Interesting question. To me the whole fanfare about Martinez's contract confirming that he is the "ace" or even this "ace" notion is a big overwrought. He hasn't pitched 200 innings. He hasn't made 30 starts in back-to-back seasons. He hasn't received a Cy vote. Now, he may someday be an ace, he certainly has No. 1 stuff, but at this point he has not done so many of the things just a year or so every one was saying was a pitcher had to do to be an ace. He can be the team's best pitcher. Let's keep the title ace for the few pitchers in baseball that have the track record. Not every team has an ace. Martinez can be the No. 1. That's heady enough at his age.
He was signed to be Yadier Molina's backup. That was the promise made to him.
Thanks. Sometimes the speed and brevity of the chat comes across as my tone or my temperament. If I could fix that I would. But then I wouldn't get to as many answers either. I've learned that people read my answers here like they read Tweets -- in a tone of their choosing, not mine. I cannot control that.
This year is not ideal. Neither is next year without an additional move. 2019 would one idea.
Somewhere in baseball, absolutely. You bet. It's a gathering storm, and baseball isn't immune.
He's in the Hall of Fame. This is his 40th spring training. He's earned what I have not.
Not to the best of my knowledge. They made a competitive bid that was just shy of what Pittsburgh offered. The Cardinals felt they had made the largest offer and were surprised a team went beyond them.
I won't be hearing it this year, sorry. We used to jam along with it. This year we're on our own, so a few of us will just tune into our own playlists and pound away on the keyboards.
To show other agents they will. And to win.
Bill DeWitt Jr. served on the committee that represented the owners for the CBA negotiations. DeWitt also serves on the Hall of Fame's board. He has for a long time. He chaired the search committee for the current commissioner. He's a trusted voice in the group for all owners. He's very influential when it comes to both the history and present of baseball.
That's been true every year, regardless of the roster or the position of angst. That is a product of a devoted fan base, not a dull or set roster. Cardinals fans care and latch onto any baseball talk they can. It's why there is a chat, why The Post-Dispatch dedicates three writers to be down here, why we put such a priority on satisfying a committed and hungry fan base.
We ask. Often we're left to speculate on exact reasons. We do so with educated speculation and hope that helps the fans see what we see.
I doubt Wacha is going to be alienated. He seems eager to show them wrong, either way. That's just my feel. He's not a guy who is going to be angered by a hearing. He'll be stirred by it.
Can't go wrong anywhere in San Diego. Half Door brewing company has a cool ambiance.
Matheny was involved in the discussion and he committed to trying, was eager to do so. The Cardinals wouldn't make the move without Matheny acknowledging he was going to have to try to make it work.
Everything Wacha and the Cardinals have done for his training and recovery from the injury has been to avoid changing his arm slot. He and the team believe that a lot of his success stems from the high angle, tilt that his delivery and reach creates. Change that and change the pitcher he is. He his fiercely protective of his mechanics and he's done the work to keep it. We'll see as games come.
Right. He'd be that fourth outfield. Capable. Good athlete. Plays all three spots.