Posted on November 12, 2012 at 6:56 AM
Filed Under: Chicago White Sox
| St. Louis Cardinals
There were a lot of great things about the 2011 season, but one of the more underrated ones was that, due to the World Series run, it was a short offseason chock full of things to talk about, whether it was reviews of World Series memorabilia, speculation about a new manager, or following the Albert Pujols
negotiations and the fallout from his move to Anaheim.
This offseason, well, it's a little harder. Not much has happened since my last regular post, but there were a few things that needed to be highlighted, recorded for posterity as it were.
Such as the expected fact that Kyle Lohse declined the Cardinals' token offer
and is truly a free agent. As we all know, St. Louis only made the offer because they wanted the draft pick when he signed somewhere else. What I didn't realize is that they'll have the first of such draft picks, as every other team in that situation had a better record than the Redbirds did. With the way the Cards have been drafting lately, that pick is likely to be very valuable.
Baseball awards are being treated a little differently this year. Instead of waiting around the internet and finding out when they released them on the BBWAA website, they had a special last week to announce the "finalists" (which I guess were the top however many in the voting) and will announce the winners this week on MLB Network. (Side note: I'm getting DirecTV today in large part because it'll have MLB Network. My winter just got a lot warmer.) Anyway, it was good to see that Yadier Molina
was one of the finalists for MVP
. Looking at who he is up against, I'd like to think he would finish at least fourth (Chase Headley
had a good year with San Diego, but Molina should beat him out). It seems a lock that Buster Posey
will get the actual award, but even having Molina in the conversation is a great thing.
Molina did take home a little bit of hardware this week as he collected his second Platinum Glove
. Last year, Rawlings wanted to make the Gold Glove of Gold Gloves, giving the top defensive player this special honor. So they've handed out two Platinums in their history to the NL. Both of them reside at the Molina home.
While I can't seem to find a link on it now, Bryan Anderson
has taken his talents to the White Sox organization. This was not a surprise as Anderson was obviously not in the Cardinals' plans and hadn't been for some time. He's probably missed any window he might have had, but perhaps he can get a shot in the American League.
Finally, there was an interesting article in the Post-Dispatch about the ratings on Fox Sports Midwest this season
. For the second straight year, they've had a marked decline in the percentage of homes that are watching the Cardinals. Dan Caesar puts a lot of the blame on the three-man rotation in the booth, which could be part of it, but I don't know that people aren't going to watch the game because of those guys. At worst, I'd think they'd mute it and listen to John Rooney and Mike Shannon
on KMOX while watching. I know often I'm watching it without sound, though that isn't necessarily an indictment on those doing the broadcasting.
FSMW points out they had serious competition with the Olympics this year and they still are third in all of baseball in local TV ratings, so it doesn't seem like a major sea change in how people consume their baseball, but it's still something that you figure the FSMW powers that be are keeping an eye on. I've advocated in the past adding another person to that mix, if you are going to keep Dan McLaughlin, Al Hrabosky
and Ricky Horton
all broadcasting, and making two defined broadcast teams. Coming up with a reliable schedule would still be an issue, maybe, but at least you'd have some stability.
I also think they should reach out to Lance Berkman
if he winds up retiring. Berkman would be a great addition to a broadcast, in my opinion. Put him with Dan and that's the team I'm watching!
In case you missed it yesterday, the Exit Interviews are finished up. You can find all of them linked up on this summary post
. I've gotten a good response out of this series and may try to do it at the end of every season. Thanks to all that have read and responded!
The Burton History Trees were, as you know, the sponsor of those Exit Interviews. I'm hearing that the Cardinal tree
will go to press this week, perhaps as early as today. So you have a very limited time to get that 25% pre-sale discount. The code c70, which gives you 10%, will be active the rest of the year, so even if you miss out on the pre-sale savings, you can still save with that.
Come back later today for your chance to vote in the sixth annual Cardinal Blogger Awards!
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