Cardinals manager Mike Matheny possesses excellent leadership skills, but needs to continue to show progress on his ability to make strategic decisions during games, his boss, general manager John Mozeliak, told Cardinals bloggers.
Mozeliak and Cardinals president Bill DeWitt III were among those who addressed bloggers and answered their questions during the club’s 2014 Blogger Event on June 22 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis.
Asked to assess Matheny, the Cardinals’ third-year manager, Mozeliak cited Matheny’s leadership, saying the manager “understands people, relates very well.”
As for game management, Mozeliak said of Matheny, “That’s the evolution we are watching.”
In summary, Mozeliak said of Matheny, “There’s no one else we’d rather see” as Cardinals manager.
Other newsworthy highlights of the session:
DeWitt said revenue generated from the entertainment complex next to Busch Stadium “mostly goes to pay for that investment.”
Asked whether revenue from Ballpark Village would be reinvested in baseball operations, DeWitt said, “It’s too early to tell.”
DeWitt said expansion of Ballpark Village could include options such as a residential tower, office tower, hotel or retail complex.
Mozeliak said he told Matheny that if Taveras is with the Cardinals “you have to play him.”
Taveras, the outfield phenom, was sent to Class AAA Memphis after a short stint with the Cardinals.
Said Mozeliak: “He is an amazing player. He is going to hit. I imagine next time he’s here, he’s here for good.”
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Mozeliak: “What we don’t want to do is make irrational decisions … July 31 is when irrational decisions are at their height.”
2014 CARDINALS SEASON
Mozeliak: “It hasn’t gone as planned … We thought it was going to be an offensive club.”
Ron Watermon, Cardinals vice president of communications, said the franchise soon will debut a digital version of its media guide that will include a video of the Cardinal Way. He said the Cardinals will seek feedback from bloggers about the usefulness of the digital guide.