Fair argument. I'd like to see Yogi Berra on it, too. There's a case to be made for the Rushmore to be Ruth (a given), DiMaggio, Berra, and Jeter. That works. My dad would be livid I left off Mantle.
Well, that's a little tricky because see Pujols has three MVPs like Musial, and Pujols has a decade Triple Crown like Hornsby, and he's got two World Series rings, like any Rushmore member for Cardinals must.
That entire statement is not entirely accurate. It's possible. Not a given.
They prioritized based on past experience, age, talent level at the affiliate, and style of play that works at the level. Bader was in Triple-A last year, so he's the center fielder there and getting the at-bats there. Mercado was earmarked for Class AA because that's the next rung in his ladder, and Garcia was sent there so that he didn't take innings away Bader, could play center, and be in an offensively friendly location. The Florida State League swallows hitters whole, but Sierra they thought was a fit there for the bedrock of his game: defense and speed and lashing liners, not driving balls over the big fences. Also, it was the next rung in his ladder, because he was in Low-A last season. They also could be a bit shy of pushing him because it didn't work out the previous time.
Allen Craig's downturn began with the injury in Cincinnati that was, at most, aggravated by what happened in the World Series. He had a serious foot injury that could have led to the flattening out of his arch. Howard had an injury similar to Wainwright's Achilles' tendon rupture. Keep that in mind. And, no, neither hitter felt at full strength as a result, which should reinforce to all of us how important the base is for a hitter, and that foot injuries (even ones that Albert Pujols has had) can be detrimental to production.
There are more than 400 questions still in the hopper, and the clock's ticking before I need to throw BP to some 11 year olds. Let's hit the lightning round.
Sending down Broxton isn't the move. That's not the option, whether he has options or not, because he's well past the service time. Tuivailala has turned a corner, and it the fact he does have options that will continue to govern some his movement. He can go down without the Cardinals losing him.
They felt that he wouldn't miss 10 games, and that the strength in his shoulder would return, possibly quicker than it did. Still, he won two games as a pinch-hitter. Can't put the toothpaste back in the tube on his injury without also taking away those hits.
Significant enough that it could steer where the Cardinals look for the position(s) that bat plays. Those are a good place to start when you're looking for a compass that will point to the options.
That's good part of the argument. Jaffe's numbers are strong. Hard to ignore.
Whether David Price is in it or not? Is that what you're asking?
No more so than usual. Rick Hummel has a great set-up piece coming for tomorrow's game that focuses on some of the October clashes between these clubs and the history they've shared and the views different generations have as a result.
Depends on the reliever, entirely. Some take a bit longer than normal. But you're not talking crazy amounts of time. It's more throws, than minutes. So it can be accomplished in a few minutes, I suppose. You're not talking 7-10, more like 5 or less.
I had it predicted about that way in the PD season preview. I think I had it the other way around just so I could, selfishly, get another trip to Denver. Hope you don't mind.