Tony La Russ was a big, big, big proponent of this idea. I definitely see it's benefit. I'm a little reluctant to sign off because a DH at Busch Stadium just seems wrong. And get off my lawn. But I would welcome the switch with minimal grumbling if it meant keeping the DH out of the NL for another few more years.
Infrastructure, stadium, and ownership are usually the reasons why a city doesn't get discussed for expansion. One other element that has come up recently, in regards to Mexico City as an expansion location, is the travel aspect. What would that look like? It would be excellent if Puerto Rico could be in a spot to bid on an expansion team. That would take an improved facility and an ownership group that would be most welcome to MLB.
It was nothing out of the ordinary. They were focused on making a deal with the Marlins. There wasn't any secret about what they were willing to offer and what the Marlins wanted. The Cardinals weren't going to trade Hicks, were highly reluctant to trade Reyes or Flaherty, and if teams came calling with those names then it's on those teams to know better -- and realize a deal wouldn't be done.
To give us something to talk about. The Cardinals saw the chat was flagging a little bit with five consecutive wins and a lot of good vibes about Dexter Fowler and Matt Carpenter and such, so they decided to offer up some content to get the chat bubbling again.
I take my inspiration for chat tennis from Tom Stoppard.
Prospect fatigue is a real thing. And I think sometimes too real. For some players who arrive in the Top 100 or say a team's Top 10 at the age of 19 and then at age 23 or 24 is still there -- and people are wondering goodness he's been here a long time -- and then he drops off of the Top 100 ... JUST AS HE'S ABOUT TO ARRIVE IN THE MAJORS. It makes no sense. Like Tommy Pham. He was a prospect. Look at the production he's had. But he's years removed from being a "top 10" because there just was a long time that he stayed in the minors, injuries kept him there, and so on. Some prospect fatigue set in. What helps Kelly is the position he plays and the reputation he's built at that position.
Marcell Ozuna never becomes the offensive threat imagined or the rotation is depleted by injuries to two or more arms that leave them exposed and unable to fill needed innings.
Major League Baseball players can choose that option when they sign their contracts, yes. So a free agent can choose to be paid that way, or a player can opt to have that as part of his extension. Minor-league players are paid only during the season. They have to allocate and save accordingly.
BABIP giveth. BABIP taketh. He has drilled several pitches recently -- one just this past Sunday -- and got nothing for it because it was tracked down at the wall or caught in the infield, or happened to find a fielder standing in the right spot.
Yes, but I hope you can understand why maybe today is a better day to give him space and time and not be the reporter from his former team to reach out at the moment. Try to be human first. There's time to talk to the media later.
Not sure when in MLB, but Oct. 2, 2016, John Jaso, first baseman, led off for the Pirates against the Cardinals who had Matt Carpenter, first baseman, leading off that day as well.
Interesting question. I'm trying to think if there's one person who stands out as a future manager or someone who would pursue that track. I'm eager to hear how Skip Schumaker is enjoying being a coach. His temperament for the job and fondness for the game is similar to McGwire's, and now working with McGwire I wonder how much Schumaker sees that in his future. Of the current players? Yadier Molina is going to have some role as a coach or instructor or front office or something -- just not sure it will be a manager in the majors. Paul DeJong could be. He's got a lot of career ahead of him, of course, but his approach, his questions, all of that has the profile of a player now who could have a role in the dugout as a coach later, and with the way he peppers people about moves a manager, too.
Oh boy. Do the baseball police have a siren that goes off when #fun happens?
The suggestion is presented in the chat without comment but for posterity.
I'm trying to make up for the hesitant start this afternoon. But we're speeding to a finish.
Not with the way Harrison Bader has been playing. He's answered that question for them. It's a different answer if Yairo Munoz was the extra outfielder off the bench.
That wouldn't make much sense, no.
I don't really for most players, not unless it looks like there is some reason to like, say, for Edgar Martinez, or for Mike Mussina. So,I guess it's case by case. Yes, when it comes to Mike Mussina I do take into account that all of his career was spent in the AL bEast. That has to be a factor when looking at him against his contemporaries, but his numbers stand out -- they just stand out all the more in that context. It's a bit more specific than AL vs. NL -- it's more about circumstance.
This has been percolating around as a possibility in the dugout. It hasn't been done in part because of something we've discussed often in this chat: Matheny doesn't want to lose that bat in the middle of the order. Yep, that's what he said. So he doesn't want to take Martinez out of that three-spot unless it's necessary. Now, Matheny has routinely played for outs over runs, especially in late innings, and that is why this move is going to come up again -- especially when Martinez, say, gets that final out of the sixth inning and a double switch is possible. The Cardinals see Carpenter's glove at first as slightly ahead of Martinez's, but it's the bat that continues to make this decision, in this case, this one decision, this one.
I asked Rick Hummel about this. He said he's been thinking about that recently. He hasn't been brought up all that much. One possible reason is that he didn't have the monster years that some of the other players has. Hummel makes a good point that Hendricks should give some extra credit for guiding the players like McGee and others into the early years in addition to be a strong contributor. It could take clearing some of the Brecheens and such from the veterans committee so when Hendrick reaches the Red Ribbon selection he'll get more a hearing and that could lead to his induction. At this point, you just don't see the fan support for him.