Mozeliak seems resigned to a eight-man bullpen. He said that during the warmup. That did come with a caveat that the off days early in the season means that they don't need the eighth spot right away, but they expect to eventually get there. That really limits the bench, and could leave it without that power deterrent or lefthanded option.
It's lacking. It's where they are vulnerable.
It's not feasible. It is fascinating. In some ways, by freeing the players to choose where they go you create the possibility that the best players will go to the worst teams because they'll be able to play faster and increase their value at the major-league level -- however, you'd also see players really concerned about how they're going to spend the six seasons of controlled years. This is a radical notion, and even as I try to come to some sort of thoughts on it, I find it tricky. My first thought is that it would really vaporize any sense of parity -- or any chance some teams would have. Let's say that they instituted this today. The Phillies would be an appealing place and likely be able to complete their rebuild. The Marlins and Pirates would not be. Would not be appealing at all. And in that way, they might not ever be able to rebuild and contend. It think this would lead to some places being perpetually out of contention, because of the choice factor, and contraction would be inevitable. That's just me following the string. Interesting idea. I'd like to hear some other opinions about it.
Kind of like the NFL. But, yes.
No. It's a road trip. There is no vacation. The days are long, as they should be, because the newspaper and its readers demand content and there is a standard of content that has been established and we take great pride in meeting that expectation at The Post-Dispatch. And I'm not home. Family isn't there. I can count on one hand the number of times I've been to the beach in 14 spring trainings. Number of holes of golf played? Zero. We did, however, get together as a media group last year and escape a room. That was fun.
Good question. Some. Just some. They'll use his input because of his experience and success, and they would be foolish not to have a discussion with him about ways to improve things. But the Cardinals are really happy with their development and their pitching approach, and the industry does look to the Cardinals as a leader when it comes to developing pitchers. That was the case before Maddux arrived, and don't discount Lilliquist's role early in helping set that up because of the role he had with rehab coordination for young pitchers. Maddux will be a resource, not an agent of change when it comes to pitcher development. He's hired to change how they use pitchers in the majors --not how they get pitchers ready for the majors.
He was one of the six finalists interviewed for the position before. I guess it depends on how the season goes. Consider that if Matheny doesn't come back at the end of 2018, then something has gone wrong and there will be significant changes afoot around the entirety of the team.
Eventually. If the Rangers make good on your prediction.
It's mostly noise, in the sense that it's a fog alarm, right? It think that's the metaphor. Maybe it's like a smoke alarm. There isn't a fire. There isn't a need to evacuate the home. There is a need to pay attention, change the battery, maybe turn off the stove, or fan a door or something, but action is needed -- just not dramatic action. That's it. So, it's a smoke alarm. It's loud. It gets noticed. But if it is attended to, it will stop. There should be serious concern -- for what this means for the next round of CBA negotiations. There is a brawl forming, and peace could be tricky. The Cardinals will choose reps for the season during spring training. Michael Wacha has been involved in recent years.
The luxury tax level is just under $200 million for the coming year. With that kind of increase in spending -- run through a filter of how the Cardinals like to do that spending -- that roster would look like one that includes one of the high-dollar players they pursued. So, you're talking Price, Heyward, Pujols, like that. Stanton, I guess. And it would include two of the relievers that were signed, either by the Rockies or say Reed. Hard to say that the Cardinals would have gone after Davis or Holland just to spend the money because they have a track record of studiously avoiding closer costs. They would also have the options then of signing a guy like Morrison, if he would accept a solid salary without the promise of starting. Can be a hard sell, but hey the market allows for it. This is an interesting thought exercise, because this market really doesn't allow for appealing bulk-salary buys (Martinez, for example), whereas next year you could do more with this kind of question because of the talent that will be there.
They can make a significant difference. I don't recall Mozeliak saying that the coaching staff alone would propel this team to 90 wins. I would imagine he'd like to see Ozuna play a role in that. Mikolas, too. Gregerson, for sure. What they want to do with the pitching staff is bring back a known voice when it comes to quality control (Oquendo) and introduce a new voice for defense/baserunning that has a strong rep (McGee) and a proven pitching coach who will have a larger say because of that reputation in how pitching is used (Maddux). Those are strong adds when you consider where the team has been sagging in recent years.
Right about there. Probaly 74.1 percent and 25.9 percent, or thereabouts.
It's possible. I don't know why it would be advisable. Just let him have a day off.
Run prevention is helped by speed, and run prevention is an excellent way to win. Speed can create hits, steal hits, and doesn't slump all that often. It's a positive for any team. Show me a team with improved speed, and I'll show you an improved team.
You're assuming that he players would say yes to that. both players are said to have offers with more years and more guaranteed, so their motivation for taking this kind of offer would be ... ? Players want salaries and security, and their agents are seeking both when it comes to the deals. They are trying to get what the past markets have shown that they could get.
Pats performance is not indicative of future success.
The wisecracks, mostly. Out of character, unless they're all Starlord suddenly.