Whitey was very easy to play for because he had very few rules. But he made no bones that he was in charge. Once, a veteran player wanted to call a players-only clubhouse meeting. Herzog replied, icily, "I call all the meetings around here." He surely was more loved than hated but he was feared to some degree.
A pitcher like Reed might figure into the Cardinals' plans more than Davis, who probably will get more money and years than the Cardinals want to pay. Yes, then they could try to spn prospects for Longoria/Archer. Grichuk surely would be involved in something like that. Perhaps Jose Martinez and surely a young pitcher or two.
The Blue Jays are not necessarily in rebuild mode, so Donaldson isn't all that available. So it might take two players, let's say Gyorko and Grichuk and a top starter like Wacha. They might also want young pitching, too. The names you mentioned won't help the Jays much this year, other than Grichuk.
If "snub" is the right word, Martin has received almost no support from the Hall of Famers every time in which the committee that I am part of puts his name on the ballot. Billy was a baseball "genius" as you put it, but the people on the final voting committee, more than half of whom are Hall of Famers, have decided otherwise.
Reed could be a closer here. Tui could be a setup man. And Cobb could be a starter. The first two more likely than the last.
You mean Barry Bonds, however. Yes, the coaches have tried to induce better contact by Grichuk, Wisdom, et.al. I don't think it makes much difference how many homers the hitting coach had in hi s career. Mabry, actually, had more than many.
As long as all those prime players are still in play, it is not too late. Not much is going to happen until Martinez, Hosmer, Moustakas, Davis, Arrieta, Darvish sign.
I would do it but I might have to get a catcher back, too, or sign one. The Cardinals would hesitate to include both Flaherty and Hudson in same deal. The Rays probably would want a hitter like Grichuk included.
No. The difference is that Whitey did his makeover in five days.
I think that Mo runs all the scenarios past Matheny but the latter doesn't necessarily push Mo toward anything. Yes, he largely stays out of Mo's business.
Unfortunately, fan support has little or nothing do to with Teddy's chances. Wouldst that it could.
You're right. Everyone seems to be waiting for Davis. The setup men, however, have been flying off the shelves. I would put them in order, here, Colome, Davis, Holland.
Reyes might be in the bullpen at the start of the season although only for a while until his arm is built up more and the Cardinals need another starter. He would only be a closer candidate if thee rotation displayed that it was strong enough without him, which I doubt.
Lee Smith, the former Cardinals closer and once the all-time leader in saves, is at the top of my list.
Seattle apparently very interested. The Mariners signed Nicasio to two-year, $17 million deal.
I'm not sure what the model is other than to be a winning team. They have upgraded their defense in the outfield with a Gold Glover in Osuna.
No, But those danged carts were so expensive, too.
Any fight with me wouldn't be fair. For me.
Waino's estimable career as a Cardinal likely is over after 2018 unless he morphs into a swing man starter/reliever at a lot less money.