MIAMI – Kyle Schwarber’s offensive spiral had gone on for so long and gotten so deep that the shock value of sending a potential franchise player to Triple-A quickly wore off once the news broke on Twitter. The Cubs sent their message directly to Schwarber. Even if the bosses wanted to, the Cubs couldn’t put the rest of the clubhouse on edge by demoting a .171 hitter with 260-plus plate appearances in late June. The Cubs are in survival mode, not a position to play mind tricks, beginning an 11-games-in-11-days road trip with World Series MVP Ben Zobrist (sore left wrist), Gold Glove outfielder Jason Heyward (cut left hand) and Cy Young Award finalist Kyle Hendricks (right hand tendinitis) all
The St. Louis Cardinals announced today that they will hold their first Pride Night on August 25th. A lot of teams have Pride Nights, but it’s worth noting that the Cardinals are holding one given some bad press — some fair, some unfair — they have received in recent years when it comes to matters of diversity and inclusion. Recently, a former Cardinals minor league player claimed he left baseball after enduring anti-gay comments from his coaches and teammates.
PHILADELPHIA • The role he has now with the Phillies, the contract he got from Houston, and wherever he’s headed in the next month via trade, Philadelphia reliever Pat Neshek believes it all started back with the Cardinals. “I owe everything to the Cardinals,” the sidewinding righthander said this week during a batting practice. “I owe a lot to Yadi (Molina) for calling awesome games. I owe (Mike) Matheny for throwing me and trusting me to get lefties. That was always the knock on me. When they let me do it, I excelled at it. The Cardinals – they gave me that opportunity. Yadi knew what I did well. He didn’t say anything. He just showed me how to pitch.” Neshek, now 36, came to the Cardinals