I've never heard Votto complain. But you'd think he'd like to play for one more winning team and one World Series before he's through.
The Cardinals have Tovar, Schrock and Mejia all at Memphis. They're well-covered. Munoz needs to play every day for a while and, at Memphis, he can move all over the field.
I would like to see hitters approach every ball as if it will stay in play and not go over or off the wall. These things didn't happen as much 25 or 30 years ago and were dealt with if they did.
The clubhouse appears harmonious. Hard to separate the best interviews but Waino always has set a standard, so we'll stay with that.
I would have to say Pujols is the best hitter I've ever covered. I didn't get to know Stan Musial until he was done playing.
It would seem that Holliday's career is over. I know he wanted to go out more on his own terms but his career was pretty complete.
For each day a player is in the majors, he gets a day's pay at the salary at which he was signed in the off-season or the minimum salary if he was just brought up for the first time.
Don't know about that but it would be a lot to ask him to change positions and a spot in the batting order just one year after you invested five years and $82.5 million in him.
Good analogy. There always seemed to be something wrong with Lonnie's shoes. Martinez is just too big for such a small area.
It would be nice to consider that as an option. It wouldn't be $19 million again. It would depend on whether Wainwright was going to be the rotation at all. And he might want to go free agent. He never has taken that tack.
Willie has been instructor for both the Giants and Cardinals in the intervening years. He just didn't want to leave home until he had only one child, William, still in school.
Too many strikeouts, poor on-base percentage. But they like his power and his defense. Don't give up on him yet. But he does have to be wondering, though.
If they deem that Wainwright could help them in the bullpen, I'm all for it. But he seems a serviceable starter for now, so I don't worry about it just yet.
I don't know how many other teams were in play but the Cardinals weren't the only suitors. He will get a second crack at the Reds this weekend. Last week, the Brewers jumped him earlier than they had got to him in his first start against them but Mikolas finished that game strongly, as if he and Yadier Molina had made their own adjustments.
It's way too early to get too technical with which pitcher does well against which teams. Personnel changes so much year to year, so that's not always applicable. Keep the pitchers in their rotation unless protracted bad weather occurs and you don't want your ace, such as Martinez, to miss a turn. Plenty of time to get fancy after the All-Star break or in late August and September.
My point was, and apparently I didn't make it clear, is that 16 games have been played. One-tenth of a season. Do you realize how low that fraction is? I'm not saying to do this forever, but I'm saying until the next week or two. No, I'm not comparing Carp to Votto. But you don't see the Reds abandoning ship on something that hasn't worked so far. It is April 16. Take a breath. But keep our ear muffs on.
Yadi is not a slam-dunk HOFer in many other locales. Two more Gold Gloves and two more All-Star teams would help. That would get him to 10 in each category. His offensive numbers, though respectable, are not of HOF caliber.
I do not think at all. There's no guarantee that either Ozuna or Fowler or both will be here after next year.
I concur. I do not think they thought Diaz would be happy or productive as a bench player. And we still do not know the answer to that because Diaz has been playing regularly in Toronto with Tulo injured.