Sport Jordan Hicks has Bud Norris' back after report of friction between Cardinals relievers

02:05  13 july  2018
02:05  13 july  2018 Source:   sportingnews.com

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Report : Bud Norris has been repeatedly harassing a Cardinals rookie and their manager seems cool with it. However, what you may not know about Hicks is that Cardinals closer Bud Norris has reportedly been “mercilessly riding” the rookie since spring training.

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Cardinals rookie right-hander Jordan Hicks had nothing but good things to say about teammate Bud Norris on Thursday, one day after a published report made it appear as though Hicks was chafing under Norris' tutelage.

Hicks told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that he understands Norris is trying to help him improve his work habits and be more professional.

“He has the best intentions for me,” Hicks told the P-D's Derrick Goold in a telephone interview. “I think he’s nudging me in the right direction. That’s the best way to put it.

"I'm a rookie. I need guys guiding me. He actually does care about me. I know that.

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Jordan Hicks has replaced Aroldis Chapman as baseball’s premier fireballer. “At first I wasn’t used to throwing every single day, or maybe back to back . I’d never done that before. Though veteran Bud Norris , himself a former starter, has claimed the closer role by converting 17 saves in 19

"There are times, though, when he or anyone basically says, 'You should know better.' I'm learning from that."

Earlier in the day, Hicks defended Norris in a Twitter reply to Angels reliever Keynan Middleton, who played with Norris last season in Anaheim.

Hicks was one of the main characters in a story by Mark Saxon of The Athletic that was published Wednesday (and later commented upon by SN).

The story's focus was on the working relationship between Norris, Hicks and Cardinals manager Mike Matheny. Saxon reported that the 33-year-old Norris, with Matheny's blessing, has been hounding the 21-year-old Hicks since spring training.

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He started 2017 with the Peoria Chiefs where he was named to the Midwest League All-Star game.[6] He was promoted to the Palm Beach Cardinals in July.[7] Hicks finished 2017 with a combined 8–3 record and a 2.74 ERA in 22 games (19 starts) between the two clubs.[8] After the 26 Bud Norris .

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Hicks' published comments — and the way they were presented — made it appear as though there is tension between the pitchers and between Hicks and Matheny.

Hicks, the hardest throwing right-handed pitcher in baseball, isn’t a fan of the treatment. Asked if he thinks it will one day pay dividends in his career, he said, “I have no idea. No comment.”
Matheny said he has had conversations with Hicks to remind him that Norris’ badgering is a way to show he is invested in his success. Matheny sees Norris’ actions as an effort to carry on the dying tradition of teaching younger players in the harshest possible ways. Matheny himself faced that on the Milwaukee Brewers when he broke in as a young catcher 24 years ago.
“I think the game has progressively gotten a little softer,” Matheny said. “Man, it had some teeth not that long ago.”

Cardinals team president John Mozeliak told Goold that he spoke with Hicks and Norris about Saxon's story on Thursday, an off-day for the club.

“Any time you read the initial headline, you have to be concerned,” Mozeliak told Goold. “There is a hierarchy in any clubhouse, but we don’t want there to be any time where a young player feels he is not welcome so that he cannot be himself.

"There are expectations. There are rules. … Jordan is learning and growing and it’s all at this level.”

Norris and Matheny have yet to comment on The Athletic's story.

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