Dexter Fowler of the St. Louis Cardinals is congratulated in the dugout by manager Mike Matheny.

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Mozeliak Clears Air With Fowler: 'I Wasn't Trying To Single Out Dex'

The Cardinals president of baseball operations was clarifying some of his comments made about the outfielder's effort and energy level this season.

July 03, 2018 - 12:00 pm
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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - President of baseball operations John Mozeliak had clarified his comments made about the amount of "effort" and "energy" he has seen from St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Dexter Fowler this season. He spoke to MLB.com's Jenifer Langosch, Monday, saying "Really, what I was trying to say was I hear what our fan base is saying, and I hope our players understand what's going on." 

On KMOX's Sports On A Sunday Morning, Mozliak told our Mike Kelly he has noticed the entire team has a "consistency" problem. Kelly asked about a few players specifically, including Fowler, who is having the worst offensive season of his career (batting .171 with five home runs and 20 RBI). Mozeliak's response to the question: 

"I certainly want to challenge Dex. I feel like he's someone that when we signed him he brought a lot of energy to our club and right now you're just not seeing that same type." 

Mozeliak says he hears from fans on a daily basis that they believe it's an "effort" issue with Fowler. Mozeliak says there is a difference between effort and energy.

"Dex is someone that has the ability to maybe make it look a little easier than most. But I don't know if you're seeing that this year," Mozeliak says.

Mozliak said similar comments on a podcast with Cardinals broadcaster Dan McLaughlin, Monday. 

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Later that day, he spoke with MLB.com to claify some of his earlier comments: 

"When I'm out, people have no problem telling me what to do. It's come up. In general, wherever I may be sometimes, I get feedback. What I was trying to say was, 'I hear it. And I just hope our players are hearing the same thing and that they adjust to it.'

"Dex is frustrated. And, really, I was just trying to defend his frustration of the inconsistencies."

"There's still time to win. There's still time to change. I wasn't trying to single out Dex in any way."

Mozeliak says he spoke with Fowler on Monday, while he is out on paternity leave and expecting the birth of his second child on Tuesday.