He did? What for? I missed it, along with pretty much everyone else
That is a killer observation, and it explains perfectly an interview with Ryan O’Reilly this morning. He was raving about the rush of postseason hockey, how every game matters, etc. My response was something along the lines of so ... kind of like what you all faced during your climb back into the postseason picture? He agreed. That the Blues have been in this mode AND exited it healthy SHOULD be two advantages. We’ll see.
They did, but some impactful guys were also beat up during that time. They’re healthier now. They also lost to the Blues just once in head-to-heads, though those games came before these Blues
I think that only becomes a factor when connected to how he plays. If he was an All-Star for the Cardinals, no one would care if he was still revered in Chicago and close with his teammates from there. But instead he is celebrated in Chicago for being a player Cardinals fans have rarely seen, so there’s angst involved. I get that. Fowler has never said he misses Chicago or anything like that, but I imagine he has had more fun there than here so far. Wouldn’t you? He won a ring and made an all star team there. He’s struggled with health and performance here, clashed with a former manager and felt the weight (and financial reward of course) of a contract he has not lived up to
You’re good in my book.
Cite the TLR connection. And do me a favor and spread the good word about the DH to your old friends.
No odds to offer, because it would just be a guess. Sacramento’s recent splashes reinforced what I’ve said since they roped in their new investor — they’re a challenger in this competition. Only the ownership group can offer an explanation on the timeline of its rendering reveal, but my general understanding when it comes to these things is that certain details must be in the bag before the cat is let out of it. This is the Enterprise model at work. Say very little until you have something big to say, something that isn’t going to need to polished after the fact. That the group said something is coming instead of just releasing it, to me, shows the Sacramento influence. Pressure is on.
Here’s what I think on the front office job security topic. I think Mozeliak would be the last person, perhaps other than his own son, who chairman Bill DeWitt Jr. would fire. But no one is untouchable, and Mozeliak will be the first to say that. That comment he makes about not wanting to be “bridemaid” on free agents and trades is something he brings up in part because it was brought up to him, by his boss. Mozeliak goes through performance reviews like everyone else, and the most important performance to DeWitt — annual contention — has slipped as of late. Coaches were cycled. Managers changed. More turnover would be wise to expect if the lack of postseason continues. How high would it reach, and how quickly? I don’t know. There are levels between manager and president of baseball operations, like general manager, that could be refreshed first. Mozeliak does not have a job for life, no questions asked. None of us do. But he’s got more security built up than most seem to realize.
I was not at the game last night so I don’t know what it looked like other than the TV view. Maybe everyone is saving up for Blues postseason tickets?
And if it works, it’s smart, celebrated, etc. Took their weapon and turned it into one of your own. First season there was some of that. Cubs have been searching for leadoff answer ever since. But in general, it’s probably best to not sign a rival’s departing free agent due to the combination of a) there could be reasons the rival let the FA walk and b) this whole topic can come to exist.
I don’t think they are one of the worst at free agents, if we are talking about this front office’s full tenure. In fact, the job done before is what makes this recent run of swings and misses stand out. But lately? Yes, there have been some bad reads. Some of that can be attributed to the fact that the Cardinals seem caught in the most dangerous zone of free agency, the one that exists between bargain bets (Bud Norris) and monster deals (Harper). That’s where the biggest chance of a bust lies, because guys are good enough to demand significant dollars but not good enough to be no-brainer offerers of elite performance right now, no matter how much is paid after it fades later. There is a case to be made that the Cardinals should get out of the middle. Play the slots and high roller rooms. Avoid the $25 blackjack.
Less competition for the XFL should be better for the XFL
The Cardinals have feet in both camps of that spectrum, as they should. There isn’t a team in the game that isn’t trending more toward trusting what the algorithms and projections suggest, but eyes matter to the organization.
I’ve heard this argument and I get it to a degree, but the alternative is burying him in the lineup to ignore that he is one of the team’s best hitters? No thanks. The Fowler situation is pretty clear. No need to tiptoe around it. Jose is one of the best hitters in the lineup when he plays, so the lineup reflects that. He’s also a challenged defensive player on a team that is committed (for now) to trying to get Fowler going, because they feel like a going Fowler is the best option in a perfect world, and because that’s what the big contract they gave him encourages them to hope to find. Let’s just be honest. Jose hitting third is honest.
Correct. Owners win these deals more often than not. It’s why so many are happening.
Also not true. Derrick has never said what you just said. And I’m only approving the comment so you can’t play the he-never-answered card. From this side of the chat, it’s frustrating when answers are presented in this fashion, especially answers that are not said. Fowler has not justified his contract with his play. Fowler has also heard and read some bad stuff from people who identify themselves as Cardinals fans. Both can be true. Both are true.
It’s just different when you are covering it. Has to be. I don’t think I can be as good at my job as I need to be if I’m a fan of the team. I guess we all define the word differently, and this entire debate has played out in the chat before, and it usually turns into an agreement to disagree, and I never want the explanation to come across as anything close to sounding like I don’t like my job, because I love it. But when it is a job, it’s just different. You see how sausage is made. It becomes close to impossible to root for anything in mass. I find myself pulling for certain people more than any team. I wouldn’t have a job without fans of teams. Im thankful for them. But I don’t feel like one. I don’t lose sleep over losses or get jazzed with a win. I want to capture those moments and definitely feel those emotions with the ups and downs of chasing stories. That’s the difference as best as I can explain it here.
Scott Boras is the king of free agency.
Free agency is heaving a scratchy death rattle at the moment.
So, he’s doing what he does best — selling free agency so he can sell more free agents.
He’s good at what he does.
And he’s right about the owners winning the extension fever.
That said it’s awful hard to turn down life-changing cash in a sport that can take it away in a pitch
It would be wise to find a way to put him on the DL as soon as possible. Getting ugly out there. Velo is good but command is a mess. Maybe he can find it but goodness, keep him out of games until he does
It’s only hard when chatters ask me to explain how I view the Cardinals’ thinking on something, then confuse it with my opinion.
I’ve said here a million times that I’m starting Martinez over Fowler if I have a must-win game today. No questions asked.
It’s harder for me to say I would eat the bulk of an 80-plus million dollar deal. And I imagine it would be hard for you, if you were being honest. You better be damn sure a guy has nothing to give before you do it.
If Fowler continues to hit like he has so far, he’s going to wind up on the bench. If he can’t find a meaningful role off the bench, then you have no choice but to cut ties.
I hope for his career he doesn’t get there, but evidence is growing more than shrinking so far this season
Pudge. Jeter. Andruw Jones. Among others.