Probably the latter. And also ... you know .. angst is hip.
There is a low rumble around the game that it's bending back in that direction, that the slap-single guys are coming into view as the answer to defensive shifts and that they are blending power in the midst of that bat-handling you're describing. Some baseball futurists see the trend in college baseball making its way to the majors and then forcing the pitchers to adjust. This is the next evolution. Once the fly ball craze dies down.
My dad told me there was a Santa Claus and that I would play center field for the Yankees.
Dad's are fun.
Give me some. The floor is yours, Zoo. If you can see the questions I'm passing over, then please, point me in the direction of the ones you'd have me answer.
That is so 2016. Like the receiving line has been hit or miss, too.
No, not really. They don't.
In part because the standings haven't separated themselves. Also, there is this annual game of chicken that goes on: We know who the rebuilding teams are, they know themselves, and yet no one wants to yet bail on the season for that trade because of the hit that comes with, be it in tickets or even the fact that with the standings so bunched and the second wild-card available every team is like a hot streak away from being in contention and then who knows? There is also the market factor. Teams want to maximize what they get in a deal, and therefore it's always wise to be the second team to move because you can get MORE than the team that moved first. The team that moves first -- back to the chicken game -- runs the risk of being pegged for not getting enough, either by ownership or by the fans or both. That's why early deals are unlikely. Deadlines are what force action.
Is this one of the tough questions, Zoo? I think you can do even better. Here, I was expecting some sort of touchy social topic, one that would really cut at the political environment of our time or the fact that the Cardinals haven't really taken a stance on the flooding that happened in St. Louis, or whether St. Louis is too pro sports-based in its infrastructure and could do more for police and public schools. But, no, hey this is what you asked, so we have a bar now for what is "tough."
The manager's responsibility is to put the best team out for that game, whether that's the matchup or the available players. The owner's responsibility is to live up to the contract that he has with the city and the fans of that team. That contract is different when owning the Yankees than it is when owning the Twins. It's different when owning the Cardinals than it is when owning the Diamondbacks. But when it comes to the decisions for who is in the lineup and not, who is on the roster and who is not, let's not be naive: Yes, contracts matter. See: Pham, Tommy. He has bounced back and forth from the minors to the majors because he has options. The team can move him and retain control of him. They cannot do that with other players; and they cannot do that without a price to pay -- dollars or losing a player -- when it comes to a player with a hearty contract. So, yes, Peralta's contract is going to help keep him in the majors, and Broxton's contract is going to give him more time to prove himself than Tuivailala will get or Socolovich will get and so on. This isn't a revelation. This isn't controversial.
Every game? Goodness, that would make sense. Some games? No way. He's earned it.
Need to speed to a conclusion here.
Found the answer on the Cuban players from earlier. Here, per Associated Press, are the largest contracts given players from Cuba who fit the same loose description of free agency that Robert has:
Rusney Castillo, Bos 2014-20 $72.5 million
Yasmany Tomas, Ari 2015-20 $68.5 million
Jose Abreu, WSox 2014-19 $68 million
Hector Olivera, LAD 2015-20 $62.5 million
Yasiel Puig, LAD 2012-18 $42 million
Yoenis Cespedes, Oak-Bos-SD 2012-15 $36 million
Jorge Soler, Cubs 2012-20 $30 million
Aroldis Chapman, Cin 2010-14 $30.25 million
Alex Guerrero, LAD 2014-17 $28 million
Raisel Iglesias, Cin 2014-20 $27 million
Erisbel Arruebarrena, LAD 2014-28 $25 million
About half have been successful major leaguers. Slightly less, perhaps.
A little bit of both of those things. Cubs don't have the pitching to be last year's Cubs. Other teams have closed the gap on the Cardinals. The Cardinals don't have the lineup to overcome frays in their fundamentals. Every team in the division is flawed, and the team that has the abundance pitching or the abundance of offense to mask those flaws is going to finish ahead.
Please scroll back into the chat because this has been answered a few times. This "tough" question has been asked by other readers, to whom you own a debt of gratitude.
He'd be a part of a deal. That has value.
I made a student film in high school, therefore I should criticism Coppola.
Solid pitcher and could be an important pitcher here in the hazy situation the Cardinals have when it comes to pitching depth. Reyes was brought up to me as a possible "sixth" starter as the Cardinals contemplated what their situation would be like with Lyons on the DL and all the other substitute starters on the mend. Reyes was right there, chugging along, and he had the impressive spring in front of the major-league staff to also help his cause. Marco Gonzales' Gonzaga teammate is likely in the spot today that, say, Mike Mayers was a year ago and the Cardinals did come calling for him.
The Cardinals could take some cues from the Blues, and that is one of them. Look around the majors: There are a dozen or so teams that are selling pride/rainbow logo hats. You can order some online. A quick look at 47 Brand's web site will show you some of them: Boston, Yankees, Phillies, Cubs, A's, Seattle, Nationals, San Francisco, and a few others. They look sharp and yes they make money and bring in revenue, but they also offer a sense of inclusiveness that a Pride Night would also do. The example is there -- locally and in their sport -- for the Cardinals to take note.
Coors Field. Milwaukee. Tampa Bay, when they visit. Those are the tops.