I haven't been there all that often because of the old AL/NL thing, rare visits, and Joe Strauss worked for a long time in Baltimore as the standout Orioles beat writer for the Sun, and thus he would take the available trips to Baltimore until I did for the first time three years ago. If it's open and you can, the Babe Ruth museum near the park is excellent. Doesn't take long to get through, but worth it. And from when I was a kid and we lived briefly in the area, the aquarium is excellent.
Honesty is always welcome.
Just got it, and so we'll put it up here in the chat first. How about that? Promise fulfilled.
Weaver was removed from the game when he felt something grab in his lower back. The advertised reason for the move internally last night as "precautionary." He missed time, you'll recall, with some back stiffness, soreness toward the end of spring training. It's return would cause the team to make such a decision.
High. A high probability of a return at some point. He's into the spring training-like throwing program.
Exactly. The need the Cardinals have now is going to be a need in 2018. and even beyond. So they're going to have to address it -- through a trade now, a free agent later, a trade later, whatever. A rental move only kicks the can down the road. This has been going on since the moment Heyward agreed to sign with the Cubs. That's the tipping point. The Cardinals knew then that they would have to find a core bat/position player from somewhere else.
No, but I read Mark Leyner's book.
We are going to find out, and they don't have the choice. They are at a crossroads -- where their need is going to meet their approach and the market will dictate what direction they turn. If they stick with their approach, they might not get their need. If they get their need, then it's going to have ramifications with their approach. The Cardinals are going to have to react to a market that has caught up with them.
Teams are limited by how many coaches they can have in uniform and in the dugout, though this rule seems to be changing and flexing all the time. It's only in the dugout type rules. They can have the coach remain and work behind the scenes if they're willing to pay.
I have no clue. I guess it's what we do now: Bench, Fire, Trade. Those are the options, I suppose. It's a little like America's Got Talent and all the other judgy judge shows. That's what we're doing.
Have to read the room, right? Mozeliak has done similar things with other free agents. Peralta was given a no-or-never offer, but it wasn't like this moment -- it was before the end of the week. Brett Cecil was a bit similar as the Cardinals tried to stay ahead of the market on him -- and ended up, much to the chagrin of other teams (ahem, Cubs) -- setting the market for lefty relievers at a higher price point. But if Price made it clear he didn't want any of those deadlines, didn't want an offer with an expiration date, then what's the good of offering one? Carlos Beltran wanted to shop around a few years ago and had better offers than the Cardinals gave, and so Mozeliak suggested to him what about a no-trade clause? Would a no-trade clause interest him in signing right here, right now, for the best offer the Cardinals made? Beltran was on a plane to St. Louis soon after.
It is not. His contract next year might be viewed as prohibitive by the team.
Got this one. And scores of others than I'm sifting through.
He's been overshadowed mostly by Flaherty, and there appears to be only so much bandwidth for the hype machine. Alcantara is still a well-regarded prospect, and he could easily be selected for the Futures Game with his performance and his pedigree so far this season. That 103 mph still lights up scouts and lights up rankings and even makes his ERA and all of that secondary to the stat that you mention. It's important that he's showing control and he's getting swings and misses. That puts him in the conversation and keeps him on the radar, even if there's more chatter about other prospects.
Start with the best available prospect the Cardinals have, be he Flaherty or Reyes (if there's a trust in Miami that he's going to return to what he was before elbow surgery). Move on to include an MLB player under control or a player on the verge of the majors. Add in a upside arm, like one of the lower level power guys that the Cardinals have and then a power prospect, likely another arm. The conversation these days tends to talk in terms of Top 50 or Top 100 prospects -- and that's not within in a system, but throughout the minors. Entering this season, the Cardinals had Reyes as a top 100 prospect and then there were arguments about how many others. As of right now the Cardinals likely have three top 100 prospects and Reyes: Kelly, Flaherty, and possibly Alcantara or Sierra, depending on the person making that call. Delvin Perez would also get a hearing for another Top 100 prospect. Start with that list, include the very top, and then go from there..
This is the King of the World approach, as Matheny has described before. So, not that I could tell. Full disclosure: I did not attend Sunday's game. Candidly, I needed a day away and a chance to spend time with my son. With all of the road trips here this month, I'm not home often. I needed to steal a day, and Rick Hummel was kind enough to allow that.
His odds of recovery are right in line with scores of other pitchers who have come back from Tommy John, including Adam Wainwright and Lance Lynn in the same clubhouse. The TJ recovery for 80 percent of the pitchers is pretty well set, and they can clock it by the minute if they want. Reyes is on that. So, yes, think of him as on the Marco Gonzales' timeline, though back a month or two earlier.
(Actually, remember 2011? Alex Reyes is on the Adam Wainwright calendar.)