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The Holidays Are For Family

Posted on December 5, 2012 at 6:59 AM
Filed Under: St. Louis Cardinals
This time of year, families tend to gather around and spend some quality time together.  From reports, it sounds like the Cardinals are taking that to the next level.

Derrick Goold is reporting the Cards are likely to offer the assistant hitting coach position to Bengie Molina, older brother of current Cardinal star Yadier Molina.  (If you needed me to spell that out, I'm guessing you are a bit new to this baseball thing.)  Bengie has no formal coaching experience, but as we've seen in the past few years (Mark McGwire, Mike Matheny) that's not a huge drawback with this organization.

It's interesting to speculate on what exactly in Molina's history struck the Cardinals as hitting coach material.  Of course, he'll be an assistant, so he won't be taking on all the responsibility himself, but it's still an intriguing move.  I was going to say something about his career line not being all that exciting, but then I realized his .274/.307/.411 is pretty close to John Mabry's .263/.322/.405.  If Mabry is going to stick to McGwire's plan, perhaps he can teach Molina as he goes.  (What is it with all the Ms in recent Cardinal history!)

It's the assistant hitting coach, a job that didn't even exist until a few years ago.  It's not a make or break thing and it's a great place for Molina to learn the ropes without having all the pressure on him.  That said and no offense to Tony Cruz, but I hope the Cards can make a deal with Tampa Bay around the trade deadline and bring in Jose Molina, just so they can complete the collection.

Also from the winter meetings, word is that the Dodgers are actually interested in Skip Schumaker.  It seems quite unlikely that Schumaker can get a lot of playing time in St. Louis next season, given the myriad of similar options and the impending arrival of Kolten Wong.  Skip's been a great guy to have in Cardinal red, but even last offseason, when he signed a two-year contract to return, it was hard to see why St. Louis had offered him those terms.  The Cards wouldn't get anything back for him--probably a Class A pitcher or something of that nature--but if he could get more playing time out in LA, more power to them.  Besides, we've seen Class A players from the West Coast come back for a player and be productive (David Freese), though it doesn't always work like that (Maikel Cleto).

Tonight, I'm hosting the UCB Radio Hour and I'll be announcing the winners of the Cardinal Blogger Awards.  Tune in and find out who takes home the hardware!


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Cardinal Nation Approval Ratings (March 2013)
Yadier Molina 96.2% (up 8.8%)
Chris Carpenter 89.8% (down 0.3%)
Derrick Goold 89.1% (up 6.3%)
Matt Holliday 88.4% (up 0.9%)
Allen Craig 88.3%
Adam Wainwright 88.2% (down 3.7%)
Jose Oquendo 87.1% (up 2.4%)
Jason Motte 86.9%
John Mozeliak 86.5% (up 1.1%)
United Cardinal Bloggers 85.2% (up 6.3%)
Bill DeWitt 85.1% (up 5.3%)
Mike Shannon 85.1% (down 0.2%)
John Rooney 84.5% (up 3.0%)
Mike Matheny 84.4% (up 3.3%)
David Freese 82.9% (down 2.6%)
Jon Jay 81.8% (up 10.7%)
Lance Berkman 80.6% (down 8.0%)
Jenifer Langosch 79.5%
Lance Lynn 79.5%
Dan McLaughlin 76.0% (up 8.0%)
Jim Hayes 73.0% (up 1.1%)
Ricky Horton 65.5% (down 2.0%)
Jaime Garcia 64.1%
Albert Pujols 59.2% (up 4.3%)
Ballpark Village 58.3%
Joe Strauss 54.3% (down 13.4%)

2012
Tony La Russa 88.2% (up 17.4%)
Mark McGwire 82.6% (up 20.1%)
Skip Schumaker 73.3% (up 9.2%)
B.J. Rains 69.5% (down 0.9%)
Kyle Lohse 68.9% (up 13.8%)
Al Hrabosky 66.4% (up 3.2%)
Colby Rasmus 46.5% (down 35.3%)

2011
Dave Duncan 87.9% (up 0.9%)
Matthew Leach 85.5%
Pop Warner 76.7%
Ryan Franklin 72.8% (up 3.1%)
John Vuch 68.9%
Jeff Luhnow 66.4%
Dan Lozano 58.7%

2009
Rick Ankiel 83.9%
Chris Duncan 69.1%


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