Join columnist Ben Frederickson for a live STL sports chat at 11 a.m. Tuesday

Join columnist Ben Frederickson for a live STL sports chat at 11 a.m. Tuesday

Ben Frederickson answers your Cardinals, Blues, St. Louis City, Mizzou and SLU questions in Tuesday's 11 a.m. live chat.

    Nice to see the NFL/Rams get another L in the Court of Appeals this morning. Barring an appeal to the Missouri Supreme Court, does that exhaust the court actions prior to the trial starting on Jan 10th, or are there more avenues left for them to explore? I just wish the team on the field was earning just as many L's.
    The Rams/NFL could try a writ to the supreme court, yes. When they were trying to push this lawsuit into closed-door arbitration they pushed all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, which declined to hear their request. It's unlikely that they will win now, but they can keep their appeal rolling for now, if they choose to do so. Never underestimate their willingness to drag something out to the bitter end.
    Ben, I appreciate all your hard work in covering the St. Louis/NFL lawsuit. I hope you end up getting some kind of journalism award for this. Great work!

    I know it’s probably not the popular sentiment to pressure the NFL into giving St. Louis an expansion franchise but wouldn’t it be better overall for the city in regards to all the new jobs that would be created and the new found revenue that a lot of downtown restaurants and such would realize? Sure, we could coax the NFL into a billion dollar settlement but then who’s going to be in charge of making sure that money isn’t being misused by the current politicians for personal gains? It just seems like a billion dollars is a great recipe for unchecked corruption considering the current state of affairs in the city, specifically with the prosecuting attorney's office.
    I understand not fully trusting politicians, city, state, or national.
    What I don't really understand is trusting the NFL.
    To follow through on the plan for a team it would potentially agree to. To not hamstring that team in various ways. To not pull the football back, Charlie Brown style, all over again.
    Who owns it? Who pays for the stadium? Who pays for the upkeep of the stadium so relocation doesn't become a problem all over again? 
    I keep asking these questions but no one answers.
    Until there are some details filled in, there's not much to talk about on the idea of an expansion team.
    The city and the county have remained committed to this lawsuit when some laughed at it and thought it would get nowhere.
    I'll give them credit for that.
    If the NFL opts to offer an expansion team to the city, they would have to cover building a new stadium for the offer to make sense in my mind. There’s still a stadium issue if a new team is awarded and the last thing the MO/City taxpayers want is to be on the hook for another stadium. I don’t want to be selfish here but if the city has the NFL by the tail, only being awarded an expansion team without a stadium being involved would be an L for St. Louis. What do you think?
    I think a lot of people are out in front of their skis on this topic.
    One of the most exciting parts of watching the Cardinals this past season was their defensive play. How much impact do you think that a platooning type of approach will have on their defense when some of the biggest platoon opportunities lie with some of their better fielders like Bader and Edman? How much do you think that defense will weigh in the decision whether to platoon or not?
    A good question. I don't think Marmol is going to be a sell-out-for-offense-at-all-costs manager. He had a hand in shaping the defensive renaissance, and it's important to him. Maybe some offensive-minded platooning combined with defensive-minded substitutions late in games. A mix of both.
    Re the Rams/NFL indemnification agreement - does it cover legal fees or legal fees and damages awarded?

    Also, the idea that the indemnification agreement shows the NFL knew that the Rams move was against it’s rules is wrong. Most contracts have one and really just shows that Stan K really wanted to move and wasn’t in a good negotiating position.
    There seems to be a disagreement about that. The other owners seem to believe Kroenke should be on the hook for everything. Where the line is ultimately drawn will be interesting, no? This was a predictable problem. From the start people were assuming too much if they thought Kroenke was just going to shoulder this load himself -- if the lawsuit kept getting closer to the finish line. And that's exactly what has happened. I have not read the indemnification agreement myself and it has not been made public in court documents, at least not yet, to my knowledge. Maybe that changes if this infighting continues.
    As for the second part, it shows the league wanted to be as far away from being caught in the shrapnel of a lawsuit as possible, and in its eyes Kroenke signed up to be the shield. That's a good deal if you can get it, and it was smart to require every owner applying for relocation to sign the dotted line. Now there's going to be a discussion about just how much he should shield the league from.
    What are your thoughts on Kofi getting suspended for 3 games for selling a jersey, especially since the NIL took affect this year?
    It's the millionth reason the NCAA needs someone in Indianapolis who can veto decisions that make the organization look stupid.
    He was on the wrong side of the NIL movement by, what, a week? Two?
    He's handed three games while coaches like Bruce Pearl, Will Wade and Bill Self remain unpunished for a cheating scheme that was taking advantage of athletes to the point it launched a federal investigation.
    And how long has that NCAA investigation into those coaches gone on without them missing a game?
    The NCAA wonders why people are rooting for its collapse. It should hire someone who can point to the reasons before they are made official. Tell the kid to donate the money to a charity and sell another jersey to make the money back, now that it would be allowed. It's really not that hard, is it?
  • Hello Ben. Didn't the NFL and the Rams go through this venue appeals a couple times already? Wasn't it denied a few times? How many times is a defendant allowed to appeal? Judge should just tell them that the lawsuit is moving on, in STL, in January-----whether you like it or not!
    That's . . . not how the law works. You have the right to appeal as many times as the system allows it. The Rams/NFL are running out of runway on this one, though.
    Going into 2022, which STL news story are you looking forward to covering the most?
    The relocation lawsuit in January -- if it arrives -- is a big one. Glad it's finally getting the attention it deserves.
    That's the most non-normal one cooking at the moment, besides the usual local sports scene. 
    At what point does Mo's seat get hot? He is exceedingly frustrating for fans, but the sustained success is really not comparable anywhere else.
    He's under contract through 2023. Some have assumed he will pivot to a different role or scale back after that. Would not surprise me if he did. If the question is about him getting fired, I don't see that as being very likely under chairman Bill DeWitt Jr. He just sided with his president of baseball operations in a clash with the manager, for example.
    Mizzou should have gotten into the Big10, better fit travel wise, better fit rivals (IL and Iowa), better fit to actually win
    The statute of limitations on this narrative has expired. Let it rest. It's tired, weary and needs to sleep.
    Did the Taylor family renew the City's (pun intended) MLS push because the NFL left town?
  • Yes and no. The family liked the idea of owning a soccer team and believed in it being a successful sports venture for the region. The NFL departing and the way it did so cannot be entirely removed from the equation, though. It made MLS that much more interested in STL. It gave the region something to rally around, a counter of sorts. But you don't sign up to own a soccer team and plunk down the kind of money it takes to build a mostly privately funded stadium just because the NFL left. You have to be committed to soccer being a successful play, first and foremost. I don't think the Taylors are going to be running anti-expansion-team advertising or anything like that, but I don't think they are much interested in dealing with the NFL. I think a lot of the powerful players in the region are down on the NFL after the way things were handled. Hard to blame them.
    The Padres just hired Bob Melvin, a manger with a record of success at the major-league level. By contrast, the Cardinals have hired their third consecutive manager with no previous major-league managerial experience. Which club made the best call?
    It's not quite fair to compare Marmol, who has not yet had a chance to manage his first MLB game, with Melvin, who arrived in San Diego with 1,346 wins. Melvin's also making about $12 million over the course of his deal. The goal in the two hires seemed to be different. The Padres were seeking a manager who they felt could bring something they did not have to the equation, while the Cardinals were seeking a manager who could do more with what they do have, such as a better blending of the player development and analytics departments the team has invested heavily in.
    Part of me feels the Cardinals will approach free agency like they have the last few years and not going after the "bigger" targets. Will the manager change have any effect on how they approach it? Part of me feels Mo will do more to make sure Marmol has what he needs to succeed
    Perhaps. Best way to make a managerial change look smart is to make sure the new guy has a better roster. I could see that being a motivating factor for the front office, for sure. Front office is in the spotlight now after this move. But I don't envision the Cardinals suddenly winning free-agent bidding wars for top talent. They have historically resisted those kinds of deals in the open market and been more likely to make their big commitments in trade negotiations and extensions with in-house players.
    "Was getting in the SEC. a huge mistake"

    How is getting into the best NCCA football conference a bad thing? Getting into lesser conferences hasn't worked well for Colorado and Nebraska. And like you said, the Big 12 is a dumpster fire. If you want to be a big boy, play with the big boys!
    Agreed. Better to be in a big pond, even if your fish needs to grow.
    I really like this blues team. It is early, but the young guys look good. The defense is improved. Binnington can be elite. If we can spell the injury bug, I love their chances this year.
    Agreed. Right now COVID is their biggest nemesis. Don't forget Tarasenko. He's doing his part. Deserves credit for that, too.
    Ben - Lets assume for a second that the players win the CBA battle regarding young players' path to free agency. Instead of a whopping 6 years of service time required, lets assume we get all the way down to 3, meaning the likes of ONeill, Flaherty, Bader, Edman and more would be due real life Free Agent salaries instead of low ball arbitration salaries. First - what would you expect these guys to earn, and second - do you foresee a guy like Flaherty holding a grudge against his team concerning his paltry salary compared to his value? I imagine those arbitration hearings were painful to sit through for him.
    No clue on the first part. That is the reason teams are not sure how, exactly, to move forward until they know.
    Flaherty gets it. It's a business. He's just dedicated himself to taking the same approach teams take. And he's been reminded this past season that there is risk baked into that approach. Injuries can ruin a season. They can alter a career. Teams don't get injured. They don't have ages where they are deemed on the decline as soon as a certain birthday arrives. Flaherty likely has a more nuanced perspective of the discussion that revolves around taking security early in an extension, or leveraging for more through performance as a career nears free agency. He will get to decide if he's going to stay on that path or consider alternatives, and the Cardinals will get to decide what alternatives they may be interesting in offering.
    I thought that the PD running an article on Mike Shildt’s condo being up for sale was not in good taste. It was a bit like dancing on his grave. Isn’t there enough news to report than a fired manager’s real estate situation. The way he was treated I would get out of Dodge, too.
    Those articles appear every time a significant sports figure leaves town. It has nothing to do with the nature of the departure.
    Tarasenko looks awesome early on. What would you like to see happen moving forward? Trade asap while he's healthy and stock should be up for a top 4 D.? Wait and hopefully he keeps playing well and stays healthy and let him help build up team wins and trade later in the season? Keep him the whole year and see if he can't help the team make another cup run and possibly deal him post season?
    If he keeps playing like he has, you hold onto him and let things sort out a bit more. Teams don't really have a good sense of what they have and what they need until Thanksgiving. Blues need a sense of what Oskar Sunqvist is going to be able to provide post-injury and what Niko Mikkola can do. The performance of other forwards and injuries elsewhere could change the trade demand for Tarasenko, so Armstrong is in a good spot to let things cook. If you think he's the difference maker for a Cup run, you keep him. Something to note is that he still wants to be traded. If there are signs this great start could be wavering because of his desire to get out, that's something to keep in mind as a GM who hopes to trade when value is high.
    Ben, What is the position in the NHL for the Covid tests? Is it as simple as you tests positive so you sit? We all can test positive, vax or no vax. Do you need to have symptoms of illness before you sit? IF all players on the team were vaccinated would the same rules be in place even though there isn't signs of illness?
    The Blues, per Doug Armstrong, are fully vaccinated.
    Fully-vaccinated players who test positive and are asymptomatic must still pass at least two consecutive COVID tests before they are allowed to return to action.
    That's the NHL rule.
    Jon Gray sounds like a typical Cardinals player. Wink wink
  • He reportedly turned down a three-year extension offer from the Rockies that was in the $35-40 million range.
    Could get hit with the qualifying offer next (one year, $18.4 million).
    Does he accept that, or pursue free agency?
    Rockies will get draft pick compensation if he does turn down the QO.
    He's a solid pitcher, and his numbers are good for a hitter-friendly home park. Arenado would have a good read on him as a teammate.
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