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    I didn't realize Damtoft was an NL scout. Sure reads like he wrote this:

    An opposing team's scout sizes up the Cardinals
    "This team is not as strong as it was last year, and when you look at what Chicago and Houston have done, I don't even see the Cardinals fighting for the wild card. Yes, they've got formidable bats, but they're going to miss Fernando Viña's spark at the top of the order, and the rotation is very thin and significantly weaker than it's been.... Woody Williams hasn't been healthy this spring, and that's really bad news. Jason Marquis needs to stop being a thrower and become a pitcher. Chris Carpenter is coming back from Tommy John surgery, and he does have good stuff. He can be a wild card, and could be a good buy behind Matt Morris.... Jason Isringhausen, the closer, has looked healthy this spring. He'll stabilize the bullpen, but it's still got problems.... Steve Kline has pitched 100 innings four years in a row, and he really looks like he's hit a wall.... Ray King will drive you nuts with walks and deep counts.... What's really disappointing about this club is that it has not trotted out any young talent recently to give its staff a boost.
    "There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle."
    --Albert Einstein

  • #2
    Memo to scout

    Re: Missing Vina's spark at leadoff.

    Question: Huh?

    Please advise

    (Biggest sparks provided by Vina last year were those caused by his spikes hitting the dugout floor after another strike out.)
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    • #3
      From: Scout
      To: justwundrin

      Good point. I should have written, "Compared to what they'll get from Tony Womack, the Cardinals will miss the spark that was Fernando Vina."

      The rumor this spring is that pitchers were tossing meatballs to Womack and Lankford, praying that they will bat 1-2 for the Cardinals. Strategy seems to have worked.

      Cheers,
      Scout
      "There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle."
      --Albert Einstein

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      • #4
        Originally posted by kennyboyerfan@Mar 31 2004, 04:40 PM
        The rumor this spring is that pitchers were tossing meatballs to Womack and Lankford, praying that they will bat 1-2 for the Cardinals. Strategy seems to have worked.
        That's just plain mean.
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        • #5
          I am tired of reading the Cards will finish third.

          I just dont think they will finish at all this season.
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          • #6
            Originally posted by justwundrin+Mar 31 2004, 04:48 PM-->
            QUOTE (justwundrin @ Mar 31 2004, 04:48 PM)

          • #7
            KBF,

            Carpenter's injury was to his shoulder.

            If it was Tommy John, there'd be reason for optimism.

            BTW - Vina's glove will be missed far more than his bat.
            And, frankly, it has never occured to me that "winning" a debate is important, or that I should be hurt when someone like Airshark or kah, among others (for whom winning a pseudo debate or declaring intellectual superiority over invisible others is obviously very important) ridicule me.

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            • #8
              Originally posted by Damtoft@Mar 31 2004, 04:54 PM
              KBF,

              Carpenter's injury was to his shoulder.

              If it was Tommy John, there'd be reason for optimism.

              BTW - Vina's glove will be missed far more than his bat.
              At this point, I'm missing his bat, too. The only team Womack hits is the Cardinals.
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              • #9
                Originally posted by kennyboyerfan@Mar 31 2004, 05:05 PM
                missing his bat
                Hey, stop talking about Lankford
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                • #10
                  Originally posted by kennyboyerfan@Mar 31 2004, 04:30 PM
                  Steve Kline has pitched 100 innings four years in a row, and he really looks like he's hit a wall....
                  To Scout:

                  From: Stan_Papi


                  Please be advised...

                  Steve Kline's career high for IP is 82.1 (in 2000)

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                  • #11
                    If Kline ever pitched 100IP for us, we'd have a losing record for that season
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                    • #12
                      Originally posted by Damtoft@Mar 31 2004, 04:54 PM
                      KBF,

                      Carpenter's injury was to his shoulder.

                      If it was Tommy John, there'd be reason for optimism.

                      BTW - Vina's glove will be missed far more than his bat.
                      I'm optimistic -

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                      I want to fire blanks in Tyra Banks
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                      I would keep a tidy room for Heidi Klum
                      I'm immersed in Kirstie Alley's thirsty valley

                      I want a smelly slice of Kelly Price
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                      • #13
                        Idiot.

                        This team's rotation cannot be worse than in years past.
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                        • #14
                          What a horribly inaccurate, lazy article.

                          Miss Fernando Vina's spark?

                          Cardinal second basemen, 2003: .261 avg, 11 HR, 69 RBI, .695 OPS.

                          Sucked, all of them. And that includes Bo Hart's one crazy month.

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                          • #15
                            I agree, Kah.

                            Incomptence.

                            Sounds like they were going by name recognition only. Sound familiar?
                            When you say to your neighbor, "We're having a loud party on Saturday night if that's alright with you," what you really mean is, "We're having a loud party on Saturday night."

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