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Not sure at all how the bubbles will align, but a sensible realignment of U.S. teams has the Blues and Nashville moving over to the other side of the league to join Columbus, Carolina, Tampa Bay and Florida in a division. Maybe Chicago comes over too.
Mozeliak remains fully clothed. The Cardinals are now operating under pandemic conditions, so his job now will be to reduce payroll in a big way, That's how DeWitt will judge him. Fans will have their own measurements, as usual. And their measurements will even more divorced from DeWitt's reality than usual.
We'll see. 2021 was always going to be an interim season between what was and what's next -- and now that's more true than ever.
The plan is actually quite clear. After 2021 they will be free of the Fowler/Carpenter money. So there will money to invest. If Molina is still around, it will be for far less than his $20 million slot the previous three years. After 2021 they will either sign Jack Flaherty or trade him for a prospect pile. After 2021 they will have a better handle on where Carlson, Gorman, Montero and Herrera are in their development. The same goes for pitchers like Zack Thomspon and Matthew Liberatore. The hard part will be getting from here to there.
No, Busch is already a pitcher's park. It already seves this pitching-oriented team well. And the rest of baseball has gone all in for power, so there is no bucking that trend completely. I agree that this team can cause some havoc by pressuring opponents with more Whiteyball tactics, but there is not THAT much speed in this group.
A year ago maybe the Cardinals are a logical bidder. In the face of a costly pandemic and resulting intense pressure to dump salary for the 2021 season, the acquistion of a rental player seeking $300 million when the baseball business returns does defy logic. While the Blues have been known to defy logic with bold moves, the Cardinals almost never do that. And I'm guessing that massive operating losses only made DeWitt even more conservative than before.
We have discussed that trade ad naseum in these chats. It has been beaten to death in the P-D and STLToday.
MLB has shared mechandising revenue. And MLB promotes its stars nationally on its platforms, so that's only fair. People all over the country buy replica uniforms and buy the star-driven video games.
At the moment Molina seems inclined to stay in the STL. He has his comfort zone here and he has his say in how things are done. Manager Mike Shildt respects him and values his leadership -- to say the least -- and that's the sort of love he might not enjoy on a new team. The Yankees and Mets are bidding on him, but I'd expect Molina to stay unless the Cardinals decide not to pay up. Even in the face of cost-cutting, Molina is the one guy this franchise has to sign for PR/marketing purposes. There will be other ways to cut.
Oh the humanity! This is what I get for paying too much attention to pandemic death tolls . . .
Neither guy has a future past next season, so I imagine they might get the Jhonny Peralta Treatment if they don't hit well and/or they get hurt. After all they money the Cardinals paid them they owe those guys nothing. The 2021 season could become all about younger guys trying to fast-forward their development with some help from stopgap veterans.
The NBA and NHL took only partial hits from the pandemic, since they played most of their regular season and collected most of their gate money before the shutdown. The NFL is a TV-driven sport and it has gained at least some gate revenue -- although I'm guessing the revenue losses will still be significant.
He is the No. 4-ranked second baseman according to WAR, so it will be interesting to see where his dollars go. Beyond D.J. LeMahieu -- who will get paid for real -- it's tough to say how many dollars will get spent at that position. KoltenWong ranks second among second base free agents in WAR and some of the contract projections for him seem optimistic.
The country is underdoing a racial reckoining. Or at least parts of it are, including Chicago. TLR's "get off of my lawn" remarks about player protests don't hold up well given the groundswell of popular athletes taking a stand. The La Russa hiring is taking a pounding in the Chicago media these days and it's hard to imagine him handling that criticism well if he does keep the job. Tony is not known for his ability to shrug off such heat.
Fans kept coming out to games because the Cardinals have remained in the hunt year after year after year after year. Had this team gone the tank-and-rebuild route like the Astros and Cubs and finished 20 to 40 games under .500 for multiple years, that would have hurt attendance. Instead they have produced 13 consecutive winning seasons with seven postseason trips in 10 years. Going forward, the lingering pandemic and its economic damage could chill attendance for years. The new normal could look a lot different from the old one.
The trick will be have a revamped/reenergized team when the gates fully open again in 2022. So if there is ever a time to have an interim season-- getting from what was to what will be -- then a pandemic summer is a good time for that. I imagine we will have a vaccine by Opening Day, but I do not image that we will be rid of COVID-19 and its resulting economic damager in 2021.
I never have argued with Mozeliak's overall success. I repeat it over and over and over again. So I have no idea what you are talking about.
His improved fielding increased his value as a fourth outfielder. His inability to hit with any consistent decreases his value both to the Cardinals and any other team. Now, if he make the same progress as the plate as he made in tracking fly balls . . .
The one thing the Cardinals have done well is stockpile young pitching. They have wasted some of that on bad deals -- like renting Marcell Ozuna for two years and letting him walk -- but they remain well-set in that area. That strength alone could keep them in hunt next year if there is an expanded bracket. The depressed market might yield enough low-cost stopgap offense to help the team surive the interim 2021 season.