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Freese Frame

In Baseball on November 27, 2013 at 11:24 pm

CDH’s Ian Brickey is a dyed-in-the-wool Cardinals fan. Read how he thinks the Nov. 22 trade of third basemen David Freese helps the team, but hurts from a fan perspective.

Just in time for Thanksgiving, the St. Louis Cardinals hot stove league heated up. On Nov. 22, the Cardinals traded third baseman David Freese and relief pitcher Fernando Salas to the Los Angeles Angels in exchange for center fielder Peter Bourjos and outfield prospect Randal Grichuk. On its face, the trade appears to benefit both teams. With Bourjos, St. Louis gets improved outfield defense over a regressing Jon Jay, and Matt Carpenter’s shift to the hot corner from second base improves the team’s infield defense. Meanwhile, the Angels get a veteran third baseman with power and an experienced reliever with closer capability.

The trade came at a surprise to no one, least of all Freese. “I definitely would look myself in the mirror and say, ‘Where am I going to be in March?’” Freese said to ESPN. “I was ready to go anywhere.” Freese knew, the teams knew, and all parties — even Freese, the St. Louis native — appear to be better off for the deal. So why does the deal leave me with a bad taste in my mouth? Read the rest of this entry »

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The Rime of the Traded Mariner

In Baseball, Long form on July 28, 2012 at 9:01 pm

After 10 years as the face of the Seattle Mariners, Ichiro Suzuki became the latest “Mr. Mariner” to leave King County before the end of his career. The Yankees sent to minor league pitchers to Seattle to acquire the right fielder July 23.

Few ballplayers have been able to call themselves “Mariners for Life.” In fact, Seattle has had more baseball talent pass through its clubhouse than it has had players who have stayed for a career. Ken Griffey, Jr. bolted the franchise for a six-figure contract with his hometown Cincinnati Reds. Randy Johnson departed in a trade with the Houston Astros. Alex Rodriguez spurned Seattle to sign the then-largest contract in baseball history. Of the players in the Mariners Hall of Fame, only Edgar Martínez started and ended his career in Seattle. The list of great ex-Mariners gained another name July 23 when Ichiro Suzuki was sent to the New York Yankees for two minor league pitchers. Seattle has had its share of baseball talent — it just doesn’t stick around for long. Read the rest of this entry »

Missing pieces

In Baseball on September 2, 2011 at 11:59 pm

Colby Rasmus visited Busch Stadium twice on July 27 — once to clear out his locker and once to say goodbye to his teammates. The telephone call had come earlier in the day: The 24-year-old center fielder had been traded.

John Mozeliak had been diplomatic during their brief exchange, listing the organization’s reasons for trading away one of its star players: “We had to shore up the bullpen,” “The starting rotation was thin,” “You’ll have a fresh start in Toronto.” But those weren’t the words of a Major League Baseball general manager. Mozeliak’s voice more closely resembled that of a college undergraduate trying to soothe the feelings of his soon-to-be-ex-girlfriend. The implication was clear to Rasmus — “the Cardinals would like to win the World Series. Your services will no longer be required.”

For every team not named the New York Yankees, winning a World Series is a rare opportunity. It can take years for the perfect combination of youth and age, experience and hustle, talent and luck to coalesce into that singular moment on a cold night in October when baseball discovers its champion. For teams like the Pittsburgh Pirates, a playoff run can breathe new life into a moribund franchise, even if those hopes begin to fade after August 1. All that matters is the possibility — the potential — of doing something great. Read the rest of this entry »

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