This is a fair point. Cost control has great value for teams, like the A's, who work on the cheap. This would be another reason to hang on to Tyler O'Neill: He is no longer cheap labor.
Missouri had a few great runs under Gary Pinkel, but the Tigers were punching above their revenue/recruiting weight each time. And that's hard to do. Also. during their early SEC years their half of the league was down. That is no longer the case and things will soon be far, far harder for Truman. A heavy hitting coach won't do much good if the schools with much bigger revenues are making proper use of their financial edge. For a long while, Georgia, Florida and Tennessee were no doing that. Now they are . . . and here comes conference reorganization with Texas and Oklahoma coming.
More toxicity! I agree that Drinkwitz did not help himself with his remarks post-KSU. He took responsibility for the loss, but a coach should never, ever come off as complaining about negativity after taking such a thorough and dispiriting pounding. Nor should a coach use setting a small fire as a motivating force . . . but that was a different guy. After games like that one, projecting unflinching faith in your program-building is the way to go. At least that sends the right message to the team.
Marmol hasn't taken all that much abuse yet, certainly compared to Mike Matheny in his day. And fans grew impatient with Mike Shildt until the team went on it's amazing late run. His habit of polishing post-digestive droppings with his postgame media session wore out some fans.
No, but that habit won't be a problem when the playoffs start.
Nootbaar is an interesting case because he came into the pro game as a contact hitter and reworked his swing to add notable power. Now it appears he has the whole package to be an everyday player.
I did not follow Stoops during his lean years, so I don't know how he responded to the negativity I'm sure he faced.
This is a challenging time for sure. Let's see if the team finds a way to make some positive statements during the next two weeks before things get very, very real.
I would not listen to a former Alabama quarterback to get insight on the Missouri program.
I don't recall him reacted as he did when Jack Clark popped off back in the day. Albert is in a different headspace these days, as he enjoys the swan song. I suppose the phrase "does not dignify" applies.
Pitching quickly can keep a pitcher in rhythm and keep his fielders engaged. That is crucial for a sinkerballer like Hudson.
He has always hit in the minors. The problem has been his play behind the plate, which has not been good enough to earn him regular work in the majors. Teams place so much emphasis now on pitch framing and pitch calling that a "bat first" catcher can have trouble advancing.
Go back and look at Henderson's first 10 years. His combination of speed power made him totally unique.
The team can trade any of these guys. But selling low on them versus selling high has some risk. Fans complain when the team hangs on to young players . . . and they complain when the teams trade young players who excel elsewhere. The key is trading the right guys at the right time. As Sandy Alcantara, Zac Gallen and Randy Arozarena can attest, that hasn't always happened.
Well, have you see how well Kansas is playing these days? (Just kidding. I think.)
That's it for this week. See you next time!