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.

    Hey chatters, happy Tuesday! Hope your week is off to a solid start. Busy Tuesday in STL sports. Hoping Scott Rolen gets good news; numbers are looking good so far. Tarasenko and Krug back tonight it sounds like. Mizzou hoops needs to get back on track at Ole Miss. Oh, yeah, and there could be a snowstorm I guess. We'll keep it warm here for the next few hours. Fire away!
    To all of the Cardinal critics, 3 million fans in attendance every year should tell you that the Cardinals know what they are doing, putting a great product on the field every year. Great entertainment for 162 games and then hopefully a run at the World Series. A ring is hard to get, and even harder with the new playoff format. Cardinals again have the highest tv ratings in MLB, but people just keep complaining, your thoughts.
    I think there are some Cardinals fans out there who maybe don't appreciate how hard it is to compete annually, sure. But I also think there are a lot of fans, a growing number, who do appreciate that, and also want to see a postseason slide start moving back in a better direction. I'm not sure making fan support through attendance or ratings is the best way to judge the product on the field. A ring is hard to get, and yes, it's getting harder, and that's why I think a lot of common-sense, not-crazy Cardinals followers are hoping the team adjusts to that more difficult trajectory instead of insisting nothing's changed.
    We interrupt the hate on Mo and the lack of Cardinals offseason moves for a Mizzou question:

    1.) Does Kobe Brown change that Alabama game/result?
    2.) Does Mizzou make the tourney?
    Brown had led the Tigers in scoring in 6 of the last 7 games and was averaging 20 points per game during that stretch. The Tigers lost by 21 without him. And Kobe always seems to have a good game against his home-state Tide. He scored 30 on them in a win in CoMo his last time. So, maybe not a win, but a much closer game, yes.
    If Brown's ankle is mostly good and he can play up to his capabilities on it, the Tigers are a tournament team. If he's limited or misses more time, things could get sketchy. What the Alabama loss proved more than anything is that Brown is the nucleus who can't go missing. But we knew  that.
    It looked like Goldsmith was a lock for the Cards broadcast gig. Did he get spooked by the Bally financial mess?
    The finalists were Goldsmith and Caray. I don't know if one was ever ahead of the other. Goldsmith backed out. Sometimes that happens when you know you're not the first pick and you think the other guy is going to take it? Any suggestion that Caray was not involved from the jump would be inaccurate. He was interested from the start, and it was mutual. There were some reasons for some to pause. The unknown Bally situation you mentioned. The challenge of being the first hire after McLaughlin was very good at the job for a very long time. Caray was already with Bally, knows Dan well and I'm sure spoke to him about it and has the STL hometown ties along with a place in his career where the next move, maybe like it would be for Goldsmith, won't define him.
    Good morning and thanks for your chat
    Good article this morning about how the Cubs didn’t stop after one player.
    I hate to say it, but the Cardinals could have done better and it will be terrible. If we have to look up at the Cubs all season. I hope there’s one more move remove from the Cardinals
    I'm not convinced the Cubs are better than the Cards, but they sure seemed to have potentially gotten a lot better than they were last season. I never write off the Brewers, but their insane trade of All-Star Josh Hader and the stepping down of David Stearns -- he's still an advisor -- makes me wonder if the Cubs jump the Brewers for second and give the Cards some heartburn or worse. I wanted to write the column because it's become common to bemoan the miserable state of the NL Central. I've done it as much as anyone. But I'm not so sure the Cardinals are dominant favorites, at least as much as we expected them to be entering the offseason. Thanks for reading it.
    Hi Ben . Every year one and done.... There is always a reason why but it never changes. There is only one thing to do promote Mo and get a new voice in there . What do you think ?
    Mozeliak's future will be ironed out at spring training, both he and DeWitt suggested at Winter Warm-Up. A role change could be coming but I don't think he will be leaving the team, or no longer having a heavy emphasis on it. We'll see. More importantly, to your question, it was chairman Bill DeWitt Jr., not Mozeliak, who was outspoken at WWU about not seeing enough upside in some of the moves the Cardinals considered. The team-building philosophy this offseason said more about DeWitt's vision than Mo's, though they are often quite aligned. I think if it was solely up to Mozeliak there would have been another move. I don't think he would have said what he said at that end-of-season presser about the payroll if he did not expect more than a catcher.
    Kobe brown is a senior but he has another year of elgibility right? Also is Kaleb Brown injured? Or just not in the rotation? Thanks
    Correct. He has another season left after this one. The COVID-19 year made following that almost impossible. But he can come back if he wants, yes. Considering he's second-round range, and perhaps late second round, in draft projections, perhaps he should. There's real NIL money to be made at Mizzou now. The NIL teams there have done a good job of playing catch-up. Younger brother Kobe was sick last game but when healthy has not cracked the regular rotation.
    Ole Miss Mens BB is a hot mess, should be an easy win for Mizzou. Also hoping for Rolen and Todd Helton getting the call today.
    They have lost seven of their last eight. Kermit Davis looked cooked last season. Surprised he is back. Road conference games can always get strange, but if Brown is in there, feels like one Tigers have to win.
    Sorry.. The first of may questions that are impossible to answer. I like the Chip Caray hire but doesn't that kinda close the door on a Danny Mac return? That is a door I hoped wouldn't close
    I don't think the door can ever be closed on someone as talented as Dan. He's gotta get well, gotta decide what his next chapter looks like, and I can tell you he's attacking those things. Predicting what happens later will depend on a lot of things that have not yet started to play out.
    How come you don't release your pick for the hall of fame?
    I don't vote yet. Not enough time logged in BBWAA. Working toward it, year by year. When I vote you will know my vote.
    Heard anything on Kobe's ankle injury? Sounds like he wants to play, but if we can play well enough to win tonight without him might be worth taking a cautious approach with his PT. Maybe not start him, use him only if we really need him approach?
    It was encouraging that he went through warmups against Alabama on Saturday. Looked to be moving well in the pregame shooting and drills. Gates didn't give a timeline. He made a big deal about saying it was his decision, which suggested Kobe wanted to give it a go.
    What is a realistic timeline for Zachary Bolduc? He is lighting up Juniors.. Seems he is ready for the next test before the NHL.. What are the planned stops?
    Armstrong in early January suggested NHL arrival for Bolduc in 2-3 years. The 2021 first-round pick just turned 19. He's been playing really well for the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, scoring goals and piling up assists and raking in the top-three in the league's scorers. The hope is he's here around the time Jordan Kyrou and Robert Thomas are reaching their true primes, and of course he will try to do what he can to shorten the timeline. He's working on that.
    With Moreno not selling the team is it “more” likely Trout or Ohtani could be dealt?
    With Morena flip-flopping, I'd expect chaos and nothing more. Maybe he shops two of the game's greatest players going, then reverses course and says he's not interested in moving them. What a joke. Embarassing.
    SLU's on a roll now handicap the rest of their season and tourney chances?
  • Their five-game winning streak is the best going in the Atlantic-10. Good start. Gotta keep it going, and gotta take down the two league teams ahead of them in the NET rankings. SLU today sits at 86th. VCU is at 78th. Dayton is at 69th. The good news? SLU has 4 games against those two teams. They play home and away, and have not yet met this season. It's a tall order but it's where the Billikens put themselves by giving away some of their non-conference games they needed to win. Right now most of the bracket projections see just one A-10 team getting in, whichever wins the conference tournament. That's the only guaranteed way in for any team in this conference --- unless one breaks from the pack and revives an at-large argument.
    Mizzou men's basketball got blown out by Arkansas, but my overriding reaction was: This team is going to be pretty good when Kobe Brown comes back. (Also that the arena atmosphere seemed great on TV, the program has turned that element around, and it can't hurt recruiting.)

    Just wondering if I was alone in that sentiment.
    Alabama, but yes.
    Mizzou Arena is full and alive again.
    Good to see. 
    It can help this team win, but not going to win many games against ranked SEC teams without Kobe out there.
    Hello, Mr. Frederickson. Thank you for your time and the chat. I have a couple questions, please.
    1.) What is your opinion on MLB expansion and relocation? I think baseball should expand to Portland (to have an AL team close to Seattle) and to Nashville. I also think that the Oakland A's should relocate to Vegas, and Tampa to Montreal (One of the few things I agree with Commissioner Manfred on, is that Oakland and Tampa have had more than sufficient time to work out their stadium issues). I also think that the Miami Marlins should relocate to Charlotte. A full-time MLB team in Florida is a failed experiment; attendance figures repeatedly bear that out. Supporting a team through a 35-game Spring Training schedule is one thing, but a 162-game season is another. matter entirely
    2.) Why has Jim Edmonds not received more support from Hall of Fame voters? He had, I believe, twice as many Gold Gloves as Andruw Jones, was a better hitter, and produced for more seasons.
    Thank you.
    Having observed the Rams relocation, I'm hesitant to blame a city for a team's desire to relocate. As the relationship sours, it gets easier for teams to blame the region they're looking to leave, and other regions pick up that narrative, especially if they want the team. Teams that are most interested in moving tend to stop caring much about the product on the field, or even attempt to water it down to make their goal easier.
    I think it's pretty easy for MLB. A team in Vegas, where every sports league is itching to be now that sports gambling is legal. A team in Nashville, a city growing like a weed that is going to have a big sports boom as a result. Those make the most sense to me, and I don't think any other region can compete with what those two have to offer at this time when it comes to long-term growth potential.
    As for Edmonds, he is one of the best hitters to fall off the ballot in his first year. He got only 2.5 percent in 2016, not enough to get back on the following year and years, where his case -- in some ways like Rolen's has -- could have grown annually. He will have to go in via a committee if he ever does.
    Mizzou should never hire another mens bball coach that runs a slow grind it out system. Gates has shown that even with so many transfers fans will come out to see an up tempo exciting game. It was the same under Mike Anderson, fans were excited to watch the tigers play. Anderson's offensive philosophy or lack of grew old to some fans but when he left for Arkansas, a lot of Mizzou fans wished he had stayed. Also its good to see Mosely playing again, I kinda wish he would have stayed at Missouri State because they are having a tough season but Mosely is good and deserves to get more exposure.
    People like teams that win, period.
    How teams win is less important.
    Mizzou Arena would have been fired up for the Tigers in 2020-21 when they were 13-3 after beating No. 10 Arkansas, but COVID-19 crowd limits kept the limit at a little over 3,000.
    Not the same atmosphere. Not the same energy coming through the TV. That stuff matters, and it's helped propel the good vibes around this team.
    People like winning most.
    Tempo, offensive efficiency and an ability to run the court are sweeteners, for sure. They're aesthetically pleasing and just fun, for fans and for players. I'm glad you brought up CMA. I don't think he ever really got the credit he deserved. He was the last Tigers coach to win an NCAA Tournament game. I bet if he could do it all over again, he would not have left. He has not had much success trying to replicate what he had at Mizzou anywhere else.
    How 'sorry"are the Blues when you play a great game last Thursday against Nashville and then literally lay down to one of the worst teams in hockey Sat. night, the Blackhawks?
    That's who this team is, though. No one should be surprised at this point. The home stand that was supposed to be the definitive ruling on the team is just that -- they're lost in the middle. But the good news is the future looks bright. Nothing that happens this season should could GM Doug Armstrong's vision for what his team could become next season and the one after. Lean into it. As much as I hate the idea of trading away Ryan O'Reilly, if it helps you in the near future, you do it. And Tarasenko's showcase starts now.
    With NIL and instant transfers, can grind it our defensive coaches keep talent in MBB in this version of the NCAA? Chicks dig the long ball and all that.
    I don't think how a team plays defense affects what a kid can get in NIL money.
    Apples and oranges.
    It's being reported that Chip Carey has been hired as the new Cards announcer.
    Indeed. P-D had the news up yesterday.
    Looking back on the Sean Murphey trade an extension, do you think the Cardinals should have been willing to part with Donovan and Nootbar, or have been more patient to try to get the A's down to just one of those two, to lock in a top all around catcher on the rise, vs a top offensive catcher on the potential decline? They have depth at both middle infield and outfield, and that move would have left them with more spending room to make another substantial addition...what do you think of the probability that hypothetical route would have resulted in a stronger team today?
    I think it's impossible to work in that what-if world. When the Cardinals went with Contreras, the market for Murphy changed. To assume the Cardinals could have benefitted from the changed market when they were the team that changed it -- it would have required another team to change the market. Maybe the Braves would have done that. But . . . Was Contreras really going to sign as a free agent at a place that meant taking his brother's job? Probably not. I get the logic, but to go down that road means creating scenarios that maybe never would have occurred. Also I believe the Cardinals when they say they're getting killed in trade asks because people want their prospects. That's why I've been suggesting they should be more willing to sign free agents. They did that with Contreras, and I think he was the better fit for them than trading valuable talent away to get Murphy. A lot of it, obviously, depends on your view of Contreras. I'm not as down on him as some of you all.
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