Solid players. The latter is the best all-around player in the NL.
Why would the Yankees do that? Don't they like their Paul Bunyan?
Safe. Seriously, this is a question? Goodness. Given what I've gone through this season with constantly being wanded and bag-searched by security I worry how much fear is just driving every decision. That's an awful thought. I understand reasons for caution. I completely get being prepared. But making every decision based on fear of being harmed is an awful way to go through life, and to be honest it really makes you see the worst in people. I pose no threat. Honestly. I've been yelled at four times this spring by security guards for merely being myself with a computer in a satchel. Four times. They were primed for it, not because of me but because of the fear they've worked themselves into seeing. End of rant.
I'm out on both. Trying to cut weight this spring. Almonds. I'll go almonds.
Because others left Cuban and, let's me honest, the Serie Nacional has been depleted by their absence. Some of the best players from Cuba are no longer in Cuba to compete, and this is a real concern for fans of that league and historians there. A few of us talked to one of them during the visit to Cuba I made with MLB and a few players back in December 2015. This issue came up. The level of play and the level of talent at some of the teams had been severely hurt by the defection of so many players, some of whom won't ever see the majors but were just trying to race for the money you describe. That's the island's reality now.
Matt Carpenter. M-Arp. Carp was taken, I guess. Teammates call him Carp.
It's available to any of them that want. It's just become the style.
There's been some chatter he wants to go into ownership. He's talked about that.
It's spring training. New swing. He has reason for optimism.
They are eager to see him get some return on his swing.
Leftovers. Get thee to Leftovers.
When minor-league camp opens this week they usually dismiss some players. Pitchers. The Cardinals rae going to hold on to a few players because of the WBC departures.
I will list them in order of likelihood.
I would probably put Greg Garcia ahead of the other two Garcias but you didn't mention him. Also, don't ignore Jhonny Peralta as a possible early-season cleanup hitter who could stick there if he swings well there. That's a more genuine possibility than 3/4s of your suggestions.
I didn't bring it up. It's not likely. Things will really have gone south if it happens.
Thanks. I like your pun there.
Thanks for the kind words. Hummel digs the chats. And it worked out well this week with the timing. Sorry for the technical difficulties that he encountered. There will be other weeks this spring when I'll be pulled in another direction and Hummel will step in.
There is no plan that I know of to change it, and it is not the lone culprit. Many of the studies and stories that I've read don't even see it as a primary culprit.
It was Mickey Mouse, yes.
Nope. He doesn't take the same kind of at-bats Carpenter does. It's like ... goodness, I don't know. It's kind of Krukian, but with more power. Maybe Jason Giambi. It's not like Carpenter.
Pitcher-friendly parks built for major-leaguers. Tough conditions. Baked fields. It's just not a great hitter league. Never has been . It's why the Cardinals skip some of their hitting prospects straight to Class AA.
Happy to help. Thanks for the kind words.
Not a stretch at all. There's a real feel for some of those things here.
Equal opportunity to chat. Variety is the spice of life.
Great point. It has been positive, and there are even more thoughtful questions that I don't have time to get to. It has been a brisk and strong chat today. There hasn't been landmines to step over even in the questions I read. Thank you for the reminder. A cap tip to the chatters today.
(It's not just nice, it's necessary.)
Third place in the division would be that.
Seems like a good place to end it. There's news to scribble about quickly over at StlToday.com, and then the notebook to write for the daily paper. Rick Hummel has the helm for the main story. Benjamin Hochman is working on his first column from Jupiter, having descended from the Mother Ship on Tucker just last night. So plenty of goodies coming at the Web site, mobile app, or single-copy box near you. We'll be back next week for the chats. We'll try to get Hummel up and chatting with you too. Hochman has a chat coming from Jupiter as well. Great stuff today. Kudos to you all. Enjoy the ballgames. Aloha.