Providing proof of vaccination might slow down the lines at the turnstiles. I doubt if fans will be in the park on opening day, if it is in April, as slated. Maybe later, maybe yes.
If there are more losses than wins, that would force any team into some sort of overhaul. But, regrettably, we haven't even finished 2020 yet. I am not in 2022 mode. We still are at least 3 1/2 months from the next opening day. And that is 2021. Don't judge this team yet. Feel free in late February because this off-season process will take at least until then.
I'd like to see Sosa get a chance. He was COVID affected this season, which largely was a lost one, for him. He figures to be on the club right now.
Those cities always will have that advantage, pandemic or not. Front offices in smaller markets have to be smart in their decisions and use their resources, whatever they may be, wisely. The Cardinals don't need to telegraph anything. Every team, even the ones in LA, New York and Chicago will take hits, but the Cardinals, more than those cities' clubs, depend on the box office.
Those issues are going to be important ones. But I can't see through the trees just yet. I'm just hopeful this next season can be played without too much delay or interruption. I'm kind of in the one-year-a-time prism.
At first, I thought it was the goofy mascots and logos that those teams traditionally have sported that had become offensive. But, clearly, it has become more than that to many people. Again, we have bigger problems on the world-wide stage.
Brad Hand will be a good sign for somebody although he had a disappointing end to the playoffs when Cleveland lost to a Yankees team it could have beaten.
I don't know about the organization. But, while Bader has OPS numbers for this year that bely his low average and he has been a strong defender, it would seem ludicrous to say he has been "far superior" to anyone the past two years. Otherwise, he wouldn't have lost his job for parts of both seasons.
Mo's job is not in any more jeopardy than a job at his level ordinarily would be in. You could check the standings for the past 12 years or so and the attendance for 11 of those 12 years to gauge Bill DeWitt's confidence in him. Somebody must like the product.
I think I have the right to call the Kim signing a success if people are going to call the Pham or Mercado trades failures.
Distant cousin. He looks like a ball player, albeit one that should have been better. But I would trade some excess pitching for him.
Thank you very much. If the Cardinals sign Waino and Molina there won't be much other change--at least one new hitter has to be brought in--because they won't have much financial flexibililty. But they won't tank. Never have and never will.
I admit I hadn't considered that possibility. But I would take a look at it in the spring--at least once in a while--now that Wong has gone. What do they have to lose?
I have liked Profar although, like most others, I expected more. He has some pop and some versatility. If the Cardinals have enough money to sign just one other player, that might have to be a lefthanded hitter. Profar, at least is a switch-hitter, so there might be some value there.
I would like to believe that somewhere those talks are taking place now. We don't need a strike or a lockout or any interruption that is not health-related.
But good luck with the players agreeing to that. It will come up, though, you're right.
Nelson Cruz will get a lot more money somewhere else to be a DH. You would consider it but you might want someone younger than 41, which Cruz will be in July.
To my knowledge, baseball no longer has contracts tied to attendance clauses.
For what's worth. . . and that's nothing. . . Cardinals, Cubs, Reds, Brewers, Pirates. There won't be four teams in the playoffs again.
You are correct. Justin Williams and Austin Dean still are on the roster and deserve a bit longer look.
I don't see how all three can all be on the club, if you also have Carlson, Fowler and an outfielder to be named later