I have talked to him about this. His nickname that he has always had since a youth was "Maggy." And some of the coaches around the Cardinals call him "Maggy." He had not heard the nickname "Mags" until just a few years ago, and that may have been when he was named the player of the year for the Cardinals. Before he signed with the Cardinals and as he worked his way up, scouts referred to him as Mags Sierra because of the difficulty pronouncing his first name and the sleek look of it: Mags. There are coaches with the major-league team and sometimes the manager and teammates who refer to him as Mags. I talked to him because I wanted to make sure he wasn't bothered by either nickname. In print, he's going to be Magneuris Sierra just like the new GM, Mike Girsch or Girsch, is going to be Michael Girsch on first reference. But if Magneuris didn't want to be called Mags, then I would be sure to use something else when greeting him or put a parenthetical (Sierra) when a coach calls him "Mags" in a quote. Forcing a nickname on a person or a player that he doesn't want isn't fair. It's fair to ask. I spoke to him with the help of a translator so we could sort this out, for sure, and Sierra told me that he is more familiar with Maggy, doesn't have an issue with Mags but it's new to him, and doesn't mind just being called by his name. So Magneuris it is. That's how I greeted him the other day. Magneuris.
(And no he cannot change his number to Rosenthal's 44.)
I like quicksand as a metaphor.
He's eligible. Teams just have to come to an agreement.
His clock is already ticking. He's earning service time every day he's in the majors, if that's what you mean. If you mean "options," then he's still in his first option year. All of this just counts against his first option year. He'll have two remaining.
You're welcome. Just ahead of Ken Griffey Jr. But he doesn't participate in the chat. If this were a chat about Star Wars, then he would.
Entirely possible. That's the Cubs' biggest fear -- that the bubble bursts.
Not a lock. It would depend on who is available. Flaherty has already received consideration for a spot in the rotation, and he's done nothing to not get the same consideration if it comes open again.
Answer: I saw both. The Astros still come as the team viewed as the better fit. Royals are two back in the Wild Card race and two back in the division race. So that's in it, of course. A rental for them makes all the sense in the world because of all the free agent contracts they have coming up -- if they feel that the window closes after this season. To get Lynn it will take a deal that at least gives the Cardinals what they would get if they keep him and take the comp pick.
There are hundreds still in the hopper. Please be patient. Not sure how much more time I have in here.
No. How the game is sold and presented will change, the game will remain.
I don't know because I refuse to acknowledge this abomination as legit baseball.
That's the answer. Or that they weren't lightning -- they were maybe power bolts, or something. I dunno. They were just wrong. It happens. It's also fiction. We'd never hear the Death Star blow up in reality.
You've outlined it pretty well here, and that's part of the discussion, and also part of why the move -- or the considered moves -- are so fascinating. Power manifested vs. talent arriving. Short-term immediate thump and the investment in possibly star-power return. All of that is in play. The Cardinals could have a chance to influence 2017 and that's fine, but the argument in the chat here and from folks on the outside looking at the Cardinals situation is that they may have the chance to address a need that is not going away, that will be there in 2018, and that if they did that they would alter their look and their place in the division. The hunt for a bat, at this point, just seems inevitable. The attempt to delay it with OBP this year or next didn't work as advertised or imagined. The need was going to be there at some point.
Wacha is doing well as a starter.
I guess it would depend on how the fans mobilize and galvanize around this opinion. If, say, the ballpark was empty -- entirely empty -- because of a protest outside then ownership would take notice. If there was a letter writing campaign (do they still do those?) or a massive boycott of products and Ballpark Village or any other way where a large number of fans united behind a single goal then they would take notice, because who wouldn't? But if you're talking about reading message boards or taking their contract tips from Twitter -- I doubt they do that. The fans would have to unite behind something that would take notice, and that doesn't mean going to buy a banner that will fly over spring training. Some folks tried to do that many years ago. La Russa stayed. Jocketty stayed. So, to your point, it would take empty seats and the clear message that those seats are empty because of a single reason, be that the manager or the price of beer or the lack of parking or the need upgrade Busch III or whatever. They would take notice of empty seats.
Those weren't rumblings. Pretty sure that was a report by USA Today's Bob Nightengale.
They'll listen to interested teams.
Edward Mujica was none of those things.
An astute take on the depth chart and the trouble with trading Carson Kelly.