No. They haven't made that change. Some might want to.
Adam Wainwright. He doubles off Chris Carpenter. Better hitter.
A lot. They are provided with as much as they want. Some describe it as drinking from a firehose, others welcome as much data as they can get. They use it for positioning, increasingly so. They use it for approach. They use it for scouting a pitcher with his tendencies. They use it for the lineup, for training, for the health of a player, for the use of a reliever, for when to bunt and increasingly when not to bunt. They have it on iPads. They have it on their laptops. They have it on little sheets of paper and packets of reports that they get all the time and carry with them.
They'll make a deal if there is a deal to be hand because they're in the business of winning and professionalism will take over. Don't misread that as trust, though. The owners get along. Beyond that these clubs aren't going out to dinner with each other.
What's to comment on. It's true. The picks are gone. Lost. Taken away. A mistake, a felonious act took those picks away. They cannot get them back. Why fret on them?
A young pre-debut Francisco Lindor. A top five prospect, who is in the majors. I stand by what I wrote. To get Trea Turner you'd have to have a Trea Turner so why would you need to trade for a Trea Turner?
Arbitrary end points. We can use them like strings to make puppets dance.
Drafting where they have been those players aren't available. Not surefire ones. And, when you think about it, it took the Cardinals getting lucky in the 13th round with Pujols to have their last MVP, and it took trading two late-first-round picks and an outfielder to get their latest No. 3 hitter, Matt Holliday. So that's how it works. They contend. They draft late. They have to get lucky. Or they have to make a move to get the bat. That's the spot they're in and, news flash, today's Holliday cannot be had for today's Wallace, Mortensen, and Peterson. That deal is more costly now.
I fear it's the latter, and that data is only validating confirmation bias.
At last check, they would. Yes.
And they like the prospects when they only cost them money and a roster spot.
The team took note, but I think to connect the two would be erroneous. Yes, the coaching staff and the team heard what Mike Shannon had to say, on the air and privately to them. But some of the improvements were already happening.
Mike Matheny asked Jose Oquendo to stay on as his bench coach. He saw the trust that Oquendo had and the instincts that he had and wanted to keep those skills around. Oquendo was a valued voice when it came to the clubhouse because he had the relationships with the players that they could trust him, come to him with concerns -- and also he could lay into them when there was an issue. He was demanding. He was critical. And he had the track record to pull that off, and the trust of the players to do so, too. Matheny recognized the value of that and there was an attempt to move the staff around to make sure he could be a part of it as he recovered from knee surgery. Oquendo had the best line. He told Rick Hummel, "I don't want to be half a coach."
No kidding. This was covered earlier.
Any one where I'm told by the player that he won't talk until I leave.
And then I don't leave.
If he's talking to the media, and I'm a member of the media, then I can stay. And if he chooses not to talk to the other folks, that's their problem. I'm within my rights to stay. This is obviously a nuclear option because it can impede the work of the other reporters and TV types around the team, but if it's necessary, I'll stay. Make the player choose. That can get contentious.
It was made for camp, yes. It missed both marks.
That would be the move they need. That'd do it. See the other pieces fall in line.
Are you kidding me? They'll either have him close or have him set up Trevor Rosenthal. This isn't going in the direction you suggest. Not. Even. Close.