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  • Moving On by Bob Ryan As the baseball season winds down ….and prior to the excitement of post-season….veteran players reevaluate their status in the MLB……as usual….some will be “hanging it up”…and maybe some should “move on”……here’s a short list of players playing their final week of baseball….probably ending a passion that began as small boys in their home towns/cities Already have ...
  • Strikeout or Home Run by Bob Ryan Currently…..it seems in most baseball games…. that batters hit a home run or a strikeout…..well…..we’ll look @ some stats to verify that notion and expand the HR v K in other areas….. In MLB stats…..take a look at HR/plate app    and K/plate appearance over  a span of time HR/Plate app                      K/plate appearance         HR+K/plate appearance     ...
  • One Would Think by Bob Ryan One would think…..                         …For all the hype about Jordan Hicks fastball…..one would think…that his strikeout/inning ratio would be very good….not so much…the “good” ones average more than 1 strikeout per inning… Hicks has 60 strikeouts in 68 innings..under 1.00/inning ..meanwhile Wade Davis (Colorado closer) K/inn ratio is  over 1.000…66 strikeouts in 57 innings..there are many ...
  • Contenders or Pretenders by Bob Ryan Contenders  or Pretenders Hottest team in the MLB BY FAR right now..and now a contender… is the St. Louis Cardinals…winner of 10 straight series….the Cards have blended a plethora of youth into their pitching corp, rebuilt the confidence of some key young field players, began using the run game offensively,  established a  very sound “up the ...
  • Foul Ball with 2 Strikes by Bob Ryan So on July 15, the Cards fired Mike Matheny and appointed Mike Shildt “interim manager”….it was a clear indication that the Cards realized a managerial move had to be made but weren’t exactly sure that Shildt was the “man”…at that time it seemed that he had about as much chance of becoming the permanent manager ...
  • PGA-Putting Golf Ahead by Bob Ryan This time of year has tons of sports taking place….of course baseball continues its daily march through August, football of all levels—high school, college & pro begin official practices with high hopes but the real news around the Lou has been PGA Golf, …all types fairways and greens to draw our attention….here we go on ...
  • Memphis North brings excitement by Bob Ryan The Cardinals had their troops in training….mastering the basics, acquiring the “DO’s” and “DON’Ts” for the next level of battle, fine tuning the elevated skills required to succeed at skirmishes and battles in the upper level…then it happened….Cardinals called up many of the Memphis team to the actual MLB battlefield..so many….in fact..that some may have ...
  • We’re Better but are we GOOD by Bob Ryan OK….MO cleans out the bullpen by throwing out Holland &  Lyons, trading Tuivalala, surprising the medical world by finding yet another ailment , previously unknown for DL use for Brett Cecil. He brings up 3 young guns to replace them.  Yippee!  It’s long overdue…we will be better….but ….will we really be GOOD? First of all, the ...
  • MO doesn’t want to Arbitrage by Bob Ryan Last week after the Cards dropped their opening game of the 2nd half of the season, John Mozeliak was asked about the Cards getting a quick reboot. His response was..in part…”and to start trying to arbitrage that would have to be a very special type deal”. The Definition of arbitrage has two points…both business related…1)The ...
  • 11U Midwest Plains Regional Players of the Game 7.22.18 Championship Game Minnesota Offensive – Gary Morehart Minnesota Defensive – Peyton Neadeau North Dakota Offensive – Liam Wichlow North Dakota Defensive – Kade Ohlhauser Third Place Game Colorado Offensive – Zach Thorson Colorado Defensive – Kacen Sederstrom Kansas Offensive – Alex Schwindt Kansas Defensive – Jhett Huffman Semi Kansas Offensive – Gus Eylar Kansas Defensive – Lexi Miller North Dakota Offensive – Owen Thielges North Dakota Defensive – Mason ...
  • Cards-Cubs Championship Fight by Bob Ryan With a title like this….one HAS to think of the glorious days of Muhammad Ali vs Joe Frazier entertaining us with their historic battles. But…..this “championship series” is between the St. Louis Cards & the Chicago Cubs….it has two settings……here we go… Ring Announcer:  “Welcome everyone to the 8 rounds of battle over an 11 day ...
  • It HAD to be done by Bob Ryan With the Cards floundering, fan interest….even the Cards devout fans…..beginning to fray, the team playing some horrendous baseball games in the past 3 weeks, the Cards ownership pulled the trigger on Saturday night….no it wasn’t a Saturday night massacre…but the Cards dumped Mike Matheny. ….after the bad loss to Cincinnati on Saturday….for one of the rare ...
  • Playoff race is OVER! by Bob Ryan …It’s only a week after July  4th…..traditional half way mark of the season….but….the playoff teams are set….at least for the American League…now we don’t know the EXACT standings…but we do know the 5 teams that will be in the post-season games…we don’t know the exact 3 division winners and 2 wild card teams… but ….we ...
  • Players of the Game for 12U STATE TOURNAMENT 7.8.18 Kennett – Jadee Morton Kennett – Ashton Williams MABA – Sammy Callaway MABA – Connor Gibson Boonville – Dakota Williams Scott County – Blake Mosby Boonville – Caidyn Hazel Sikeston – Jack Evans 7.7.18 Kennett – Ashton Williams Boonville – Shane Chamberlain MABA – Casen Murphy Scott County – Nick Christian Kennett – Derione Davis Carthage – Braden Abbott 7.6.18 Sikeston – Eric Retz Kennett – Peyton Branum MABA ...
  • MLB should Score a Goal by Bob Ryan NO….we’re not confused….the MLB is a baseball league and goals come in hockey…..but….here’s a suggestion…again…that the MLB should “borrow”from the NHL.. ….why doesn’t the MLB adopt the NHL policy of not “dressing out” their roster….the MLB could carry 27 players and “dress out” 25 per game….it would really save us from all the shuttling back & ...
  • What might have been for Cards by Bob Ryan What might have been… So Cleveland Indians come calling this week…..makes me think about what might have been….when TLR left the managerial StL  position….the two top candidates were Mike Matheny and Terry Francona… …Matheny was coming off 2 High school championships…Matheny led the Cards to 4 consecutive post-seasons in his first 4 seasons….has missed the last ...
  • Exploring the MLB by Bob Ryan There is no question that the fans of the Lou are Cardinal fans….generally most games are “on” as we watch intently or while doing something else….we scrutinize the pitching changes, the lineup, the attitudes of the players….etc, etc…..but finding the stories of the MLB is like our explorers of the past finding a new continent….we ...
  • Breath of Air by Bob Ryan So…it’s been awhile….I’ve been heavily concerned about a family issue for the past few weeks…but here’s a quickie …. To give me a breath of air…..and to hopefully keep you in touch….some looks @ NL standings and the Cards…..1st to the NL ….the NL Central…Cards are 35-28 as we’re just past the 3/8 mark of the ...
  • Shipwrecked by Pirates by Bob Ryan It’s early in the 2018 MLB season…no one is jumping off of the top of Arch…yet….but…there has be 27 games..  17% of the season…1 of the 6 months of the season are gone….so some observations have been noticed about our Cardinals….and MLB in general ..the Cards have played 7 games against one of the worst teams ...
  • It’s Cold … in many ways! by Bob Ryan April has brought us several days of chilly, to cold, to very cold days….that’s not all that’s cold around the sports world…. …as of April 16, there had been 24 cancellations…forcing Doubleheaders….in some cities..they will be back-back, one admission…in the cities that really love baseball…e.g. StL….it’s day-night so that 2 admissions may be charged…isn’t that backwards?….charging ...
  • Lose Appeal … pay the price by Bob Ryan You know one of my favorite topics is the MLB appeal…..I don’t agree with the assumption that each “call” must be perfect….I mean…what else in life is perfect?….all the MLB pitchers make bad pitches… all the MLB batters swing & miss…why do we expect the umpires to be perfect?  It’s called the human element. I ...