Welcome in to the weekly Kevin Chattenkirk... please share your Qs about Carlos, the Cards, Blues, SLU, Mizzou, This Is Us, Hamilton, late 90s New Orleans rap and literature.
An interesting question indeed... it wouldn't necessarily work because of the way the CBA is set up and such..But it leads me to one of my most passionate subjects. I HATE how college basketball coaches show up to a program, cheat their butt off, win a little and then leave .... and then the school is penalized, not the coach. There's gotta be a better way than this, a way to punish the coach for his actions. Like, the penalties following him to the next school
Yea, it's pretty safe to say the Cardinals aren't conceding to the Cubs. That's not the way they do business or approach their business in the first place. I will say that the only reason they needed to spend big bucks on Cecil was because of the Duke injury. But, sometimes a team doesn't need to spend as much because it ALREADY did well in roster-building. The Carlos contract is fantastic. To have a guy that good at age 25-30 with an AAV of 10ish million is extremely enticing.
I do....I have faith that the two new goalie coaches, the new head coach and just time in general will help heal whatever Jake is doing. I don't think all the goals against the Winnipeg Jets were his fault, so that's something. But man, it's coming fast and furious -- the Leafs and Auston tonight, Pittsburgh and Sidney on Sat and then FIVE road games. But the good news is, as we saw with the NY Islanders this year, a coaching change often gives a team an immediete energy boost
Man. That's a really good question. Honestly, I'm not sure how the voters will approach that. You make some solid points. And you look at the Cubs, who signed the guy and won a championship, they obviously were fine getting the guy (or signing a deal with the Devil?). And the league had already suspended Chapman, so he served his "punishment"... But you're right, when it's just a voter and a ballot in a quiet moment, it's hard to say that 75 percent of them will put this guy into immortality
Yes, there have been some photos online of a slimmed-down Big City, and he's hard to recognize. And as longtime chat-participators know, I'm very skeptical about Jhonny Peralta. Spring is long. All the fellas will get plenty of at-bats and opportunities to fight for their position. Jedd "The Gyorko Store Called And They're Running Out Of You" has never had more than 486 at-bats, which he had in his rookie season. Last year he had exactly 400 (and hit 30 homers). I don't think Jedd is suddenly a 600 AB guy. So yes, the biggest curveball this spring might not come from Waino's right hand -- it might be Matt Adams playing so well that it forces STL to move Carp to third.
For Kim to return, Jim Sterk would have to make the compelling-ist of compelling arguments for why Anderson is back. It's one thing if a coach, who dealt with surprise sanctions, struggles into his third year. But Kim's third year has been historically bad, considering the winless streak in SEC play and the loss to The Lipscomb Three. As for Barry, he better win six. Honestly, if the offense is just as good, he could maybe nab eight (though we said that about the defense heading into this year)
That, of course, is the big question. Doug Armstrong has one more year on his contract. Clearly the ownership appreciates him and is impressed that he's the GM of team Canada and all that. But the reality is, is we were ranking who's failed the most at their job this season, it's Armie and not Hitch ranking worse. I think if the Blues play terribly in the final 32 games, he's gone. But if they stay in the playoff mix, and even miss the playoffs by just a game or so, then he'll stay.
I actually wrote about this topic a couple weeks ago. Many of the teams that had hosted the Winter Classic in previous years then struggled in the coming month. I don't think it's fair to say they'd be a totally different team without the classic, but it is fair to wonder if the Blues were a little fatigued in some of the games right after it.
He made some good points for sure. Armstrong is responsible for this mess. But, follow me here, I still think the Brouwer and Backes moves made sense in the long-run. STL has numerous amazing young players it'll need to lock up -- Fabbri and Colton, namely -- and the team is already squeezed by the salary cap as is. Where Armstrong has struggled is with bad contracts to other players, and not having a solid contingency plan for Sobotka. But yes, I think Armstrong needs to be reevaluated at the end of the season.
There's only one right answer to this: Clydesdales.
One of my favorite stories in STL so far has been this one:
OOOOH, I like this. Todd Frazier, we watchin you....
I'm with ya Rodney in Peoria, this signing is extremely enticing. Again, 10ish AAV?? For a potential ace? Not bad at all. The reality is, as we've seen with many pitchers, is he may have to miss a year because of injury (he might need Tommy John or Seth Maness). But, yes, this seems like a very enticing locking-up to me.
I'm with ya, big T. My man Brian Hoffman, a local radio producer, made this sharp point -- 2 out of every 5 games, we get to watch an "event" pitcher in Carlos and Reyes. And if Waino indeed is back to form, there could be some good pitching by the gents wearing the Birds on the Bat.
Shampoo -- it CLEANS the hair. That should be your priority, regardless if conditioner makes the hair silky AND smooth.
Yeah, you basically answered it there. Though it would be fun to have another STL guy on STL.
I saw a report from reporter Adrian Dater that Colorado is demanding a top-level young defenseman in a trade... Hard to see if STL could get that for Paul. Also, say what you want about Paul, but the Blues aren't too deep with centermen. And he wins a buncha face-offs.
It's Animal House. That's my Number One.
True, I've said that before in here -- I think Lynn will be a horse this season, a contract season at that.
I think this is the year for Kurt, and what a story that would be. I also think this could be the year for Coryell, and as the Post's Derrick Goold mentioned recently, it's poetic if that happens -- the guy who innovated a passing offense going in with the guy who perfected it on the field.
I've watched a lot of Duke this winter because of Jayson Tatum, and man, Allen is such a whiny player. He's living up to the lineage of hate-able Duke players. He's gonna get ejected or a big T in a big postseason game, I can anticipate it now
That's a possibility too. I just think Lynn will be sturdy because he's had so much time to ready for this big season.
What's up V.E.G., good points. Carlos could very well be an all-star next season, and who knows, maybe the Cards will be the first team since the 1976 Padres to have the Cy Young winner and the Rookie Of The Year. As for No. 18, I haven't heard of any change. I could see him wearing it forever.
OK ladies and gentlemen, I've gotta get running to work on some weekend stories. Thanks for chatting, as always!