Sanchez is a mediocre catcher who has also fallen into an offensive funk. Andujar showed some early power potential, but now he, too, is a comeback case. I bet the Yankees would love that trade.
The NBA is an excellent TV sport and its star players can become cultural icons. I'm old enough to remember covering NBA games when the league needed the Bird/Johnson infusion to stay relevant. I grew up watching championship series games on tape delay because the networks wouldn't put them in prime time. So to see the NBA where it is today is quite impressive. The sport survived its "Battleball" stage with ugly 83-82 games. (Thanks, Pat Riley.) Now the speed, agility and skill of the players is breathtaking. If you haven't seen a NBA game up close, you need to put that on the to-do list. Buck up to go see the Griizzlies or Pacers play.
There is some talent there for sure, but his brief 2020 showing was disastrous. Now he has to hope the team doesn't land a proven, bargain-priced veteran outfielder this winter who can hit .270 with 20 homers and 70 RBIs. I'm not sure the Cardinals will trust another outfield competition among the same guys to produce better results.
Sure, we have to see whether there will be a 2022 season. But if there is, he will invest in the team because he has too much to lose with his related enterprises if the team tanks.
Carlson will play for sure. But center field (where Thomas can play) and right field (O'Neill can handle that) are still question marks for next season. Fowler will play some because he's getting paid, but his workload is hardly guaranteed.
I was just ranking centers in there, responding to a question. If you ranked the best Blues forwards, then Brett way up there. Think of all the great wingers: Brendan Shanahan, Keith Tkachuk, Joe Mullen, Pauk Kariya, Vladimir Tarasenko . . . that would be a long list for sure.
There is no reason to make a final decision on those two after a pandemic-shortened mini-season. Dexter Fowler has a year left on his contract and is likely to be phased out in 2021 unless he is hitting .270 with a high on-base percentage. Then he could play out the final contract year as a full-timer. I would expect the front office to add a proven outfielder with that in mind. Bader is a fourth outfielder at worst with his range in center field. Carlson looks like the real thing, but let's see where we are with him after 600 big league at bats. He can hold up OK in center field, so that could create more time for O'Neill if he can hit. Also, let's see what happens with the DH going forward.
Mike was a commanding presence back when a coach could play mind games with players. Those days ended with big contracts -- something he encountered here after coming to a team that treated its star players like royalty. Iron Mike was largely a failure in the NHL after his Cup run with Rangers, where he owed Mark Messier plenty. Keenan's ego prevented him from adapting.
Yes and yes. The Gators have a Kyle Trask doing a winning impression of Joe Burrow. Dan Mullen is an excellent offensive coach and when the Gators are back at full strength with their skill position guys, look out.
Yeah, the Blues did get some great players in their prime along the way -- Hull, Oates, Stevens, Shanahan, Pronger, MacInnis -- but most of them got away. This was a star-crossed franchise. Like you, I am still a bit stunned by that Cup run.
In due time the baseball players will get some of the gambling money because the big market teams will keep spending. But this new revenue stream is one more reason why the players should push for an agreement that guaranees them a sufficient cut of the revenue pie. Otherwise some teams, like the Pirates right now, will refuse to invest in talent.
I am not sure Gary would have ever had enough sizzle to please those fans and maintain the sort of four-start recruiting success the job there demands. He found his level at Mizzou and absolutely nailed it. He found fertile recruiting pockets for overlooked talent and he established a track record of player development. His staff turned great football players into athletes and great athletes into football players. He created a culture that allowed the Tigers to punch above their weight late in their Big 12 days and early on in the SEC. Given what happened before and since his time, his accomplishments look even greater.
For sure, so that's why the team needs Dylan Carlson to pan out AND for the front office to identify the right veteran at the right price to plug into that mix. Once we see the list of non-tendered players next month, we'll have a better sense of the market.
Win it all? That is a big ask, especially for a team that struggles at the free throw line. But I see the Billikens getting into NCAA Tournament with a mid-pack seed and having a real shot to at least reach the second weekend. The Billikens will defend and rebound as usual, but this season they will have more scoring depth if they stay healthy. Maybe, just maybe, they can avoid big in-season injuries for a change.
The Cardinals are looking to dump salary, not add it, so I would be a bit surprised to see them take a spin on Kris Bryant coming off of a bad year. That seems like an adventure the Dodgers could get up for if they can't swing a Nolan Arenado trade.
Fowler is on his way out, so the Cardinals could warehouse their younger outfielders for a year. Selling high on Bader? He hit .205 and .226 the last two years. If you wanted to sell high on Bader, you needed to do that in 2018.
No, Fisher produced five losing seasons here. The Cardinals have produced 13 consecutiving winning seasons with seven postseason trips in the last 10 years.