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Mike Matheny is “increasingly and bizarrely petulant”

Aug 29, 2013, 1:20 PM EDT

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Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post Dispatch is one of the best local sports columnists in the country and also doesn’t engage in the shouting and trolling and overall buffoonery of so many big names in the same industry, so when he criticizes Cardinals manager Mike Matheny like this it made me take notice:

The increasingly and bizarrely petulant manager Mike Matheny resorted to spitting out one-word answers and tapping impatiently on the interview podium in a childish response to reasonable postgame questions.

In fairness to Matheny he’d just watched a blowout loss to the rival Reds in which Adam Wainwright had one of the worst starts of his career. Of course, Miklasz noted in the same column that Wainwright had a much different response to reporters asking about the ugly game:

Wainwright — as usual — gave mature, thoughtful, forthright adult answers when asked about his condition.

Matheny doesn’t want to talk about the possibility of Wainwright’s heavy workload causing him to wear down, but when a pitcher has a league-high five complete games and struggles immediately following a 128-pitch start it’s certainly a reasonable topic of inquiry. On the other hand, at least Matheny didn’t lash out and angrily call any reporters names.

  1. losangelesfan - Aug 29, 2013 at 1:30 PM

    Well, when a human brain is concussed as many times as Matheny’s, this can happen.

    “Unfortunately through his head trauma and concussions, it’s just ending a little abruptly to him. He was a guy so hard-nosed and he wanted to play every day, so for it to end this way is unfortunate. After the blows to the head, he wasn’t the same. We want the old Mike Matheny back, baseball player or not,” he said.

  2. duvisited - Aug 29, 2013 at 1:33 PM

    Bizarrely petulant? Metheny really needs to stop imitating his predecessor so much.

  3. skids003 - Aug 29, 2013 at 1:33 PM

    It’s all those concussions he got. He wants some of the lawyers’ share for the NFL suit.

  4. Mike Wanhatalo - Aug 29, 2013 at 1:36 PM

    Bernie Miklaz (sp?) is a 3rd rate hack. He lost all journalistic integrity when his “sources” led him astray on the whole Matt Painter to Mizzou story. Isn’t he the same guy that TLR went off on about 5 yrs ago? I side with Matheny on this one.

    • fearlessleader - Aug 29, 2013 at 1:45 PM

      TLR went off on more than one guy in his career, and Bernie’s apology for the Painter misfire was one of the most complete and genuine I have read from any media source. He’s the best columnist on a very good staff of baseball writers.

      • posterkid88 - Aug 30, 2013 at 3:25 PM

        Did you read that apology??? He spent two sentences admitting he was wrong. He then spent the rest of the column complaining how it isn’t fair that people are mean and critical of him. It was self-serving trash. He’s the most thinned skinned columnist I ever saw.

    • cohnjusack - Aug 29, 2013 at 1:45 PM

      Isn’t he the same guy that TLR went off on about 5 yrs ago?

      Because Tony LaRussa’s was a beacon of reasonableness on all things related to reporters. Aside from threatening a group of reporters with a fungo bat after Josh Hancock’s death.

  5. barrywhererufrom - Aug 29, 2013 at 1:47 PM

    why are so many sportswriters sensitive? They are like the little kid who gets mad for no reason. Mattheny is in the heat of a pennant race and his team got blown out. I would love to see the shoe on the other foot. You know a situation like a writer getting blasted by their boss and we ,an ask them questions about their horrible performance..lets see if they would act bizzarely

    • blues1988 - Aug 29, 2013 at 2:00 PM

      i agree. sportswriters flip out because one out of 162 games they’re pissed and don’t feel like talking. give them a break. i’d love to see them give a press conference after every workday, and be especially chipper on the bad days.

    • gibbyfan - Aug 29, 2013 at 2:01 PM

      Barry —you know the old saying—If you cant take the heat……….. I like Matheny and liked TLR too —but this is part of the job and they should be professional enough to comport themselves as adults.

  6. paperlions - Aug 29, 2013 at 2:35 PM

    Matheny does seem to be high strung lately and he is very intense and competitive. One would hope that he would be a calming influence on the club…and maybe he is…but he does seem to be a bit too far on the combative side at times…and often at times that seem, well, odd.

  7. Marty McKee - Aug 29, 2013 at 2:37 PM

    Whoa. Five whole complete games?? Better put Wainwright out for stud!

  8. markb2301 - Aug 29, 2013 at 3:09 PM

    It’s especially sad because the best manager on the Cardinals is actually their third base coach. Matheny sucks.

    • paperlions - Aug 29, 2013 at 3:15 PM

      Managing and coaching aren’t the same thing.

    • stlouis1baseball - Aug 29, 2013 at 5:48 PM

      You nailed it idiot. Sorry…you nailed it Mark.
      The guy has just been horrible the last couple of years.
      I mean…the guy is failing miserably.
      All you have to do is look at the Cardinals success (or lack thereof) since he was named Manager.

    • klukstr - Sep 3, 2013 at 9:40 PM

      It’s good to finally see someone that agrees Matheny blows.Last year he continually used Rzep and Salas to blow games and his pitchers were worn out in the second half.Samething happening this year Lynn good up until Allstate break and then he is garbage.anyone tell me why he continues to use Kozma he isn’t Ozzie smith caliber defense so sit hit and his .200 batting average.I just don’t understand a lot of the bone head moves he makes.He squanders a 3-1 lead in the playoffs and doesn’t make one adjustment to the lineups and they reward him with picking up his option year.

  9. spudchukar - Aug 29, 2013 at 3:58 PM

    The season is long. The summer is hot. Losing sucks.

  10. gostlcards5 - Aug 29, 2013 at 4:13 PM

    Who cares? You name me one manager that doesn’t get upset and short from time-to-time. Can’t be done. Everyone has an amount that they can take, and unless they get/give themselves a break from stress, can be victim to something like this. Matheny generally is a calm, respectful individual, and this isn’t affecting my view of him.

    On the subject of Wainwright, I don’t believe that this is a big red flag or anything. One of the benefits of his past closing experience is that he throws a lot less pitches than most starting pitchers do. Someone worked up numbers on it, and really the difference was staggering. Until this becomes a repeated problem, Wainwright is one guy I’m definitely not going to worry about.

  11. steveohho - Aug 29, 2013 at 5:45 PM

    I don’t know many managers or head coaches who were fired by not answering press questions adequately. I know many who were fired for not winning enough though. I doubt Matheny loses much sleep over perceptions of his post game disposition.

  12. hockeyflow33 - Aug 30, 2013 at 12:20 AM

    Another high and mighty sports hack who acts like a child when his ridiculous and stupid questions aren’t answered with standard responses.

    On the rare occasion someone gives a truthful answer, these blowhards rip them.

  13. damoore2013 - Aug 30, 2013 at 10:27 AM

    Wait isn’t the Cards in first place in what is arguably the best division in baseball? Matheny must be doing something right. I can’t believe Bernie Miklasz going off on Matheny because had a small meltdown, I mean Bernie was always going off on a tangent when he was on the ESPN 101, before he was let go. I think I was one of his three listeners. What a hypocrite, and egotistical a**.

  14. vpettibone57 - Sep 5, 2013 at 2:45 AM

    well he clearly doesnt like the media / i DONT BLAME HIM ONE BIT.

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