Yes, there almost certainly will be a DH in 2022, whether I like it or not. And I don't.
The Inglewood Cardinals doesn't have a good sound to it.
Whatever the Cardinals are allowed to have in their stadium next year and whenever they are allowed to do it will be close to capacity, no matter what kind of team they have. Also, I'm thinking many fans were having problems with the Cardinals' offense before Arozarena burst onto the scene.
No thoughts. It's all different this year, with only analytics to lean on Pittsburgh's Frazier and Chicago's Hoerner, the two finalists besides Wong at second base, weren't even everyday players at that position and Hoerner wasn't an everyday player at all.
I would presume the Cardinals would notify their ticket holders in the next month or so as to what's up, as soon as MLB figures out what's up for 2021. So many questions. So few immediate answers, including how salaries would be pro-rated next year. I wish I had a better handle to present but, for the moment, I don't.
Can you imagine Molina doing two media sessions per day? Even one?
Those would be two fine additions, depending on cost, whether it's money or players.
Holliday basically hasn't played for nearly three years. I don't think he would be up to that, whether he was refreshed or not.
If Molina left, the Cardinals would have to sign a veteran catcher to compete with Knizner. I wouldn't just hand the job to him.
My point is that all these players were signed by somebody, whether it was the Cardinals, or not, and deemed to be regular players by their managers, whether it was the Cardinals, or not. Once they get to the majors, it's on them, not the coaches, not anyone else. That's why I said "daily basis," i.e. when the game is played every day, the players are responsible for what they do. They're the ones making the money. Whether they should have been signed or not or traded for not are different questions and, of course, there is accountability, at many levels. But when Tyler O'Neill or Matt Carpenter strikes out or anybody else strikes out, it is not anyone's fault but theirs, the pitcher's and perhaps the umpire's.
To get a hitter with some impact, the Cardinals probably would have to give up a young pitcher or two. That is their only real trade surplus other than mediocre oufielders.
Carpenter will not be hitting fourth next year.
Each had his moments but that 1-2 punch won't work again this year. One could hit up in the top two but not both. Neither gets on enough.
Gant is expendable. He is arbitration eligible and won't break the bank but the Cardinals could try to fill his role with somebody less expensive.
We all can have concerns but we'll have to wait a while to see how this plays out. This isn't your normal off-season. The Cardinals have to improve the offense and that's a given. How incrementally they will be able to do so is the question. It's not even November yet.
There won't be any more $20 million a year deals for any Cardinal for a while, even it's only one year, and not this year, for sure. These matters can be worked out if both sides really want to--and it seems that they do.
I think you mean Lane Thomas rather than Torres. I, too, would prefer an everyday player but I think there is chance a Pederson-O'Neill combination could work out, depending on how much Pederson could get on the open market and we don't know that yet, really.