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  • in reply to: Houston Astros Stealing Signs #123548
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    The HBP of Diaz was pretty obvious. My idea may not be popular but the deliberate HBPs need to be stopped on the Astros, at least the obvious ones. Failure to do so is going to cause some pretty ugly scenes. MLB will have to come forward with some punishment that will put it to a stop. Automatic ejections of pitcher and manager should be the initial umpire reaction. Perhaps a large club fine will be necessary. Diaz doesn’t even have a World Series ring so he was a bad target but Urenas is known for that CS kind of stuff too. I just feel for the overall good of the game there is not a need to possibly end a career for hurt feelings. End of rant.

    in reply to: 2020 Spring Training Game(s) Thread #123547
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    BHC wrote: So I didn’t get to watch the game today but looking at the box score I have to admit I’m worried about Reyes.

    Good to worry about Reyes but also include Cecil in your negative thoughts. A couple others should not be dismissed also. IIRC Danny said each pitcher had a run counted against them today. Haven’t seen the box yet.

    in reply to: 2020 Spring Training Game(s) Thread #123475
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    I would suggest that we are dealing with a 37 year old future Hall of Fame catcher who has been squatting with those knees for a quarter century.

    After this season, he could give those knees a lot of rest by getting into the coaching and managing ranks. BTW, he has been running that way practically since day one. He is no speed demon but when the turtle walks by it’s time to think about asking MLB to allow designated runners.

    in reply to: 2020 Spring Training Game(s) Thread #123473
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    I posted this to the Outfield Dilemna board when my mind misfired. I repost it here for your reading enjoyment….(or not).

    I guess I look at spring training as being a good looking glass at folks you may not see much of during the regular season. Some of the regulars may also be working on something like you can see Carp working on that inside out swing to get hits to left field and forget about launch angle. Other guys will tinker with their batting stance or their fielding moves (infielders). Never forget that Pete Kozma won the Spring Training battle title one season and couldn’t hit diddly squat during the regular season (until he got to the Nats in the playoffs). Sit back and enjoy. Steals, errors, bobbles, balks all contribute to the learning environment. There will not be a test on this lecture.

    in reply to: Outfield Dilemma … #123472
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    I guess I look at spring training as being a good looking glass at folks you may not see much of during the regular season. Some of the regulars may also be working on something like you can see Carp working on that inside out swing to get hits to left field and forget about launch angle. Other guys will tinker with their batting stance or their fielding moves (infielders). Never forget that Pete Kozma won the Spring Training battle title one season and couldn’t hit diddly squat during the regular season (until he got to the Nats in the playoffs). Sit back and enjoy. Steals, errors, bobbles, balks all contribute to the learning environment. There will not be a test on this lecture.

    in reply to: 2020 Spring Training Game(s) Thread #123441
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    bccran wrote:

    Yadi is a player with many skills. Speed isn’t one of them.

    Very true but when a SS or 2B drops the ball 3 times, then sits down for a cup of coffee and has a large donut to boot and then gracefully wipes his mouth, puts on his glove and picks up the ball and soft tosses to the first baseman who is dozing and drops the ball once, walks over to near the dugout, picks it up and returns to 1b and the ump gives the out signal but, wait, Yadi is not yet in the picture that is slow.

    Not a speed demon but over the years he has acquired a habit of judging each ball he hits and determining whether any effort is required or not to reach the base safely not giving any possibility to a dropped ball or bobbled ball or bounced ball or overthrown ball………well you get the picture. Some managers have been known to bench a player who does that but the thought nowadays is that hustling is a rookie thing. My motto: You will never embarrass yourself if you hustle. I have to keep reminding myself that the line of command is owner-gm-Yadi-Shildt. But this has become the way of the game for veterans with big paycheck.

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    A Nogowski single drives in Edman for the Cards’ third run in T6th

    Edman got on by out running a potential double play. Yadi I see maintains his turtle like speed.

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    in reply to: 2020 Spring Training Game(s) Thread #123434
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    Well we are only 3 games in with only two on FS Midwest and its probably too early to see any trends but we have seen some ugly stuff – like Libertore’s game (or partial inning). I have been hearing a lot about Justin Williams here on TCN but his performance today was what I would call Forgettable both offensive and defensive. Lots of time left to get a good look at a lot of players.

    in reply to: 2020 Spring Training Game(s) Thread #123433
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    Jim Edmonds needs to spend less time in the tabloids and more time keeping up with MLB news

    I agree Brian. It was ever so obvious that he hasn’t been with it or maybe his tabloid problems overshadow his baseball activities. His statements on Saturday about not following the Astros sign stealing thing also had we wondering if he has found some rock to hide under. He did say he was not surprised and then seemed to indicate that things of that nature were common in his day but not with electronic devices like smart watches. Is Jim going to be in uniform this ST or season like he was last year?

    in reply to: 2020 Spring Training Game(s) Thread #123358
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    I will side with MM3. If Carlson gets 2 hits and an RBI every game they wont be able to send Carlson down. But if a few of those games he only gets one hit – he’s out of here!

    Thanks CC. Another thought. If Harry’s son has a bad looking bat in ST and if he has options might he not be sent down to ‘rehab his bat.’ His last rehab worked wonders but they turned out to be temporary wonders. Ahh such fun is theorizing based on spring training.

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    Well, his competition to start in left hit a HR with 115 mph exit velo. So there’s that…

    Hmmm, I can see already that we are picking sides…lol I like ONeil too but there may be room for two extra OFs. So far Carlson hasn’t come down with the ‘wiffer bug.’ I think Springfield was ready to name a street for him…..lol.

    in reply to: 2020 Spring Training Game(s) Thread #123353
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    Bader leading off should be interesting. Nice to see Carlson and some of the other good prospects getting more game time.

    in reply to: KK Kim’s old pitching form #123350
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    Its redundant to call hm KK Kim.

    But you don’t have to call him Shirley.

    in reply to: 2020 Spring Training Game(s) Thread #123348
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    I didn’t realize the Mets were playing split squad games yesterday so we didn’t get a peak at some of their big guns and we held back Wong, DeJong and Bader for today’s game at Pt St Lucie with them

    Some former Cards spotted in the box scores – Pete Kozma played some 2b for the Braves and got a hit. Jose Martinez played FIRST BASE and got a hit for TB. Randy Aroz also played RF for the Rays and chipped in a double. Matt Adams played for the Mets split squad against the Marlins

    Question: Noticed in the box score that Lane Thomas was given a Caught Stealing but was awarded the base because the pitcher balked. Could not the balk have resulted in the CS and just either a steal or no play awarded?

    Another Question: How ya gonna keep Carlson down on da farm if he continues getting 2 hits and an rbi in every game? I know, I know, it’s what’s best for da team. But da boy duz have a gud stroke does he not?

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    Jim Edmonds had some interesting comments on the cheating scandal today. News to me was the fact that all but one TV in the video room now have 5 second delays. I hope the one with real time is the one used for replay review because MLB cut down the request time from the manager from 30 seconds to 20 seconds. Cards looked pretty good today. Cecil got a slow start but the double play took him out of trouble (that was Cecil wasn’t it?) Lots of the rookies sure looked good. Looking for a solid team this year.

    in reply to: Houston Astros Stealing Signs #123317
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    Well Jim Edmonds kind of filled in some blanks on the cheating today. He wasn’t surprised as that kind of stuff has been going on since he played but not the electronic stuff. Most interesting is that he said only one TV in the video room is in real time now. All the other TVs (he said about 20) have a 5 second delay and I would think that is to cut out the cheating ability. I hope the guy with the replay reviews has the real time TV because MLB cut down the time for managers to request a review from 30 seconds to 20 seconds.

    in reply to: Outfield Dilemma … #123234
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    Perhaps that’s why I pull so much for Tyler. I’ve met him a few times and he’s a real well mannered, nice kid.

    I agree on that point sheepdawg. When you meet and talk to a player it really helps you make up your mind on what type of person he is. I like Tyler but he is now one of those players who, when they come up to bat, I don’t get a good feeling. When he delivers I am surprised. That puts him in a class with Carpenter and Bader last season.

    Today I will get spring training report on the Toronto Blue Jays from their #1 fan who is visiting from Canada -my daughter. But she will be treated to a week of watching Cards games….lol.

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    in reply to: Houston Astros Stealing Signs #123233
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    I will guess that it could have united Cardinals fans against a common enemy instead of having spent this off-season mostly squabbling with each other about what amounted to very little.

    Brian, there is but one cure…………………….PLAY BALL

    in reply to: Houston Astros Stealing Signs #123203
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    forsch31 wrote:

    Consider the other side as well, if Fiers says nothing then his current team mates become victims of something he knows is going on.

    But, supposedly when Beltran and Cora left the cheating stopped – at least there was no mention of 2019 being a cheating year. So Fiers team mates are not likely victims with him there. I still believe that almost all players at the minor and major league levels know that sign stealing is legal. Some may just assume that this system is just an advancement in the art of sign stealing and were not fully aware that the use of electronic devices was not legal.

    I think I have just about had enough of this topic. It is something that will likely never be settled so I am just taking it off my notification list and pay more attention to Card specific things such as Goldy’s elbow and Mikolas’s flexor muscle. Waiting for the next spring training injury. Houston is in another league and we don’t play them this season. Play Ball.

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    Funny how Fiers is coward for telling the truth, but the guys who cheated (and lied to their friends about them tipping pitches) are not. Weird world we live in.

    I assume he has returned the money and the ring to make things right in his world. To he straight here – I do not condone the cheating but I don’t condone the guy waiting two years to yap about it either. I still say there was some event that precipitated his going to the press.

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    Brian wrote: what makes you think Luhnow would have done anything other than to tell Fiers to be quiet?

    My reply was erroneously put in shaded letters below – read it as original

    Well then it was time to do what he did to open this case – talk to the sports writers. It is the lag time in his reporting that convinces me he had an ax to grind from some later action when he left the team. I don’t view him as some super hero. He says he is getting death threats. I don’t doubt it but that seems to be a common thing now on the internet. The goon trolls love to think they are scaring you but they will never get close enough to be identified. Another reason I loved it ‘back in the day’ before Al Gore invented the internet.

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    in reply to: Houston Astros Stealing Signs #123183
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    I agree with Ortiz, something I rarely do. Fiers is such a hero but he waited until he got the money and ring before he yapped. But something evidently tripped his trigger to do it. Afterall, he is as guilty as the rest but since he is an American League pitcher, he only batted in interleague contests and nothing was expected of him. The reason I don’t respect him is that he did not report it as it was happening. He is so keen on honesty but delayed honesty allowed the system to exist when it could have been stopped in its tracks simply by him talking to the manager and GM.

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    Look about right?

    Ask me in September.

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    If fans stopped showing up after a strike, the Cardinals would still have to pay that money to Arenado.

    My question is this: If players strike and fail to show for work are they not in violation of their contracts making them null and void; hence, no big paychecks until new contracts are negotiated? It sounds logical so that means ‘ain’t no way’ I guess.

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    Bolsinger should be made aware that he can be countersued for filing a malicious lawsuit or he can be made to pay legal expenses of both sides. From his past record he has little to complain about and no way to prove anything.

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