Cincinnati is know for it. Great place. Lunch tomorrow.
You are not judging by the questions in this chat.
They need to find a player that alters the look of the lineup and adds some fear.
Mostly because the clubs play in the MLB, have a season coming next year, and aren't the Padres where they're constantly talking about three, four years down the road every year because it's always safe to talk three, four years down the road when three, four years down the road never, by definition arrives. San Diego is essentially baseball's answer to the sign that reads, "Free Beer Tomorrow."
Pretty sure we all did. A bat of some time. I wrote that the Cardinals intended to pivot and look at Encarnacion and Trumbo, and there was interest in both, just not a deal, and how aggressive the Cardinals became tends to be on who you asked and how honest they are. Interest was there. Consideration was there. That's for sure, and that was reported. I also read advocacy for Cespedes and Sale, Eaton and Ryan Howard. If there was a player who had a bat in his hand at some point in 2016 and didn't have a team for sure in 2017, undoubtedly there was someone calling for that player to be added. I'll stick with my reporting.
He gets a lot of latitude to prove himself, and has done so recently. What I wonder is next spring what they do to avoid the slow start he's had in each of the past three years.
In Sunday's paper there was a examination of the players that I have been told by people in the game, all evaluators and several of them tied to different teams, would be a fit, would make sense, or could be available. That story was linked to earlier in the chat.
Who the heck knows anymore.
Remember that one time in 2004 the Cardinals drafted Chris Lambert 19th overall and 47 picks later or something like that the Boston Red Sox drafted Dustin Pedroia. I mean, that's not just a draft miss that cost the Cardinals clearly at least another World Series championship. What a travesty. Light the torches, boys, tonight we picket! Where's our Laser Show??? Where. Is. Our. Dadgum. Laser. Show.
The media will never forget the Lost Draft of 2004.
It is not. That is my view from the press box.
No kidding. The chats would be the same -- just different names. And the initials DH thrown around.
DeJong was hitting better and he plays more positions, premium positions. Cardinals were in need of an infield to start with Wong on the mend, and again DeJong was hitting better. Yes, he is considered a power prospect, not a hit-tool prospect. His power potential is up there ahead of other Redbirds.
I was born in Chicago, moved very young, and grew up in the Time Zone Baseball Forgot. I frequented as many Triple-A games as I could get to with the Denver Bears and Denver Zephyrs. The Z's were technically my team, I suppose, though I would wake up every morning early, early, bike down and pick up the days paper. The Rocky Mountain News daily. The Daily Camera if I had extra quarters, and sometimes The Denver Post. And I would studiously clip the Yankees box scores and other important ones from the paper and glue-stick them into notebooks, some of which I still have. I would write notes about trends in the margins and what problems the Yankees had with certain pitches and who Jimmy Key was having to stay ahead of for the Cy Young and why the heck Spike Owen was at shortstop and so on. Each day, the neighborhood kids would play baseball on the two fields we all shared as backyards, and often my dad would take me out there and hit fly balls and grounders until the sun went down. I would play as long as they would let me. When I'd get the chance, I would go to Tattered Cover in Denver and read the Sunday Chicago Tribune and the Sunday Boston Globe (for Gammons!) and buy any baseball book I could. I would play Strat-O-Matic. I ran leagues for All-Star Baseball. We devised an early form of Fantasy Baseball that we tracked by hand, and a friend of mine and I wrote a program for the computer that would randomly spit out box scores.
So, yeah, I grew up around the game as best I could, as much as I could.
This job is a dream.
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Man, how does that happen? If only teams could do the drafts years after they knew the results.
Fun Fact: In the celebrated Moneyball draft of 2003 when the Athletics had seven of the first 39 picks -- seven of the first 39 -- they did not take Joey Votto (44th) or Jon Lester (57th), but they did take three players who never saw a moment in the majors.