Pleimann’s Pieces by Jim Pleimann

Pleimann’s Pieces…

Greetings to all as I pinch hit for Bob Ryan who is on assignment this week. He somehow thought I could spew words of wisdom, knowledge, opinions and sarcasm as well as he can.  But I will do my best and have some fun along the way.  I am going to be all over the place – So here goes…..

Wow what a difference a week makes here in St. Louis!   Folks, believe it or not, we are in a pennant race.  No, I am not drinking the Kool-Aid, nor can I say I told you so, but I truly was never one to say this team was as bad as so many  who catapulted off the proverbial bandwagon weeks ago when the Cardinals were five games below the.500 mark going nowhere.

I know he is not given a lot of love in this space, (okay, maybe no love at all)  but let’s talk just for a brief second about “Manifesto.  Because I don’t constantly bash Mike Matheny , I am considered by the two or three friends I have, as a “Matheny Lover”.   This team is fundamentally flawed, defense is very erratic, base running leaves you scratching your head, bullpen choices often make people go into shock, yet they are tied for first place in a weak division.

You can argue he was handed a pretty good team when he took over in 2012.  True.  He also lost at the time, one of the best players in the game in Albert Pujols.  For  a guy with no professional experience, he took what he was given, won a few division titles, a pennant to go along with the world series a 100 win season and put up a nice winning percentage along the way. That’s not too shabby.  Some say “I could have managed these guys to do that”….. Maybe, maybe not.

This season he was handed a team by upper management that banked on a few younger players (Randall Grichuk, Steven Piscotty,  Aledmys Diaz) to have breakout seasons.  That hasn’t gone according to plan.  All three have visited  Memphis.  Three players in his opening day lineup are not on the current roster.  I give him credit for keeping this team/season together when so many wanted him fired and sent to the Russian Front.  He did move Matt Carpenter back to leadoff where he somehow thrives more than any other spot in the lineup. I don’t think he is going anywhere for a while.

But he is loyal, almost to a fault to his players.  I think, they like playing for him.   His teams give effort.  Let see how all this plays out  before we run him out of town. Enjoy the fact, at least for the moment, the Loo is finally seeing some meaningful baseball.

How would you like to be a fan in San Francisco?  Is Bruce Bochy all of a sudden a worse manager than Mike Matheny.  Are the fans out there as suicidal as us spoiled folks here in St. Louis.  They are 25 games under .500 and they didn’t make a move at the deadline either – oh wait, they brought back Pablo Sandaval.  That’s a big help!

In eight days, they made up 4.5 games and sat tied with the Cubs.  Remember the Cubs?  I don’t even know why the season was to be played because they were going run away and win it all –  again.  They were going to be 81-34 on Aug 12.  Oh wait, I think the Dodgers own that record don’t they?  (By the way, that is quite impressive isn’t it?)  They may break a few win records before the season is over.

Who has won the second most games over the past five weeks or so in all of Major League Baseball?  You guessed it.  Our local team that did nothing at the trade deadline.  At that point in the season, who were they going to acquire that was going to be head and shoulders better than what they had to offer?  I could not figure out why that upset people so much.  The off season is the only time this current team can be tweaked.  That’s a whole other column!

My quick thoughts on the Cardinals – Where would this team be with Paul DeJong?  Of course last year at this time we were saying that about Diaz.  Tommy Pham sure has put a nice season together in all facets of his game.  With his resurgence over the last month or so, Trevor Rosenthal has stabilized the back end of the bullpen.  He has made some adjustments in his velocity that have helped him wiggle out of situations and his walks are way down.  It is good to see.

If I was manager Mike, Brett Cecil would only be in games they are winning or losing by six runs or more.  September call-ups should be in games before him.  That poor guy has had an awful season.  Hopefully he regroups and starts fresh in 2018.

What do you do with Dexter Fowler when in my opinion there are four guys on your 40 man roster who are better center fielders?  (Pham, Magnerus Sierra and Harrison Bader and probably Grichuk.  I can’t wait to see how the situation with  all these outfielders they have stockpiled, plays out.

I wasn’t happy at all with Yadi and his pouting, tweeting and camping out in the bullpen.  I hope he got that out of his system.

Which leads to a final question – If, and I say if rather loudly, the Cardinals would somehow win the Central, does that change how they go into the off-season?  Remember two weeks ago we were ready to trade darn near the whole team!    (They need an RBI guy)

Final Quick Hits….

As of this writing the Red Birds are 4.5 out of the wild card spot.  Never saw that possibility materializing a week or two ago did you?

Zeke Elliot – Six games? Did he get that many so they can reduce to 3-or 4?  The NFL police is better than the real police?  Yikes!   Weird situation.  Stay tuned…

Those of you who are true baseball fans, is the strikeout rate alarming to you?  Does it not bother you? Is it just part of the game in the 21st century?

Is it me or does every player that runs the bases always watch the ball?  Do you ever see a guy round second base and pick up the third base coach.?  I dare you to name one.

Rally Cat – How about the poor guy who had the similar experience in Seattle all those years ago.  He had to be in shock when his phone started ringing off the hook the next morning wanting his take on his cat experience.

Bob will be back next week.  He does a great job with this space.  his research into things amaze me. By the time he types up his blog, the Cardinals will have played another week and who knows what they will have accomplished.  I am sure Manifesto will have done something he will be able to comment on.  High school football will have started.  College football is drawing near.  NFL players are getting hurt in all camps.  It will be only a couple weeks until hockey opens camp and preseason games start.  LGB!  Sorry bob had to do that.

Hope I didn’t bore you.  I didn’t dig deep into research while I rambled on and on.  I just gave some thoughts.  Pinch hitters usually ground out and go back to the bench.  So that’s where I will go.  Thanks for reading – if you made it this far.  Ha!

 

 

 

 

 

2016 MSHSAA State Baseball

619px-Baseball_(crop)Prepcasts.com and MSHSAA.TV are teaming up this year for the 2016 Baseball State Championships from TR Hughes Stadium.

Prepcasts.com will provide the announcers for all the Semi Final games and will have Nate Lucas – the voice of the Springfield Cardinals and Tim Miller on all the Final Games.  All Finals are @ 1:30 pm each day.

Prepcasts.com and MSHSAA.TV will simulcast the audio portion on both formats.

 

[From MSHSAA.org]

VIDEO BROADCASTS

All Semifinal and Championship games from the baseball championships will be available on-line at www.MSHSAA.tv.  There is a subscription fee involved with watching the games on-line.  The third-place games will not be streamed on MSHSAA.tv.

 

The 3rd place games will ONLY be on Prepcasts.com as a video cast … all 3rd place games are @ 10:30 am each day.

 

67th MSHSAA Baseball Championships

Class 1 – May 30 and 31 
Class 2 – May 31 and June 1
Class 3 – June 1 and 2
Class 4 – June 3 and 4
Class 5 – June 2 and 3

O’Fallon Ballpark, O’Fallon
Admission $7 per day (re-entry permitted only with proper wristband)

 

BRACKETS & STATS

Class 1 Brackets (.html)
Class 2 Brackets (.html)
Class 3 Brackets (.html)
Class 4 Brackets (.html)
Class 5 Brackets (.html)

 

 

 

 

The Prepcasts Broadcasting Network Promotes MDA

MDA logoThis would be the weekend that you would always stay up late and watch Jerry Lewis do his annual fundraising on his telethon.  With his retirement the torch has been passed to the communities and to us.

The Prepcasts Broadcasting Network will try to do their part to keep this need alive this weekend.  We will be promoting what MDA is doing in the Kansas City area on those broadcasts and what St. Louis is doing with the KSDK-TV mini telethon on the east side of the state broadcasts.

Here is a link about the Kansas City Lock-UP … http://www2.mda.org/site/TR/Lock-Up/77-675-KansasCityDistrict?fr_id=12019&pg=entry and a link about the telethon … http://archive.ksdk.com/news/local/story.aspx?storyid=335464

The broadcasts will also be presenting PSA’s from celebrities during the broadcasts as well.

Thanks for those that have already supported MDA and please give what you can when the Firefighter’s come around with their boots this weekend.

 

Check out the Boys All Star Soccer Game in Archive …

UMB MAC soccer logopleimannHS Boys Soccer – MAC – UMB Bank Senior All-Star Game – Boys – Join Jim Pleimann and Bob Richars with the call.  Click here for the replay – Words from one of the announcers [Jim Pleimann] – “Really enjoyed broadcasting the high school all-star games.  The pace played in the boys game was impressive.  A number of the goals were real beauties.  There was a lot of talent on the field and it shined.  For a while there, I thought the record for goals scored in a game (12) was going to be shattered.  As we said on the broadcast, they really put on a show.  Congrats to all of these kids and good luck to them as they head off to college and pursue their goals – no pun intended!”

Check out the Girls All Star Soccer game in Archive …

UMB MAC soccer logopleimannHS Girls Soccer – MAC – UMB Bank Senior All-Star Game – Girls – Join Jim Pleimann and Bob Richars with the call … Click here for the replay –  Words from one of the announcers [Jim Pleimann] – “Really enjoyed broadcasting the high school all-star games.  The girls did a great job.  The pass work and creativity of these girls stood out.  Congrats to all of these kids and good luck to them as they head off to college and pursue their goals – no pun intended!”

MAC Hosts UMB Bank Senior Soccer All-Star Games Tonight – June 28

UMB MAC soccer logo30th Annual Event to Showcase Top Prep Soccer Players …

 St. Louis’ top high school senior soccer players will be showcased Saturday, June 28 during the annual UMB Bank Senior All-Star Games hosted by the Missouri Athletic Club (MAC). Most of these talented players have earned college scholarships where they will continue to excel in soccer and academics.

This year’s event will be sponsored by UMB Bank for the second year of a three-year sponsorship commitment. In addition to being a corporate sponsor, UMB Bank will provide $1,000 scholarships to one female and one male player based on the students’ community involvement, coursework and future plans. These scholarships will be awarded between games during the event.

“We are pleased to sponsor this tournament and look forward to recognizing St. Louis’ all-star student athletes,” said Tom Chulick, chairman and CEO of UMB Bank St. Louis.

The All-Star games will be held at the Soccer Park. The girls’ game will begin at 5 p.m. – Click here for that game; followed by the boys’ game at 7 p.m. – Click here for that game.  There will be an alumni game played at 3 p.m. to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the event. There will also be World Cup viewing available throughout the day. The Center is located in Fenton, just west of Interstate 270 and Interstate 44. The facility is located off exit 275 – (Soccer Park Road Exit). Admission to all games is $5 for adults and $3 for students. Parking is $5.

Archived! – June 6 – HS Boys Baseball – Class 4 Semifinal – Westminster Academy vs St. Mary’s

CLICK TO LISTENMSHSAA logowestminster logostm ssc green dragonHS Boys Baseball – Class 4 Semifinal – Westminster Academy vs St. Mary’s – Click here for the game

Archived! – June 6 – HS Boys Baseball – Class 4 Semifinal – Logan-Rogersville vs Pembroke Hill

CLICK TO LISTENMSHSAA logopembroke hill logologan rogersville logofundraising u logoHS Boys Baseball – Class 4 Semifinal – Logan-Rogersville vs Pembroke Hill – Click here for the game

Archive! – May 14 – College Fast Pitch: LU-Belleville vs. St. Mary of the Woods – USCAA World Series

uscaa logo_softball footer_lu60 CLICK TO LISTENuscaa softball national championshipsst. mary of the woods logoCollege Fast Pitch: LU-Belleville vs. St. Mary of the Woods – USCAA World Series – Click here for the game

Archive! – May 13 – College Fast Pitch: LU-Belleville vs. Ave Maria – USCAA World Series

uscaa logo_softball CLICK TO LISTENuscaa softball national championships Lindenwood FP NBave maria logoCollege Fast Pitch: LU-Belleville vs. Ave Maria – USCAA World Series – Click here for the game