Being the GM

Each and every off season I like to ask myself what I would do if I were the GM of the St. Louis Cardinals.  I look at what I perceive to be the team’s weaknesses and find ways to go about reinforcing those weaknesses.

Going into this offseason, I see two main priorities for the Cardinals as they attempt to return to the World Series for the third time in four years. First, find a starting shortstop. Second, remodel the bench.

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The Post-Mortem

104 days until pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training. For fans of 28 other teams, that coundown had already begun. For Cardinals’ fans, it begins now.

Last night the Red Sox did what they did all series long. Pulled a rabbit out of their hat.

The entire series they didn’t hit well. In fact, only David Ortiz had more hits than games that were played in the World Series. But they got the hits when they needed them. Something the Cardinals were unable to do.

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Obstructing a win

Have you ever? No I’ve never! The was the reaction of the baseball world after last night’s game ending obstruction call in Game 3 of the World Series.

After throwing out the potential winning run in Yadier Molina at the plate for the second out of the bottom of the 9th, Boston catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia saw Allen Craig advancing to third and fired off a throw. His throw went wide as third baseman Will Middlebrooks dove, trying to snag the errant throw as Craig slid safely into third base. The still injured Craig worked his way back to his feet and tripped over a still outstretched Middlebrooks. He worked his way over Middlebrooks, continued home, and was thrown out by a couple feet at home.

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Circumstantial evidence damning for Lester

In a turn of events that evoked memories of Game 2 of the 2006 World Series against the Detroit Tigers, Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester was spotted last night with a foreign substance on his glove. The substance in question was first eyeballed by Cardinals’ minor league pitcher Tyler Melling who tweeted about it. He has since spoken with the organization and deleted the tweet.

Since then, the only defenses that have been mounted for Lester are the statement by Major League Baseball and that Melling, a High A ball pitcher who is coming off a bad year, is a horrible player and isn’t worth listening to. Classic ad hominem.

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The reason I’ve been away this time

On Sunday night, instead of watching baseball and writing blog posts, I was busy at the hospital as my wife and I welcomed our first baby boy. Our son Micah was born on Sunday night. As you can see, I have already begun to indoctrinate him into Cardinal Nation like any good father should.

Unfortunately, he has seen more losing games than winning games since his birth. They’ve really got to work on that. I was hoping they’d reel off six straight and we could go into next year with him never having seen the Cardinals lose. Maybe next time.

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