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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Have Desert, Will Travel

Originally published on Medium. And so it went that America, hi there, granted us a new notch for that long, ascendant line graph of peak Americanisms. This one arrived as “Chief Baseball Operator,” a position hitherto imaginary and fanciful, as much the realm of childish dream as “Governor of Race Cars,” or “King Fireman Wizard […]

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