Bobo's here, looking for some ballplayers.
I don't believe the Cardinals will turn down a great offer for Jose Martinez, but by now it seems obvious that none are coming. There are other DH types up for sale, like Edwin Encarnacion. Given Jose's low price, yes, it makes more sense to move Gyorko. Will that happen before the season or will the Cardinals have to wait until another team takes an injury hit to get real value there? This team is certainly overloaded from the right side of the plate and with utility-type guys.
Wong has one of those high-maintenance swings that seems to need constant calibration. Why can't everybody have a nice, easy swing like J.D. Drew? Wong's spring will be interesting, with the new blood on the coaching staff. There is no reason to sweat it until Wong starts swinging for real in exhibition play.
All indications are that he has 10-year offers in hand and that he can expect to get a lot more than the $300 million initially offered up by the Nationals. So there is little hope that the market will swing back this way.
The higher-end guys on the market want at bats, not just dollars. There are no at bats to offer. Molina maintains an eclipse over than position here, so the Cardinals will once again go with a stopgap veteran in the No. 3 slot. The team must hope that Andrew Knizner is ready to log regular duty if Molina gets hurt. The youngster is good hitter still learning to be a good catcher. This will be a big spring for him, too, as he gets lot of work with the big league staff.
The Blues have lots of talent on this team, far more than a year ago. And they also have some elite prospects. For whatever reason the parts don't fit well together and most of this team's proven players are having down years. It appears that Armstrong will get a chance to move a few players and hire the next coach, but, yes, his time is running out.
Probert then, if it is on ice. But Tyson could win if he kept his footing long enough to land one good punch.
Mizzou's fan base is woeful by SEC standards. It just is. The Tigers draw somewhere between 30,000 to 50,000 fewer fans than top SEC teams on a given game day. That means far less revenue, far less money for coaching salaries and recruiting and far less ability to compete with the top teams.
Bozak has another two years left on his contract with that $5 million cap hit, so he wouldn't be easy to move until he gets deeper in the deal. He has ability, as he demonstrated on that breakaway against the Caps, but he is overpaid for the role he has. As for Tarasenko, I haven't seen anything but speculation and laughable media-crafted trade proposals for No. 91.
Bobblehead promotions. But seriously . . . I really don't have any beefs with today's athletes. Maybe I would like to see them show even more emotion and be more willing to say what they think.
This is the time of year that is usually announced. If it has been done already, I haven't noticed the report.
As for MU's silly costume changes, I am definitely a crabby old man on that. Find your identity and stick with it. That projects strength. Showing up for games decked out like it's Halloween, that does not project strength. Just one crabby old guy's hot take.
The talent is there. Playing without Tarasenko, they dominated the defending Stanley Cup champions. Chemistry, leadership, coaching -- all these things appear questionable. Skill and experience are not the issues.
Parking in general is an adventure at college football games, due to the need to bundle the best spots into the packages the bigger boosters get. I can't speak to the specifics of handicapped parking. Generally speaking, I've been to other SEC venues with stadiums tucked on campus. I've seen challenging parking scenarios elsewhere . . . and much bigger crowds in those places than we see at Mizzou.
Schenn, Schwartz, Tarasenko, Parayko, Pientrangelo, Perron, O'Reilly . . . and lot of Blues could make the Leafs next year. Toronto needs help on the blue line and regular Leafs forwards like Andreas Johansson (8 goals), Zach Hyman (7 goals), Tyler Ennis (7 goals), Connor Brown (3 goals), Frederik Gauthier (2 goals) and Par Lindholm (1 goal) aren't exactly untouchables.
Of course such a player would be a nice fit here, but, like you saw, they scarcely exist.
I find it hard to believe that he could toe the line and stick in another program while sitting out two semesters, plus a summer session, before playing again. His best bet would seem to try his luck in Europe. Physically he ready to make some money playing hoops.
J.B. Woodman? Meh. He went to Palm Beach, a terrible place to hit, and proceeded to not hit much -- .246 with 106 strikeouts in 248 at bats.
The Blues ownership group has some extremely wealthy people involved. They are the ones keeping the franchise afloat. The All-Star Game was a nice reward for the arena renovation and the roaring success the Blues had with the Winter Classic. This city punches above its weight on hosting major events, as we saw again with the PGA Championship
Carlos did not impress me with his relief work. He was as inefficient in that role as he was as a starter. To get full value from Martinez, the club needs to get him back on track for the rotation, making use of all of his pitches.
No, given the options at the time. But we all knew it would be a heavy lift and the lift has only gotten heavier. The conference has taken some of that football money and plowed it into basketball, making it one of the elite hoops conferences as well. It already was a juggernaut in baseball and softball.