Well, he didn't play there every day. He played road games at a disadvantage -- because he was adjusting from being away from Coors Field. I don't think we will see his Coors Park home numbers, but I do think we will see a much more even split between monstrous home numbers and steep decline in road numbers. And I think that will show up right away. As long as his shoulder is healthy. I'm more concerned about the shoulder than the setting, and not because there has been bad news on the shoulder, but just because there's no way of knowing for sure how it will hold up after last season's power-sapping injury until it either does or does not.
That's a good one but I'll say Goldschmidt. He got pitched around SO much last season. Now? Much harder to do that.
Congrats. Ayo is legitimate player of the year contender. Fun to watch.
Not unless I've missed it.
Depends on who is doing the coaching I think. He's one of the guys who's developed a good rapport with unofficial hitting helper Jim Edmonds over the years.
As steroids have been pushed out of the game -- not pretending some guys are not still using -- there seems to be a pretty good sweet spot for guys in between mid to late 20s with a decline starting on the wrong side of 30. Some faster than others. Some defy the trends. But if plotted out that would more or less be the arc.
Ask the Rays writers. I'm officially retired from Arozarena body watch. One of the stranger obsessions this chat has encountered, and we have been to some weird places over the years.
That 2017 line he had looked pretty, pretty good.
We are making the best out of a not-ideal situation, just like everyone else during the pandemic. Access might look different when it does return, and maybe that's a good thing, but hopefully it does return, because it helps reporting, writing and storytelling. It helps fans get to know teams and players. More access leads to more information, better stories, more colorful writing. But not having as much can't be an excuse for not doing good work. It puts an emphasis on having the connections to secure interviews in other ways. One thing it does hurt is scene setting and giving readers a feel for being there, because we are not there in the clubhouse or as close to the field.
You guys can trust me for two more weeks.
Yes. I pray both sides -- players and owners -- do not underestimate the avalanche of bad optics and outright disdain they would create toward baseball by not playing in 2022 because of a strike or lockout.
That'd be interesting. General consensus has always suggested he might not be a great fit here.
Yep. I was thinking players. I think the White Sox will be good.
Intriguing. Really loud contact that makes you want to see more. Long swing though, and there are some concerns about if that can translate to major league success. Will probably need to shorten things up a bit.
I imagine the Auburn buyout was structured in a way that takes into account his new salary at UCF but I have not read the fine print. But your point stands. He's a good coach and that's a really, really nice rebound for him. UCF is determined to be one of the big boys, and it has made big-boy moves in its recent AD hire and now this one. Tennessee took its head coach and AD and I think UCF got better ones, both.
I didn't watch many Royals games but he certainly seems more at ease and open to the media side of the job, and folks in KC have said that. That will help him. He seems to have become more on board with some of the more modern trends in the game that he resisted in the past, too. I think he's growing. We all are, hopefully.
That would have been an option during the talks before the arbitration hearing. Cards have their system and they are determined to stick to it. Flaherty beat them at their own game, then took a Twitter victory lap.