Derrick Goold chats Cardinals baseball from the World Series at 10 a.m. Monday

Derrick Goold chats Cardinals baseball from the World Series at 10 a.m. Monday

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    Gorman could be in the majors in 2021. The Cardinals are positioning Liberatore to compete for a role on the team coming out of 2021 spring training. That's their thinking right now. The better bet is that he competes for a spot -- and then starts the year in the minors. A major concern for the Cardinals and 29 other teams is that there won't be a minor-league season again in 2021, and that it will be some kind of expanded Arizona- or Florida-based league that's a composite of a bunch of different levels. That would play into the development of both players, obviously. They are encouraged by the stride Liberatore made this summer, and also Thompson.
    I don’t see why the Rays would want Bader over Arozarena. They already have a better version of him, Kevin Kiermaier. They must have seen the potential in Randy A that he is now showing.
    Randy Arozarena hits at every level. It wasn't a secret. Even dolts like me in the media talked about it, saw it, recognized it, and watched as he didn't get those at-bats. Please keep in mind that the Rays have collected good gloves, run-prevention outfielders before. They got Margot when they had Kiermaier, too.
    Hello DG,
    Any chance us fans can get DeWitt to sell? I am very appreciative of the job he has done since he bought the team from the brewery He will become an instant billionaire. But the model has changed.It is very obvious the Dodgers are the model we have to emulate. Draft first, develop players and then resign them when they are great. Then You absolutely have to sign an occasional star player to supplement your team to have a chance.That cost money. It is obvious DeWitt will never do this. The Cardinals are a cornerstone franchise. We deserve an owner like the Dodgers will invest what it takes. Thanks
    No. The DeWitt Family has said as recently as this past year that they were not looking to sell the team, and they are obviously still deep into the development around the ballpark. I guess, fans could strike en masse and not support the team at all leaving the ballpark empty and sending a clear message that fans won't return until there is a change. But I don't think there is much momentum for that. I wonder if a majority of fans share your opinion, and I am not sure that the facts support that opinion, unless this is a complaint that they didn't sign Scherzer, bowed out on Harper, etc. They don't make bids on the big names all that often, so maybe you refine your argument by saying they don't sign the biggest star/name on the market.
    The Rays GM recently said they had many conversations about Randy prior to the deal and when the Cards came asking about Liberatore they came offering Randy and the deal came together very quickly. He also said the Cards were going to be very happy with Liberatore.
    I saw similar comments during spring training. They had tried to trade for Jose Martinez before. They saw him as part of a platoon lineup that they were trying to create to compete in the AL East, and wanted him because of his success against LHP. Again, he alone was not going to get Liberatore. The Cardinals wanted Liberatore -- having already traded for Genesis Cabrera as they wanted to create depth of lefthanded pitching prospects. They saw Liberatore was one of the best out there who was not on a roster, and was potentially a quick-riser, you know, like Marco Gonzales, with more horsepower. It was going to take more. The Cardinals had righthanded-hitting outfielders to offer. Rays wanted Arozarena over the others available (though, again, I do not know of Bader was available to them).
    We, as fans of the St. Louis Cardinals are extremely spoiled. Other teams’ fans seem to hate us...why? Because the team we root for has a long history of success. They’re in contention practically every single season. Teams like the Padres, whom Cardinal fans are emulating, got good on 2020...after MANY years of losing. Anyway, just wanted to say that I’m proud to be a Cardinal fan. Though I wish we could be a bit better...I also want a nicer car, bigger house, newer phone :D Thx for what you do, DG.
    This is the other side of it. The Padres are fun and thrilling and good and exciting -- in part because they're newly good after years of being bad. So, the excitement is based on where they came from. The Cardinals have been a steady drumbeat of contention. Yes, they have spent a few recent years here circling .500, and for two years they have really struggled to be exciting offensively. But they contend. They're the character actor who is in all the good movies. They're not Nic Cage -- who might have some duds, and then might surprise you with a great movie that is all that much more fun because you remember the bad ones and how different this good one is. That Cardinals are monotonously competitive. As a fan, you have to decide if that's good enough, of if you want the Padres thrill of losing enough to make the winning feel better.
    That said, more offense changes the vibe of the Cardinals. That has to happen.
    What do u think payroll will be for 2021
    I don't know. No clue. They're setting their budget right now. New fiscal year starts after Halloween. And the Cardinals, like me, have no clue if they'll be able to sell a ticket in 2021. They are hopeful, obviously. But can they count on it? Too many unknowns at the moment.
    Gotta say, Freddie Freeman may be the classiest man in baseball. Along with Goldy, these two guys are the face of what it means to be a professional athlete.
    Freddie Freeman is an exceptional baseball player and a good ambassador for the game. So, too, is Mookie Betts. He is one of the best all-around players in the game, and a fantastic face of the game that should be the center of every bit of promotion MLB can make.
    Hi DG,
    I think the facts do support my opinion. Mo said they didn’t sign Robert because of the money. You just stated they don’t want to take on Arenados contract because of the money. They are contemplating not picking up Wongs optionbecause of the money. What am I missing? Thanks
    The Cardinals didn't sign Luis Robert because:
    a) The Chicago White Sox did a better job recruiting him. This is the biggest lesson for the Cardinals to learn from not signing Robert. They need to rely less on their laundry and their history and modernize their recruiting.
    b) The White Sox offered more money.
    c) The Cardinals raised their offer, and they had the distinct feeling they were being used to make the Sox offer more money, because Robert preferred the Sox.
    d) They were going to pay a dollar-for-dollar tax on the bonus given Robert because of the penalties. And that is what Mozeliak has talked about. Those are the dollars he's described, so please keep that in mind as you discuss the "facts."
    Robert is the star you're talking about? Robert? Not Scherzer? Not Harper. Or not the inevitable lack of interest from the Cardinals if Betts became a free agent this winter? No, Robert?
    Robert is a talent, for sure. Absolutely. But -- star? He's not there yet, and he's not even the argument that you want to make because it's the high-end surefire free agent signings that they've avoided, or that they've tried to jump ahead on w/ trades, as they tried with Stanton, tried with Yelich, did with Ozuna, did with Heyward, did with Goldschmidt, etc. Those players are far more established than Robert, and some -- a few -- are stars. 
    I hesitate to do this, but you did bring up facts, so let's discuss the season that Robert just had. He hit .233/.302/.436 with a .738 OPS and 11 homers and he was part of a dynamic offense, to be sure. He's an exciting, electric talent to "dream on," as Luhnow said, but doesn't his slash line look familiar? Harrison Bader had a .233/.336/.443 for a .779 OPS. You wanted facts. Perhaps you need to think about what you want from a "star" player.
    Do you want buzz -- do you want promise to dream on -- or do you want production?
    What's the best part of having your own baseball card?
    The whole thing is surreal honestly. One of the coolest things is seeing friends of mine go out and buy baseball card packs in hopes of getting one. One of my dearest friends from high school watched as her kids opened packs -- and I got a photo of her daughter getting one of my cards, and then her son did as well. Crazy. My son and I are still trying to find one in a pack. So we're oh-for-36. Seeing him open a pack with one in it would be cool. So, far, his favorite cards are the Ken Jeong card, the Andy Cohen card, and a relic card with a slice of a Trevor Story bat.
    is Pham a jerk in real life?
    Not in my experience. He he relentlessly earnest, blunt with his opinions, and shouldn't apologize for that.
    Any chance we re-sign Jose Martinez after he becomes a free agent again?
  • Your Allen & Ginter Relic card says "Subject-Used Memorabilia." Any recollection on what game(s) you covered wearing the shirt?
    Oh, yeah. First, I thought a Mizzou thing would be good -- but the Mizzou tie I had from graduation wasn't enough fabric. So, had to provide a shirt and I wanted to have a record of it. I have a photo of me wearing that shirt at a Mother's Day game at PNC Park on May 11, 2014.
    Geez, if the had signed Robert several years ago Mo would have traded him by now.
    Derrick - Could the mindset displayed by Cardinal fans in regard to Flahrety's statements and views impact his desire to be in St. Louis long-term?
    They could play a part. In talking with free agents, going where they want and going where they'll make a lot of money and have a chance to contend and get years of security are all huge factors, but so too is comfort. For some young players, they're biggest deal will coincide with when they start a family and where that family lives for part of the year. So, yeah, comfort in a place is a factor -- a factor. Is it the biggest? Probably not. But we shouldn't dismiss its impact entirely.
    I never thought about it before, but Nelson Cruz would be an amazing fit for the Cardinals, especially if the DH sticks around. Would be the perfect bat to have on a 1 year deal to serve as a stop gap before some talent is ready and contracts come off the books. Do you think the Cardinals will have that conversation with his agent?
    I would imagine they will, yes. If the DH appears to be a given, they will be one of several teams to have that conversation for 2021.
    If Mo had simply stopped making any trades or signings around 5 years ago and just managed the 40 man based on results and the manager’s wishes - would we have a better lineup going into next season? It looks better to me and there would be a whole lot of financial flexibility and depth for a big trade. Maybe in hindsight the front office has tried so hard to please fans with big gets and splashes that it back fired.

    LINEUP:
    Pham (lf)
    Wong (2b)
    Voit (1b)
    Arozarena (cf)
    Carlson (rf)
    Dejong (ss)
    Yadi (c)
    Carpenter/Edman (3b)

    ROTATION:
    Flaherty
    Alcantara
    Marco
    Waino
    Reyes/Gomber/C-Mart/Weaver competition
  • This is an interesting exercise, James. I find it fascinating. Please don't forget at the time of the Pham trade Bader was outplaying him, and Pham was struggling, and that was part of the deal. There would be no Gallegos, no Cabrera in the bullpen. So the bullpen would be less effective, but also there are more relievers out there to supplement that loss.
    Don't forget Zac Gallen. He would be in the rotation, having won that competition.
    I also don't think the offense would be better. That's just me.
    Should the Rays win the series will Jose Martinez receive a WS ring?
    I am not sure of the Rays' policies, specifically. I do know that other teams give rings to players who appeared in a game for them, or contributed to the regular season in a way that is measurable. Martinez did both, so by that tradition, yes, he would.
    Make a play for Brantley, the guy seems to always puts the ball in play and hit hard.
    And he bats lefthanded. And they passed on him before.
    Cruz would have about 10 HRs at Busch. The nightmare that was Game 6 of the 2011 WS would haunt him. Leave him to his place in Cardinals history.
    I don't agree at all. He's a great hitter, and by every indication a quality teammate, too. I got to know him a little bit when our flights from Havana, Cuba, were delayed and he spent some time with his son and a few writers talking about that experience, about where he was headed -- for a charity event -- and why he brought his son along to see these places and these events.
    Does owning several of their minor league affiliates give the Cards a leg up on the rest of the league in the probable restructuring of minor league baseball?
    It has. Some of that edge might actually be lessened in the near future as the facilities teams have will all be better, and the Cardinals have benefited from strong facilities at the affiliates they own because of the investment to them. I think it gives them a head start in how they organize the affiliates, yes, and the fact that they'll rebound quicker after a year, two years away from having games. One thing that they do have that will be helpful is a regional footprint. That does have value. Is it a huge edge? For marketing, it's a good one. For rehab assignments, it's a good one. For quality control, it's a good one. How that manifests in development is negligible. So, the edge they have is in branding and geography, and maybe not in what they get from a development standpoint.
  • Hi Derrick, glad the PD sent you to the World Series. Love the work everyone does. It makes baseball more fun. Be safe and thanks for the handwork. BTW Have you ever thought of doing a Ted talk on writing? Not just journalism but writing tips etc...
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