Indeed he can. First base is a wild card in the conversation.
(And, it should be noted, so is Jordan Schafer.)
I think this is overstated. It's very easy for people to take for granted something that is always present, and baseball is always present. But take baseball away, and there would be a clamor for it from all ages. We're thinking about it wrong when we try to compare baseball to football or baseball to video games or whatever other thing baseball is being compared to. Football happens twice a week, and it's a draw when it does. Video games might be the more apt comparison because it's a rival for eyeballs and entertainment dollars that people can seek out everyday. Baseball is more of a comfort -- always there. What sport fits better into Twitter than baseball? There's no dead period. 365/24/7 there's a rumor or there's a game. Baseball never sleeps on Twitter and a whole generation is growing up with that reality. Baseball has been a leading innovator through MLBAM when it comes to sports tech and streaming. Those two things are giving baseball a foothold in a future fan base that may see the game different -- through the black mirror of a phone, for example -- but love it all the same. Baseball is better because it's not some of the things it seems so eager to become. Once it realizes that and capitalizes on the modern presence it's created it will be fine.
Not that I've heard, no. It hasn't come up.
Haunted Mansion. Wouldn't let me leave.
Class AA. High-A. High-A. High-A. And not yet clear.
They put all players into the Cardinal Core program, and that has already started for many of the draft picks. Those programs include tutoring if needed, discussions away from the ballpark about finances and protecting yourself from people who will peck at your pocketbook, and other life skills programs. The Cardinals also hire English teachers at all of the affiliates, and they will run classes for Spanish-speaking players to learn English. They've come a long way from buying an interested player Rosetta Stone, for example. There's more to it, too. STEP camp is part of it. The other night Mike Matheny went to meet personally with the STEP campers and sort of lay the groundwork for what's expected from them -- on and off the field.
Tread carefully with all sorts of pre-draft talk. There's a lot of poison in the well that isn't always true as some teams try to taint the view of specific players. There is also a lot of assumptions made about cultures and economic status that too often leak into "scouting reporters." Be leery of stereotypes, and that includes "comps" that only seem to be based on the same hometowns.
Or someone doesn't produce. That is possible. He's had a fine camp so far.
I don't think all the other teams in the NL got stronger. I can think of a few that stayed the same, and one or two that addressed needs. The NL still has teams to feast on. Split the difference of your two best and you're right.
Anything is possible. It would require his OK.
Sure. I've written for the travel section. I've been open to covering news. I went into journalism to cover politics and the court system. I got a chance to maybe someday possibly cover baseball. Who turns that down? Wouldn't mind writing movie reviews. That was the other interest I almost pursued, but just chose Mizzou over film school.
I see all the moving parts you're putting together to make a clock to the tell the time. I do, and I've wondered the same thing. It's just a lot of moving parts there. The Cardinals cannot make a deal that includes Kelly without first knowing there's a deal in place for Molina, and even then it would be a big hit to their depth if Molina got injured. Who would replace him? Eric Fryer, perhaps. And then ... ? Yeah. The depth would be thin at a position that could immediately undo their chances. Quintana can really twirl it, but even he needs someone behind the plate to receive.
They are not. They're done. They're not being thrown out because they're dirty. They're being thrown out because they're scuffed, and that can increase the movement that a pitcher can put on it.
He didn't you're right. It's not a new pitch, but it's one he wants to see if he could use in a new way. He did yesterday on the backend of the Braves lineup. Let's see it in a game that counts in the standings to really know how effective that will be for him.
He now has a seat on the National Baseball Hall of Fame's board. He has never really shown an interest in a full-time commitment to the Cardinals. He's said it's a lot of time away from golf, and it doesn't fit what he wants to do at this point. Makes sense. If you're going to be in the uniform, you're in it most of the day.
If the options already in camp go flat, possibly. But there's reason to give these folks a look.
C'mon. There are other teams just as interested. No, they're doing what they do with all the players.
Yes. Maybe even personable and likable and talented enough to make them stop. Wouldn't that be amazing? It's disheartening that we even have to think about this. But it's true in every fan base. No one is different than the other. They all have their vulgar cesspools of anger and ignorance.
His current contract ends at the end of this season. The Cardinals maintain control of him for another four years.
Always maximize the defensive position. If he can play short, he can play third. So why not see how far he can go playing shortstop. Enhance his versatility, enhance his value.
Haven't seen him since he played.