I wrote about the need to get even better at developing players. But the recent group of young players includes All-Star invites and Gold Glove winners. I figure the Cardinals will move forward with most of those guys plus Jordan Walker, who is widely regarded as a potential All-Star. Prospect deniers can keep pretending that the organization doesn't develop good players, but the production here and elsewhere (Florida, Tampa Bay, Arizona) with traded Cardinals prospects suggests otherwise.
I do not, That would be a good question for next week's hockey chat.
I figure the real Tyler O'Neill is somewhere between his near-MVP-caliber peak and his disastrous injury-ruined 2022 season. That is a huge gap to fall into, but I see him somewhere in the Randal Grichuk-ish middle.
And we didn't see anything from the MVP-caliber Paul Goldschmidt and Nolan Arenado last fall. The Cardinals are keeping them anyway, just as they will keep most of their top young players while winning for another 90-plus victory season.
Yeah, he is a cut above Lopez. But then again, the price will be higher.
Mozeliak has been in the grind for a long, long time. How many current executives have been GM or president of baseball operations with their team for a longer period?
I imagine that's a lump sum, just as a bonus would be. But I'm not sure.
Don't bum us out going into the weekend.
We'll see. The difference between staying healthy and productive and pulling 19 muscles next season could mean tens of millions of dollars in career earnings.
I don't see the league going that far. Nor do I expect the league to allow players police themselves like they did in the old days. When players did acting jobs back in the day to draw a penalty, opponents made sure the next penalty they drew was really. really, REALLY legitimate.
No opinion there -- gotta admit, I lost interest in the "Rocky" franchise pretty early.
And when teams have to trade for need because their farm system didn't provide enough help, they usually overpay for acquisitions.
Yeah, I have a hard time believing that Wainwright suddenly found the magic solution to his late-season woes. If he can give the team 150 decent innings, that would be a win. This team will need Jack Flaherty and Jordan Montgomery to have been seasons as they eye their next contract.
The level of tampering is staggering. The coaches reach out to the same people in each player's camp that they would get to know) during regular recruiting. High school coaches field a lot of calls, as do "family advisors" in the inner circle.
But who does he take at bats from?
Dennis Gates got full buy-in from this group. Well, except for Isiaih Mosley. College basketball is a year-to-year deal more than ever and team chemistry can be elusive, as SLU and Illinois are proving.
I am trying to tone down my sarcasm, but some weeks I lose self-control.
Great question. Sometimes a player wins a draw cleanly and it caroms off his own player, who never gets control, and eventually goes to the a rival player, who does get control. I believe their is subjectivity here for the stats crew, as there is for the hits category. Some crews believe every bump is a hit while others only record the hit when a guy gets trucked.