Former Cardinals

Hindsight is 4/41

by on January 21, 2011 · 11 comments

Does that “4/41” part sound familiar at all?  Wait for it….. Yep, that’s it.  That’s Kyle Lohse’s contract – 4 yrs / $41M.  It’s easy to second guess it, but was it really a bad idea at the time?  After all, nobody could know that he would go on to pitch in only 41 games [...]

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7 Inning Game

by on January 19, 2011 · 7 comments

No, I’m not suggesting that MLB shorten the game to 7 innings.  That would be plain silly, and it would leave less time for the consumption of ballpark food.  If anything, I’m a proponent of having more baseball on a given night as opposed to less.  No, I’m simply suggesting that the Cardinals could practically turn some [...]

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Nothing earth-shattering here, but felt it worth passing along a couple of quotes from a chat that Chris Perez – of former “Closer of the Future” notoriety in St. Louis – participated in at Cleveland.com.  [h/t to John Marecek on Twitter for the link] The first reference to the Cardinals was pretty benign: Ray: Prior [...]

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Trevor Hoffman announced his retirement from baseball as the all-time leader in saves, and roughly 95% of all human-like lifeforms (our dogs voted 2/3 in favor of) I polled think he’s a first-ballot Hall of Fame guy.  Go elsewhere for the complete stats on Hoffman, because I don’t much care how many guys he intentionally walked.  The [...]

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Fool Me Once, Shame On You

by on January 11, 2011 · 0 comments

Fool me twice, shame me. It’s an idiom that means people (or teams) should learn from mistakes and not allow people (or players) to take advantage of them by repeating the same mistakes.  You know where this is going, right? Brad Penny and the Detroit Tigers. Since Penny’s last All-Star appearance in 2007, he’s accomplished the following: [...]

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After much deliberation (5 minutes at least), I have determined the best approach to evaluating players from the so-called “steroid era” is to put world renowned sleuth Encyclopedia Brown on the case.  That’s right.  It’s time to set aside innuendo and double-talk and get to the heart of the matter.  No more Congressional hearings or [...]

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Yes, I’m pretty sure the Cardinals have gone to plaid, but I’ll explain that later.  Focus on poker first, because I have a serious poker/baseball question to ask. Are the Cardinals going “all in” for 2011?  For those of you who aren’t familiar with the phrase “all in”, it’s a poker term that refers to a [...]

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Maybe I’m the only one who feels this way.  Maybe I’m not enough of a baseball historian, and what follows could certainly brand me as such. Amongst all of the bickering, name-calling, and endless columns, posts, and Twitter sniping about who belonged in the Hall of Fame from the 2011 ballot – Jack Morris versus [...]

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Why the title?  Let’s face it.  Their names are forever linked.  According to Bert Blyleven: ”It’s been 14 years of praying and waiting.”  Really?  If it were me, I’d have a 14 full cuss jars sitting in a room by now.  Can you imagine the combination of excitement and relief?  Just watch the reactions of the latest round of [...]

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THE LAST BRENDAN RYAN POST

by on December 22, 2010 · 7 comments

I’m sorry.  I know you’re ready to move on, and so am I.  But first, I wanted to address Dennis’ post from Friday – The Fall Guy. I started to gather my thoughts for a well-written response as a comment to that post, but it quickly became clear it was going to be too long-winded [...]

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