You see what he did there, chicken Shildt. Well-played.
Boy, Mike Scioscia sure spoke up and inspired big, title-building changes in Anaheim. Or not. He sat there and absorbed ritual beatings year after year after year.
There is a lot of day-to-day management that Girsch is taking on. As for who makes the big decisions, don't forget that DeWitt has a very strong hand in the baseball operation.
Oh, I don't argue that. It's bizarre that he can't hit third. That said, the man did carry the team back into the race. It wasn't a one- or two-week thing. It was a months-long push. Give him his due for that.
And yet their records are awfully close. So why were fans eager to run off Matheny? Why are they turning on Shildt now? The Cubs have arguably the highest profile manager in the sport.
DeWitt liked being in the playoff race. You want to get him, make him eat the remainder of Dexter Fowler's contract next summer.
Well, pay them enough money and they will come. I think most of those guys are more likely to be spotted out in Clayton than downtown.
I don't the Cardinals got anywhere near that, given the Ozuna trade and the money already committed to Fowler.
Well, we'll see. The Angels haven't won a playoff game since 2009, so if Mike Shildt has that much time to get it right . . .
You have to give Mike a nod for turning this thing around. As for managing big games, he has done that in the minors and he is prepared to do that in the majors when he has the players that can get it done.
Again, no, because this is how the team operates. Fans complain about the whole build-from-within thing, but the Cardinals have been more consistently good than any other franchise with that approach. Shildt fits the model. And if by some chance the team falls apart of his watch next season, that contract won't help Shildt survive. All Mike is really guaranteed is the chance to take the team to spring training and into next season. My guess is he'll do just fine.
Once the Blues get healthier, San Antonio could have a heck of team. I don't believe Armstrong will trade away a couple of guys early on to make room for the kids. At some point, yes, but early, I'd be surprised. Why risk injuries leaving your team short.
I guess that explains why so many millionaire Blues stuck around the STL after their playing days or why the Cardinals have been able to sign one key young player after another to long-term deals.
Third base is TBA. There are a couple of free agents there and Gyorko has been solid. The fact that the two best Cardinals hitting prospects play third base will also factor into the discussion.
Lack of parity has to be an issue in the NBA. Most teams know they have zero chance of winning it all going in. That has to take a toll on fans in places like Milwaukee, Chicago and Minneapolis. In the NHL, most playoff teams have a shot to win it all. They just do. And that is very good for business.
His first year here was fine. In fact, his ability to move down in the lineup and assume a run production role was a key factor in keeping the team in the hunt into September, anyway.
When you least expect it!
Yeah, but with 10 times the metropolitan area.