Only in the sense that those teams are motivated to request opening day at home. The Chicago Cubs aren't hurting for attendance and they opened at home against the Cardinals not too long ago. Dodgers, Blue Jays, and Rangers all open at home for 2018, and it's not like those are teams traditionally hunting for ticket sales. A look at Friday's openers there in late March and see you a group of teams that you'd think would request opening day to goose ticket sales, for sure. If you think of the schedule -- especially in April/early March -- as a function of ticket sales, it starts to make more sense.
There is, yes. That is the hope. I have an idea.
Interesting question. Where do these two thoughts meet and splice. I like it. I don't think they rule each other out, far from it. I think one feeds the other. There is always pitching available -- in part because there is always a need for it, because teams never have enough of it. What teams don't have an unlimited supply of is roster spots. It's no wonder then why you hear about pitchers coming back from a year off, or a year abroad, or a month away, or two months away, and someone gives them a chance. How often do you hear that about shortstops? There is pitching available, and some of it is good, but none of it is a guarantee. That's where the line is. There is a Kyle Lohse out there, even in mid-March. Being the team that finds him is the gamble.
That was reported this past weekend as something that the union suggested as a way to address the pace of play issues, and it was not rejected by MLB.
Draft lottery, ala the NBA. Use market size as a factor in the lottery, too.
Excited for Black Panther. The Marvel movie expert in my house -- the 11-year-old -- says it could be the best Marvel movie yet. Worst part: I'll be at spring training when it opens. So, I'll miss going with him to see. I am eager for Avengers 3, yes, and just as telling for the future of the Marvel universe will be Ant-Man/Wasp, which will reveal whether the studio can produce something after the big reveal with a different tone and still maintain momentum. Ant-Man could get lost in the big galaxy canvas of Infinity War and that does not bode well for being able to keep the small, potential breakout movies coming.
As long as there is Florida or MLB, I suppose.
Oh! Total profits. The Cardinals are a privately held company and such total data is not available -- only speculated through the use of mathematical alchemy mostly. Here is what we know from publicly available data on revenue. The Cardinals are a top-third team when it comes to MLB revenue. We know this because of some public filings from other teams (Atlanta, for one) and we can reverse-engineer about the area where the Cardinals fit. They are one of the highest-revenue teams -- and are annually a threat to have the highest revenue per market size. The TV deal will only increase that, though they still won't be on the level of larger markets, which you can see by population size and cable subscribers.
At last check, yes. They are. Security has been heightened in recent years, and the Cardinals have taken it upon themselves to have tighter security than even MLB recommends. The Cardinals are trying to get a certification from the Department of Homeland Security. This has been a goal for several years, and it includes a real clamp down at spring training. The reason for this designation is partly because of insurance. It says the Cardinals have done everything they can do to avoid a catastrophic event, and it allows them some protection in that event. So, you will see an obvious perimeter when it comes to spring training and some limits of where fans can go and what they can bring in, but the access and chance to see the players and get closer than at any time of the year is still there.
Is there a right answer here? Tommy Pham. Tommy Pham would be the answer, right?
I understand where you're coming from with the NBA. I disagree that you couldn't take that model, improve it, and apply it to MLB and do away with it. The two drafts are vastly different. Consider the NBA draft is far far far far far shorter, and the No.1 overall pick is going into the NBA. Can't say that about MLB. Far far far far far from it. So, now that we have that settled, putting MLB into a draft lottery that impacts the order for more than two rounds is significant, that impacts the spending limit a team has for its picks is really significant, and that would include factors such as market size or even past spending against rev-share and you're talking about a significant penalty for a team that tanks. Take Houston. Houston would have to beat the odds to get the run of No. 1 picks it had because its market size is so larger than tanking alone would not do it. I'm standing by my answer because, first and foremost, the drafts are so different.
FYI -- it doesn't require them. And if there is a sport that should it's one that causes such late-in-life issues for its players, especially those that don't stick around because of the grueling punishment of the game and the quality of life they give up just to chase a contract that a team can yank away with the next injury. It's a farce. Just saying.
Three years. Most players get three option years. They can be optioned as often as the team wants during each year, but they only have three option years.
He is still a free agent, available to teams looking to address the left side of the bullpen, and he's one of the better options out there. He is, of course, going to be limited by the growing concern about workload. That was an element that the Cardinals used when evaluating free-agent relievers this winter, and they are not alone in that.
I did not make that recommendation. It does not seem likely. Lesson learned on my end.
This is a growing concern of sorts. It should be noted that Pham is not boring. Hardly. And Marcell Ozuna is not a boring hitter. Carlos Martinez is an event pitcher. There's some sizzle there. Winning will bring it out.
Past contracts stand. Must be honored. The exact operation and some decisions within the contract are the only question. Most people involved in this transition expect things that are going well to be allowed to continue to go well.
I agree that that for some reason the challenging process hasn't gotten the same scrutiny as, say, mound visits when it comes to pace of play. And I even skipped over it earlier in the chat. I should have been better about that and mentioned another way to improve pace of play would be to do what they should have done all along: PUT A REPLAY OFFICIAL IN THE BOX and have them review calls, in real time, without the need for a manager to challenge. The challenge notion is not needed. If baseball wants to get every call right, then get every call right, not the ones that strategically challenged.
The Cardinals have, in recent years, usually had their backup shortstop stashed in Class AAA, one step away, and that's different than the options you suggest. Both of those players could be starters, and both of them would take up a major-league roster spot -- and not play all that often for the cost of their salaries. Think back to when the Cardinals had Pete Kozma playing shortstop at Class AAA, when he really was the backup in case of injury. Munoz is set to do that this year, too. This has the tangible benefit of keeping the backup shortstop playing everyday and not sitting and waiting and waiting and waiting and appearing maybe once every few days for a throw-away pinch-hit or something. This also has the real business benefit of not taking up a roster spot until necessary.