Fair enough. There will be money to spend and an urgency to improve. The Goldschmidt and Arenado trades were bold and they Cardinals need more of that.
Yeah, well, Missouri is going to be Missouri. But I'll say this: This fan base has been hard on all of the athletic directors over the years, going back, in particular, to Dollar Dave Hart.
Those are fair metrics. This teams needs an impact hitter at DH, assuming that's in place, and they also need an upgrade at shortstop. Those developments would likely push Molina down in the order.
I know of no such arrangement with the Cardinals.
Fans here feel entitled to great baseball and they earned their right by supporting their team to an uncommon level. But, yes, folks in these parts tend not to consider context.
The Brewers are certainly nailed it this season. But they've also had six losing seasons since 2009 and in 2015-16 they finished a combined 62 1/2 games out of first place.
Advertising on uniforms, sure, I could see that. NASCAR-level advertising . . . no, not in our lifetime. That would be gaudy and there are too many other ways to promote a brand now during a game.
The Cardinals business plan has remained unchanged during the DeWitt Era. The goal is to contend for the playoffs every year. Most years they do, a few years here and there they slip. But the goal has remained the same.
Paul is the team's second-best RBI producer, so there is value in keeping him a spot where he should see more runners on base.
Mizzou's current roster sets up to be very good in two years, but college basketball is a year-to-year adventure. Few, if any, experts will give the Tigers any shot at postseason play this year. Many SEC teams raked in big-time talent on the transfer market. But even with a seemingly supportive athletic director in place, Cuonzo Martin needs to at least post a winning record to make sure he gets to take his shot at bigger things in 2022-23.
I would expect a stoppage of some kind, hopefully limited to just the spring. By the way, that's one more reason why the Cardinals should test some of their better prospects at the big league level in September. There is no guarantee of a normal spring training next year.
Sure, I'm guessing that why most franchises are less successful than the Cardinals have been.
Certainly this has been a tough season coming off of consecutive postseason trips. The franchise has a chance to turn some pages after this season and also exploit an uptick in player development thanks to draft work of Randy Flores. I assume Bill DeWitt Jr. will give Mozeliak the opportunity to oversee the reset. But as I've said in earlier chats, that decision should not be based on Mozeliak's past success but by the quality of the plan going forward. DeWitt plays an active role in baseball decisions so he needs to put a lot of thought into 2022. The franchise will have a big opportunity in this offseason, but will it take full advantage?
Tony La Russa was also very good at playing the long game. Mike Shildt has been more in day-to-day mode, but remember that the Cardinals needed a huge finish to win the division title in 2019. Their 2020 season was a day-to-day scramble due to the pandemic and this season got ugly after Memorial Day. Mike hasn't been in a great spot to play the long game.
I expect she will be challenging everyone, boosters included, to dig deeper to move the Missouri athletics program from the competitive periphery of the SEC. That push may make some folks uncomfortable -- but at this critical juncture in the college sports industry, it's put-up/shut-up time.
This season is what it is. The team is what it is. The Cardinals' business plan is what it is. I am guessing we'll have some fresh topics once the offseason begins.
LeBlanc was a great pickup, as it turned out. He was nothing flashy, but he ate some innings and spared younger pitchers the abuse. But his elbow issues sounds ominous. We'll know more soon, perhaps this afternoon.