The owner has enjoyed 13 consecutive seasons and seven postseason trips in 10 years. He is easily the most successful owner in flyover country. Also, the owner is heavily involved in the big baseball decisions and he's unlikely to fire himself.
That would seem to be the over-under on the season win total. Or is it two victories? Winning four or more games would be a huge success.
If Pietrangelo leaves, the Blues would be more capable of locking Jaden Schwartz into a new long-term deal. That would be signifcant with Vladimir Tarasenko facing an uncertain future. Also, the team could commit to Vince Dunn, who has a ton of upside. So while the Blues could take a step back in 2021, losing Pietrangelo could keep the team competitive for a longer period of time.
Jacob Markstrom to the Flames? Braden Holtby to the Canucks? Interesting.
Well, you can always buy the MLB package and watch the Pirates on daily basis. But seriously . . . this franchise has lots of pitching and as long as that's the case the Cardinals will be competitive. And Shildt did a miraculous job getting this team into the 16-team bracket after the COVID shutdown.
Close the talent gap on the Dodgers in a few years? That's not going to happen. Can the Cardinals make enough improvements to stay in the playoff mix and have a chance to win some postseason series? Sure. The team will finally have some payroll flexibility for the 2022 season and perhaps the baseball business might be closer to normal by then. Maybe DeWitt will be more inclined to spend then.
Not a conspiracy guy at all. But, sure, MLB would love to see the Bronx Bombers advance and help those TV ratings. The same with the Dodgers. If that juggernaut gets to the World Series, that would please Rob Manfred.
Actually, a ton goes into coaching hitting. Small mechanical hitches at the MLB level can cause great damage. But, yes, confidence is a huge deal too and that's part of coaching and managing. Putting players in position to succeed with the mindset needed to succeed is the trick.
Probably the one guy who has really blown up to unimagined levels since leaving the STL is Luke Voit. He had almost 2,000 minor league at bats in the Cardinals organization and never earned an everyday role for the big league club. What he has done for the Yankees boggles the mind. Tommy Pham got hurt again this season, Oscar Mercado came back to earth, Carson Kelly took a step back offensively, Stephen Piscotty has plateaued at a so-so level, Randall Grichuk is who he has always been. Randy Arozarena had a nice outburst for Tampa Bay, but let's see where he is after 1,200 or 1,500 big-league at bats. Marcell Ozuna had a big year for Atlanta, but he hit pretty well here despite having a shoulder injury.
There is no telling what Kelly night do on that stage. He can get a bit excited.
Yes. Bron Bron has become even more crazed than usual. Maybe it's living in the bubble that has made him this way, but he is Borderline Trained Killer mode.
Yes, Springer will cost too much. Your range of options seem more likely. Perhaps the ideal scenario has another team willing to trade value for Carlos Martinez despite his illness and injury issues. Maybe the Cardinals could get the needed outfielder in such a swap. At the very least they could get some budget space.
Miller was a disaster here, so that's not happening. Howard is washed up, so I don't see that either. If Pietrangelo leaves, maybe Armstrong will spend a bit of that cap money on a more proven guy. Husso is an unknown, no matter what the Blues say, and we will see a condensed 2021 schedule that will put a premium on strong 1B goaltenders.
The Golden Knights still have salary cap issues to resolve. That is another reason why Pietrangelo will let this play out for a while. Will the Blues await his word or turn the page with another move? That's the question.
As I noted before, a Bob Pettit statue would leave St. Louisans scratching their heads -- sort like they do when the look at a Richard Serra sculpture.
But Luke Voit is the new Reggie Jackson, so . . .
I'll have to look that up.
For so long, St. Louis enjoyed the regular presence of many living legends at the ballpark. For a franchise that cherishes its history and tradition, that was quite a blessing. And now that era is gone.