I remember not too long ago this huge giant of a man walking into Studio 42. I’d never seen a baseball player look like this, in person. It was Aaron Judge. I was like, “Oh my goodness.” He was stoic, the same guy that we interview after games now when he hits two home runs for the New York Yankees. There are certain guys you never forget. Trout’s No. 1, but those three after that probably also make up my top five.
Mozeliak is clearly not happy. Even though he maintained his always-even speaking tone and cadence, he didn’t try to hide that in his press conference, and the honesty was refreshing. “Everybody’s frustrated,” he said. “This is not meeting our expectations. This is not meeting Mike’s expectations.”
Thing is, the moves he announced Friday don’t figure to do much to impact the on-field product. The Cardinals designated veteran infielder Jhonny Peralta for assignment (making room for Kolten Wong to return from the DL), a move that surprised nobody, considering Peralta is in the last year of his contract, doesn’t have a regular spot in the lineup and is hitting just .204 with a .462 OPS in 21 games this season.
Mozeliak shuffled around the Cardinals’ coaching staff a bit, too, most notably removing Chris Maloney from his job as third-base coach, a move that wasn’t surprising, either.
Lots of bluster, not much in the way of real on-the-field change. The Pirates held the first overall pick in 2011 and spurned the two-way star Hultzen, instead opting to take an established right-handed pitcher from UCLA named Gerrit Cole, who now anchors their rotation.