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

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

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

    Nolan Arenado. 5th on a recent top 10 for 3B. Do you see a coastal bias as a midwestern reporter when awards, recognition, or attention are given out?
    Not often, no. Nowhere near as much as I see fans presume. If anything, I think the Cardinals get a lot of attention when compared to other teams in this fly-over region. They've earned it as an organization, or as mentioned in a recent answer, as a brand. 
    I don't see the coastal bias, much, honestly.
    BBWAA awards have two voters per city, so the NL MVP ballot has as many STL writers as it does NYC or SF or LA voters. Hall of Fame is different because NYC has more media outlets, but there for a good three decades or more STL had one of the largest BBWAA chapters in the country, and there are still many voters here, far more than you'd expect for the limited amount of newspapers.
    You said “The Cardinals expect ballpark village to bring a fountain of revenue that spills over to the team”

    What cup has it been filling all these years if not the team’s?
    Well, one of the things it's done is pay for its expansion from a cluster of restaurants to an apartment tower and a hotel -- and now another apartment tower. Not to mention an oversized World Series trophy and STL logo for selfies. So, it has funded its growth per the partnership the Cardinals have for the development.
    Following up on Omar Vizquel. His statistics are equal to countryman, Luis Aparacio, perhaps the first Latino position player in the Hall?
    The writers elected Aparacio for induction on his sixth ballot, and he surged to 84%, or thereabouts. That was in the 1980s. So, naturally, I was not around to vote on that ballot, and I'm not sure how I would have a voted. Aparacio led the AL in stolen bases nine consecutive years to start his career. Vizquel never led a league in any offensive category other than sacrifice hits. 
    Aparacio won the Rookie of the Year Award. He received votes for the MVP 10 different times and finished in the top 12 four times. He was the runnerup in 1959.
    Vizquel received votes for MVP in one year. He finished 16th.
    Aparacio had 2,677 hits, 506 steals, and 1,335 runs, and Vizquel had 2,877 hits, 1,445 runs, and 404 stolen baseballs -- and in 400 more games.
    Vizquel is just not going to get my vote. He was a superb defensive player who was not a strong offensive player, and the longevity of his career is partially because he played for teams that could put his glove in the lineup because of the offense it was getting elsewhere. Not every great defensive player at his position, his peers, could say that. Cesar Izturis was an exceptional defensive player. 
    Here's a fun search for Vizquel. It's not a be-all, end-all number, but it's illustrative of the time he played, the types of teams he played on, the length of his career, and his defensive prowess. Vizquel's career high for assists was 475 in a season. He had, at most, 735 chances in that career year.
    Ozzie Smith surpassed 516 assists eight times. He had nine seasons with more assists than Vizquels career high, and sure that's partly the pitching staff he played behind. Smith had six seasons with 820 or more total chances. 
    Put another way, Omar Vizquel had a 29.5 defensive Wins Above Replacement (dWAR), per Baseball-Reference.com. He did that in 24 sesaons. Rey Sanchez had a 20.8 dWAR in nine fewer years. Vizquel had five seasons with a dWAR of 2.0 or more.
    Sanchez had five, too.
    Ozzie Smith had 12.
    He had five with 3.0 dWAR or greater, one greater than 4.0 dWAR.
    Hi Derrick,
    Hoping you can shed some light on a Hall of Fame hat question. I was always led to believe that the Hall gets to decide what hat the players wears on his plaque, as they try to enshrine the player on the team for which he is remembered the most. However, a recent example shows that inductees have the option to choose. Back in the day, Andre Dawson lamented the Hall's decision to put him in as an Expo as he wanted to go in as a Cub, due to his belief in Montreal's part in colluding against him. However, Tony Larussa was able go in with no team designation since he didn't want to slight any of the teams he had managed. Which way is it?
  • The Hall has the final call. The Hall hopes to come to an agreement with the player so that it is consensus and will definitely ask for the player's preference and their argument. But the Hall has the call. This dates back to Wade Boggs pursuing a Tampa Bay logo on his cap so that he could be the first Ray in the hall and also represent his hometown in that way. (He went to school in the Tampa area.) Boggs has a B on his cap. But, as you can see, the Hall took int account Tony La Russa's wishes and did not put a logo on his cap. But, in the end, the Hall has the final call.
    I was very interested to see one writer...I want to say for the Baltimore Sun, just started voting for HOF again because he retired, and previously his paper would not let its employees vote. How common of a practice is that....that eligible voters are not able to vote by his/her employer?
    Pretty common. It's an ongoing discussion for editors and the editors' association. The New York Times is another paper that does not permit its writers to vote for awards, and there was a time when it was a companywide policy for one of the larger newspaper groups.
    Give me a second, please. I have to pursue something quickly.
    Looking back on the Sean Murphey trade an extension, do you think the Cardinals should have been more patient, or been willing to part with more talent than they did to lock in a top all around catcher on the rise, vs a top offensive catcher on the potential decline?
    The Cardinals were the team leading the way to make a trade for Oakland and had, according to the view of a few other interested teams, the more compelling prospects, if they were willing to part with him. As with anything -- when supply (teams interested) changes, so does demand (what the team can ask). The Cardinals moving on from the trade talks for catchers significantly changed that market, as you saw. Toronto had to find another suitor. Oakland had find the next best offer. If the Cardinals had waited, been more patient, the market would have waited for them, and the pressure to make the move would have increased -- and there would not have been a free agent option to pivot toward.
    Why did neither team with one of the Contreras brothers who were performing very well for them want to keep them?

    The Cubs offered Contreras a one-year deal, that they could bank on him rejecting yes. There is just a sense that the Cubs wanted to move on entirely from that era, and he was the last position player from it. Also, they didn't want to meet his asking price. That they were willing to go higher to get Swanson is a fair point and one to consider that the team that knew Contreras the best moved on. They obviously had questions about his longterm performance at catcher, and if not at catcher then what was the bat going to be?
    Atlanta had a chance to get a catcher they thought was better. Made the trade.
    Count me as one of those guys who just don't think most relievers, no matter how dominant, belong in the HOF. Billy Wagner faced 3,600 batters. Scott Rolen, for one example, has 8,518 plate appearances. Rolen was on the field playing defense for 17,479 innings compared to Wagner's 903. No matter how well Wagner pitched, he simply didn't impact the game nearly as much. That's where I come down on the issue, anyway.
    And that is a fair argument. And that is one I've wrestled with. But that is the role Wagner had and he did exceptional in it. Teams decided he wasn't going to have the same impact as a starter. That should be taken into consideration.
    How big was the sandwich you were pursuing?
    I did not go for a sandwich. I made a call for a conversation.
    Do the Cardinals sign more international players by spreading out the dollars vs just a few big FAs that cost millions?

    Would like to see them draft and sign more power pitchers to load up the system with them…ie more swing and miss stuff guys
    There is a spending limit on international players that is separate from the free agent budget. These are different things. While all under the umbrella of baseball operations and the spending on player acquisitions, there are set purses for the draft and for international spending -- places where the Cardinals will go over to paying a tax, but not go over to pay a draft pick penalty. They did go way over one year for international spending and spent two years in the "penalty box" where the were limited in the largest bonus they could give, so they did give a lot of smaller bonuses in that span -- and have since done so in an attempt to build quantity. Yes, they are looking for power, and have been for awhile.
    Omar Vizquel has the highest fielding percentage of any shortstop in history and a leader in most hits at the position, he was considered "flashy" and was not just a statue out there. I think he is close to the top 10 in games played all time in 24 seasons. It's hard to play major league baseball, to play almost 3,000 games is almost enough by itself. He was a really good player for a really long time. If someone makes the argument he had off the field issues, then okay. But have to respectfully disagree.
    Can we all come to an agreement on this chat? Fielding percentage is not a great stat. Any argument that hinges on fielding percentage is one that is going to fall short. It tells me nothing about where the plays were made. It tells me nothing about the official scorer assessing the errors. It's a stat of very little use when it comes do defense. 
    Here are the fielding percentage of four other shortstops:
    A. .976
    B. .978
    C. .980
    D. .978
    E. .985
    And now I'm going to rank them by name, and let me know if that meets your description of defense.
    1. Omar Vizquel, .985
    2. Jhonny Peralta, .980
    3. David Eckstein, .978
    4. Ozzie Smith, .978
    5. Derek Jeter, .976
    QED.
    I think we can agree to disagree, Derrick re: Vizquel to the HOF. IMO, his longevity should be celebrated, played at 0.5 DWAR at age 45; though not as rangy as The Wizard, 11 GG to Ozzie's 13 to Aparicio's 9, better offensive stats than both. This is what makes baseball statistics fun. Plus you have the vote and I don't.
    Longevity should be celebrated. Longevity should also be understood. Not all great fielders have the luxury of a long career in a robust lineup that can carry their glove. Sometimes the shortstop has to hit no matter how well they field, or the team moves on.
    Can you explain how a sports writer can vote for Rolen last year but not this year? Did his stats change?
    I cannot speak for another voter. Sometimes the ballot is full and they run out of spots. Sometimes they get new info or they see the way the tide is going and want to be a part of it. There are many reasons. Some of them good. Best to ask the writer for a specific answer.
    I believe you have been covering the Cards for around 20 years......is this the least active off-season you have covered? I can't believe it's going to possibly end up with only 1 move. Thanks.
    I am entering my 20th year on the beat. It was not as active as it could have been. That could be recency bias, as I do recall a few years in there when there just was not a lot of movement. Obviously, this offseason looks a lot different if Nolan Arenado becomes a free agent. That would been a crazy busy offseason, no?
    What is your perspective on the Atlanta Braves approach to locking in multiple young players for longterm contracts? Will they be formidable for many years with that nucleus, or will they have multiple failures that burden their ability to compete and/or drive up costs? I'm thinking about Cards signed to multi-year contracts after limited time like Craig, Carpenter, DeJong that didn't work out quite the way we hoped at the time of the contracts.
    It's interesting. I appreciate it. And, they better be right.
    I agree the fielding percentage stat can sometimes be misleading. Vizquel has11 gold gloves and was considered the heir apparent to the wizard as best defensive shortstop. He is also the all time career leader in double plays turned (in a time guys would break your leg if you didn't know what you were doing). If Eckstein and Jhonny Peralta could find jobs for 24 years and play almost 3000 games with those fielding percentages, they should be in the hall too. Thanks
    Some elite fielders could find long careers if they got to hit in lineups that included Ramirez, Thome, Alomar, Lofton, Gonzalez, or Buhner, Rodriguez, Griffey Jr., or Bonds -- wait, no, those were losing Giants teams. Huh.
    Who are the sixth and seven starting pitchers?
  • As of right now, the Cardinals have Dakota Hudson as the sixth and they are opening the competition to VerHagen, Woodford, Pallante, and then Liberatore and Graceffo, McGreevy, maybe Thompson for the seventh spot.
    Do you think NIL will impact 2nd tier players drafted by MLB. If I am a 2nd round plus draft pick coming out of high school. I would rather take the NIL money and be on campus instead of riding a bus and staying in low budget motels.
    Something to watch. Let's hope we see the NIL grow for baseball and softball players. That would be a good thing. That would help college baseball tremendously.
    A-Rod and the hall of fame.... please discuss. I would love to hear your reasoning
    Alex Rodriguez served a suspension for the use of PEDs. There was a testing program in place. There were rules regarding what was a violation. He served his suspension. Missed an entire season doing so. That's not a small punishment.
    The Cardinals tend to spread their international signing money across a larger number of international prospects, rather than sign the high dollar high ceiling players, like this year's C Ethan Salas. Would you critique this aproach? To me, it seems like a team that drafts really well, but always in the bottom half of the draft, should use the international signing period as the opportunity to try to get the highest ceiling prospects.
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