He probably wouldn't get a five-year contract now because all he hits are singles.
Race was not a factor. Attitude? Well, he wasn't the most punctual fellow, from what I'm told. But the players liked him. Apparently, the front office liked him somewhat less.
Your sentiment does not seem to be a singular one.
I think a semblance of a running game--mind you, Wong is gone--would help. It doesn't make any difference from where the outside offensive input would come. It just have to arrive.
He does hit lefthanded with some power and is an outfielder. I would trust the Cardinals have had interest, but Rosario will be a commodity.
This has to be negotiated. But even some of the NL managers don't mind it anymore. They just want to know.
That's one reason, yes. You have to be competitive in your division before you go anywhere. The Central teams were the only ones the Cardinals played against last year and who knows precisely where this schedule is going?
I haven't heard too much about Busch III being that much more difficult for hitters than anywhere else. That type of home-run conscious free agent isn't out there this year anyway.
I believe there will be a spring training in Florida, with most of the minor leaguers coming as much as a month later. I can see 50-man pools rather than the 60 or 65 who normally show up to big-league camp.
Tony would only seem to be terse and combative when he was on camera just after the game. A little later on, he was much more personable, if that's the word, in his office. But Tony was a little less predictable than his successors, for sure.
I would not call him below average when you consider how he handles a pitching staff, which doesn't show up on his offensive stats. Not sure what Molina's market value is because you generally don't see 17-year regular catchers in the free-agent pool.
That's kind of up to you guys, but I can see big backlash if both leave and a noticeable one if one stays and one goes.
I can't give you a name other than a type--a lefthanded hitter with power who best would be used in a platoon situation with Tyler O'Neill. And. . . thank you.
It depends on what states and municipalities agree to. Texas, for instance, is OK as the championship series and World Series at Arlington, Texas, drew some fans in October. California, for instance, is not.
Phil was very engaging to reporters, even those from visiting cities, and he displayed a good sense of humor. He and Bruce Sutter were very close and Bruce is a good friend of mine.
This was sort or a double negative season in which Voit and Arozarena both ran wild and the Cardinals looked terrible in letting both go. But you're right, to a degree. Gallegos is here from the Voit trade and he might be a closer. And Liberatore is here from the Arozarena trade and he might be a top starter in a year or so.
It never hurts to dream. But the Cardinals don't have the payroll luxury of taking on $50 million in Arenado and Lindor, with not nearly as much money going out. They will have money with which to play after next season, in theory, but that doesn't help this year with the uncertainty of gate revenues.
I guess that could have been a factor. But, more so, was just the intense competition for the sports viewing dollar, especially at night.
Martinez's value likely is limited. He alone wouldn't bring much.