One just recently came out at the beginning of spring training. We may revisit that in the coming months, especially as the international market closes and the Cardinals are looking at a draft where their first pick is so, so late due to the hacking penalties. That seems like the time to do an update. Should know where Adolis Garcia fits in that group, too, by then.
Hummel took note of some trends in the starting lineups here at spring and asked the question about whether Wong would be platooned to start the season. That's where the brush fire started.
Not a chance. No comparison what so ever.
I'm of the mind that Matt Carpenter will be an above average fielder at first base. That the best position for him to shine. I don't think he's just saying that, because we see it when he's out there.
He is not a permanent bench player. He's super utility. One of those regular starters without a regular position. He'll get loads of opportunity.
1) It's March. The Grapefruit League doesn't have an MVP, and if it did Shane Robinson would need some shelving done at his house. 2) Carpenter moving back to third would displace Peralta, and Peralta has had a strong spring. So that doesn't make sense. Team has really tried to get Carpenter set at one position. Leave the moving around to Gyorko.
You are not wrong about that. The White Sox have been looking for a catcher prospect, and Kelly is considered one of the best. That was one of the reasons the Cardinals kept surfacing as a possible place for Quintana. Not because they felt they had a shot at it, but because there was a lot of dot-connecting out there that Kelly and Reyes and so on would give them a shot at it. The Sox wanted a windfall. The Cardinals didn't want to lose a package like Eaton cost. No chance. So there you have it. Kelly would not be a centerpiece of that deal, per se. He would be a part. But the pitcher that the Sox think could replace Quintana in a few years would be the centerpiece.
I have a system for saving files that includes the date, the year, and the style of article. I keep long files with quotes and notes and make sure to put key words in parentheses above each note/quote so that a quick search takes me to the top. I also keep stats by hand, and I print off quotes and notes so that I have a hard copy that I can highlight and notate on for further use. Also, I have 3x5 cards for minor-leagues that offer a quick easy access to their status, their stats, their past rankings, and any scouting reports I have on them. The only way to keep up with the assignments is to stay ahead on organization.
I'm aware. My point was to use one metric to show where Harper and Machado stacked up because I could already see the blowback coming by way for not being high enough on Harper. But you make a fair point and thanks for digging up those numbers. Still, Eaton is better than most think, eh?
Excellent book. One of favorites from the past few years of releases.
He released a statement on social media that clarified his comments and made it clear that he and his teammates are not going to apologize for finding motivation in what they heard about. He also was highly complimentary about Puerto Rico, the players, and what that team meant to the island.
Hardly. It just sometimes goes by different names now that there have been advancements in identifying injuries and addressing injuries. There's impingement. There's shaving of the rotator cuff. There's laburm tears. It's like the sports hernia that used to just be a groin strain, or the oblique injury that we used to know as a sore side. Our language is starting to catch up with the injuries, too.
They are paid guests of the team and they are put to work, yes. Feel good? I don't know about that. These guys, on both sides, have accomplished something in the game and aren't looking for a pat on the head. Willie McGee isn't out there to "feel good' when he's running outfielders and baserunners through the paces. Ozzie Smith isn't out there to hear from Aledmys Diaz how good he was, not when he really stress to him footwork and positioning and see him do it over and over and over and over again. As one of the guests told us a few weeks ago: He could be doing other things. But the team wants him to work, so he works.
Not as polarizing. There are several of his peers that have expressed to me how they're baffled why he hasn't finished higher in the writer vote for Manager of the Year. Their argument is that "he wins." That's as far as they go. I don't think other fan bases spend too much time ruminating over the manager of the Cardinals and dissecting what he does day in day out. Maybe I'm wrong. What is clear, is that within St. Louis there are increasingly two vocal camps about him, and then the majority of the fans are probably in that middle ground where they are more interested in the players.
You nailed one of the more interesting developments of spring. They're right back in the thick of it, right? This simplified, commitment lineup that was imagined and designed all winter is now a moving-pieces group that has Garcia and Gyorko and Adams deserving of at-bats even at positions they don't normally play, evidently. So the complexity is back and that invites some of the inconsistencies that came last year. The Cardinals cannot go from last year when they thought the changing and mixing led to a deteriorating defense and then do the same thing and then cry inexperience when the same stuff starts happening. If the defense looks silly footed or the offense looks hodgepodge then it's entirely reasonable to wonder why all of the talk about stability when they just keep leaning back toward variety.
We have, yes. His answer is in tomorrow's paper.