The Red Ribbon committee, of which I am on, put together the ballot, and one of the reasons why McGwire is on the ballot is because fans have wanted a say on players who admitted to steroid use. We responded to that wish.
He has radically changed his spot on the depth chart, for the better. He's in the conversation.
Barring injury, this is not the move to make. You are relying on too small of a sample size.
They are as interested as they should be. They know the cost. They've already put in the time. And they intend to make a play. And the fans should expect that from them. They have the financial ability to go after whomever they want. If the Cardinals make a choice not to spend on a player -- free agent or amateur -- it's because their decision making database and front office is saying it's an unwise investment for the longterm, not because their balance sheet says they don't have the money. They are in position to be very aggressive with an offer for Robert, and the team should be expected to do so.
A welcome Swiftian response to the silliness of the no-pitch intentional walk. Well done.
The current estimates are in the $25m range, would cost the Cardinals $50m when the tax is applied. There are numerous reasons why he wouldn't want to wait to sign. First, some of those big-spending teams are still under restrictions, and also there are new CBA rules that come into play with the next signing period that also limit spending. No, now is the time for him -- and he won't have as many teams bidding on him, but he'll still get the same bonus.
Right, because they were able to know that was coming. Crystal ball and all.
An erosion of what the team stresses and what the roster is expected to be. The Cardinals themselves didn't recognize how they played last year. Ozzie Smith called it "uncharacteristic," and he was public about that. He didn't say anything other members of the team weren't saying privately. That's where they want to be -- that's how they want to win. What happened? Priorities shifted. The emphasis on offense became the goal last year and decisions were made for the bat, not the glove. A sluggish start to this season with the offense and we saw some of the same decisions being made. (See: Adams, Matt, left fielder.) If the priority is defense, if the priority is playing it the Cardinal Way, then that's how the decisions should be made. That should be the default.
Tarp is coming on at Busch III.
Jake Peavy feels ya, Kendry.
Thanks for the kind words. Call ahead and see what you can work out. Or what's possible. Tours can be excellent and reveal some of the more nuanced pieces in the collection, or even give you a chance to look at some beyond the collection. Take some time to stroll the main street there, and duck into Shoeless Joe's or Baseballism or any of the number of shops there. Always a treasure to find. I recommend finding Alex's Bistro. It's down the alley way off Main Street and was one of my favorite meals I've had there.
Players only come to the ballpark for medical treatment. If they do any work, it's independent study, not something mandated by the team.
That one is way up there. Hard to top, really. I also enjoyed John Heidenry's The Gas House Gang and Peter Golenbeck's oral history of the Cardinals was essential for me when I moved to St. Louis to have a better, sounder understanding of the scope of the team's history. Three Nights in August is strong, and I thought it was interesting that it helped Matt Carpenter prepare for his first spring training with La Russa and the Cardinals.
I truly enjoyed that book. Warts and all. It was a very personal telling of another person's life, and that made it all the more fascinating. It didn't fall into the legend-making, but it didn't shy away from how the legends were made. The companion piece to that book is George Vecsey's biographer on Stan Musial. Leavy went out to find the human and acknowledge the failings of Mickey Mantle. Vecsey knew the humanity of Musial, and found it reinforced over and over and over again, no matter what door he looked behind.
I have no clue. Sorry. Lots of questions like this today. Not sure what to make of them.
But also another year to define what they are. The crush is coming, yes. Decisions may be easier.
That won't slow games down at all, nope, no way. Nope.
Why wouldn't you hang onto Lynn to get the comp pick? Better be sure that what you get in return for Lynn is the same or better than what you'd get if you just let him walk. Ditto with the closers. There is an argument to be made that the better deal for the Cardinals would be to move Rosenthal at the deadline, especially in your scenario. Now that deal would get a return. I guess it comes down to perspective. In 2011, when the Cardinals dealt Colby Rasmus, did that make them both sellers and buyers? It always seemed to me that the deal was a lot like 2014's deal for Lackey. Not seller, not buyer ... just simplifier. Could see a simplifier deal this summer. For sure.