To gain more playing time, O'Neill has to put more balls in play. His power is legitimate. He has other skills in his defense and his speed but he must make more contact. I can see him as a platoon outfielder so far.
Theo was a great hire and I enjoyed his view on some of the things missing in baseball, like more action with triples, more baserunning, more contact, more ways to score runs rather than just depending on the home run-ball.
There's always a chance to get anyone although you normally don't see major swaps completed between teams in the same division. So I would say your idea is doubtful but a good thought. I promise not to mention Joc Pederson if all of you don't mention Nolan Arenado again. OK?
I am sure there will be some move made, at some level, to help the offense. Don't expect any future Hall of Famers, though. No reason to tank. This is a division for the taking.
This is a good club, but the toughest Cardinal I ever saw--and he didn't make it to the majors--was outfielder Paul Coleman, a former No. 1 draft pick. A dispute broke out in a spring training game between the Cardinals and Phillies in St. Petersburg, Fla., and the burly Coleman, who also was a high school football star, threw the Phillies' burly Pete Incaviglia to the ground. And nobody did that.
Middle infielder Adari Grant of the Bahamas seemed to draw the most attention.
Wong still has hope of coming back, as I understand it. But Toronto was in the LeMahieu chase and may then go after Wong.
Not enough apparently. But no specific terms although I wouldn't be surprised Wainwright's is based on how many games he could pitch or how long the season was.
That would be a surprise. The only major move they would make would be to unload one of their stars before they reach free agency.
I would say you always hope. It doesn't cost anything. There aren't going to be any major acquisitions. But there will be acquisitions.
These matters are being worked out but fans might have to show proof they had been tested lately. This, of course, depends how many fans are even allowed to be in the ball park. Not sure what proof of vaccine would mean but it surely couldn't hurt.
I would say anything close to $10-$11 million for Molina (plus an option) and $8 to $10 million for Wainwright for one year sounds ideal but I'm not familiar with what budget the Cardinals are working.
Perhaps they're missing a two-time Gold Glove second baseman, too.
There are several items baseball needs to work on, but the most important is more entertaining and faster games. Don't let get people get up and change the channel or go to the bathroom. Keep them engaged that something might happen on every pitch besides a home run, strikeout or walk. Also, baseball could stand to market its star players better in the advertising world.
I think the Cardinals will make moves before and during spring training and the status quo won't last much longer, especially when we get a word on DH for both leagues or one. But there still is a long time until the first game on April 1.
Thank you very much! I've lobbied for Boyer for years and I haven't given up on that hope. I thought he was at least as good as Santo. Rolen is going to make it in the next couple of years through the writers' balloting. Allen should make it when the next veterans' committee meets in December. Flood is a candidate for an Era committee but his consideration hasn't been as strong as it should be. Edmonds is a lot like Rolen except the analytics that are favoring Rolen weren't quite in vogue when Edmonds first came onto the ballot and he was knocked off after one election. He has to wait through the entire 10-year cycle of writers' balloting before he falls into the purview of Era committees. Hernandez has received and will continue to receive consideration from his particular Era committee and he seems to be getting closer to making one of those committees' ballots.
That ship has sailed, I think. Ozuna is not in their plans, especially if there is no DH this year.
What I meant was that Joe isn't afraid of making the call that is not going to be popular with the fans, not that many umpires are. He is a stickler for the rules, even ones that are ignored sometimes, such as a shortstop merely being in the vicinity of second base on a base-tagging play and getting credit for a forceout. His character? Well, he is a character and we'll leave it at that. But I trust him.
If I were purchasing a berth in the majors with an expansion franchise, I would be wary of the economic, health and political climates although the other owners, I'm sure, would be happy to be awarded any expansion fees they could get their hands on. There will be a few owners who might be looking to get out if this summer's gate revenues are like last summer's, which were zero.