No, I'm saying the front office bringing back a hitting coach after two seasons of subpar hitting suggests the front office does not think the hitting instruction is the problem, so the front office should then be expected to improve the hitters the hitting coach gets to work with. That's the only thing that makes sense -- unless the Cardinals are going to just say they're treating 2021 like a redo of 2020 because they felt like 2020 was not fair to evaluate anything. That's going to be a hard sell.
A decent chance. I think the Tigers can win this one, considering the circumstances.
Stay tuned. Unless there is an agreed-upon change between players and owners, things will go back to normal, meaning DH in the AL and no DH in the NL. But there's a lot of time between now, spring training and opening day to change that.
Well, that's what makes this situation so interesting. The Cardinals can make Molina an offer they think is fair, and Molina will be free to compare that deal to any other offers he receives. I don't think a two-year deal is outrageous. Molina was the team's best hitter in the playoffs. His defense and expertise with the pitching staff doesn't need to be mentioned to this crowd. Betting that a 38-year-old player is going to decline is a popular bet, but Molina has proved those bets wrong often in his career. Adam Wainwright, too. If the Cardinals go two years with Molina, they have to figure out what to do with Andrew Knizner. Sitting him behind Molina for two seasons could tank his value. Might be better to trade him for offensive help.
Why not have George Springer hit leadoff? :)
It wasn't mean to be an own. I don't know how else to respond to people who say I "won't" write about topics I have written about extensively. I can be criticized. I'm a big boy. At least I try to be. But I do get annoyed when no one has taken the time to read, like, anything.
That does seem to be a bit of a trend, yep. And it makes sense. The element of surprise helps the pitcher. Video helps, but it's not quite the same as real, live at-bats against a pitcher. So, yeah, the 2020 season should have kept Kim relatively guarded. He only faced AL and NL Central teams, and not all that often. Plus the Padres. For just one game. Now, we have to find out what 2021 looks like. It could be a similar setup, or something entirely different.
I just go off what I've witnessed. I think he values his approach and believes in it more than he would value altering it to "chase" a ring that would not be guaranteed. His belief is being in the mix every year is the best way to get a chance to win. Look at the World Series right now. The Dodgers chase rings but have not claimed one in a very long time; maybe that changes this season. Regardless, the Rays are an example of a different approach paying off in a championship-caliber season. Look at the Yankees. Their last championship is two years older than the Cardinals' last championship. There is no foolproof way to win a World Series. DeWitt is 79. I'm sure he wants another ring. I don't think he's going to flip his model on its head to get there. A strong case can be made for nudging it in a more urgent direction, though. Certainly.
The assumption with Gorman has been that it would be late 2021 or 2022 before he's ready for that kind of role. He didn't have a minor league season this year. Just alternate site stuff. Not ideal.
The Cardinals' glut of right-handed hitting outfielders was real. They were not going to get the best out of all of them, so it was reasonable to see they had to cull the herd and cast their bets. Right now, it appears that they bet on the wrong guys and sold short on Arozarena. That's not an indictment of Liberatore. We don't know what he will become, and hopes are high. But if the Cardinals saw this coming from Arozarena, he would have been starting in left field in 2020. For the Cardinals.
Without the pandemic-caused restrictions, yes. And fast. With them, hard to say. For a lot of contracts.