The Cardinals' model is based on 3.4 million tickets sold and 90 wins on average. Nowhere in that equation is there the allowance for a "tank." It would be a departure from the brand and it would mean a breach of trust with the fans that would be hard to get back, no? Tanking for the Cardinals would be like introducing New Coke for Coke. It's a break from the brand that would backfire.
They've been relaxed. In the coming weeks, we'll have nicknames on the backs of jerseys.
Many questions like this. And I get the appeal. I do. I am surprised that there hasn't been more action on Bruce, as discussed earlier. It's ... curious. Makes me think there's something up that isn't readily apparent. That said, for the Cardinals ... who sits? If you're going to get Bruce then all these questions about playing Jose Martinez more need to be shelved, and all these questions about Fowler and Pham coexisting in the same outfield need to be rethought. There are three spots out there. The Cardinals have, even with Piscotty now in Class AAA, a handful of outfielders still on the roster.
The trick would be balancing the L/R. And in a way that Wong/Molina decision does maybe open up the bases a bit for Wong to become more aggressive, or do some hit and runs with Molina. So we'll go with that.
Great question. And the Cardinals would have been able to avoid this option -- a very public move -- and just kept him working on the rehab assignment with Class AAA Memphis. They had 20 days. I wondered why they didn't take more of them, especially because it became clear that Piscotty was not just getting healthy in the minors he was looking for his swing there, too. Maybe there is a wrinkle that I don't know, but from this seat it looks like it could have been handled better for player and team.
The Cubs will have to stumble.
And then the Cardinals would have to be something they haven't been yet this season.
Which do you think is more likely?
Everyone is on notice. There are more players than just Molina that they don't want to move. They do like many of the players they have. And if the changes are just minor then expect to read and hear a lot about how they did not get their desired goals accomplished and 2018 will look familiar.
I think you're reading too much into that comment. Front office often talks about the 40-man roster because that's what it takes to be in the majors -- being on the 40-man roster. If a player is traded from the 40-man roster that is a major-league move, by definition, because it comes off the 40-man roster. The team they're talking about with the 40-man roster is the major-league team. A lot of the Class AAA team is not on it. I wouldn't get bogged done on this. He's saying what you are.
They seem to be. They have not hid from using words "dramatic" and "significant." They are careful -- as you can imagine -- not to promise moves because it takes two teams or more to make that happen, and all they can do is promise their intent, not how receptive the other teams will be. I've heard that a few times. So, the intent is there. There's a clear understanding this roster did not work -- and I asked multiple times if that lesson will resonate even if it pulls off a finish here that puts them in the playoffs. Can't undo the four months before here and the lessons it reinforced.
I guess transactions or number of transactions would be. Not really sure what you're asking.
He deserves playing time down there. Class AAA Memphis is there for the betterment of the big-league club. It knows the role it plays.
That makes zero or less sense to me. I don't see the fit either way.
Good for them. Here's hoping he has a swell time.
Shoot. I wish I would have thought of that line! Well done, Tobias.
Have you watched this division?
Well, they better hope that the lesson of this season is that Year 1 of 5 with Dexter Fowler is the same as Year 4 of 4 with Jhonny Peralta. Just saying.
I didn't get the sense there were some great changes to Hicks. He's legit. A bone fide, rising star prospect. No doubt. He had run his way through the Midwest League and the word was out. Could be tipping. Could be that he just had the same approach. Also, keep in mind that the Florida State League absolutely favors the pitcher. It's a great place to go if you're a pitcher like Hicks to go and dominate. What I see is a pitcher able to throw more aggressively there and that has to do with the parks, the league, and also the urging of the pitching coach there. Didn't take anything more dramatic than a promotion to bring that out in Hicks.
The brought him up earlier, and he was returned to Class AAA when Mueller returned to be Mabry's assistant. Maybe they want him to work with Tyler O'Neill, Bader, and the others there -- the future the Cardinals need.
It was not by design, no.
This would create a mess and the Cardinals would be worse for it.
When Winona Ryder shows up to throw out the first pitch, we'll really have something.