November 14, 2011, 12:33 PM
My two cents is they kept it in the family. Matheny knows the organization, how the Cardinals play, and what is expected. He and Oquendo will be 1-2, with Duncan developing the next pitching coach.

It's all good as long as they stay in contention and have a shot at making a run.
November 14, 2011  01:54 PM ET

Agree. I'm very happy with the choice of Matheny. Mike has a great baseball mind and from all reports will be completely prepared. His lack of managing experience doesn't really bother me with this team.

November 14, 2011  02:06 PM ET

He did a great job calling the game from behind the plate. I think that he will do a good job calling it from the dugout.

November 14, 2011  02:32 PM ET

I hope they keep McGwire too. Judging by comments from Craig and Freese, he's been instrumental in their development as hitters and given how important they will be to the Cards going forward I think it would be a good idea to keep him around.

November 14, 2011  03:20 PM ET

I hope Albert and Mike got along well.....heard some rumors of Tampa offering Albert 270 mil for 9 years........we have no hope of our ownership matching that!!!

November 20, 2011  12:05 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

I hope Albert and Mike got along well.....heard some rumors of Tampa offering Albert 270 mil for 9 years........we have no hope of our ownership matching that!!!

Tampa has no money to pay the players they have now. They couldn't pay Crawford the money he wanted, and James Shields will be traded before the trade deadline at the latest, if not during the Winter meetings. The Tampa rumor is nothing to worry about. Plus, 9 years @ $30 million a year is exactly what I would pay him...maybe not 9 years, but I would be in the $30 million range in salary. Albert has already given the Cards his "hometown discount."

November 20, 2011  05:31 PM ET

I didn't even hear that Tampa was involved at all, but either way I like Matheny as the choice and I think they will sign Pujols.

 
February 20, 2012  09:59 PM ET

I'm still pretty high on the Matheny hire. Time will tell if it is a good hire or not, but I like what I've seen so far.

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