The Cardinals went to the NLCS with a largely set outfield in 2019. Since that team finished well -- 17 games over .500 from Aug. 7 on -- Shildt wasn't motivated to shake up his lineup.
Let's see if he can relate to the players today and counter-program all the analytics-generated fielding shifts he will face. He likes making pitching changes, so he will fit into thart part of the modern game.
Forbes magazine does annual revenue analysis for every pro sports team every year. It pegged the Cardinals pre-pandemic gate revenue at $134 million. That number for 2020 was zero. So, yes I buy it.
There will be really good players out there in the market for a while, ballcap in hand.
His option is tied to plate appearances. I would be shocked if his option vests for 2020.
The Cardinals must tread carefully around Yadier. But it is weird that he got so upset about a selection process that was pretty much a math exercise.
Testing is pretty good these days. It won't catch everything, but it catches a lot of stuff. Randy said it was his daily pushup regime and high-protein diet that helped him finally gain more power. He always had the aibility to hit the ball hard.
I have never seen a good explanation for Carpenter's extension. The guy wasn't going anywhere.
Yes, there are reasons to believe that he won't be easily signed. Molina still views himself as an elite catcher and he is willing to look outside the STL for a contract that he believes shows proper respect.
DeWitt has only cried wolf once about finances -- this year. Otherwise his payrolls have consistently ranked around the top third in baseball.
They won't spend on second base this year because it's an easy cut and the team doesn't have many of them. This is more about other contracts the team is stuck with than what Wpng makes.
Wong offers elite defense and speed, two elements the Cardinals coveted with this mix. He also filled the leadoff role and did OK with that, despite not being great at actually leading off an inning. It will be interesting to see how they fill that role this coming season.
Will he work for free? But seriously, this team needs offense, not pitching.
The ballclub lost $140 million in gate revenue last year. That milk tastes pretty sour to DeWitt.
As we note every week, DeJong is a very good defensive shortstop. His offense plays at that position. His offense at third base would be more ordinary. Why do people keep trying to move him to third base?
Fair enough. If only Yairo Munoz were still around . . .
Players thrust into this winter's marketplace will fully understand the financial stress baseball is feeling. A few guys will get paid well, but players will quickly see how much value they have lost. A lot of money left the industry and it will be a while coming back.
What Randy did was truly impressive. But a great career this does not make. Tampa Bay won trade unless Matthew Liberatore can singlehanded win a pennant for the Cardinals some day as Arozarena did for the Rays.
Supposedly Bill Armstrong was not supposed to be involved whatsoever in that draft. And maybe that's how it played. But he's still the GM and once that stuff got big media play he should have been quicker to cut the kid loose.
The Cardinals don't know how many fans will be allowed in, so they are cutting payroll. But, yes, by doing so they are also chilling whatever ticket sales the team might have next season.