I appreciate professionalism and strive for it at all times. Honesty is part of that. So is pointing out pettiness or a lack of professionalism.
The Cardinals are open to that possibility. They're preparing him for it.
I don't. This stuff happens. It doesn't happen as much as it could. Sure seemed odd yesterday, for sure, but over the course of the year we're going to see it once, twice. Not an ideal time. But I'm not in the camp that it was costly. Walks were costly.
The Cardinals would like to keep Carlson and Hicks, and Fowler has a no-trade clause, and DeJong and Goldschmidt aren't going anywhere. Molina has a no-trade clause. Carpenter's no-trade clause kicks in. So not them. Always better to talk about who isn't and work backward. The Cardinals will listen on a handful of players, because that's their job.
He is not. He's going to do his work like he did this past offseason with some additional guidance from the Cardinals. They've mapped out a chance to get rest and build strength and health and durability for what will be the longest season of his young career. That's the plan.
He was selected for Arizona, but Mozeliak and others said about a month ago that they were unsure if he needed that test. He's proven all that they could ask, I heard over and over again. The question was whether he'd go for a short stretch, for a few weeks, or not go at all. He's not going to go at all. Underscores how Cardinals want his at-bats to be with them in the coming year and gearing everything he does from here for that possibility.
Probably not. He'll come to spring like Fowler did in 2019.
Hope so. He deserves induction.
I didn't have an issue with the error going to the center fielder in that spot. It went off of him. I really, honestly, wonder why this is causing such angst. It happens. You can watch the tape and clearly clearly see Fowler call for the ball and then Bader come into the screen also calling for the ball. One guy was under it. The other running. Again, it happens. This is not where the game was lost.
Blank -- like La Russa's. Poetic.
Yes. But that's not the reason. The bigger changes to the coverage is teams opening up their own "media groups" and pushing that coverage to fans through social media sites, and even controlling some of their announcements to give the "scoops" to their internal media groups. That is happening -- and that is going to be more widespread as teams seek to control the message. The other part of it is the notion that more and more coverage is coming from less and less attendance at games. I'm not shouting at clouds here, because I get it -- and I despise the description of "access" journalism because it allows you cherry-pick what you consider "access." To me, journalism, by definition, is "access" journalism -- whether you're basing your journalism on access to stats, access to sources, access to research, access to interviews, access to the game, or access to a wi-fi connection for you to aggregate coverage from other medium. Whatever. But that has started to change things. There were times in recent years when I was held accountability for coverage that did not come with my byline merely because I was present and the writer was not, and then I was scolded for always "defending other writers." Go figure. You can see how that changes the climate at the ballpark when players go from knowing critics will be there, to not knowing where the next critic is going to come from. I want to make it very clear that I don't have an issue with satellite coverage. It's made us all better. The better the competition the better the coverage. I am just pointing out how it has changed the process of covering a team -- and some could argue for the better.
Yep. Focus on the division. It's the most linear race.
Craig Counsell is good at managing. Even if he thinks I ask old-man questions.
Explained earlier in the chat. Promise. Scroll back.
Have to relocate to the ballpark, where there is a game scheduled and news afoot. The plan is to take the chat through to 5,56 p.m.-ish. It's at that point that I have to shift to -- how do they put it? -- being on assignment. So get those questions humming. We'll bring the news and then speed into some more rounds of questions.
Folks: Derrick also had a family issue come up. He's going to tend to that first, then head to the ballpark and will answer more questions when he sets up there. He asked me to pass this along: Writers covering the Cubs informed him that Rizzo (sprained ankle) will be out at least one week; he'll be in a boot.
Carlos Martinez update: He was back with the team today, and his availability for tonight is ... to be determined, but it has not been ruled out. Martinez and the Cardinals described some combination of allergies and asthma. I asked Shildt if he's had asthma before, and the manager said yes. Martinez did have issues several years ago in Colorado, back when he was a starter. Off the top of my head, I don't recall if that was described as asthma at the time. He'll go through some throwing here at the ballpark and then have to get clearance from the medical staff.
Fair question. I mean accountable in the classic, dictionary usage of the word, not the euphemism. I mean that I was asked to defend the work of others. I'm cool taking ownership of my work -- and the work of the paper. It has my name on it. I'm accountable for that -- in all senses of the word, new and classic.
They received two outfield players, including a rookie-level prospect Jhon Torres. I would imagine this team would be about the same, candidly. Mercado is a talent. It was clear that he was a talent. And he would have done well with the green light to steal that he relishes. The Cardinals moved him because they continue have 40-man roster management binds that have cost them several players through the years -- and rather than watch Mercado go in the Rule 5 draft (they picked Lane Thomas for that spot ahead of Mercado) they decided to trade him to get something, something in return, something that they didn't have to protect on the 40.