That's a fair assessment. This season was alway going to be a challenge due to the payroll space allotted to Matt Carpenter and Dexter Fowler. Letting Wong go over moderate salary and trying to wait out Molina and Wainwright -- those are coronavirus consequences.
I'll pass on that. Gorman has lot of swing and miss in his game. He saw some higher level pitching in the Springfield camp and that weakness remained clear, according to various reports. I am a big fan of Gorman's monstrous power, but this team needs him to be more more than the Next Kyle Schwarber. Putting the 2021 expectation on him seems unfair and unwise. Now, if he does graduate and if he can make steady contact, great. But he should not come to the majors until he can handle sliders, curveballs and changeups while also maintaining commnad of the strike zone.
The Cardinals will have to invest in 2022 because folks will get used to NOT spending money on tickets after these two season. What percentage of season ticket holders won't come back? Some folks will remain leery of traveling or gathering in large crowds as the pandemic easses. Some folks will want to come to games, but they won't have the disposable income. So '22 will bring many unknowns. I expect the Cardinals to have a new and more exciting look that season.
Sure they care. But since the Cardinals have outperformed every other franchise in terms to consistent competitiveness on their watch, the DeWitts can sleep soundly at night after making some tough payroll calls in 2021.
I have zero confidence in Carpenter. Maybe he will quite pretending to be Jim Thome this season, but I doubt it. Fowler can still draw walks, so I could see using him in that spot against righthanders.
I do not see any obvious candidates for that reassignment. And I don't see such a huge outfield crowd, knowing that Dexter Fowler should get phased out this season.
The minor league cities will be governed by the local rules in place at the time. Those rules will evolve as conditions change. Will all of these assumed minor league teams be able to operate with empty or mostly empty parks? Are they willing to lose a lot of money this year? That remains to be seen. This could turn into a the sort of mess the NHL is dealing with this season.
I believe he just retired. That's how it was reported. He did not claim an injury. He had to pass a physical to sign the deal, then he didn't go to camp -- so nothing happened to him after he signed. All of that suggests he won't collect any money from the Devils. This is different from Alexander Steen, who didn't technically retire because of an injury lingering from last season.
Until Husso proves otherwise, I can see him getting maybe 15 starts and some mop-up work.
There is a lot of swing and miss in baseball. Tyler is not alone in that. But it's fair to doubt his everyday potential. He did play excellent defense in left field, so he might be a long-term No. 4 or No. 5 outfielder. Carlson playing every day is the one constant for the outfield. Also, Fowler should play a lot early on due to his salary. Beyond that, things should remain fluid.
There are a lot of unsigned players in baseball, including a lot of high-end talent. Molina is an above-average catcher these days with plus game-management skills. But can he get a second contract year or even a good one-year guarantee during a pandemic? We'll see.
These are terrible losses for us. Henry Aaron's grace in the face of racial hatred was almost superhuman. He was such a class act.
It's weird that Tampa has not been able to build a stadium on its side of bay, thus making baseball more accessible to more folks -- including that giant Orlando market.
That's true, but those two are Hall of Famers. Their commitment level is extreme. Ditto for their baseball IQ. Most players are who they are by the time they get a few years into their big league careers.
That's a realistic view, the sort of realistic view that regular chatters here tend to reject.
That is definitely a factor. This is an exciting and talented team, but it has to clean up the details as the coaches say, Coaches knew what they would get from Pietrangelo, Bouwmeester and Steen -- especially on the penalty kill, where the Blues have been running a fire drill.