The team seems committed to maintaining a mostly home-grown field staff, so that would appear to be the case. A manager coming in from the outside could demand his own staff, but it appears that won't happen here any time soon.
No, the Cardinals would rather play important games in September and see the tickets. Moving up a few notches in the draft doesn't hold much allure for this franchise. That may consume other franchises, but not this one. DeWitt likes ticket sales. And, to be fair, he enjoys winning too.
There is a small sample there for Bader, but I assume that rating includes his off-the-charts runs saved statistic in the outfield. Obviously any metric that includes fielding is going to punish Carpenter. But if the metric loves on-base plus slugging percentage, Matt rocks.
That Triple-A team should be a good one, since the Marlins will keep selling off players for prospects.
It's probably for the best one was never built. If it went outside the dome, it could look silly once the dome is blown up. Maybe somebody should bankroll a plaza of statues of terrible Rams players from the bad years. Sam Bradford on crutches, Lawrence Phillips with pregame IVs . . .
Well, it is nice that some of these guys got used to winning in the minors. Of course, that was the same deal for an earlier wave of Cardinals who had the same experience. And there are guys who experienced some of that success this season, at various levels. But once again I feel compelled to point out that a big reason for this team's success was the wholesale subtraction of struggling players. Bader and Martinez are producing way more than Pham and Fowler did. And, course, there is whole bullpen thing.
I like it. Run a meter on the scoreboard. The pitcher could check his earnings as the game progressed. It's painful the way it is. Every now and then I'll slip and blurt out "JUST THROW THE (EXPLETIVE) PITCH!" while I am watching a game live.
Sundqvist, Stevens and Sanford appear to be on the outside looking in to start camp. Soshnikov and Barbashev should stick, although trades are always possible. There are some teams with shocking depth problems in their Bottom 6.
Pretty much given up, since the downtown stadium is dead. If the MLS takes a different view of stadium location, I suppose there could be some reconvening.
The video board stuff got your attention last season. I believe people will feel the difference with the seating area this season and there will be some new food options. So I believe the atmosphere will feel refreshed.
She did go to Florida to do the Rays games. That ballpark is a dump, but there are worse places to summer, no? Beyond that, I don't know what's up.
Those shots calm down an inflamed joint. If there is no structural damage, that shot should get Ozuna through the rest of the season. In the old days players got those shots all the time because they we playing through damage. These days players are generally limited to a couple per season.
Well, there was that one Mizzou basketball regional game there in my college days that didn't end well . . .
Hicks was obviously needed this year in the bullpen, so here he stayed. Long term could he be stretched out to start? Sure. He would like that because starters make more than relievers. They seem to last longer, too. (Ask Seth Maness, Trevor Rosenthal, Kevin Siegrist, et al). Perhaps at some point he could spend some Triple-A time working on secondary stuff. That would be a luxury. Perhaps the team will have that luxury next year if Reyes comes back and finally resumes his career, thus moving other starters to the pen.
He had a deal with the Angels and he is a SoCal guy now. I could see Artie Moreno putting him to work in the community. El Hombre will be a first-ballot Hall of Famer, so why not?
If this team got in the playoffs, it could win the whole thing. I say that because the '06 team was considered a dreadful playoff team and it won the whole thing. The Dream Weaver came up large and even Anthony Reyes pitched a World Series gem. So any team that gets in can win. As for the left-handed bat, sure, you would like to see on in the middle of the order somewhere.
That would be great, wouldn't it? The play-in game is stupid. Bud Selig thought sudden death baseball was fun -- and it is -- but is ridiculous in a normal playoff format.
Yeah, I believe the team covers that stuff for promotional events. It gets a lot of mileage from having those guys around.
No, it's really expensive. Many scholarships, much medical/training cost, a building to construct . . . lots of dollars. Then there is the Title IX consideration and the need to balance it with a women's sport, perhaps hockey. Unless an athletic department believed it could turn a nice profit with hockey, it's not going there.