, the bench coach tracks the rosters of both teams and the usage and who is available and who isn't so he can alert the manager when he's about to trap a batter against a lefty or get stuck with a pitcher in an undesirable matchup. The bench coach also, for a lot of teams, is the conduit between the manager at the video/replay staff. With the Cardinals, Bell is also involved in defensive positioning and passing along signs.
(Oh, and one big role of the bench coach throughout baseball is organizing and scripting spring training workouts. Mark McGwire has a different sort of bench coach role in San Diego because, as he told me, the front office analytics provides a lot of the info that other bench coaches gather.)
Leaders at the moment are believed to be White Sox or Cardinals, with Houston and San Diego poised to move into that rank, too. That's just the feel from folks in greater know than I am about the other teams. I have heard from outside sources about how intrigued/aggressive Houston and White Sox want to be.
Top two of the group on the 40.
Please scroll back in the chat because this was answered in detailed a few times. Thanks.
Fowler. But that's just my feel. Let's put it to the chatting masses.
The 20+ innings, Cardinals vs. Mets, game a few years ago. And then the longest was the game that ended around 3,15 a.m. between the Cardinals and KC Royals on the day George Brett debuted as KC's brief hitting coach. Remember that one? I'll never forget the umpires telling tired folks in NYC that they couldn't "take this game away from" Kansas City given how the Royals had just rallied.
The Cardinals have, in the past year, made it clear that they will make a move when they see something is awry with Matheny's coaching staff. They, however, have also made it clear that whenever possible they will choose continuity and either stay with within or promote from within.
If they could rely on FOX TRAX accuracy then there would be reason to have this discussion. The tech has gotten better, but it remains flighty and if it's not accurate 100 percent of the time -- or, for the sake of argument, a tick better than the umps who are nearly that accurate -- then it cannot be used. A few of us writers went through a discussion with major-league officials a few years ago about how umps are graded and how they grade-out better than the strike zone trackers, in part, because of the factors that bother the tracks and don't the umpires. One example given was how on a windy day, the trackers get distracted by -- and this was the example -- a hot dog wrapper. We watched video of the pitch coming across the plate from every angle available and it was clear a strike. The track showed it soaring out. It was off the entire at-bat. The umpire was not.
Interesting question. Let's see what research I can access here 30,000 above the Midwest.
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