I'm sure the HOF execs have pondered this for a long time. There might be some reference on their plaques (I assume you mean Bonds, Clemens) that says, "excelled during an era when PEDs were prevalent" or something like that.
Ramon Urias has shown some punch and hasn't been bad at several infield positions. Could be a utility possiblity down the road.
Most teams leave their second catchers on the bench until extra innings. I favor having a player on the roster who could play a position and also be a third catcher but that breed is dying. It really doesn't matter what Wieters hits _ because he won't _ unless he's in the lineup. I do like the 12-man staff, though.
Besides the fact he has hit better when batting first, Carpenter is the leadoff man because he gets on base at a better rate than anybody else on the team. That's what a leadoff man is supposed to do. A corollary advantage is that he works counts better than anybody else on the team and thus he and the rest of the club can see more pitches earlier in the game.
The Cardinals may think they have enough lefthanded relief if Shreve and Webb continue to be as good as they have so far this spring, with Miller as the lead lefthander in the bullpen. Garcia has been unimpressive this spring but I wouldn't want to give him up yet. He is a terrific specimen.
Not just the Holland fiasco. But Gregerson and Cecil, too. These have created wariness in their thoughts of signing any relievers, or at least any for more than two years (Miller got two years plus an option).
I think they're pleased. I wouldn't be surprised if he got an at-bat this spring but nothing much more than that with them.
According to the time line I'm hearing, those discussions may have been going on concurrently.
I like Sosa better than I've liked him heretofore. I haven't seen enough of Robinson at shortstop or Munoz either but so far I wouldn't be comfortable with either for very long. Gyorko could finish a game there, but a replacement shortstop is an issue. Sosa is next. But how far away is he?
John Tudor. Lee Smith. Matt Holliday. Tudor gives you a lefthanded starter, which you don't really have. Smith had his best years with the Cardinals as their closer. Holliday would be a proven cleanup hitter.
If you like walks and home runs, then you can appreciate the uptick in scoring. But, man those strikeouts. Unless it's your team's pitcher getting them, a strikeout has little to recommend it. The ball has got to be in play more.
I don't think it was a Molina issue so much as Matheny didn't have good rapport with others on the club, including Fowler, The team also wasn't playing that well and everyone seemed kind of up tight.
Pitchers and catchers reported today and will work out Tuesday. Position players will report Wednesday and work out Thursday.
This has got to be the last year the Mets will ride this out. Tebow likely will get some chance, somehow, to be in the majors this year. And when that doesn't work out, he can go back to his many other pursuits because he already is in his 30s.
It starts at the top. But there would be plenty of player turnover, too. I don't have grave concerns about anything yet as it is too early to articulate an accurate opinion.
About two or three starters will have two or three complete games. Some teams won't have any complete games. Scherzer may have as many as four.
All good choices. I had them on my initial 10-man ballot. I will not vote further.
He had another couple of years to go on his contract so I think the intended for him to finish the season before there was a re-assessment.. But Mo and Bill decided not to wait that long.
Any lefthanded hitter the Cardinals would have acquired needed to be, in their minds, a versatile defender, which Dietrich is not. This is why they obtained Robinson (from Texas) who still might be a player. Iglesias would have provided some defensive insurance at shortstop but they must think they have enough with Munoz, Robinson and Sosa. We'll see.
That depends on what is needed. But you can't forget that flurry of transactions in 2011 when they gave up Rasmus but brought in valuable pitching help like Dotel and Edwin Jackson. Not blockbuster names, but good enough to help get them to the World Series. They would spend this year, if they were close, yes.