Paul does appear to be the opposite of Manny Ramirez. ManRam would see it and hit it. It worked for him for a long, long time.
At this point we're all waiting for this poor guy to have his "Mad as hell" moment and just lose it.
Actually, Shildt just made an impassioned plea for better situational hitting, higher on-base percentage and less emphasis on slugging percentage.
The chance to manage a big league team. These jobs are rare and Skip understands that this franchise is unique.
If you bring up a young hitter and he gets overmatched, that could cause developmental damage that could take years to overcome.
I have made no such promise of a turnaround in this chat. Like you say, the Cardinals are weeks away from getting healthy. And the losses keep mounting.
Overall this team is still pretty sound defensively. So that part of the culture remains. The Cardinals could use better small ball execution, true, and the overall hitting and pitching are a mess.
Good on both of those guys for doing well on those teams. But winning is a collective deal. The Blues proved that and the Canadiens and Islanders are proving it now. Even Tampa, with its superstars, won a Cup by adding soldiers like Marooon and Blake Coleman to create a better collective game.
Looks like one change, Sosa in for DeJong.
I didn't Tommy's remarks as an attack on Albert. He was just relaying the attempted shift in emphasis discussed in that team meeting.
The early 90s were pretty bad. Joe Coleman's long, painful trudge to the mound to talk to a failed pitcher . . . good times! This is getting comparable to that. Were the latter days of Matheny quite this bad? Maybe it's just bias toward what's recent, but this seems worse.
Ah, Edwin. Yeah, he could throw a lot of pitches. But that dude lasted forever. FOREVER!
After listening to Jim Edmonds' exasperation, shared at some length, I believe you must cut my friends at Bally Sports some slack. Danny Mac has not sugar-coated it either.
I'm guessing his seat has gotten quite hot.
You know what's a grind? Watching these games from start to finish.
The field staff is judged from year to year, and we've plenty of change of the year. The management team is judged over the long haul because that's how Bill DeWitt Jr. sees things.
Carpenter, Martinez, Miller, Kim, Wainwright and Molina are the veterans with expiring deals -- some with buyouts involved.
This assumes that young hitters will not improve and the Cardinals will not replace Paul DeJong if he doesn't improve. This also assumes that the Cardinals will not replace Matt Carpenter with a better bench player.