A shooting at Ballpark Village and a shooting outside of Busch Stadium have punctured that bubble, if it ever existed. The Cardinals have invested millions in security advancements and additions around Busch Stadium. Seriously. They have fortress-like barricades that have been added around the ballpark to keep vehicles from driving into the building. They have upgraded the cameras around the facilities. They have heightened how difficult it is to get into the ballpark. I'll give you a personal example that maybe you noticed: I had to start doing MLB Network hits from home because I was not allowed into Busch Stadium due to the team's security policies. They were the only stadium to enforce such a thing. But they do. This is, in part, because of the team's wish to have a designation from the Department of Homeland Security, and the team has won recognition for its security upgrades. It's lauded within that section of the game for the work they've done. And, yes, a motivation for it is the insurance aspect. We cannot ignore that.
Hardly. That's not how that deadline works. To be eligible he had to meet it. The A's can continue to woo him, lure him, talk to him.
I wish that was more widespread. It should be.
After 2020. I have no clue. Neither do they. That's a lot of time to pass.
Right. Which brings us back to a point I made earlier: Why wouldn't he go in the draft? Baseball will always be there. Makes no sense for him to limit his earning in the way baseball would at this point. But don't advertise his draft declaration as some hard, fast end to whatever was going on this year. It's a deadline to be eligible. Players pull out from that eligibility, too.
It's StlToday.com. A subscription will bring you all sorts of coverage of the Cardinals -- on your mobile phone, on your tablet, and on your laptop. As for the broadcasts of the game, that's a question better asked of someone involved in it. My area is the coverage of the team.
Pena is the plan. That's what got him to sign.
They do now when it comes to a players total number. That wall has been taken down. It used to be that players, like Willie McGee, you might recall, would arrive in the NL to find his numbers all zeroes in his first at-bat. It's been within the past few years that this has changed. But the stats do carry over -- except for the league-leaders. Those are still bound by league, and that makes sense because the awards are still separated by leagues. Like the batting title, the home run crown, and RBI lead. It doesn't stop a player from getting votes for the NL or AL MVP if he shifts leagues, but the performance of a player within the league for an entire season is part of that award, and the schedules aren't balanced enough at this point for that to change.
With the exception of that last sentence there, the Cardinals agree with you. Ownership has said as much. They see Goldschmidt as that player. They hope one of the young players is also that kind of player. In some corners of the front office, I'm sure they see Ozuna as that player. But they see the need for a star player. They haven't disagreed with that premise.
I was talking about the difference between an established player and a prospect. I don't know how that would apply to the Harper conversation. I guess if he was going to play CF ahead of Bader that would be the comparison. But that hasn't been the discussion.
How about one of significance in July? That would be a change that would help.
Discussed earlier. Explored the Cardinals' reasoning earlier. Though you putting a price tag on those things helps further illustrate their point. Of course teams would like the 26-31 years and they would love to have a five-year deal that covers that and then a series of options that gives them all the power should a player start to fade and become an albatross on the roster. Alas, players shouldn't agree to such things. And here we are.
It does not bother me at all.
I'm not sure if he's "riding the pine" he gets back to his career average. That seems to be the trouble the Cardinals had and Fowler had this past season. Spring training is a big deal for him. Yes, to prove his health. At last check, he's full speed ahead and without limitation. But spring is also a big deal for how he looks in the field, how he moves, what his bat looks like, what production he has. Batting average is going to be a lousy way to judge his spring, so they won't use that. They'll use contact, hard contact, and all of the other fancy schmancy data they get from games and from talking to coaches, and he'll have to show that his game is ready for the opportunity they have waiting for him.
They're out to win a championship, starting with the division title. A wild-card flameout might end their absence from October, but it does not reach their goals. Their decision is more nuanced than a simple litmus test, but if this is a team that hovers around .500 and ekes into the playoffs they're not going to be happy with it. That's not the idea.
Basketball, too? Who is this guy? Dave Winfield?