I concur. Not only is it a bad example but it can't be all that healthy either. He seems to prosper with that chew but I'm sure many would like for him to try to give it up. Then again, in the old days, almost everybody either smoked or chewed.
Yadier Molina is the linchpin to any season for the Cardinals. He plays the most position on the field and he is the leader on the field and beyond.
The answer depends on health. If Wade Davis is healthy for the Cubs, I say Cubs. If Trevor Rosenthal is healthy (which he isn't), I say Cardinals. In the last couple of years, each at one point has been the best in his league.
If Piscotty were to go year by year and he progresses as expected, he could be a $10 million a year player after his fourth, or certainly, fifth year. They'll be saving plenty along the way if they're right.
I hate it. I always enjoyed the times when catchers could try to trick hitters or when pitchers, asked to throw intentionally bad pitches, would bounce one off the backstop. What did we save last night? Thirty seconds?
I would hope most managers would manage games like they were postseason games. And you don't think the Cardinals were trying to send a message to the Cubs? Every game between those teams will be a postseason game this year.
The Piscotty contract is comfortable for the player and favorable to management if he pans out as expected. Maybe with Price out, the Red Sox can win the World Series (hint: his postseason record isn't very good).
My theory, and I presume that of some fans, is that no matter what a player is making, he should hustle, or at least make it look that way, at all times. These fellows have short careers. Let them make whatever they can. But no half-stepping.
Two players come to mind: Speedy, talented outfielders Magneuris Sierra and Jose Adolis Garcia. When they learn to hit for power, watch out. And add shortstop Delvin Perez.
In the last year or so, Molina is taking more good swings per at-bat than I can ever remember him doing.
Broxton doesn't fit that prototype two-inning reliever but I can see him for one inning any time between the sixth and eighth, with an occasional ninth. He once was a good closer, you know.
The Cardinals have worked to some lengths to get Wong to cut down his swing. Yes, he has terrific power, like Joe Morgan, did. But Joe Morgan also took walk when he had to. And put the ball in play when he had to. Wong can be so much better. And maybe he will be. Or maybe he won't.
They didn't have disabled lists a half century ago, relative to what they have now. If you couldn't pitch, too bad. You'll be doing it in Omaha. Also, pitchers aren't trained in the minors to go any longer than six or seven innings. That's one of the reasons it doesn't happen that much in the majors.
And thank you. Magneuris Sierra, a true center fielder with speed, impressed me the most. Give him two more years.
Matheny made it sound in the spring as if he wanted to give his bench players plenty of time. That means starts for Adams, Gyorko, Garcia and Martinez and even Fryer once every 10 days or so. So, yes, look for some shuffling.
Harrison Bader impresses me more as a corner outfielder but he can play center. The Cardinals have some other contenders in that center field crop.
Martinez and a healthy Alex Reyes would fetch the most prospects if the Cardinals wanted to go those routes. But they don't need prospects. They're trying to win now. They don't have any position players other than Diaz for whom teams would give up a lot.
That's a very good question. Both are/were being treated as stars of the future. The difference then was that Matheny was capable catcher ahead of Molina but not a star. Molina is a star.
I would think so far he's a fourth outfielder but that could change. He has speed, power and is a good defender.