Yes, that's right, just what we need the most arrogant league in sports run by a cartel of mostly pompous owners telling us how to go to games, how we should pay more for their attention, how fans don't realize how lucky they are to bask in the glow of their presence, and how little they care about the quality of life for their employees. No thanks, DD.
It tends to go to the executive who won a championship. Not how they got there.
I don't think there is a blanket trend here. Some of the players have been taking plenty of pitches. Kolten Wong seems to come to mind. I saw Fowler go into a game and take a bunch of pitches, work his way into two-strike count, and then go after the at-bat. Scott Rolen used to go up and take pitches during his at-bats during spring just to track pitches. Sometimes it drove Tony La Russa mad because Rolen would have a spring at-bat where his job was to bring the runner home from third with a fly ball or a ball in play and Rolen would take, take, take, and sit just because he wanted to track pitches. TLR would ask him to show some situation hitting. Rolen said he was getting ready. And so on. And so on. Each hitter has his different approach. Yesterday, Tommy Pham wanted 20 at-bats if he could get them, and then went into the game to see if his timing was set, and he wanted to be aggressive. Other guys want to get a feel for their timing, their load, their strike zone. I don't get a sense that there is one thing all of the Cardinals are doing at this point.
That is the most likely outcome at this point, yes.
Sure, those peripherals factored in. The home runs allowed. The FIP. The Tommy John. The reliance on fastballs in a launch angle world. All of it played a part. As did the fact that teams look at one of Lynn's best assets -- durability, raw innings total -- and suggest they can get that cheaper by a committee of youngsters, even if it's not as good. That's roster management and it plays a role in how teams look at maximizing value. Animosity? Never got the sense there was some bitterness between the two, only the Cardinals making it clear to him and to anyone who would listen that they were ready to move on, to try something new.
The 40-man is full. The 60-day DL is an option to clear a spot.
He was a top 10 prospect for Baseball America. For MLB.com, they said that Garcia was not eligible because of some fine print in how they set up their rankings. But he ranked high and was lauded in the Baseball America rankings.
Twins did well. Real well. They are the winners of spring, if that's such a thing. They were the "opportunistic" front office that we hear about.
March 25, Sunday before opening day. Right as we all fly to Montreal.
The players' association looks at contracts and can offer feedback to agents on whether they think it's a good deal or one that skews the market in a direction they would prefer not to go. DeJong did well with his salary for 2018 before the extension, and the union will be thrilled by the deal because it pushes forward the contracts that 0-1 players have ever received. Yes, it will be costly for DeJong on the backend if he's the player all sides believe he will be, but at the same time he moved the needle forward for players with less than one of service time, and he did that at a time when overall spending, as we've seen, has softened. Union will give it the thumbs up, I imagine.
Have never heard of their interest in him. Flaherty has done well.
Significant. Maddux's fingerprints are all over this camp. Changes to schedules. Changes to approaches. Changes to the talk of pitching. All sorts of changes.
Not a hard cap. But he'll be fitted for the midseason rest and break that we've seen other young pitchers get. They'll shoot for that sub-200 range with him, and they'll reverse engineer his workload so that he doesn't get blitzed and is unavailable for the postseason, if they get there.
He is positioned for a strong year. Have never seen him more comfortable.
I wasn't aware that a) that was a "narrative" and b) they were going to play, too.