Forgive me for not having infinite space in the poll to cram all that in and giving the readers credit. I'll try to do better next time.
You can do it in whatever time you have available. I've had friends squeeze in a day and have a fine time. I've had friends spend a month and wish they had more time. It's what you make of what you have.
The Mets would have to be involved in this discussion, and they like deGrom just fine.
I'm not sure that's the case, based on some of the questions I've been getting recently, so i welcomed the chance to explain how it works. But your point is noted, and if that's the case, here you go: Some credentials come with a fee -- either for membership or for the cost of producing the credential or both. There is a credential process for all crown jewel events in every sport, and newspapers/outlets that cover the sport on a daily base and invest in beat coverage are going to have some edge in getting those credentials. Seniority can also help. Such as an established newspaper with an established writer, etc. There are only so many seats in a press box, but the credentials will far outnumber those seats so an auxiliary box is opened in the stands and that's where many writers/broadcasters sit. So, if you have a baseball team in town and you have a baseball beat at your outlet there is going to be a priority given for seat, for credential, and for clubhouse access. Once those are handed out then there are other levels of credential that outlets can and do get.
I have no delusions of grandeur. My role as a reporter is to inform the fans so that they can make an informed decision on how they spend their money, their emotions, and their support of the said team. My role as a reporter is to treat the team as a public trust and point out when they veer from their history or depart entirely from it and don't measure up to their own expectations as those imposed on them by tradition. My role as a reporter is to be aggressively analytical when possible, translate what they say to what it really means and point out that what they do is even more important, and to do my best to capture the first draft of history that will be leaned on later and trusted later as stories are retold and revisited. If there is any influence that comes from those actions, then I hope it is influence based on the integrity and intelligence of the coverage. That's the goal.
It goes through O'Hare. Whether you drive east from there or north, it definitely goes through O'Hare.
There is a sliding scale based on the things I mentioned -- baseball city, newspaper that invests in coverage, beat writer -- and the thing you mentioned, hometown group. The Durango, Colo., newspaper would have to have a compelling reason to request seven credentials for the Boston-Dodgers World Series, but the newspaper would be given a chance to make that case, and MLB would decide accordingly.
I agree with your premise. I remain confused by the Cardinals ambivalence. The best explanation I got was the Cardinals were not yet convinced of the team they had -- and they didn't see the innings deficit as acutely as I suggested. One executive told me I was "exaggerating" the issue that was on the horizon for them. The addition of Tyson Ross would have helped alleviate some of that, for sure, if they, you know, started him. But, hey, that's just me.
Adam Wainwright's contract has not been finalized. This is not a big deal. He must first become a free agent, by rule. He cannot become a free agent until after the World Series has ended. Why does he have to become a free agent? Well, baseball prohibits players from taking a paycut greater than 20 percent while under control of a team. That makes sense. So, Wainwright's new contract, for 2019, is such a significant paycut that he must wait, by rule, to sign it, file it, and have it approved. That will happen. Wainwright told me his base salary is based on four starts in September, not 13 years with the organization. If he reaches ALL of his incentives as a starter or reliever, I have been told, the total possible value of the contract will "not come near" his previous salary. This is a minimal risk deal for the Cardinals, and they're going to be doing what so many teams want to do -- pay for production as they receive said production.
He makes a lot of sense for the Cardinals. Alas, the Cardinals make no sense for him as he looks to rebuild his spot as a starter and strike it rich in the next two years.
This is definitely an argument you'll hear from the Cardinals, with one key exception. Fowler does not allow for the foot issue to be part of the conversation. Trust me. I've asked. I've talked to him numerous times about this, and I've even mentioned the trouble that Howard, Wainwright, Pujols, and way way back in my NBA-covering days Van Exel had with foot injuries and how nothing was the same for them. He insisted the foot was not an issue coming into the season, through the season, and that the issues he had in 2017 with the foot had been addressed and were not lingering. Another reason, for sure. That one didn't resonate.
Well said. I think too much of how good Boston is at getting young players -- and trading for win-now additions -- is not stressed. You did a good thing here by pulling back the reality of the spending to expose the real structure of the roster.
And, yet, only one name player has used it. They're cosmetic, at this point.
If Arizona goes into a complete rebuild, Marte would be low on the list of players from that roster the Cardinals should pursue. Maybe that's just me.
Great question. I've been trying to give this some thought. I think contact is undervalued/overlooked, increasingly -- and not just contact rate, but contact type, too. We have all these ways of measuring exit velocity and "barrels" and at some point in time you'd expect meek-contact pitchers to benefit from that and there would be a recognition that guys can get outs without 95+ heat up in the zone. I get it. Velocity is sexy. MPH dazzles. But the ability to invite meek contact, like the ability at the plate to make contact, are two things we're seeing marginalized in the game -- and yet both are proven to help teams win.
The best ones. So, yeah, some of the finer pitchers the Cardinals have, and the power relievers they have still in the minors, and perhaps an outfielder like O'Neill, and so on.