Depends on how many homers he has at the time. He has a lot of pride in finding a way to finish the contract he signed.
Probably like it was this past winter. It's a thin market again.
The writer, who was not Jesus Ortiz, doesn't need to defend the article, in as much there was no questioning of the veracity of his report or its facts, not directly or publicly from the team. Matheny took issue with the word "tired," however he allowed that he left open the interpretation because he was trying to avoid using the word "hurt." Clarity would have helped. I wrote the story the next day to explain how this happened and offer a look at how it went from comment to print the day before. The writer and the newspaper had their say with the coverage. That's the only defense necessary.
Well, that and the fact that I come in here and chat and take to Twitter and welcome opportunity to defend the coverage whenever necessary. That's part of why we do this stuff.
His catching days are behind him, no? And that bat looks different at 1B.
Dexter Fowler has been activated from the DL.
More overlap. Less impact.
Have not. Haven't really been looking, honestly.
That's kind of the question for him. He's got a good bat, good upside bat, and that was the description of him coming into the system. It's actually a big part of the conversation we had with the folks at Baseball America about whether he was a fit on the Top 30, and if so where would he fit. I like the look of his resume, if you will. There's ability there behind the plate, and we've seen improvement from first year to this year. Handling the pitching staff is something to improve upon. Sleeper? Maybe. More likely, a name/player to watch in spring and see how often he gets a run in Grapefruit League games and what assignments he gets during the the early work. Bet he gets some individual schooling to see if this next year the position can catch the bat and he can be backup to the backup that is always needed.
No. But it has nothing to do with the team. It's the fans. They're ferocious. There is no such thing as a dull Cardinals team because the fans won't settle for a dull or mediocre team so that brings a layer to the coverage that replaces the excitement or stories that might be lacking on the field.
This was discussed earlier. Joe Sheehan also had a similar list, right? I know of some other writers who have done rankings -- both their gut feels and their attempts to get empirical on those rankings. This has not been a great year for the Cardinals, from top to bottom. The standings tell us that. And these individual rankings -- of No. 3 hitters, of managers, of moves at the deadline, and so on -- only reveal a larger illustration of a team that has underachieved and disappointed. Itself, too. In truth though, when it comes to the manager, there are two evaluations that really matter.
1. The standings.
2. The owner's.
Reporters are constantly asking about players. I'll give you an example: The reporting on the Cardinals interest in Matt Holliday began more than a year before that trade did. We had conversations with sources about future fits and how Holliday could be that guy in 2008, and Joe Strauss was one of the reporters who broken the story in the fall of that year about the Cardinals trying to swing a deal with Colorado for Holliday around the GM meetings. It would be foolish to limit questions about the hear and now when we can talk about things in the future and know to followup or keep our radar tuned for movement. There have been examples like this even this year. Some of the reporting I did as far back in June about the players of interest to the Cardinals was based on reporting done in spring, or interviews had last season. Same thing here. Sure Machado is on the horizon, but there's no reason to ask around now about how he'd fit for the Cardinals and whether he's viewed as a player who fits the NL, fits St. Louis, fits the Cardinals, fits shortstop, fits third base, and so on and so on. He may have his eyes on the coast, and people who know him, know the market he'll seek if all the money is equal.
1. Should. Remains to be seen if he will. I'm skeptical.
2. Fair point. Some of it will be based around age and health and the view of what they'll do through the life of the contract. Leake is expected to be Leake, year in and year out. Leake is actually a few months younger than Lynn, and here he is in the second year of that deal. Lynn would be 31 in that first year of the next deal, Leake into his third year and not yet 31. That's important. If the Cardinals hesitate it could be the out years -- the age 35, 36 year, when are they getting Lackey or Lynn?
3. Thanks for the compliment.
Veterans have the right to choose. Fowler made it clear he wasn't going to go for one.
No problem. I do try to get to as many as I can. I know there are scores that I don't, and for that I thank the chatters who come back every week. But it's also what keeps me going for hours here.
Only if Matheny's next theme road trip is this: Win. That seems like a good theme.