I think Sheffield ranks along the best hitters of his generation and one of the most-feared offensive players of his era. The numbers support that -- whether it's the rates, the advanced metrics, or the simple counting numbers. I point you in the direction of his Baseball-Reference.com page because I don't have them all memorized for use off the top of my head. When I considered how I would approach Bonds and Clemens, I also had to look at what to do with Sheffield. It was important for me to know that if I was going to find room on the ballot for Bonds and Clemens, that I had three spots open to vote for Sheffield as well. I did not have to confront what would happen if I had one leftover spot. As I think about it now, I probably would have voted Sheffield in that scenario. But I didn't want to get in that scenario. I think all three had performances on the field and stats on the back of their baseball card that are worthy of the Hall.
Nope. I'm baffled why Little Women can be nominated for Best Picture and for Best Screenplay and not for Best Director. That's a farce.
Or -- stay with me here -- it could be because the Blues had not won a Stanley Cup in their history and that there was something new, something fresh, something historic about their first playoff run. Alas, the 2020 Cardinals cannot create that magic. No matter what happens they'll never win a first World Series championship again.
Yes, it is. That is part of what the Cardinals have done.
The recent precedent, again, has been to ban someone from baseball when they do not cooperate with the investigation. We'll see. Ben Frederickson makes some compelling points in a column he's working on for The Post-Dispatch. Look for it.
I see where you're coming from. I don't agree with that. But making it a real deterrent would be great. Stiffer penalty.
LSU. What a scene that will be in New Orleans.
It can, yes. Jaime Garcia missed an entire year recovering from surgery and got a year of service time because that injury happened in the majors and he was on the DL, accruing service time. So, yeah. Reyes has gathered some service time while on the IL.
He also plays in the NL West, where some of the hardest ballparks for a righthanded hitter are often hosting the Rockies. Please take that into account. He's got a 1.299 career OPS at Miller Park, if you're interested. Or that .782 OPS at Wrigley, if you want to counter. And then there's the .848 OPS at Busch and .825 in Cincinnati to chew on.
That is true. Sosa has one more option. He has a chance to be the backup shortstop, though, and will be vying with Munoz, for one, for that spot.
What is this -- Twitter? Even my choice of pen isn't good enough?!
The Cubs seem to have invested a lot of capital in reshaping their baseball ops and their player development. That has been a focus this winter. I think the Cubs are interesting. The promised dynasty did not usher them to their new network as imagined, and on the eve of launch they weren't even a playoff team and they have the Bryant drama unfolding. They are still a team to be reckoned with and they have the chance to have the biggest, baddest, thickest pocketbook in the division. That's no small thing when you're in a division with so many small markets. That makes them all the more interesting, especially as we watch how quickly they can turnaround and what the fan reaction is.
I did not vote for Vizquel.
With as much as the game is analyzed these days, I find it harder and harder for teams to sneak such things by opponents. Let alone sneak it by a team like the Rays. If anything, they'd see what you see and wonder the same thing, right?
March 2020 seems about right. I wouldn't be surprised by March 2020.
Seriously, the Cardinals wouldn't waste their time with "smoke screens." I find it interesting that there are so many questions in here that give so little credit to the front office and then in the same breath believe they're able to pull off this Evil Genius stuff.
Sure. A year ago they had traded for Goldschmidt and receded from view after those discussions about Harper. That really seems to have been the fork in the road for them there. It's also clear that an Arenado talk 14 months ago would be way, way different than it is today.