Probably never. Way different sport. Small rosters. Shorter season. Less overhead. Far, far, fewer players. Just way different.
I'm starting to think it will, yes.
I have said that for years. I don't understand why the Rockies haven't made a play for him, or a successful one. Sure seems like the kind of move that would help them. But I'm just a baseball writer and cannot comprehend the level of genius that once ran that organization's roster.
Nice reference. And, yes, either is possible.
Not really. What's worse is dull baseball. The Cardinals have lost some series this year when there has been good baseball played. Seriously. Compelling, balls in play, action, all sorts of things -- machinations, strategy, great plays, defense, clutch hits ... just good, good baseball. And that's fun to watch, and that's enjoyable to write. And I hope I rise to the occasion by relaying that to the reader. Some series have just been good baseball, and the Cardinals have lost some of them.
Nope. In my experience that's the MVP vote that is tied to team performance, not Cy Young.
Tell me who the opposing pitcher is, tell me who the Cardinals' starter is. If it's Wainwright, it could be Sosa. If it's Flaherty, it could be DeJong. There are more factors than just their slash lines.
I say this will all the respect in the world for what he's done, truly. But, yes, there is. Walker Buehler is pitching quite well for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Wheeler, for the Phillies, is doing so many of the things that Wainwright is also doing for the Cardinals, and Wheeler has been exceptional this season. He's pitched some of the best games I've been able to watch, and I've gone back to watch a few of his games. Corbin Burnes, right here in the midwest, is having a great year. so, yes, there are pitchers doing better or just as well as Wainwright. That doesn't mean he isn't going to get mentioned, and if he continues at this pace, he'll get votes on the five-deep ballot, too.
That is the model that DeWitt wants. He advertised it as long as ago 2003 and reiterates it almost every time he discusses the team. That is the one that Mozeliak was promoted to shepherd to reality, bring together, and that's where the organization wants to be strong. When they had the World Series trophy and the No. 1 farm system in the industry, that was the moment they celebrated. They see that as the only way to sustain success, not feel the ebbs and flows and waves like the Cubs have, for example. They prefer to acquire and extend, as they have with Holliday, Edmonds, Arenado, Rolen, Goldschmidt, Carpenter, Wainwright ... And that's partially because they feel like they're a team that does not do well in the auction setting of free agency, and recent moves would confirm that.
Maybe. Starting to look like he'd be interesting as a candidate.
I wasn't aware that the Cardinals were so rich with outfield talent that they could turn down someone who has risen to recent starter and played well for them. Seems like it would be foolish to trade him now. Wouldn't get much of a return either.
Thank you for the compliment. I asked about this -- and got an answer I did not expect: No. It was an abrupt and stern and definitive no. Mozeliak said that there is no substitute for games, for game speed, for the information that scouts/coaches and most importantly players can get from playing games. I asked about the benefit of a GAP YEAR for prospects. That was batted away. However, there was the allowance that something like that within a season would be beneficial, and we've already seen how that would work. Patrick Wisdom did it years ago -- when he was demoted from Class AA to Palm Beach for a week where he didn't play, he just spent that week working his hands raw in the batting cage on a new swing. The hitting lab is set up to be like that for young hitters to use during the winter (as these three players you mentioned did) and then be available during the season for what the team will consider as these times away from games to drill down as they did in 2020, as some have in 2021, on skills. So the GAP YEAR -- no. But lessons from 2020 and independent study during the season -- sure seems like that will expand.
I don't know whether the players feel alienated. I don't get that sense. But everyone around the team sees the empty seats.
That would be discussed, as I've been outlining. When I talk to the Cardinals about their hitting, they point out how Albert is in charge of the overall organization, too. He works well with those coaches, and he's overseen the work and implementation that has helped Nootbaar, Walker, Gorman, Plummer, Burleson, and so on and so on, and they point out that they cannot dismiss the success from what they've wanted to see in the minors, where they felt they fell behind other teams (and did). That's the organizational view that the organization has, and it's not exactly ones that fans accept/want because they're buying tickets to see the majors tonight, not to hear about the future.