St. Louis Cardinals: Cardinals’ end of season presser reaction part one
The St. Louis Cardinals had their end of the season presser this last Tuesday with John Mozeliak, Mike Matheny, and Mike Girsch each giving their thoughts on 2017 season.
Before Tuesday’s AL Wild Card game, the St. Louis Cardinals‘ John Mozeliak, Mike Matheny, and Mike Girsch all gathered around microphones to talk about the 2017 campaign. Management and leadership reflected on a season in which the team finished third in the NL Central, missing the playoffs for a second consecutive season.
As depressing as it was to listen to them ramble on about how the St. Louis Cardinals were so close to the playoffs, I did pick up on a couple of good sound bites that only leave me with more questions than answers. Over the next couple of days, I’ll look at those sound bites and give you my reaction to them.
If you haven’t had the chance to listen or watch to the presser, I encourage you to do so on the KSDK Facebook page. It’s rather lengthy, but necessary considering the ending to the Cardinals’ season. If you have listened to the presser, then this first quote should have stuck out at you as soon as John Mozeliak said it. When asked if second base and catcher were the only two spoken positions, here is how Mo responded.
"“I would say catcher. And I think, when you, the moment you start locking, the less flexibility this group has to understand all its flexibility. Ultimately, again, it’s going to come down to how do we best better this roster. And on October 3rd, we don’t want to lock anything in and say well that’s what it’s going to be.”"
If you’re shaking your head in disbelief, you heard him right. According to Mozeliak, there is only one position player that is a lock. Granted that position belongs to arguably the best catcher in baseball, Yadier Molina, but that’s it Mo? I’m as skeptical as some of you out there with these comments, but either way, he certainly raised a few eyebrows with his comments.
I don’t believe Mozeliak’s comments tip either way about what the St. Louis Cardinals may do in the off-season. However, if he truly believes what he says, then the team has more unknowns than we previously thought. Here are some of the questions that came to mind after hearing that particular comment.