There isn't. I am very happy to have Curt Flood's 1970 Topps card. He appears on a card that says PHILLIES -- a team he never played for, and why makes that card one of the coolest ever, to me.
Agreed. They are too under the radar. Especially Torres. Big kid. Had people talking during spring training. Upside talent. One of those players who is going to be the talk at this time next year, once people move on from Carlson and Gorman, for example. Herrera is also overshadowed at the moment by the other teen on his team. Worth noting that Herrera is 18 and playing for Peoria, and he's there hitting .291 with a .420 on-base percentage. Didn't get to see as much of him in spring training as I did Torres, but when I had a chance to ask around he came up as often because of his steadiness. I guess you could look at those comments as being about watching for Torres' ceiling to go up and see how Herrera's floor does. Both should be on a short list of the prospects to watch.
And also they've seen this before. Last year. Stayed with him. See what happens. It wasn't like Gyorko was going gangbusters either. He was candid about that.
I travel so much that I don't. I do keep in touch with some of the hosts and stuff because they're friends and I'll see them at the ballpark and always get their thoughts on things. I enjoy talking baseball with Kevin Wheeler, of course. Wish I had the chance to do that more often with Bernie Miklasz. He's a big part of my career, too. Like those papers mentioned. He taught me a lot through the years, whether he realized he was doing so or not -- and I bet he did.
I bet you the union brings his name up every spring training to make sure anyone who is listening knows exactly who Curt Flood is and what he does. I know his name was mentioned a few times this spring, for sure. By players.
That is an obstacle -- however, however, he could overcome that obstacle. Yes, he has the right advocates and he's putting together the right kind of performance that will merit a look at some point this season. Wrote about Cruz earlier this season when working on the Scouting Mexico story, and the reviews of him from scouts and evaluators was strong. There's a backlog there with Martinez now in the mix and Reyes coming eventually and Helsley pitching well, so he's got a ways to go, but he has the right kind of people paying the right attention.
They haven't been as good as they need to be. They haven't been as bad as this chat seems to be making them out. They've been decidedly meh. Yeah, that's not good enough. Meh doesn't contend. But meh isn't reason to call it a year -- or deny them the chance to show they are who the Cardinals thought they are, who their talent says they should be, who you have seen them be. On your scale, I'm giving the rotation as a whole a strong and bland meh, but suggesting the chances of them being a 8 is better than this chat, which is sometimes set to 11, is suggesting.
They'll find a way. I seem to recall there were room for 32 more ... Such a great place.
People want their pound of flesh when they want their pound of flesh, I guess.
Interesting question. Natural movement could solve this. It will be interesting to see how the Cardinals clear a way for Carlson and O'Neill to compete for playing time next spring, though it is entirely possible that it will take a significant, young, outfield talent out of the equation to pull off the deadline deal the Cardinals haven't made the previous few seasons and may have a chance, if they're willing, this July.
Pudge Rodriguez called Texas home for awhile.
Well, it went from last in the National League to middle third. So pretty good.
Sure. Whatever narrative you want. Or, the Cubs just played well. They're a good team. They want to win, too. Rizzo had an excellent series.
Evidently. Actions speak loudly.
That is a good take on the Cubs. If their pitching is good, they have the chance to be scary good. That's just a big big big IF. The season is long long long. Wasn't surprised that the Brewers went for Gonzalez. They know him. He knows them. He's not asking for as much as Keuchel. There are't the concerns about his health like there clearly are for Keuchel. There is clearly a shared hesitance around the league to sign the former Cy Young Award winner. That should tell you something.
At his best, he's the OBP guy for that No. 2 spot that would fit the lineup I described earlier.