Carpenter had the edge of being a lefthanded hitter, of which the Cardinals didn't have many on their club. Yepez will get his chance next spring. You won't have Carpenter to kick around any more. He didn't hit the past two years. And now he's gone. He had some good years here but that's not important either now. Let's move on.
I think it's a given in the playoffs, where there are more off days to rest a bullpen. You can't do that as much in the regular season unless you want your relievers to be able to brush their teeth by August.
Catchers can hurt themselves by trying to frame nearly pitch. Sometimes, a catcher can do it so often he messes with a pitch that already might be called a strike. It is trying to gain an advantage instead of "cheating," technically, but some catcher go too far.
I goofed up technically, but you can see the answer to the following question regarding "framing," below the question. The gist is that some catchers push the envelope too far when trying to frame pitches into strikes by yanking them up or in.
I'm not sure allowing a two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning a couple of weeks ago shows that the Cardinals truly were outclassed. I understand the thirst is for a World Series title. How do you think the Dodgers' fans feel? They've had one World Series title since 1988.
Fair enough, but I would like to see DeJong get one more chance next spring. At any batting average, he still is more reliable defensively than Sosa.
Pujols would be brought back to sell tickets, which he might do, with 700 homers on the horizon. But I don't see it from a performance issue.
I would hope they would care because that firing of Shildt, the suddenness of it, and the vague aspects surrounding it didn't come off well in the public eye.
As long as he's on "leave of absence," he has to be paid. But, barring a complete turnaround in Bauer's attitude, I don't see anybody else taking him on.
The Cardinals might get a second-tier starting pitcher for DeJong. But if 12 other teams want him, why shouldn't the Cardinals? He is not their biggest problem.
The Cardinals have a true No. 1 in Flaherty, if he is healthy, which is not an insignificant issue. Too early to tell what might be out there yet as far as augmenting a rotation. You could try to trade for one.
First, Kelly just hurt his arm in the playoffs so that concern would have to be rectified. I think Kelly would be a good addition to any team if he is healthy.
The CBA does expire on Dec. 1. There isn't apt to be much activity after that date.
Gorman isn't going anywhere. He's going to be a lefthanded hitter in the middle of the lineup for five or six years.
I wouldn't think anything major would be done before that particular issue is settled.
But nobody ever sees you mess up as the bench coach. You send a guy home and he's thrown out at the plate, you're on the evening news.
You are entitled to your opinion. The Yankees have gone even longer than the Cardinals without winning a World Series--or even being in one. So this is not an isolated case. Those two teams have the longest stretches of winning seasons. But their October records haven't been great, to be sure.
One World Series title for Mo, who didn't become GM until 2008.
The reports didn't seem to indicate Hicks was having particular trouble with his command. The Cardinals just wanted to get him on the mound a couple of times, let him go through a normal off-season instead of constant rehabbing and then start fresh next spring.
I'm tired of the rectangle. I don't mind the center-field shot.
None of those fellows really plays first base. The Cardinals, however, had tried to get both Rosario, especially, and Pederson in the past because they were lefthanded hitters with pop. Their backup first baseman should be a lefthanded hitter, though.