Skip Schumaker

Under Construction

by on February 1, 2012 · 8 comments

  There is no questioning the results thus far.  Cardinals’ GM John Mozeliak has built a good track record during his time with the team.  Is there a method to his madness?  Maybe.  He may not have a printed set of blueprints for building a team, but he certainly seems to have an idea of [...]

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The question has been asked since the day he was hired. “What kind of manager is Mike Matheny going to be?” It was asked of the players, the existing coaching staff, and it was asked of Matheny himself. The players seem genuinely excited about playing for Matheny, as evidenced by Chris Carpenter‘s comments at Winter [...]

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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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It’s that time of the year again, for the United Cardinal Bloggers’ Fall Roundtable discussions.  You can find all of the other question and answer sessions by visiting the UCB site - but yesterday was our turn to do the asking, thus today is the day to do the posting. We asked: It seems with every [...]

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Do you see what I did there?  Thought so.  Not only was the weather in St. Louis a bit nasty for a while yesterday, but it also may have given the Cardinals a bit of an assist (or two).  The degree to which the Cardinals can take advantage of that fortuitous splash of rain will [...]

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Can You Hear Me Now?

by on October 25, 2011 · 4 comments

Tony LaRussa called down to the bullpen while Octavio Dotel was struggling with the whole “making good pitches” thing, and he asked that Jason Motte start warming up.  Somehow, the Cardinal bullpen coach, Derek Lilliquist, allegedly heard “Rzepcynski” instead of “Motte”.  Astutely, LaRussa saw that Motte was not the one warming up, and he called [...]

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So much for the storybook ending, but St. Louis can write a new finish to 2011 with the help of their long-time rivals. The Cubs travel to Busch for three of the most important games in recent memory with only one club feeling the heat. Chicago most recently dispatched the Brewers 2 out of 3 [...]

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Reality Bites

by on September 2, 2011 · 0 comments

I hate to break the news to everybody else in Cardinal Nation, but the chances of the Cardinals reaching the playoffs increased from just above 1.0% to a whopping 4.3% after a 3 game sweep of the Brewers.  With only 24 games left on their schedule, the Brewers have a magic number of 18 to [...]

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