I wouldn't want it any other way. I can't see that happening.
Don't forget Martinez's near homer, robbed by Brewers center fielder Cain on Thursday. Martinez hit a homer off Hader last year, as did two other Cardinals.
Hitting nearly .600 should get him on the club. .
Outstanding question. But he would go through a lengthy minor league injury rehab, even a month, like Leone did last year, before they would have to decide. My guess right now is no.
I wish the players didn't make those off-hand references, or even vague ones, but it is clear they feel that way. We've heard about enough of the mistreatment stuff now.
Hard to say that when you have players like Molina and Jose Martinez. I don't think these types of situations are confined to a particular culture.
It probably would have been a balk. Then, the Cardinals could have complained and she would have been escorted away. But nothing, apparently, flusters the imperturbable Mr. Gant.
Spring showers. But there's a lot of mud on your shoes.
Martinez probably can help the Cardinals more than anybody they could get from somewhere else. At the end of the season, though, I'm sure they can revisit this. But Martinez has to show he is healthy. No one wants a gimpy pitcher signed to a big contract.
Ozuna wasn't taken out because he couldn't throw. Shildt was forced into a couple of double switches because had a rocky starting performance and he had a lot of innings to cover in the bullpen. . Then he didn't get anything anyway out of Miller, one of those double switches, whom he hoped could give him an inning or two, rather than two hitters.
He would have said, "Pshaw," which I believe, was the working word in those days.
You forget, though, that Tony often had Ray Lankford or Brian Jordan, both power hitters, batting second (ahead of McGwire) and he actually was the first manager to bat a power hitter second,, with regularity, when he used Dave Henderson there in Oakland. The lineup isn't the matter. The strikeouts, from all positions in the order, mind you, are the issue.
Even Gomber admitted, that off what he did this spring, he didn't deserve to fill any role.
I can't stand it anymore. I blame the hitters. They're the ones holding the bats. That's like blaming the coaching staff if the quarterback can't hit an open receiver or a basketball player if he can't make a jump shot.
So far, he is a minor leaguer in the Cardinals' system.
You'll remember that Matheny walked Ortiz about four times in that last game of the World Series and it seemed that he scored every time. I don't think Yelich has reached Ortiz status just yet. Also, Ortiz didn't wear No. 42, which nobody wore at the time other than Mariano Rivera. I believe Ortiz was 34.
I haven't seen anything yet either. They still have a couple of days, I think, before they play.
Probably. But I recall hearing grumblings about his defense, too.
Hicks has matured faster than you think, or anybody has thought. He is the closer. I thought Miller would do so that some time, but he's not there yet.