Aaron Miles

Somewhere in Cardinal Nation, fans are sad. Elsewhere in Cardinal Nation, fans are elated. Skip Schumaker has been traded to the Dodgers for Jake Lemmerman. Schumaker had become a bit of a crux of the saber versus scrap argument in St. Louis. Below average defense at second base, an “empty” (and declining) batting average, and [...]

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Reading a couple of posts over at STLCardinalBaseball this weekend led me into a bit of a debate with Ray over whether the Cardinals routinely pay market value for their players or not.  Spurred on by the ongoing discussions about what market value may look like for one Yadier Molina, Ray took a look at [...]

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Not The News – Vol IX

by on February 7, 2012 · 0 comments

Just about everyone in Cardinal Nation has had plenty of time to become acquainted with the latest flapdoodle involving Skip Schumaker’s latest baseball card from Topps.  It features the now famous Busch Squirrel (aka Rally Squirrel), and it really is an actual card with Skip’s name on it. Yep.  That’s it.  A squirrel running across [...]

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My Baseball Bucket List

by on December 19, 2011 · 13 comments

If you haven’t already seen the movie “The Bucket List”, starring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman, then I highly recommend that you do so.  In short, the movie is about the adventures of two men who believe that they are terminally ill and have decided to write out a “bucket list” of things they want [...]

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If you think back on the Tony La Russa Era of Cardinals baseball (1996-2011), at least one player immediately should spring to mind at each position in the field. Every position, that is, except for one. There’s Yadier Molina at catcher, Scott Rolen at third base, Edgar Renteria at shortstop (or maybe David Eckstein if [...]

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  Ryan Theriot has been non-tendered.  In non-baseball language, that means he wasn’t invited to play in the same sandbox next year.  I plan on wearing a pair of jorts at the home opener in his honor.  It’s not that he wasn’t good, either.  It’s just that his ability to catch and throw the round [...]

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As we all prepare for tonight’s Cards versus Astros and Phillies versus Braves games that may determine the final playoff spot in the National League, I thought it appropriate to bring a little levity to a high-leverage situation. It just so happens that Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez has some managerial tendencies that tweak that teams [...]

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The Cardinals have spent most of this season playing with house money, and they know it.  The $8M they bet on Lance Berkman may have been the best signing of last offseason in terms of risk/reward.  A good bit of Cardinal Nation is now drinking the Kool-Aid, and I don’t have a problem with that [...]

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Make a Wish…list

by on June 19, 2011 · 0 comments

Is it unsettling that the Cardinals needed late game heroics from Matt Holliday and Skip Schumaker to escape with wins on Saturday and Sunday?  This sense of disquiet actually has nothing to do with the opponent, because the Royals are not only young and talented, but they represent exactly the kind of team that the Cardinals [...]

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Epic WAR Graph Wednesday today. It’s the SCRAPGraph.  Or GRITGraph.  Whichever you prefer. We’ve got Nick Punto.  We’ve got Aaron Miles.  We’ve got Craig Paquette.  And just for good measure, The Secret Weapon, Jose Oquendo. And believe it or not, there are some fascinating things to be seen (isn’t that always the case with WAR [...]

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