No. It's not exactly a number in demand. We spoke about how rumors and smoke gets started.
I have no earthly idea. They better hope more because Ozuna's around.
No. Please see earlier when the purpose of spring lineups were discussed.
You lost me at "overpay." They have that kind of money available to them now. Don't have to wait.
It was because it was well-pitched, and well-played and few in-inning changes and just a peppy game.
The best way that I've come up with how I look at the games is the means/ends you may have read earlier in the chat. I think it's important to look at how a pitcher/player got to the point of the production. For example, you'd rather, from a team's perspective, see a guy lasering balls to the left field than a guy going 4-for-4 with dribbles down the third-base line. You'd rather a pitcher get squeezed or get caught trying to elevate than to hve him walk his way into trouble. If a pitcher gets zinged on a fourth pitch, OK. As Mike Maddux has been telling pitchers: Try it now, find out, and then move on or keep it when the games count. Experiment away. If a pitcher is experimenting then shouldn't that be taken into account when considering his final line. Maybe he got a lot more out of that outing than the 4 runs would suggest. Look at the means, not the ends. It's one of the reasons why we don't make a huge deal about the game outcomes in the coverage, and rather focus on what the games tell us about the coming season or the player's prep for the coming season.
News happens. And there are blogs to write, interviews to happen. Content waits for no one.
That's a great question, and a real unknown. It might depend on how much you buy into lineup dynamics and the impact on hitters on those around them. Not too long ago, Tony La Russa referred to the No. 2 spot in the Cardinals order as the best place in baseball to hit. Why? Because Albert Pujols was there behind you, and here comes the fastballs. There's another idea that goes the more batters you have on ahead of the best hitter the harder it is for a team to skirt him as a threat. Have to give him something to hit because there is nowhere to put him. It seems like the Cardinals are going to get Ozuna the protection by going that route. Get two of the three ahead of him on base, maybe a run already in, and leave little for the team to do but pitch to him. That does work. It's led to some strong years by cleanup hitters on other teams. So, it's not protecting Ozuna or fueling him with a threat elsewhere. It's assuring there's no where to avoid him.
His salary could grow, tenfold, or more. He'll score big.
I think Jake Arrieta let's his agent keep that pulse, and conversations with the Cardinals about many of his clients have not gained momentum at all this spring, or even this past winter. They saw a fit for Hosmer. Cardinals did not. Moustakas, Holland, all just not moving the needle with the Cardinals, and didn't all offseason.
They've warmed to it as they've gotten to know him. He's earnest. Tells you what's on his mind. Does not play politics and has no trouble breaking a few eggshells. That actually can be welcome in a clubhouse, and last year during a team meeting he spoke up, laid into the team, and when some of the players looked to Adam Wainwright to ask if he was going to step in, Wainwright declined. Pham held the floor. That gave him added voice because it was clear he spoke for more than himself. The front office was less than thrilled by some of the things Pham said at the end of the year, but it didn't refute what he said, just suggested that Pham spoke for himself, not the team.
Hello, Gary. Where you been hiding? It's good to see you haven't given up your quest. Still happily spewing misinformation. The Gold Glove comment had little to do with Jay and more to do with the process of Gold Gloves. Which, you should know as a long-time baseball man, has improved since last we talked. It's no longer just what highlights stick in a manager's mind or who won it last year. It's become more nuanced and thus the voters are more informed. But, hey, don't let the actual comment get in the way of the Shetland pony you like to ride high on. They'll be a team that comes calling for Jay. Baltimore. Seattle (Ichiro?). A spot is out there for him. Probably not the Cardinals. I know that makes you sad. You'll have to come up with some other strawman to pine for.
Thanks. It's good to know someone is reading, even loosely.
Jose Martinez has one of those spots. Leaves Munoz, Garcia, Bader, and O'Neill for the last one, and Bader has the edge going into the competition with Munoz making a charge and Garcia attracting fans.
You're not going to like the answer, I can already tell. I feel like this is the moment that I should give the semi-monthly chat disclaimer. In a question like this, you're asking for the rationale -- which to me means you're asking for the team's rationale for this move. When I explain it, please don't take that as my rationale for the move because it's not. You have not asked for my opinion in this matter, and I had no role in the final decision so my rationale is academic. All I can say is that we've asked about this, and asked about this in the same direction that you have, and the answer -- the rationale -- is this: Ozuna is most comfortable in left field and that is revealed by his play there and his Gold Glove there and what he has said about playing there. Fowler has said he is more comfortable in right field, and with the move the Cardinals wnated to respect that. Toss in the fact that Ozuna's arm has been something the Cardinals want to protect because they said it was sore for him last year, and that a shorter throw might be more ideal for him. So there you have the ingredients that go into playing them in the corners where they are.
Wonder if Bud Norris knows about #BudChuck. Wonder if he knows how that was coined. Guess I should ask.