Perhaps you misunderstood the answer or I didn't explain it well enough. Bill DeWitt Jr. signs off on the major deals. He doesn't make them.
I think contact could be increased by decreasing emphasis on launch angles and swings that aren't designed to send the ball to the moon.
Thanks for your kind words. Baseball has to appeal to the masses, as it always did before. Make the game fun to watch again. It doesn't have to be a 2 hour game. But if it goes 3 or more or 4 in the postseason, have the players give fans a reason to stay with it. Be entertainers, without necessarily hitting home runs. Be team players. Or, as you say it, be quilt makers.
Yes it has. I was just pointing out that seemed to be what started the downtrend.
All these points are valid ones. Baseball is not in crisis mode but certainly in trouble and there is no easy fix. Ultimately, the fans will tell us--by TV ratings and attendance totals when ball parks can swing wide open again some day.
I liked him at the end of camp in 2019. He is big and strong and can catch. There might be a chance.
I'm guessing he is on the third year of a three-year contract. So I would not expect there is a long leash although the organization has been trying to incorporate his philosophies all the way through it.
I could see him being a big-league hitting coach someday but he likes being able to see his kids play ball, too, and he wouldn't be able to do that if he were traveling half the year.
Let's not jump off the cliff yet. I fully expect both to be back.
Flaherty, Mikolas, Kim, Gomber, Reyes (That, of course excludes Wainwright for the moment). Ponce de Leon also could be a candidate as well as Martinez.
No, because no other player ever has,
The writers are hopeful. I can't speak for the broadcasters but I would think that sometime during the season, they will be able to travel.
Hear, hear. Seven-inning games are for the minors.
I think Bob Uecker already has made 50 with the Brewers.
Several players have homes here and elsewhere but few, if any, are here year-round, unlike teams of other eras.
I like Pittsburgh probably the best because you can stay across the street and there is plenty of room in the press box. Wrigley Field is the most challenging and Dodger Stadium is very crowded in the press box.
Teams might be tempted to do that. In Gordon's case, he hasn't even played Class AA ball yet so it would be hard to envision him before here before the end of the season. But next year? I would guess yes.
The Cardinals had no days' rest after their playoff win over Houston before the had to fly to Boston and work out and they did score nine runs in the first game. But they were facing three former 20-game winners later on in Curt Schilling, Pedro Martinez and Derek Lowe. The Cardinals got three runs.
Thanks to all for a lively discussion today. Talk to you soon.