Have not heard one. Back in 2014, DeWitt Jr. told me that they were going to see a time of elevated spending because their young players were going to start making more money, the market was going to command more spending, and they had the ability to grow to $150 million and beyond. He expected steady growth to that point, not immediate, but there wasn't cap mentioned for when they got there. The description of a $180 million payroll did not get dismissed when I've asked.
I did, adding about the righthanded bat. I was wrong. The lineup says so.
Rosenthal, Wong, and Lynn on the major-league roster stand out. Oh as well, for a team in need of a closer and wanting a short-term answer. Alcantara, Flaherty. Hicks, Woodford, Fernandez, Gonzales in the minors are a few of the names that get mentioned as assets attracting interest.
Probably so. Thanks for the reminder.
Watch for where he is assigned yet, that will tell us if the Cardinals are trying to find out.
Yes. Or, as I mentioned in a previous chat: Hold them to their comments.
Haven't had a chance to ask yet, and the answer is different today than when I asked yesterday. So, look for that in the paper or on the blog. I'm eager to hear the explanation. As for DeJong at shortstop in Memphis, I think you're seeing proof of his improvement there at second base. He's played quite well in the field at second, and some of that stems from the work he's done to improve and become more agile in the field to handle shortstop. He was solid at short in Memphis.
You say that and yet that's also the design that Boston has: Get in, see what happens. It's the design that the Cubs were building toward: Get in, see what happens. It's the one that the Giants have long wanted to maintain, and the Dodgers spend handsomely to get and a few other teams. The Tampa Bay Rays when they were cycling up toward contention talked in the same terms: This is a team that can get in the playoffs, and what happens after that happens after that. Those Rays of yesteryear is Cleveland of today and perhaps Milwaukee and White Sox of tomorrow. Get in, see what happens. It's a pretty common approach for a front office that thinks it's easier to predict what happens over the course of 162 than it is to know what will happen in the crucible of October. In the summer, a rotation of five matters. In October, Bumgarner happens. Weaver happens. Suppan beats Clemens. Wacha beats Kershaw. Twice.
The Yankees have had some down years, have made some significant trades recently that absolutely gobbled up talent (for Miller, for Chapman). So, I'm not sure they're the example you're looking, for maybe with a player like Judge you are thinking, and if so that's a great pick by them, and it was a great gamble. They had the extra pick in that area and decided to reach for the gusto and got rewarded. Other teams went conservative, were wary of his size, and passed. As for the Dodgers ... The Dodgers have thrown money at a lot of talents and not exactly gotten the return. Corey Seager went one pick ahead of Michael Wacha. The Cardinals had scouted Seager and had obviously put in a lot of resources to scouting Wacha. They had the chance to pick one of them. Cody Bellinger was a fourth-round pick, so there's more to the scouting and fortune aspect of it, not unlike the Cardinals landing a DeJong or a Bader, though with an emphasis on the latent power the Dodgers were willing to move on.
Questions from 2009, chiming in.
There is a team across the state playing in front of sparse crowds with sparse wins and three popular players about to leave that would like to discuss your definition of rock bottom.
Excellent question, and there isn't a real answer because it takes another team to make a deal. If the team wants to slow play, wants to see where they stand, then Cardinals must wait. If they set the pace, bet it's something they'd prefer to pull off sooner, not waiting till late July.
They should care.
Also, I tend to doubt it.
Judge is not the example you're looking for. Trust me. How aware were you of him until he put in pinstripes last year or this year? If you're going to play that game then imagine the teams that passed hundreds of good players. Every team passed on judge. Every team passed on Siegrist 45 times. Sixteen teams passed on Corey Seager. Every team passed on Nolan Arenado. Why not him as an example? At least make the argument stand and pick Porcello.
The losing and the way they're losing makes it hard to tell.
Greetings in Madison. One my favorite places, from Bascom Hill to Ella's Deli. There are more options for the answers in the innings than there are around for the lineup. Definitely a case throwing numbers at an opening not needing a guaranteed numbers from an opening.
Black Thorn. Deep dish.
Pizza Head. Thin crust.
No clue. I packed a dinner. Spicy Shrimp roll, apple, almonds, two bottled waters.
Sporadically. Positive emails and notes are rare because positive doesn't inspire. Anger does. Frustration does. Sound Off has always had a gripe aspect because the writer has to be moved to write, moves to spend that time. We've made complaints easier to make and conversations harder to have.