Join Cardinals beat writer Derrick Goold for his live chat at 11 a.m. Monday

Join Cardinals beat writer Derrick Goold for his live chat at 11 a.m. Monday

Bring your Cards questions and comments to Monday’s 11 a.m. live chat.

    That's part of the CBA negotiation, as you infer. It's set at 40 for that reason -- it's been there, continues to be there, and has been agreed upon as it it's there. There has been discussion of increasing it, yes.
    For the rest of the year the red birds line up should be.

    Edman 2nd base
    O'Neil LF
    Goldschmidt 1st
    Arenado 3rd
    Nootbaar RF
    Baider/Carlson CF
    Molina cat
    Sosa/DeJong SS
    Pitch
    your line up?
    I appreciate that you didn't load this up with prospects who aren't on the 40-man roster and don't need to be protected in the coming winter. Given some of the questions I field about why they're not going to turn LF over to Plummer for example, that's greatly appreciated.
    I don't think you shelve Carlson in place of Nootbaar. That doesn't seem to make sense, to me. Carlson playing everyday because Carlson could be the team's No. 2 hitter as soon as 2022. He has that kind of talent, and has that kind of track record, and I'm not sure why you wouldn't want to give him the priority of playing time that you've given other members of the future.
    Does Shildt's role needing a little investigating after the season? He doesn't instill much confidence after watching these press conferences. We all get he has to try and stay positive, but some off what comes out just doesn't add up correctly. I get that he has won a "manager of the year" award, but there is a lot circumstance baked into those and typically its a flavor of the month thing not reflecting who has done a heck of a job with their team. Curious..
    If you're asking whether the team will do an audit of the manager and evaluating process, then yes. That's pretty standard. They will have meetings with him. They'll use analytics as part of the evaluation - just as they do for the hitting coach, for the pitching coach, and for the third-base coach who may have outperformed expectations and they'll have numbers to back that up. That's how teams operate. Well, major-league teams. Teams with direction. They always have that evaluation process with their leadership -- and meetings after the season that aren't always hug-fests.
    Hi Derrick, I always enjoy your chat. The 40 man seems to be 41 or 42 at the moment, if I am counting correctly. Has it just not been updated on the Cardinals site?
    I cannot speak to another site, but I do know that there are some players on the 60-day IL due to COVID reasons and sometimes that doesn't show up on the 40-man roster on the site. But the official 40-man roster shows them off of it. Waddell is an example. And so, too, is Quezada.
    Breaking: We just fired a member of our coaching staff… Mid-season too. Saw the Cardinals offensive numbers this year. Does the team there know that’s possible?
  • The Padres have announced they've dismissed pitching coach Larry Rothschild. The Cardinals have done this before, most recently with a hitting coach in the middle of the season (Mark Budaska), and of course the manager and hitting coaches were all dismissed in the middle of the 2018 season. I've pointed out in the past that Cardinals ownership prefers not to fire staff when possible. So you can see the situations when they did and what the team looked like. The Budaska dismissal remains a confusing move to some around the team, like me.
    In your opinion, would a Jose Berrios trade have been worth Nolan Gorman and Matthew Liberatore? He was controlled for next year too, and not a bad target for that classic Cardinals post-trade extension - and Jordan Walker is rising fast.
    No. The Jays paid a high price. Good for them. Twins got a haul, though.
    Why did they have the HOF inductees sitting out in that miserable hot sun for so long on Saturday? That had to be miserable.
    The pandemic, the Delta Variant, and the health of Hall of Famers and their families has people preferring to gather outside, not indoors.
    Do you think Nootbaar has solved the Cardinals 4th outfielder need?
    I think they have bigger needs that need solving.
    Assuming the team doesn't finish the season on a 30-9 run (or something close to it), does anyone within the organization take the fall for 2 ho-hum seasons back to back?
    Sure. There are expiring contracts that won't be renewed and reassignments that are likely to happen. I would imagine the pink-slip sweet tooth some people have will not be satisfied. There will be no grand pronouncements of firings on the U.S. courthouse steps. But there will be changes.
  • Re: Shildt's messaging - I often see complaints, in particular from one former PD writer, that his outlook is too rosey post game. My questions are (1) do we know that is what is being said behind closed doors? and (2) what benefit is there in the manager going out and ripping players post-game to the media. I don't see why any of it matters. Frustration in a middling team seems to be unfairly attributed to post-game platitudes
    1) We know that it is not what is being said behind closed doors.
    2) You rarely see it throughout baseball these days, candidly, and it's one of the things that La Russa got scolded for earlier this season, remember? How'd that go over? They're winning now, and short attention spans will forget that ever happened, but for a hot minute he was critical of a player, and he was the bad guy and there were calls for his job. 
    Public statements are just that. For the public. Actions speak louder. What's not said is often as revealing as what is said. And that's why I hope people read the coverage in the paper AROUND THE QUOTES, not just watch the show after the game for what was said. Context matters. And that's what we aim to put around the quotes. That is especially true in a Zoom age when there are real limits to what can be addressed in the post game -- and everything is being recorded for use by the team or the rights holder. That didn't used to be the case ... 
    Would Cardinal fans worse nightmare be for the Cardinals to get the last wild card spot this year? Think what Mo would say. We accomplished our goal. Cardinals are in the playoffs. With everyone coming back from the DL next year the antilytic show we should win the wild card again with just a little tinkering. We hope COVID will be gone next year so we will again be over 3 million fans. .
    I don't know, Tennessee. I profess to not understand how fans root against the team that they profess to be a part of. The lesson of 2006 is real. That team got in with 83 wins, won a World Series, and then the front office made the mistake of bringing so many of the players back for a reunion tour thinking that the team of October was what would happen in 2007 and not the 83-win team of the previous six months. What happened? Losing record.
    So, was that a bad gig for fans? Was the 2006 title the worst thing that happened to fans? Or was a playoff berth something to be celebrated because every so often it leads to a title?
    So, no. 
    First, it wouldn't "accomplishing" their goal. They didn't win the division. Period. They failed to meet their goal as an organization. They found another route in, but they failed to meet their regular-season goal. Full stop. If it leads to a title, they overcame that failure to be champions.
    Second, good gravy. The Seattle Mariners haven't been to the postseason since the flip phone or something. When was a playoff berth "a fan's worst nightmare"? The Brewers, as an organization, are about to go to the playoffs four consecutive years FOR THE FIRST TIME in club history. They have no titles. The Cardinals within the past decade went to four consecutive NLCS. I'm having a hard time processing how any playoff berth is a "worst nightmare."
    Finally, we all hope COVID will be gone next year. 
    What is your thoughts on Topps losing their rights to MLB, and other sports when it comes to producing trading cards to Fanatics, especially since they are celebrating their 70th year in providing us with a product that many people have grown up with.
    I'm heartbroken. I'm hopeful there is still time for baseball to reconsider. To me, this is like the Cardinals leaving KMOX. Eventually they had to go back -- and did.
    Who would you like to see close games for the Cardinals next year? Reyes or who?
    I vote Reyes.
    Someone other than Alex Reyes, who deserves a chance to start for the Cardinals or he never will start for the Cardinals, and will just do that for another team, possibly against the Cardinals.
    Is it my imagination or does the majority of O'Neills hits come with nobody on base??
  • That stats say that is not your imagination. Here is his breakdown of hits:
    Runners in scoring position -- 16
    Runners on base, overall -- 34
    Bases empty -- 61
    Do you think that the lack of attendance this year will drive the Cardinals to make moves or drive them further into their reluctance to spend since there is less coming from the gate?
    That will be a huge question entering the winter, and I'm eager to hear their answer. Shaping it will be all of the money slipping off the payroll. Spending will be possible -- and saving, too, if they continue to straddle the fence.
    Question about stadium: Busch is a known pitchers park, as is Roger Dean. Memphis and Springfield have pretty good hitting environments. Are the Cardinals concerned that good numbers in AA and AAA don't translate to the MLB level because the hitting environments are so different? I look at guys like Baker and Plummer putting up not-so-great numbers elsewhere suddenly making the leap and wondering what the true talent is.
    They are not concerned. They recognize that, and they use it in their evaluations. They normalize the stats so that they can be compared to production at the big-league level. It's something they also do with amateur players. They used to use an algorithm that would normalize college stats, no matter what level or what ballpark, and compare them against Class AA production, so that the Cardinals could get a feel for how those numbers translate into their organization at a level they know well, and then make a decision on when to draft that player. Matt Adams stood out from Slippery Rock when the Cardinals did that, as an example that jumps to mind.
    The Cardinals spend a lot of time and money on knowing how these numbers translate.
    As fan reading these numbers, might I suggest you look at some of the available numbers that hint at how good a player truly is. Don't fixate on homers. Look at doubles and then also homers. But doubles. Look at strikeout rates and walk rates. Check out those and you'll have a good feel, too. Look at a players age relative to the level, and check out their production relative to the level, too. Dylan Carlson at Palm Beach didn't have numbers that sizzled off the baseball card -- but compared to others in the league, goodness.
    Luken Baker didn't catch your eye in Palm Beach?
    What if I told you had 32 doubles at that level. 32!
    You know what 32 doubles at Palm Beach become -- home runs in Springfield.
    The rays are in first and the A’s are challenging for first on much lower budget than the Cardinals. This is a practical demonstration of our front office dysfunction which spends probably twice as much as the Oakland A’s for third less wins. Big changes should be made in the front office! Randy a is challenging for rookie of the year and we still haven’t seen the person we traded him for in the majors. Not to mention Randy A postseason heroics
    It's worth noting that Matthew Liberatore was not part of the Cardinals' plans for 2021. That was not why they traded for him. They wanted to clear out some roster space for outfielders and lefthanded batters for 2020 and 2021. That was the reason for the move, and their chance to get a top flight prospect who was three years away was also appealing, because he didn't take up a 40-man roster spot and could be in the mix once they saw players like Carlos Martinez, Kim, and Wainwright move on or elsewhere.
    I really believe that the general public has no real clarity on how much of a threat Covid-19 poses. Especially the delta variant and especially it’s threat to children.
    I’m a huge fan and split season tickets with a good buddy but neither of us have attended a game since the appearance of COVID.
    I really wanted to take my 8 year old grandson to a game recently but have decided that the risk versus reward ratio wasn’t feasible. I could never forgive myself if my grandson contracted COVID-19.
    I’m sharing this with you to stress how much of a factor I believe that COVID is with regard to the low attendance at Busch stadium.
    I truly believe the fans will be back once normalcy returns!!
    This is well-stated, and I still think it's a concert of all these things -- not one or the other. To say it's the play of the team, is to ignore the pandemic gripping the globe. To say it's the pandemic is to miss the fact that the Cardinals aren't playing a particularly appealing brand of baseball -- whether that's style or substance or standings. Now, it's equal. But it's all of these things, not one. And we can say that. We don't need to fixate on one reason. We can have a nuanced conversation about this -- not a power-ranking.
  • Whatever happened with the stadium situation in Oakland? I was watching the A’s and Giants yesterday when a fly ball was hit into the A’s bullpen area and the Giants left fielder didn’t have a chance to catch it and could have been hurt with folding chairs , trash barrels and some type of carpet so nasty looking my dog wouldn’t sleep on it. This junk was on the field.
    Still ongoing. A's have permission to explore other homes, like Vegas.
    Other than Alex Reyes, will any of the other Cardinals relievers like Cabrera or Helsley who previously were starters compete for a starting job next year?
    Cabrera has intrigued and that possibility will be explored -- though their preference would be to not need him in the rotation because of how valuable he's become and reliable he's become as a factor in the late innings. Like setup man/closer reliable. Helsley is slated to be a reliever.
    When does MLB adopt the NBA max contract structure that creates more lucrative but shorter-term deals and gives the incumbent team the ability to offer better terms? Player movement really seems to be part of the appeal of the NBA and 13-year deals, heck 8-year deals, are super risky and do not promote player movement.
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