1) A name that had not been bandied-about much and I didn't have a good read on when it came to the Cardinals' interest. I have been struck by the onrush of compliments thrown his way by players and management that I've spoke to in the days since the hiring. Many of them reached out unsolicited with raves. 2) TBD.
A trade is likelier. Still.
Look, the Cubs are a good team now, and they have a good front office and they have resources, and they're going to be a good team for awhile. They have one big flaw: pitching. They can overcome that. I think it would benefit the Cardinals to just consider getting better. If they constantly compare themselves against the Cubs they're always going to pale in comparison on the position player side, just like you cannot name the Cubs third starter for next season and say with any certainty that he will be better than the Cardinals' sixth starter. The teams are just built differently. So, fine, the Cubs go out and get Bryce Harper and add him to the roster and bat him leadoff and send Schwarber packing to an AL team to get a pitcher that they cannot produce, OK, that makes them ... just as good? Slightly more good? They'll be on TV more often, for sure.
The Cardinals need to close the gap on being a contending team. That's it. They were not a team that was ready to compete for the division title and a playoff spot this past year. They had flaws. They had weaknesses. Their roster was ill-fitting. Before they can take a run at the Cubs -- whoever is in the lineup for the Cubs -- the Cardinals need to catch up with the team they promise to be first.
He does not. He is aware of them, involved in the discussions, just like 29 other owners.
I see questions like this every week. And I don't see the reasoning behind them. For next week's chat, an open invitation, don't ask this question -- make your case, your argument. Explain it to me. I don't see the reason to run from a player who, overall, has been the most productive leadoff hitter in the game for the past several years, and who, within the right lineup, would be a Runs Created force. Oh, and he played this past season seriously hampered by a shoulder injury and an oblique issue and still found a way to be one of the most reliable OBP players in the game. But the door is open. Explain the question. Thoughts?
There is really only one that would sing out at this point, Simmons. Maybe Iglesias. But the idea is that the Cardinals could shift to super run prevention if they cannot land the bat they think would add some run generation to their lineup.
It will persist. The World Series has given it new volume, but it's not a new topic.
Less cash. A share in the risk. Fewer prospects. There is a lot of range that exists between the two points you've described.
Huh? Double-standard because ... what??! That makes no sense. None. What so ever. The one part of the suspension that bothers me is that the act happened on the game's biggest stage and the punishment will not. I understand the argument that the suspension wouldn't cause him any financial pinch at this point in the season -- unless his absence meant the team lost and thus the share would be less. But then you're saying the game is all about the money when you feel the only punishment you can exact is one that creates a financial penalty. Gurriel's unfortunate action happened in the World Series, in front of baseball's biggest audience, during an otherwise amazing World Series, and thus any punishment ought to meet those same standards, that same stage.
That is part of the negotiations and how they'll want Miami to share in the cost/risk. It is, after all, the deal that the Marlins signed him to, not the new team. The new team should only absorb the risk they would have also done, and compensate the Marlins with the prospects to that level, no more.
I don't know. I sure get asked about you lot.
In theory, it would. At 19, it won't happen. But, if they were, at say 29, yes.
I think he'll find a way to pull through and do his job.
That will be, as mentioned earlier, the mandate.
No. That money is shared. So the Cardinals will make as much from Stanton jerseys sales as the Giants will as the Marlins will as any team will if he goes to another team.
We seem to be headed that way.
I had a professor at Mizzou tell me if I couldn't write well, I better learn to write a lot.