Hard to say. LaRussa could push back, as you say, because he had more than 30 years in grade. His successors seemed more interested in managing what they had and letting the front office improve the club as best it could although both Matheny and Shildt have spoken up from time to time.
I believe LaRue was a rancher and I'm presuming he has something like that in his life now.
The closer we get to spring training, you're going to see many free agents settle for invites to camp with a chance to make more money if they crack the teams' opening-day rosters.
So far, Reyes has been told to condition himself as a starter. But he looked good at the end of games last season. I like him better in the rotation, which I don't think is as strong as some people think it is without him in it and with Hudson sidelined for the season. .
The White Sox don't have as many high-salaried veterans as the Cardinals and their payroll wasn't as high. Also, the Cardinals weren't looking for a closer or a manager, as the White Sox were.
Thank you, sir. The Cardinals are deep in third-base prospects and have a few pitching and catching prospects and, in another year or, some of them will be ready. I suspect this has gone into some of their thinking in the off-season. But I still would love to see them acquire a hitter who makes contact a little more often and with some power.
I would say they're ahead of the curve--or right with it--with their pitching, which will have Hicks and Mikolas back this season and with Reyes possibly starting. They are strong defensively, which many teams are not. But they have failed lately to develop many impact hitters--or they have traded them--and yes, they have fallen behind many teams on the offensive side of the ball. Their run prevention has been outstanding. Their run scoring has been close to abysmal. It's tough to be more than average until the last topic improves. Perhaps Carlson and Gorman in the next couple of years will shed a different light on this.
Surely, in the next week to 10 days, we will have an answer and then we'll see more movement in the free-agent pool.
The chances of them Flaherty increase year to year if the Cardinals fear he will leave as a free agent in three more years and the fact they will be wrangling with him over salary every year until then. I can see a veteran infield reserve being signed. They really don't have any, with Sosa, who barely has appeared in the majors, as the top backup infielder on the 40-man roster. They did sign a couple to minor-league contracts with invitations to major league spring training.
I did, but this Warm-Up was for the fans and not geared toward giving the media a lot of information. We will have to obtain that on our own.
No one would be talking about the lack of power or how boring the Cardinals can be.
Bill DeWitt Jr., is aware of everything that is going on. He doesn't like losing and the Cardinals, despite some fans' hand-wringing, haven't done much of that this century. He should have the final say in personnel decisions. He is the chairman of the team. But the fans can display whatever ire they want, however misguided some of it might be.
Joey Gallo would be someone to look at, although you're getting a ton of strikeouts on a team that already has enough chaps doing that. He has not always been much of an average hitter but his lefthanded power is significant, if that's what you're looking for. And the Cardinals are.
Molina is one of the few in this group who would cost a "little more" because of his ability to make this best pitching staff the best it can be. There really is nobody like him in baseball. Ignore the statistics.
Waino 85 percent, Molina 75 percent, Wong 30 percent.
Well, they haven't traded anybody. That's one way. There were several organizational meetings after the Arozarena trade to discuss how important it was to value minor leaguers more accurately.
There are about 14 or 15 owners with the DeWitt family believed to have 25 percent or more of the team.
Any of those hitters of which you speak is not as important to the 2021 Cardinals as the re-signing of Molina. Now, if you want to bring in one in addition to him, I'm on board with that.
With the manager and coaches voting this past year, the Gold Glove awards were based strictly on the analytics. O'Neill scored higher.