October 27, 2020 at 9:12 am #145756
Well I won’t harp on this too much but we know that the front office has tailored the entire organization’s hitting approach around Albert and we also know that they aren’t keen on admitting mistakes, therefore, it shouldn’t be a shock that he is coming back. They may not have made a big financial investment in him but they appear to be doubling down on his hitting philosophy.October 27, 2020 at 9:16 am #145759
Well, I don’t know that they doubled down, but they surely did not fold their hand…
To your point, they made a major commitment in the majors and minors both, including moving old school coaches out. Many do not understand how broad the changes were in both people and process. It is much more than one man, like it or not.October 27, 2020 at 2:49 pm #145811October 27, 2020 at 3:38 pm #145817stlcard25ParticipantPaid - Annual
If your name gets brought up and Mo talks about you, you’re on thin ice. I’d imagine 2021 will have to being results or that “belief” is going to fade quickly.October 27, 2020 at 5:08 pm #145822
Mo had to answer plenty of questions about Albert last offseason too. This was in January.October 27, 2020 at 5:37 pm #1458291964cardsParticipantPaid - Annual
Thanks for posting the link Brian!
I felt this would end up being the direction that the organization would take. Hearing this leads me to believe the Cards either believe they have seen enough to believe the offense will be turning around in the near future or Albert needs one more season for his approach to take hold. I would agree with Mo that the minor league development has been hampered due to interruption. My concern is with how the club expects to get improved performance out of the major league roster. It has not materialized in two full seasons and you are heading into a third season with basically the same group of players.October 28, 2020 at 8:59 pm #146013forsch31ParticipantFree
I am curious about how involved Mo is in trades. Girsch has had the title of GM since June 20, 2017. If that was only a title and Mo is still basically in charge, I think it might be time to restructure the front office. Whoever is the most responsible for the bad free agent signings, bad extensions and bad trades either needs to be fired or removed from those responsibilities. I like the job Flores is doing, so far.
I hope the Cardinals see some results from keeping Albert for 2021. There are only so many reasons why the Cardinals are not doing better offensively:
1) He has some players that are hard to work with or don’t listen.
2) Whatever he preaches is taking some time to take effect.
3) The players just aren’t good enough.October 31, 2020 at 9:50 pm #146491
Mike Roberts concludes his 43 years scouting for the Cardinals today. 10/31 is the last day for most of the employees leaving as their contracts end.
This man has been a mentor to hundreds if not thousands of scouts. He taught all of them to be good fathers, good people and would talk players with you at any hour. Thank you for the last 43 years to the Cardinals organization. #lefty#80shoegame#birdsonabat#thebest pic.twitter.com/mIfFyjB7zf
— Dirk Kinney (@DirkKinney24) November 1, 2020October 31, 2020 at 11:11 pm #146498Cardinals27ParticipantPaid - Annual
Albert may be coming back, but his leash should be short if the Cards offense stalls in 2021.November 17, 2020 at 8:48 pm #147595
This is not about the Cardinals coaches, but the impact of the three hitting coaches for the SF Giants. One of them, Donnie Ecker, worked for the Cardinals from 2015-2017. The authors are Eno Sarris and Andrew Baggarly, the Giants beat reporter for The Athletic.
The main subject is how the hitting coaches got excellent production in 2020 out of a bunch of non-stars. But this paragraph, near the end, also caught my eye.
“But the Giants have just $25.9 committed past 2021 — the balance of Longoria’s contract plus three potential buyout options. It’s all coming off the books after 2022. In the meantime, the Giants have created the coaching and development bandwidth to produce hitters who fit their offensive philosophy and although the pandemic has knocked every club’s revenues for a loop, they should have the financial wherewithal and flexibility to augment their emerging young prospect core of hitters with a lavish free agent or two.”
Does the money part sound familiar? I wonder how many other traditional non-spending teams are lining up to spend big in 12 months from now – and what might that do to the market?
In this, an updated look at the San Francisco park effects, which need severe updating https://t.co/8eTYPXFixx
— Eno Sarris (@enosarris) November 18, 2020November 18, 2020 at 8:55 am #147621
I am not sure what category the Giants fit in right now. Before Farhan Zaidi got there they were usually a top 5 payroll team. He has smartly dialed it back and patiently waited for his albatross contracts to expire before spending again, and they have certainly found some diamonds in the rough (Yastrzemski & Solano). They have one more year of bad contracts before being able to pounce in 2022, similar to the Cardinals.
There aren’t going to be many teams with the same financial flexibility as the Giants and Cardinals in 2022 so I am not worried about that. It will just come down to how much can the Cardinals stomach to spend in one offseason. This will be a whole new world for them.November 18, 2020 at 9:03 am #147623stlcard25ParticipantPaid - Annual
It will just come down to how much can the Cardinals stomach to spend in one offseason. This will be a whole new world for them.
Yes, if revenues go back up, they could have as much as $80M or more to spend and fit within a reasonable budget. It would be tough to spend it all on free agents, and I’m sure they wouldn’t. I think a more likely scenario (for both StL and SF) would be to spend around half or a bit more and bank the rest for extensions or free agents after 2022 and 2023. That would get you a premium FA and a potential starter or a couple of mix and match pieces, with room to go after another premium guy or potentially extend someone like Hudson, O’Neill, Edman or Carlson at that point (if they are looking worthy of such a thing).November 19, 2020 at 9:49 am #147716
Moises Rodriguez is clearly future GM material.December 14, 2020 at 12:55 pm #149525
From Bernie’s Bits today:
Could this be John Mozeliak’s final season as the Cardinals’ president of baseball operations? No evidence. Just wondering.
For reference, if this would come to pass, Mozeliak would be leaving with two years remaining on the contract extension he received just a year ago. Would he walk away from that? Would DeWitt fire him or let him out of his commitment? It isn’t like he could go to another team and receive a promotion, which is a common way to get out of deals.
Doesn’t really add up to me…December 14, 2020 at 3:30 pm #149531
2022 is when Cardinal baseball could get fun again. Why would Mo not want to be here for that? Unless he is just ready for a different challenge or DeWitt is ready for a change I don’t see him leaving.December 17, 2020 at 7:29 am #149714
This article mentions that Michael Girsch was a candidate for the president of baseball ops job in Philly.
He was the first candidate they called.
He said no 3 different times.
Days before they hired him, they nearly hired someone else.
— Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) December 17, 2020February 12, 2021 at 8:46 am #154053
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