I guess it says where the production has been that this would be seen as an upgrade. I'm old enough to remember when middle-order hitters played outfield ...
For the most part, yes, they do keep their jobs. But you don't see them in the postseason. You don't see them become crew chiefs. There is an evaluation process of the umps -- their calls, their mistakes, and even the consistency of their strike zone. They get grades, and those grades tend to decide who gets the jewel events, and the paychecks that go with them. So there is an evaluation process. (We used to see umpire officials in the press box all the time -- observing the calls, there to answer questions, there to discuss reviews.) And there is a meritocracy, of sorts, when it comes to postseason assignments.
Great question. Their answer is -- well, it's an answer. Their answer is that Gant has some stockpile of innings, a past history on which to draw from. He did have 114 innings in 2018, and he's had pro seasons of logging a starters workload in the minors. Maddux has made a point about track record, and how that gives a pitcher like Gant a baseline for them to refer back to. Reyes doesn't have that because of the injuries that have erased or limited his recent seasons. That's the bigger reason here. Gant hasn't had years sidetracked by arm trouble. Reyes has had several, and the Cardinals are adopting a very conservative approach with the righthander. Very conservative. Plus, what they won't say, is how much the manager likes Alex Reyes at closer. He'll say it. Shildt likes Reyes as a his closer. A lot. And we'll see if that becomes inevitable.
He was robbed of two singles and maybe a third over the weekend. Great infield plays by the Pirates. Frazier had a superb series in the field. I saw a recent broadcast where they were talking about the Mets' Jeff McNeil has a Gold Glove-caliber 2B, and I was like, um, well, cool and all but there's like four in the NL Central that are arguably better.
I actually heard and think he lost weight from 2019, when he was closer. He made it a point to reduce his weight, carry less, become more flexible this past offseason, and we definitely saw that when he pitched in the Caribbean Series.
I don't get that sense at all. We're watching different games. You might be putting a lot of stock in personality and not approach. Edman has what they might a "high motor" while Carlson appears more stoic. Don't let that confuse you. I don't see any indication that he treats at-bats any differently than Edman or Arenado, who seem to chew through them, or any of the other top players who might seem not to have a pulse.
At this point, it's worth noting he's been a slow starter in recent years going back to the previous two with Arizona, too. He warms with the weather is what a former coach of his told me.
Me, personally, I don't know if there's enough magic to overcome better teams in a playoff series. But that really is a better question for Jim Thomas or Tom Timmermann or Ben Frederickson when he hosts his weekly chat here. Jeff Gordon is also an excellent person to ask. No one has covered more Blues games than Gordo.
The alternate site does, yes. It's already gone. Poof. Ended last week. Those players have scattered to their minor-league rosters. The taxi squad still exists for road series.
Funny you ask this question -- I was wondering the same thing watching that series. He would be a snazzy addition for sure. Lots to like about what he does, the player he is -- and I was thinking about how many teams have been able to develop that kind of outfielder or happen upon that kind of outfielder while the Cardinals have scrambled over the past few years. I don't get the sense that Reynolds is immediately available. He's still a great bargain for the Pirates, and if they can someone contend in the next three years he'll be a part of that. He's got that magic .812 OPS that the Cardinals have been looking for. They'll have to find it elsewhere, unless the Bucs' turnaround is deeper, slower, more laborious than expected. And I guess that's always possible ...
There you go. Eyewitness testimony.
Is this about my Hall of Fame ballot again?
No. No no no no, no no no no. No. No. No. This is something major-league teams and major-league players want to avoid. It's bad for ticket sales. It's awful for ratings. And it will lead to exhaustion and frustration and fracases on the field. Not what they want at all.
Interesting question. As of today -- Jose Rondon. He'd be that guy. If you're talking about someone who is on the prospect rankings. That's a tougher question. Hurst has already been here, so let's not count him. I'd go with Evan Mendoza then. He could contribute at some point before September.
And that's the other side of the argument. I appreciate it. I don't agree with it.
I believe he's the favorite for the April NL Rookie of the Month award. Voting for that was over the weekend, and I believe he stood out from the crowd, so that puts him in the lead.
(I have to go check real quick to see if that's been announced already and I just didn't check my email ...)
FYI: Cardinals have announced (again) Adam Wainwright as the starter tonight.
I disagree with this description and this assessment. He'll be fine. He's a remarkable player. He hit well against the Cardinals during spring training, so maybe this is the series where he catches fire. No one will blame you, probably.
Wait you got all that from watching Ken Burns' documentary? So it's settled then. ... Or not. Justice John Paul Stevens, of the Supreme Court, attended those World Series games, saw Babe Ruth play the Cubs, and he has in interviews said often that Ruth called his shot. "Very definitely. He pointed his bat," Stevens told the Associated Press in 2016. We'll call your opinion a dissent then.