I'm not as big on this as some in this area. I think the A-10 is down right now, and that gives this argument some buzz, but the A-10 should be more than a one-bid league, which means it's better for SLU. It wont' be this year, but it has the programs to make it happen. I'm good with SLU being in the A-10. The fans at Chaifetz seem excited. They were rocking last Saturday.
The agents compete. Just like the players. The pressure is officially on Mr. Boras.
Agents like to think it should. Boras has made that exact point. I'm not sure owners and front offices are buying it any more, though. They're all about the analytics.
He's probably never been worth less in a trade than he is right at this moment. It would be a bad time to trade him.
Ozuna is mashing baseballs in batting practice. That's the good news. He arrived early for work on the arm, and that's going to be the point of much attention. If he mashes, and the arm lags, then that's still better than last season, when he did not mash, and the arm lagged. When a baseball player has surgery, it can take some time to figure out the right arm slot to throw from moving forward. There are mechanics that have to be worked out, etc. It's not time to freak out about Ozuna's arm, at least not yet. Especially if he mashes.
Sorry for misunderstanding. Then my answer is this: I don't think the Cardinals are nearly as against the idea of trading Carlos as they once were, and it's to the point that I would not be shocked if it happened. But, so we are all on the same page, that won't happen when he's hurt.
He's a lot skinnier. That's obvious from the photos. He was very candid with Rick Hummel about his struggles as a Cardinal. I'd encourage you to check out that story. But I have a hard time feeling optimistic about Cecil. I'm in see it before believe it camp when it comes to him.
OK. Then don't ask how guys look during spring training before games!
Good luck convincing players in any sport that the preseason needs to be longer. They want it as short as possible, even if it means some growing pains once games begin. As for the Blues, it just seemed to take so long for their chemistry to click. Ryan O'Reilly and Tarasenko were supposed to be this new dynamic duo, for example. It didn't happen right away, which was understood. Then it didn't happen for a while longer, and everyone began to really worry. Then it didn't happen for a while longer, and the season seemed lost. Really. But then it happened, and now all cylinders are firing at once. Even the guys who were ripped in these chats, for good reasons, guys like J-Bo, are playing plus minutes. Allen jumps in and has a shutout? They can't miss at the moment. This was the team we had convinced ourselves the Blues could be. It just showed up way later than we expected. But not too late. What they hoped to accomplish is still there for the taking.
Satisfied? No, not really. They thought they were trading for a masher. They got one year of a singles hitter. If he mashes this year, then they could wind up happy, yes. But one season in, it appears they got the least threatening of the three Marlins' outfielders who were moved that season.
Those factors do play into things, yes. Taxes for a pro player are a monster because they also have to pay in places they play. Accountants for athletes are paid well, and earn their money. Agents have to be able to tell a guy what his real money is beyond the price that looks good on Twitter for record-breaking deals.
Crazy, right. And even crazier that there's a worry the return of any player, even one as good as Perron, could disrupt the magic that has been happening. It's kind of like a band on a great vibe. Even if you add a great musician to it, even if it's one who has been great for this band a month earlier, you risk something messing up the force. But Perron has been so good, you're going to need him. And, believe it or not, the Blues are going to have to lose a game eventually. I'd think Perron goes on the second line with Schwartz and Thomas, as you suggested. That leaves you Marroon-Bozak-Steen and Mac-Barbashev-Sundqvist
I think they would have had a much better chance than with half a season of Shildt. A better way to say it: If you give Mike Matheny and Mike Shildt identical teams, I think Shildt will win you more games.
I would argue that watching Albert Pujols age from afar has been a bigger opinion-shifter than Heyward. The Cardinals will never say it, but they're glad they are not still paying this version of Pujols. And if they can feel that way about Albert, they can feel that way about any player in baseball.
Comes with the job. I just don't want to send the message that I expect it, because then people get mad when it doesn't happen. I see the reason for it. I agree with the reasons for it. But realistically? I'd be mildly surprised -- and impressed -- if they made that kind of splash move.
Vince is pumping some serious coin into his football baby. I'm more concerned about if it will see year three. I do think it will get off the ground.
I'm going to start calling him Degree Holder in Labor Relations