There's some truth it. Definitely some truth to the brain drain. There's even more legend. And, unfortunately, there have been some recent examples of Liberty Valance school of punditry: "Print the legend." Luhnow, no doubt, deserves a lot of credit for building the Cardinals' analytics dept. and for fortifying the farm system, but he did not do it alone. Several of the people essential to that process are still with the Cardinals: LaRocque, Moises Rodriguez, Mozeliak, and Girsch. For some reason, Luhnow continues to get credit in some circles for things that Mozeliak did as assistant general manager or that Kantrovitz did after Luhnow had left. He went to Houston in 2011. Consider the players who are now part of the team that were drafted AFTER he was no longer in charge of the draft. In the time since Luhnow left, the Cardinals have continued to develop pitching -- a skill they had under his watch and a skill that was sharpened under Mozeliak's direction, according to scouts. The Cardinals have been less successful when it comes to developing position players. Again, something that was also a hallmark of Luhnow's drafts, which included Zach Cox and Brett Wallace, both of whom were flipped in deals, a lot like they would do now with some position player prospects. What Luhnow has done in Houston is impressive. How he made moves at the deadline this year were masterful, to be sure. He's a strong GM. But he also didn't draft Kris Bryant when he had the chance. A move even he admits to regret. He deserves tons of credit for what he helped the Cardinals achieve and what he has done in Houston. Just not all of the credit for things that happened after he left.
I get what you're saying about "there is a difference." It's the Cardinals. Bill DeWitt III, as president of the Cardinals, has been in charge of the ballpark development. The BPV is an entity separate from the baseball operations/team, but it is an outgrowth of the team, not the family. So the same ownership group.
I don't get that sense, no. Webb has earned higher leverage assignments, but he seems to be targeted for the earlier assignments against a lefty, not sharing the final innings of the game as Miller has done, and will continue to do. This is a big series for both lefties, and we will learn a lot about their standing with Shildt during it. When Webb draws Yelich in the eighth inning or later, then we have a new paradigm to the bullpen, but there's no indication that will be the case.
I can say Matt Carpenter. And I will say Matt Carpenter. Because when asked this question earlier today the manager said, "Matt Carpenter." And he's making out the lineup card. My answer to this question is irrelevant. Yes, Arozarena came up here to play. So did Lane Thomas. Neither are. That's a perplexing spot for both players to be in. Thomas deserves a longer look than he's been given, for sure. But, again, my answer doesn't matter. The managers does, and he can and will say "Matt Carpenter." I would suggest that Thomas and Carpenter could be in the same lineup. But what do I know.
So it's up to me to offer answers worth getting over the ads to see. Challenge accepted.
Asking the wrong guy, evidently. I see what you see.
I'd put them, roughly, at 40/60 at this point that he returns. I see a scenario where he returns. I see a much more likely scenario that he chases more playing time with a contending team -- and gets it because of how he's done here.
Carlson will be given that chance, pending other moves this winter. The Cardinals would like to open spring training with a competition in the outfield that Carlson will have a chance to win. That could be in center field, keep in mind. Gorman is about 18 months behind that.
The rhetoric isn't good, but it's just rhetoric. Both sides have it good, know they have it good, and are going to be motivated to reach an agreement. It's going to get bruising, for sure, and there is going to be turbulence ahead. But as of today, right now, I'd put the likelihood as low.
The benefit is minimal. And OBP is real. It matters. One of the things the manager brought up today -- and, again, this is the manager bringing this up in response to some of these questions -- is the other elements of the game. The Cardinals are clearly taken with Edman as a switch-hitter. They also like how he makes the reliable play, adds a baserunning element when he is on base, has ambush power, and so on and so on. Shildt mentioned that they're still learning about how Thomas and Arozarena make the routine plays in the outfield, and before they commit to whether Arozarena is a plus fielder or just a reliable fielder will be based on that. Thomas they see as a plus fielder. Which bring us back to the question we all have: Where for art thou, Thomas?
And they don't need to do anything if they don't want.
Wong is going to play a majority of the games here, vs. lefts or rights.
They don't seem bothered by it or inspired by it. They know the gig. They know the position. They probably have an appreciation that goes unspoken for what Molina is trying to do or the rpm he has set for himself. Some players cannot play with that approach. So they choose not to.
Precedent. Status. Those play into it.