“Better get there quick, Big Boy.”
That quote has circled the blogosphere this week after St. Louis Cardinal General Manager John Mozeliak responded with those words after Josh Gilliam, of the great site Pitchers Hit Eighth, asked about seeing Carlos Martinez in Springfield. Less than a week later, Martinez is on his way to Milwaukee to join the major league squad as struggling reliever Mitchell Boggs heads to Triple-A to join Memphis.
Boggs was in line to be the Cardinals’ eighth inning man going into the season when closer Jason Motte revealed an injury. The easiest resolution to that, in manager Mike Matheny‘s mind, was to move everyone in the bullpen up a role and Boggs was thrust into the closer position. His reaction was less than satisfactory and suddenly the bullpen, once thought to be a strength of the team, was in turmoil. It seemed everyone was struggling and Boggs was, quite possibly, at the head of it all.
Mozeliak moved quickly in response, sending Marc Rzepczynski...