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By now, you should be fairly familiar with the Cardinals 25 active roster.  As of the completion of the game against the Royals, it consisted of 13 pitchers, 2 catchers, 6 infielders, and 5 outfielders, although technically Allen Craig was getting playing time as an infielder as of late.  Shortly after the game, it was [...]

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It was only a matter of time.  It’s the modern version of irresistible force vs immovable object (or Prince Fielder vs Golden Corral as I like to call it).  It’s going to be epic.  This is beyond epic.  It’s “bepic”.  This isn’t about Good versus Evil (or Ebil).  It’s not that black and white.  No, [...]

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The Imperfect Name

by on February 1, 2011 · 1 comment

I detest the phrase “perfect game”, and I think it should be removed from the baseball vernacular for good.  Why?  In it’s current form, it’s used to denote a winning effort that lasts a minimum of nine innings in which no opponent reaches base.  Basically, a “perfect game” is a “no-hitter” + “shutout” + “walk free” [...]

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Tony over at MLB Blog Buzz sent an e-mail yesterday asking for submissions for a group Power Ranking project they’re working on, so naturally Dennis and I were happy to oblige. Once I got into ranking the teams, I realized that outside of the top five and bottom five, doing this during the preseason is [...]

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Mang Overboard

by on January 13, 2011 · 6 comments

“I say and I say it again, you’ve been had. You’ve been took. You’ve been hoodwinked, bamboozled, led astray, run amok.” ~Malcolm X (Malcolm X – a Spike Lee joint) I couldn’t have said it better myself (probably because Denzel Washington has a way better speaking voice, and he’s well…Denzel).  Someone has tried to pull the [...]

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In part one of “Rich Team, Poor Team”, I compared the financial realities for the Padres and Cardinals and explained why I think the Padres are at a substantial competitive disadvantage as a result of their ownership change.  Until the last $145M owed to the Moores family is paid, the new ownership group expects to see no [...]

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Scratch.  Moolah.  Dough.  Coin.  Benjamins.  Paper.  Opulence.  Rich teams has it.  Poor teams want it.  In baseball, it’s all about revenue or revenue gap to be precise.  Revenue gap often translates to talent gap, or it at least translates to differing margins of error.  There are exceptions, and it’s technically possible to field a competitive team with [...]

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When I talk about “making it right” of course, I’m talking about making it “Wainwright”.  I’m talking about the 20-game winner with the 2.42 ERA in 2010 and one of the top 5 pitchers in the NL.  He’s 6’7″ and 230 pounds of “aw heck”, and he darn well better be the guy standing on [...]

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Please don’t be frightened.  This will only hurt for a moment.  I’m going to write briefly about the subject of sabermetrics as though you’ve never heard anything about it.  There will be definitions.  There will be new terms introduced and foreign acronyms put on display.  Do not be alarmed.  I come in peace.  If you’ve read [...]

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Brian Cashman on Line 1

by on December 16, 2010 · 8 comments

You’ve probably heard that the New York Yankees are a team scorned, and they are in search of a top shelf starting pitcher.  The Cardinals just happen to have a couple of those, and one just happens to be nearing the end of his contract.  He’s ‘s already spent 6 seasons pitching in the AL, [...]

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