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Todd Wellemeyer Still Technically a Candidate for Cy Young

November 17, 2009

In an announcement that shocked baseball today, Cardinals pitching coach Dave Duncan noted that Cardinal pitcher Todd Wellemeyer is still technically in the running for the NL Cy Young Award.

“Well, I just meant that he was a pitcher and technically every major league pitcher has a chance at winning the Cy Young. I honestly don’t think he’ll even be considered this year. I was just saying that it was still anyone’s race,” Duncan said. The coach later clarified that he was only speculating between the top three candidates, Tim Lincecum, Chris Carpenter, and Adam Wainwright.

When asked about the possibility of Todd Wellemeyer being considered, sports writer Trevor Irwin was less than optimistic, “He had a pretty bad year if I remember correctly. 2008 wasn’t bad for him, but still not near a Cy Young caliber performance. I think we’ll be talking about a few Cardinals when it’s time to vote, but I just don’t think he’ll be in the mix.” Irwin later went on to clarify, “Are you sure you’re not talking about Joel Pinero?”

Todd Wellemeyer came into the year filling out the Cardinals rotation but was plagued with stints in the minor leagues and the bullpen after being diagnosed with a condition known as “really horrible performance” and later being trouble by a slight “towering ERA.” Wellemeyer finished the year with a 5.89 ERA, 78 strikeouts, and 80 earned runs.

When asked about a contract extension for the free agent Wellemeyer, Cardinals GM John Mozeliak seemed puzzled by the possibility of resigning the 7 game winner, “Are you serious? I just don’t think he has a place in this club. He did some great things for us in the past, but…do people really think we should resign him? I mean the guy only played in 28 games and gave up 19 home runs.” Mozeliak later went on to add, “Are you sure you’re not talking about Joel Pinero?

Wellmeyer is still hopeful for big news in the Cy Young announcements due to the fact that any pitcher is eligible and we’ve just learned that what Todd Wellemeyer did during games is technically still considered pitching.

Cardinals pitcher Todd Wellemeyer was excited to learn today that what he did on the mound this season will still be considered "pitching" and not "tossing the ball to the caatcher" making him elligible for the Cy Young Award


David Freese Bids to Fill Hole in Starting Rotation.

November 9, 2009
David Freese

David Freese is making a bid at filling out the Cardinal's rotation as well as any openings in the front office and volunteer concessions.

In a move being called both selfless and desperate, Cardinals 3rd basemen David Freese has volunteered to fill any hole in the rotation left by free agents John Smoltz and Joel Pinero. Freese has no prior experience as a starter, but says he is willing to learn any position to win him playing time for the major league club. When asked about the prospect of transitioning Freese to a starting #4 or #5 pitcher, Cardinals pitching coach Dave Duncan seemed to largely brush off the offering. “Yeah, he keeps showing up to pitcher’s meetings and saying that he could learn to provide either left or right-handed relief if the starter thing doesn’t work out, but there’s not much hope for a guy that only has one pitch; a 72mph fastball/changeup.”

Freese has still remained hopeful for a bigger role in the 2010 Cardinals. “I hadn’t ever caught before that game in September, but Tony let me after I begged him for 3 innings and promised to leave him alone for the rest of the week.” said Freese as he browsed first basemen gloves, “I’m pretty sure I could get the hang of pitching if they’d let me, and since they passed me over for the hitting coach job, I’m really looking for a way to get more involved.”

When asked about Freese’s “anything for the team” attitude, Cardinal’s GM John Mozeliak simply shook his head, “Jesus is he still begging for time? I thought that by telling the media he would have the first crack at third base next season it would calm him down a little bit,” said Mozeliak before departing for the November managers meetings. “I had to do something when I saw him trying on the Fredbird costume in the clubhouse.”

Freese apparently is making a serious effort to stay on the 40-man roster after being juggled back and forth between St. Louis and their minor league affiliate in Memphis. Although Freese posted decent numbers with both clubs, he is inexplicably very adamant about staying in St. Louis for the entirety of 2010. When asked about the transitory season he had in 2009, Freese curled up into a ball in the corner of the clubhouse, shouting “I won’t go back to Memphis! You can’t make me go back! You don’t know what it’s like there!”

At press time, Freese was supposedly filling out applications for an opening on the Busch Stadium ground crew.