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Bypassed By the Cardinals, Indians Manager Terry Francona Is Building a Hall of Fame Resume

By Bernie Miklasz | October 20, 2016 | 13 Comments
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The Cleveland Indians are on the way to the World Series, and if you look at his increasingly impressive record, manager Terry Francona is probably on his way to the Baseball Hall of Fame. I have to say, I never gave much thought to Francona as a Hall of Fame candidate — but he’s making …

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Offseason Question for the Cardinals: Who’s On First?

By Bernie Miklasz | October 20, 2016 | 5 Comments
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Here’s my latest look at an unresolved issue looming for the 2017 Cardinals as GM John Mozeliak and chairman Bill DeWitt Jr. evaluate their roster this offseason … Today’s question: Who will play first base in 2017? The Background:  The Cardinals used several players at first base in 2016 with Matt Adams (289 plate appearances), Brandon …

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Redbird Rejects Ep. 28 – Best MLB Postseason in Years, Cardinals Lose Zach Duke

By Chris Files | October 18, 2016 | 0 Comments

This is one of the most exciting and weird baseball postseasons in a long time. Let’s get right into it. Here’s the rundown: 00:15 This is the most fun MLB postseason in a long time. 01:15 The teams remaining have good fundamentals. Where were the Cardinals with that? 07:30 Trevor Bauer’s cut finger has been …

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There Is No “Cubs ‘Curse,” But There Will Be Plenty Cursing if They Don’t Start Hitting

By Bernie Miklasz | October 17, 2016 | 5 Comments
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As the Chicago Cubs made their way to Los Angeles for the resumption of the NL Championship Series, they were probably hoping to pack a fresh supply of offense for an important road trip. Too many of the Chicago bats are malfunctioning. While it would be premature to suggest the Cubs are in trouble in …

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For the Cardinals, the Loss of Lefty Zach Duke Is Potentially Significant

By Bernie Miklasz | October 16, 2016 | 5 Comments
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In some fairly important news that didn’t receive gobs of attention over the weekend, Cardinals GM John Mozeliak confirmed an unfortunate development with Cardinals’ left-handed reliever Zach Duke: Elbow-ligament surgery. Plus a procedure to repair the forearm flexor muscle. Duke will be lost for most — and probably all — of the 2017 season. I …

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Offseason Question: The Cardinals Will Extend Mike Matheny’s Contract. Is This Smart?

By Bernie Miklasz | October 14, 2016 | 26 Comments

Here’s my latest look at some of the decisions Cardinals management will contemplate as the front office moves away from a disappointing 2016 season to begin prepping for 2017 and beyond Today’s question for the gallery: After a disappointing, disorganized and downward 2016 season, should team chairman Bill DeWitt Jr. and GM John Mozeliak give …

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Offseason Question: What Should the Cardinals Do With Brandon Moss?

By Bernie Miklasz | October 13, 2016 | 13 Comments
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Greetings. Here’s my latest installment of looking at the decisions facing Cardinals GM John Mozeliak as he turns his attention to planning for 2017 … Today’s topic …  The slugger, left fielder, first baseman, right fielder, and pinch-hitter known as  Brandon Moss. Let’s discuss …  Moss is eligible for free agency. The Cardinals have several choices: …

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Stating the Obvious: Fixing the Defense Will Help the Cardinals Return to Postseason

By Bernie Miklasz | October 12, 2016 | 10 Comments
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This isn’t exactly a revelation or — to use the old newspaper vernacular — a “stop the presses” news bulletin. But yeah, defense matters. So when Cardinals GM John Mozeliak vows to improve his team’s defense in 2017, he’s on the right track. And you knew that already. I raise the subject after doing some quick …

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Redbird Rejects Ep. 27 – Amazing MLB Playoffs, Options for Carlos Martinez

By Chris Files | October 11, 2016 | 0 Comments
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No Cardinals, but this is a hell of a season for the MLB playoffs. We’re talking that, and the Cards’ postseason options. Here’s the rundown: 00:15 It’s a hell of a season to watch MLB playoffs. Goodness. 02:30 Anyone have Conor Gillaspie as their playoff hero? No? Okay. 07:00 Kershaw gets the start for the …

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Offseason Question: Should the Cardinals Pick Up Jaime Garcia’s Option?

By Bernie Miklasz | October 11, 2016 | 17 Comments
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Greetings. With the 2016 season in the books for the St. Louis Cardinals, thoughts immediately turn to the offseason planning and the team’s quest to return to the postseason after missing out for the first time since 2010. Accordingly, I’ll be taking a look at some of the issues, problems, questions, areas of need and …

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