So people who don't criticize then don't care? I hope that's not what you're saying. How much someone cares about the team doesn't always manifest in what they say on Twitter or in chats, or how loud they are with criticism.
That's using the results to prove the approach. In all honesty, the Cardinals from 2008-2013 had the same approach as they profess to have now -- and that's to find a way into the playoffs and then acknowledge the randomness from there. It's actually the same approach that Theo Epstein described for the 2004 Boston Red Sox and his run of that team, and then said again as they got to Chicago. His definition of the Cubs dynasty was one that dominated the division year after year after year after year after year, and through doing that would get to a championship.
Correct. That is allowed now. It was not in the distant past, but it is now. So teams can do that to reduce cost, and some have because of injuries, etc. So, teams will negotiate a non-tender with a player so that he then returns on a smaller deal to recover from an injury, etc. The Cardinals have a lot of first-time eligible arbitration players, like Flaherty, Bader, Reyes, and Hicks. Flaherty will receive the most significant raise, of course. The decisions are elsewhere, like with John Gant, a reliever who is second-year eligible for arbitration. That is another place where the Cardinals could cut immediate cost at an area of depth.
It's possible. The analytics are only as good as they avoid what you're talking about. We can all make stats dance, that's for sure. But the better the stat, the harder they are to manipulate, and teams spend a lot of money getting the right stats read correctly.
The Rays did show that. The Rays also had an average offense. The Cardinals did not. Their offense has been below average, near the bottom, and that's why they are chasing offense. They aren't chasing offense to score like the Dodgers. They're chasing the offense to be average and complement their elite pitching and defense.
Gotcha. Thanks for clarifying. Good point to make.
A fair request. Offense tends to be entertaining. Defensive shifts aren't really highlight material -- even when they win. Winning is the most entertaining, usually.
It's overstated because not all teams let their personalities out in public. There are some rather big personalities for the team -- in the clubhouse, who are reluctant to show that publicly. For whatever reason. Paul Goldschmidt is like that. I've known players who are the opposite of that. They are great on camera and everyone thinks they much be a great leader -- and then the red light goes off and they're not. Not at all.
He is not. The team shares your fear. They've seen it recently.
It's mostly because other teams have caught up. Some of it is investment in infrastructure. The Cardinals have not yet built the pitching lab they wanted to. That's an issue of spending or past leases or something -- but they haven't done it. Period. That is a source of frustration for the baseball operations leadership. They aren't as advanced with other areas of development as they hoped, too. They were behind as far as the hardware they needed. That was responding to the coaches they had. The willingness to spend on it was there. But not if it was going to go unused. They didn't want to spend the money on the most modern dust collectors. They are playing from behind still when it comes to that, and intended to catch up in 2020, outfitting all of the minor-league hitters with new tech -- and then didn't have the minor-league season to do it.
It's a concern that this perception exists and how their actions contribute to it while it's out there. The team could counter with the fact that they also traded Piscotty and Grichuk, and those are selectively edited from the examples, and how their first three picks in the recent draft were young African-American men, and that their pitching rotation has diversity abound. But the team should be aware of this perception, and I believe is.
Thank you for taking the time to explain your view. It was a fun brand of baseball, just like I had a great time playing Nintendo Baseball Stars, and that isn't coming back either, not in the small-bit version I adored. The game has advanced. Whether we like it or not, only the individual can decide.
Better than anyone in Chicago but Reinsdorf expects.
I disagree with you that this is the approach taken by the Cardinals, but I applaud your decision to do more than just complain and take action. It is the right of the consumer to no longer consume. In the newspaper business we know this well, and it's why a chat like this exists, and a chat like this has to meet your expectations. If not, you don't consume it, and that is bad for business.