I have not, no. I think you have to be a) invited to do one and b) have a stage presence to want to talk about such things. I'm oh-for-two. I'm happy to talk to students and classes, and think that is more my arena, when I have the opportunity.
Dodgers and Twins. And I don't bet on baseball.
They'll have to get more creative. And I mentioned one possible action earlier in the chat. They would have a Grapefruit and Cactus leagues setup that would allow those teams to play against each other, and that it would be blending of a lot of different levels. There would be a focus on an instructional-like setup, and then there could be games within that Florida/Arizona corridor. Cardinals could get dozens of games going with the facility they have in Jupiter, Fla. There are five fields away from the ballpark where games could be played, and then there is the shared Roger Dean Stadium with the Marlins. They could bring in the Mets, Nats, Astros and have a five-team bubble to play developmental games of all sorts of levels. It's that kind of creativity that will be necessary.
I wouldn't count on it, no. Most interviews are being done by Zoom. No interviews in person. He has been a regular in the interviews this month, and some of those comments have been printed in the Post-Dispatch. I participated in a press conference with him during the ALDS and asked him questions about his time with the Cardinals.
They should definitely look to improve the offense all over the place, wherever they can. There's evidence that DeJong and Wong can be counted on for more in 2021. That's a start. That cannot be the plan.
And he did. He's in the Hall of Fame for a reason. I said the Dodgers and Twins in my preseason picks. That's it. I was one-for-two. Victory!
That he was an available scapegoat because he was no longer a player and, thus, no longer under the umbrella of the union. There was a lack of institutional control there that clearly warped the idea of doing everything possible to win with the notion of doing everything that is right to win.
There is definitely something to this idea, for sure, and the comparison with the Rays is apt. Also takes getting a hitter hot, like, say, Arozarena.
I don't disagree that the Rays have a compelling pitching edge. I think the Dodgers pitching will look at a lot better against the Rays lineup than it did against the Braves lineup.
The outfield has to be part of their plan to improve the offense. That has been the biggest drag on the team for two seasons now. That has to be addressed.
Don't know yet. The market is really uncertain at this point, and so is the asking price for a player like him. Does he want one year now so that he can re-enter the market a year from now after the revenues have returned closer to normal? Does he want a chance to opt-out at that point, and will that have to be a factor in every offer? Just a lot of unknowns at this point. If he goes for the big, long, major deal, then yeah, probably so. But there won't be many teams eager to offer that up given the financial situation coming out of 2020.
It would be difficult to believe that the Cardinals would return with this level of status quo.
I don't know if I even understand that distinction, sorry. ... Arozarena sure has launch angle going for him. He's hitting the ball hard and in the air. And that's what line drives are, right? Jeff Albert has often talked about his preference is for the line drive swing -- hard and in the air, and that it has the chance to produce both average and damage and doubles and homers. The issue with the Cardinals isn't launch angle. It's lack of contact with that launch angle. It's the strikeouts without the exchange of power. It's a contact issue, not a fly ball issue. It's a handling off speed stuff issue, not loft issues. Yes, it has to do with the hands -- so to speak -- that a coach is dealt, and it is also part of the development on the job of hitters. That's on them and the coach. Some players are closed off to instruction. Some players need a change of scenery to realize their approach didn't get them a longterm job, and they have to re-prove themselves somewhere new, and that might take a new approach. Some players are stubborn. And, yes, some players don't have the ability to adopt the swing or skills or approach asked by the team or the coach. So, it's a bit of everything. But I don't think the Cardinals have "stockpiled" launch angle hitters any more than other teams have. They're not HR Derby hitters. They want line drives, hard line drives, and they want them in the air, and what's lacking is hard contact, or contact at all. Damage isn't happening.
They've been going through this past few weeks, especially this past week. Public comments/ No. Not really. Just confirmation of decisions that have to be made. There's the possibility that today could shake loose some decisions (Cardinals do adhere to the MLB suggestion not to make news during the crown jewel events, and today is an off day....) . Willie McGee told Rick Hummel he hopes to return.
Gorman at 3B makes more sense than Gorman in the OF. He's really improved at the position, and there's a sense -- inside the team, and from outside scouts -- that he could stick there. The SS class of 2022 is strong. Seager looks, to me, like the best investment of the group. And I would have said that before this postseason, but I cannot prove that, so maybe just accuse me of recency bias and we can get it over with.
I cannot. Not in 2020. Not this year. Rules are rules. Maybe some other time.
Nolan Gorman was one of the most improved hitters in camp, hands down. Different guy from the previous year. Zack Thompson was the more refined of the young pitchers. Kodi Whitley and Johan Oviedo were the most-ready of the young pitchers -- as you saw.