Maybe as far as a presence in the lineup for the Cardinals. Popularity. That kind of thing.
No. That is how the game works. Things change. It's fluid. You hear that a lot -- from teams, from reporters, from chats like this.
I have long believed that the lower in the order Molina hits the better the Cardinals' lineup is because it says it is deep enough for him to bat sixth or seventh and there are better hitters ahead of him. I stand by that.
It does not, because I can see how there is a disconnect between that message and some of the stances the team has taken. That said, the offseason is not yet done. There are pitchers still out there that would push the Cardinals ahead, and we'll see how those moves go. Or if they go.
He was not present at the Winter Warm-Up so we have not had the chance to ask about the actual work there -- only that it exists. The Cardinals have not said they intend to make that much of his spring training, outside of letting him take reps there. That's likely to develop after Shildt and McGee see him in person in Jupiter, if it develops at all.
I don't see the chain of events like that. The Cardinals' ability to sign Paul Goldschmidt is going to depend on how long Goldschmidt wants to call St. Louis home, and a lot of that, yes, is going to depend on whether they win and the team around him, but it's also going to depend on the offer the Cardinals make him and the culture he sees around him. I don't think adding Harper aggressively changes that situation. Sorry. Others probably agree with your stance. I don't. The Cardinals depth will make it possible move on from Ozuna.
Not more than Ozuna telling Molina that he hopes to be ready for opening day and that he's feeling somewhat better about his shoulder. The Cardinals need clarity on this.
Not necessarily. I haven't been able to unearth one is asking around.
He has only brought what he learned from watching Matheny as his bench coach. The mentor-student relationship with Tony La Russa goes back a lot farther and thus has more of a history and more influence on Shildt. Yadier Molina, moments ago, said he calls Shildt "El Jefe" and that he reminds him of a young Tony La Russa. Molina would know.
Because they aren't close to all gone. Seriously. There are plenty available.
Tony Pena? Former Royals manager. Tony Cruz is the Cardinals' new minor-league catching instructor. He is young, yes. But he's not alone in moving on from playing to coaching with the Cardinals in his early-30s.
It sure would be a fair and reasonable reason, and is part of the current conversation, yes.
We would have so little to chat about. I will be explaining the Ozuna-Yelich thing into retirement and probably muttering it to myself when my grandkids are scared to visit me and here grandpa tell that same old story again.
Yeah. It was. It was supposed to be. They didn't hide from that. They wanted someone in return that would help the current team and benefit the majors if they were going to take a clear benefit to the major-league team away. They thought they could make that deal with interested American League teams like Cleveland and Tampa Bay and they received offers of prospects. That's not what they wanted. That's not the deal they were looking for.
He had elbow surgery. That's some commitment for a publicity stunt. No, I think he wants to see if he can pitch. He wants to show his kids he can play. And in talking with him often over the past two years it is clear that working on the book with Tim Brown has put him in a spot where he feels he has some unfinished business in baseball and wants to tame that monster that chased him from the mound. PR stunts are usually less complicated and don't involve rehab.
I honestly don't know. Too many variables. How's he pitching? How many innings is he pitching at that time? Where do the Cardinals need him? What do they need? He could fit any of those things and none of those things and until we see him throw really deep into March it's not going to be clear.