Bernie on Cardinals: Short spring training can hamper Ole Marmol and redbirds.

May the MLB owners and players association engage in honest and productive discussions this week and reach agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement.

Or perhaps the gap of owners versus players is widening rather than dividing. We’ll find out soon enough. But one way or another, the delay in the start of the spring training games is not good.

Sports miss healing time for injuries caused by lockdown. Having a full schedule of games in Florida and Arizona was an opportunity to change the subject from a labor dispute to an actual baseball game. Fans want to turn their attention to squad decisions, initiate rotation plans, build up the 26-player roster, and motivate them to finish buying tickets for the regular season.

But by pushing through cherished baseball traditions — vacations planned to see spring training fairs in warm, comfortable weather — MLB has given fans more reason to turn their backs and find other things to do with their time and money. Another disaster in fan relations for MLB. And if the regular season doesn’t open on time, fans will be less forgiving.

The baseball part of this bothers me, too.

First of all, owners and players have done nothing to do the job of making adjustments that will make the product more exciting and entertaining for 2022. The delayed implementation of the global designated hitter will have more to do with a business decision and an opportunity for players to add well-paid jobs to fill in the DH voids.

But in terms of slow play, extra-long matches, the stifling effect of defensive transitions, the monotonous procession of relief shooters, increased hits, decreased hits in play and base hits… well, forget it. maybe next year.

Only Major League Baseball will close the game without him Repair the game.

This is my other concern, and it applies to all MLB teams. But I write about cardinals, so I’ll focus on cardinals.

A shorter spring will not be beneficial for red birds. If anything, the effects will be harmful. Or of course I might overreact, but I don’t think so.

Let’s take a look at how the 2022 Cardinals hit their abbreviated spring training.

1) Impact on throwing initiation and risk of injury. Unless the front office adds depth, the starting rotation is set to a large extent. In no particular order, the five starters designated are Adam Wainwright, Jack Flaherty, Stephen Matz, Miles Micholas and Dakota Hudson. Wainwright is doing just fine, and he’s constantly allaying concerns about his age – but for the record-breaking, he’ll turn 41 near the end of the regular season. Flaherty, Micholas and Hudson have made 42 joint starts since the start of the 2020 season. Not counting the 2020 season, Matz has started at least 29 games in his last three full seasons. But his early years in the majors were strained by injuries.

The rookies will have to speed up their pre-season preparation process, and the Cardinal has an unfortunate history of spring training injuries including Micholas, Carlos Martinez, Kim, Alex Reyes, Wainwright and Michael Wacha. Pitchers are constrained by their routine patterns, and a busy schedule can lead to problems. In 2021, stadium injuries increased dramatically after an amputated 20-year season. It is better not to mess with their preparation. If the Cardinal bowlers have to rush to get back in shape, we’ll hope for luck.

2) Limited workout. Front office members openly discussed using Reyes in rotation, but the decision was made to put him on the to-do list as 2021 approached. He had a strong first half and a poor second half, and endurance was an obvious problem. Reyes’ effort to be a key player has not been made, and he won’t have the time to do so in short camp 2022. What will Reyes’ role be in 2022? VI starter and swingman? Late setup? It’s really hard to say right now, and Cardinals won’t have that many display games available to make up for answers. Then there’s Jordan Hicks’ diluted. If the Cardinals wanted to rehire Hicks and make him a starter, the shift in spring training wouldn’t happen. Hicks will need more time, and that means returning to the palace.

3) screening process. The Cardinals will have young arms in camp who can compete for a place in the Major League during regular times. But what does fewer appearances on the show mean to them? Unless it’s perfect and there are hits to the other painkillers – or both – I have to think it would be even harder to win a seat in the pen. In terms of player attitude, quarterback Brendan Donovan could be an example. Will he have enough time to make a lasting impression, or get that quick ticket to Triple A Memphis?

4) Nolan Gorman and Juan Ypez. Fewer spring training games, more bats for the veterans, and fewer bats for the juniors. Unless, of course, the Cardinal is bent on entering the season with one of the young Cardinals in the role of DH or tucked into a busy spare job. However, the CBA may have an impact on that. If no changes were made to prevent the administration from hiding the palace’s rookies in the illustrious manipulation of service time, both men could start in Memphis—no matter how they did it on Jupiter. But there is another possibility created in the CBA that will come in handy for beginners – rewarding teams with a draft pick to keep them all season. The picture is clearly a bit blurry now for these two legitimate prospects. To some extent, the unfinished business of CBA makes them forgotten.

5) More time-related pressure on the rising manager. I don’t want to overstate this because Olly Marmol has a lot of experience organizing and dealing with a spring training regimen. Under the leadership of Mike Scheldt, Marmol played an important role in arranging and supervising the day-to-day work. Marmol trainer, Skip Shoemaker, also has similar experience. So the cardinals should be fine. But I return to a recurring topic in this article: Maximum time is useful. A junior manager can’t form an identity for himself and his team and grow relationships when Cardinals race their way through Jupiter. Because of time constraints, it can be difficult for Marmol and the staff to put together their team. But even if these things make the situation more difficult, Marmol is an intelligent man who has to adapt.

Thanks for reading…

– Bernie

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