Quote of the Day: Matt Williams writes his managerial epitaph

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This is a quote from Matt Williams’ appearance on a local radio show this morning. It represents him doubling down on his postgame comments last night regarding his failure to use Jonathan Papelbon on two straight nights when the Nats blew late leads. We talked about all of that this morning, of course. Frankly, I’m amazed that he’s sticking with this mantra:

“He’s our closer,” Matt Williams said Wednesday morning in his weekly spot with “The Junkies” on 106.7 The Fan, speaking of Papelbon, idle the previous two nights. “He’s the one that closes the game.”

It’s less technically accurate but more cosmically accurate to picture Williams repeating that to himself, over and over again, as he walks through his dark, empty house this winter, trying to come to grips with his state of unemployment. The tone and inflection changes each time he repeats it — “He’s OUR closer . . . ” “He’s our CLOSER!” as if they were different arguments in service of a grand point. Every now and again his family members come by and, reassuringly but with great sorrow, say “Yes, Matt. He is our closer . . . now turn on a light and have something to eat. We’re all worried about you.”

Oh well. That quote is served up in Barry Svrluga’s fairly devastating takedown of Williams in the Washington Post. Not devastating in its sharpness, really, but just by virtue of the local press clearly turning on Williams in a city whose press corps doesn’t turn on the local coaches all that often.

Doubleheader between Cardinals and Tigers postponed

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A doubleheader between the St. Louis Cardinals and Detroit Tigers this week is being postponed to allow more time for additional COVID-19 testing.

MLB opted to postpone Thursday’s doubleheader to continue additional testing while players and staff are quarantined before the team returns to play. More details about the Cardinals’ resumption of play will be announced later this week.

The Cardinals had a series against Pittsburgh set to start on Monday postponed after a weekend series against the Cubs was scrapped due to three positive coronavirus tests.

St. Louis had two more players and a staff member test positive for the virus on Friday and have had eight positive players overall, including star catcher Yadier Molina.

There have now been 29 games postponed by Major League Baseball because of coronavirus concerns. The Cardinals have not played since July 30 and have had 15 games scrapped.

Miami and Philadelphia each had seven games postponed earlier and have returned to the field since the disruptions.

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