To enjoy seeing Oscar Mercado play center and his overall athleticism. If Jordan Hicks pitches, he'll be what you talk about on the drive home.
It could be even more than that, when it's all said and done. They are definitely a partner in the venture, but their ratings have been high and the devotion from the fanbase is going to be high -- if they get the product they want. The Cardinals' working theory -- and I've asked about this -- is that a winning team draws eyeballs and ratings and revenue, and not one captivating player. They actually use Miami as an example. Though they could come closer to home, too. If the Cardinals had one signature centerpiece player but a .500 club, they argue, they would not do as well with ticket sales and such if they had a .575 club and no centerpiece player. What they would aim to do is have both, but if they have to choose -- as you sort of suggest -- they would go team over star, and the value of that star is not in a vacuum, rather it's in how that star improves the team. Yes, the Cardinals have been lacking in that high-wattage player here, but what we're really talking about there isn't TV ratings or name recognition, it's production and it's production that makes them a team to be contended with.
One down! I'll try for six more before close out!
Thought: I don't hear that from people. I hear reliever about both of them, and an interest in keeping both starters until need or performance says otherwise. I merely suggested that Hudson could make an impact in the late innings for the Cardinals as soon as 2018. I was not asked about Alcantara.
Why has this become such a pervasive command on Twitter and in these chats? Is this how people talk in schools these days? Do teachers/professors get up in front of the class, present a statement and then shout out to the class: Thoughts? Is it because there are only 140 characters on Twitter so we only fit in the words that we have to. I feel like I'm reading it wrong, but it really comes across as a commandment, an order, and not a question at all.
And the bridge. Don't forget the bridge.
Because he's a prospect who has pitched a grand total of 8 2/3 innings in the Arizona Fall League, in the best hitting conditions and against the best hitters he faced, and I've been around long enough to know that the 165 2/3 innings he's thrown as a pro are going to tell me a lot more about his ability than just his first five appearances at a level he's never experience before. That's just me.
Read it. Enjoyed it. The work Tim Brown did to get Rick Ankiel to open up about topics that none of us could -- and then present it so well, so raw, so honest, and so detailed is truly excellent. Both of them deserve a lot of praise for a compelling baseball book.
No. Such things happen at all times. Especially when theirs a date approaching.
Probably low. I surrender.
I don't get the sense that the industry sees the pitchers in the same "buckets" that you do. But the likelihood of giving up at least one top-tier pitching prospect in any of the deals being discussed is likely. With the Marlins, it is going to depend on the outfielder, on how much of the contract they're swallowing, and their own ranking of the pitching prospects, and theirs is not going to line up with yours at this point.
You mean like Adam Wainwright? Gosh, he was totally wasted in 2006 and never really had much of a career as a starter after that, did he?
Huh. That's a weird assertion.
I have had five MVP ballots so far, and I've voted for him twice. Your math is wrong.
Nope. Just how he could arrive and how he could contribute in 2018. That's all.
He's a mix of it all. He's a power bat that played exceptional at third base, but doesn't yet fit into that everyday fixture role. That could be where his career grows, and that could be his place on another team that has power and consistency coming from a position other than third base, maybe like a hotshot shortstop or a power center fielder. He's got a role on a contending team, and if the Cardinals are that contending team then it's probably in that uber-utility role -- where he can play a few positions, spell some of the regulars, and give the ball a ride.
(See what I did there?)
For me, it was realizing that my root fondness for baseball was in the game and in the coverage of the game. I had no delusions of grandeur with my playing ability. I wanted to play as long as I could, and would still do so today for whatever rec league team would have me, if I had the time. But I was never going to play for the Yankees. Nope. And recognizing that I knew that my fondness was really for the game and that I also tied that game to the everyday nature of the newspaper. I've told the story before: I would bike down to the single-copy box, buy whatever paper I had the money for (always the Rocky Mountain News, sometimes the Camera, sometimes the Post), and then head back home to clip box scores and study them and read standings and clip Tom Verducci's coverage in Newsday or Jack Curry's coverage in the New York Times, or Phil Rogers in Chicago or, eventually, Ringolsby and Etkin in Denver with the Rockies. And it was this relationship I had with baseball -- playing it and reading about it more than going to it and watching it that really is the pilot light of my interest. That burns bright with the job I have. I enjoyed last night's name as much as any fan with a rooting interest, but that's because it was a compelling game and when it was over I looked forward to -- heck, I hungered for the great writing that would come from a great game like that.
Only one thought, since you asked so nicely: This is the winter they must.
I'm not sure exactly what you mean. I do know that Mike Matheny makes this part of his responsibility. He says he talks to every pitcher individually and gets a feel for their availability -- trying to read their body language as much as hear their actual language. Lilliquist mapped out usage and kept that handy, but in the end it was going to be Matheny's call on who was available based on the usage data and also based on those conversations Matheny had. Yes, that puts a lot of faith in what a pitcher is willing to tell his manager -- and how good Matheny is at reading the player when he's not being forthcoming because he doesn't want his manager to think less of him. In the past few years, we have seen pitchers get better at this, and you'll all recall when an agent got involved at one point to make sure that his client was able to speak openly and honestly about how he felt.