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2017 Ex-Cardinal Watch Thread

Postby chevyman58 » Fri Feb 19, 2016 6:38 am

The Los Angeles Angels are preparing to start the season without Albert Pujols, who is recovering from right foot surgery.

Manager Mike Scioscia said Thursday the three-time NL MVP is doing some swinging but still has a lengthy recovery ahead. Coming off his first 40-home run season since 2010 with St. Louis, Pujols had surgery in November after foot pain limited him to a designated hitter role during the final month of last season.

The team's medical staff thinks Pujols won't be ready for the April 4 opener against the Chicago Cubs.

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Postby chevyman58 » Tue Feb 23, 2016 2:59 pm

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — New Padres bench coach Mark McGwire is absent from spring training while he takes care of family matters back in Southern California.

New manager Andy Green said McGwire, the one-time home run king, was in camp earlier, and the two talk by phone every day.

"Family to us is the most important thing," Green said Tuesday morning. "We consider ourselves a family here. We want to make sure he's got ample time to make sure he feels good about where his family is before he comes back this way."

Big Mac had been the hitting coach for the Los Angeles Dodgers for the last three seasons before being hired by Green.

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Re: 2016 Ex-Cardinal Watch Thread

Postby chevyman58 » Wed Feb 24, 2016 7:32 pm

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David Freese Cannot Get A Job
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Postby R27 » Thu Feb 25, 2016 5:50 pm

That I just don't get. I think the Mets would be a great fit as insurance against Wright's spine issues. No reason Freese couldn't play first and the two corner outfield spots either.

Though, he's probably been contacted about a bench role from teams, but he's holding out in hopes of finding a starting job or maybe one being created by a spring training injury.
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Re: 2016 Ex-Cardinal Watch Thread

Postby chevyman58 » Thu Mar 10, 2016 7:34 am

Skip Schumaker, in camp with the Padres, has announced his immediate retirement at the age of 36.
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Postby Tulcard » Sat Mar 12, 2016 10:14 am

David Freese signed an 1 year contract with the Pirates and Randy Choate signed a minor league deal with the Blue Jays.... 8-)
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Postby R27 » Mon Apr 04, 2016 4:59 pm

James Ramsey, who was traded to Cleveland for Justin Masterson, was DFA'd by the Indians today to make room for Joba Chamberlain. Hit just .243/.327/.382 in AAA for the Indians last year. Indians have better outfield prospects pushing him out right now.

Was just thinking back to all the deals Mozeliak and the Indians have made. Not many have turned out well for either side.

2009: Mark DeRosa for Chris Perez and Jess Todd. DeRosa got hurt shortly after showing up in STL and was never the same. Perez was a two-time All Star, but those Indians teams finished 15 and 20 games back in those years.

2010: Jake Westbrook and Nick Greenwood for Ryan Ludwick (to San Diego). Westbrook played a role in the rotation for a few seasons, but never found a groove. Greenwood never made a mark in STL. Ludwick didn't do anything in San Diego. But the Indians did get Corey Kluber out of this deal. This might be the best of the trades.

2013: Marc Rzepczynski for Juan Herrera. Rzep had one good year for Cleveland and then got dealt to San Diego.

2014: James Ramsey for Justin Masterson. Masterson sucked in STL, but may have helped make Miller into the pitcher everyone thought he could be. Ramsey, of course, just DFA'd today.

2015: Rob Kaminsky for Brandon Moss. Jury is still out on this one. Moss did OK after being acquired. Kaminsky might turn into a quality starting pitcher though.
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Postby Razz » Fri Apr 08, 2016 1:09 pm

Albert gets a walk off hit last night against the Rangers.
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Re: 2016 Ex-Cardinal Watch Thread

Postby chevyman58 » Sun Apr 17, 2016 7:59 am

The season hasn't exactly gotten off to the best start for Dbacks pitcher Shelby Miller, then he couldn't get out of the second inning on Saturday night in San Diego. While following through on his delivery, Miller scraped his hand on the ground resulting in cuts to both knuckles of his index finger.

Miller would walk in a run after cutting his finger before being removed. He worked just 1 2/3 innings while allowing two runs, thanks in part to three walks. He now has a 8.53 ERA and 1.82 WHIP in three starts this season.

By comparison, Wainwright thru 3 starts has an ERA of 8.27 and a WHIP of 1.90. Not good.
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Re: 2016 Ex-Cardinal Watch Thread

Postby chevyman58 » Thu Apr 21, 2016 8:09 am

Three hours before the first pitch between the Phillies and New York Mets, Pete Mackanin sat in his office with a group of reporters and explained why he decided to bat his pitcher eighth and drop slumping Peter Bourjos to the No. 9 spot in the batting order.

“It’s the first time I’ve ever done it,” Mackanin said.

The manager went on to say that he liked the idea of having Bourjos hit in front of Odubel Herrera, who was getting his first shot of the season to lead off. Mackanin added that he wouldn’t have dropped Bourjos to the bottom of the order if Bourjos had been hitting. But Bourjos carried a .167 (7 for 42) batting average into the game, so Mackanin decided to give it a shot.

In an ironic twist, Bourjos was the hitting star in the Phillies’ dramatic 5-4 win over the New York Mets at Citizens Bank Park (see Instant Replay). His two-out infield hit in the bottom of the 11th scored Freddy Galvis from third base with the winning run as the Phillies avoided being swept by the Mets.

Earlier, Bourjos tied the game with an RBI hit in the seventh. http://www.csnphilly.com/baseball-phila ... rk-mets-11
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Re: 2016 Ex-Cardinal Watch Thread

Postby chevyman58 » Sun Apr 24, 2016 6:27 am

Colby Rasmus finally got the big hits the Astros have been waiting for, launching a go-ahead grand slam in the fifth inning and driving in five total runs to propel Houston to an 8-3 win over the Red Sox on Saturday afternoon. The victory snapped the Astros' four-game losing streak.
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Re: 2016 Ex-Cardinal Watch Thread

Postby Razz » Sun Apr 24, 2016 1:44 pm

chevyman58 wrote:Colby Rasmus finally got the big hits the Astros have been waiting for, launching a go-ahead grand slam in the fifth inning and driving in five total runs to propel Houston to an 8-3 win over the Red Sox on Saturday afternoon. The victory snapped the Astros' four-game losing streak.


Colby's off to a good start this season. Leading the power hitting Stros in home runs (6) and rbi's (16) and hitting over .300.
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Re: 2016 Ex-Cardinal Watch Thread

Postby chevyman58 » Tue Apr 26, 2016 6:38 am

Reggie Jackson is in the rearview mirror now, and Rafael Palmeiro is next. And before this season comes to an end, Harmon Killebrew, Mark McGwire and Frank Robinson may be behind him, too.

Albert Pujols continues to pass big names in his march up the home-run leaderboard, each one a little bit more illustrious than the other.
He blasted two home runs in Monday' 6-1 victory over the Royals, giving him three home runs over a seven-at-bat stretch, and now Pujols has 565 career home runs, two more than Jackson for sole possession of 13th place on the all-time list.
He is 36, but signed for five more seasons after this one.
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Re: 2016 Ex-Cardinal Watch Thread

Postby Razz » Tue Apr 26, 2016 5:18 pm

chevyman58 wrote:Reggie Jackson is in the rearview mirror now, and Rafael Palmeiro is next. And before this season comes to an end, Harmon Killebrew, Mark McGwire and Frank Robinson may be behind him, too.

Albert Pujols continues to pass big names in his march up the home-run leaderboard, each one a little bit more illustrious than the other.
He blasted two home runs in Monday' 6-1 victory over the Royals, giving him three home runs over a seven-at-bat stretch, and now Pujols has 565 career home runs, two more than Jackson for sole possession of 13th place on the all-time list.
He is 36, but signed for five more seasons after this one.


Albert also has 2679 hits. Will he make it to 3000. Little over 300 away so he has a good chance if he stays healthy. His average and obp have really declined the last couple of years. Still has the power though.
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Re: 2016 Ex-Cardinal Watch Thread

Postby chevyman58 » Wed Apr 27, 2016 7:14 am

Perhaps many who had heartache about Shelby Miller leaving for a year of Heyward may end up ok with the deal. The greatest thing Arizona can be thankful for so far is he's only signed for a year. Last year's early run of personal stats may end up an outlier for Miller. We drilled him again last night, he's winless with an ERA approaching 9.00.

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