- Love, Roger
I'm not sure if Mr. McCarver is doing broadcasts this season. I hope so. I'll have to check with Dan Caesar on that one. UPDATE: From Dan Caesar's story on Friday: "Tim McCarver is expected to remain in the rotation of game analysts for the regular season but is not working any spring contests this year."
We can only go on what the team and Reyes have told us, and that is that he started experiencing some soreness in January, alerted the team and then they got him in for a look as soon as possible. Unfortunate. I was really looking forward to watching him pitch this year. He's an exceptional talent. Hope for a full recovery. There are never any guarantees with surgery.
Protecting? Look, the Blues are Tom Stillman's baby, his pride and joy. If he doesn't believe Army is the right guy to be pulling the strings, he'll pull the trap door. So until you see that happen one must believe that Stillman still believes Army is the right guy to get the job done. End of story.
This year? No. A move now for next year? No. Any moves made now are long-term. The offseason will determine the club's immediate future.
It doesn't matter what I think. It's in the hands of the voters ... where it belongs. And i do not live in the city, so I get no vote. All that said, I believe a pro franchise is a regional investment, so I wish there were a regional vote. Of course that would entail some semblance of local governmental bodies working together on something. Chances of that? Better chance that Kroenke brings the Rams back to the Lou.
I don't know that anyone really knows. Age is a factor. But so is passion. And by all accounts Hitch fought to keep his job here while being shown the door. It wouldn't surprise me if he resurfaced ... and won a Cup elsewhere as others have done.
I don't know that they are "wasting" Vlad. By my math he is second in the league in goals over the past three seasons. No. 1 ... Ovechkin.
I believe it is the hardest championship to win in all of sports. That's why when you get close you've got to throw everything you've got it. The Blues had their run over the past five seasons, culminating with getting one step away last year. After that ... time to reload for another run. It sure would be fun to see the parade down Market, would it not?
Asked and answered earlier. Next. "You come back in one year."
The commercials used to say, "Chicks dig the long ball." Well, let me tell you, they also dig defensemen who can get up ice quickly, dish or score, and run the PP. Shatty will get the payday he's looking for it. Bank it.
Depends on the alternatives. With Matheny's track record who knows when a guy is going to get penciled into the lineup. Or where he'll play once he does get in. Magic Mike's got some 'splainin (or proving) to do this season, in my opinion.
The seat can get hot for anyone. I think the front office has made it pretty clear they'd like to see some of the young guys get a good, long look. Yanking them too quickly, particularly when the results do not come from those moves, could create fiction. Ultimately it is all dictated by winning. I don't think the number of paying customers will be the sole factor that determines Matheny's reign. It will be his ability, or inability, to adapt.
2. I don't believe the Cardinals would be willing to trade the prospects needed to acquire Quintana.
How confident are you feeling about there being a first round?
On this we can agree. The Blues spent years getting "heavy" to compete with the likes of the Kings. That strategy brought us a team that you felt could win every night. Then as quickly as you can flip a light switch the Blues decided they needed to get smaller and quicker. Well, they got smaller. And the results have followed. I wish this team could make a push, but IF they even qualify for the playoffs I don't see them doing any damage. And please don't try to tell me the loss of Fabbri makes a difference. Nice player. May be very good someday. Not a lick of difference with what's going on right now.
As happens with many managers/coaches who are forever intense, the players get ground down and the results follow. We've seen a different approach from Matheny this spring to loosen up. We'll see if he's capable of carrying that through a season. Ultimately the players have got to play ... but you can't come to the ballpark every day wondering if you are going to be in the lineup or not because you went 0-fer the night before. Can't do it.
Should ... that's a tricky word.
Armstrong will still be the GM of this team at the start of next season, regardless. Book it.
Sorry, Dean. You arrived to the dance late. I've already spewed all my bile over the Big Sweet.
Ortiz's soccer background did not weigh in to his coming to STL. I knew Jesus through his beat coverage of the Astros. As to what we will do about a beat writer, etc. ... will cross that bridge if and when a public vote dictates the need to do so.
There is sound logic in this point. Good, bad and ugly can be found in the moves of any/every GM. I think Army's mainly catching holy hell right now because of this year's results on the ice, and even off the ice to an extent when you factor in Hitch's firing. But I don't remember the natives carrying pitchforks toward Army Manor last spring when the Blues were making their run to the Conference Finals. Fickle fans ... we all are ... well, most of us, anyway. It's ironic that someone calling himself Disgruntled Chat Reader makes the most level-headed argument I've seen so far today on this topic.
It wasn't meant as a knock on Fabbri. As I said, I think he could end up being a very good player. My point was, no excuses. You wanted to be small, you're small. I think Fabbri fits that description, too. You might be able to play with a number of small, quick, SKILLED players, but I think you also need a few players on the ice who can occasionally leave the opponent bruised and wanting to hit the locker room.
Oops ... forgot to post the question first. Here's my answer (again):
I don't think there will ever be another undefeated NCAA men's champion. So since the Zags finally dropped one on Saturday, I'm going with the little guys from out west.
I don't think the Blues can get him under the cap with other contracts of young players on the way.
Sorry, but I don't buy that one. One year, ok? Two years, stretching it. Three years and still going backward? It's time to go. Great guy. Great part of Mizzou history. Just not the right guy to get it done. Maybe TOO nice. A big-time recruiter, like you said, would go a long way ... but Mizzou's not stealing anyone from the likes of Kentucky, NC, Duke or Kansas. Not gonna happen.
Thanks for stopping in and chatting, folks. It's been fun. I enjoy the give and take and the passion of all the fans. Perhaps we can do it again soon. Got any more questions, you can hit me up on Twitter @stlhensley
Now get along, little doggies.