He's already made a better case to get a better chance with another team, for sure.
In this case, need has trumped choice.
I still don't know. I didn't pick them to be there in our preseason preview.
Sure. And Angels need pitching.
Which has made it a position. People are paid handsomely to fill that position. Remember, the quarterback wouldn't be all that significant if not for the forward pass, and if not for the run-and-gun offense, and if not for ALL THE RULES IN PLACE TO PROTECT HIM FROM INJURY. And, those my friend, are also cultural influences that come to define what a position is, exactly like closer.
I am not a fan of robot umpires. And it's not because I'm old school or anti-tech or anti-change, or whatever hogwash is usually assigned to this stance. Nope. I don't believe the technology is advanced enough to make it happen. That's all. Get the tech to call balls and strikes better than an ump and immune to things like you're talking about and then we'll talk. It's not there yet.
The infusion of TV money and also the cash cow that MLB Advanced Media became for owners.
The worst thing that can happen is a repeat of San Diego.
Solid. Sharp. Should be used again. Was not crazy about road whites, though. That was odd.
The tech isn't there. Umpires should be asked to do a lot -- they are highly trained and highly paid, and their ability to do all of these things is part of the job. If duties are handed over to technology than the tech has to be zero-fail, zero-defect or what's the point?
Norris will still have a role in getting the Cardinals into October, and however they deep going into it. Cecil less so. He's been marginalized after some important outs there in LA. Still, Cardinals need someone to emerge out of the lefthanded mix, and it could take that series against Dodgers, Brewers, or Braves in the coming week or so to force that to happen. Cardinals will need a lefty to retire one of those lefthanded-hitting batters, and if it's Webb then it could be Webb in the playoffs, and if they need Cecil to do it and he does it then he moves out of that corner and into prominence again. Interesting times ahead of the left side of the bullpen. Hudson needs a break, yes.
Michael Wacha to 60-day DL to make room for Adam Wainwright. As mentioned earlier.
No. But if they all wear fake wax-topped, handlebar mustaches, maybe.
He just officially retired during this summer, and I meant to followup on this. I know he also was eager to help with the Cuba-U.S. baseball relations in someway too, if possible. That avenue -- once so so open as it seemed when Pena, other ballplayers, and a media group, that included me, went down there -- has been limited in the past year or so. I should check in.
He could be in October, Mostly because they have an opening in the rotation.
No dodge, Jasper. It has been widely and repeatedly reported that Matheny lobbied for a name-brand closer, and that the Cardinals had interest in Holland -- at their price. The two things converged on opening day and the Cardinals made the move. The front office, several times, sought to give the manager the bullpen that he was most comfortable using. It's a big reason why year after year after year they had the extra reliever in the bullpen when the front office preferred to carry a bat/utility for the bench, but the manager felt more comfortable with a long reliever, even if he never used it. Both sides contributed to the situation. The manager with his wishes and his uses, and the front office trying to satisfy both.
Not if he doesn't play more.
Sure. And that's something that he can toy with and use and develop as he matures here. He will have different gears that he can get to with his fastball, and he'll have the movement change with it. Carlos Martinez is -- what -- in his fourth year in the rotation and fifth year in the majors and he started doing that more deftly last season. Hicks is not a finished product. He'll get better. He needs time, like any talent.
Always. Actions speak louder than words. Always.