Can’t See Forest For Trees

Mike Matheny just doesn't get it.
Mike Matheny just doesn’t get it.

Joe always thought the goal of the Cardinals, the franchise jewel of the National League, is to win a World Series.

In the world that Cardinals skipper Mike Mathney lives in, he seems to believe the goal is to wear “Wild Card Qualifier” T-shirts during the offseason.

In the recent Redbirds Warmup, sort of a mid-winter Cardinals festival, Matheny was asked about playing aging yet still effective catcher Yadier Molina. Per J.J. Bailey of, Matheny left no doubts where he stands on how to use the future Hall of Famer.

“I’ll continue to get beat up about this, but until my job description changes and it’s not about winning games, then at that point maybe we’ll have a different conversation,” the manager said. “We’re going to put the best team out there each particular day. Not drawing reservations because of maybe some information out there that says maybe we should back off. I don’t buy it. And I think if people have enjoyed the last several seasons of watching one of the best catchers in the game, I think if people enjoy watching this team continue to compete and be one of the contenders in the National League, we have to realize the importance of what Yadi does back there. You can’t have it both ways.”

This is just nonsense, and general manager John Mozeliak is part of the problem.

Why is it the greatest manager in Cardinals history, the White Rat, always rested his catchers, often on day games after a night game? To help keep them fresh for the long haul? For those that need a reminder, when Herzog’s Cardinals got into the postseason, the worst the team fared was the seventh game of the World Series.

Coincidence? Joe doesn’t believe in coincidences.

Last year, at age 34, Molina appeared in the most games in a season in his career — at age 34! That’s crazy.

Notice Tony La Russa, who won two World Series with Molina as catcher, didn’t use/abuse Molina as much as Matheny.

Coincidence? Joe doesn’t believe in coincidences.

Matheny has guided the Cardinals to one World Series where Molina, in part to injuries, played in the fewest games in his career since he was a rookie.

Coincidence? Joe doesn’t believe in coincidences.

Yes Mike, your job is to win games but just a hunch the biggest job description in your contract is to win a World Series, not get to a wild card with arguably the most important player on your roster on fumes from overuse.

If Matheny cannot understand this or cannot see the clear facts, then he truly is more stubborn than a Missouri Mule.

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