Matt Holliday Got Screwed

There will come a time this year when Matt Holliday won’t look quite like the player he does now. He won’t have posted a 174 wRC+ in his last 39 plate appearances. He won’t be getting rave reviews from the famously fickle New York City media. He may pick up an injury or two. There will […]

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Mike Matheny, a Right-Wing Billionaire, and an Islamophobic Grill Salesman Have a Plan to Change the World

There is a crisis among America’s youth, a clear and present threat menacing our most precious hearts and minds, and the men of the BASE Foundation are determined to stop it, even if they’re not entirely clear on what it is. “I’m concerned, quite frankly, about the culture of youth sports in America,” said Rick Sems, a […]

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Picking Up the Pieces

Here’s a needlessly elaborate version of a hypothetical first proposed to me by sometimes Double Birds contributor Adam Felder: On Sunday evening, just before the Cardinals open the regular season against the Cubs at Busch Stadium, an Omnipotent Time-Traveling Baseball Genie appears before you in a blinding seraphic vision. He offers you a deal: he […]

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The Matheny Roster Cycle Has Repeated Itself

For a moment there, right after the Fowler signing, the Cardinals actually managed to convince some of us that they weren’t going to call it an offseason. The club, wrote Derrick Goold, “could become more aggressive than previously believed, turning toward free-agent sluggers Mark Trumbo and Edwin Encarnación as possible pursuits.” Maybe such a change […]

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The Cardinals Might Do Something Smart With Their Bullpen (But They Probably Won’t)

The Cardinals announced yesterday that Trevor Rosenthal had been removed from the closer’s role, ending the speculation and discontent that had mounted as the league’s fourth hardest-throwing pitcher increasingly looked to be struggling with his command over the last few weeks. In 11 appearances in June, Rosenthal posted a 14.14 ERA, walking over 10 batters […]

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Aledmys Diaz, Pure and Simple

Think about how freely the Story puns flowed with April’s other breakout shortstop and you’ll see just how hopelessly wordplay-resistant the name is. Between the inscrutable Aledmys and the short, commonplace Diaz, there’s virtually nothing to work with. A few enterprising souls have zeroed in on the Led to varying degrees of success, but that […]

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