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Not really. Mizzou's fan base is tiny compared to most SEC teams and the school doesn't really embrace a win-at-whatever-cost mentality for sports. So culturally the school may never fit. Geographically, it borders three other SEC states, so it fits OK.
Again, the Cardinals have outstanding starting pitching last season despite suffering a crazy number of injuries. There is ample depth and plenty of room for growth and improvement. That is why most people like their pitching. As for Carlos Martinez, it's always tricky to trade a guy coming off of a down year. He is not untouchable by any means, but the Cardinals are going to expect big value back in any trade.
He is a versatile guy, like Munoz. He can play all over the place. But his hit took developed deep into his minor league career and he still must prove himself at the big league level. I would expect to see him at some point as a fill-in, but it would take a huge spring for him to beat out a more established player for a bench role.
The Blues have done many splashy things over the years and most of them turned out very badly. Style points don't add up to a Stanley Cup? That said, there is little doubt Doug Armstrong is running out of time. I expect him to get one more coaching move and one more goaltending move. Both need to work out or Tom Stillman will have to consider his options.
Maybe some day, but pretty soon we're going to see a wave of new ballparks in MLB and those new parks always go to the front of the line.
Tyler O'Neil could end up playing some center field. And that might be Yairo Munoz's best position.
Good question. I can just hit Control G and make "Golden State" the automatic answer. My son-in-law would lose his mind if LeBron led the Lakers to the title, but it's too early in the process. And what's with the Raptors this season? Would the NBA led a Canadian team win the title in an American sport?
Well, one thing you can do is leave Kyrou and Blais in San Antonio while things shake out and perhaps send Thomas to play in the World Junior Championships. The collective frustration of the Blues is dragging everybody and you don't want elite prospects to experience too much of that too early in their career.
No, he is not Mike Trout. He has been hurt a lot and his one monster season puff up his career statistics. While he is a young free agent, he has played a LOT of baseball and suffered a lot of injuries. A team giving him a 10- or 12-year contract could regret that five or six years down the road.
Smith would make the cut as an impact reliever. The Giants aren't the most logical suitor for J-Mart, but that is the sort of return the Cardinals are seeking for him.
He could show him around town, turn him on to the best restaurants. make sure he picks the right neighborhood . . . yeah, that could add to Double D's value.
People still like fantasy football and they still place the odd wager on football. That didn't go away when the Rams did.
If management is skittish because of past mistakes, then the Cardinals need new management. All you can do in any business is make the best decision on the best information available at the time. Some good decisions turn out bad and some bad decisions turn out good. The Cardinals acknowledge that relief pitching is a position prone to inconsistency. Investments there are dicier than than anywhere else in the industry. But that doesn't mean that the team must avoid the high end of the market. Do the research, get the best information possible and take your shot. If you're afraid of bad outcomes, then you lack the courage to do the job well.
To Europe for sure. There are pro leagues all over the world and many pale in quality comparison to MLS.
That team clings to its top cost-controlled position players, And it is looking to extend him. Also, the Cardinals have no place for him next season with Goldschmidt and Carpenter on the corners. Check back on this top next year at this time when we see how the 2019 plays and whether the Cardinals need a corner infielder.
There was talk about that many years ago -- back when Jamie McMurray was an emerging star -- but so many other super speedways popped up around the country. And then NASCAR's boom era ended. So at this point I am not sure there is any motivation to take the track to the highest level and to bid for races on the top circuit. (By the way, is the top circuit sponsored by Monster Energy? For an old school Richard Petty fan, that just seems weird.)
That's hockey. In the old days it was not a big deal. I loved Patrick Maroon chuckling about it afterward with players. Boys will be boys.
People can get overwrought when guys don't run hard to first base, but I think some of this anti-Harper chatter is just bitter pushback against the Boras hype machine. I'm guessing most managers would be glad to have Harper on his side.
Nobody knows which Blues team will show up on a given night. Except that the good one never shows up two games in a row, so tonight might not be much of a birthday bash.