Tuesday February 21 2012- Jupiter Florida-
Incoming manager Mike Matheny took no time to make a meaningful change to the Cardinal spring training schedule. He split the starting pitchers into four groups and attached one veteran starter each to a group of younger players. One such group consisted of 2005 Cy Young Award winner and two-time World Champion Chris Carpenter and 19-year-old Tyrell Jenkins as well as Lance Lynn and others. Jenkins had not even been born when Carpenter was drafted. "I've already asked him five or six questions." said Jenkins of being paired with Carpenter.
Another grouping has 20 -game -winner Adam Wainwright with top prospect Shelby Miller and Brandon Dickson. Wainwright, recovering form Tommy John ligament replacement surgery, has already been in Jupiter for a week.
"Put the young kids on a back field somewhere, way out by Egypt, and what do they learn from the vets?" Matheny commented on the change.
This is a shining example the leadership that General Manager John Mozeliak valued so highly, above experience when he hired Matheny to replace outgoing Cardinal legend Tony La Russa. An important resource like veteran pitchers needs to be used to help the youngsters see how spring training is supposed to be approached, how to prepare, keep your emotions and ego in check. How to work.
From the "Here we go again" File: Negotiations between the Cardinal front office and catcher Yadier Molina on a contract extension have ceased, at least for now. Molina did not preclude talks from continuing during the season, but did not want his contract to distract from his preparation for the season. When asked if he would give a home-town discount, Molina replied, " I don't know about that. I always say how much I like the town. I like the city, but at the same time I have to think about my family. This is business. If I get good money, I'll take it. If not I'll go away."
The worst fears of Cardinal fans coming to fruition right before their eyes. The minute Albert Pujols left for sandy beaches, the question on everyone's mind was, "Will Yadi go to LA with his big buddy?" Not surprisingly, its all about the finances. Players are loyal to a team as long as they are under contract. Teams are loyal to a player as long as they produce. Fans are loyal to a team as long as it wins. Fans are loyal to a player as long as he produces. Players are loyal to fans as long as there is a payday in it.
From the "What the hell just happened" File: NY Met starting pitcher Jon Niese spent his offseason getting surgery. Not so unusual except Niese had cosmetic rhinoplasty. That's right kids, Jon Niese got a nose job because Carlos Beltran teased him and told him he needed one. But, evidently Niese doesn't look much different. I dont care what anyone says, there is nothing wrong with a healthcare system that allows mid-twentysomethings with mountains of expendable cash to spend tens-of-thousands on elective surgery to look exactly the same. At least he can breathe better. And his nose still looks awful.after on left, before right, no wait before on left, after on right...nope, reverse that