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Topic - Mike Matheny
When the Washington Nationals tabbed Matt Williams as their new manager earlier this month, the club joined a growing trend among Major League Baseball teams: Hiring someone with extremely limited or no managerial experience at any level to run a team.
The St. Louis Cardinals have made a one-year, $14.1 million qualifying offer to free agent Carlos Beltran. They just don't expect him to return next season.
Dave Dombrowski has never been a predictable general manager.
Clutch hitting deserted the St. Louis Cardinals in the postseason. The power arms that got them to the World Series finally gave out, too.
The St. Louis Cardinals are having a tough time getting back to Boston for the World Series.
Most games, Adam Wainwright's effort would have given the St. Louis Cardinals a chance for a victory. Not in the postseason with this offense.
Lance Lynn faced the minimum the first four innings, then got yanked after encountering trouble against the Boston Red Sox lineup in the next two innings.
Seth Maness was among the St. Louis Cardinals' pleasant pitching surprises, getting his first call-up in May and finishing the year as the National League's best reliever at inducing the double-play ball.
David Ortiz could sense this World Series was starting to slip away, that his rowdy bunch of Boston Red Sox were just too quiet, too tense.
Almost always, Mike Matheny keeps his cool.
By Sunday morning, most everyone had become an expert on the obstruction rule.
Carlos Beltran thought he would miss Game 2 of the World Series after bruising his ribs when he banged into a fence in the opener.
Carlos Beltran waited 16 years to make it to the World Series.
Just think how much we like to watch wild arguments in baseball, when a manager flaps his arms, throws his hat and hollers nose-to-nose at the umpire while the spit flies.
Jon Lester got used to the World Series hoopla when he clinched a championship for Boston six years ago.
"I reminded him what an incredible season he had for us," Matheny said. "We don't know how this whole thing is going to play out."
"We were prepared, we knew what we were trying to accomplish," Matheny said. "We do what we believe is best for this team so we can go back and sleep at night and realize we did the right thing."