Because nobody likes the day off after Opening Day

Every year Major League Baseball celebrates Opening Day. And then the day after most teams get an off day. It’s an annual tradition as much as Opening Day is. But why? To build a day into the schedule to protect against a rain out on Opening Day. But the question is: Is this the best way to do it?

Rusty Groppel, one of my favorite Twitter follows, tweeted this this morning:


December 7, 2010. The Cardinals had just acquired shortstop Ryan Theriot for right handed pitcher Blake Hawksworth from the Dodgers. Calling him a “natural shortstop” the organization quickly distanced themselves from Brendan Ryan as their starting shortstop in an effort to become a better team. After having considered starting to blog for awhile, it was the push I needed.

Over the next few days I registered a blog on Blogspot, used my graphic design skills to whip up what would be Redbird Dugout’s first logo, and wrote a critique of the concept of how someone could possibly be a “natural…


Could the Indians shortstop find his way to St. Louis?

Indians’ shortstop Francisco Lindor (Photo: Eric Drost)

Just over a week ago it began being reported that the Cleveland Indians have informed other clubs that they intend to trade Francisco Lindor this offseason. It’s not that surprising of a proposition considering that the organization has all but come out and said that they don’t intend to sign their star 27-year-old shortstop to an extension once his years of team control come to an end at after the 2021 season. That means the time to trade Lindor is now.

There have also been a few reports that the Cardinals are among the top candidates to acquire Lindor in…


Evan Longoria takes an at bat for the Rays on June 30, 2017. (Credit: Keith Allison)

On Tuesday night, Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com posted an article talking about the history of the Tampa Bay Rays’ pursuit of Randy Arozarena, who has been the breakout star of this postseason. So far this postseason, Arozarena has the rookie record for home runs in a postseason and is knocking on the door of the rookie record for hits as well. He’s clearly been the central cog of the Rays’ offense on their charge to their second World Series berth.

Last winter the Rays acquired Arozarena, Jose Martinez and traded back in the competitive balance round of the MLB draft…


Because when you look at what we know, it doesn’t seem like it.

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred

Over the weekend, negotiations between the Major League Baseball owners and the Players’ Association about a new economic agreement to get the season started have broken down. The owners have accused the Players’ Association of a failure to negotiate in good faith while the players have publicly said that further attempts at negotiation would be fruitless and therefore the owners should just tell the players when and where to report.

The breakdown is the latest in a long line of troublesome negotiations between the players and the owners — and really Major League Baseball and anyone else these days.

There…


When it comes to money, it’s never as easy at seems.

Cardinals’ principal owner Bill DeWitt Jr.

St. Louis Cardinals’ owner Bill DeWitt Jr was on St. Louis’ 590 The Fan this week and talked about the business side of baseball and negotiations with the players while they try to find a way to get back on the field and play the 2020 season. During the interview he dropped a bomb that caught a lot of attention on Twitter.

“The industry isn’t very profitable, to be honest. And I think (the players) understand that. They think owners are hiding profits. There’s been a bit of distrust there,” said DeWitt Jr.

The response is always quick when billionaire…


As he nears salary arbitration, the stage is set for intrigue

Cardinals pitcher Jack Flaherty (Redbird Dugout illustration)

The St. Louis Cardinals announced yesterday that they have agreed to terms with all 25 of their team controlled players, except one. Jack Flaherty.

For players with fewer than three years of Major League service time, teams hold rights of renewal on a player’s contract and have the right to impose a salary on a player, provided it meets the league’s minimum salary. Teams usually have systems to determine how they pay players during those first three seasons and typically players will accept those numbers assigned to them by the team because they have no bargaining power. …


It’s the Cardinal Way

Cardinals’ infielder Tommy Edman (Redbird Dugout illustration)

Same verse, new year for the Cardinals. A young prospect arrives in St. Louis out of nowhere and then goes on a tear that earns them consistent playing time to finish out the season. Fans spend the offseason clamoring for said player to get a larger role in the next season, but when the time comes, the player fails to produce.

In 2015, it was Randal Grichuk who put together a dominant year at the plate with an .877 OPS and 17 home runs in 103 games for the Cardinals. But in 2016, he struggled with a full season in…


Not yet, but he’s not as far off as you think

Cardinals’ shortstop Paul DeJong (Redbird Dugout illustration)

Earlier this year I was talking baseball with my brother when he mentioned that he saw a comment on an article calling Diamondbacks’ shortstop Nick Ahmed the best shortstop in baseball. Even my Dbacks fan brother thought it was a laughable concept because Ahmed’s is not a name that comes to mind when you start talking about who the best shortstops in baseball might be. It’s so far out of left field, that I at least glance at the stats to see if I’m just missing something, but beyond a pair of NL Gold Glove Awards, it’s hard to see.


Last Monday the Cardinals announced that President of Baseball Operations John Mozeliak had his contract extended through 2023 as well as General Manager Mike Girsch and Manager Mike Shildt through 2022. We learned a few things about the Cardinals’ offseason plans from it being unlikely that the team will be a big spender this weekend to the effort to create opportunities.

I suppose that how enthused you are about that idea depends on what you think about the 2019 team. The Cardinals won 91 games and, if not for the May swoon, we could easily be talking about a team…

Jon Doble

Retired-ish blogger. I’ve written about the Cardinals and baseball since 2010. World record holder for most hitless at-bats in an inning.

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