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    Cardinal in France
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    Sometimes life just ain’t fair.

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    Brian Walton
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    Matt Adams still doing his thing in indy ball…

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    Wow that is great! I had forgotten that he is still playing.

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    OF Stephen Piscotty has been released by the A’s.

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    Piscotty just never got it going like the promise that lead to the ill fated contract extension.

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    Good guy. Hope he’s picked up by another team.

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    Ets DFA’d Nick Plummer today. Not at all shocked by it. That 2015 1st pick was wrong as we have previously talked about. Of course the guy I wanted went on the DL this week with season ending elbow surgery, Walker Buehler.

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    Sad to see about piscotty. Hope he gets another shot. If not, not a bad career.

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    Thank God that we avoided the Ozuna mess. Too bad it cost us two of the best pitchers in baseball tô find out

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    Never liked him. I wanted Yelich for the high price we pay. But Yelich sucks now too so it just hurts we lost Alcantara and Gallen

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    We definitely whiffed on that deal but at the time I think we were all clamoring for Mo to make a trade for someone. I think we had just missed out on Stanton. The trade certainly turned out regretable. I think many of us considered Alcantara and Junior Fernandez to be pretty close at the time and if those two were switched it would have been more palatable. One thing to consider is that deal cleared space from our system. Had we not made it we may have lost some guys via R5 or waivers. One thing for Ozuna, that guy has the ability to take Anyone deep at any time–something you can’t say about many players. If I was down 1-0 against Randy Johnson throwing darts I’d take my chances with Ozuna rather than someone good but not likely to turn it around like Arenado or Holiday.

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    I wasn’t too big on Ozuna but in reality he wasn’t that bad. I’m glad with these recent developments that he isn’t on team anymore.

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    Wille82…Ozuna’s bat was decent enough, but I remember that he came to the Cardinals from Miami after being awarded a GG for his OF performance for the previous season. After watching him play about 30 or so games in LF for the Redbirds, I thought to myself, “If this guy is a GG OF’er, I’m Zsa Zsa Gabor”…

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    For the two years we had Ozuna, Yelich won the MVP and came second the next year. Ozuna was average at best for those two years.

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    Hyperbole…?

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    Oliver…I was never at all crazy about him and he was certainly somewhat of a liabilty in LF, but I’d have to say that he was a good bit better that average with the bat based on .280/23/88 in ’18 and 29/89/.241 in ’19. He also may have had the best Cardinal hitting performance in the ’19 NLDS with 2 HR’s 5 RBI’s 9 hits and a .429 avg. against the Braves, which is probably the primary reason ATL. foolishly signed him.

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    gscottar…It may also be the best signing as he’s locked in until ’26 at $56M with a team option for ’27. That’s a bargain on par with a .25 cent loaf of bread…

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    Heyman twisting the knife! Of course he could have said what it really was — the WORST trade of the decade!

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    I am rarely a big fan of those deals where you give up several young guys for what you think is the one veteran to get you over the top. I love being on the other side of those deals. I understood the Ozuna trade at the time, as our offense was bad and needed a jolt.

    One exception was the deal for Goldy, and I liked the Arenado deal too. In those I felt we did not give away a future star. Over the years, in addition to the Ozuna trade others I hated:

    Bobby Tolan and Wayne Grander for Vada Pinson – I was a kid at the time, but thought Tolan would be good if given a shot at full time play, while Vada was in decline. Turned out to be exactly that, and Granger blossomed in to a top closer with the Reds as well.

    Andy Van Slyle, Mike LaValliere and Mike Dunne for Tony Pena – really did not like this trade as Van Slyke looked like a talent who was ready to take the next step. Did not realize LaValliere was so good, and in Pittsburgh he became better than Pena.

    Three young pitchers for Mark McGwire – hated this deal as I felt McGwire was a rental. Turned out okay as McGwire stayed and the pitchers never did much. I was wrong on this deal.

    Dan Haren, Daric Barton and another guy for Mark Mulder – Again, I felt this was bad, but mostly because I thought Barton was a future star. Turned out Haren alone was better than Mulder, and Barton never fulfilled the promise he had a a prep hitter and on-base machine.

    Going the other way, I loved the deal we did for J.D. Drew getting the three pitchers. That one is still paying dividends.

    Ozuna has really turned out to be a mess. Atlanta would love to dump him, but are stuck with him awhile longer.

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    BikeMike…Haha! I was also just a kid when they traded Tolan for Pinson. but I remember being real happy to get the Red’s CF’er. At just 11 years old, I was still of the mindset of, “old age, what’s that?” These guys were superhuman and could play forever! The thought of a player being in “decline” was entirely foreign to me. The one that really hurt me as a youngster was Cepeda for Torre. The Redbird MVP Cha-Cha was my favorite Cardinal position player for goodness sakes! How in the world could anyone think of trading the guy who gave my favorite team their identity of, “El Birdos?” Man, alive! What in the heck were they thinking?

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    Yah 1TD, that Cepeda for Torre deal really surprised me. Not only was he the MVP a year earlier, but he was the leader in the clubhouse, as far as I knew anyway. They called the Cardinals “El Birdos”, which I think was Cepeda’s phrase.

    While that deal turned out okay, the club was never the same and Bing Devine went in to a 10 year funk where most every deal was a bad one.

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    BikeMike…Yeah, he coined the El Birdos phrase, but I recall our old friend Harry Caray was the guy who really promoted it as the identity of that ballcub. I also recall that he seemed to be Harry’s favorite position player, but Harry would have given up beer if Gibson would have asked him to. I can still hear the very distinct voice inflection when Harry would say the name, “Bob Gibson” on a KMOX radio broadcast.

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