There may be opportunity for more legitimate complaining next year as the team tries to get to 2022 without too much pain. Right now, demanding the dismissal of a management team that has outperformed all of its peers in flyover country -- over a lengthy period no less -- is silly.
Not sure if the team has announced its plans for all those young players who weren't able to get organized work in this summer.
There are some Chiefs fans over here, especially with transplants from Missouri's Left Coast, but I wouldn't say that team is a big deal here overall.
I would welcome a return to the good old days of hitting to all fields, putting runners in motion, putting balls in play for productive outs . . . in short, baseball as we knew it until this whole launch-angle fascination. That, plus stubborn pull hitting and extreme fielding shifts have put the game in a lesser place.
Just texted JT. He's cleared for contact and he will be back on duty next week.
The Cardinals made the FInal Four in '19 so the raises were not out of order. This year it was the Not-So-Sweet 16 after the pandemic caused staggering losses, so raises are unlikely.
Without Molina and Wainwirght this season, the Cardinals would have collapsed. They performed, they led and they are also the two most marketable players. Wong was one of the team's better regulars, but his value doesn't match the other two.
Fans whined endlessly about Tony La Russa's dismissive manner at news conferences.They wanted him gone for that reason. Of course, news conference style points don't mean much when it comes to winning and losing. La Russa did a fabulous job and he had haters dogging him the entire time.
There are some other Hall of Famers, but none have Ozzie's standing.
There may be a chance for the franchise to "get creative" with Molina and give him the sort of respect he wants while also finding a way to make budget in '21.
I have seen that movie too. So I absolutely agree that could happen.
Ah, the first Didi Gregorius mention! The bat the Cardinals add will have to be stopgap, such as Turner if he comes free, or a young cost-controlled player capable of producing more than, say, Tyler O'Neill.
Fowler has been a subpar right field producer for three years, so he's not quite OK. Carlson might be legit and Bader is a good fourth guy to hit against lefties and come in as a defensive replacement. Thomas looked so lost that I don't what to think. I'm with out on O'Neill -- he's been at this for three years. This is why I'd favor keeping the infield intact and adding the bad in left field. In theory, there are outfielders who can hit than third basemen.
He does whiff a lot, but then again who doesn't these days? He might fall into the more realistic target category.
I look at O'Neill's numbers -- .173/.261/.360 slash line with .621 OPS -- and target left field for replacement. Wong hit .301 In September with a .741 OPS, Overall, he hit .389 with runners in scoring position and .333 with RISP and two outs. I understand that Wong can moved with less economic pain than Carpenter and Fowler, but, again, he was an upper-tier performer in this sad offense and his '21 money is middling.
True, but in 2021 the Cardinals might not be able to pay him either. And longer term, the team's most promising hitting prospects play that position.
Yes, there will be bargains in the marketplace. Most teams will be cutting back on player investment.
Ray Ray is a great guy but, no, he does not get a statue.
Carpenter didn't used to be that sort of hitter. He became that type of hitter. There was some talk of him trying to remake himself, but obviously that did not happen. Also, Paul DeJong talked about a reset. That did not happen. Much of the blame falls on hitters failing to adapt, but if John Mabry can get run out of town when hitters slump then Albert can expect to draw some fire as well.
Trading a potential cost-controlled pitcher with high upside would be stupid. Given the attrition rate at that position, you never have too much pitching. Liberatore and Zack Thompson could be factors next season.
Now you know how I feel . . .
Tied for first, as La Russa would say -- the NHL and NBA. Those leagues delivered high-caliber play and they kept guys healthy. The NFL is doing the worst job, by a lot.
He was playing through a side-muscle strain late in the year.
OK, that's it for today. See you next time!