Join columnist Ben Frederickson for a live STL sports chat at 11 a.m. Tuesday

Join columnist Ben Frederickson for a live STL sports chat at 11 a.m. Tuesday

Ben Frederickson answers your Cardinals, Blues, St. Louis City, Mizzou and SLU questions in Tuesday's 11 a.m. live chat.

    I disagree. I think disinterest in the team is contributing to a lot of the empty seats at Busch that we've observed recently. I know COVID concerns are very real for some but I don't think they would be holding too many back from attending games if the Cards were looking like a legitimate contender. If the Cards can make things interesting I do think we will see an uptick in interest and rears-in-seats attendance.
    Ben, I count on professionals reporting on games and being there. IT is the connection to the game. What Ballys is doing is wrong on so many levels. Does complaints to the Cardinals work better than to Ballys and who should that be addressed too?
    The Cards don't control Ballys. They're just a partner. Complaints are valid but I'm not sure they're going to do you much good. I don't expect those guys on the road at any point this season.
    The Blues had Gloria. What song do the Cardinals need to get the team in sync and make a playoff run?
    Wainwright has been the heartbeat of the team, right? So something country, maybe with some Georgia twang. Blake Shelton? OK, the rotation is full of old country-loving dudes. I'm gonna go Hell Right. Because if you're gonna raise hell -- or chase down the second wild card- you better damn raise hell right.
    I thought Cards would definitely need to find a 4th OF/bench bat going into the off-season but do you think the emergence of Rondon and Nootbaar (plus some good play from those in AAA) has made that less of a priority?
    I think it's a warped way to go about looking at roster needs to be starting with a position you don't want to have to use very often. The Cardinals have time to see what they have in fourth outfield options the rest of the year, and they have a need to improve middle-infield offense and will have the benefit of the DH. If the fourth outfielder is their priority at the season's end, they're going about it wrong. Fill bigger needs then see what you have, what you need. A reserve outfielder is down the list, not at the top of it.
    Gut instinct, if Tarasenko is still in the roster come October, is he a professional who keeps his business dealings to himself and is a positive contributor until he can be moved or is he immature and is a liability to the team, which is ultimately a liability to himself? It looks pretty clear the league has in so many words told Armstrong they think Vladimir is washed up. I think the fastest way he gets out of here is if he comes out at the start of the season and shows he's motivated and can play quality hockey.
  • I don't think he will refuse to report or anything, but I think enough bridges have been burned that it would be a minus to team chemistry if the Blues start the season with him on the team. That would be a risk Army is embracing, negatively impacting the team to try to get a better trade. He's made a big point about wanting guys who want to be here, and this would be a move in the opposite direction from that.
    Cubs (like others) are Tanking, the Rebuild is just a cover for bad management We rip Dewitt and Mo but the Cards won't embarrass us.
    I've said for a long time that Cards fans would not and should not tolerate a tank-and-rebuild.
    Your point is noted, and appreciated.
    Tank-and-rebuilds are not guarantee to work. People forget that.
    Has Kolten Wong really had that good of a season? His OPS is .786 good enough for 11th in the NL with people playing 60 games. But He's been injured he's played in 78 out of 119 games so he's missed about a third of their games. I don't know, I guess i'm in the minority but I don't think it was a huge mistake for the cards not to pick up his option.
    I look at it more as, how would he have helped the Cardinals this season?
    One of the Cardinals' biggest weaknesses this season has been a lack of production at the leadoff spot.
    KW has averaged .279 with a .338 on-base percentage and a .449 slugging percentage as the Brewers' leadoff hitter.
    You're right injuries have cut into his impact.
    No debate there.
    But yes, I think he would have helped the Cardinals a lot.
    He would have helped keep Tommy Edman from being overexposed and could have made Edman the fill-in outfielder for the Harrison Bader and Tyler O'Neill injuries earlier this season because he would have been playing second base.
    For all of his injuries he's still fourth on the Brewers team in at-bats.
    Cards convinced themselves they couldn't afford to keep him, and I think it was a mistake.
    Ben, I love Waino but think he just missed the HOF. Maybe another year or two like he has pushes him over the edge but I think he just misses it. If someone thinks he's in now, I have no argument against it. But I really don't like that another championship helps his case. We way overvalue team championships in individual sports. Clayton Kershaw is a once a generation type pitcher in 2019. Last year's World Series did not change anything about him to me. I guess I don't have a question...How are you? Thanks for the chats!
    Agree that he would not be in now if he retires. Chatter asked if another season could help his case, and it could. Especially if it included a ring, which I realize is a big if. He's an no-doubter for Cards Hall of Fame but probably winds up on the outside looking in when it comes to Cooperstown. But he's proven his doubters wrong before. Often.
    Albert's my guy and the best player I've seen. But, poor dude is the same age as I am. I think it's pretty telling how much Cardinal fans are starving for excitement when so many are praying they bring him back. Do you think it's time for the Cardinals to put a product that is good enough to for fans to forget worrying about a part time player? I know I do. He left. He hit 500, 600 homers and 3,000 hits somewhere else. How about we let him play some meaningful games in October next year instead of trying to force him to play his last season much like with what has been synonymous with his post Cardinal days, empty.
    I guess you missed the point of the column.
    It wasn't to plug Pujols in and let him play every day.
    It was pointing out he's been a big asset for the best team in baseball as a specialist hitter against left-handed pitching.
    You think the Dodgers are going to put him on the postseason roster to chase numbers?
    I don't.
  • Why does Yadi continue to hit 5th??? Since Jun 1st, he's one of the worst hitters in the league.
    His numbers with runners on base and in scoring position are still holding up pretty good.
    And he's leading the team in game-winning RBis and is second on the team in go-ahead RBIs.
    And don't forget the clause in his contract that says he can't hit below fifth. I'm kidding about that one. I think.
    How do you see Mizzou MBB fairing this year against the Illini and Jayhawks?
    First I'd like to see how they play, period. Impossible to project a team full of transfers before you see them play together, and we haven't had the chance yet.
    Hi, Ben. We touched on this last week, but the weekend series against the Royals has reinforced it. The FH has always been marketed by asking if we would like to see a pitcher hit or a batter like Big Papi. When the Cardinals get to use a DH, the bat that gets added to the lineup is Sosa or Robson. The team seems to be making comments that they want to use the DH that way if it becomes universal, as a way to get regulars a half-day of rest by putting a utility player in. I would much rather have the strategy decisions like we do now than see another weak bat added to the lineup (no disrespect to Sosa, Robson or other utility players).
    I'll give same response as last week -- I think it would be a mistake for the Cardinals to get the DH and use it to simply hand out more at-bats to position guys.
    Go get an offensive specialist, or heck, go get two.
    One for righties, one for lefties.
    The one for lefties could be Pujols, if he'd be open to it.
    He's smashing southpaws for the Dodgers in his more limited role. Thriving. Makes you wonder.
    Do you think Waino could be someone ala Nolan Ryan, Randy Johnson, Jamie Moyer, and pitch until his early-mid 40s? Tom Brady, along with other athletes are still playing at a high level into their 40s.
    I don't think he will go that long. One more year, tops, would be my guess. And he might decide to go out on top after this season. I wouldn't blame him if he did. That's the smart approach. But he's just pitched so well this season I'd have to think he'd be leaving something on the table. Maybe he's OK with that. No one could blame him if so.
    Any chance STL gets an NBA or NFL franchise?
    The NBA idea is a non-starter unless someone rich enough emerges with a plan to get a team.
    There's no one on the radar who is.
    I know a lot of folks are hoping there's an expansion or relocated team in the cards for this NFL relocation lawsuit but nothing in reality has suggested that it would be an option, or that a settlement -- meaning dollars not team -- is being discussed.
    Don't tackle the messenger.
    Ben, IF people want to say each players stats are ok, IF people predict players will be better or that player X is not the reason the team is not performing. Then aren't they also expecting different results while doing the same thing? The team needs offense. Being 24 in runs this season is not some new thing. In some ways OF has performed better than projected yet they're 24th. They need to make some kind of change this off season and address a more balance bench that has been poor for more than one season. The obvious spots are MI and a LH hitting OF. Not some nostalgic trip with Yadi and Albert.
  • I don't recall saying the Cardinals should limit themselves to two offseason moves.
    We've talked about the middle infield situation in great, great detail many times. For weeks. Probably months.
    For the record do you predict Flaherty becomes a top priority one this off season in seriously trying to get him to agree on an extension beyond merely his control years? And how does such a signing likely get perceived by the fan base?
    First up is figuring out the new landscape.
    Why should Jack or any rising star sign a new deal before the new CBA arrives or does not -- one that is likely going to get younger guys more money sooner.
    Is there anything that can be done about reporters access to players? It doesn't seem like you guys are given the access you once were and MLB is more than happy to have their own "beat" writers that don't really give you any information. If you go to the teams page on MLB.com or through the app there's never any breaking news. Like you said early in the chat about Carlson's injury, we'll know the same time you do whether or not he's playing tonight. That seems wrong to me.
    I meant you all will know when we do, as in we would not be not sharing that information if we knew it.
    The way lineups are handled now is different due to the betting component, so the team usually releases them first when they used to be posted on the clubhouse wall and whoever got there first could find them.
    I don't know if we will be back in the clubhouse post-Covid or not.
    One of the many issues to figure out before 2022.
    Shildt hasn't talked before today's game yet. 
    That comes this afternoon on the field.
    Carlson will be asked about, certainly. 
    We never go through a tank-and-rebuild era, we have ownership who deeply cares about the culture of the organization, we may lose out on some FAs, but we tend to get higher-caliber FAs than many other mid-market teams, we've had the good fortune of having outstanding (my opinion) radio/television broadcast teams, it's rare that we approach August with no chance at the playoffs and we have a great ballpark to call home. Sorry to sound all pollyanna, but I enjoy Cardinal baseball. But I'll head down to the local watering hole, or read the comments section (big mistake) and all I hear are complaints. Sure, there could be a wild-card fizzle, but an '11 could happen as well.
    I have a hard time seeing an 11-style run from this group, for multiple reasons, but your point is a valid one and one that is not often featured in these chats. And I appreciate it, because it's the same point shared by a lot of people who do go to the ballpark and do follow this team year in and year out. It's very easy for online discussions to be very negative, but the hard truth is not everyone feels as negatively about the team as sometimes these chats or Twitter makes it seem -- if that was the case no one would be at games. I do think there is a growing frustration about the lack of deep contention by the Cards in recent seasons, and that's fair, but I always say Cardinal Nation problems are first world problems, and that is still very true. But I'm still going to point out when the Cardinals fall short on delivering what they sell. What they sell is postseason relevancy, annually. Too many years lately have not delivered.
    Would Andrew Knizner have been better served playing in triple A this year?
    You're starting to sound like Mo! 
    When Knizner plays in Memphis the team convinces itself he has nothing left to prove there.
    When he sits in St. Louis the team wonders if he should be playing in Memphis.
    He's in the Carson Kelly trap. Probably best to trade him and maximize the return if Molina's coming back and Ivan Herrera is viewed as the post-Molina answer, as Mozeliak has suggested. 
  • What is the chance of getting a better SS in 2022 ?

    Paul DeJong can not steal bases, can not make the hard plays in the field, can not beat out infield hits, and lately has not hit for a good BA ... hitting .200 most of 2020, & hitting .201 now.

    Cardinals can do better at SS, what is your view ?
    I think  your case is a lot better of knocking DeJong for his offense instead of his defense.
    He's one of the most solid SS in the league and has been for the past few seasons.
    Long time Rick Hummel fan here. Was there a piece written on his legacy recently when the PD and/or Cards honored him for his 50 years of work? If so, can you please post the link? Thanks!!
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