You said it. Security. Edict from MLB. The Cardinals' situation is further complicated by a facility that no longer is big enough for everything that's going on. They've outgrown it. They are also expanding their in-house media and its presence at spring training, so that group needed a place to work.
No doubt there was a lot of criticism that flooded his way based entirely on headlines and not any of the comments he made. Shocker, I people. Folks only reading headlines and jumping to conclusions about what the article says. I never encounter that. Never. I think there would have some easing of the criticism if they read his comments and understand how personal he was talking and what it meant to his family. He elaborated on those this morning, and he was even more detailed.
That said, I do believe there are people on social media who are primed for anger. They just want to get angry at anything. Their default is angry. And sometimes it's ready, troll, aim. It's a maddening element of our culture it's days like yesterday when you see it at the worst.
The ESPN reporter asked a thoughtful question. I tip my cap to him. Should have thought of it myself.
Absolutely. As I mentioned in Sunday's paper and will explore at other times this season, no doubt, the Cardinals have had internal discussions about how much is too much and what number is just right for Wacha. They don't yet know. What they do know is that with each passing month of the season his performance has slipped. Look at his month by month splits. It's telling, and the Cardinals are wondering if there ways to preserve and protect, preserve and protect.
Opening day? He rarely has interest in doing so. We know it's going to be one of two pitchers, unless something happens. It's going to be either Carlos Martinez or Adam Wainwright. That was made clear today, and when they make their first start of spring training we can easily reverse engineer it from there. That's usually how the news comes up, not with an announcement.
Interesting question. I am going to say ... yes. Yes, he would. And the only way he wouldn't is if he was blown out of the water by an offer. So, if they knew Reyes was going to miss the season the Cardinals might have stilled shopped Garcia around just to see what return they could get, but it would have had to be greater than they got for them not to want him to start the season as an alternative to Wacha, a backup option. A trade could have followed in spring then if Wacha overtook him for the fifth spot.
This year will count against his service time. One of his six years of service time will be spent on the DL, just as it was with Jaime Garcia. Of course, that also led to an extension quicker for the lefty. So keep that in mind as we watch 2018 and 2019 unfold with Alex Reyes.
That is actually a title of a comic book. Along with What if Spider-Man had married the Black Cat? And, What if Spider-Man's black suit had taken over Peter Parker, and What if Spider-Man had not become a superhero? (He's hosting a late night talk show on the cover.) I am working my way through the What If? Marvel titles this spring. Found a stack at a local comic shop. To your question, Spider-Man would have kept his six arms and Aunt May would have knitted him new sweaters, so the big takeaway is that he wouldn't be able to hide his identity as Peter Parker.
He has a shot at the bullpen if others falter. Bowman has incumbency. Gant has a Maness-like quality that could get attention if the form follows during games. Strong start to spring for him so far.
Same day as opening day. It will be in that morning's paper. We have a lot of goodies planned. And thanks for being a loyal reader. That 2011 special section was one I just revisited before coming down here to see how we did setting up that season.
Willie McGee. Ozzie Smith. They have been invited and confirmed. Lou Brock is expected to be around at some point. Bob Gibson has likewise been invited and is expected to be around when the games start. Mike Shannon is already here. Red Schoendienst may make an appearance later in spring. He's always welcome.
They are awry, at best. There seems to be something in the algorithm that wasn't updated or doesn't buy into the Cardinals' ability to improve their defense. Maybe it will proven correct. Seems off today.
Always chatter. No movement. Cardinals have wanted to vet what they have first. Schafer is a former top prospect who was an outfielder in Atlanta. He's now a lefty specialist for the Cardinals and can still play outfield and be used as a pinch-runner. Martinez is still in the mix. As are a few of the guys I'll be writing about for tomorrow's paper, including Chad Huffman.
Siegrist has been used well beyond expectations. It's not unusual for him to take it easy into spring or to feel something not quite perfect, and there's no reason for him to throw today or any day in February if he's not feeling just right. He's quite honest with the team about his aches and pains, and he knows that when he's ready he's going to be used and used and used and used and used and that rest now could mean all that use later doesn't risk his health or his performance. Brett Cecil, one would think, would alleviate some of his workload.
Just projecting a regression. A steep one. May also be projecting missed time.
It is reassuring that we haven't gone so far as a litigious culture to remove the baby entirely from King Cake and just slide it under a piece so that someone can find it -- and never risk suing over a chipped tooth or choking or whatever reason they might have because they weren't aware enough.
Sure. It's never a bad idea to add a pitcher. Keep in mind, however, that the Cardinals will have one more year to better know where Gonzales, Weaver, Gomber, and others are by the end of 2017. And do not discount the gathering storm that is Sandy Alcantara. By the end of this season, the Cardinals may want to see what he can do in the majors in some way, some role, some how.
The best part for me about the current BPIB is the mix of things that we can do. Hochman, Frederickson, and Hummel all bring a different tone to the episodes, and that makes the whole stronger. Hochman brings something to the podcast that I never could. Sure, call it personality. Fine. If you have to. Stay tuned because I recorded a special BPIB this morning and will be editing for the near future. The guest? Well, let's just say that he is one of the few people ever to pitch in the major leagues and then return to the major leagues as a position player.
No, smart guy, not Babe Ruth.
A bat, yes. Lengthen the lineup. A starter? I'm not so sure.