This week, the Cardinals purchased
the contract of Tim Dorn and added him to the roster for the Swing of the Quad
Cities. The 6-foot-8 first baseman was brought in to replace the
recently-promoted Brandon Buckman. I haven't seen him play yet, but it sounds
like he's got the goods to step right into the role. In a slightly related move,
Kyle Mura joined the starting rotation as P.J. Walters was moved to
Our featured player this week is
Tyler Herron. How can I help but to be impressed with this young pitcher? His
talent on the mound is unsurpassed. However, that's only part of the story. It's
hard to remember, as I sit here wiping sweat from my face as I type, that the
season started on a MUCH colder note. When the team arrived in
Recently, I shared an evening of
dinner and baseball talk with
Jon: What do you do as part of your daily routine to keep yourself in shape and ready to play?
Jon: What part of your game are you concentrating on improving this year?
Jon: What can you tell me about how you have transitioned from the game of baseball, and all its fun, to the job of baseball and the work that's involved?
Jon: If you couldn't play baseball anymore, what would you do instead for a career?
Jon: Do you have a nickname that the team uses for you?
Jon: What about hobbies? What do you like to do to relax?
Jon: What's the worst thing about playing baseball at the class A level?
Jon: Who's your favorite Major League team?
Jon: What other guy on the team do you think your pitching is most like?
Swinging this week: Jared Schweitzer, Luke Gorsett, and Christian Reyes continue to lead the team in batting average. Gorsett, Chris Grossman, and Daryl Jones lead in doubles. (Jones is a surprise to me, since he's still batting below .200.) Gorsett, Donovan Solano, and Grossman lead the team in numbers of hits.
Missing this week: Tommy Pham has played in 14 games this year. He's still carrying a batting average of .063. Tim Dorn is still too new on the team to include here, but in two games, he's 1-for-7. He was batting .344 before his arrival. I want that Tim Dorn. I remain concerned about Daryl Jones. It's time to set aside the personal pressure and start hitting the way we know he can.
Other news to note: The Swing home page has been
recently updated. Check out some new features, including the projected starter
for each day's game. The Fan Club recently gave away the David Eckstein
autographed jersey. Special thanks to Mulligirl (I hope I spelled that right)
for her donation. I'll be at the Thursday game in
I'm grateful that some of you have suggested new questions to add to my interviews. If there's something you want to know about any of the players, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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