We already know there are injuries on the 40-man roster. Gregerson, for example. They don't expect him to be ready for opening day. There's the spot.
Same role as last year, at last check.
No. I don't have any skin in the game.
These are related, yes. The goal from the Cardinals point of view is to have Kolten Wong emerge as that 135-140 game second baseman that is an everyday part of their lineup. No more yo-yo'ing in and out and all around. He's the second baseman. Now, part of what stands between him and the Gold Glove Award or him and the All-Star Game we've talked about in here before is that sheer bulk of games. He's got to be the regular. And part of why Gyorko is around is sure he offers that righthanded complement at second when Wong gets a day or when there's a lefty on the mound that ties Wong up, or any of those things. It's a clear obvious role for Gyorko -- one that Munoz also could fill.
Entirely possible. He did not come up at a time or with a team that has the modern approach of suppressing the service time till May and then getting the player up earlier. There were some outdated reviews of Goldschmidt's game, for sure, and he had to overcome some of the misconceptions of his swing and how it would for him in the majors.
Or, perhaps I'm being more selective. You'll never know.
By watching him mostly. How is he moving. How is he getting to plays. Same as anybody else.
Most have some form of alumni structure around spring training. Most teams just don't have as many living legends as the Cardinals do. But you'll see a strong group around Baltimore and Al Kaline with Detroit during spring training, and then there are the Biggios around Houston. Washington doesn't have that history to draw from. The Mets do -- and for awhile they really had a strong group of recently retired folks around.
I do not. And please please please please do not take that as a knock against the Blues. The Blues' fan base is strong and devoted and passionate and it is one of the best in hockey, for sure. But its numbers are not close to the Cardinals' fan base. The Blues' history is not close to the Cardinals' -- and that can stretch back and unite generations. Consider this a celebration of the baseball town that St. Louis is and not an indictment at all on the Blues or their fan base: Baseball is king. And that won't change unless something goes heinously wrong with the Cardinals franchise -- and if it does, then we're at fault for letting that happen on our watch.
I'm not sure what to tell you. The Cardinals the past two seasons have increased the instruction and role stolen bases have had in the minors. Check out Oscar Mercado some time before they traded him to Cleveland. He was the leader of the group that was getting more opportunity and more instruction when it came to stealing bases. I think there are few base stealers because it doesn't make much money, not like power, and teams are exceedingly proficient at guarding against the steal. You can thank Tony La Russa for that. Pitchers vary their timing. Catchers vary their throws. There's a lot that goes into stealing a base -- and right now we're just not seeing too many pitchers slow enough to the plate to give an average runner a chance to steal a base. They do the math. They come up short. Yes, that fueled by analytics, but it's not anything fancier than a stopwatch that tells the team a pitcher is slow to the plate and gives you the time to go steal second. They're not going to let a guy steal on hope because they don't have to. And that is being taught in the minors. A lot.
Tyler O'Neill's power stands out here. I guess that would be the tiebreaker and where you would go because if O'Neill is your first pick, maybe you get a player like Garcia on the next pick. The Cardinals have a few players like him and not too many, if any, with O'Neill's power.
Why would I reveal my sources? They would stop being sources then. That's really not how the "source" thing works, honestly. I know them. My bosses know them, to the extent that they are comfortable with what I'm writing and what I'm reporting. But if I'm identifying them here, then I can be sure they won't be sources anymore. Defeats the purpose.
I will add that it is always important to know your sources motivation for sharing info. That helps you understand how much weight to put on that information.
We'll see. He has a larger role this spring than ever before, so he's giving it a go.
What is happening to this chat? Did I miss something?
Seems like the mistake -- if this plays out as you suggest -- was on Harper not accepting that offer, not in the Nationals advertising it, which they really didn't. The Washington Post and other reporters unveiled that. It wasn't like the Nationals sent out a press release. Sure, some of this is positioning. Remember a few chats ago when suggested you watch how the extension talks play out with Colorado and Nolan Arenado this winter. How's that going? I urged to watch how there would be reports of conversations, and then if those didn't go anywhere the team could go, "Well, we tried. Time to move on." At no point do they have to reveal how hard they tried or even what they offered, but they could be setting up the fan base for the understanding that Arenado will be leaving but, hey, yo, at least there was some talk of extension.
The universal DH is far enough in the future that it's hard to see how these would be related, honestly. Jose Martinez would be -- what? -- almost a free agent when the DH arrives. More likely, you're looking at a way for the Cardinals to make sense of an extension for Goldschmidt into his 37-year season as a possible DH. That's where this conversation matters for the Cardinals. It's not Martinez. It's the commitment and possible late-career role for Goldschmidt.
I'm saying that the Cardinals have really seemed to stake out a place outside of the talks. That's all. They were involved, they had talks with Boras, they made the trade for Goldschmidt, they moved to the periphery of the market, and have, if anything, gained further distance from what's going on. Honestly, it's like the more fans ask and the more they search for some sign of interest the less there seems to be coming from the Cardinals. It's the inverse of each other. Yes, that's odd. But that's how it feels, that's what the reporting reveals.
Absolutely. Wore a baseball hat almost every day of my life until college. Played baseball as much as I could. In snow. On snow. On canoe trips through the Boundary Waters. In warehouses if the snow was too much. There's a photo my parents have of me when I got back from studying abroad and I'm surrounded by the sports sections they saved for me and I'm going through the box scores of games. Yes, that's how I did it before we had the Web -- and any baseball coverage I got was week's late and slim in the international newspapers. I would busk on Pearl Street Mall during the winter to get money to then go spend at Boulder Baseball Card Shop. That happened. So, yeah, baseball was the sport I adored the most -- and it still is, by far. Growing up in the Time Zone Baseball Forgot without a team in the area and having a grandfather as a Cardinal fan and a father as a Yankee fan, I became a Yankee fan as youth.
Not really moving the needle. Name recognition, maybe, but not results.