Yikes. It's ridiculously to be paying players who were injured performing the job they were hired to accomplish? Workers comp, man.
I didn't forget it. Because I do. All-Star Game is the highlight of the summer.
Scouting. Prep. Replay. Reports. Defensive positioning. Pinch-hitter prep. Hitter prep. Aiding the manager in his decisions. Giving him the odds. And so on.
At last check, Cardinals still nix the rental notion. I have been told, just recently, that they'll see how their pursuits go and if toward the end of the trading period here there is ONLY a rental then they'll take a stab. Now, if the rental suddenly plummets in cost, they'd be more aggressive.
Gets Carlos Martinez against the Cubs. Sets it up for that series.
How does that make sense for Detroit. Neither team would benefit from the comp pick.
I don't get the sense that they are Craig-level concerned, if that's what you're asking. Not close. Now, they recognize that it's been a struggle this season for him, and they have to be aware that he has had personal concerns, obviously, for his mother. He had the injuries early. He never found his sync during spring training. Lots of things have spilled into a difficult season so far for Piscotty. The Cardinals have been supportive -- and that's probably the biggest sign of all that they don't see a reason to run away from his deal or maroon him or move him like they did Craig.
I care about the history of the Cardinals and their place as both a public trust and a representative of St. Louis to the world, in the same I care about the Arch as an emblem of the area. What happens night in and night out obviously alters my job -- but not with the score of the game. The length of the game, yes. That can really toy with my deadlines and mean that the best possible product doesn't get in the paper -- but the best possible product AT THE MOMENT better get in the paper. My job does not get easier in the playoffs, though playoffs are more entertaining because each game has such gravity and because so so many eyes are on the team and on the coverage. I don't forget that. The deeper the team goes into October, the better the coverage better be right from the start because people will go back and read it, people will clip it, kids will hang it on their walls (they still do that right?), and years from now historians will look back at the coverage as the first draft of what happened. That's excitement. I've never been a fan of the Cardinals, so maybe that's why I can detach. Or, you just recognize to be around the game it's part of what it takes to be a professional. I am a fan of the game. No doubt. I still adore the game, as I did when I was a kid. Maybe even more.
Agreed. I was trying to make a more global point. Your clarification is welcome.
This is something being discussed, for sure. Bader has elbowed way into conversation.
Sure. Flaherty would be in the discussion. He might even lead the discussion depending on the day.
Not many team execs here. They're back at the office, either stealing a moment to breath or, like you suggest, prepping for the trade winds.
Not by choice. They would prefer to make a deal.
I don't really see the players buying into that and it would really put the teams at a disadvantage considering the schedule is already drawn up about now, with only a few fine-tunes to do. Keep in mind, the opener is very important for some teams, and very important for baseball given the weather in April. There are some teams, like the Cardinals, that prefer not to open at home. They would rather give up that early April date because they know they'll get a crowd for the home opener and can maybe get fewer April dates when tickets are harder to sell because the weather is not always pleasant and school is always in session. That is a huge factor in the schedule.
The All-Star Game is fine as it is. It shouldn't count. Fans should see who they want to start.
(If you want the best players to start, then the floor is yours: Vote for them.)
Entirely likely yes. And still that gets them into the "second" round of the playoffs,
Heck, he still seems to have to compete for a starting job this year.