That name was out there this winter. If there is a deal to be made without moving one of the few remaining blue-chippers, sure.
I believe it's a great idea to market all sports overseas. But the logistics of placing a team overseas and subjecting it to extreme travel makes it unlikely. Unless a league creates a whole European division to address the issue I don't see it. Now, I do believe the NBA could have a while Euro division some day.
The hope this season was to create more tactical hitting and shift some of the focus away from mechanics and launch angle and such. But, yes, this team's hitting has suffered is all ways imaginable. Some guys have lost power and few of these guys are consistently good situational hitters. But I always say, if this is the responsibility of hitting coaches and not the players, than hitting coaches should make huge salaries -- much, much bigger than the players.
Those numbers, unlike player numbers, aren't readily available. It will be interesting to see if the details leak out and where The Chief ranks.
There is some benefit to working the count. Obviously if everybody does it, you can get the starting pitcher out of the game sooner. You can frustrate the guy and wear him out. But like you say, what good does that do if you are left fighting off two-strike pitches every at bat? And hitters that routinely take the first pitch routinely work from behind in the count. So good hitters need to balance patience with some aggression. If you spend all season taking the first-pitch fastball right down the middle, you will spend the season underachieving.
Voit was productive here in his limited role. Pham had a massive season. Weaver had some dynamic performances. Gonzales had injury issues, so he just sort of ran out of time here. Kelly did fine in the minors, but he barely got a chance at the big league level because of Molina. I don't think it's surprising that any of these guys are doing well elsewhere because they all put up numbers in the Cardinals system. What you CAN second-guess is the return the Cardinals got while trading some of these guys.
As noted earlier, Joel Edmundson merits watching. He has yet to earn his spot in the team nucleus and he is moving into his higher earning years. This team has cap issues and many teams need a guy like Joel. Otherwise, Bouwmeester is likely done after next season and Gunnarsson's injury tells us there will be opportunities for young defensemen not named Schmaltz.
The Cardinals aren't going to send anybody out just to shake things up. We could see a demotion if a young guy isn't getting work (as with Munoz earlier this season) or if somebody needs work (as with Leone earlier this year).
The bigger problem is that almost every single player is failing to perform to expectations. A team can fire its manager every year, but at some point you have to look at the individual players and realize that maybe they just aren't very good.
Yeah, well, I can see your point.
Tampa Bay and Vegas has proved that the NHL can prospects out of the traditional areas, but, yes, Carolina, Florida and Arizona are still suspect markets.
The assistant coaches will be back. It's not be decided if Berube will add anybody else to fill the void Larry Robinson filled in a part-time basis last season.
You keep hearing that St. Louis has met all the criteria. The MLS wanted the team to get more corporate support and it did. The league is impressed with the money behind this thing. We should have some news by the MLS All-Star Game. St. Louis and Sacramento are first in line and Charlotte and Las Vegas are also making a push.
I believe you can still win by building innings, but you need hitters capable of using the whole field and adjusting their approach to situations. As base evolves toward a home-run derby, fielding will regress and teams that can pressure defenses will be effective. That said, you're right, these Cardinals don't have elite power and they also don't hit for high averages.
Benjamin Hochman marveled at how excited Yadier Molina was when he got to hoist it. Molina also noted how heavy that thing is.
He stopped hitting at Memphis, got hurt, came back and resumed his offensive struggle. Right now he is batting just .241.
Yeah, I suppose its easier to cheer him on now that more time has passed and he is a shell of his former self. It's almost like he came back for an old-timer's game.
Yes, I believe he will start again. Obviously his injuries, then the demise of Jordan Hicks, prompted his move to the bullpen and then his move into the closer's role. But there is still a lot of potential for him to fill a rotation slot down the road.
If the Cardinals had better options, sending Bader to the minors to hit for a month would be a great idea. Right now he looks lost up there.
I didn't see the rush. Where was he going? Given the collapse of the free agent market and his advancing age, that was a head-scratcher.