The Daily DOB — Sept. 22

September 22, 2015 0 Comments
Could you imagine if Cardinals manager Mike Matheny, right, replaced the injured Yadier Molina, left, for the final two weeks of the season? (AP Photo)

Could you imagine if Cardinals manager Mike Matheny, right, replaced the injured Yadier Molina, left, for the final two weeks of the season? (AP Photo)

So the St. Louis Cardinals are in need of a little catching help down the stretch here since Yadier Molina has a thumb injury.

As found on Facebook on Monday, a friend had an interesting question: Could the Cardinals activate Matheny and have him catch? The short answer is yes, but the team would have to jump through a lot of hoops to do it. Of course, there is zero chance of this happening.

But’s lets just make believe that the 45-year-old Matheny is healthy enough to do this (he’s not thanks to his concussion history) and that there isn’t a mountain of red tape to go through.

How cool would it be to have Matheny catch for the final two weeks of the season while Molina heals? There hasn’t been a player-manager since Pete Rose did it for Cincinnati in the mid 1980s. We have a whole generation of baseball fans, including the guy who brought up the question on Facebook, who have never known a player-manager.

As catcher, Matheny could go out to the mound as much as he wanted to talk to his pitcher. How about the visual of the catcher signaling in a new pitcher to the game? This would be the best thing ever, right?

I really want player-managers to be a thing again. It basically happens in the NBA (hello, LeBron), so why not in MLB where there have been more than 200 player-managers over the years, including 59 Hall of Famers? Quincy native El Tappe was a player-manager for the Cubs in 1961-62, going 46-70.

There has to be a team that will try a player-manager again. Maybe Alex Rodriguez can finish his career in Miami as a player-manger while he chases Barry Bonds’ all-time home run record.

Someone has to take the chance on bringing back this one-time baseball tradition.

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