Albert has arguably the greatest decade any modern hitter ever enjoyed and he did it in St. Louis. So the cheering was not out of place. Albert made a mistake leaving and he knows it.
Ever is a long, long time. As chat regulars know, I am not climate change deniers in this chat. As the oceans rise and coastal cities sink, the population will move inward. So some day long after we're all gone the STL could have more teams.
Derrick asked all the right questions. And we know what the answers will be because there is zero mystery with DeWitt. He has explained his business plan over and over and he has never deviated from it. He is the most consistently successful owner in baseball, so why should he?
I picked the Cubs to win the division before the season, so I won't be surprised if it plays out that way, My column today spells out why they are trending well for the last month.
I'm glad he got out of the sport in one piece.
Maybe one issue Houston has was the deliberate losing that helped them build the current team. The Astros inflicted much pain on that market, something DeWitt refuses to do.
I am not aware of The Next One coming from Blues lineage.
I could see Schenn playing out the season as a rental and getting bigger dollars elsewhere. The money is getting high for the mid-level scorer and the Blues will want to keep Pietrangelo. Also, the supply of young forwards could play into that as well as the looming expansion draft.
The Mikolas contract could yield lots of regret too. The guy knows how to pitch, but when he lacks pinpoint command he gets beat up -- not unlike Keuchel. If he can at least eat innings the Cardinals will live with it as they build around Flaherty, Hudson and perhaps Ponce de Leon.
Busch Stadium. I believe we were going to have the Arkansas State game there until that school bucked up to play at home.
He is exactly the same owner operating exactly the same way. There were some down years under Tony, too, far, far worse than this one. The game has changed, with other teams tanking and rebuilding while he is one of the few owners trying to compete every single season. The fact the Cardinals are committed to winning consistently works against them. Name team outside NY/LA/Boston that has done the same.
This assumes he wanted to add Castellanos to his giant pile of outfielders but somehow got outbid. Which wasn't the case.
Armstrong is not interested in breaking up a Stanley Cup team prematurely. If he loses Schenn someday, he will spend the money on somebody else.
So what tougher questions are you supposed to ask the most successful owner in the industry? DeWitt is as transparent as they come. He tells you exactly what he is doing and why. You may not like the answers, but he can live with it. He knows that his peers in the industry are jealous of his operation.
The Cardinals aren't counting on Matt Carpenter. In fact, he has been sitting more than playing.
Maybe decades from now. A country needs to have grass roots hockey rolling for a long, long time to produce home-grown talent of any quality.
Yeah, don't hold your breath.
Probably Alex Pietrangelo. Dude got heat year after year after year logging bit minutes here. Fans kept demanding his trade.