Good Morning Cardinal Nation,

Here’s what I have for you this morning:

— Derrick Goold wrote on Thursday about how Matt Carpenter will be focused on winning the second base job this Spring Training.

At first reaction, you have to think that Daniel Descalso is more likely to start every day. But if Carpenter really is making the defensive strides that Goold is implying, then it will be very interesting to see come Spring Training what Matheny decides to do. In any case, should Rafael Furcal be hurt at any time, I would have no problem with Carpenter being thrown in there. 

Matt Carpenter, Who Will Be Competing For The Second Base Job In 2013

— Viva El Birdos has a column arguing for why Patrick Wisdom should be considered a top prospect.

Wisdom still has a very long way to go. I’m not saying he won’t be successful in the Majors one day, but it’s hard to get me excited about a guy who only hit .281 in Class-A. He’s only 20 years old. Let’s see how he performs this season and then we’ll revisit him.

— The Cardinal Nation talks about a ridiculous move that Jim Bowden proposed on ESPN yesterday.

I saw this yesterday and didn’t even want to post it because of the absurdity of it. As Brian Walton points out, I think this is why Jim Bowden is a former GM, or he was trying to create some controversy. Forget about the fact that the Cardinals have a whole crop of young players ready to replace those who are aging in their lineup, should the Cardinals go after someone as expensive as Carlos Gonzalez, there is almost no way they would be able to extend Adam Wainwright to a reasonable contract. 

— Jayson Stark provided his strange but true facts of the 2012 postseason.

My personal favorite: “Chris Carpenter, who pitches for the Cardinals, had as many hits in this postseason (three) as Robinson Cano, who hits third for the Yankees.”

Hideki Matsui, who hit 175 home runs, by far the most of any Japanese-born player, is retiring.

Derek Jeter said on Friday that Matsui was one of his favorite teammates that he has ever played with, I think that says something. Congrats on a great career, Hideki.

— Lastly, Chipper Jones had a slight mishap in his garage.

This is pretty hilarious…