Greetings, chatters. Thanks for joining today's scrum. We can hit it hard until 3 p.m. or so, as long as there are questions/comments coming in. Today, I ask something in return. What is the best piece of home ownership advice you now know that you wish you would have known when you bought your first house? Can be anything. I'm learning on the fly, so I'm curious to get your tips and tricks. Let's roll.
To some degree, yes. A status check on all of those guys was provided at Winter Warm-Up. Gregerson has not had the offseason anyone wanted. It sounded like there is a chance he will not be ready for the spring he hoped to have. His body is just not holding up. There's still time for that to change, but concern is high. Ozuna is a mystery until he shows up for spring. His recovery and rehab was not monitored by Cardinals staff, as much as the Cardinals would have liked. He is working out, per his Instagram account. Molina plans on catching games in March to give his knee time to heal. The concern level is low there. Leone and Fowler have had great reports.
That would be pretty surprising. There has been some chatter that they might be the so-called mystery team, but nothing the Cardinals said have suggested that. Carpenter's at third and DeJong is at short, as is. I'm not sure the Cardinals want to move those guys. But if Machado goes one year? Who would not be in?
Thank you. It really seemed to hit a nerve. I guess many feel the same way we do. I just wish the national media would take the time to get the story right. It's less that they left and more how they left, and how the league greased the tracks with lies.
It's going to be interesting. Armstrong said the core players needed to play better, and for the most part they have not. The newcomers and youngsters have played better than the core guys, which is alarming for multiple reasons. If some of the familiar faces could just have career average years, the Blues would be in pretty good shape. Army said the best players needed to play their best, or there would be change. They haven't played their best, so . . . Not shaking things up would be a bit of a backpedal, no?
I'm not sure why that would be a concern. I think some Mizzou fans think every freshman is Blake Harris. That's not the case. Xavier Pinson and Torrence Watson are going to need to learn how to play defense with a passion if they are going to play for Martin. They are going through growing pains. But not every freshman who does not get his wish from day one cuts bait and runs. The guys who stay will figure it out. I'm actually pretty encouraged about this young core, if it sticks together. Tilmon has no business going to the NBA. He should be back for his junior season. The future is bright, and the talent ceiling is increasing, but it's going to continue to be a grind this year. The Tigers lost their best player before the season started. Their next best player can be a victim of the foul epidemic. Their next best player, Mark Smith, has an injury. Tough sledding at the moment. But I would stress patience. Look at how Tennessee, now ranked first in the nation, was built.
Noted. You must think I make big bucks or something. :)
No, I don't think baseball will let Rose in. You can make an argument for it now that baseball is blurring the line between being in on fantasy sports to being on betting, but the shoulder toward Rose is still ice cold. If Barry Bonds can't get into the Hall of Fame, and I don't think he should, then I don't see Rose getting in. Rose has embraced the heel act, even signing at casinos. He seems to do better for himself as being the outsider anyway.
I think betting against this era of the Patriots is a bad choice, as I said when they played the Chiefs. They might not be as good as they once were, but they are still damn good, and they get better in big games. They also have tons of experience in this game. The Rams cannot say the same. I would pick the Patriots.
There is interest there. No source needed. I sat in front of John Elway when he came to watch Lock play, and he kept his binoculars trained on him the entire time. Even after touchdowns, as if he was watching how he celebrated, or didn't.
Ha! I did almost manage to electrocute myself the other day. But the silver lining was I learned which breakers worked for which rooms.
That's not what Jarrod says!
I think another strikeout-getter for the bullpen and an improved bat off the bench would still be smart buys for the Cardinals. I'm intrigued by Marwin Gonzalez. I realize he wants to be a starter, but the clock is tick, tick ticking.
Yes. Sure. As popular as it once was? Probably not. I think the decline will be slow, but I do think it will decline. And I love the sport. Played it. Believe I am who I am, in part, because of it. But when you have parents who are not letting their kids play, and I'm talking about parents who played, that is going to show up somewhere down the line.
I've heard this theory, but not from anyone who has skin in the game. If the MLS is so influenced by the NFL that it would ask STL to stand down on its relocation lawsuit, STL should tell the MLS to kick rocks. The folks working to get the team are not the ones trying to hold the NFL accountable for its greed. I would not be in favor of swapping one for the other. At all. I don't know why the MLS group has been quiet. Jim Kavanaugh and Carolyn Kindle Betz did recent interview with Dan McLaughlin on his podcast, and neither expressed concern about other cities. Part of me wonders if the league might be looking to expand beyond 28 sooner than it thought? I don't know. Lots of speculation.
I read Joel Sherman's take on this in the New York Post, but I have to say I'm not sure I see the value in that for Machado. One year at a very high price sounds great -- until you get hurt or slump and spoil your value for the following season and or seasons. And baseball is teaching us over and over again that age matters. So, why would Machado surrender a year in age? He should get the most money he can for the long-term future, if his goal is to maximize his value. The notion that free agency is going to reverse course next offseason, when Arenado joins him on the market, does not seem realistic to me. And whatever concerns there are about his attitude now, those won't go away after one season somewhere. What would be really fascinating is the idea Sherman lightly floated about Machado taking a huge salary to spend a season in Japan. Imagine how what would make MLB look, to be exposed for not paying the best players enough to keep them.
I need to do more research on this topic, but my immediate answer is, yes. Look at how Kansas City has grown, for example. It has an easier time tapping into public funding because the cost is spread over a much larger area, for example. One of the biggest gripes currently is a) the cornucopia of different factions and rules that exists in the region -- it's a big turn off to big business of any kind and b) the gripe about city funding going toward something the county enjoys as well. This would seem to work toward solving some of these issues.
West Virginia and Central Florida
If the Cardinals are going to massively reverse course on Fowler before the season begins -- and nothing suggests they will -- they sure aren't going to do it for Cargo.
I'm not knocking the logic here. Each person can decide what feels right to them. And I thought it was really, really cool that Rodger Saffold gave a specific shout out to St. Louis fans after they clinched their trip to the Super Bowl. Many of those guys are good guys, and how can you not be happy for them? It's not easy to play for a relocating team, especially one that has such lackluster support and interim facilities. I've got no beef with any Rams players. Just hard for me to watch, knowing what I know about the league and the men who run it.