I'm not sure they had three jerseys in those days. And now, you can find a place to cool off for a while. Nowhere to go in those days.
Yadier Molina, a nine-time All-Star, might differ with that opinion. Marcell Ozuna made the All-Star team last year, as did Carlos Martinez and Matt Carpenter has been on a couple of All-Star teams and MIchael Wacha one. I think it's impossible to predict what's going to happen. I had the Nationals.
I don't think you could find many instances like Stan and Red because players don't stay on the same teams as long as they used to.
Perhaps the umpire squeezing the zone and the pitchers' squeezing the ball. It's that time of year.
Bader, for one thing, hasn't been a regular players as some of the others nor has he put comparable offensive numbers. As talented as Bader has been, I would think Flaherty would be as worthy, if not more so, of that third-place vote because he has been a staff ace.
Much improved in most places, even Wrigley Field, where it wasn't hard to improve.
Point taken. Despite 99 total wins, Dusty got fired because Matt Wieters had one of the worst innings a catcher possibly could have in Game 5 of the NLDS.
Hard for the voters to vote for the guy batting seventh or eighth rather than a guy hitting in a prime spot in the lineup.
No, but it's never as good when it expands and more players are major leaguers who might not have been before. The big difference is that the game is played on another scale now. It's Big Ball (strikeout, home run) rather than Smaller Ball (taking advantage of opportunities, however you do it).
Interleague play was designed in some part to help attendance in cities which didn't draw as well so that their fans could see different teams. I don't necessarily see that has helped other than some natural rivalries, which account for only part of the interleague schedule. I'm OK with it because at least now, teams play the same number of games against the same teams as the other teams in their division. A wild-card berth can never be fairly judged because even in your league, you play more games against teams in your division than you do against other teams and what if you have an easier division some year?
I see the first two as potential impact players _ not quite yet _ and Wisdom as a contributor.
Those pitches were all conditioned to pitch 200 innings or more. Now, nobody even comes close to that in the minor leagues, or rarely, in the major leagues. And some of the pitches thrown these days _ split-fingered, cutters, etc., may be harder on the arm.
You'll notice that Donaldson still is not on Cleveland's active clubs. By the time he would have been here, Gyorko and Wong will be back. There were general concerns about Donaldson's health, which hasn't been good (shoulder, too) all season.
Adams likely is here only for this month. As for Murphy, to whom many have been referring, perhaps the Cubs had more to offer than the Cardinals. And, at the time, the Cardinals had no place really to play Murphy with any kind of regularity.
I wouldn't be surprised if the Cardinals didn't look at him. He lives in Jupiter,Fla., and they could use a lefthander out of the bullpen.
Law of averages, I suppose. Holland finally has found his groove after no spring training and there wasn't the intense pressure on him that there was here. It surely didn't seem that he was going to find it here.
You can make that point but you must remember they took a real run at Stanton, who was not cheap, last year, and they thought they had him. Stanton didn't want to play here. He probably hasn't been the only one.
Of course, Ross Porter was a friend of mine and Vin has been one for a long time.
Lyons has been outrighted and would have to clear waivers to be brought back. Then, if he was brought back, they wouldn't be able to option him again. I could see him turning up in spring training next year as a non-roster player if he doesn't sign with somebody else.
The Dodgers and Cubs are the best two teams in the league right now. The Cubs have enough to get to the NLCS for the fourth year in a row.