I guess bigger than you think. He's got a two-year deal. They won't give up on him quickly.
I was referring to the top-tier free agents who are the talk of the market. Utley, Holliday and Ichiro, of course, will get votes and Ichiro probably will get in on the first ballot.
I kind of liked when teams played for one run at a time and not three or four. Whenever there's more scoring, it's always about the ball. But more pitchers said they were harder to hold this year, related to the seams, than ever before. Mostly, everybody is trying to hit a home run in every at-bat.
Why don't you define for me " all in?" As in Moustakas, who was sent to the minors a couple of years ago? Or Darvish, who didn't make it past the second inning in the most important start of his life? The only one of the free agents who really appeals to me is Hosmer because of his offense/defense parlay.
Mussina most certainly should be in the Hall, PED era or not.
You echo many of my sentiments. Teddy was better than Carter. Not as good as Bench. Not sure about Fisk because I didn't see him enough. Simmons will come up for consideration again in a couple of years and hopefully his strong showing this last time will stand him in good stead. Hopefully, Lee Smith will get his shot this year.
I think I have thick enough skin for this. And while I was never a star athlete, I was never a water boy.
Location has much to do with this. Teddy had St. Louis and Milwaukee, for instance, and King Felix has Seattle. While the regular awards' balloting have two writers in every city, the Hall of Fame is different. It covers writers who have 10 years' time in grade and there have been more papers in New York, Boston, Los Angeles, etc.
Waino will be under intense scrutiny this spring, just the way he likes it. The barometers will be velocity and how quickly he bounces back after a pitching session, either in a game or an extended bullpen.
He is a longtime journalist in Philadelphia and Cleveland and you don't have to vote for 10. So I don't have any argument although I wouldn't have done it that way.
This is almost certainly Waino's last year in the rotation but if he is not in it next year, in theory, you still would have Martinez, Reyes, Weaver, Wacha and Flaherty, with perhaps Mikolas, too.
Waino's spring training will be conducted largely along the lines of what his arm can stand. He has earned that , plus he is coming off surgery.
I'm going to say Lee Smith and Simmons get in, via Veterans' Committee before then. Pujols will get in, Molina, we don't know. Rolen, probably not.
Until Rose is removed from the suspended list, neither the writers nor the veterans' committees, can consider his candidacy. Bonds and Clemens were never suspended.
But I guarantee you that if Gary Carter had played most of his career in Milwaukee or St. Louis, he would not be in. Not fair to compare Ted to 3,000 hit men like Molitor, Yount and Brock or to 300-win pitchers like Sutton, who barely played in Milwukee.
A good lefthanded hitter off the bench would be a good pickup. You can always get that later, as needed, Your March 29 roster isn't set in perpetuity.
The Cardinals won't draw that 3.4 million this year if they don't put a contending-type on the field, so I believe they are committed to winning every year. But, even after sacrificing some of their prized prospects to get Ozuna, they want to hold onto many of the others rather than throw big money at veterans who might make them marginally better.
Ollie Brown, an outfielder for the Padres and, I believe, the Giants. And Ellis Valentine, longtime right fielder for Montreal, both had bazookas.
CMart much more advanced. He's still No. 1 next year.
I think he needs to win two more Gold Gloves and make two more All-Star teams to have a chance although he does have five .300 seasons.