MLB Network’s Greg Amsinger talks draft, Mike Trout memories and Bernie Bickerstaff
The MLB Draft presents a unique challenge — and big opportunity — for the folks at MLB Network. This draft is every bit as important as the drafts in the NBA or NFL, of course, but the difference is the general public knows next to nothing about any of the baseball players who are going to be drafted in the first few rounds (and especially nothing about the players selected in Days 2 and 3 of the draf).
And, remember, the 2016 season was pretty disappointing, too. The club didn’t make the playoffs for first time since 2010 despite leading the NL in home runs; the sloppy way in which that team squandered games rubbed fans (and players and coaches and the front office) the wrong way, and it soured the fan base on Matheny. Also, remember that Mozeliak has made a couple of relatively bold moves lately, cutting veteran reliever Jonathan Broxton and trading first baseman Matt Adams, two guys who have worn Cardinals uniforms for quite a while.
Mozeliak was pretty candid in his assessment of this year’s team. He said he’ll take the next four to six weeks to evaluate the team, which enters play Friday with a 26-32 record, 4.5 games out of first place in the NL Central. If the Cardinals played in the NL East, they’d be 11.5 games behind the first-place Nationals (38-21). But they’re in the Central, which is led by Milwaukee (32-29).
“Clearly we want to put a product out there that we’re excited about,” Mozaliek said to close his press conference. “A product that people are excited about. A product that, after a game, you’ve got some fist bumps and smiles going.”
As far as Cardinals fans are concerned, everybody’s ready for that.