I think he can be a starter, but I think it's probably asking too much of him to lead MLB in at-bats as the leadoff hitter while also leading the team in innings played at two positions, one in the infield and one in the outfield. That's a high-level role for anyone, let alone a still-growing player. Cardinals fans spent a lot of time in recent offseasons fearing the team would not get enough use out of Edman. I think they have too often overused him. And that's not a knock on him, at all.
I think he'd like to fill it, most likely with a transfer big man.
The combo of Curbello and Cockburn should be a very good one. One of the more exciting guards in the game and one of the most physically dominant bigs. I think Curbello will be able to do more now that Ayo has moved on. Illinois should be a top-10-ish team.
Georgia defensive lineman Jordan Davis credited a big chunk of his weight loss to switching from Swedish Fish candy to an organic alternative. I might need to check those things out.
Nothing. Take him if you want him. If not, trade him to one of the teams that hopefully still wants him. Simple. If Vlad wants out as bad as those leaking things for him says he does, he doesn't get much of a say in where he goes. There were trade offers for him that were willing to take on his full salary, so one of those should be available still if Seattle passes on him in the expansion.
It's not as bad as some would have you believe. Some intriguing names on the rise, position-player wise. Don't sweat the team records in the first season back after no minor league season. Look at the individual performances. There have been some aggressive promotions of up-and-comers, and multiple players are handling it well.
No doubt. That's what's going to have to happen. It needs to be framed in this way, as a competitive advantage or disadvantage. I know Mizzou has used the NC State baseball example of how a season can be derailed, even at its most promising point, because of the virus. Not getting vaccinated is a choice, but it's one that hurts the team. Mizzou says it's "close" to the SEC-requested threshold. Drinkwitz has been beating the drum, as he should.
There's a big tie for third but by top two would have to be covering the Blues Stanley Cup journey and specifically the clinching win in Boston. That was history, and it was awesome to have a front row seat to documenting it. Seeing Simone Biles compete is up there in the top two, too. She's the most dominant athlete at her sport I've witnessed perform in real time.
Flip a coin between Dunn or Tarasenko. Darkhorse candidate has to be Niko Mikkola. If Seattle is thinking what would be best in the long term, he might be the way to go. If they want some sizzle and believe in a Tarasenko rebound, could be No. 91. You could market Tarasenko. No doubt there.
Good stuff today, everybody. I've gotta run because my column topic for tomorrow centers on the interviews coming up next. I'll plug some of the questions I could not get to in the recap that goes up tomorrow at STLToday.com. Have a good week!