No clue. Sure seems like Ponce has been put under glass. Odd when you consider they were willing to give him a start but not willing to use him in the crunch. Hard to reconcile those two actions without further explanation.
He could be. Cabrera and Helsley have been given the longer more telling looks at this point. They do like Fernandez's stuff. Particularly his slider and changeup, but I'm just repeating myself at this point.
His disinterest in talking to the media is palpable, yes. It's his shtick. It appears that he does it sometimes to entertain his teammates, not to offer questions the same respect they give him.
Any day now. Keep waiting for the changeup to turn into a pumpkin.
Point it out to him. Those were his words.
He was no longer in the hospital as of yesterday. And have recently been in the ICU, let's not suggest that Martinez was there because that's not what the Cardinals said. They said he was at the hospital. The ICU should not be assumed.
No kidding. You're not Linus. And this chat isn't your security blanket.
Yes. Of course. It should.
Rizzo is not in the Cubs lineup this evening. Cubs beat writers are expecting an update later in the day -- like Cardinals beat writers are for Martinez.
Interesting that it took losing for people to notice the interview approach of some players. I'll tell you this: The writers pick up on it, win or lose, and it is one reason why I won't bother talking to players who are clearly not to be bothered by stooping to talk to me. We're both better off. And then there is the opposite end of the spectrum: The player who asked me this week if the comments he made in an interview last week were enough for the story I was trying to put together -- or if I wanted him to give it more thought and provide some additional comments on the topic. He did that voluntarily. A pro.
They cannot. Not without compensation. Teams will put the kibosh on lateral moves within the confines of a contract. Promotions are different. So, for an exec to make a lateral move the exec must either have his/her contract run out or the team getting him offer compensation.
I guess so. I might need to update that picture. It's from 2006, Paris. Maybe I should go with the new-, middle-aged-crisis look. I'll get to your question if I can find it. But I also want to maintain the pace of the chat for the other readers as well.
Interesting callback. And now Strawberry calls the area one of his homes.
And there I am, Snoopy, in the press box: "It was a dark and stormy Chat ... "
The Cardinals wish. We'll see. I'm not bright enough to know the inner-workings of the brain surgeon GM's master plan, just ask him. It is hard to get a read on what the Rockies would want in return. But what they would need to get is cash relief, and that's going to lessen the return they could get. Colorado has also been resistant to getting pitchers from other organizations. I think Hudson would be part of the conversation given his style of pitching and how many believe that works there in Coors Field. If I'm the Rockies, I call the Cardinals about Harrison Bader this year and try to make that deal. He could cover CF and that place would certainly give an immediate jolt to his offensive game. Not sure the Cardinals would want to have that talk, but the Rockies should make that call. Still, what do I know. I only cover baseball. Like their GM, I've never won a playoff series.