Greetings, from Cleveland and site of the 112th World Series. The Cubs and Cleveland open with Game 1 tonight. Please bear with me for the first hour here as I try to get settled at Jacobs Field and then I'll really be able to take off. As you can imagine it's a bit crowded here and takes a bit to get around ... I imagine there will be more Cardinals questions than World Series or Rock N Roll questions but away we go ...
That's a good read, I think.
That's hard to envision. If anything, Mozeliak has shown he'd rather develop closers than go to market and have pay those prices for one, and here comes the biggest closer if them all and the zany bidding war that he'll get (and deserve). It's more likely Cardinals look to a bat first to spend on (or trade for) and don't go for reliever headlines like that.
One second. Reloading the hopper and going through a line here.
Right! Thanks for the back check. Got carried away there.
I've been trying to correct that. No luck so far.
I get the sense that Fowler and Cubs have a mutually assured attraction. It may start with a QO --- he CAN get one --- and then go to better places for him and the team. Jesus Ortiz has an interesting story about Fowler and the Cardinals. I'll link to it from the chat.
I have not. I tried to warn folks that the guest hour would be choppy as I awaited access to press box and had to get to ballpark. We are moments away from full speed ahead ...
Entirely possible. Difficult, but possible. Financial penalties are expected. At last check --- and there will be more to check on this in the coming days --- commissioner expects a final decision on penalty after the World Series. GM meetings would offer a venue or timing.
As you can imagine, MLB wants the Workd Series to dominate the headlines and attention this week. It becomes a de facto quiet period for deals, team announcements, trades, etc. Tradition, you know. It revs right up though the week after this ends as the GM meetings arrive.
I've asked this if ownership a few times, and there has been "churn" among some ownerships shares. The DeWitts have expanded their total but are not majority owners. That said, the DeWitts have all told me that they see this as a "family business" and there's no rush or thought of selling. Phase II of BPV only cements the reasons for them to remain.
Rick Hummel and I had MVP ballots. The other three of the major awards were divided up among other writers in STL. I also was asked to vote for Clemente Award for the first time. That was an honor.
Interesting question. Wong, certainly. Wainwright next, and then I'm going to go with Rosenthal. More people would probably argue Wacha, and maybe they want to in this chat. I'll hear those arguments.
Sure. From the spirit of the question I was going with players who appeared in 2016 and were returning.
You're the second person to ask me this in the past few minutes. Let's count: 2004, 2005, 2006, 2011, 2013, 2015, and now 2016. The answer for the best is obvious: 2011. I was told by the late Peter Finney, a longtime columnist at The Times-Picayune, to never ever take a championship on your beat for granted, and there it was -- an unlikely, seven-game championship complete with a hometown standout on the beat I cover. Oh, and the manager retired in the afterglow. That was a lot to pack into one series and one of the most rewarding experiences of baseball writing I'll ever have.
And still Game 7 NLCS 2006 was the best game I ever covered.
The Cardinals do not agree. What role he'll have is the question. Where he best fits.
I freelanced. I have some latitude in this chat to do so.
Well, this answer just appeared out of nowhere again. ... Sorry about that. Odd. ... Re: Cubs keeping Chapman mentioned way earlier in the chat ... That's a fascinating question. I get the sense that the Cubs will shake his hand, wish him luck on his future endeavors, and gleefully look elsewhere for an alternative if need be -- even if that happens during the season. That would fit their approach.