It's swift for a reliever, and relievers are swifter than starters. It's about in line with a month or so past a position player. Very impressive.
I have attempted to learn many times, and while I am getting better I'm getting better too slowly. Four years of Russian seemed like a good idea at the time. Four years of Spanish would have been smarter. I have gone through some of the Rosetta Stone programs and others to get better understanding, and I can but not as fast as I need to be conversational. That's lacking. In the coming year, I have something I hope will help me get even better because it's important -- for my job, for my son to see it's important, and just in general.
My only recommendation would be to find a way that you learn and seek out lessons that fit that. I wish I were better with language, quicker to learn it.
I think 2006 did that, and 2011 certainly did. He became a cherished presence in STL.
I had a 40-day road trip once that included Blues at Islanders, the Super Bowl in New Orleans, the Winter Olympics, Blues at Colorado, more Olympics, and then Blues in Vancouver, Edmonton, and Calgary. That was all one trip. I was in St. Louis long enough to pick up something at my house over lunch and then back on a plane. Fulfilling things to cover, but a challenge by the end to keep my cities straight.
Good years of control, low salary. Enough to attract a strong bid if Cardinals want to move him.
Makes sense. But, let's be honest, there wasn't an Albert Pujols in the system for a decade or so before he arrived and there may not be for a decade or so after he leaves. Pujols was a once-in-several-generations player that the Cardinals got in the late rounds of the draft. That doesn't usually happen, and when it does it isn't going to be repeated. The Cardinals will never get a hitter if they're looking for only Pujols. They just need a fear factor.
He's been here for almost decade, the assistant general manager for six years, his influence has already been clear in the front office, and they are a very data-driven group, on purpose. So, it's hard to say he's bring "more" when he's already been bringing it for many many years.
Service time in the majors. It matters. It transfers.
Maybe. Can't get much more aggressive than teams already are with younger, cheaper talent. It does mean that teams will have to find those dollars through local broadcast partners and through the Advanced Media initiatives already hatched by MLB. What concerns me most isn't the broadcast aspect of this but the beat writers being trimmed because it's the beat writers that generate the information that guides the broadcasts, that informs the pundits, that nourishes the columns, and if there aren't beat writers to do that then we're going to see more speculation, more outright musing, and thus a fan base that is getting less of the true story and more just assumptions and opinions without the under-girding of facts provided by the writers/broadcasters actually there daily with the team.
Don't think so, no. Lots of strong players down there. Not all fit on the roster up here.
That's my cue to watch a little of this Purple Reign.
(Aside: Starfish and Coffee -- most underrated great Prince song ever.)
First pitch is about to arrive here at Busch Stadium. Mike Leake is on the mound. Charlie Blackmon is at the plate. The pitch is a strike. Seems like a good time to end the chat and get back to the day job. Next Monday will be a busy one around here at StlToday.com. We've got a chat planned. We've got blogs rolling all day. And we'll see what else happens.
Incredible that there are still so many people reading this chat, and I appreciate it. really thought this might be the day I reach that mythical 1,000 questions reviewed milestone. There's always next time.
Or the winter meetings.
Enjoy the week. Keep your radar fine tuned for the difference between rumors and reports. Be careful out there.