Yeah, if Gregg Marshall somehow ends up at Mizzou, I'll eat my hat (incidentally, my hat is one of those fedoras with the white card on it that says PRESS). Cuonzo would be my number 1 target -- he's won everywhere he's gone, he's from the STL area, he's a caring coach, he's coached in the SEC before, he's coached in the state of Missouri before. After that, Crean. If he's available. After that, at least see if Kevin Keatts would be interested.
I have talked to some folks who say that they're working on something. Clearly the SC STL group understands the swaying that must happen with voters. A lot of it, though, is tied into what's going on with the mayoral race. But yes, I sense that within a week or two, there will be a blitz.
Is that a reference to Uncle Rico from Napoleon Dynamite? When the old HS QB flings the meat at Napoleon riding the bike, I snorckle every time. I think the Blues will make the playoffs, barely. I think they'll clench onto that last spot. And I think that is HUGE for the organization from a money standpoint, because it guarantees them at least two more home games. Can they win a series? Against Minnesota perhaps? Don't see that happening, even if it's Yeo's revenge series. I'm down in Jupiter FLA right now, but I'm hoping to somehow watch tonight's game with those two clubs.
Not sure about any surprise trades -- it appears your STL Cards are pretty locked in at all positions. I suppose the trade Q will linger, as I wrote about this week, if both 3Bs stink. Will they? There is optimism in Cards' camp. Jhonny Peralta is putting together some amazing swings with authority, now that his hand feels better. And Jedd has been playing a bunch too. But Jedd doesn't profile as a No. 1 starting 3B, so if Peralta is a shell of himself come the regular season, then you've got to ask some hard Qs.
Hello Mark! It's hard to see that ever happening, because there is so many ways to follow so many teams, with TV, Twitter, Facebook, etc. (Does Friendster still exist? Then I suppose Friendster too). I love that some of the local radio stations have gotten rights to the Chiefs games and the Big Red games, because it keeps NFL penetrating in the market, but the reality is -- this is a fantasy sports world, and if you don't live in a city with a team, your favorite team is your fantasy team. So you follow, if you will, the whole league. Perhaps the one thing that could happen is if a prominent STL athlete becomes a super-duper star for a team. Like, what if Jayson Tatum becomes the next Kevin Durant? But it would have to be a super-duper star. Bradley Beal is an amazing player, a top-20 NBA player.. but even he doesn't move the needle too much back home.
It was funny yesterday. I tweeted a photo of Sierra and Harrison Bader and wrote: "We know who the Cards CF of the present is. Can one of these guys be the CF of the future?" And Dexter Fowler tweeted back -- "Too soon, Benjamin! Too soon!" It was funny, because Fowler hopes to patrol center at Busch for years and years. But I'll tell you, this CF thing here is so much fun. The Cards have numerous CFs with high upside, including the addition of Adolis Garcia, though we haven't seen him yet in games because he's waiting to get his work Visa (Mo had said, last week, that it was likely 10-14 days away). And Sierra probably has the most upside of all the CF prospects. He could play the field in the majors right now. He has the glove, speed and arm. But he's young, only been at high-A ball and needs to grow as a hitter.
Pastrami. Rye. With multiple knishes.
I don't know all of them, but the one that surprised me was when I found out that Pham still HAS an option. This gives Mo and Friends some flexibility as they try to determine their OF situation. Obviously, the starters are Randal in left, Fowler in center and Piscotty in right (speaking of "Fowler," Rickie Fowler is here at Cards camp today. He's friends with a couple of the players. He even took a bullpen. Here's video (https://twitter.com/LangoschMLB/status/839163689580314624). As for Pham, you would've thought he'd be the fourth OF, and he very much still might, but the rise of "Mr. March" Jose Martinez has been fascinating. He's been Roy Hobbs-ing the ball. And he can also play first base (and he is a RIGHT-HANDED HITTING first baseman, something STL could use). So that's a storyline to follow on the pages of the Post-Dispatch (and the webpage too)
Good timing! Derrick and I recorded one just last night, and he's in the process of editing it right now (AKA taking out any of my long-winded stories about my days hitting the Ben-doza Line for Clayton High's baseball team).We were in Fort Myers yesterday for Cards at Twins (87 REMATCH!!!!), so on the two-plus hour drive back, we recorded a Best Podcast In Baseball, that'll be up today. We talked a lot about Cards clubhouse culture and the pitchers heading into this season.
If you listen to podcasts, please download the Best Podcast in Baseball (on iTunes or Stitcher or with links on stltoday.com !)... And while you're at it, follow all the awesome podcasts done by STL P-D writers, such as Net Front Presence
My guess, for now, it would be lefty-hitting Matt Adams and righty-hitting Jose Martinez.
1. May 5 (it's my birthday and also Cinco de Mayo) ... 2. Christmas ... 3. Cardinals Opening Day ... 4. Thanksgiving ... 5. I'd have to say April 25th. Because it's not too hot, not too cold, all you need is a light jacket.
Oh man! Happy 43 to Pam Halpert!! And a STL native! I like your question. I think Paul DeJong has the body type and profile of being a mid-20s home run hitter. I don't know if that's what you're asking (it's not like there's a Cecil Fielder in camp or something), but DeJong will likely begin the season playing SS for Memphis, so he'll be on the doorstep of the bigs. He mashed 22 homers last season and has a very good build and smooth swing.
I'll give it a shot, though the only fantastic captain I know of is Captain Stubing.
Maybe. Clearly they're banking on some offensive production from Jhonny. But let's say he's terrible. I think they'd first call up the aforementioned DeJong and have him play some third along with Jedd. And Greg Garcia could get some at-bats (I feel like he's forever forgotten). But yes, worse-case, you look to make a trade for a Todd Frazier or a Moose or get the golden goose in Evan Longoria.
Thanks and, yep, I'm into this Kolten thing - I have some faith that he'll have a productive 2017 for the birds on the bat.
I think (think) it'll be on Sunday April 2, which is Opening Day! If not, it's that weekend. But myself and the other writers here in Jupiter have already begun reporting our pieces for the special section (which actually is an award-winning special section from the APSE!)
Dang it, i have yet to watch it, though I'm a big Keri Russell fan!! In college, I tried to grow my hair out like Felicity.
Come on Tom! Why not? It's still a school with money and (some) tradition in a major conference and in the midwest, where you've coached for the past 15-plus years! And if you come here, a certain sports columnist will get to make Wu Tang references such as -- C.R.E.A.N. !!!!!!