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So is our interview in jeopardy now that he's an Astros employee?

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MrCrowesGarden wrote:So is our interview in jeopardy now that he's an Astros employee?
Yup, I think we have a knack for this. I think we had an interview with Moz scheduled while he was assistant and then they hired him and got too busy...

And we have successfully completed, Maroth, Kozma, Rasmus, Bryan Anderson...basically anyone with little to no success with the Cards

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Damn, that explains why Kevin gave me no response after questions sent Wed. Hooray for his career move, but boo for yet another poorly timed interview session right before someone got a new job, see Fan's comments about our Mozeliak interview right before he got the GM position!

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Please keep my puppy dog and bumblebee question in the hopper for next time.

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Kevin, do you think you can help the Astros be not terrible?

Since it's likely that this job thing has been brewing for a while anyway, can you go ahead and answer our questions?

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He isn't answering us. Just told me on twitter he can't because of the new job.

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docellis wrote:He isn't answering us. Just told me on twitter he can't because of the new job.
That's cool. Just ask him the questions innocuously over twitter. Oh, hey Kev... by the by: The Cards farm system has generally been rated at best middle of the pack, yet it seems year after year we grow key contributers to winning teams. My questions are these:

1. Have the Cardinals outperformed expectations?
2. If they have, what's going on? Just getting short changed from the experts? Something happening with teaching at the lower levels that is unique to this organization? Tony LaRussa/Dave Duncan?

Here is a list of players that have contributed or provided important returns with trades at the MLB level. I put in parens the rating of the team by Baseball America or the individual players ranking within the Cardinal organization. This seems like good production from a farm system, more than what I would have expected given the organizational rankings.

2007 (23)
- Colby Rasmus (1) - Largely the reason we were as high as 23, Rasmus hasn't lived up to his potential yet at the MLB level. St. Louis seemed to recognize something, trading him at the deadline for bullpen help that was instrumental in the 2011 WS.

- Jaimie Garcia (2)
- Chriz Perez (3) - again provided good returns.
- Jon Jay (5)
- Mitchell Boggs (11)
- Shane Robinson (28)
- Skip Schumaker (29)

2008 (13)
- Rasmus (1)
- Perez (2)
- Garcia (5)
- Boggs (9)
- Jay (11)
- Allen Craig (15)
- Kyle McClellan (19)
- Jason Motte (24)
- Mark Hamilton (27)

2009 (8)
- Rasmus (1) and Brett Wallace(2) were big reasons for the higher ranking. We turned Wallace into Matt Holliday.
- Perez (3)
- Motte (8)
- David Freese (9)
- Jay (12)
- Garcia (13)
- Boggs (14)
- Lance Lynn (15)
- Fernando Salas (20)
- Craig (26)
- Robinson (28)

2010 (29)
- Shelby Miller (1) - still waiting but he is the reason we weren't ranked dead last.
- Garcia (2) *
- Lynn (3) *
- Freese (5) *
- Eduardo Sanchez (6) *
- Craig (7) *
- Daniel Descalso (9) *
- Jay (13) *
- Joe Kelly(21)
- Mark Hamilton (26)

Look at that! The 29th ranked farm system had 7 guys that were on the WS roster (denoted by *). That's pretty impressive.

2011 (24)
Miller (1)
Craig (5)
Lynn (6)
Sanchez (7)
Kelly (10)
Matt Carpenter (11)
Descalso (12)
Salas (14)
Adron Chambers (16) * - the 8th guy that was on the WS roster.
Tony Cruz (25)

...

(This might take awhile to ask on Twitter, but between you and Fan, I have complete faith in the two of you)

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Surely there's some young, number-crunching, involuntarily celibate baseball analyst with acne, a cracking voice, taped glasses, and questionable hygiene who can answer our questions.

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sighyoung wrote:Surely there's some young, number-crunching, involuntarily celibate baseball analyst with acne, a cracking voice, taped glasses, and questionable hygiene who can answer our questions.
Well, they can't answer themselves.

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JackofDiamonds wrote:
sighyoung wrote:Surely there's some young, number-crunching, involuntarily celibate baseball analyst with acne, a cracking voice, taped glasses, and questionable hygiene who can answer our questions.
Well, they can't answer themselves.
They do everything else themselves. Unless the dog can't move fast enough.

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