It was the same thing with Dexter Fowler last season. He complained that Mike Matheny didn't believe in him, but guy was a sub-.200 hitter who was also doing poor work in the outfield. Shildt has tied to give his starters the continuity they cherish, but these two-month slumps make it hard on the skipper.
Bob Plager is traveling with the team, which is pretty cool. He still gets too nervous to actually watch the games, but he is there with the boys to represent the old guard. Sadly, though, many of the original Blues are no longer with us.
He has to be as motivated now as he's ever been, given the wholesale injuries and failures within his group. If he doesn't add somebody and this thing doesn't turn around, then this baseball operation will feel the sort of heat it hasn't felt in a long, long time.
Well, the Cardinals are playing the heck out of players right now and they are not producing. Pham got his chance to play here and was generally good when healthy. Piscotty played all the time. Jay played a lot. Grichuk was in and out, but he is the same guy in Boston that he was here. Maybe you can point to Voit, but he was a productive part-time player here. Despite that, management did not project him as an everyday first baseman.
Sell the team because he is playing twice in London? So 79 games of this thrilling product is not enough for you?
That was actually one of Doug Gilmour's favorite pranks back in the day. He loved doing that at the airport. (Yes, the Blues flew commercial back then.)
It's amazing that the Cubs failed to put the Cardinals away this month. The Small Bears make a killing every season, but ti didn't go get Kimbrel when the injuries decimated their bullpen.
DeWitt wants to win consistently because he makes more money that way. Also, he likes to win. He's had the most consistently competitive team in the majors and, not coincidentally, he has banked hundreds of millions and while seeing the franchise value increase tenfold.
And Bob Plager visited Brian Sutter up in Alberta for a Blues video during the season. Maybe he could come down and lead the team in a ceremonial ammonia sniff before on the games.
So many greats on those early teams. Doug Harvey was past his prime, but he was still a legend. Jacques Plante was a piece of work. Al Arbour on the blue line.
Some point early next week. Hopefully before Game 4.
Still works for the Blues front office, advising Doug Armstrong. That involves scouting, player analysis and so forth.
Their team had not lost in a while. And the Bruins skated the Blue into the ice for the last two periods in Game 1. So I don't think many of them expected the game to turn so dramatically against the Bruins.
The fans here have suffered on horror after another on his watch. If only this team could win like the Pirates and Reds!
DeWitt has payroll range that he is comfortable with, one that guarantees steady profit. That's business. But winning in baseball today requires smarter investing at the front end of the process -- scouting, drafting, international signing, player development -- and smarter decision making with the personnel accumulated. Fans keep pretending that winning teams are built through free agency, but that era has passed. The Dodgers and Yankees make crazy money and those teams have gotten out of that game. Why aren't the Cardinals in first place? It's not because they are cheap, it's because they made some large and incorrect bets on pitchers and because their asset management hasn't been great. This team has traded a lot of pretty good players for not a whole lot in return. The Cardinals have lost the personnel tough that made them a model franchise for a long time under this ownership.
I can see him getting one more shot. He is young enough. Maybe the Royals will give him a shot once that team starts its long, hard climb to contention.
Again, this is not about the money. The Cardinals have spent staggering sums on failures. They have giant money committed to current players who just are not very good. The Cardinals have hit a rough patch with their trades, moving out productive guys and getting some middling to poor production in return.
Imagine if he signs with an immediate Cardinals rival while the Cardinals try to get though this season without a big pitching addition. We might detect a fan complaint or two about that.