No. We usually keep to ourselves. It's a small town and sometimes you wind up at the same dinner spot, but we're not running in the same circles or headed to the same places most of the time.
No. They had a need. They described a free agent who would fit that need. They looked at trades. They proved pricier than preferred. They had cash to spend, and did on a free agent they described all along.
Alcantara is getting a lot of buzz. Dakota Hudson later in camp. DeJong should. I would like to see Randy Arozarena. That's the player I'm eager to see in person, maybe get into a Grapefruit League game.
No. But ... please, for your sake, don't say "Schaef-dawg" any more. Just a tip.
Yes. I can tell. And, no, I don't think it's always a prima donna. Fair isn't enough for some people. They want fawn, not fair.
Absolutely we can. It's a good topic. The argument for his election is one presented by Johnny Bench and echoed recently by Pudge Rodriguez, both of whom are Hall of Fame catchers. Their point is that Molina is the best defensive catcher of his generation, and that he will build the strong counting stats with the years he has in the majors. Bench made the point that he just needs to crank out the steady offensive seasons to reach the levels of Hall with career totals. He added that with the Gold Glove count that Molina already has and the World Series championships and pennants that he it fills in any gaps that exist between Molina and the other, offensive-oriented catchers in the Hall. I've had other players/officials draw a connection between Molina and Ozzie Smith and refer to how each controlled or dominated the game with a glove, and that Hall voters do gravitate to elite defensive players at elite defensive positions. Molina is that player for catcher.
I'll add one speed bump for Molina on his way to Cooperstown: Buster Posey. We all know that the ballots and baseball are comparable games, and Posey has the trophies, too, has the MVP that Molina does not, has a Gold Glove now too. The question is will Posey shine a light on Molina because voters drawn to him will see the shine of Molina's Gold Gloves, or will Posey overshadow Molina and lead to little consideration in those early years on the ballot, ala Edmonds.
Yes. We snapped our fingers a lot. Popped collars. Danced. They got the girl. Again.
Draw a line, eventually you have to stop crossing it, I guess.
This season will reveal the answer. On deck: Rosenthal. Piscotty would not yet be arbitration eligible so the motivation may not be there, not when they can just renew around the minimum. If Piscotty has a really breakout year, there will be something discussed, but arbitration won't be there to provide urgency. There are other folks, but not the obvious one like a year ago with Martinez.
Cooperstown cinches it, for either player.
Consider for a moment that even if the Cardinals did have this suspicion. And there was a lot of frustration about the similarities when descriptions of Ground Control were printed in 2014; this was even relayed in The Post-Dispatch at a few points. What exactly could they have done? It took an employee violating federal law and getting 46 months in prison to get evidence of this. A complaint to MLB would have run into a similar problem. Major League Baseball officials repeatedly told me that one of the issues they ran into over and over and over again was their ability to investigate something ended when the ethernet cord was plugged into the computer. MLB does not have subpoena power. MLB cannot, to the best of my knowledge, storm Busch Stadium and uproot computers, as the Feds could. MLB, you'll recall, had to await the unsealing of court documents to get the final sense of the reach of Correa's intrusion before settling on the punishment. I get where you're coming from, but it's really important for us to recognize that the information needed to prove (or disprove) this allegation is held by Houston, behind its security, and it took an unlawful breach to even get a peek at it.
There has not been. Not as of yesterday.
We did something like that before to see the reach of the CTBNL. It was fun. Good idea to do it again. I'll keep it mind as the chats continue here this spring.
Wacha would rather be a starter. He'd like to get a chance to do that, maximize his earning potential. Until his body completely limits him from doing that, he'll try.
Mitchell Boggs' name has come up a few times already. That's because it still haunts the Cardinals how the WBC altered his season, and theirs. They recognize the possibility of it happening again.
Mike Matheny, truthfully. The tone he sets and changes he makes are the most fascinating of camp at this point.
Thanks. We take a lot of pride in our baseball coverage here. We constantly want to push it to be better, to be better, to be a paper that sets the standard and pushes the game for the industry. That's a trend that started long before I got here. Spring training is always a time of year that we put a lot of resources into providing coverage that stands out --- enough to make you feel like you're here.
A few as possible. They want to stick to this region with enough teams down here.
Pitching will determine where this team goes, with a helping hand from an improved defense. They have the pitching to stay in a race for the division title and that will take getting to 90 wins at least. Pitching is where they can close the gap on the Cubs the most. That's it.
It's telling when players structure their contracts to get to free agency. That usually means they get to free agency. Lynn and Oh have both done that.
I imagine it's ended by now, but they often take some time deliberate. Could be a day.
Yes. Always. That's always something discussed.