Actually, I do have an answer. It's right at the tip of my fingers, and I'm sorry that you went to all the hassle. Could have saved you some time. The threshold isn't $100,000. It's $125,000. Anything over $125,000 counts against the limit, and that's why you see so many $125,000 bonuses this summer.
Not outwardly, no. Mike Maddux, the pitching coach, remains involved in the day-to-day pitching scheduling and pitch decisions as he did before. I thought it was interesting when I asked Shildt if he said he would seek consensus with Maddux on pitching decisions, and he said no. He seeks information from Maddux on pitching decisions, and he will make the final decision. That may be how it worked before, but that wasn't always how it was described in the previous dugout. Shildt was blunt and honest, and imagine that goes a long way with Maddux, too, because he has a feel for the ground rules.
Probably not. Ship sailed. All that stuff.
I guess that depends on who you ask. But fan base devotion is the root of all things. It's why this chat exists. It's why the paper invests so much in covering the team. And it's why the team has the history, the revenue, and the brand that it does. Widespread fan devotion is at the bedrock of that.
And Arizona. Forgot to mention Arizona. They got Shelby Miller. Leake wanted to stay in Arizona for spring training, and that was a big priority for him -- to be close to his dad. Makes sense. He didn't have the offer to do that.
Who do you think is answering all these questions. Derrick is on the beach that isn't moving to St. Louis. He left the fridge in charge.
Good question. My understanding is that it's only those who attend. Now, there was some question about this last year when it came to the "tickets sold" attendance that is announced and the actual turnstile attending which is not announced, but does appear every so often in game stories. I asked last year, and there final decision, I believe, was that only those who attend would be in the count, not always the tickets sold aspect.
This idea was brought up and did not go far with the front office, no.
Noted. Printed for posterity. I imagine many share your sentiment.
Good team. Sees a vulnerable Cubs team in first. Makes sense. Bully for them.
That will depend on the manager, somewhat. They intend to go into the offseason open to looking for an outside manager and considering Shildt and the staff and what they've done. If there is an outside option they prefer, that manager -- depending on his experience -- would have some say in the staff he hires. A new manager would be open to the Jiffy-Pop ready coaching staff. An established manager would want some say. So, those positions will be under review, too. However, Greer is expected to stay in the organization, and Budaska would likely be given that opportunity, but if he's in the majors here I can see how his stint in the majors now gets him a look with another team at that level. There have been other teams that asked around him before for big-league jobs.
It's going to be about two months, nine weeks after the injury, just like Robbie Ray. Just like we discussed in the chat here.