There is no guarantee that fans will come back in the same numbers after the pandemic, even if the team throws money at somebody to generate good PR. That is a bigger concern that fans smashing their foreheads into their computer keyboard while posting angy Internet comments and firing salvoes on social media. Baseball could be in for a major correction and major contraction. Most other franchises will operate accordingly. The key for the Cardinals going forward will be to operate smarter. This franchise will continue spending more on talent than most, but it must eliminate the sort of big-dollar mistakes that put it in its 2021 jam.
Not sure about SLU baseball, given all that is happening with the pandemic. And there's some cost involved at playing at Busch. Could either side make that worth doing?
Who knows if any of these guys will become true core players. Carlson certainly looks the part, but has work to do at the plate. Out of that pile I expect the Cardinals to at least get some solid regulars along the lines of Paul DeJong and Tommy Edman.
I could definitely see the Cardinals waiting out the market and adding some low-cost offensive support. Given the cease-fire agreement in the NL Central, teams are generally subtracting more than they add. Given all their pitching depth, the Cardinals should stay in the division hunt such as it is.
Signing Dunn for that contract was certainly not a mistake. Perunovich is at least a year away, so there is no redundancy there. Do both Dunn and Perunovich have long-term futures here in the STL? Perhaps not, for the reasons you outlined. Doug Armstrong is not shy about adjusting his roster via trades. And the expansion draft could trigger some sorting on the blue line as well.
I do not have a vote, nor do I want one. But if I did, I would certainly vote for Rolen.
You are ready to tank the season. DeWitt is not.
The whole Odom regime ended badly, but Dooley seemed to work well with Drew Lock during the better times. And, yes, it will be interesting to see how Missouri's defensive staff settles given Drinkwitz's personal focus on the offensive side.
Athletes are citizens too. They should be to speak their mind and use their platform if they have one. Some fans can't deal with that, but then again neighbors turned on each other families suffered rifts over the overheated political "discourse" of the past few years. I grew up in the 60s when were worse issues rocking the country -- assassinations, urban riots, the Vietnam War in addition to the usual murderous racial oppression -- so I tend to be bit more circumspect about such things.
The whole bags-of-cash thing is so 1960s, if that's what was happening. What ever happened to subtlety, like having a well-cloaked real estate LLC buying a recruit's home from mom or dad or an inflated price?
The Cardinals did a measure of that last season to put more pressure on defenses. And I suspect that we will see more of that this year, too, although subtracting Wong takes away some of the smallball potential.
Pro football is the one sport best equipped to succeed without fans. Kroenke could have made a ton of money staying in St. Louis. He could make a lot more in LA once he recoups his massive stadium investment, but that could take time given this long-term pandemic damage.
But there is still the issue of getting through 2021 in one piece. Flaherty could play a big role in that.
If Molina signs elsewhere, then you see activity on the catcher front. I'm guessing the Cardinals would like to resolve Yadier's status one way or another soon.
I doubt the NHL will ever let its sweaters get a noisy as a NASCAR jacket, but we will see ads everywhere going forward. It will take years to make up the revenue lost this year.
Well, if they have a consistently bad baseball product that undermines the other enterprises. If anything, the broad commitment made to downtown St. Louis puts more pressure on them to keep the Cardinals consistently interesting. The made their own stakes much higher and creates a greater disincentive to tank.
Steen retired because of terrible back pain. And he is still getting pain. If Carpenter goes away, for whatever reason, he will get paid. He won't want away from that contract, nor should we expect him to.
Charles Harris was their classic success story. He was another talented athlete recruited out of an urban high school program that lacked the resources (coaching, facilities, tradition, competitive level) of the football prep factories that produce so many college players. Harris was raw but willing and Pinkel and Kuligowski worked the whole Mizzou-made magic on him. Back in is heyday, Gary recruited good football players from some smaller town football programs and made them better athletes And he took athletes from big city programs and made them better football players. That was his workaround to the whole four-star/five-star thing.
Scandella seems to be working his way back, so Mikkoka may sit again. But as noted earlier, he is a great fit for Berube. He just needs seasoning at this level.
That's it for this week. See you next time!