This could be on the table in a year or in the years to come, but not right now. Right now he is out to figure this out as a starter and become the quality start given that the Cardinals need.
That's good to hear. That's the goal. They help keep me sharp as well.
Your keyboard to Mo's ears.
I noticed that you did not provide a name. QED.
Mostly. Sometimes the replay, late at night. Especially if I have a chance to get some time with my family or at the boy's baseball practice or game or whatnot.
Then it shouldn't be so difficult for you to come up with a name.
Sure, within the rules governed by MLB. But, yes, if teams can mandate facial hair, they can mandate shoes.
Possible. Matheny is looking for an opportunity to do that.
Pham was hardly alone in experiencing that scenario.
You have the same view of Pham that almost everybody else, including Pham, does. He, too, is trying to believe in the player that he flashes and find a way to make that happen consistently, and keeping track of his eyesight is a big part of that. He's got to be vigilant with it. Not accept it slipping. Your question is a good one, and that's one we tried to tease out this past weekend. Fowler downplayed it. He said he was "Available" to play on Saturday. Well, not yet, evidently. He told the reporters that he had no trouble throwing or swinging a bat -- and then it's revealed later, not by him, that he hasn't thrown at all. I'm at the point where I've got to see it to truly know. See him throw. See him start. That kind of thing. We saw him hit and do so without difficulty Sunday, so there's that.
We try to be sane about it. Especially since the workload has at least tripled in recent years because of online and immediate coverage.
If they miss the playoffs this year and are not the team they promised to be -- i.e., they're not better defensively, they're not better fundamentally -- accountability will find every corner of Busch Stadium and shine a light. That was the message from DeWitt to Mozeliak, Mozeliak to Matheny. The transition year is over. The proof year has arrived. Hold them to that. Seems fair.
That will depend on your metrics, right? If you judge it by playoff appearances, yes. If you judge it by pennants, on their way. If you judge it by World Series titles, on their way. If you judge it by overall health and structure of the system with the minors and organization as a whole, then hard to argue with the infrastructure that Branch Rickey built for his ownership and the World Series titles that flowed from that organization and the players like Musial that it developed. If you're talking about profits and revenue and increasing the value of the team, then absolutely. The ballpark would factor into that and further boost the claim. The previous 15, 16 years have been an age of Cardinal base to rival the best of the 1940s, for sure.
This is a good question. I don't know if they made an attempt to outbid the Braves for Maitan, but I do know they had interest and I know they had intel on what the Braves were going to offer and we can surmise from those two data points that they did not then go over the top to get Maitan. That would be a decision driven by the Cardinals data and the algorithms they use to take info from the scout and pump out a dollar figure that applies to the player. They do have the scouts do the same, and they want to remain disciplined when doing this. So ... Let's look at a simple example. If the Cardinals saw a player and put a $15m tag on him, but another team was willing to go $22m you're not going to see the Cardinals overbid on that player. If the Cardinals put a $80m tag on a player and it took $85m to sign because of market factors, the Cardinals might find a way to make that happen within what they call "data-driven" decisions. The Braves insisted they were going to break from the pack to get Maitan and that deal was known by all.
But but but ... Robert and Maitan are in different situations, not the least of which is the Cardinals are in a different spot. They've gone over their limit, they're in that spend-now-or-forever-hold-your-wallet realm of international signings. Penalties loom. Limits loom.
Also, I haven't heard these two players compared to each other, honestly.
He's quite good at catcher. Seems like a good place to keep him.
Still going with the same order that I would have suggested in spring: Oh, Lynn ......... Broxton ...... Peralta.
He digs Boulder and the Dark Horse, so that is a plus. Though the rumors of him getting the iconic Baseline Liquors sign are apparently untrue. I asked him.
Yep. He won't reach May 20 without already know what teams are willing to offer and likely where he's leaning even if it takes a week or two after that to make the final call.