Johnny Cueto

Joe Kelly has a pretty good sinking fastball, and it’s helped him hold down a 2.70 ERA through his first 6 big league starts.  Little do people realize that Kelly perfected his sinker at altitude.  No, we’re not talking about pitching in Colorado with baseballs from a humidor.  Think just a bit higher.  That’s right.  [...]

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In case you missed it, Bob Netherton over at the blog On the Outside Corner absolutely made every attempt to paint the black yesterday on a great hot button topic.  It’s a must-read before you finish this piece.  Go ahead.  I’ll wait.  Maybe he caught the corner, and maybe he threw a few just a [...]

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Baseball has rules, and the core rules of the game do not change much from Little League to the big leagues.  Basebrawl on the other hand represents an entirely different animal.  The rules that cover basebrawls are part of the unwritten rules that are loosely defined and yet still associated tightly with the game of [...]

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Plea Deal

by on February 11, 2012 · 1 comment

Each year usually just prior to the beginning of baseball season, I make a short wishlist of all the things I wish the Cardinals would do throughout the year.  Items like “Win the World Series” seem pretty obvious and do not belong on this wishlist.  “Sweep the Cubs” is nearly just as obvious.  See for [...]

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Major League Baseball has handed down its ruling for Yadier Molina‘s rage-filled ejection on Tuesday night, hitting the catcher with a five-game suspension, intended to begin tonight, barring appeal. From the press release sent out by MLB (h/t Adam McCalvy, MLB.com): St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina has been suspended for five games and fined [...]

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No Angry Birds?

by on July 5, 2011 · 4 comments

Cardinals vs Reds.  Chris Carpenter vs Johnny Cueto.  The July 4th game had all the media hype of a WWE event.  What did fans see?  A pitcher’s duel that ended 1-0.  Nobody got accidentally brushed back a little harder than usual.  Nobody was drilled in the ribs.  Heck, the only pitch close to the batter’s box [...]

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As the Reds prepare to host the Cardinals this weekend, I thought it might be necessary to help the host team out with a few friendly suggestions about how to stay hospitable and maintain the highest level of decorum they can muster. Don’t do “The Wave”.  It’s pathetic in any stadium, and it just looks [...]

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Follow The Money

by on March 2, 2011 · 2 comments

By my rough estimate, the 6 teams in the NL Central are going to start the 2011 season with a combined $544M committed to team payrolls.  Yikes.  Check out the breakdown: Cubs ~ $133M Cardinals ~ $109M Astros ~ $91M Brewers ~ $84M Reds ~ $76M Pirates ~ $51M If you split teams 1-3 and 4-6 [...]

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Not The News – Vol. I

by on February 26, 2011 · 4 comments

SHOE ATTACKS MAN IN MOUTH.  SHOE WINS 5-0 IN STUNNING ROUT!  Man goes 0-5 with 4 strikeouts against shoe. I love a good mea culpa as much as the next guy, and I’d really like to believe Gomes is sincere with his Deion Sanders impression of a high-speed backpedal.  The only problem I’ve got with the whole [...]

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FUNdraising Ideas

by on February 4, 2011 · 3 comments

With the Cardinals facing the prospect of giving a substantial pay raise to arguably the best player in baseball, I thought I’d try and help the team out with some fundraising ideas.  No ordinary bake sales or car washes will do for this team, though.  This situation calls for some extraordinary, out-of-the box ideas, and [...]

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