Player Development is not Always Linear

September 29, 2018

Pitchers and hitters don’t progress from one stage to another in a straight line. That’s what we would like, because we like predictable.  We like things neatly arranged and sequential, but baseball player development happens so differently… and sometimes, so maddeningly different than what we like, that we are frequently frustrated beyond belief. This time last year, Striker Buehler, who was then named “Walker” Buehler,  was stinking up the joint…

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It’s Not Too Late to Save the Season

August 22, 2018

Only July 14, 2018, the Cardinals had lost two games in a row to the Cincinnati Reds and looked lifeless.  The St. Louis Cardinals have always thrived on continuity. Bill DeWitt Jr. has owned the team since March 1996, and he  has had two managers in that span: Tony La Russa, and then Mike Matheny replaced him in 2012. Under DeWitt, the Cardinals have won 10 division titles and made the postseason 13…

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This too Shall Pass – I Just Wish it Would Hurry up!

August 15, 2018

A new pitcher… same result!  Baez, Chargois, Floro,  Alexander and now Maeda.  All have failed as the stopper.  A good argument could be made that the biggest mistake FAZ made was not spending $7.0 million to re-sign Tony Watson, but here’s the rub: when any pitcher is suddenly thrust into the “closer role,” the weight of the world is on their shoulders and failure is the norm.  How Watson would…

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Here’s How I Would Fix the Dodgers

May 6, 2018

It’s time to see what Kike Hernandez can do as a regular – put him at 3B until JT comes back. Pederson goes to CF. Muncy and Valera go back to OKC. Too many weak bats. Hudson goes back to OKC and Cingrani goes on the DL. The team is under siege and decisive action is required. Things have to change and they have to change now! Puig will be…

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Kike Hernandez Had Clayton’s Back!

October 20, 2017

In what was a highly charged emotional interview after the game, a teary-eyed Clayton Kershaw reported that before the game started Kike Hernandez told him “I’ve got your back tonight!”  Boy, did he ever! The fact that the Dodgers won the NLCS is a testament to how deep the team is as they won without their All-Star Shortstop, Corey Seager who is part of the heartbeat of the team.  Just…

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