Would fans really be all that eager to see Matt Carpenter play for the Cardinals again? They were polite to him upon on his return, but the man made a lot of ugly outs during his last few years here.
If the Dodgers are dying to pay Nolan Arenado giant money for his twilight years. I imagine they could get that word out without violating any tampering rules.
Unless Marmol intends to sign a playing contract and jump into the lineup, I don't see a need for him to wear a uniform.
I don't know if Rick is planning a public event or not. I hope we can do another sportswriter roundtable event and get him out for that. He is a lot of fun at those.
The Braves endured a four-year downturn before getting back into the chase regularly. They have remained committed to player development and locking in their good young players. They hit big on some international free agents and they hit on draft picks as well. They have made good trades and spent wisely in free agency. Really, that is a model franchise for the Cardinals to emulate because its succeeds with the same business model.
I believe I have one in the closet somewhere . . .
Of course, if the Cardinals get to an NLDS next year and lose, then the narrative will shift to the team's inability to get back to the NLCS level.
Yes, it would help if the middle-of-the-order guys who performed at an MVP level for most of the regular season would actually get big hits with guys on base in the playoffs.
This team had plenty of experience, especially on the mound with the players added on the fly. And some of the younger guys had big moments in the postseason. This team was different at the end than in April, true, but it was a better team. It just didn't play well against the Phillies.
I'm finding it hard to believe there are fans that actually get worked up over manager attire. Bigger fish to fry people, come on!
And . . . there were actually people worried that The Circus' record would fall? You are right about Jake, he is not likely to rack up lots of assists.
Fans were furious when the Cardinals took a pass on Max Scherzer at $43 million per year. What did that get the Mets this year?
Well, it's a lot smaller. The newspaper industry as a whole is much smaller and more focused on the digital side -- which, of course, did not exist back in '86. We still have a much bigger sports department than other newspapers our size, fortunately, but times have certainly changes.
I don't see Tommy Edman going in the Murphy trade package, but I could see the team moving guys off this year's team to make that deal.
When I say "healthy," I mean don't get absolutely crushed by injuries. This team can't take many more hits on the blue line. There is a bit more depth up front, but there is not much in the AHL to fill in if a couple of scoring line guys go down.
I'm a Dylan Larkin fan. Vrana and Raymond are high skilled as well. They have two good lines and two goaltenders. They will need to get stronger on the back end to climb the conference ladder, but they are coming.
I assume he had the hat as well, which would stick to his head in this humidity.
OK, that's for today. See you next time!