Anything is possible. This just seems like a lot of effort. Twitter and elsewhere likes to paint front offices as some kind of evil geniuses with these elaborate Ernst Stavro Blofeld designs to send people off the scent while really doing what the fans really, really, really want. If only. Even the front office would say that gives them too much credit. Sometimes a duck is a duck and disinterest is disinterest -- not poker.
Aside: They haven't made many public comments at all on these subjects, but at some point in the coming week clarity from the front office would make a lot of sense, and that should be a public comment.
Baseball has a future in Miami. It would be a shame if the new owner doesn't mend the rupture created by the former owner -- who put a good market on the brink of being without baseball. The new owner should get a chance to build the team they want, and let's hope that is a team that a market like Miami deserves. Baseball should thrive there, in my opinion.
No, it would just spawn more soccer-like injuries on the mound. Great. Swell. Cannot wait for the Dodgers to perfect that ruse.
Fowler works with a personal trainer and a support staff that includes a nutritionist and such, so he's getting his work with them. He's expected closer to the report date for the position players, and that's not unusual for him -- or for a handful of players.
Make America Goold Again?
I cannot think of any cons to it at all. Only pros. There would be a standard 25-man roster for the game and thus no team would play with 33 players while the other team plays with 28 -- especially in the thick of the playoff chase through September. Plus, there would be, year round, three, four, whatever extra spots on the roster for teams to use and for players to accrue service time. Makes a lot of sense to me.
Manny Machado shared a video of Chicago White Sox baby shoes on his Instagram story. And that is a sentence that 15 springs ago I never thought I'd type in a chat. Hand me some popcorn. Let's see how this plays out.
I would put that as unlikely to start the season. They really seem to want to avoid that.
Maybe. He is a little busy with his role on the staff for Indiana baseball.
It could be tough to keep both of them and the spare pitcher for the bullpen, and it would almost impossible to keep both of them and Yairo Munoz on the bench. Something has to give, and that will be the Cardinals exploring some trade discussions about Gyorko at some point in spring, unless there is an injury that clears up a clear role/need for him.
The entire starting infield being here 11 days before they're supposed to be -- that's different.
Marcell Ozuna being here 11 days before he's required -- that's different. That's also something that the Cardinals said they wanted to have happen and that Ozuna had resisted, until he showed up.
Well, imagine if the Cardinals, oh, have a need for a healthy starting LF or RF. I mean he would be that guy, and that would be a tremendous bat to have as a backup or fail-safe, if you will. So ...
Yes, labor storm clouds are gathering. This is a serious issue -- and it's not like front offices are going to change. So the union has to find a way to pry open the market again. That could be getting players to free agency younger, that could be players recognizing that maybe at age 33 or 34 or 35 they don't get the big contracts -- but they'll have access to them earlier. I was talking with an agent about this just the other day and suggested that maybe players should strive for a bell curve when it comes to salary, and not the constant incline, incline, incline that was the marketplace 10, 12 years ago. Players should be eyeing the owners and baseball with some skepticism and then use that skepticism to argue/negotiate for a better deal -- and that's what has a work stoppage on the horizon. Owners have little reason to change. They've made the system that they are now exploiting, and saw it coming.
The universal DH as a chip in CBA negotiations makes a lot of sense. Expanded roster makes a lot of sense. So much of the other stuff .... ugh. No.
The Cardinals are better with Yadier Molina at catcher, yes. They are worse without him.
They will definitely try with Paul Goldschmidt. That's the plan. They'll have discussions this spring with Goldschmidt and his agent to see the form an offer will take, and also to check what Goldschmidt's preference is as far as timing, and how best to have those discussion. They'll lay the groundwork for inevitable talks -- and what some believe could be a deal struck during the season. There has been no such plan or momentum in place with Ozuna.
Meh. Not really. It would hasten the game in a direction it hasn't already gone.