The Cardinals have invested millions in upping the safety around the stadium and this past year they won an award from the advocacy group that measures such things for being the most proactive stadium when it comes to safety. They are currently advancing their work on drone safety. They have increased the cameras around the ballpark. There are these huge gates that were installed to launch up and stop a truck from colliding with the ballpark and on and on and on. It has been one of the areas of greatest spending for the Cardinals, and chairman DeWitt has been the one urging the team to invest in this area. Some of the reason, it should be noted, is for insurance. That is a motivating factor. The Cardinals, as you may have read, sought certification from the Dept. of Homeland Security and they were championed by Clair McCaskill for their security work so that they could get a designation that changes their insurance status in case of a catastrophic event.
Thank you for your sanity.
Babe Ruth would not have done well in today's game. Adam Ottavino was right.
Do it as often as I can. In recent years there have been podcasts with beat writers from Phoenix, Chicago, Cincinnati, Washington, and New York to name a few. I have to be respectful of their time too.
Entirely true. That seems to be what we do with social media and chats these days. Anger is too often the fuel for these conversations. Not sure what happened.
Last year the Cardinals got 88 starts from first-year starters. More than half. A total of 117 starts came from players 26 years old or younger. In August, Austin Gomber and Jack Flaherty combined to not lose a game -- and they were the reason why the Cardinals did not finish with a losing record. Yeah, why don't they give young players more of a chance? They're good when they do.
No one said they did. Don't confuse an insult with a tough question. They are different.
Wouldn't be a surprise if a conversation of some sort took place. Cardinals and Cleveland had discussions about Jose Martinez, and Cleveland was one of the teams that had interest in him and Tommy Pham. The Cardinals had thoughts of flipping Martinez to Cleveland for a reliever at one point, though it doesn't seem like that got them far.
Sure. If he's healthy. The Cardinals are open to that.
I'm not so sure. He's made some significant comments about his concerns and his stance with the union. He's been an outspoken advocate of the union for much of his career. He might want to make a point.
They expect him to be around the facility as he starts to move toward a throwing program. His surgeon is the Cardinals' team doctor, so he'll be here for a checkup in the near future. The Cardinals and Ankiel have talked about him doing some rehab work with them, or having a discussion about what an offer looks like to make that possible.
It does. It does. And don't think some players and officials have taken note that it is harder for players to talk about the length of spring training when some are reporting, voluntarily, to make it longer. It's on the mind of coaches too as they think about the workout schedules and try to avoid burnout. Paul Goldschmidt talked about that the other day when I asked him about the reason for coming early -- and whether or not he might try to find a few days here in the near future not to be here just to avoid turning February into March and March always feeling like Groundhog Day. The pressure is there, too, especially for some of the young players. I'll add that it doesn't seem to be as much unwanted pressure this spring. The players who are here, particularly the infielders, have really sought this extra time together, willingly.
I didn't think it was all that coy.
Nothing. Pena wasn't on the roster. The number wasn't his.
Yep. That is why I stand by the idea.
I would welcome the poetry of that World Series and it would be a great challenge to try and cover that kind of history well, to rise to the level of the event.
Alright, seems like a good place to stop. There is an article to write for tomorrow's paper. One that addresses a topic I'm surprised didn't come up in this chat: defense, and specifically whatever happened to the Cardinals fundamentals? As camp opens there does seem to be a theme developing from Mike Shildt and his coaching staff, and I'm going to try to explore that and detail it in Tuesday's Post-Dispatch. Check out the paper as well for Benjamin Hochman's front page column about the Cardinals. There will be a chat from here every Monday during spring training. Rick Hummel will do some of the hosting as well. I believe he's at-chat next week, right as the full-squad workouts begin, in earnest. By then everybody will be in camp, or we really have a story. Pitchers/catchers report tomorrow. We'll handle the rest. Aloha.