Interesting article in the Commercial Appeal today about Anthony's feelings in regards to the way the Cardinals have handled him.
Prior to his demotion from St. Louis to Memphis on May 4, Reyes said he hadn't spoken to Duncan in about a month. There were reports out of St. Louis about a rift between the two."If there is, I have no idea," Reyes said. "I haven't said a word to him. I don't know why people keep bringing that up.
Apparently the two nary a speak. Anthony goes on in the article to 'play dumb' about why Dave would dislike him or not 'embrace' him while he has been a pitcher in St. Louis. Don't take that as him lying, just that he acts as if he doesn't understand.
Brad Thompson is also quoted in the article as not having noticed any bad blood between the two while he was up with the club. He's very supportive of Anthony's talents.
I'm sorry if this rehashes the Reyes v Duncan argument but this is a situation that shouldn't exist. Dave Duncan shouldn't be like the wise old man in the cave that only speaks to you when he feels it absolutely necessary. If Anthony hadn't spoken to Dave for a month before his demotion, then Dave wasn't doing his job.
Someone in the front office needs to address this. Is this really status quo? Dave doesn't talk to the pitchers on the roster unless absolutely necessary? Shouldn't he be evaluating each pitcher's performance and offerings thoughts, tips, suggestions?
With this story, it seems that the Anthony Reyes situation is unamendable.