Fair point. I'm not going to suggest that 2017 was "good." It wasn't bad. It was meh. I like "mediocre" as the adjective that fits.
Get in line, Jeff, or whoever you really are.
Non-newspaper division: Baseball-Reference.com is why the Internet was invented. It is the most invaluable site for baseball fans, baseball writers, baseball players, and just anyone interested in baseball. FanGraphs, Baseball Prospectus, Brooks Baseball, Baseball Savant, and, heck, I still like how ESPN organizes its splits for baseball. I tend to gravitate back to that group of sites for statistics a few times a day. Baseball America is a great place to go for prospects stuff, and I drift there daily.
MVP. Ballots were due before the start of the postseason.
I don't mean to. Perhaps it's because the Cubs have so many writers covering them -- and so many of their moves are of interest to Cardinals fans, or should be. They don't lack for news. But if I'm not sharing stuff from Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, or Milwaukee I need to do a better job of that. Will do better.
The Red Blazers do an excellent job with a worthy cause. But I cannot possible keep up with all the names in here or police who is called what. I look for curse words. I look for questions. I stick and move, as the manager would say. I try to delete the questions that insult my family or my colleagues, and I try to avoid the ones that have hidden vulgarities. That's my goal.
I am not, by rule, allowed to reveal that vote until the MVP award is announced, at which time I will happily discuss my process, who all was on my ballot, and how I arrived at a decision.
I have a hard time seeing this series of events happening.
Nope. But if you want to come, it's just $20 and you get your own beer with that cost of admission and the PD staff will be up there awaiting your frothy pint of accountability.
What's the core? Eight? Nine? Twelve? By the end of this winter, the Cardinals intend to add two members that would be considered "Core" players in the sense that they have valuable roles within the team -- and at least one of them will get a core commitment of multiple years, like say Fowler did, if that's the level that we can agree on. That's not a high percentage. But when you're talking about "core" it doesn't take a high percentage for their to be significant impact.
Sneaky high at this point.
It certainly does. Well, it "invites" the question, not so much begs it, but that's me being persnickety and something I'll leave the logic professors to argue. Yes, it does. That is why we ask it. So often.
Al Hrabosky went to Hungary to hold a camp. If you'll permit a moment to take your question seriously, I wonder if Spain or the Iberian peninsula is going to be a place that baseball blossoms. Look at the athletes that come from there to play soccer and other agility sports that would fit with baseball. I've just always wondered if baseball goes to some non-traditional places to scout -- like soccer fields, for example -- then would that area of the world be fertile for a baseball academy.
I always think competition is good, though I wish this competition didn't swoop in and take away a valued colleague. That's the nature of the business though. I'm going to be honest with you here and this may veer from what you saw other newspaper folks say: I didn't have a problem at all with his comments in that story. I was more bothered by the response to those comments. From my perspective, he said a lot of truth, and the right response from reporters and newspapers to his comments are two words long:
Newspapers should rise up to the competition, should do all they can to keep talent, to nurture talent, to attract talent, to improve talent, and to unleash talent, and if that talent produces quality content and subscribers and reasons for readers to come to the paper or come to the site, then that talent should be rewarded. He didn't say anything any of use weren't already thinking. Some of us just see it as a challenge to be better -- not a reason to be angry at the messenger who delivered a hard right of truth.
It should be so lucky, Austin.
I meant what I said, and I said what I meant. Wacha, coming off the season he had with the contract situation/control situation, has appeal to other teams that maybe would surprise fans.