Time again for BS by Bob Ryan

call in imageIt’s time for our annual call-in Show….the host …as always …is Bob Straigttalk…Bob’s ready to take open the show now….


Hello everyone welcome…..the sports world is hopping after a booming “trade season”…which might NOT be over….pro football opens camp….college football fans are beginning to schedule their “get away” weekends..so let’s get right to it…first…let’s clean up last week’s questions sent to us ..


Sent from John: Hey BS….what’s the talk about the shift being outlawed? Whatta think?

BS: Well John, Shifts have always taken place…now the shifts are more frequent and more severe. Baseball…like all sports…and life for that matter…is constant adjustment…pitchers & batters study tape almost immediately to adjust quicker ….with that in mind…couple things…hitters first of all must be WILLING to get a base hit…and not always a big dinger….without that genuine willingness, the 2nd part is useless….the 2nd part is that the hitters must modify their swing to get base hits….Moss just did it last weekend by “taking it the other way”….his base hit won the game. This thought process is currently not popular because the sluggers get the cars of cash….not the barrows of cash that go to “singles hitters”…now on to our 1st caller…


1st Caller:   Hey BS…long-time listener…1st time caller…..how come Jaime Garcia isn’t winning for the Cardinals? I can see his ball “moving” big-time on the screen…

BS: Thx for listening…call back sooner next time…well …in order to win consistently as a starter, you have to go deeper than 5 or even 6 innings….the big winners go 7+ and exit the game as they turn it over to the short relief experts….back to the phones


2nd Caller: Yea….BS…..I love Yadi….he’s the best catcher that I’ve ever seen…..isn’t he a HOF catcher…maybe even 1st ballot? What’s ur take?

BS: No doubt Yadi is a terrific catcher. He has a lot going for him….he’s done it a long time, has been durable, is excellent as a play caller, great arm, was very good defensively earlier in his career, that phase seems to have slipped a bit. …I mean the ol’ Ryan rule for his 4 sons (who were all catchers) was that if the ball bounced off you or got under you and it was within one leg shift…it was a passed ball….the StL press corp now calls those types of pitches ‘wild pitches’ …anyway…I digress….with all of his many attributes, there really aren’t many catchers in the HOF—as a matter of fact only 13! Those of you watching this show…look at the catchers who didn’t make it who are familiar names

Stats for Hall of Fame Candidates–Catchers


                             Avg   obp   slug    hit       hr       rbi     runs   sb

Yadi                   .284   .337   .399   1399    98     622    477     42    7x all star 1xsilver slug

Piazza               .308   .377    .545   2127  427    1335   1048   17   12x all-star; 10 silver slug 69.9%

Simmons         .285   .348    .437   2472  248   1389   1044   21     8 all-star; 1 silver slug   elig done

Torre                 .297   .365   .452    2342   252   1185     996   23 1x-NLmvp 9x-allstar   elig done

**Torre was elected to HOF as a MGR last year

Highlight – means that would have been the highest total in that category for any catcher


After reading that list, I’d say that Yadi’s chances are very, very slim….Piazza had 69.9% last year(his 3rd year of voting) so he’s closing in…but guys like Bill Freehan, Ivan Rodriguez, Jorge Posada could be knocking at the door soon and their numbers…I’m guessing…they might be better?? But…you can bet that he’ll be in the Cardinals HOF across the street…So….great question…but not so great an answer for you… …BTW….why isn’t Simmons in the Cards HOF right now? let’s move on ..


3rd caller:  me?….yea…BS….whatta think about Sheldon Richardson’s latest antics?

BS: He’s really throwing away what could be a solid NFL career with all these transgressions that should be easily avoidable but …as I recall a former night time host Jim White, saying when incidents like this occurred,, ”You can’t cure stupid”….dont’ know if that applies here ..you make ur own decision..btw….I think that every MLB, NBA, NFL, NHL star should have a chauffeur, body-guard, financier on his pay-roll…the body-guard would actually guard this player from HIMSELF !


Caller #4:   BS ….I’m a huge Mizzou fan…I’m thinking that 11 wins & another SEC championship is in the offing for this year Black & Gold Team….MIZ…ZOU…go Tigers

BS…Thanks for calling…clearly the strength of this year’s edition of Tiger Football is the O-Line and the LB corp…with an experienced, strong o-line, Russell Hanbrough should find plenty of openings…but I’m worried about his durability…Scherer (MICDS) is a real stud at MLB for the Tigers who will have a new D-coordinator- in Barry Odum…Odum is no stranger to Coach Pinkel’s ways since he went to MIzzou & coached there prior to “stepping up” to d-coordinator at Memphis….on the down side…the D-line will have plenty of fresh faces but who WILL be the real players…if teams can run the ball and/or pass the ball (with plenty of time)…it could make the offense one dimensional…the middle four games are the toughest part of the schedule—@ Kentucky…yes Kentucky football with a highly rated QB, S.Carolina (always great games) and Florida (they HAVE to be better) are both at home and Georgia on the road. I could see 2 losses in this 4 game cycle…thank goodness the Tigers have Miss State at home but that’ll be another very tough one..all in all…another bowl game…but not sure of SEC East title….I think the “surprise” factor of Mizzou as a quality football team has been put to bed…..thanks for call…next please…


5th caller: BS….help me out…..what happened to GM Dave Dombrowski in Detroit? His firing AFTER the deadline was a shocker to me…

BS: ya know….it always helps if the boss knows what you’re going to do…it seems to me that the Detroit owner was surprised that Dombroski became a “seller” at the deadline…so Dombrowski himself became part of the departing members…don’t worry about him…if he still wants to work…he’ll get a job within 6 months.


6th caller:    BS….at least one Baseball award is locked up…the NL Rookie of the Year-Kris Bryant, Cubs….what’s ur take on that one?

BS: Sorry…..it’s NOT a done deal…..while the Cubs are vastly improved and Bryant, who was hyped big-time, is an important element …while his play is very solid—14 HR, 61 rbi(best of any rookie), OPS .789 but his .246 average doesn’t do it much for me….another must less-heralded rook comes out of SF…. but peruse his numbers…..avg .309; 9 HR. has 340 AB, 9 HR, OPS .811 plays every day at 3B for a strong SF Giants team—name…Matt Duffy …and don’t rule out Randall Grichuk…he’s coming on like gang-busters …he’s got pop AND speed with all the national coverage that the Birdies get weekly…he could be part of the Rookie of the year picture quickly…next call..


7th caller: Hey BS….Am I seeing it right……KC Royals with a 9 game lead? ….what’s happened?

BS:   Thanks for pointing that out #8….KC is in 1st place because that are a complete team….in the MLB (30 teams) they are 4th in batting average; 4th in Hits,10th in runs scored, 2nd in wins (behind our Cardinals), 8th in ERA, a terrific defense…and they have established the model being used across the MLB for closing out a game with specialists for the 7th, 8th, 9th innings AND their fans LOVE it….right now….the Royals have the highest TV viewing numbers of ANY team in the MLB! The trading deadline acquisitions of Cueto & Zobrist were smart and filled gaps. If our Cards can’t win it….I’m pulling for the cross-state team. Now let’s go back to the phones…


Here’s a note from Neil…..BS …your thoughts on the Moss trade?

BS…thx for writing Neil….well, I think MO was bushwacked…he’d planned on Holliday returning to be an everyday player…bingo 11 days later…he’s hurt again…..Moss looks like a short timer to me since Adams is a Left-hitting-1B also (remember Adams is still dirt cheap…that’s a very important consideration to most Redbird transactions….that word “control” is key….anyway….Moss is a younger Reynolds in my mind and you see how they’re fading out Reynolds already….heck they wanted 20 HR from him in a part-time capacity….hey…get a clue…it doesn’t work that way…so…unless Mr. Moss gets red-hot or hits 2-4 key HR…he’ll be in & out quicker than a pizza delivery person. While Kaminsky was a 1st round pick, MO insinuated something like “we have our own progress charts”….code word…we don’t think he’s good enough or is ever going to be good enough.


BS….before I close I’d like to remind you …all of you…you’re all welcome to respond…good or bad….you won’t hurt my feelings if you disagree…you can respond on this Prepcasts site at the top of the article or email me back….. In the upcoming weeks we’re going to let all of you participate in a YOU PICK the RAMS poll…it should be fun….






  1. Jim Pleimann says:

    Dear BS – I was almost taken aback when I saw a compliment towards a Cardinal player a.k.a. Randy Grichuk. Dont’ seem to see too many of those along these clever and entertaining weekly features.

    Dear BS. How come the locals are so down on our local nine and manager Mike? There is nothing but criticism and fear amongst the natives. The line up stinks, the trades stink, so and so can’t hit, we don’t run, we are killing the bullpen night after night, we have too many rookies, Yadi sucks, We are 30 games over .500!!! I ask you, what do we have to do to convince people this is a good team not a bad team???? Thanks for taking my call.

  2. John Rocco says:

    BS good job. Especially good analysis on catcher’s in the HOF. Simmons should be in in my opinion.
    Also, I agree on the NL rookie of the year. If Grichuk can get up to 20 HR’s and 60 plus RBI’s he’s got a shot.



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