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  • in reply to: 2017 MLB Game #111: Cards at Reds Sun Aug 6 #29858
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    Now I recall why I kept working instead of retiring.

    in reply to: Derek Shore features #29849
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    in reply to: Minor league thread – Sat Aug 5 #29817
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    in reply to: Matheny as manager – fired 7/14 #29807
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    It is unfortunate that you consider joining a discussion in a public forum “piling on”. It would not have happened had you answered the original question, which you still have not.

    Here is my conclusion from your remarks.

    Do not question authority. Give the manager and front office the benefit when the numbers back them and disavow the numbers when it does not support them.

    Of course, you are entitled to your view, just as it is for others to disagree.

    in reply to: Weaver down, Tui up #29806
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    Tui survives – at least for another day. With Wainwright’s activation, Kevin Siegrist was placed on the DL with left arm used-up-itis, or if you prefer, forearm tendinitis.

    in reply to: 2017 MLB Game #111: Cards at Reds Sun Aug 6 #29805
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    I am confused. Is Jose Martinez the cleanup hitter or the guy to be optioned to Memphis when Fowler returns next week? If there was ever an example of how badly this roster is constructed, this is it.

    in reply to: TCN's monthly top 50 prospects #29803
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    I don’t get the revelation here. There are very clear statistics about the small percent of minor leaguers who reach the majors. There may not be 50 minor leaguers in the system who will ever reach MLB. Since we don’t know who they are until after the fact, we have to assess probabilities. By definition, some will be right and some will be wrong.

    I accept prospect lists for what they are – the best point-in-time assessments from people who make their living scouting and watching ball players – at least in the case of BA and MLB. No one should expect perfection.

    in reply to: Questions about the New TCN – UPDATED 03/21 #29782
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    Folks, you many notice two changes this morning. First is that pagination is now working. The reason why is the second change – no nesting of replies. It turns out that though it is not well documented, the two are mutually exclusive in this software. By shutting off nesting of comments, paging started working.

    Unless there is a high level of disagreement, I plan to leave it this way. In fact, had I known of this tradeoff, the forum would have been set up this way from the very start.

    Thank you to the readers who brought this to my attention.

    in reply to: Weaver down, Tui up #29769
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    I don’t know that trading Kelly would become a Steve Carlton-magnitude mistake, but my fear is that to placate Molina, they may double down on bad decisions that will be regretted for a long time. How else can they deal with this situation for three more years? That is an eternity.

    in reply to: 2017 MLB Game #110: Cards at Reds Sat Aug 5 #29767
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    Well, I was wrong. Reds starter hit Wong in the head and the seventh inning went out of control for them. Cards up 4-1 with two outs.

    in reply to: Weaver down, Tui up #29766
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    BA: Mejia #18, Kelly 51
    MLB: Mejia #16, Kelly 36

    They are both elite prospects, but not all that close in ranking, except on a Cardinals board. 😉

    in reply to: 2017 MLB Game #110: Cards at Reds Sat Aug 5 #29764
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    Lynn doing his thing through six, but the offense is not giving the pen much room to work. We’ve all seen this script before.

    in reply to: Weaver down, Tui up #29762
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    Since you asked, I know nothing about Francisco Mejia’s defense, but at age 21, he has a .900 OPS at Double-A. Over a year older, Kelly had a .834 mark at AAA. His OPS last year at Springfield at the same level and age as Mejia is at now was .740.

    So those who call Kelly the top catching prospect in the minors disagree with MLB and BA, who favor Cleveland’s Mejia. I can understand why the relative rankings of the two are as they are.

    in reply to: Molina rest #29761
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    Mr. Kelly is wise beyond his years.

    in reply to: Matheny as manager – fired 7/14 #29757
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    In some interesting timing, national writer Joe Sheehan, a friend of mine (under full disclosure), just tweeted this about the manager, in reference to Wacha’s infamous return in the post-season against the Giants. But, hey, it was Wacha’s fault, right?

    in reply to: Weaver down, Tui up #29756
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    Not pushing your buttons. Just having a good discussion.

    I have always said that I do not know the other systems well enough to objectively place the Cardinals. Seeing guys once or twice (or in most cases, never) so primarily doing rankings from stat sheets and mining what others say is not my thing. I appreciate how hard it would be, though.

    I generally try to not over-rate the guys in the organization I follow. Generally, the Cards don’t seem to rank as well nationally because they often lack top-tier talent. Unfortunately, the MLB club is suffering from that very problem right now. If teams had to play a 50-man roster, the Cards might always be competitive.

    While I appreciate the effort BobReed put into his prospect ranking work last off-season, when all was said and done, it was the work of a Cardinals fan and I felt it reflected that bias. I came to that conclusion by using the scouting data from the source he referenced, John Sickels.

    Regarding Kelly, he is ranked #36 nationally by MLB and #51 by BA. What is wrong with that?

    in reply to: Matheny as manager – fired 7/14 #29754
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    Quit being so objective.

    in reply to: 2017 MLB Game #110: Cards at Reds Sat Aug 5 #29752
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    DeJong hits his team-leading 15th home run of the season. Cards up 2-1 through 2 1/2.

    in reply to: Weaver down, Tui up #29743
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    General industry view is the Cards are a middle of the pack farm system.

    in reply to: Weaver down, Tui up #29742
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    This is it for Tui’s option years, so 2018 will be sink or swim.

    in reply to: 2017 MLB Game #110: Cards at Reds Sat Aug 5 #29741
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    No reason to be concerned, right?

    in reply to: Matheny as manager – fired 7/14 #29734
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    Your non-answer is all the answer I need, though I did not ask the initial question.

    in reply to: Matheny as manager – fired 7/14 #29731
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    bccran, what about the apparent inconsistency of citing team won-loss record in support of the manager in the past, but now disavowing any connection when the W-L record has gone south?

    in reply to: Weaver down, Tui up #29729
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    Wagner Mateo and Roberto De La Cruz were also international bonus babies. All that means is three years ago, Atlanta saw enough in a 15 or 16 year old to risk a lot of money on him. To date, he has not lived up to it.

    Regarding Kelly, you gloss over the defensive side. Fielding percentage is not the be-all, end-all, but Yepez’ fielding percentage is worse than Kelly’s the year before they took Kelly off third. Scouts I have spoken with believe Yepez’ only hope defensively is first base, but he is not yet an average defender there, either. Being a first baseman only would put even more pressure on him to hit.

    in reply to: Weaver down, Tui up #29725
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    No offense taken, but I disagree. Here are the Cardinals’ recent second-rounders. I would not trade the worst of them for Yepez. In the reports I have seen, his best position on defense is DH. His OPS at Peoria is .715, which is below his career mark of .733. Yes, he is young so we will see. Maybe he will become a true prospect, but I don’t see him as one now.

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