Colorado Rockies' Dexter Fowler (24) is tagged out by St. Louis Cardinals' Brendan Ryan, left, during a rundown in the first inning in a baseball game Sunday, Oct. 3, 2010, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Bill Boyce) By Bill Boyce
St. Louis Cardinals' Brendan Ryan (13) bats against the Atlanta Braves during the ninth inning of an MLB baseball game, Sunday Sept. 12, 2010, in Atlanta. St. Louis won 7-3. (AP Photo/John Amis) By John Amis
(KMOV)-- With the addition of Ryan Theriot, I would be shocked if Brendan Ryan is not traded, and I see it as a bittersweet move if he in fact does get dealt. From a baseball perspective he is one of the best defensive shortstops in the game; don’t get me wrong I don’t like his throwing motion, and yes sometimes it costs him a few errors, but then again David Eckstein threw the ball over to first base awkwardly but he got the job done.
Ryan (Brendan) is no pup at 28-years-old but I still think he can contend for a Gold Glove. Injuries have hindered his success in the big leagues but the Cards should hold on to him because I think he still can be one of the games’ best defensive shortstops. Maybe a little competition with Theriot could do him some good, maybe it could bring out the best in him, maybe he hears that his job is on the line and he increases his off season workouts to make sure he doesn’t lose the job to Theriot; but then again I think he’ll be traded and not have that opportunity.
Speaking of opportunities, the Cardinals organization has given Brendan Ryan every opportunity possible, and the Southern California native realizes that, and is grateful to the Cards for that. I don’t think Brendan is the .223 hitter that we saw in 2010. In 2009, he hit .292, 2008, .244 and in 2007, .289. History says he could be in for a solid offense year in 2011, maybe. Many players, if they have a bad offensive stretch can save themselves from riding the pine by collecting a few hits or RBI’s, but Brendan Ryan can’t to do right now, so he needs to find his bat again.
Brendan speaks his mind, which is great for us (media) but sometimes bad for himself, but in a day where most locker rooms, club houses, dressing rooms, are politically correct I commend him for speaking his mind most of the time. He’s a hard nose, humble player who knows where he comes from, but it appears 2010 will be the last time we see Ryan in a Cardinal uniform, and that’s a shame because the lasting image he leaves is one of a poor batting average and sometimes spotty defense; he’s better than that and when he plays the Cardinals again, if they do get rid of him, I think we’ll see a better Brendan.