That falls on the ownership. Frontiere had some appreciation for the players, but she faded from the scene after the GSOT days. And then you had Stan Kroenke, who obviously wasn't committed to cementing the franchise's relationship with St. Louis.
Well, Carpenter is under contract for a LOT of money. The team committed to him and it's committed to making this work. And, again, there are not a ton of compelling options right now.
I bet Ponce de Leon will get his chances because aside from Dakota Hudson, which starter has pitched well start after start after start? Flaherty has been more good than bad. Lately, Mikolas has been the same. Wainwright and Wacha . . . like I said, Daniel will get his chances.
All the true outcomes at play: Homers, walks and strikeouts. Cutting down a swing to put the ball in play? Please. That's old school baseball.
No idea. Not a weatherman.
I'm not mad he left. Albert made a mistake in leaving a place where he was beloved to go where he was just another big-name athlete. Like Edgar Renteria back in the day, people around him used to "no respect" claim to convince him to leave Even Albert admits the move wasn't great financially, given the higher cost of living, much higher state taxes and the back-loaded contract structure in Anaheim. His agent got the Angels to pay him for the success he had in St. Louis. That was a terrible move for that franchise, which has been one of the AL's perennial disappointments despite having baseball's best play in Mike Trout. And at the back end of this contract Albert has been a shell of what he was here. Had he stayed in St. Louis, he would have struggled to stay in the lineup with his injuries. The Cardinals would have been in a tough spot had he stayed.
Not that I'm aware of. I figured they would just knock it down at some point. Maybe the XFL can save it, but as chat regulars know, that is not my expectation.
Not counting the MLS team, more than 20 years. The renovations at Enterprise Center kept the building viable. Like Busch Stadium III, it will need more refreshing as time goes on. But the days of getting big public support for stadiums and arenas are gone, so we will see franchises working hard to upgrade what they already have.
You won't here is on the record, but I'm sure members of the management team squirm every tine Carpenter or Mikoklas struggle. For a long, long time Mozeliak and Co. avoided the Terrible Contract Trap. Then Mike Leake happened and it's been downhill since then.
I'm sure the Cardinals will do it up right. After all, the Cardinals have been marketing the heck out of his return to St. Louis. It's been a long, long time coming.
Every series is different. In the case of the NBA this year, the Warriors were battered by injuries. But I would expect future favorites to hold their home court edge. The crowd fuels offensive runs and players are comfortable shooting on their home court. In the NHL, it's not usual for road teams to bear down on the road and play more focused playoff hockey. We may see more of that going forward.
The game is different now. We will see more scoring than, say, five years ago. But 70- and 80-goal seasons . . . no.
Again, it has found its identity and that identity is ordinary. Too many inconsistent hitters and too little ability to build innings. And the Cardinals don't hit enough homers to overcome that inability to build innings.
That's pretty crazy. Do the players get houses in both cities? Does the team have two different sets of office personnel? To me, this sounds like one last desperate attempt to get a stadium in Tampa. I believe baseball could work in that market with good stadium in a smart location. It's a big market, but spread out around a giant bay. South Florida is weird, too, because that market has so much of its money well north of Miami. A long north-south market that is narrow. In both cases, getting to games from any distance can be a thing.
Sure, if the Cardinals or Blues ever win it all again. Or maybe an XFL championship could bring out massive throngs . . .
I see a fair amount of young families out there. I just see a lackluster team that isn't prodding its fan base into action.
Sports can offer a nice diversion. So can a nice zoo. Or a great museum district. But what can make or break a city is the local economy. Give St. Louis a booming job market and we will see lots of positive change. A booming economy can't fix social ill, but it can be transform a region.