There won't be a lot of new faces from the system because many were here this past season. But Edmundo Sosa should be a backup infielder. And lefthanders Zack Thompson and Matthew Liberatore might here at some point.
The Cardinals aren't going to spend at that level and the Mets are playing with fresh money because of their new ownership. But the Cardinals' postseason record should speak for itself. Not only do they seem to make the postseason every year but since 2004, they have been in four World Series. No team has been in more in that time and only Boston ties them at four. The Yankees, for instance, have been in just two World Series in that time and the Cubs one.
I don't know of too many five-year plans that are in ink but more likely they are flexible depending on circumstance. Even the Cubs, under Theo Epstein, weren't necessarily under a five-year plan although that's about how long it took to reach the heights.
Bader would look better hitting his .220 to .250 and playing good defense if the left fielders and right fielders were putting up bigger numbers. He is not untouchable but there is a spot for him here if others perform better. Of course, he needs to perform better, too.
Joaquin Andujar--and he wasn't always trying to be but he was involved in more humorous incidents than anyone. Later on, Andy Van Slyke would say some amusing things.
I don't know about best, but infielder Jose Oquendo was the most durable, pitching four innings in a 19-inning game and taking the loss.
You mean that Reds' lineup which didn't score a run in 22 innings in the playoffs and had the lowest batting average, at .212, in the National League? Or the Cubs, who hit a franchise-low .220, which was 14 points lower than the Cardinals, who had the division's highest average at .234? Yes, Yelich will bounce back but the Cardinals aren't likely to have all nine of their 10 prime hitters finish under their career numbers again. The Cardinals are as good as or better than anybody in the division, albeit a weak one.
Forsch probably was the best because he hit .280 or better four times.
Heyward had a big year when he was here but I don't remember Markakis' name coming up.
No DH. No three-batter minimum. No seven-inning games. No runner on second base in extra innings. So, just the way it was before last year, with hopefully more action if more hitters would put more balls into play.
Check back to the 1980s when the Cardinals were stealing those bases. Those games didn't last three hours.
There is no question that the owners want fans in the ball park as quickly as possible with as little disturbance as possible from the virus, and if it means delaying the season a bit, they wouldn't object all that much to it. I'm not sure how much the labor agreement, which expires after this season, has to do with it.
Yadier Molins is more than just another player. And, if he continues to live in Jupiter, I can see him being someone who could help the club's young players long after his playing career is over. You know Bill DeWitt Jr. and Mo have thought about these things and it would be a big miss if the Cardinals didn't re-sign him.
As someone who is looking for something to write about, I assure you we would like more off-season action, too. But spring training doesn't start for a month and the season not for 2 1/2 months. Plenty of "off-season" left. As far as criticism as to what level the Cardinals actually aspire to reach, I think their nine appearances in the National League championship series in the previous 20 years speaks for itself.
I think Adam Wainwright qualifies for that term now that he will be 40 this year. He is a little tall for the term but "crafty" it is.
Winning manager. Great ambassador for baseball.
He didn't have a very good year last season but much of it is financially related.