Well, it would be nice to have them quoted for the stories.
I haven't heard his name come up but that doesn't mean B. Ripken hasn't been considered.
You're taking about a bunch of money here. Kimbrel probably still wants to close but that is Gallegos' job most of the time here. The Cardinals probably could spend that money more wisely.
The Raiders have left Oakland before, you'll remember. The A's don't want to leave. At least not yet.
I don't know if we're going to be able to judge that for another season or so until we have a better grasp on the health/safety issues and a new labor agreement.
I just think seven-inning games are bad. They're bad for anybody trying to eclipse time-honored records which were achieved in nine-inning games. They're bad for the fan, because he is being cheated out of two innings for his considerable expense. They're bad for everybody because there shouldn't be strategic pitching changes in the fourth inning.
It strikes me that trades might work out better because you often aren't bound to a player for three or more years after you get him.
Pena couldn't stay healthy enough. Greene did have trouble hitting the breaking ball and had trouble maintaining confidence in himself although he has been a valuable scout for the Yankees.
So you think $130 million for three years was a good investment for a 37-year-old pitcher who had a dead arm at the end of the season? The Cardinals did trade last season for Arenado, whom they intend to pay big money for the next half dozen or so years. Is he not top talent? Just a nine-time Gold Glove winner and many-time All-Star.
I really don't think there are four more places to put teams--not in North America anyway.
Teams will want their bench players to be able to play two or three positions and to be able to hit, with the possible exception of backup catcher. The Cardinals need a veteran lefthanded hitter with some thump off the bench or as a possible DH.
DeJong may be of more interest when all the free agent shortstop dominoes have been played. Kinzer is not a regular catcher for anybody yet.
I was a big Hawks fan when they played in St. Louis although I never went to a game, Enterprise Center basically is on the same ground where Kiel Auditorium once stood.
I say Shildt manages again in the majors. His record is too good for him not to merit a shot.
Thank you for that and for another fan's subsequent Floyd "Sugar Bear" Rayford suggestion. A So Taguchi epic is in the works, I can tell you that.
Mike Tyson, to my knowledge, is in the area. He hit his first career homer in the first big-league game I ever covered.
Edmonds will have chances to get into the Hall through the same process. Hopefully, it doesn't take him until he's 83, like Kaat and Oliva.