St. Louis Cardinals: Who Is 'Minor League Guy'?

Ian Casselberry@iancassMLB Lead WriterMarch 26, 2012

If you missed it over the weekend, there was an amusing moment in the St. Louis Cardinals' spring training game versus the New York Mets on Saturday.

In the ninth inning, with the score tied 6-6, the Cards inserted a pinch-runner on third base. As you can see from the above screen capture, that apparently caught the Fox Sports Midwest crew by surprise. Or at least the player who entered the game stumped the people in the truck. 

Where's a program when you need one? Maybe the producers figured they could slip one by the viewers with no one likely watching the game at that point. But as Big League Stew's Kevin Kaduk points out, eyes are always open on the Internet. 

Unfortunately, this young man's name wasn't really "Minor League Guy."

I know—it was worth a shot. And in FSM's defense, No. 91 isn't listed on the Cardinals 40-man roster or list of non-roster invitees. But TV Graphics Guy got this one wrong. 

The player in question is Oscar Tavaras. And he's not exactly the Crash Davis of the Cardinals' minor league organization. Tavaras, 19, just happens to be the team's top hitting prospect, according to Baseball Prospectus and Baseball America . This guy hit .386/.444/.584 for Class-A Quad Cities last season.

But still—oops. 

However, Fox Sports Midwest may have inadvertently established a precedent with their slipshod research. Though the TV crew flat-out admitted they didn't have a clue which Cardinals player was on third base, they also classified his roster status rather accurately. This honest approach is something all baseball broadcast teams should consider adopting. 

Poor hitters could be named "Guaranteed Strike Out Guy." Maybe the reliever a team just brought in out of the bullpen is "Serve Up a Home Run Guy." A baserunner gunned down at second base might be "Stupid Basestealer Guy." A designated hitter could have a new designation as "No Glove Guy." Or perhaps a rookie manager would be "Has No Idea Guy." 

Anyway, you get the idea.

Hey, it's spring training for the broadcasters, too. And at least this gaffe was worth some laughs. 

(via @bubbaprog by way of Baseball Nation)

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