I have never heard that, and that is not something that Flores would say, no. They would use data to confirm such things -- data like exit velocity and barrel rates and all of the things that they have their disposal now to help tune the ear, not rely only on it.
Ownership remains supportive of their president of baseball operations. It will be interesting if the fan response to him -- he was booed lightly at the Simmons celebration -- and social media's toxi nature, ala Twitter, is what drives everyone to quit.
Right. It had more to do with surviving 2021 than thriving, and more to do with maintaining who they had for 2022 than costing any of those prospects for the here and now.
Not wise to mess with the batter's eye, by rule. I guess it could be small, but if it's small and not where people can go to see it, what would be the purpose?
Mozeliak, as much as anyone I've ever asked or covered, has pushed back hard against the notion of windows. When asked about it as Molina and Wainwright neared reitrement or after the addition of Goldschmidt he insisted that the team looks at contending as a continuum not something that they invest in for the moment. They're more conservative than that.
I did not forget. I did not include him. That was a mistake on my part. I've owned it in previous answers. I've remedied it, and included his salary later in the chat. I hope that's enough given the number of people rushing to point out my mistake over and over and over and over again.
No. They called. They wanted to be there if the price met what they thought it should be. They talked to the Rockies about an offer they felt was more compelling than a comp pick. Colorado thought otherwise. Set a high price. Conversations didn't get traction, according to sources. It was not just speculation, because the Post-Dispatch and others reported on those conversations, and would be accountable if those reports were wrong.
Wade LeBlanc wouldn't surprise me as someone they bring back.
Lots of shortstops will be available, and the Cardinals would be remiss not to at least explore that market. It's hard to imagine that they would add another $100-million infielder when they have a contract in place for DeJong. But it's a position the Cardinals are auditing for what to do in the future, and there are two months for a couple of current players to make their case, or strengthen it.
No, because I don't see it that way, and if I did then it would be time for me to go. I always want to find a new way to tell a story -- because curiosity got me into writing and a fondness for baseball is what keeps me doing it, and I'm so fortunate to be able to fuse two interests like that. Super lucky. But ... If readers think I'm writing the same stories over and over then it would be like a manager who has been around too long, cannot evolve, cannot change, and cannot change the message. Time to move on. My hope is that I learn from past years, learn how to use that history and context better, and continual try to improve -- and adapt to what readers and what the paper wants. There have been some changes even this year to the coverage and some of the priorities, and that's been a change to the rhythm, and I hope a change for the better for readers.
Delvin Perez and Masyn Winn have both had assertive seasons. Perez is most interesting because he must be added to the 40-man roster this fall or he could be snapped up by another team in the Rule 5 draft.
Yes, they were that thin in the minors. They were really thin, because there was a trickle-up issue. The more pitchers the Cardinals took and lost off the roster, the fewer there were in the minors. They had injuries, too. And that was really putting a crimp on pitching staffs throughout the organization. So, yes, in short they were in need of help at Triple-A, too. Plus, they didn't rule out needing him at some point in 2021. Another injury, an inability to add someone -- they could think of a scenario where they would have been pressed into using him before they wanted to. That did happen with Oviedo, after all.
I cannot speak to what you're hearing or not hearing, but it sure seems like there is plenty of "heat" on the hitting coach in all corners of the internet. Internally, the Cardinals see this year of intensified scrutiny and results from the overall organization, and they're going to use that to inform how they approach the major-league hitting coach group for 2022. They've seen returns on the hitting approach throughout the minors, and Albert is a part of that. So, if you are thrilled about Walker, Winn, Gorman, Burleson, and Baker and the improvements they and others like Perez and Plummer, have made that is under Albert's guidance because he's overseeing the organizational approach, too. The team expects to make some adjustment to the hitting coach group for 2022, and that will be determined after the scrutiny of this year.
I hope not. The real reason for it is frustrating. Broadcasters as talented as Dan McLaughlin deserve better. As you can tell, the amount of work he puts in to make the quality of the broadcast elite is incredible, and being on the road only strengthens that product. The team is frustrated. Viewers should be frustrated. And, candidly, other media is frustrated for what it has done to their ability to cover the team, the return on their investment having reporters travel, and what postgame press conferences are like as a result. You can hear it the Zoom.
He's doing well at Class AA and the Cardinals really want him to spend that time, extensive time there, building on the vast improvement he's made.
Dozens of them. Myriad. Anywhere from one of the shortstops available to Scherzer. Swing big? Imagine how Bryant would radically change the look of the Cardinals. That would definitely not be a boring lineup. There is going to be talent out there and talent available via trade -- and all that will stand in the Cardinals' way is their own hesitance, their own limits, and that CBA stuff.