I think it has a whole lot more to do with the money owed.
Free agents don’t monitor how teams treat struggling players.
They don’t think they are going to struggle.
Not unless the steroid gates are blown wide open. I hope they are not.
I’m not sure if this is sarcasm so I’ll play it straight. He has five home runs and a .595 slug at the moment. I don’t think there is much concern. He does have two errors already, which is really odd.
Poor and DeWitt don’t belong in the same sentence. That, we can agree on. And we can also agree on fans voicing their opinions through their dollars, spent and spent elsewhere. They should understand and recognize that voice. That said, business at the ballpark is good.
I’m gonna create a copy and paste template for how I read and heard the “2019 matters” quote.
Those who said it meant 2019 matters and nothing else does are going to continue to be disappointed.
As for the second part, I disagree. Because baseball has shown us time and time again that there is good money to be made off do not giving a damn about winning. That’s the biggest problem with the sport at the moment. Losers are winning, financially.
The Cardinals are painfully pragmatic. It can chafe.
They care more about sustained winning than spikes of it. That can be debated, especially when they haven’t won it all in a while, a while meaning for them.
But it cheapens your argument big time to suggest winning, in general, is not the goal of this organization. It’s the dominant ingredient of it.
Kinda funny that “flexibility” used to be the talking point, but there was little at times. Now, more defined roles are the talking point, and yet look at the at-bats. Guys are getting chances to open doors and lock them behind them.
Under, probably. I picked Brewers to win division and Cards for wild-card. Does not look crazy at the moment.
Not really, no. He wasn’t back until the home opener. He’s a bench bat until something happens to thrust him into a more regular role. Would not shock me to see him traded at some point but get no sense there’s a rush
That argument suggests the Cardinals won championships by accident. I don’t buy it.
Entering this season, the Cardinals ranked third in wins since their stretch without a World Series win starter. Neither team ahead of them had won a World Series during that span.
You can argue the Cardinals should spend more. I agree with that argument. But I also don’t ignore that their payroll has grown over the years.
What we disagree on is that the values pure profit over its definition of success — sustained winning.
Both are valued. We disagree on the order.
That same line about Burkle has been said about the Taylor family.
We shall see.
I’m not putting Miller into that group just yet.
Other than that, yes, there appear to be some un-Cardinals-like decisions adding up at the moment.
Some free agent fizzles and what-ifs traded away who we will see how they pan out but are off to good starts elsewhere.
Not evaluating why that is would be a mistake
He was present at the home opener. The ceremony you mentioned included the chairman, the president, and the president of baseball ops. A line of handshakes has to end somewhere, I guess. (It was the same design last year, for what it’s worth.)
And I hear there is a big Blues series coming up?
In fact, I need to get ready to catch a flight.
Thanks for jumping in everyone.
We will do it again next week.