Adam Wainwright is the least likely of the duo to get that, partially because he has a clear view of how much longer he wants to pitch, what he wants to do after he pitches, and how he needs to prepare himself and his body to make all of that happen. The answer for Yadier Molina is going to be first explored this season. The Cardinals have something in mind that they hope will allow Molina to remain a Cardinal and retire as a Cardinal, but that may not be what Molina wants. They may not be willing or able to give him what he wants. And that's not clear at this point. It will be something that he expresses and explores as this season begins and by next offseason we'll have a clear sense of how Molina's time with the Cardinals will end -- whether it's retired and into the team Hall on the same day (can they do that?) or if it's with another team.
It's important that the Cardinals do not use the term "starting." The message is revealing. They talk about Trevor Rosenthal getting starts in spring training, but that he is not being prepared to "start" he is getting "stretched out." That's the phrase they use. "Stretched out." That means he'll get a look as a starter, but they're hoping that he'll be a multiple-inning reliever. And that won't see the innings jump you're talking about. They're talking about him being something of a unicorn: a 100-inning reliever. That's not unrealistic.
He would be, of course. Yes. He'd be the most likely alternative.
That seems an unnecessary hassle. Why can't he just be a player? There's enough starts for the two of them, and if he's capable of being a player just let him be a player.
This is what got everyone so concerned this past year, and so he went through all of the tests possible to assure that the integrity of his elbow is sound. He saw the Cardinals' team medical team, and he saw another set of doctors at the request of his agent. They all agreed that the integrity was there. So, the immediate answer is no. But let's face reality: Being a pitcher in the majors is prelude enough to TJ surgery. They're all at risk of that.
It's the answers to those questions that will most directly determine if they do. If the Cardinals get the pitching they want, they need, they believe they can from those starters then they have the rotation depth and consistency to contend with the Cubs. If they don't, then they don't. Pitching is the hinge around which the Cardinals' 2017 will be decided, it's the engine of their attempts to catch the Cubs. It's where, all things being healthy and all arms performing at their best, the Cardinals have their best chance for an edge.
Throwing strikes is, yes, ideal.
A museum. A reminder. A place to honor and teach, all at once.
The odds are higher that it happens during the season than before spring. They're low now.
You've stated your case. I've stated mine. The Cardinals have a few guys just like Kaminsky. They had exactly zero guys like Moss when that trade was made. And the difference between the two today is this: Moss did it in the majors, for a team trying to contend. Kaminsky, to date, has not.
Agreed. Different game. Different everything. But, any team with Bob Gibson is going to have a chance on the day he pitches -- if that day is in 1918, 1948, 1968, or 2018.
Baseball. Has always been my favorite sport, has always been the sport that captured my imagination most -- from playing it first, to opening cards, to chasing it wherever I could as a kid without cable and without a team in the time zone. All of my longtime friends will tell you how consumed I was by baseball. I went into journalism to cover politics, and specifically I wanted to someday cover the Supreme Court. That was because I didn't think covering baseball was possible. Baseball writers had Supreme Court Justice terms, and looking around the country I saw Hummel and Ringolsby covering teams and I wasn't cracking that group. But I tried. I made it a goal to try. And I met some great mentors and colleagues -- including the two mentioned -- who helped me along the way to make it possible. The other sports I enjoy most are soccer, hockey, and swimming.
Hudson if you mean a leap toward the top. Sierra and Alvarez in terms of leap toward production at a higher level, like Class AA.
Not as much as they have lead to out-of-touch views of trades and how to build a roster. I think Fantasy Leagues have directly contributed to the notion that team should automatically trade its redundancy. For example: A Fantasy Baseball Cardinals team wouldn't have carried Jedd Gyorko past Day 1. A real baseball team had a reason to do so, and you can see why.
I attended it. It was remarkable. Fantastic. A great event, well-run by the NHL and the Blues, and a great opportunity for St. Louis to showcase its place as a hockey hotbed with all of hockey watching. The ballpark offered a great venue for that. Hard to think of a better confluence of events and places and people and results to represent St. Louis. Benjamin Hochman captured all of that well in this morning's paper.