I don't know what to say here, honestly. There has been a lot of coverage in the newspaper -- and elsewhere -- about the fissure between the manager and the front office. While the specific phrase(s) that were said are still unclear the sentiment, the flashpoint, and the irreparable difference of opinion and specific areas where there was a differences of opinion (i.e., the departures of some past players, the concern that modernizing their approach as a club was coming at the expect of the traditional identity of the club) have all be described, reported about, and explored in the Post-Dispatch. It was not about analytics, writ large. Period. It was more about where the thumb was being placed on the scale and at what cost, as covered in the newspaper. And, again, philosophical differences was the phrase the Cardinals used -- they used it for other firings, too. Don't get wrapped up in that. This was a case of front office determining within a few days of expecting to offer the manager an extension that it could no longer work with that individual, and even after 18 years together it could not be repaired.
The goal is that you're not left to assume much at all. And yet it seems with this that people want to assume more than they want the reporting because the reporting doesn't fit their assumptions.
I don't know what to do in that regard. I'm shouting into the wind at that point.
It's very discouraging because if you're not moved to read or trust the coverage in the paper, then what do I expect from an answer in the chat like this? Are you moved to read it? What if it conflicts with the assumptions you've made? I'm at a loss and I spend a lot of time thinking about this.
-- Cardinals are most successful as a run prevention team, particularly at Busch III.
-- The front office believes that is a good approach for the current team and that it fits at Busch III, even with some modifications. Again, they worry that the benefit to the pitchers no longer is in balance with the cost to the hitters and want to restore that.
-- Get ready for an American League lineup. The DH is coming.
-- They didn't choose Albert over Shildt. They chose not to have Shildt as manager.
I don't know what else fans are missing from this saga because there are a lot of puzzle pieces in your question that don't fit together with the reporting that has been in the paper, and I have to steer people there. I haven't forgotten or stopped asking about what I'm missing, and what I can confirm -- not guess, not speculate, not assume, not overdramatize for effect -- what I can confirm I will report in hopes there are people that read and trust the coverage.