I think Carpenter could fetch a pair of decent prospects. I also don't think Cardinals fans would be too upset if he were dealt. This season has helped fans see that Carpenter is not a good defensive player. He also has proven to be a poor base runner prone to some bonehead moves. If ownership would approve it, I would definitely sell high on Carpenter.
Thanks. That MLS column was one of my favorites of the year.
I may be in the minority, but I will say I think it's unfair to blame Mozeliak for not signing Robert. he was pretty much destined to go to the White Sox, who had serious advantages in those negotiations. The Cardinals have made quite an investment in the international market this past year, blowing way past $20 million in contracts. Robert would have been a significant signing, but the other teams have money too. Adams got his chances here in St. Louis. He was a man without a position because of Matt Carpenter. If you were the general manager and had a choice to make between Carpenter and Adams at first base, you would have chosen Carpenter too. We all saw what a fiasco Adams was at left field even though he deserves credit for trying to play there. You might want to argue that Carpenter could play second or third, but I promise you he is no longer defensively capable to play those positions for a pitching staff with groundball pitchers. So in essence, Adams would have been a backup first baseman here.
We should never lump all the issues together nor expect one guy to offer opinions on every controversy. It gets tiring and it loses its impact if you're always banging the same drum.
I don't buy into the theory that Matheny is under Mozeliak's statistical thumb. I know they're not on the same page at times, which is quite natural and even healthy in the majors.
Every fan base thinks the same way. It's not. Do you remember a guy named Jason Heyward?
You're welcome. I speak on things I'm passionate about, but I won't and cannot fall into the trap on speaking on every issue. I do think a large percentage of readers go to the sports page to avoid all the politics and other hard news in the world. Let me share a humble brag. Over lunch with President and First Lady Barbara Bush one day in 2003, Mrs. Bush told me that she loved my work and said she purposely ordered that her Houston Chronicle be delivered with the sports section above everything so that she didn't have to accidentally see a story about her soon. How cool is that?
Pham has earned extended play. Moreover, he's a leader. He's a professional in a clubhouse that sorely needs guys like Pham. When you're playing poorly, it looks bad to be goofing around playing ping pong or video games in the clubhouse. Pham, however, focuses on the game at hand every day and avoids all the other distractions.
Thanks for reading. I sincerely believe all my colleagues also hold the Cardinals accountable. The beauty of this business is that we all view things differently and tell stories differently, but I know my colleagues also call out the Cardinals.
If Mozeliak can get Fisher for Lynn from the Astros, he should be executive of the year. That trade would make good sense for the Cardinals.
I hated seeing the Astros go to the American League. I still hate it. Houston had been an NL town for 50 years and before that a minor-league town affiliated with NL teams, such as the Cardinals. It's a bummer to see them in the AL. I will never forgive Bud Selig for forcing that move.
Mexico's two goals in the second half were brilliant. Aquino was the Man of the Match, in my opinion.
My track record is quite strong in terms of challenging teams on social issues. You can ask former Astros owner Drayton McLane and former Astros president Tal Smith how much I skewered them and push them to diversify their front office. Just last summer at the joint conference of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and the National Association of Black Journalists I was asked to participate in a panel discussion on race in sports. For you to even ask that question shows that you have not done your research on me. I think black players or Latinos I've covered would tell you I've spoken up on those issues quite a bit in my career at a time when very few have, but I cannot and should not be expected to address every issue. Moreover, I'm not qualified to address all issues and I won't. Sorry.
If you get rid of Rosenthal, you would probably re-sign Oh. Heck, it also might make sense to have Wainwright serve as the closer next year.
I don't think Oquendo would be considered as a manager in St. Louis. That ship has likely sailed. I think he would definitely accepted if the job was offered. Mike Shildt, who is now coaching third base, is my bet as the next Cardinals manager if Matheny is replaced in the middle of a season.
Two words: Jack Flaherty.
No. 1 David Cone's perfect game for the Yankees against the Expos at Yankee Stadium in 1999. No. 2 Subway Series between the Yankees and the Mets. No. 3. The Astros' six-pitcher no-hitter against the Yankees at Yankee Stadium on June 11, 2003. No. 4. The 2005 World Series. No. 5. The 2004 World Series. No. 6. The 2016 World Series. No. 7. The 2006 Torino Winter Olympics. No. 8. Mexico vs. the U.S. in a World Cup Qualifier at Azteca Stadium. No. 9. Chicharito's debut for Manchester United at Reliant Stadium during the MLS All-Star Game. No. 10. Game 6 of the 2005 NLCS, when Roy Oswalt put the Astros in their first World Series.
They have too many second basemen, but I don't think any of them would draw much of a return. They need a guy like Ben Zobrist or Marwin Gonzalez instead of four second basemen.
If you think there is no pressure at all for a guy who knows he must prove something before Freeman returns, you don't realize how difficult it is. This is Adams' opportunity to show what he can do. There's lots of pressure on him, and he's delivering.
I'm so new to St. Louis, I have no attachment to old uniforms. I really liked the new uniforms. They look quite cool (figuratively and literally).