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  • in reply to: 2021 Cardinals schedule #155038
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    in reply to: Weekly St. Louis team recap #155032
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    in reply to: 2021 Spring Training news #154986
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    Shildt Sunday remarks:

    See Sunday lineup on game thread.

    Electronic strike zone was a one-day test sponsored by MLB to get feedback from players. Won’t see this in spring training. Will be used in Florida State League this season.

    Doesn’t write lineup cards in triplicate any more. Writes it down and Marmol loads into system and they print off cards.

    Arenado slides into fourth spot, but could slide into any spot.

    This spring, players will be separated. Players can still pass balls and gloves to fans. Starting pitchers will be in dugout with Jack and will all leave together. Scheduled position player replacements will be in dugouts. Then third tier backups will be allowed in. Minor league staff can come into dugout then. Not everyone in camp gets to enter stadium. Handled like road spring training game. Because minor league staff are available, those not in game will have specialized group work during game. They can watch game on TV if they want, but can also leave when work is done. Up to them.

    Will share pitchers for Monday sim game tomorrow morning.

    Reentry to game. Prefer not to use it but likes to have it in the bag. Minor league coach Randy Niemann is undefeated in because always rolls innings before his team loses the lead…

    in reply to: Road Hotels #154983
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    Welcome, Brett. In their media guides, teams used to list their road hotels, but for security reasons, they stopped this practice.

    in reply to: 2021 Spring training game thread #154982
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    Probable Starting Pitcher on Tuesday, March 2 at Miami: RHP Adam Wainwright

    in reply to: 2021 Spring training game thread #154981
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    Sunday spring training Game 1, Sunday, 2/28

    1. Tommy Edman 2B,
    2. Matt Carpenter, DH,
    3. Paul Goldschmidt 1B,
    4. Nolan Arenado 3B,
    5. Paul DeJong SS,
    6. Yadier Molina C,
    7. Dylan Carlson RF,
    8. Tyler O’Neill LF,
    9. Harrison Bader CF;

    RHP Jack Flaherty

    Flaherty and Gant to pitch multiple innings today. Reyes to throw multiple innings next time out.

    Today’s Umpires:
    P- Angel Hernandez,
    Bases – CB Bucknor & Lance Barksdale

    in reply to: 2021 Spring training game thread #154977
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    Sunday pitchers after Flaherty: Gant, Cabrera, Reyes, Parsons, Jones, Gallegos.

    in reply to: 2021 Spring Training news #154951
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    Shildt Sunday remarks:

    Sunday pitchers after Flaherty: Gant, Cabrera, Reyes, Parsons, Jones, Gallegos.

    Fir amount of regulars will start Sunday. Loosely scripted. Couple of at-bats tomorrow. If player asks for third, will try to accommodate.

    DeJong asked to do a lot in 2019. Covid may have impacted 2020, but 11 doubleheaders may have been worse – for him and whole team. Asked the regulars to grind.

    Leadoff. Hasn’t told team Sunday lineup. Did not mention Carlson as a possibility, but didn’t say not. Want someone to get on base and damage would be wonderful. Matchups a possibility, but likes stability in lineup. Edman can’t be disqualified from leadoff. Has done it for us. Little more effective vs. lefties. Improving in a lot of areas including discipline.

    Hasn’t seen any evidence of 2021 new baseball. May be using it and he doesn’t know. Expects to use it at some point in spring training. Not as if new ball is labeled.

    Talked to Davey Johnson. Will play nine innings unless something changes.

    in reply to: Questions about the New TCN – UPDATED 03/20 #154948
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    The site outages continue. I am in the process of porting the site to a new provider. We plan to test for a couple of weeks to try to find the problems before cutting over. Sorry for the bumps.

    in reply to: 2021 Spring Training news #154932
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    Tommy Edman Friday comments:

    Took reps all over infield before Wong signing. Simplifies things not having to take balls from all angles and not worrying day to day. Looking forward to staying at one position. Was also fun moving around and was a way to get into lineup before.

    Leadoff hitter characteristics. Getting on base, especially with great RBI guys in middle of lineup.

    Did not walk much as a rookie. Pitchers tended to attack. Pitched to differently last year and did not adjust as well. Needs to attack pitches over middle but take walk when warranted.

    Led off majority of time in HS, college and minors. Past success hasn’t carried over to majors yet. Hope to change that this season.

    Should be seamless transition with DeJong at SS. Got in a lot of work together last summer in StL. Building on it this spring. Watched Wong, saw their chemistry up middle. Also took ground balls at 2B before some games and learned from Wong. Mostly played up the middle in HS and college, so familiar with it.

    Pitchers will attack him with Arenado and Goldschmidt coming up and not want to put him on base. Take advantage of mistakes over plate but also take walks.

    Asked about Carp’s comment about him playing second and Edman moving around. “I will play anywhere they ask me.”

    Will start to use virtual reality more as a team. Will help the team’s plate discipline. He was moving around in his load last year. That caused his head to move and not able to see pitches as clearly. Working on that. Not specific to pinch hitting.

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    Matt Carpenter Friday comments:

    Arenado trade. My reaction was excitement. Team immediately got better. They are friends and were texting even before it happened.

    Like every spring, wants to play wherever team needs me.

    Goold asked about adjustment to being a part-time player. Carpenter replied that it is not established that he is a part-timer. Mentality in camp is to win a job. Almost same exact situation as 2012/2013. Ended up taking most ABs at 2B, but played all over. This year could be similar or not. A lot can happen over 162 games. When it happens, I will be ready to go.

    If I hit like I know I am capable, I am going to help this team win games, plain and simple. Where and how will work itself out.

    Worked in offseason on trying to get bat speed back to where it was. Produce consistent line drives. Weight training and Blast Motion. The latter goes on end of bat and tracks speed. Have a couple of seasons of data so could see progress.

    Does have batting gloves. Might see then, especially on cold days.

    Last season not good representation for anybody. Felt he swung the bat well in the spring, pre and post Covid, but the numbers did not show it.

    Traits of leadoff hitter is to set tone for offense by getting on base for middle of lineup.

    Expect worst and hope for best regarding DH. Assuming will be playing without it. Can’t plan for it, but would welcome it with open arms.

    No OF glove. No need for it. If he and Tommy are playing well, he could play 2B and Tommy could move around in infield or OF. Also plenty of good outfielders. Depth will help them win.

    in reply to: 2021 Spring Training news #154919
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    Perhaps. Probably more importantly, remember that Shildt is answering questions, not talking off the top of his head. The question was specifically about Sosa. He probably would have said nice things about anyone he was asked about.

    in reply to: 2021 Spring Training news #154899
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    Shildt Friday remarks:

    Arenado will start Sunday. Sat down with him and mapped out first week of games. Everything as advertised.

    On Saturday, position players will have a workout. (Pitchers may not, but he hasn’t told them yet, so couldn’t tell us.)

    Taking wholistic approach to OF. Bat dictates playing time but won a lot of games last two years because of defense. Three guys (TO, HB, DC) plus others yet to get opportunities are pretty good defensively.

    Measure offense this spring on timing and making adjustments. Looking for good at-bats, seeing ball well, balls in strike zone. Timing can take a while for some. They are process oriented in results-oriented world.

    Sosa has already made the MLB step. Ready for MLB, but due to depth, not room until now. Has skill set to be MLB player. Will not get opportunity in spring at 2B, SS, 3B. Even with Edman and DeJong to play SS, always nice to have backup SS, but roster doesn’t always allow them to cover all needs.

    No decision on Sunday 7 or 9 innings. Plans to reach out to Davey Martinez.

    Knows who else will pitch Sunday after Flaherty. Will tell us tomorrow (Saturday).

    On whether DeJong’s positioning will change with Arenado at 3B. Won’t have to move Paul a ton, but aware that Arenado can cover more ground. Expect the two of them to communicate in game.

    Hard to evaluate Carpenter’s offense this early. Everyone is working on something. In good place in BP. Feels good. Building on positive offseason.

    Bader was a little splitty last year. About consistency vs. RHP. Needs to be ready to hit more with pitches are in zone so numbers not so one-sided.

    in reply to: 2021 Spring Training news #154892
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    FWIW, I think Mo did Carlson a major disservice when he compared him to Albert a winter ago. And it was done on camera so it could not have been misconstrued. That was really unfair to do to any 21-year-old still trying to make his way.

    in reply to: 2021 Spring Training news #154884
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    Shildt Thursday remarks:

    Flaherty to start Sunday and regular season opener in Cincinnati. He is in good place and excited about it. Will throw two innings, 30-ish pitches Sunday.

    Flaherty’s body of work indicates he deserves it. In 2020, was compromised almost as much as any pitcher with starts and stops. Appreciate how he handed and grew from it. Tough to be building up during season.

    Jack is an impressive guy. Cares a lot about people and causes. Continues to grow into the young man he is becoming. Sky is the limit. Getting more confidence in his own skin.

    Mokolas has been very positive in throwing multiple pens to date. Likely he is excited about first pitching to live batters today.

    Wainwright was arguably (or may not arguably) their best pitcher in 2020. It would be a great opportunity and tribute if he could start the home opener. But have to determine the best rotation to win all year and hope the two come together.

    On pitchers asking for specific schedules, with 32 in camp, can’t accommodate every one. Miles is scheduled to pitch on the 1st in a B game (open day on schedule). Just fell out that way. Maddux lines up schedule. The focus is how they are getting in their needed work. The schedule follows from that.

    No hitters asking for extra work yet. They already have build up plans. Fluid to handle requests for more/less at-bats when they come.

    Liberatore is an exciting guy. Excited to see him pitch.

    Has everyday outfielder expectations, but other guys will be trying to get into the mix and make the club. Can’t answer if camp will lead to three starters. He is more of a matchup guy than a platoon guy. Encouraging hitters to not be “splitty” and be consistent (against LHP and RHP). Confident will get consistent production from the outfield.

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    Grays, I understand the situation and I am sorry that I had to take your post down, but I do not want it to appear that this site is condoning illegal methods to view pay content.

    in reply to: 2021 Cardinals schedule #154874
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    in reply to: FOX selling regional sports networks to Disney to Sinclair #154861
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    in reply to: Trade Ideas/Acquisition Ideas/Non-Cards Rumors – 2021 #154852
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    The only time “my quantity” for “their quality” trades work in the real world is when the other team is motivated to move their star player. Dream on, but it ain’t happening with Tatis.

    in reply to: Albert Pujols #154851
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    10 year personal services contract at $1 million per year post retirement…

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    in reply to: Cardinals prospects viewed nationally #154832
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    Thanks. Cleanup made.

    in reply to: 2021 Spring Training news #154826
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    Shildt Wednesday Zoom:

    PFP championship today. Wouldn’t say who his draft picks will be. Johan Quezada is a coordinated, athletic guy despite 6-foot-9 height. Not sure everyone in camp has seen him so he might be a sleeper pick.

    PFP 2020 championship (led by Brebbia) was little engine that could. Used as example throughout camp as group came together.

    Catchers blocking tournament had happened in cages before and now put on schedule. Started with Dave Ricketts 33 years ago. A reason why StL catching position has been so competitive for so long. Yadi took Ricketts’ program and works with a couple of catching groups early each morning.

    Missing franchise icons not being in camp. Shildt discussed this with Mike Shannon last night. Something is missing in camp for 1st time in his 18 years in the org. Protection of our institutional knowledge. Loss of Lou, Gibson and Red still stings. Only so many spots based on COVID tiers to bring in people this spring. Some team full time staff could not come. Hope to get Ozzie, Izzy, Carp, Ludwick, Sutter, Edmonds involved via Zoom or at Busch later in season. They come in and work.

    Hicks, Miller, KK, Miles threw sides yesterday. Had good throws. Will check on how they feel today.

    Knows who Sunday starter will be, but need to talk with him first. Will not be huge surprise.

    Cards hope Sunday game can be nine innings, but need to talk with Nats and will do so in the next day or two.

    in reply to: Scoops With Danny Mac Wednesday podcasts #154824
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