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I don't think it's "wrong" of you to think that way. A Shatty trade is good business, and for a team that's talking about building a younger core, adding to that core with "free" players is a smart move. Shattenkirk is a talented player but even Doug Armstrong's expression in the Hitch-Yeo press conference made it seem that the greatness of Shattenkirk has been overblown in the media. If/when they trade him, it will hurt the defense, but it won't bury the Blues.
Ha! Yes, it's caused quite a stir around baseball and social media today. If you all didn't see, Torre is likely going to implement a rule in rookie ball for extra innings -- each inning begins with a player on second base. It's a zany idea. If the idea is to preserve pitchers (so games don't go 15, 16 innings and napalm a bullpen), I think the 10th inning is still too soon to use this gimmicky game speeder-upper. Maybe by the 15th inning, and maybe the runner goes to first base not second. I think the better way to solve this would be having "healthy scratches" on a MLB roster, so yesterday's starter and tomorrow's starter aren' t part of your 25, and you can use another pitcher or two for your bullpen. But there are SO MANY obstacles with any of this, from contracts, and what counts as a minor/major leaguer in the healthy scratch category. And then, if we go with the Torre idea, does this mar the traditional pastime that is baseball? And how do you use it in stats -- does the runner on second get counted for a full "run" scored, even though he only went 180 feet?
A lot will be determined in spring training in regards to third base. Will Jedd beat out Jhonny? And will Matt Adams play so well that Carp has to move to third? But as of right now, the lineup is: 1. Dexter CF 2. Aledmys SS 3. Carp 1B 4. Piscotty RF 5. Grichuk LF. 6. Gyorko/Peralta 3B 7. Yadi C 8. Wong 2B 9. Pitcher P
A fair point that isn't talked about much. Now, to be honest, the Blues were totally interested in bringing back Backes for this season -- it was just those later years on the contract that made folks wary. But yes, a fair point.
Yeah man, they had trouble selling ads, so they're pulling the plug on The Writers' Block. It was a fun run, over a year, and we'll forever be on iTunes. Tomorrow is our final show -- noon to 2 on 590 AM
It's getting something enticing for Kevin Shattenkirk. Or, if Bergie somehow gets you more, than Bergie. But you have to improve the 2018 team at this year's trade deadline.
What's funny is, I don't know if you're talking about basketball or football. There are three stud defensive linemen in the area that'll be seniors next year -- and Mizzou is trying (trying) to make more of a presence in the recruiting circles in the area (they hired Howard Richards to help with relations between the football program and the high schools). If you're talking about the hoops recruits, I think it's too late. Ramey is going to Louisville, Gordon SLU, Goodwin SLU... Things could change though, depending on who Mizzou hires, but I think Mizzou hoops will miss out on these fellas.
It's a fair argument, and the same with the idea of enforcing a new strike zone (they have a hard enough time enforcing the current one consistently!)
I can't see the strike zone change happening -- too many pitchers, notably those wearing birds on bats, utilize the low strike to get batters to hit ground balls. It would change the actual strategy of teams.
Hello Bunny. Very fair, but there are still some players out there that STL can consider. Also, a healthy Pham isn't the worssssst option.
Yea that was one of the more bizarre stories I've heard in sports. It is a silly story but it also has an ominous side to it -- the busdriver had a frightening .22 BAC and would've been driving a whole team on small town roads.
A lot of what you said makes sense, and yes, Big was a favorite in the Hochman Household in the late 80s -- it took me another 10 years to get the Tom Hanks' bunk bed top joke. The thing with Kolten is, at his best, he provides everything that defines the 17 Cards -- athleticism, defense and some speed. Mo think that by playing him every day, he'll be able to get the most out of Wong. The problem of course is -- Mo doesn't make the lineup. So I too am curious to see what Kolten can do for a whole year, but will Mike have the patience, knowing that Kolten will occasionally slump?
I suppose he should now be able to see the inside pitches a little better? Yeah I saw that photo that Jim Hayes tweeted of a svelte "Little City," and it's encouraging. This spring is more important for Adams than it is for most players, Michael Wacha notwithstanding
Very interesting question.. and does Randy Orton even count? Definitely Yogi and JJK...other names include Ed MacCauley, Cool Papa Bell, Michael Spinks... maybe someday Jayson Tatum...
Hello. Jose will be based out of Florida, where his home is. He will work with ballplayers year-round down there. One exciting collaboration will be Oquendo and Delvin Perez.
Considering that as a ballplayer at Clayton High, they renamed the "Mendoza Line" to the "Ben-doza Line" ...
It's hard to gauge as of yet, but the key will be the SC STL folks galvanizing voters with an easy-to-understand campaign. But as I've shouted often in columns and chats, this is St. Louis' ONE CHANCE to get a dang MLS team. We cannot let this chance past. In 40 years, we'll look back at this like when the Blues came to town in 1967, and what it meant to our city.