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Cardinal Talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: HoF, Lottery and Cubs

Weekly St. Louis Cardinals-focused chat on KXnO FOX Sports Radio 1460 in Des Moines.

A day earlier than usual due to Friday afternoon’s game, I joined Ken Miller and Jim Brinson on Thursday afternoon on KXnO FOX Sports Radio 1460 in Des Moines in our weekly series to discuss the St. Louis Cardinals.

We discussed this weekend’s Hall of Fame ceremony and the relative merits of each of the managers to be inducted. The Competitive Balance Lottery and Theo Epstein’s complaints about it were on tap as well as a look ahead to the series between the Cards and Cubs at Wrigley Field this weekend.

Once again in 2014, Cardinals followers in central Iowa are able to catch St. Louis Cardinals radio broadcasts on KXnO as well as my regular segment each week throughout the season, either over the air or via streaming. Or, if you miss it live, you can always catch the replay right here at The Cardinal Nation blog.

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14 Responses to “Cardinal Talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: HoF, Lottery and Cubs”

  1. Bw52 says:

    Theo can crap in his hat and then put in on his head and then he would only be half as smart as he thinks he is.It`s not the Cards fault Cub suck.Cubs have a long history of being bad.Theo has never proven capable of building a team without a boatload of big money to spend.Many years Redsux had a payroll near Yankee territory.So when Theo builds a consistent winner having to use limited resources he should just STFU.

  2. crdswmn says:

    Cardinals are signing A.J. Pierzynski

    Introducing the most hated player in baseball to the Cardinals clubhouse has to be the biggest troll Mozeliak could ever come up with.

    • blingboy says:

      I have heard it said that he doesn’t mail it in and is not inclined to be tolerant of those who do. Introducing a guy with a pulse might liven things up at least.

      Last month he was catching a game and his pitcher walked the leadoff guy. He said to the ump “give me a new ball, one you can see”. He was ejected, of course. Sounds like my kind of guy.

  3. blingboy says:

    The greater revenue has not made any difference for the Cubs so why would a draft pick matter?

  4. Bw52 says:

    maybe bling has a point.Maybe PPierzynski is here to shake up a lethargic team.He is a slightly better defensive catcher than Kottaras.I figure AJ will last about 2-3 weeks before he pisses off somebody by bitching about MM`s moves or not getting enough plaing time.

    • blingboy says:

      How could there be any ‘maybe’ about it? Mo and the org know everything anybody else knows about this guy. They know exactly what they are putting into the clubhouse mix. It would not be possible for the addition of A.J. to not shake up the clubhouse vibe.

      It seems reasonable to think that this factor is a motivation for the move since the upgrade in on-field performance over Kottaras will likely not be profound.

  5. JumboShrimp says:

    I suggested Pierzynski was a good match for the Birds last winter. Unfortunately the Red Sox read my post and handed him $8MM.
    Pierzynski has caught a large number of ML games, something Matheny will respect. He has been durable and a hard worker for many years like Molina.
    For now, Pierzynski is playing for a contract with anybody in 2015. He is motivated.
    He has some personality, welcome for a team with little.

    • crdswmn says:

      “Unfortunately the Red Sox read my post and handed him $8MM.”

      Which they have since profoundly regretted.

      Something tells me AJ’s “personality” won’t be too appealing if he continues [not] hitting liike he has recently.

      Batting line since June 1: .194/.230/.226

      • blingboy says:

        “Batting line since June 1: .194/.230/.226″

        He should fit right in.

        Seriously, he will be the fifth worst hitting position player on the team, after Bourjos, Ellis, Descalso and Cruz. His current slump is no worse than what we have seen from nearly everybody at one time or another this season.

      • JumboShrimp says:

        Thanks to AJPski for three hits today! Everyone loves to beat the Cubs.

  6. JumboShrimp says:

    Matt Holliday has 4 HRs in his last 10 games. Leads team in RBIs. Last year, he was first in OPS, this year trails only Adams. Matt has given the Cards a great deal of performance and leadership since signing a long term contract that started in 2010.

  7. JumboShrimp says:

    One of my hopes of this past winter, as loyal readers will recall, was upgrading backup catcher. I hoped we would invest $4MM in a better backup, because Molina is so valuable and Matheny gives him too few off days. AJP would have been a super signing last winter, but the World Champs have deep pockets and secured his services for 2014.
    If AJ has slumped in 2014, this is fantastic, because this induced the spendthrift Red Sox cut him loose. AJ is still the same guy who commanded $8MM last winter, but now can be had for just $100K. Mo has gotten lucky beyond belief to have landed Pierzynski! Matheny will probably give him 70 percent of the starts, until Molina returns.
    Pierzynski has some fight in him and he likes winning.
    While all the other GMs unload prospects or dilly dally, Mo lands exactly who we needed, AJ! Way to go MO!!

    • JumboShrimp says:

      So the Red Sox got a couple of prospects from the Giants for Peavey.
      Reminds me of when the Red Sox and Epstein wanted top prospects for the last couple of months of the career of an aging fat southpaw. Uncle Walter sidestepped that lunacy. Losing teams will make ludicrous demands for talent during July. They can ask a lot from one team, whereas little from another. The marketplace can be uneven and unfair. So its good for Mo to sit back and see if there is somebody serious about a deal. The pressure to deal has been much alleviated by the acquisition of AJPski. Anything else hereon will be gravy.

      I could see Mo even being willing to surrender some talent. Randy Choate is a good LOOGY, but does not seem a good fit for Matheny, who needs longer outings. Choate might be suit another team more. 2B Ellis has had a poor year. He is respected around the league for a super career, but has not been able to help the Cards much. He too could be moved for an unexciting A level prospect.

  8. JumboShrimp says:

    AJ Pierzynski hit 44 HRs during 2012-13, a lot of offense for the catcher position. He is 12th all time in HRs by a catcher. A big improvement versus Tony Cruz, who has a 565 OPS.
    AJ can add a lot for the run starved Cardinals. We now have 6 lefties in Carpenter, Wong, Adams, Jay, Taveras, and AJ to match up against RHPs. That’s a good lineup to score a few runs.

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