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Pepper: Is it Rasmus or La Russa in St. Louis?

Posted on: July 27, 2011 10:30 am
Edited on: July 27, 2011 1:02 pm
 
Colby Rasmus

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Soap operas are being taken off network TV, but at least we still have baseball.

By the way he's portrayed, you'd expect St. Louis center fielder Colby Rasmus to be the guy with the badly dyed goatee and have ominous music every time he appears on screen. That's at least the way Cardinals manager Tony La Russa (speaking of bad dye jobs) keeps playing it.

The latest barb? Speaking to KSDK-TV in St. Louis, La Russa said Rasmus doesn't listen to the team's coaches.

"No, he doesn't listen to the Cardinal coaches much now, and that's why he gets in these funks, in my opinion," La Russa said, according to MLB.com. "If he would just stay with [basically] what they teach, he would have … but I actually feel concern for him, because he hears it from so many places, he's got to be confused."

That, of course, is a swipe at Rasmus' dad, who has been critical of La Russa publically. 

The Cardinals are actively shopping Rasmus, CBSSports.com's Danny Knobler tweeted yesterday, and if they do deal him, it's got to be a sign that the 66-year-old La Russa will stick around a couple of more years in St. Louis. Dealing Rasmus doesn't make much sense (unless there's a huge return) in a baseball-sense, but it does placate La Russa. La Russa is signed to a one-year deal with a mutual option for 2012. It may come down to a decision for general manager John Mozeliak whether he wants to tie his future to a talented 24-year-old or a manager who has managed more than 5,000 games. What happens before Sunday could tell us quite a bit about the future of the Cardinals.

No platoon: Sticking with the Cardinals and La Russa, Daniel Descalso has started at shortstop in five of the 11 games since the All-Star break, but La Russa denies there's a platoon with Descalso and Ryan Theriot. [St. Louis Post-Dispatch]

Contentious in Chicago: Cubs outfielder Marlon Byrd got into a shouting match with a fan before Tuesday's game in Milwaukee. The fan yelled "you guys suck," according to the Chicago Sun-Times. Byrd responded, "We may suck, but you're pathetic." 

Chipper out again: Braves third baseman Chipper Jones returned to the Braves' lineup from a knee injury on Monday, but then miss Tuesday's game and will miss the next few with a right quad injury. The 39-year-old has played in 78 games this season. [Atlanta Journal Constitution]

Conspiracy theory: Phillies fans got on Giants manager Bruce Bochy for how he used Cliff Lee and Roy Halladay in the All-Star Game. Several fans at the team's hotel heckled Bochy saying he tried to overuse both Philadelphia pitchers -- though Bochy notes he used both for fewer than 25 pitches. [San Jose Mercury News]

Throwing Trout back: The Angels are expected to send heralded prospect Mike Trout back to the minor leagues soon. [Orange County Register]

'Cool cat': That's how Giants reliever Sergio Romo described President Barak Obama after the Giants' visit to the White House. I'm sure plenty of people said that about Chester A. Arthur, too. [San Francisco Chronicle]

Reds return: Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com takes a closer look at the two minor league players the Reds received in return for Jonny Gomes.

Perfect in minors: Former Padre Justin Germano threw a perfect game for the Triple-A Columbus Clippers on Tuesday. It was just the fifth perfect game in the history of the International League. The Clippers are the Triple-A affiliate of the Indians. [Columbus Dispatch]

Barton hurt: There's nothing we here at Eye On Baseball like more than making fun of our fellow team member's bad calls -- like my call of Manny Ramirez as the AL Comeback Player of the Year -- so it never fails that any mention of Daric Barton gets Evan Brunell some good-nature ribbing. Brunell said he'd take Barton over Prince Fielder, Mark Teixeira or Ryan Howard -- so yeah. (Of course, I had some questionable picks, too -- Rasmus No. 1 in center?) But the point other than making fun of Evan? Well, it's that Barton, now in Triple-A, has a tear in his labrum and will see a doctor today. [San Francisco Chronicle]

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 8, 2011 10:34 pm
 

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Since: Sep 6, 2006
Posted on: August 4, 2011 4:54 pm
 

Pepper: Is it Rasmus or La Russa in St. Louis?

Right out of the article... it says managed... managed more than 5,000 games ....  what are u clowns trying to say/ prove... ?????????
and I don't care for La-genuis....  ??????  U r the ones who need to double check what U write... LOL

MJK, he later edited it. Initially, it said won more than 5,000, as is clear from my quotation of it below. I mean, we can't all be that stupid, can we?



Since: Dec 2, 2007
Posted on: July 27, 2011 7:27 pm
 

Pepper: Is it Rasmus or La Russa in St. Louis?

Dear Trent, the President of the United States, who has been in office for 2.5 years, spells his name Barack, with the "C" that you seem to have stolen to place in front of your second first name. He is the President of the United States. No matter how often you or I disagree with him, misspelling his name after this long in office is inexcusable. Dreadful performance on your part. Sincerely, Torero.



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Since: Mar 10, 2010
Posted on: July 27, 2011 2:36 pm
 

Pepper: Is it Rasmus or La Russa in St. Louis?

i find an error everyday reading these columns wonder if CBS cut back the job of the editor or didnt upgrade there proff reader or spell check with the software upgrade .. * 5000 GAMES COACHED * 



Since: Jul 8, 2011
Posted on: July 27, 2011 1:54 pm
 

Pepper: Is it Rasmus or La Russa in St. Louis?

It's LaRussa and it's pathetic.  I am a die hard Cardinal fan.  Should these trade rumors with Toronto be true, it is an AWFUL trade.  I am not saying that Colby Rasmus is untradeable.  As a matter of fact, should the right deal present itself, outfield is a position we are very deep at.  I grew up in St. Louis and now live in Springfield, MO where our AA affiliate is.  I've watched Colby since he was 19.  He is an unbelievably talented player.  He is a five-tooler.  He has never worked in St. Louis solely because of Tony LaRussa and his inability to develop younger players.  He has always preferred veteran guys and every year searches for some reclamation project...and honestly, with the veterans, he's pretty good at it.  This kid hasn't been given a chance in St. Louis and I have to place the blame solely on Tony LaRussa.  He constantly berated him in front of the media and rather than actually develop the kid as an everyday player, would platoon him with guys like Randy Winn.  Tony is a manager that never has anything to say to the media, unless he is berating a young player and I just can't see that helping anyone's trade value.  Do it in your office Tony.  So ready for the LaRussa regime to be over with.  And before you say he almost has 2700 wins...I'll remind you he has almost 2400 losses.  Pretty close to .500.  I can't stand people that think they are bigger than the game...and no one fits that mold more than Tony LaRussa.  Batting the pitcher 8th....he has actually convinced other managers that somehow that is a good idea...We lost a great talent today in exchange for a middle of the rotation starter who's owed a couple million and is a free agent at the end of the year, a 37 year old Octavio Dotel, and a solid left handed arm which we do need.  That is nowhere near good value on a player you considered untradeable a year ago.  Shame on the Cardinals front office this is the third colossal screw up they've had this year.  They traded another young player LaRussa couldn't get along with, who is a gold glove talent for an A ball pitcher whom I will be surprised makes it back to the bigs, just so they could pick up Ryan Theriot, a minus minus defender with no pop.  Then they spit in Albert Pujols' face with an offer that didn't put him in the top ten in baseball.  Now this...consider me pissed.


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