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A fair question, however it really just depends on the different organizations. Sometimes the long-term coaches indeed grow a lot power within the organization, but generally the general manager is still the boss, like we see in baseball.
If you have any questions -- Blues, Cards, Mizzou, SLU, Hamilton, Seinfeld, etc -- send them my way!
I dunno, I think he was particularly aggressive in nailing down a CF that was also considering another WS contender in the Blue Jays (people forget that Toronto was in the ALCS). The signing of Fowler showed that the Cards were indeed aggressive on the free agency market, arguably overpaying for a player that they know could help them immediately. The question of course is -- have the Cards done enough? I think we can all agree that 1. a thumper in the cleanup spot would be enticing 2. the Cards still have money to spend .... BUT, does it make sense to overpay for a guy that'll eat up years on a contract? That's the fear -- the Cards have to wait out this EE or Trumbo stuff, because by then, the Cards can offer a smaller length of a deal that has a high AAV.
As of right now, the infield is 1B Carp 2B Wong SS Diaz 3B Jhonny Peralta -- if it stays that way, then you definitely ask a fair question. One wonders if Aledmys is the long-term answer at third base, and then the Cards make a move for a shortstop outside the organization (like the did for Jhonny to begin with). And Delvin Perez is at minimum two seasons away, but he's an extremely talented SS.
Oh mama. Win 17 or more games?
I think we all understand that Anderson had the opposite of a Tubby Smith situation, when Smith took over a full cupboard at Kentucky and won a title in his first season. But Anderson has just underwhelmed in most aspects of the job. I went to that game against Arizona and, at times, it was just painful to watch. So yeah, barring any miracles in SEC play, they should get someone new -- it's too early to earmark someone, but I would assume that Jim Sterk is doing his due diligence and looking at staffs across the country. One good thing is -- Sterk is well-versed in California basketball.
The Cards indeed have some interest in EE, but they're going to wait and see this whole thing play out, because you can't get this guy for more than two years.
I'll admit -- I was a little surprised when I heard that "Jake St. Louis" was starting tonight, especially with a Blackhawks game two nights later. Yes, that second goal in the Nashville game was embarrassing, but you're right, there were some defensive mistakes in that one, even as simply as just thoroughly getting the puck out of the defensive zone. I just went to work today assuming we'd see a little Hutton tonight and then a fresh Jake for Saturday. But let's not forget, Jake is extremely good one home ice, so perhaps they'll just ride him out in these next two
One weirdly good thing about having Grichuk bat fourth is -- he gets a lot of his outs from strikeouts. So, assuming one of the three OBP Boys gets on base, a cleanup Grichuk likely won't ground into a double play (he's got some speed too).
I think so -- Lance has had enough time off to recovery from his surgery -- he should be good with pitching "Lance Lynn"-type innings...so I don't think the Cards will be sellers at the trade deadline. It'll make more sense to ride out Lance and get the most out of him that's possible ... before he hits free agency.
Good point -- before the Dodgers went on their spending spree, it was the Cards who had spent the most money in free agency, because of Cecil and Dex.
And interesting name to throw out there, if only because of his HR numbers. For those who don't know, the lefty-hitting Saunders hit 24 homers last season for the Blue Jays (notching an all-star nod, too). "The Condor" as they call him hit 16 of them against RHP, yet his slash line against RHP was .247/.332/.451 ... against LHP, he was .275/.358/.569.
Hi Randy, and you definitely make some good points there -- Dyson as a fourth outfielder, complemented by Pham, is indeed encticing. And if the Cards do get Encarnacion or a different first baseman, it definitely shows a message to Adams.
I dunno -- we debate this a lot. I'm not very excited about Jhonny this season, but talking to other writers, they talk about how him being healthier will (makes sense) lead to more production. I just worry about his run production and his glove, which is good, not great. He has a no-trade clause, but if the Cards can afford to have him as a bench hitter and improve the infield with a bopper, I'd be cool with it.
My favorite Hamilton song is My Shot, though these days I've been enjoying the NAS song on the mixtape. As for Bader, I think he can be a big league CF in two years, but next year's development will be vital. He's not thaaat far removed from SEC ball, and he struggled in his final month at AAA, so a quality full-season at Memphis will be telling. But he's a cocky son of a gun, the kind of guy you want on your side.
One time I was covering an NBA playoff game and I had one of those old dictaphone-tape recorders. Dirk Nowitzki was at the podium, sitting by all the recorders and microphones. During his answer to a question, there was this loud CLICK sound, and he playfully held up a recorder and said the tape stopped. A couple questions were asked by other reporters, and I finally got mine in: "Hi Dirk, Benjamin Hochman, Denver Post ... do you mind flipping my tape in that recorder?"
I sincerely enjoy Pitch. I'll take this opportunity to tell sports fans to give it a shot. It's realistic. Honestly. It is, they pay incredible attention to detail. The figure out all the storylines that could happen if a women pitched in the majors -- such as, should she be added to the All-Star Game? What happens if she gets involved in a bean ball war? MPG is fantastic as an aging Hall of Fame slugger. Really, the whole cast is strong. Give a couple episodes a chance on demand or however you can get an episode
Hi there, Mr. Pitt. I didn't really have a favorite -- but when I was a kid, I really liked those Magic Eye posters.
Yeah, I just saw that. Craig Sager -- he was an extremely good reporter, in addition to having a lot of personality. During pregame interviews, off camera, he would ask very thoughtful, thought-provoking questions to the NBA players (I was around the NBA from 2002-2015). And obviously, he brought so much energy and excitement to his reports.
Well, I think you're overlooking a lot of aspects of the 2017 Cardinals. It's not like every player is going to produce the exact same stats. Lets look at the rotation -- a full season of Reyes, a full season of Lynn, and Carlos of course? That should be some quality pitching production. And there were reasons why the guys they lost weren't the best fits anyway. I think it'll come down to pitching.
Our practice shows have gone well, and we're hoping to launch The Writers' Block for real by May.
Ha that's interesting... And yes, if you look at Lynn's stats, he's been a HORSE for numerous seasons. We had him on the aforementioned Writers' Block today, and he spoke confidently about pitching this season, and about firing the fastball and having a regular season. He has a 3.37 career ERA. That's pretty dang good.
Colin - this is going to be AWESOME.I cannot wait. In a way, I'm just as excited for the alumni game, getting to be 15 again, watching Hull and Gretzky out there (the only STL game I went to with Gretzky, I was looking down at my nachos when he scored). The Winter Classic here might be a once-in-a-generation thing, so I'd suggest that everyone gets downtown for the events (if you can't get to the game). It's going to be one of those days where youre particularly proud to be from 314.
I don't have a vote yet (you need 10 years of being in the baseball writers' org) but I definitely would have Tim Raines on there. He got on base more times than Tony Gwynn!!
It's gotta be ILL, right?