That is his issue, as we discussed on the Net Front Presence podcast.
If Carpenter hits, he will play a bit more. But he is a so-so third baseman and he's obviously not playing there much. Same goes for first base. And he's an awful second baseman, so Edman would really have to struggle to lose that job. Maybe Carpenter could play some left field if everybody else fails, but outfield work is not is favorite thing.
Mike's problem was getting control over personnel. He made the frenetic Ron Caron look patient. Iron Mike churned through the equivalent of four entire teams during his tenure and he alienated all of his top players. That management/coaching style fell out of favor with an ownership group accustomed to investing in talent and selling star power. As the turmoil got worse and worse, letting him go was an easy decision.
No word on Dosunmu's timetable, but the fact he finished the game after getting clobbered provides some hope. Right now there's no indication that he won't play in the NCAA Tournament. If he doesn't play, that changes everything for the Illini. It would be very, very hard to make a deep run without him.
A lot of downtrodden Mizzou fans would line up for that bet. You will have no trouble finding action on that.
Has he been handed the job? A lot can change during the weeks ahead. Sosa's calling card is his abiity to play shortstop well. That may give him a leg up on some peers, but the competitive landscape can change. The roster is not frozen.
That's how Scott Boras would put it.
Webb and Ponce de Leon are out of options. The others have options.
Another Nathan Walker fan! He may get a look at some point because the Chief likes his energy. As for Sanford, it will be interesting to see what happens with him if this team even gets a few more forwards back. He's had a tough go.
As noted earlier, I could see 10 guys getting some starts this season. There are some good young arms in the Next Five. That's why I believe this team can contend for another division title.
I don't see him getting the Zdeno Chara role any time soon. But he's not afraid to go in deep in 5-on-5 play.
A lot of pressure comes with that assignment, even though the leadoff guy may actually lead off just once in a game. The team looks to that player to set a tone for the lineup. It took Wong forever to get that chance and it finally came by default. Rushing Tommy into that spot seems risky . . . but there are no good choices there.
Yes, DeWitt indicated that season ticket holders would get first shot in the limited seating scenario. To say the least this scenario will be fluid this year.
The Cardinals have shown an interest in him, but not THAT much interest. The Phillies are more likely to spend big on him than the Cardinals. Now, if a few guys get hurt early on in the spring and he's still on the market . . .
It's a fun time with Jim and Tom. They love talking the pucks.
That could happen, but Mizzou penalized itself by losing to Ole Miss twice, folding at Georgia and taking a second half powder at Mississippi State.
What team would take on that contract?