I hope he's doing well. And I have heard nothing to the contrary.
Themselves. They need to play better defense. Everything else will look better if they can do that.
They're fine here. Schrock never has been on the major-league roster yet. He is slated for Memphis but I've been impressed by how well he's played this spring at third base, which wasn't necessarily in his portfolio before. I can see him being a factor if he hits well at Memphis and shows he can play something besides second base, where they already have a lefthanded hitter in Wong.
Baseball is taking a hard look at the 10-day DL and you'd have to show there was an actual injury every 10 days that caused you to make such a ove. I can see the 15-day DL returning down the road to avoid chicanery.
I can see this working in September when rosters can be expanded and tired players can be rested more. But this should not be necessary during the season . And owners aren't going to pay 29 big-league salaries during the season, you can book that, because it eats up arbitration time.
He certainly had support in the clubhouse although I wouldn't call it unanimous. He was let go because management felt the team's play was drifting and saw no reason to try to ride him out until the end of the season.
He is more of a utility player, the way I see it. He can play there, but it may not be his best position. Sosa is more of a shortstop
There's a hotel right next door. Expensive, I suspect, though.
Gant probably is going to start. They aren't likely to go outside the organization yet. You still have Wacha, Waino, Flaherty, Mikolas as your first four, not in that order. And Reyes may not be far off.
You make some points about flexibility but if it comes down to JMart and Dietrich, I take JMart any day. Neither is a good fielder. and JMart can hit righthanded pitchers. In fact he hit them at .313 last year.
I always lament the days that Stan and Red died. Those were Cardinals treasures and people I had the privilege of calling friends, especially Red, whom I knew longer. Favorite memories are many but covering the World Series runs were the most work but, ultimately, fun memories on which to look back.
I don't know the hold-up, other than to suspect that teams are worried about the potential health risks of those two if they were signed to long-term deals. Somebody will take plunge, soon, but it won't be here.
For now, Hudson fits in the bullpen and Gomber may be better suited starting a while at Memphis before being called up either to relieve or start, as needed. He had good moments in both roles last year.
Miller should be pitching Tuesday or at the latest, Wednesday. Cecil;s mechanics are being re-booted. Nothing really wrong with his arm.
Good question. I hope somebody finds the answers. Those who make it to the majors, even for a while, are taken care of. But for the great majority of the minor leaguers who don't make it, they really are playing for the love of the game.
Hard to say, but another hitter would create more action, in theory, than the pitcher striking out. But I would miss the strategy in NL managers having to decide when to hit for the pitcher.
I don't disagree. I just don't think it has to be one big-ticket player. The Cardinals did it with several new faces in 2011.
He hasn't been involved in any hitting drills to my knowledge yet, but I will keep posted. There's always a chance.
You don't know the answers to these types of questions until you see how the fundamentals are handled during the season. Everybody practices them in the spring. It often is who is paying attention the most.
There are enough games and enough contrived games where everyone who needs to will get a shot. It will be most interesting to see how Reyes is handled.