We, as a media, need to do a better job of explaining ourselves. The lines have been blurred -- and not always by our doing, but by social media and by fraudulent news services and even by networks and other outlets that have caused confusion as to the different roles in journalism, and even the different purposes for outlets, from a newspaper of record to a trade publication to an advocacy journal. Media literacy is valuable, though how to spread that ... I don't know. The landscape is not welcoming for it.
I doubt that the team will stray too much from what it calls "data-driven" decisions. What will happen is more significant overhaul of the roster, and we're starting to see the indications and preparation for that all ready. You can see how the Cardinals want to hold their prospects, deal from depth, and how they don't want to commit to long-term deals so that they can pivot if this makeup doesn't get the right result. But if you're thinking that the Cardinals go three-and-out and then suddenly are going to trounce all bidders for Harper or Kershaw by $40 million ... not likely. Their approach won't change. Their roster will.
Right. Also, depending on his interest. He may not want that deal. He may want to be a free agent.
They are looking, for sure.
Longshot. Never misses. Would bat 1.000.
That writer is right here along with us. Same as last year.
Cubs are a Giraffe, and Cardinals are ... Cardinals? I'm not sure I get the analogies. But I sure do get the anger being fired into the chat. Goodness.
Good question. I read those stories, and know about the comments he made about "antics" that were terribly tone deaf and unaware. I asked earlier this morning to get a sense of whether the Cardinals believed he made his apologies and that he had moved past those comments, or shown that he had learned from the comments. The Cardinals, according to an official, were comfortable that he had, and that he would not be a disruptive presence in the clubhouse. Some of those comments echo for sure, and he may have to prove to his teammates what the front office already feels. I don't get the idea that the Cardinals are looking for a rusty nail here. They are looking for a reliever/starter. Someone who gets outs.
Stubbornness? If you could offer specifics I could be better at answering the question.
Cubs are baby bears. Cubs nuzzle, dude.
Albert Pujols. Check those first six years. Does he come with the title, too?
Because teams, like any business anywhere, adores revenues, wants revenue, and some teams don't see the purpose of spending $80 million extra on a player who will improve a 70 win team to a 74 win team, when they can save that money and wait for when they are ready to contend and need a player to turn them from a 90 win team to a 95 win team. Look, if the Marlins went and signed Arrieta, which they have the money to do, would that radically alter how many fans are going to attend? Would it change where they are in the standings? If the Chicago White Sox went and spent their $50-million gift from MLBAM on Greg Holland would that change the outcome of their season, or just be spending money? This is what you have to keep in mind, and it's one of the things that the union has tried to highlight in recent weeks.
Every team has the money to spend.
Not every team has the reason to spend that money.
Nope. No rumblings. No reports. No rumors. No smoke. No fire. No tea leaves.
An oversimplification but therein lies the makings a good argument, and speaks to somewhat we continue to circle in the chat. The fact that increasingly there is only room for the extremes. Columnist/beat writer, spend/don't spend, there is no longer an allowance for an nuance in this shout-filled room.
I do think it's a modern and strong trend, and it's one that stretches further back than maybe you think, because lo long ago when I was in college there many of us that argued for an aggressively analytical brand of journalism -- this idea that teams, politicians, and so on were not going to provide the truth. They were going to provide talking points. While it's necessary for a paper of record and other outlets to reflect the stance of such entities, it is also important to provide context and also fact-checks and all those things. An aggressive and analytical approach is necessary.