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Matt Holliday removed from World Series roster

Posted on: October 28, 2011 2:02 pm
 
By Matt Snyder

ST. LOUIS -- Cardinals All-Star left fielder Matt Holliday will not play in Game 7 of the World Series. He's been replaced on the World Series roster by rookie Adron Chambers. Expect Allen Craig to get the start in left field for St. Louis.

Holliday said Thursday night that he was hoping to play in Game 7, but obviously things looked worse Friday when he woke up. The interesting thing here is that Thursday night Holliday's announced injury was a severely bruised right pinky finger. Friday, the Cardinals announced he's been removed from the official World Series roster due to a sprained right wrist. Still, everything could have easily happened on that one play -- when Holliday was picked off third base by Rangers catcher Mike Napoli. The biggest issue was said to be whether or not he could properly grip a bat, so obviously he can't.

If you're wondering how this move can be made right now, here's why, directly from the press release: "MLB Postseason rules provide that injured players can be replaced during the World Series if the severity of the injury, as determined by Major League Baseball, is such that it would require a disabled list assignment during the regular season."

Holliday is hitting .158 with no RBI this World Series, though he has drawn enough walks to rack up a .385 on-base percentage and five runs scored. Craig is 4-for-15 (.267), but those four hits were all huge. He has two home runs and two go-ahead, RBI singles. Chambers is nothing more than bench depth at this point.

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Comments

Since: Feb 21, 2008
Posted on: October 28, 2011 3:52 pm
 

Matt Holliday removed from World Series roster

Tackling?  You obviously never played baseball.  That is how you make a defensic=ve slide.  That is why there has been nothing said on the the topic and during the game - because they all know it too!



Since: Nov 14, 2007
Posted on: October 28, 2011 3:45 pm
 

Matt Holliday removed from World Series roster

awe go cry in your beer  holiday was in his baseline and the umpire knew it to  it was about the only thing he did right in the series  go cards!!!



Since: Jul 12, 2008
Posted on: October 28, 2011 3:35 pm
 

Matt Holliday removed from World Series roster

it was a good clean play. as long as you can reach the base it is ok to take out the player at second base.



Since: Sep 28, 2011
Posted on: October 28, 2011 3:29 pm
 

Matt Holliday removed from World Series roster

    I don't wish bad things on anyone, But Holliday had it coming after blantantly tackling Elvis on that douple play ball in the 4th or 5th or whatever it was.  The base was 2 feet to his left and he was sliding into him. I understand breaking up the DP but there has got to be a line somewhere.



Since: May 11, 2008
Posted on: October 28, 2011 3:26 pm
 

Matt Holliday removed from World Series roster

In rounds of the playoffs prior to the WS, if a team removes a player from the roster for an injury, they are out for the remainder of that series and the next series.  Since the World Series is the LAST series of the year, what precludes a team from just deactivating every player who they do not plan to use in Game 7 such as the starting pitcher from last night's game along with any other slumping hitter?  Seems like a rule that could be exploited if a team wanted to add a couple of fresh players to the mix for game 7 like a bullpen arm or a speedy pnich runner.  The Rangers should go ahead and invent an injury for Colby Lewis (spent) and Esteban German (not useful) in order to pull in a fresh bullpen arm and a healthy OFer with Cruz dinged.



Since: Oct 25, 2011
Posted on: October 28, 2011 3:18 pm
 

Matt Holliday removed from World Series roster

Great call by the Cards.  He has had a tough go as of late and the Ranger pithers know how to take advantage of him.  We would not have made it to this point without him, sad for him to miss the last game.  That should not take away from how valuable he has been to the club.

Hell, even if we lose tonight... what a freaking ride.  It's why we are all sports fans in the first place!



Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: October 28, 2011 3:16 pm
 

Matt Holliday removed from World Series roster

You know it is easy to dismiss Holliday as he has been in a little slump but his success has been in the walks he has drawn, decent base running (except last night) and his defense which has been good. (As it should be in Left Field in the MLB) Craig and Berkman are the hot bats and Freese screwed up so bad he is lucky he had the 2 awsome hits to redeem himself. That error resulted in at least 2 runs if not more considering it let the batter on and changed the strategy for the inning. No Out, a base runner and quality bats coming up. He put his team in a bad position.

The biggest blunder came in the 8th when Molina was held at third and not allowed to go for home when the throw was short of the infield and he would have had 15 feet before the throw reached the infield allowing him to have a chance to slide in for the run. They ended up stranding him. and put themselves in a come from behind situation just to tie.

Regardless Go Cards!

Phillies Suck #!<%



Since: Nov 5, 2006
Posted on: October 28, 2011 3:14 pm
 

Matt Holliday removed from World Series roster

Matt Holliday has been awful!!! I have had zero confidence in him every time he has come up to bat - Cards are much better off with him out of the lienup. Kyle Lohse (pinch hit sac bunt last night) has had a more productive (offensively speaking) WS than Matt 'has been gone for the Holidays' !! Hit the HGH quick Matt so you can keep making your 15mm per!



Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: October 28, 2011 2:43 pm
 

Matt Holliday removed from World Series roster

wHAT A WHIMP



Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: October 28, 2011 2:43 pm
 

Matt Holliday removed from World Series roster

Really?  You're complaining about a Cardinals fan predicting that the Cardinals can make it to the WS next year?  God forgive all of those Cubs fans and their hopes over the last 103 years.


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