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  • in reply to: Our Younger OFers #145362
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    He’s not one of the young OFs but here’s an interview with Fowler. Its a little insight on what makes Dexter tick…. rapid Q&As. Its a fun read.

    https://bleacherreport.com/articles/2914696-dexter-fowler-talks-cubs-world-series-title-barry-bonds-more-in-br-ama

    in reply to: Management/Coaches #145179
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    The Cardinals have not won a trade since 2016

    VEB features this piece from Ben Godar today. You can say this isn’t so but there is a list of who we got and who we traded away that is heavily tilted towards we gave up a lot more than we received. And don’t forget all the failed signings and extensions. The reason that we finished very low in the offensive stats is because Mozeliak has given us a lineup that can bring most of our fans to tears.

    READ THIS.

    https://www.vivaelbirdos.com/2020/10/21/21524717/the-cardinals-have-not-won-a-trade-since-2016

    in reply to: Trade Ideas/Acquisition Ideas/Non-Cards Rumors – 2019-2020 #144670
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    MM3…. can we get an update today?

    in reply to: Trade Ideas/Acquisition Ideas/Non-Cards Rumors – 2019-2020 #144669
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    Okay so we traded Arozarena and now he is on the verge of becoming a big name in this year’s WS…. a potential All-Star. We did get Liberatore who, by reports from the Springfield camp, had a impressive 2020.
    He is on schedule to be in St. Louis sometime in 2021, right?

    But what about the other guy we got in that trade? He is a 19 y.o. catcher by the name of Edgardo Rodriguez. There isn’t a lot data on him except that he is 6’0″ and 200ish lbs. with an ETA of 2023. The Venezuelan is still growing and that he can hit and hit for power. One report foresees him moving to 1B or a corner outfielder. Did I say he can hit? We just might have something really good here. The thing is that he signed at age 17 and becomes R-5 eligible after the ’21 season. I already said he can hit and hit for power, right?

    Presently on the GCL-Cards roster, he is certainly a candidate for us to keep an eye on.

    in reply to: Management/Coaches #144479
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    Albert was probably making more $$ than Budaska so he had to stay. Mozeliak brought him in and didn’t want another black eye. I would have gone with Bud, he was a players type of guy and more comfortable with that position.

    OK BW fire away.

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    Stay strong MM…. we need you here. I for one appreciate your comments and take them with all due respect of your knowledge of what is sometimes called “the Cardinal nation”.

    in reply to: What Will Mo Do? (2020-2021 offseason) #144471
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    I can see 6 players on the 40-man that are expendable but have some value and could be used as throw-ins for a trade. Trading away more players than we receive seems to be the best solution to the crunch. That scenario is not always available and finding a trading partner that would want the lesser valued players is a whole different story. This will be a challenge for the FO for sure. There will likely need to be outrights as well to get the 40-man where it needs to be.

    Brian this piece sets the roster situation in a new light. Thanks, very informative and concise. I read through it twice just to be able to understand what is actually what.

    in reply to: Cardinals’ Off-season Needs #144362
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    Getting one player that is a certified all-star won’t be a game changer to the Cards in ’21. It would take a few guys from the present lineup to have career years in ’21 to propel this team back to the tier 1. (very iffy)

    I would think that the guy upstairs will be avoiding to take on any large salaries for the next season unless there are signs in his crystal ball pointing to the Cards making a 180 in one season. A lot of the budget is tied up by poor decisions in the past few years. When those albatrosses are gone… only then can the franchise move forward towards ’22 with an influx of promising high level prospects and a pickup or two for depth.

    DeWitt, should be thinking of saving up his money for prudent extensions that will pan out for a change. But hey, its always a crap-shoot. Recently this club is a fine example of how things can go south in a short period of time. If you want you can call the circumstances of 2020 just plain old bad luck. However…. some how we crawled into the post-season. And what can you attribute that to? [scratching my head]. Who can remember having two or three Cards in the top ten in BA. That used to be quite common.

    in reply to: Cardinals’ Off-season Needs #144208
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    Anne Rogers (MLB.com) wrote about how she believe things will shake out for the offseason. Its another thought provoking article that takes into account how the roster crunch will shake out.

    https://www.mlb.com/cardinals/news/cardinals-2020-2021-offseason-faq

    in reply to: Cardinals’ Off-season Needs #144206
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    This is one J.P. Hill’s (VEB) posted yesterday opinion and it somewhat follows what my thoughts are above.

    https://www.vivaelbirdos.com/2020/10/10/21510336/budgeting-ideals-realities-and-patience

    This article doesn’t get into 2022 but you can read between the lines. If the Cards take on an outsider it will likely be a younger and cheaper OF with a decent amount of potential.

    In answering some quires concerning how the FO will deal with this situation… of course it won’t be put out there for all to hear. Again… you have to read between the lines. And my thoughts are my take of what the aim of the FO will be going forward.

    Ooops…. I see just now that gscottar posted this link yesterday. Sorry gs. But it is a good read even if you don’t agree with it.

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    in reply to: Cardinals’ Off-season Needs #144127
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    I think that most Card fans are resigned to the FO’s plans to target 2022 as the season that they can return to a tier 1 team. The players that have bloated the budget for the past few years will be gone. So with that in mind…. why look to spend serious $$$ on an older player that will help in ’21?? They will likely look for a cheaper OF that will help for the ’22 target and give the OF guys we have now some stiffer competition. The $$$ we save can be used to keep who we have now.

    By ’22 we should have an influx of young talent that should attain their potential by then Gorman-Liberatore-Herrera-Thompson-Oviedo-Montero et al, plus the ’20 rookies Carlson-Cabrera-Knizner-Fernandez-Woodford-Whitley will have ’21 to get some more experience under their belt.

    There will be a good mix of vets like Goldschmidt-DeJong-Flaherty-Edman-Kim?-Mikolas and the resigned Wong. Of course things will change in the next two years. Some of those younger players will rise to the top and give the team serious depth. Some will disappoint but there are a lot of names that I presented above to cover for that inevitability.

    I would be surprised to see much change for ’21 because the organization has ’22 in its sight. Until then the Cards should stay competitive enough to challenge for the division. All of this seems reasonable to me… I hope that the FO follows through. Are we on-board with this?

    in reply to: Cardinals’ Off-season Needs #143814
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    Blake Newberry of VEB included this sentence in sizing up the Cards.

    It is impossible to look at the Cardinals lineup and not see mediocrity.

    This has been a point that I’ve been making for the past two seasons and unless things drastically change the lineup and make-up of the team will be the same next season.

    There’s a lot of talk about 2022 as being the year that the F.O. will shuffle the cards/Cards. No one knows what the world will be like in 2021…. epidemic-wise. It could be similar to the last seven+ months. Let’s hope not but as we have learned this year…. anything can happen.

    The F.O. will likely look at 2021 as they did 2020…. throw some guys out on the field and hope for the best. No big additions. Maybe a couple of guys will live up to their potential.

    in reply to: 2020 NL Wild Card Game 3 – Fri, Oct. 2 at Padres #143605
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    If you are a fan of the Cardinals Tom Hart-Rick Sutcliffe-Jessica Mendoza-Perdo Gomez were unbearable to listen to!!! I had to get that out. Sudcliffe is a long-time Card hater and that Jessica Mendoza is like listening to fingernails on a blackboard. They truly pissed me off.

    in reply to: 2020 NL Wild Card Game 3 – Fri, Oct. 2 at Padres #143600
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    bicyclemike:

    Most likely the Dodger series would have been a lot like last year’s Nationals series,

    Well, there’s that to be glad about. The series with the Nats last season was the worst a Cardinal fan should have to endure.

    in reply to: Cubs thread #143596
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    Another gash in the bottom of their boat.

    in reply to: Bob Gibson dies at 84 #143595
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    There has never been a pitcher like Gibson… and there never will be. He gave me such great memories. Thank you Gibby. You made us all proud to be Cardinal fans.

    in reply to: 2020 NL Wild Card Game 3 – Fri, Oct. 2 at Padres #143316
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    I didn’t think it was maturity at all…. but Gallegos did seem a bit jumpy and that’s not his m o. He just didn’t look like the guy that we are used to seeing. Very uncharacteristic. I don’t think that we will see that from him again. He is usually rock solid.

    in reply to: Restructuring MiLB #143304
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    This is just another cursed event from the year 2020. This year has been one nightmare after another.

    in reply to: 2020 NL Wild Card Game 3 – Fri, Oct. 2 at Padres #143300
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    Tinky….

    I don’t trust Jack right now.

    We have no choice “In Jack we trust”.

    in reply to: 2020 NL Wild Card Game 3 – Fri, Oct. 2 at Padres #143297
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    To me Gallegos showed some signs of poor body language. Yadi seemed to be annoyed (shook his head) that Gallegos had to look at his card a second time. That was right before (next pitch) Tatis unloaded. I would have pulled him right then. Did anyone else pick up on that?

    in reply to: 2020 NL Wild Card Game 1 – Wed, Sept. 30 at Padres #143003
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    Reyes may have passed Martinez, Ponce and Gomber on the rotation depth chart for next season with his work out of the bullpen this season. Mikolas might be iffy coming off his injury.

    The Pads bats are tough to keep down… I hope they wait until spring training ’21 to come alive. If Wainwright can keep it a close game for 5 innings I have a lot of confidence in our bullpen to close this thing out today.

    Bader will have to sit today out and think about his O-ring. It would be cruel to let him end his season with that performance. But we won game 1 and it ain’t right to dwell on the one negative. If you want to get picky, Edman dropped a perfect throw on the stolen base… Yadi didn’t look to happy about that.

    in reply to: 2020 Playoff Rotation/Roster #142503
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    I agree with what you are saying. I have no problem with Kim going first…. the guy has been a warrior all season.

    in reply to: 2020 Wild Card Series – non-Cardinals #142502
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    Bad news for the Cards is that 29 other teams will be looking to score one of them away.

    in reply to: 2020 Cardinals Odds and Projections #142501
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    Probability will have at least two dawgs winning their series, right?

    I’ll take CLE and TOR…. and throw in the Cards (because I’m a very positive sort of guy).

    in reply to: Offense #142496
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    This is a question for the upcoming 2021 rankings…. which young players have lost their prospect status this season? I’m asking it it here because this is a very active topic.

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