San Diego's entire roster seems like a bunch of Rule 5 picks.
It's largely assumed that his best years with the Cardinals will sway the hat decision, but I want to also offer a note of caution because of two reasons, and they're important:
1) His milestone numbers will happen with the Angels. 3,000 hits. 600 HRs.
2) He has a personal services contract that extends for a decade at the end of his current contract, and that means he'll be an Angels employee when he's elected to Cooperstown.
Great question, and now we're into the rabbit hole. So, it's possible no because a "ground-rule double" is largely a construct of our language and not always the rule that's applied. See, you could also have a ground-rule triple (seen one of those) and a ground-rule single, in the same way there are common ground-rule doubles. In that case the go-ahead run would score, and the game would be called over, based on the ground rules of the ballpark and -- this is essential -- the determination of the umpires, who, lets face it aren't going to quibble or make a motion when they just will walk off the field.
Variety is the spice of chats.
Noted. But there's also consistency that governs these rules. But you make a fair point.
Then keep him because that bat will play at another position when a better shortstop arrives. The bat is the asset that you want to hold on to.
Thanks for checking out the story. This question is about the Cardinals Insider from Sunday's paper, and it was about Class AAA hitting coach Mark Budaska. There appear to be many reasons for this. The major-league staff is organized by the manager and the general manager, with some horsetrading, of course, and the Cardinals have put an emphasis on relationships and continuity within the organization. It helped, for example, that Mike Shildt had a rapport with Mike Matheny when the team decided to move Shildt up to the majors for a new position. That's not to say that Budaska doesn't have the same rapport, but there's obviously a long-standing connection between Matheny and Mabry. Which brings us to another point that hs been made to me a few times in the past few weeks: teachers are valuable, instructors are needed, and they are gold in the minors, whereas in the majors the role is a little different. In my business, I guess it would be the difference between having an editor to give me assignments and story ideas (in the pros) and a professor to teach me how to link verbs and nouns and use narrative journalism (in the minors). One prepares you for the other, sharpens your tools for the other, and neither does the same job or has the same skillset. That said, there were a few things that got me thinking about how to do a story on Budaska -- and why. One was how often I heard about and saw the work he did with players and the track record I knew he had with Freese, Craig, et. al. Two was another team -- a major-league team -- asking me during the winter meetings about him and what role he had with the hitters the Cardinals produced.
"Radical emergency," Matheny called it. Lose three OFs in three days, you do what you have to.
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Scouts identify stuff. Opportunity discovers a closer.
1) MLB requires proof that goes beyond the simple say so of a team or a doctor's note like your elementary school teacher. That said, we still see the rules ... flex when it comes to the DL. And I think we've mentioned in this chat before that teams are eager to see whether the 10-day DL makes teams even more aggressive with the hangnail injuries and DL assignments. Especially with pitchers.
2) That would be called a grievance, and it would be filed by the union and it would be something dragged before an arbitration process. That's my understanding of how players have agreed to do it because of the CBA and their contracts.
Ahem. Imagine this in my best impression of Allen Iverson: You're talking about spring stats? Spring stats. You're talking about spring stats, man? Spring stats? These are spring stats.
Thought he was playing quite a bit. He has as many at-bats as Greg Garcia, more than Matt Adams. I guess you're question really is why wasn't he playing as much as Grichuk. That's what it comes down to, right? The Cardinals have identified their starter and who they thought would be more productive over time.
The Hall makes the final call. That's the Wade Boggs Rule. But the Hall does not want to impose a decision, preferring to reach a mutually agreeable outcome. That's why Tony La Russa has a blank hat. It was mutually agreeable. If the Hall had the final call and could impose something on him one would hope they picked a team. Blank doesn't have the lasting power of say the interlocking-NY of Torre or script-A of Cox.
When Fowler returns, Wong is a fine fit for No. 8. There's a reason why that works for him.
OK, so when a player -- like Wong, for example -- is purposefully getting into two-strike counts during spring you're going to use that as a gauge for when and how a player is going to perform in March, and not understand the context? For example, how many pitches did Peralta get to hit in spring training? How many of those did he just flat take because he was tracking? OK, how about the fact that he lead the team in doubles. That doesn't fit your argument so you get to dismiss those, but I don't get to dismiss spring stats and tell you what I saw, what scouts saw, what the team saw day in and day out from Peralta, in games and on the back fields? Huh.
Here's what I can tell you: When we're making a short list of the players who looked lively and had the strongest springs from the Cardinals roster, Peralta is on it. Adams finished strong. Sierra was a revelation. Bader, DeJong, and Wisdom all had their moments. Leake and Wacha were most impressive of all. Peralta was right there with them, and that is both how he moved in the field and how he moved at the plate. Production is what the Cardinals need from him, and that will determine how much he plays. No doubt. And he looked poised to provide exactly what the Cardinals expected -- production out of the gate and for the first month or so of the season.
And then something happened.
You saw it. We saw it. His coaches saw it. He acknowledged it.
It was like someone Harrison Bergeron'd him. Nope, nope, you're moving too well and Cardinals fans just won't know what to do with this information, so, here's a piano you have to carry everywhere. Godspeed, Jhonny. Enjoy.
He got sick. He had a bad reaction to medication that momentarily had him fearing for the health of his liver. But, hey, do go on about those spring stats.
And we should only be allowed to visit it virtually. Through an app on our phone.