I know I'm in the minority but I saw the Sorensen hit and did not have the same reaction as most. I really don't think fans want the NFL to turn into a targeting-fest like college football, especially not in big moments like that one. And I don't have a problem with the fumble rule, either. As an offensive player, you have to hold onto the football there. Have to. Can't put it in a position where a hit -- even one that maybe should have been flagged -- can take the ball away.
Ideally you would have 2-3-4 guys who are in the lineup every day. The platoon approach can be a way to cover those gaps if you don't. The Dodgers are interesting because they do both. They've got studs and savvy platoons. That's rare. In general, the old rule of, if you have two quarterbacks you really don't have one, seems to apply. If you don't have 2-3-4 guys as regulars you want hitting against all pitchers, you are in trouble. But still better to acknowledge the obvious and try a more advantageous approach by platooning them than simply insisting they are something they are not, if that makes sense. Best case scenario would be to have obvious answers. But better to improvise than pretend non-obvious answers are obvious.
One example would be their disinterest in making any definitive calls on the current outfielders. They seem determined to give this group another shot to make sure they are not getting rid of another player they don't have an accurate read on. How, exactly, they are going to get a good reason on guys like Lane Thomas and Justin Williams while also playing Dylan Carlson a lot is going to be interesting, considering the existence and previous prioritization of Dexter Fowler, Harrison Bader and Tyler O'Neill. It's one thing to say you will get guys reps. It's another to do it. But until there's a chance to do it, the Cardinals are saying they will get a better read on the outfield options.
The one with the contract (Carpenter) is the one who did not help the team very much in 2020. The other two did. Quite a bit.
No excuses, but it sounds to me like you are excusing the 2021 season before it starts. I don't understand that, considering the team is saying it's going to try to compete.
Yikes. Maybe. Followers of NL Central teams would be the losers.
It became clear this week that the owners are doing their thing again, getting word out through the media that they view the players union to be holding things up and refusing to negotiate. I guess that is a negotiating tactic, but does it help? It just makes the players mad, because they are being painted as bad guys. I don't see how it helps resolution. To me, the biggest problem with baseball right now is owners and players seem more interested in beating one another than they are interested in baseball winning. The NHL, you know, the sport so often called a garage league, ironed out an entirely new collective bargaining agreement DURING THE PANDEMIC. And baseball could not get out in front on what 2021 was going to look like EVEN AFTER it was the first pro sport to play through a non-bubbled pandemic-affected regular season! It's just bad business, and the fact that it so often spills out into the public in the form of bitterness does more damage to baseball than it does to good for owners and players alike.
I'm holding out hope for Mike Martz.
A good question for Shildt. I'd like to see Thomas get a real run at regular time. I think we know what Fowler can and can't do, and he's gone after this season.
Now the Molina market can move. Right? Right?
That would mesh with what they have said in the past about legacy players and how important it is to them that Molina finishes his career in a Cardinals uniform. There was a time where the contract that just expired was thought to be on the one that would do that. Molina used to say he would retire when it ended. Then he changed his mind. So, Molina got his BIG payday, one that paid him $20 million per season up through last season, though last season of course that was a prorated amount due to the shortened season. He's not going to get paid anything close to that now. By any team. And the Cardinals, citing pandemic-caused financial stress, are going above and beyond to not spend money they don't have to spend. If Molina has a realistic view of his current value, I think the Cardinals would be wise to bring him back on a short-term deal. One season would be ideal. One season with some sort of an option. I can understand the hesitation for two seasons. If Molina has unrealistic expectations, I think he's going to find a hard time getting the deal he wants from the Cardinals, or any other team. Hopefully, Realmuto being off the board will move the Molina story line along.
High energy. Some recollection of plays. A healthy team at the end of the night. I think that's about all you can expect. A win would be great, but it's just hard to know what a team is going to look like after a month with no games. We will have a much better feel for how uphill this battle will be for the Billikens by halftime I would think.
Certainly not in those field-level seats. I would get my nose broken.
Time to jet. Thanks, everybody. Same time and place next week.