Mike does not help himself with his polite and eerily upbeat postgame assessments. Fans yearn for the good old days of the abrupt and dismissive La Russa parrying with reporters. But like you say, back in the day fans called for TLR's firing year after year after year because he rubbed them the wrong way.
That would be the challenge for Shildt -- could he manage a game like Roberts, Kapler or Counsell? We don't know because he hasn't had the depth to play with. Fans are outraged that he had the temerity to give Arenado and Goldschmidt a single day off.
I agree, but this dispute has been years in the making. This just feels like the two sides need to feel pain before they can come together. I hope I'm wrong.
An outlier! A fan with a sense of perspective! This team has been maddening for sure, since it has missed opportunity after opportunity to get over the hump. But the franchise is not in ruins.
Of course, a ballpark that is hard on hitters is pitcher-friendly. And since baseball revolves around pitching, why not try to win with pitching by getting better pitching and leaving the park the way it is?
This could be the hot topic of the winter, especially if Sosa makes a strong case for himself.
I see a chance for his return given the individual hitting strides made, as mentioned earlier in the chat.
This team doesn't have a ton of excess talent to trade. He is not moving the half-dozen prospects because he needs them to upgrade the talent base. Beyond that there is not much to move.
Another season like this one, capped by some postseason exposure, could start making that case.
The odds are good the Cardinals will add a front line starter because both Hudson and Flaherty should fit in with Wainwright. Can they add somebody else from the outside that is a No. 1 or No. 2? Maybe, especially if management decides to ride Sosa and not spend on a shortstop.
I can't imagine that either.
Arizona might have won of the worst teams of all time this season. Armstrong is going all in for future drafts. He will move Kessel at some point and I'm sure he would want to move Keller's contract too. The Coyotes have an expiring lease and an uncertain future. Maybe the Coyotes are pulling a Kroenke/Demoff maneuver.
All of these teams will crush Arizona and also exploit the bottom half of the Pacific as well. Dallas didn't have Seguin last year and now they do. Hintz and Robertson had breakouts, so that offsets Benn and Radulov getting older. Chicago could take a huge step. I agree about Nashville and Minnesota, but Saros did finish well for the Preds and that could be their equalizer.
The day-to-day abuse of minor league players is largely a separate issue. And that's why those guys have so little leverage.