Next year could be tricky with it being the final year of Clemens, Bonds, and Schilling on the ballot. So it's looking likely for 2023. Within the next two years, seems a reasonable likelihood given his trend.
You have already stated your opinion. It's going to be from the best fielder at the position in the National League to an above-average fielder. That's the dropoff. Wong will go and win a third consecutive Gold Glove for the Brewers. We'll see if Edman takes to the position and can become a finalist for the Gold Glove. He's a reliable fielder, and should be a solid glove at 2B.
I'm not sure what number you went with here, but it's probably going to be 13 position players, so you've got five for the bench.
He will spend the entire year recovering from Tommy John surgery. That does not mean he won't pitch in some competition. Could be on a rehab assignment to close the year and see how that goes. The Cardinals have no plans to rush him back to help them out, appear in the bullpen, or anything like that. Not now. They'd rather he use this season to get healthy and then have a normal winter leading into 2022. They've had that timetable with other pitchers, and because of the timing of the injury it does mean he could see some minor-league appearances.
That is correct. That is their plan. Have him be more aggressive, less fine, trust his stuff, challenge hitters, and focus on economy, not just Ks. That is when he's at his best, and they've seen that for months at a time. That's where he wants to get to.
I just write the polls. I don't vote in them. No reason to skew the results or push them in any direction. Let the polls be representative of the chatters.
Thank you, Dave. I appreciate this note.
Actually some of the best at decoding this are still with the team. One of the best, according to his teammates, is Jim Edmonds, and he has actually brought this up to the Cardinals, and a few years ago he was able to correctly tell what pitch an opponent was about to throw before he threw it. He's got a gift. Ryan Franklin and Adam Wainwright are also good at this, and Wainwright works with the young pitchers during spring training to help each other spot it. Franklin is no longer with the team. He was part of the layoffs that cut the jobs of the many former players in the front office. Edmonds no longer as the special assistant title, but he's around the team still and this is an area of expertise that players will utilize. The Brewers have something on him, for sure. Flaherty and the Cardinals are aware, and so is Molina, and they've sought to throw them off.
Thank you for proving my point how words matter and illustrating for all of us how misusing them can be insensitive and awful.
No. They didn't offer him a qualifying offer. That would have been more costly then his option.
I don't know. Depends on where they bat in the lineup, probably. Your assertion is printed here, so you can refer back to it if it happens. Definitely be something to watch.
They are bullish on him. Young, big frame, potential power, and took a real stride in 2019. Acquired from Cleveland in the Oscar Mercado deal, Torres was part of the goal the Cardinals had of keeping their outfield depth but doing so with players who didn't have to be added to the 40-man roster. He was raw. Clear potential. Unclear how it would come together. And it's start to. He's set up for a significant season in 2021 if the lost time of 2020 didn't set him back.
I don't believe he has been in one unless the team is setting that up.
There are many emails and comments like this -- about the Cardinals bring fans back to the ballpark with the Arenado trade. That apathy that was such a topic around here all winter has been replaced by the Arenado Bounce. Of that group, all of whom have some tie to St. Louis (former player, wife is from here, once did snow angels on the warning track), it sure seems like a DH would make Braun of interest to the Cardinals in the pre-Arenado times. Not so sure of the appeal now, not as they move toward spring.