I think any full ball park, which would count here, Dodger Stadium, Yankee Stadium, Wrigley Field, Fenway Park, Marlins Park (just kidding).
I don't think Mo escapes any heat. His trading and free-agent signings, good or bad, have been well documented. The only heat that means anything that could be applied to him would come from Bill DeWitt Jr. But, no, except for Shildt's August of last year and April of this year, the other months both this year and last have looked much the same. Not good enough.
Carpenter's most important half-season of his career is coming up. He can still be on the clock even though he has an extension.
Relative to the previous question, which I answered before it was asked, Carpenter has to prove he belongs in the lineup, just as Wong would. Or pretty much everybody else at this stage.
I suspect that will be a big talking point of the next labor negotiations. Free agency hasn't quite as free as had been projected.
The prevailing theory, I would presume, would be to hit the ball hard somewhere and perhaps with some loft so you could do more damage. But, sometimes, a bounding single up the middle with the bases loaded will do just fine, as Munoz demonstrated amply yesterday. I don't mind hitters thinking. If they're not, then they're dead. But they don't have to think home run all the time. Just some of the time.
As it stands now, it seems they would have to have him back. Whether he wants to come back hasn't been determined yet. But, when Ozuna is healthy again, I suspect they might explore the possibilities of an extension. He is only 28.
Hosmer certainly took the whole field as belonging to him. Even a couple of his outs were hard-hit balls the other way. I'm sure Carp was watching that although Carp's swing path is a little more upper cut.
I would like to see the Cardinals take a shot at Madison Bumgarner. As for the rest of the clubs, there are too many still alive in potential playoff position (Washington, Cleveland) to decipher yet.
Different philosophy then. That was more than 10 years ago.
I haven't kept track of the storks' appointment book.
I can't believe the Cardinals are the only team that struggles with unseen starters. They watch plenty of video tape but until you're actually in the box, you don't really have an idea. If the young pitcher can keep his poise _ which often is an issue _ he should have the advantage. "See the ball, hit the ball," sometimes works.
This clearly is "pile on Carpenter" day. He does not have a free pass, as recent events have proven. He will play if he produces. If he doesn't, he won't play as much.
I wouldn't be surprised if he was off a game or two. You could play Carpenter at first. But without Ozuna in the lineup, that may not be possible.
You have to, although the Cardinals are about even. You are what your record says you are.
Jeff seems very happy where he is. Bregman, Springer, Verlander will help you feel that way.
When some of those 3.5 million stop coming, then you may have something. Until then, they're the ones paying the freight and they don't seem as aggrieved.
This might be the year to revert to 2014. I don't think you are intentional about making trades like that often but this could be the year to trade for a change in chemistry, besides talent.
They knew that before but Tommy Pham was hitting .248 last year and they wanted to play Bader. Center fielder isn't Pham's best position anyway..
I know that Goldschmidt is taking this very personally. He won't show it, but you know the frustration is there.