I am certain the Cardinals never would release Albert Pujols. If he left, it would be on his terms. But it seems he has so much to offer, no matter how little he plays, just being in the dugout either to hit or to advise. I like what I've seen from him for the first 10 days.
Probably more patience is required this season because of the owners' lockout that lasted 99 days and surely affected all teams in spring training and, consequently, into the regular campaign. You will see fewer signs of panic, if that is the right word, because everyone is in sort of an exploratory stage.
Gorman's numbers are terrific--for two weeks. Against big-league pitching this spring, he did not do well. Let him produce for a longer period of time and let him get the hang of second base before you promote him. When you bring him up, it should be to stay, not just for a few days because someone isn't doing well. .
No one is making any excuses. As one former player always told me, "The other teams have scholarship players, too."
Understood. But I don't see whom they're playing or not playing as a big advantage/disadvantage. They would need to play consistently well and then it doesn't matter who the opposition is. The only month that is really important is October. The others are all the same.
Dylan Carlson could be the long-term guy. So could Tommy Edman. I guess you're referring to Nolan Gorman as the eventual No. 5 guy although I eventually see him as a No. 2 or 3.
I have seen Miles Mikolas pitch the way he did in 2018 and some of 2019 before he got hurt. I have seen Genesis Cabrera walk two hitters in his first appearance and then allow homers in each of his next two. That would be a concern. Also, Albert Pujols has shown there's some life in those old bones.
Not that I'm aware of. He is almost 40 and had only about half a spring training. Molina is not ready for the long-haul yet.
I am as big a Bake McBride fan as you are. The list was in line with the 51 years I have spent at the Post-Dispatch, beginning when I joined the staff in 1971. Fifty-one prospects. Fifty-one years.
I would think they could remain in whatever roles they would like, although I don't see those as playing roles next year. But both have done too much to cast them aside.
Batting leadoff basically means having a relatively high on-base percentage. Edman's mark is better than it used to be. Carlson's is not.
You won't see many trades until teams figure out what they really have and really need. Ten days after an abbreviated spring training is not enough time to determine either. Tommy Edman hasn't quite approached the value of getting a top-flight starting pitcher for him and Gorman isn't a big-league second baseman yet.
I don't notice it as much I used to. But, with 15 pitchers, that's a rule you don't really need. Thirteen is different.
The report was that an angry Shildt called the coach an unprintable name. It could have been anybody at whom the anger was directed because the Padres were so far behind but the coach was the first-base coach and the runner was at first base. The next day the coaches made up.
They were thinking that it was just "Joaquin being Joaquin." As it was, they were more than ready for the throw.
A player has to be retired for several years because he can be considered for the Cardinals' Hall of Fame, just like the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Matt Holliday has been out some three years and he is likely to get in this year. Albert will be wearing a red coat in 2026.
I'm quite content with Tommy Edman as the second baseman and reasonably content with him as the leadoff man. The problem, I guess, is that some folks are satisfied with the shortstop position, which Edman could play, in theory.
All the umpires can do is eject the player. They can't repair damage that has been done on the scoreboard. To my knowledge, no one has been found guilty of a hand violation this year.