I would disagree, but only slightly -- it's the money that has entered the game that makes the team overly protective of their super high investments and makes teams want to use their super costly specialist relievers. Yours is the symptom. I'm looking at the virus.
Not my first trip around the chat block. I know the type.
The Cardinals disagree with your confidence. They don't share it. Clearly.
They are not. They do not. TLR wanted the managers to organize. As yet, they have only loosely done so.
Mike Leake belongs as an All-Star. Ahead of any, except maybe Gyorko.
I do not know of it existing anywhere, only the story of it.
Had this question come up in an actual game not too long ago, and the arm did not come up and one of the explanations was because of the shift. It made "ordinary effort" in response to the shift, not in response to the original positioning. We live in fascinating times.
It's not. This is a chat. For expediency, I went with that measure. If you want to wait a bit, I will be able to provide one of the 1,600-word or 2,500-word blogs that I've written in the past that take a much deeper look at the process and the ratings. But this is a chat, and I figure people would prefer I not spend 4 or more hours on each question.
OK, need to recharge. Will refresh the hopper.
Right, good catch. Slipped by me.
At this point in the season, the home team makes the call and follows policies set by the home team but including input from the umpires/MLB. The Cardinals bring in the weather services from four or five sources, and then they also have access to MLB's weather forecast service and suggestions from MLB officials. When the Cardinals made a few recent calls on postponements they brought the opposing team into the mix for discussion. The Brewers were livid -- Dusty Baker-level anger -- that their view and their weather forecast was not factored into the Cubs decision. That is according to the reports from the fine beat writers the Brewers have.
A bat. Maybe a fine-tune for the bullpen. But a fear factor in the lineup would change this team.
And Cincinnati accused the Cardinals of doing the same thing.
Sure. You can develop a case around the evidence you suggested, and then it would be worthwhile to talk with Adams to see if he heard a new message or got a new approach or received some different tutelage. Any of those things would be fair and entirely appropriate to explore, and then mix with playing time and voila, you've got a case that you can make.
I familiar with what Davenport has done, and it's fascinating work. I want to add to the fact that the Cardinals and other teams have been trying to create these same models, and some are better than others. Not too long ago Mozeliak felt the Cardinals were not equipped to make bids on Cuban players because they were unable to translate production from one model to the other, and thus they weren't much of a presence when it came to signing the free agents. Puig was an example. Cespedes, too. And so Mozeliak instructed his staff to get a better model done, one that would allow the team to -- with high confidence -- compare a player coming out of Cuba to a player coming out of Wisconsin to a player coming out of Havana to a college kid at UCLA. And so on. They did the same thing -- or attempted -- to do it with Asia, and that process is still going on. What they want to have is a database that takes in information and looks at the derivative of production so they can predict what that player will do at the major-league level with a high degree of probability. That governs the price they're willing to put on a prospect -- and that says everything about why they are more likely to go $30 million on Cecil vs. another whatever on a 19-year-old. More data, their argument goes, the better basis for the decision.
He sustained a serious head injury that, yes, put his health at risk. His recovery and rehab is going to first be described in terms of quality of life, not his path back to the mound.
They have one year, I believe. I'll have t check. It's at least a year. He was signed in 2014.
Bingo. The game has caught up. The market always wins. Must adjust.
That's a good look at the question, and it's remarkable close considering that the chat mostly draws Cardinals fans. I agree, that it's a sliding scale, but disagree that Ozzie Smith would get the call ahead of Cal Ripken Jr. regardless of the lineup. Most would probably slide that sliding scale closer to good defense and great bat. Or, try to get Seattle A-Rod.
Alright, it's time to head to the ballpark. Past time, really. Dodger Stadium awaits. I haven't even made a dent in all the questions, so apologies to the folks who logged in and didn't their question asked. Will be back next week, of course. Tuesday is the target with Monday being a holiday and a travel day and all sorts of nonsense that would limit the chat. So, next Tuesday. See you here. Look for a new episode of the Best Podcast in Baseball to drop later this evening, perhaps on iTunes by the morning. A lot of the topics addressed in this here chat were explored in greater detail on BPIB -- and some previewing with one of the Giants beat writers. Until next week. Thanks for all the fish.