St. Louis Cardinals GM John Mozeliak stepped up to the plate and took charge over this fiasco sending Boggs to AAA Memphis. He imposed his absolute power over this organization. When La Russa retired, this became his team. He started with promoting his special assistant to manager, Mike Matheny. Now Mozeliak looms large over the situation. Matheny’s infatuation with Boggs this year is the only real negative to this season behind injuries. So now what?
Mozeliak seems to think Boggs deserves a chance somewhere else. “If we’re going have trouble finding ways to use him, it may make sense to explore some other opportunities.”
Boggs is in the deepest abyss you can be with this organization and fan base. I DO feel sorry for him, but at this level it seems there is a lot of turn over year to year. Boggs has most likely pitched his best season.
So… Keith Butler anyone? Former closer of the Springfield Cardinals, he’s an undersized guy with decent velocity. He isn’t the typical hard thrower you see so often in the Card’s farm. He’s pitched magnificently at AA, posting a 0.66 ERA with 21 K’s in 13.2 innings. But… that’s at AA. The Cardinals tried him in Memphis this season and he struggled giving up 6 ER in 5 innings while walking 4. Small sample size but the Cardinals had seen enough and sent him down. Now he’s here in St. Louis. Why? He was already on the 40 man roster and it was the most convenient option.
So goes the business of the MLB…
I wish everyone stayed safe in OKC and the St. Louis area last night as tornadoes ripped through those areas.
My freshman year is finally behind me. Today was my last day of school and for some that just means the local pool opens. But for me that means BASEBALL. Going to games… eating ballpark hot dogs…. revving up for the grind of the middle of the MLB season. It’s in the next 2 months that we will find out who the REAL contenders are. I’ve already burned the top half of my arms to a crisp watching the anemic Springfield Cardinals implode and lose the the A’s AA affiliate. If you are a big Cardinals fan and have never been to Hammons field you are missing out. A great atmosphere on Friday nights thanks to the weekly fireworks shows. Just a beautiful ballpark
No school means more time to tune in and refine this blog. I love everything STL and I want to share unique content with you guys. My writing skills could certainly use a lot of polish, I know. However I know I’m improving and so far I like this a lot.. I’m always looking for more website traffic to motivate me to write more and more. I know that all that starts with engaging, unique content. I find this more sophisticated than taking to the tainted and juvinile, at times, comment section of various websites just to get my opinions out there. I know that some fellow sports bloggers read my blog and I appreciate any and all feedback I get, both positive and negative. Be sure to follow me on Twitter @stlsportsview. I’ve moved all my personal account stuff to this one and now I’m using this as my primary account
The baseball season is just heating up and the Birds have the best record in the NL. Are you ready for the ride?
Everyone have a safe and enjoyable summer!
Remember when RHP Carlos Martinez was hyped up almost as much as Shelby Miller?
Martinez, the Cardinals no. 3 prospect for 2013, has always been highly touted within the organization. He’s no joke either, here’s this from Baseball America:
Scouting Report: Martinez is an aggressive pitcher with a fastball that regularly hums at 94-98 mph and hit 100 in his first Springfield appearance. He has a biting curveball and a changeup that’s more effective when he doesn’t throw it too hard. Both could develop into plus pitches. He has a natural delivery but sometimes strays from it and his command wobbles. Some scouts see him as too small to handle starting, but his frame belies a wiry strength and his efficient mechanics will help.
So in the well documented Cardinal’s 5th starter competition where was this guy? How about stuck in the Dominican Republic. He couldn’t get his work visa approved and therefor couldn’t report to spring training. I personally really like Carlos Martinez. He’s a flamethrower with a nasty breaking ball. Living in southwest Missouri, I love getting the opportunity to see these young guys on the Springfield Cardinals. Martinez certainly passes the eye test. Last season Martinez went 4-3 with a 2.90 ERA and struck out 58 in 71 innings pitched. He’s off to an understandably slow start this year but everything I’ve heard suggests that he stayed focused and reported fit and ready to go. Carlos should be on the fast track to AAA and may enter the Cardinal’s bullpen pitcher later this year. If you forgot about him, you’ll sure be hearing his name soon.
Stay tuned for my evaluation of touted Shelby Miller.