Rick Hummel Talks Cardinals Topics: J. Garcia, Molina, Pham, Peralta, Moss

Hall of Fame baseball scribe Rick Hummel, who covered the Cardinals’ series against the Brewers in Milwaukee, joined The Hollywood Casino Press Box Thursday to talk some Redbirds topics.

Read a few excerpts and listen to the full interview below:

Off topic, but Barry Bonds said the other day he regrets how he treated people during his playing career. How did he act in your experience around him?

“Bonds could’ve behaved better over the years. Maybe he’s trying to help himself in the Hall of Fame voting as we go forward here. I don’t think it should be held against him he was surly towards the media. The steroids thing is another matter. I still think he’s going to have a hard time. He’s still got to get to get to 75 percent, that’s a long way to go.”

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“We got along OK. Any time I had a question for him, he would answer it. I didn’t have a whole lot of trouble with him. I could see on a daily basis he would be hard to work with. I’ve seen worse guys than him.”

On Jaime Garcia pitching well after the first inning:

“Actually, after the first inning – even though he wasn’t as sharp as he had been in previous stars – he got out of jams twice with the bases loaded. He was alright. He admitted you can’t walk the lead-off guy…because usually bad things happen after that.”

 Yadier Molina has played 52 out of 54 games…Do you think he needs to take more days off?

“He just had a day off Sunday. They’re off today, they’re off next Monday…they have five off days between now and (June 23 so no one should have to monitor his playing time too much this month).  That’ll be a bit different in July and August when it heats up. Whatever is happening with his batting average…he’s just in a little bit of a slump. I don’t see any great fatigue here. But you see the numbers and the questions get asked.”

Do you think we’ll be seeing Tommy Pham for Hazelbaker in the near future?

“Pham is hitting .271 at Memphis and he does not deserve to be there. Hazelbaker  does…even when he’s not hitting, offer up good defense and speed off the bench. I think Hazelbaker could be the more complete player…but Pham is probably the better hitter. So it depends what you’re looking for. That’s a tough call. They’re both good enough to be in the Big Leagues.”

When do you think we’ll see Jhonny Peralta?

“I don’t know, he still hasn’t played in Memphis yet. He was supposed to play until Tuesday at Springfield and then play in Memphis Tuesday, Wednesday,Thursday, Friday before coming to the Cardinals. I think he’s probably still a week away probably.”