(With apologies to the late David Bowie.) By now, you probably know that there was a press conference at Busch Stadium this afternoon with general manager John Mozeliak and some changes were to the coaching staff were announced, along with a player move. For those whose missed the news, here’s a recap:
- Chris Maloney, the third base coach, will be reassigned to another position in the Cardinals organization.
- Mike Schildt, the quality control coach, will replace Maloney as third base coach.
- Assistant hitting coach Bill Mueller is taking a leave of absence. Mark Budaska is being brought up from AAA Memphis to replace Miller.
- Ron “Pop” Warner is being brought up from AAA Memphis to assist the coaching staff.
- Kolten Wong was activated, and Jhonny Peralta was designated for assignment to make room for Kolten.
I (and a lot of others) don’t think that the cuts went far enough. We were hoping that John Mabry would be relieved of his duties as hitting coach. Something is wrong when a team scores an average of 2 runs a game. When players get sent down to Memphis to retune their hitting stroke and rake there, but when they come back to the main club and go back to their bad ways, there’s a problem. When Randall Grichuk has to go all the way down to single A to work with a hitting guru, there’s a problem. When Matt Adams is traded to the Braves and he’s blistering home runs in their new stadium, there’s a problem. If the team’s hitting problems continue, Mabry needs to go, even though he’s Mike Matheny’s BFF.
I have a suggestion, for what it’s worth. How about hiring Chris Carpenter as a bullpen coach? They are in great need of assistance as well.
Peralta’s time with the team has been over for quite awhile. Peralta hasn’t had any RBI’s this season at all. Jedd Gyorko’s excellent playing and hitting abilities made Peralta redundant. Jonathan Broxton was also released recently. Best of luck to both of them, and thanks for the memories.
Changes had to be made. Cardinals fans were very discouraged by the 7 game road game losing streak. Some of those games could have been won. If the team doesn’t start winning soon, fans will make their displeasure known via their wallets. They’ll stop coming to the games. If fans stop coming to the games, they won’t be spending money before, during and after the games. Not only will it be bad for Busch Stadium business, it will be bad for Ballpark Village business, as well as for other businesses near the stadium. I am very sad about the Cards’ lackluster play this season as well. I really hope the Cards can get things turned around.
This Sunday is the annual United Cardinals Bloggers event when the Cardinals invite us all to Busch Stadium to a question and answer session with John Mozeliak and Bill DeWill, III, and then are treated to the Sunday afternoon game in a party room. The Q&A session ought to be really interesting this year. I’ll report on that in my next post.
Thanks as always for reading! See you next time!