I don't think that's a poor question. It's a legit question. It's like dialing back a few years and considering how to judge relievers during the steroid era. So much of the scouting and evaluation these days is done with the attempt to become "content neutral." An example of that would be looking at Charlie Blackmon and trying to grade his game and his value and his production at Acme Inc. General Use Stadium, not Coors Field. Same thing would be in play when it comes to the ball. The Cardinals would try to dial in expectations with things that are going to be the same whether the ball is juiced or not: exit velocity, strikeout rate, walk rate, whiff rate, and so on. Because if and when they do this then they're able to take into account something that will be in play for the whole league. If the balls change then they change for everybody. If they fly for no one, then they fly for no one wearing a Cardinals uniform, too. Teams don't use counting stats when it comes to determining their evaluations, they're using rates, and that way it conforms. Stanton is going to hit a higher percentage of home runs than his peers, for example, and that is going to be true with a deadball (20 is still a higher pecentage when 12 is the average), and DeJong is going to hit a higher percentage of home runs than others at his position (ditto).
I'll have to find a new shtick on Twitter.
No. He won't. That's a Washington thing.
I have honestly no idea what to make of this paragraph. Anything that involves the quality and flight of the baseball is a huge deal. We've been discussing it all afternoon.
Thought: None of them have any leverage like that. If they don't like it, find another career or play well and long enough to become a free agent. Simple.
He said he was going to take some time, rest, get healthy, get settled, spend some time with his mom. And then was going to get into the cage and think through some things. He didn't have a specific diagnosis or plan when he left St. Louis, and that was partially because he wanted to think through a variety of options. He intended to find it, and that could be where he left it -- at the end of 2016.
It's pretty Mickey Mouse, if you ask me.
At last check, he does not have a role with the Cardinals at this point. That was the case in the final month of the season, from what I was told at the time.
For reasons detailed earlier, some of which revolve around the money and the chance to win, the Cubs have an appeal. For reasons detailed in last week's chat, the Cardinals could be more appealing but it's not because of the young arms or the starters or anything to do with the actual roster. It would have to do with the power and autonomy the Cardinals seemed prepared to offer a coach.
Dusty Baker's made no sense. Absolutely none. Especially when he managed all season long on the final year of his contract and did what he did with a rickety bullpen. All he did was everything that team and organization asked for -- and he brought a needed, different vibe to a team that had often acted entitled despite not winning much of anything. So maybe he was too realistic for him. Whatever. That's the culture they've got in Washington, and that's hard to shake. Speaking of culture, it is entirely possible that Joe Girardi encountered the Tony La Russa's Message Expiration Theory. Remember during TLR's time how he would often talk about how a message goes stale after 10 years and he had to reassess if that was the case or consider going elsewhere. There's something to it. Teams need change, and perhaps that is what the Yankees feared was happening, especially as they go to a good, young team that also has to meet the expectations of pinstripes.
No, he'll be fine. It's not a high school musical. He knows what he'll be doing. Heck, we've written over and over and over and over again he'll be in charge of the outfield and he'll be there to talk hitting and scouting reports.
I can say with 14 years of experience that the number of trade rumors the Cardinals have "planted" with me are a whopping ZERO. The rest of your opinion is presented without comment, but since I have experience with trade rumors being peddled and offered and "planted" by all sorts of people with different motivations for doing so -- I figured I can offer you some insight to that. If the Cardinals are doing that, they're doing it elsewhere, not in the local ink.
He would be on their list, yes. Lots of reasons why he stands out for them.
He's an excellent pitcher for something of a theme today: The value of known quantities.
Second week of November. They set up a trade there as recently as 2014.
Not high on it, it seems. I'm still somewhat shocked that they didn't find their way to him this past season when he could have been landed for not too much. They didn't see him as the surething they wanted, and thought they had just as much chance of getting his kind of production from a player already on the roster. That tells us something about the direction they want to go this winter, and where he would fit.
Willie McGee, in prep. He's not a base coach, so he won't be waving folks around third from the dugout. That will be Jose Oquendo.
Maybe it wasn't your name. Maybe it was theirs. People share the same names, often.
The Cardinals have attempted to structure a bench that suits his tendencies. They tried to put together a bullpen that offered him a reliever for every role he prefers. They have maintained that extra reliever in the bullpen because he's more comfortable with it, even when it's not really a max-value use of the 25-man roster, even in a World Series. They provided him with a lineup that did not have Matt Carpenter atop it, they took Allen Craig away so that Oscar Taveras would play, and so on and so on. So, evidence tells us that the Cardinals see molding the roster to their manager is a priority and a way to win. Now they've molded the coaching staff around the team they want to have and how they want it managed. Going to make for an interesting year, for sure.