The easy fix is pace of play. I would put pitchers on the clock and punish them progressively for violating it. One ball after one violation, then two, then three, then a walk for every other violation. That would force guys to THROW THE BALL rather than stand out there for hours contemplating the nature of the universe. I'd also open up the strike zone and force players to hit. Who wants to pay big money to watch some guy work for a walk? That's stupid. Play baseball. Maybe that would force hitters to take pitches away to the opposite field and become more rounded.
Again, the no-trade clause is not as big an obstacle as Fowler being owed $50 million for arguably being the worst position player in baseball last season. Who wants to trade for that?
I'm sure many agree with you.
Cardinals management expected to explore the trade route and free agency and that's what is happening. They bid on Josh Donaldson, but he signed with Atlanta instead and noted that it was the team he always wanted to play for. The the Cardinals used the trade route to land one of the best hitters in baseball. Now let's see how they address their other big need, relief pitching. I expect they will sign at least one free agent reliever, possibly for big money.
Did the Cardinals ever suggest they were committed to winning the bidding for Bryce Harper or Manny Machado? If so, I missed that. And in my chats I could not make it more clear that that Cardinals are never, ever, ever going to spend at the very top of the free agent market. I am always surprised that fans are ever surprised by this. Sure, it would be easier if Mozeliak would just come out and say "Only a moron would pay Bryce Harper $400 million and Bill DeWitt is not a moron." But he won't that. So I will say that.
Obviously the Cardinals have made huge offers that other players have rejected, most notably David Price and Jason Heyward. Can the Cardinals compete if that trend continues? Sure, but the team will need to land more high-ceiling talent through international signings and the draft.
Geez, I hope Tony La Russa doesn't see this chat. He would become heated again.
If Fowler hits well enough to attract trade interest and is willing to move to a team making a trade overture, I would imagine the Cardinals would jump at that -- as long as a replacement like Tyler O'Neil; or Adolis Garcia is ready to go.
While baseball is suffering some for sure, it is not threatened by serious injury issues that could impact football in a big way. At what point will college programs find it harder to find enough good players to stock teams? That will be the first sign of real trouble.
On a consistent basis, no. Imagine if Mizzou played in the SEC West. What would that look like? Not pretty. Auburn gets high-end talent and it's a struggle in that division.
Obviously he is having a down year. So trading him now may not bring the best return. If Tarasenko is just a 30-goal guy instead of a 40-goal guy, that will be unfortunate for the Blues. But at least his pay would be in line with what 30-goal guys get these days, so there's that.
Because he is a terrible fielder.
Against all odds, it appeared La Russa got a bit defensive there.
There are lots of college stadiums out there. The Concrete Circle of Death is not the only option.
I believe the Rams left because Stan Kroenke knew he could make a crapload of money by returning the franchise to the long-vacant LA market. As free agents of color in baseball, that is a pretty small group in a very white sport. Heyward preferred Chicago and the superior Cubs team. Can anybody blame him for that?
If the Maple Leafs want to offer Mitch Marner, then the teams should talk. some of the trade proposals crafted by media types were laughable. Pietrangelo is an elite two-way defenseman. Those are scarce in the game. Any offer for him must reflect that scarcity.
Yeah, it's tough to build a title-caliber team from within tanking. That is why the Cardinals are an outlier, staying in the hunt year after year without going that route and without building a $230 million payroll. The Cardinal Way is a tough path. Once in a while a team like the Royals (or the '06 Cardinals) will get into the bracket with a mid-market budget and defy the odds.
I love Frank White. I covered him in his prime. But come on . . .
Of course I remember that game. That helped spur the birth of the Antlers the next season. Smith was supposed to be a defensive stopper, but he went nuts as a senior. The job he did on K-State in the Little Apple was just as impressive.
No, he is an obvious trade piece. His versatility should make him marketable.