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Where’s Walton?

I am currently at St. Louis Cardinals camp in Jupiter, Florida. Attending two instructional league games each day and A-Advanced Palm Beach contests at night means my extra time is at a premium.

Subscribers to have received a steady diet of exclusive content with much more to come.

New content coming soon includes a Thursday camp report plus an interview with Johnson City manager Johnny Rodriguez on extended spring training standouts.

Palm Beach interviews ahead include manager Dann Bilardello, outfielder Charlie Tilson, pitchers Marco Gonzales and Sam Tuivailala plus features about new coach Ricky Meinhold and a great story about one of his recruits who later became a Cardinals prospect.

Among those items already posted:

May 16, 2014 Bilardello: State of the Palm Beach Cardinals – The manager of the St. Louis Cardinals A-Advanced affiliate discusses the 2014 season to date
May 15, 2014 Cards extended spring camp report: 05/15/14 – Thursday news from St. Louis Cardinals extended spring training camp in Jupiter, Florida
May 14, 2014 Cards extended spring camp report: 05/14/14 – Wednesday news from St. Louis Cardinals extended spring training camp in Jupiter, Florida
May 13, 2014 Cards extended spring camp report: 05/13/14 – Tuesday news from St. Louis Cardinals extended spring training camp in Jupiter, Florida
May 13, 2014 Cardinals Extended Spring Training Rehab News – New information on the status of three very prominent injured St. Louis Cardinals minor leaguers

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18 Responses to “Where’s Walton?”

  1. blingboy says:

    Better be icing down your fingertips.

    I’m enjoying the coverage very much. Unbelievable access for us regular joes.

    Would you pass along anything you happen to hear about joltin Joe Kelly? Seems like the initial prognosis was overly optimistic.

  2. JumboShrimp says:

    Loved what Mo said about not being satisfied. He needs to keep after these guys and keep making roster tweaks. We need to fight for every advantage, however small.
    Wong was up to .344 at Memphis, so it makes sense to bring him back to platoon with Ellis. This tandem can give us a nice lift. We hope both men are now ready to be productive.
    Jhonny has his average up to .250, nice work. Got the winning rally going last night.
    It seemed like Matt Adams got thrown off by defensive shifts during the post season 2013. He came up small in the playoffs. In response, he is going with pitches and has a good batting average, but the slugging is not there. He also seldom walks.
    The kind of weak performances by Craig and Adams suggest Oscar should be promoted, once he gets past Super 2 status.
    In the interim, its great Mo can promote Jaime Garcia. Goodness knows what he will be able to do, but the faithful fans want to see some changes. If he can still pitch, Garcia could turn out to be a god-send, in the absence of Joe Kelly.

  3. blingboy says:

    Aside: Beaumont High School in St. Louis is closing, which is baseball related because it sits on the site of Robison Field, long ago home of the Cardinals. It is the alma mater or HOF managers Earl Weaver and Dick Williams, manager of the Red Sox vs the Cards in the 1967 World Series.

    Aboit 25 years ago I took my oldest son up there with out gloves just to play catch on the site where the stadium once stood.

  4. JumboShrimp says:

    I am happy we got a win for Wacha yesterday. With this lousy O, he had to take matters into his own hands by driving in runs. He can do it all. Terrific.

    Our top pick from last June, Gonzales, has been pitching well at Palm Beach. He may earn a step up the ladder to AA before too much longer.

    Its going to be interesting to see LHP Jaime Garcia and RHR Motte report for duty. We can use them both.

    • Bw52 says:

      Cards need offense also.Adams has what? 11 RBIs? Craig stinks right now.Matt Carpenter is a shell of last year.At this rate Peralta will be the team leader in HRs with 24 and RBI leader will have 65 or so.Unless this team gets it act together it will be lucky to finish 81-81.

      • CariocaCardinal says:

        I dont see the logic behind such pessimism. Thye team is over .500 while playing predominately on the road. They have Motte and Garcia coming back. They have some potential offense in Memphis. Mo has been successful with deadline trades and he probably has more trade chips than ever. They may not reach 90+ wins but there is no reason to think they’ll be below .500 in the end.

  5. Bw52 says:

    I see a team going thru the motions.That`s what I see.A lack of urgency.A whole lot of “who gives a damn”.That is the picture I see.Counting of Jaime Garcia is a pipe dream.He`s as tough as paper.marshmellow man.I hope things change but that`s how I see things so far this season.

  6. blingboy says:

    “They may not reach 90+ wins . . . ” I consider that ample reason for pessimism.

    CC, you talk about being over .500 at the end like a Cubs fan. That is just not an acceptable goal for the Cardinals. The quality of play we have seen for a quarter of the season is not acceptable. Cardinal fans are entitled to a better team playing better ball.

    • Nutlaw says:

      Ouch! 🙂

    • CariocaCardinal says:

      It wasn’t me who set the .500 standard. If I am a Cubs fan, BW52 must worship the 62 Mets.

      • Bw52 says:

        Get Real CC.I just know crappy ballplaying when I see it.End of story.

        • CariocaCardinal says:

          I’m more than willing to bet the Card finish over .500s – interested in a little wager?

          • Bw52 says:

            Not a gambler.Good for you.I feel the Cards have too many problem areas to be a serious challenge for the division.Very poor RISp hitting,a lack of power hitting,Matt Carpenter huge dropoff from last season,Holliday `s lack of pop and Craig also,instabity at 2B and Matheny`s mismanagement are all roadblocks for the Cards.
            The starters can`t seem to hold a lead,Matheny will use Rosenthal till his arm falls off,I am seeing a team unable to put together a long win streak and a team incapable of coming from behind late to win.

  7. JumboShrimp says:

    One thing the Cards are going to need to find is an effective cleanup hitter. Allen Craig could become this. Adams could become this. But neither has been good enough as yet.

    The Brewers have Braun, Gomez, and Amaris Ramirez. They have some sluggers, but the Cards not so much. If we are not hitting for high averages, as we are not, then we are going to struggle offensively, because we do not have the slugging either.
    With Pujols and Beltran moved on, we lack a big time hitter in the lineup.

  8. Bw52 says:

    Garcia in midseason form……….Coughs up the lead as usual.Marshmellow man Jaime strikes again.

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