There is always a lot of intrigue around Tarasenko. And while the Blues will not admit it, there are worse things than having a fully motivated Tarasenko returning with a desire to prove all of his doubters wrong, whether that's the Blues because of a perceived captaincy snub or those who don' think he will be the same kind of player after this latest shoulder setback. The Blues have the leverage, not vice versa. They have realized they can play well without Tarasenko, and while they would love to have him be a part of a contending team, and are better off with him in that role, they are not going to change their plans to appease him. I don't think the Blues have any interest in leaving him unprotected in the expansion draft, but they don't have to make that decision today, and things can always change.
The chat holds the bar high, ihtnep.
Truly playing the kids would mean something like . . . Knizner replacing Molina at catcher, Gorman replacing Carpenter at third a year ahead of his projected MLB arrival, a revolving cast of young/unproven arms in both the rotation and the bullpen, and sitting Fowler for a combination of Carlson/Bader/Thomas/O'Neill and Williams. There could be as much harm done as development gained. The team would not be very good.
Thanks for weighing in. That goes against what I assumed in an earlier answer, if you were spending money on the Cardinals previously before you switched to spending money only on the Blues.
I encourage you to read Dave Matter's story about how that assumption -- that the COVID setback was caused by the decision to let players go home -- might not hold up like some insist.
I think both DeWitt and Mozeliak have a nuanced view of fan approval. They know some are just happy to be at the ballpark, and will follow the team through ups and downs. They know some are never going to be satisfied. They know some are in the middle. I don't think the Cardinals are worried about fan backlash to the point of not being able to draw, and history has confirmed their opinion on that.
Thanks! Happy New Year to you, and I really appreciate you making the P-D a way to keep up with your teams. And I appreciate you guys giving me time to find my groove. I'll keep working at it.
I think you sprained something with that reach :)
After recently shutting the door on the idea of NBA expansion, commissioner Adam Silver re-opened the possibility of growing the league in recent remarks. The $1 billion entrance fee that would be required for onboarding teams and its ability to help combat the pandemic's financial blues is a big reason the mood could change. What it would not solve is two problems for St. Louis. One being the league doesn't seem all that interested in planting a flag here. The other being there is not a deep-pocketed owner working to change the league's opinion about St. Louis. If Kansas City -- another longshot -- found a way to get a team, I don't think it would want to market it to Missouri. It would be a KC team, like the Chiefs and Royals. The Chiefs welcomed former Rams fans who wanted to pull for the Chiefs, but they did not move games here or actively recruit STL. If KC came up with the owner, the cash and the tax breaks to get a team, it would not want to share it I don't think.
The Cardinals can and should bring them both back. Well said on Simmons. I'm also looking forward to a proper goodbye at the ballpark to Lou Brock and Bob Gibson. That will be an emotional but needed day at Busch.
I hear you, and I think it is pretty disrespectful to the Blues and their fans. The Blues have been one of the best teams in the league for quite a while now, and the fans have dominated every event the league has sent STL's way. You would think the Blues might not be the team that draws the short straw in this alignment. Even more frustrating are the people insisting Blues fans have to be OK with this. Um, no, they don't. You can still love hockey and not like having to set 15 alarms the next morning. What about all those kids who fell in love with hockey when the Blues were making their championship run? I guess they'll check the highlights in the morning.
It would be better than the alternative. You guys are fired up today.
A chat poll gets the opinion of the chat. We're talking about the opinion of the fan base, at large. If 10 people decide they're not going to support this team with ticket sales, and 10 people fill their seats, do the Cardinals get a message? Not really, no.
Gottta run, folks. Thanks for your time. Have a happy new year. See you on the other side.