For some it's control of how they reach the base and the notion that they could switch hands, get in there quicker, etc., and then hold on once they get there. For some, it's they don't know how to slide feet first. Or, they do know how to slide in feet first but they don't know how to stay on the bag to thwart replay. Also, if they're sliding in our their belly they're doing it way way way wrong, and need to be sliding on their chest more.
Nope. MLB contracts are guaranteed. Bonuses cannot be tied to performance -- only to raw totals (innings, games played, games started, games finished) and to awards. But a bonus can be there for, say, 100 RBIs or 20 HRs or whatever.
The bigger money is in the TV deals now. It's significantly more. The percentages change from team to team because in some cases the TV deal is a huge slice of the revenue for a team that doesn't see as well. For the Cardinals that gap is narrower, but they're making more off their deal from Fox Sports Midwest than any other revenue stream. That's certain now.
If by intangibles you mean he is a switch-hitter, then yes.
Woodford likely. He makes the most sense of that group. Urias would be next most likely.
No kidding. That's the bet that probably 27 out of 30 teams, and the three teams that aren't are tanking and have already tried to trade said contract. We're saying the same thing here. The contract is a reflection of his production. The playing time is bet on his production coming around. What I'm trying to suggest here is that the Cardinals think they're a better team with Carpenter going than they do any other player at that position, and they are betting that he'll get there. Maybe that says as much about their view of other players and their roster construction as it does about Carpenter and his contract.
He has not said one way or the other, except to suggest that he signed a one-year contract for a reason and that he does want to leave the game on his terms -- not shoved from it due to injury or poor performance (or both). He has plans for life after baseball and certainly will be wooed toward them at season's end, but he has not given any final answer about this and when asked has suggested he would prefer to come to a decision after the season is over, or let a successful team and a successful finish make the decision for him.
This week. I took a break last week to hide.
Penalties for tanking that would included a weighted draft, a spending floor, and a reduction of revenue sharing for teams known to have stripped down their rosters and purposefully tilting division races while they try austerity.
That is the plan, unless he is injured or ineffective.
Picked the Cubs to the win the division at the start of the year and the Cardinals to win a wild card. I am duty bound to stick with those preseason predictions. Though, I also had the Rockies winning the West and the Dodgers-Cardinals in the wild-card game ...
They can. And they will use Helsley as cushion for those leftover innings. We're going to see some alternating of relievers for long assignments.
The grounds crew is poised to pull the tarp on the field, FYI.
Giovanny Gallegos has the early edge.
I do my best to make them all true. That's the job.
No one escapes the Grammar Police.
It is out of my wheelhouse. I encourage you to follow the coverage from Dan Caesar at the paper. He's the one who has his thumb on this issue. It's a mess for sure. And it's one of the major reasons why the Cardinals didn't venture out to try their own network -- distributor issues are serious. Ask the Dodgers.
Ponce de Leon will be brought up. That's a given. It's when and for what role. But he's on his way -- and he deserves it. Woodford is not on the 40-man, but needs to be by November. So there's a little give there.
I tend to disagree with this stance. A wise puppet once said, "Do or do not. There is no try." If you don't want to talk about the deals that didn't happen, they you should be judged solely on the fact that one didn't happen -- when you had a clear need.