Speaking for Derrick and myself, thank you--and best wishes in your continued battle. I can't do much about Sinclair, though.
I would think the playoffs would be expanded to 12 or even 14 teams, but, hopefully not 16. Larger bags could be a possibility and I'm OK with the three-batter rule. No seven-inning games or extra-inning "ghost" runner. I don't want the DH but would accept it.
I do not want WAR ratings to be a part of any agreement between the two sides. I'm not big on penalizing teams for going over luxury tax with loss of draft pick. If their team is that good, they aren't picking that high anyway. But some sort of soft "floor" is OK.
I generally stay out of the Sinclair-Bally orbit because I don't know enough about it. But I would like to see the broadcasters on the road, for sure. It is very hard to broadcast a game that you aren't watching in person because a lot of decisions are made for you visually, that may not help you when you need it the most.
Actually, for us, there are very few trips involved because Houston and Washington are in West Palm Beach, only 20 minutes away. The Marlins are no minutes away and the Mets about 40 at the most. That leaves only two games on the road that would require driving more than 40 minutes. The teams in Arizona all play each other home and home and all are in the Phoenix area so it isn't bad, at all. But the Florida teams do not all play each other. The Cardinals and Marlins probably have the best setup for travel of anyone.
That's how I see it, too. There would be no guarantee for either in the rotation and Lester has 200 reasons (his win total) not to want to be a spot starter/reliever.
We have vigilant editors but they generally leave us to our own devices, feeling that we can be trusted to report fairly and accurately without bias.
I have heard nothing lately about advertising on uniforms and hope I don't have to. But I fear the inevitability of it. I would hope the players would get a substantial share of the loot.
With somebody who can hit like Walker, you would find a spot--whether it is backing up at first or third or being a DH. No guarantee, just hope, that Arenado will be here after next season.
That is something else I hope we don't see--an electronic strike zone. Umpires are part of the game and the challenge for pitchers is to read and understand the umpires' various strike zones. Pitch framing is part of the game, too, although it is a little too obvious sometimes.
So far, the Cardinals have Woodford and Reyes as their "swing" men. The way baseball is leaning these days, starters are expected to pitch only about six innings, with the bullpens taking on more and more importance.
It isn't necessarily limited just to young players. But a revolving DH would get Goldschmidt, Arenado, etc., off their feet in the field once in a while. You don't want that to happen too often, though, because you don't want to lose the Gold Glove aspect of their games. The days of a player strictly being a DH gradually are coming to an end.
So far. . . yes. All things considered, I would see Correa as a definite upgrade but Story not so much.
No, much of the National League strategy would be gone. No double switches. No pitchers bunting--or swinging away. Managers sitting on their hands more.
If the Cardinals had intended to trade DeJong before next season they already would have done so. l
I hadn't heard that broached. Usually you don't lose both catchers in the same game. That's why often a bench player has had some experience somewhere along the line as a catcher.
Don't think the Cardinals need both. But Moran fits the bill more, as a first baseman and third baseman.
I foresee a much better game than the SEC championship clash. And I think the 'Dawgs win a game that will be more lower-scoring than expected.
Teams would be interested in Rodon but he has an injury history that would mitigate against them guaranteeing him too many years. That said, the Cardinals thought Matz was a better bargain and their interest in Rodon would be minimal.
Perhaps relievers such as Gsellman or Tepera or Kelly--someone of that ilk. Or someone who has some experience as a closer to help Gallegos.