Thanks. Yes, I agree that the Cardinals should not be positioned as a mid-market team except for the fact that the city they call home is a mid market. They have the ability to act like a large-market franchise and have for years, so that should be the expectations.
I have yes. It's been on mind. Cano for Wainwright.
Thanks, Bill. Balance seems like something a newspaper should strike, as that was the intent of offering context and information that explored both the reasoning for moves but also the repercussions. Alas, we increasingly see through social media and cable news the want for bubble journalism -- where you only want what reaffirms your beliefs, whether that info is true or not, and the info only echoes around the bubble. This is a long conversation, and there are deadlines ahead.
I don't see them going down a path traveled.
Well said. There's a benefit to transparency and clarity, and it would seem the fans deserve it at some point. I agree.
The lineup should be. The outfield definitely is.
He was suggesting that Hicks is not a one-trick pony because he's added to the fastball. It was his way of describing how Hicks with just the 100-mph would be a one-trick pony and he no longer was because of the breakthroughs these past year.
That is not true. All 30 teams, in attendance figures, announce tickets sold. Those are the stats that are kept as you see around the web, and they are the ones advertised by baseball. Very few teams reveal the actual turnstile attendance. Some teams even announce tickets distributed which would include comps and charity giveaways and are even higher than tickets sold. So pay attention to the language used. The Cardinals had a rise in no-shows this past season.
There is spot for one. Jose Martinez's play at first could influence that.
Precedent. Several years now of seeing players like Stanton, Heyward, and Price choose to go elsewhere or getting massive offers from elsewhere. The Cardinals have not had success when it comes to bidding wars and auctions and I just don't think history and the fan base and the laundry are going to be what sways a Harper or Machado to St. Louis. Precedent tells us that.
If you rinse dry powder it's not dry anymore, right? That's deep, man.
And with that video, seems like a good place to come to a close. Thanks for joining me here on the holiday for the live chat from the Winter Warm-up. It is possible that the next time I join you here on the Chat to be Named Later I will be doing so from Florida, sharing pictures of green grass and blue skies and maybe even PFP. Spring training is around the corner. The Post-Dispatch will be unleashing a phalanx of reporters and photographs to Jupiter, Fla., for Cardinals spring training, and already there are plans of the usual flood-the-zone coverage on line as well as video stories, podcasts, and more. Yes, there will be chats. Sure, Rick Hummel will take over the keyboard. Check out all the coverage that has rolled out from the Winter Warm-up. It's available now on StlToday.com and in tomorrow's paper we have stories from Benjamin Hochman, Ben Frederickson, and Rick Hummel and myself also set to go. Still looking for a good way to close this chat.