STL sports chat with Ben Frederickson

STL sports chat with Ben Frederickson

Bring your Cardinals, Blues and St. Louis sports questions, and talk to Post-Dispatch columnist Ben Frederickson in a live chat starting at 11 a.m. Tuesday.

    Why do you think Shildt has declined interviews to the PD?
    I don't think it's a P-D issue.
    If it is, I'm out of the loop.
    I reached out to Shildt a while back to ask him if he would weigh in on some of the topics we are discussing now -- some of the changes that could occur in a shortened season.
    In short, it didn't happen because the league doesn't want managers weighing in on stuff like that. Some do it anyway. He doesn't want to. So, president of baseball operations John Mozeliak continues to be the lead voice on all of this from the Cardinals side of things.
    It wasn't a hostile conversation or anything, just Shildt saying the Cardinals are following the league's recommendations, and he's not trying to rock the boat.
    I didn't take much more than that away from it.
    Not all that surprised that he continues to do KMOX stuff. Rightsholders get benefits of being rightsholders.
    If the NBA was still in St. Louis I think Bob Pettit would be as revered in St. Louis as Stan Musial and Pettit would certainly have a statue. Am I exaggerating or do you think i'm right? And would you like to see Pettit get a statue in St. Lous?
    That's a hard one to answer, because I think it runs the risk of minimizing STL's relationship with baseball and Musial off the baseball field. 
    But in terms of where Pettit ranks in St. Louis sports history, you're right.
    He's a Capital-L Legend and belongs high on the list of the best to ever do it in The Lou.
    Bernie Miklasz did a great job of reminding everyone of that in a recent piece for 101 ESPN.
    Unfortunately and unfairly, I think Pettit's impact has faded a bit the long STL goes without a direct tie to professional hoops.
    It's important to keep reminding folks of his greatness.
    Would a statue do that?
    Sure.
    Question is, where does it go?
    Outside of Enterprise, where NCAA Tournament games are hosted?
    It's mostly known for hockey, not hoops.
    Perhaps better than a statue is a pledge to keep teaching young sports fans what Pettit accomplished.
    Unless an NBA team comes.
    That would be the best way to do it, since there are a lot of hopeful what-ifs flying in the chat today.
    Why the constant questions about Bob Pettit on all the sports chats? Even if the NBA was in St. Louis, no one cares about Bob Pettit. Why not Ed Macauley?
  • Why not both?
    Taking some downtime in our sports calendar to make sure people understand the greatness of players who are at risk of being overlooked by younger generations seems like a pretty good idea to me.
    The one thing that doesn't add up to me with the Cardinals FO is this; Mo seemingly is untouchable in DeWitt's eyes, so why does he operate in a manner that every move he makes has to be right? It seems like if he had DeWitt's confidence he could conceed defeat from time to time with players before their perfromnace starts to negatively impact the team. Instead, it is almost like they have to wring the sponge until they are certain there is no hope left on every single under performing player.
    Mozeliak isn't a big fan of conceding defeat at anything.
    Neither is DeWitt.
    And they've won quite a bit, so that's a trait that tends to accompany success.
    Neither DeWitt nor Mozeliak is a fan of paying committed money for a player to not play, or play elsewhere.
    The length of the contract given tends to correlate directly with the amount of change given.
    There are some exceptions.
    Mike Leake, for example.
    It wasn't a fit, so the Cardinals stopped trying to ram a square peg into a round hole.
    Trading Mike Leake at a loss was conceding defeat, though don't expect anyone to come out and say it.
    Actions speak louder than words.
    Brady might have picked the right team in terms of personnel, but did he pick the right conference? Brees, Payton and the Saints have one, maybe two years of a contending window left, and they have been consistent contenders. Meanwhile, Atlanta is probably either a contender or blowing it up after this year. So they will be playing with desparation.
    Brady will never be as good without Hoodie, and Hoodie will never be as good without Brady.
    It was going to end eventually, but I think both will regret that it ended before it probably had to.
    I think we will see a more fun side of Brady moving forward. I think his popularity will increase, but I have a hard time seeing his performance or his team's becoming Super Bowl worthy.
    I have a big backyard if the Cards want to play there, but better to use a wiffle ball or my neighbors might lose a few windows. I can make lemonade.
    Imagine the movement Carlos Martinez could put on a Wiffle Ball.
    Egad!
    This plan might be as legitimate as the one that puts MLB players in a glorified hotel prison when they are not playing games in the middle of the desert in the dead of summer.
    I understand that shutting down the games, etc, is part of helping to fight this pandemic and save lives, but, let’s face it, a lot of this is about legal liability, is it not? No one would ever say this out loud, I know, but the bottom line is always the bottom line, at least to the owners.
    There are potential legal ramifications to consider, sure.
    There's also this: The people who run sports have a lot of say in a lot of things, but their voices don't drown out governors and federal leaders at a time like this.
    It's a rare thing that puts everybody, even the powerful, rich folks who run sports, on the bench until further notice.
    What the leagues are doing now is trying to find that fine line of what allows an altered path forward that makes enough money that it outweighs what could be lost, measured in both safety and dollars.
    BenFred, this whole idea of trying to play in empty stadiums and have players sit in the stands is utterly ridiculous. I know MLB, the NHL and NBA are more worried about the almighty dollar but lets use some common sense here. Until this virus is eradicated completely the seasons should be canceled or put on hold. You're only inviting this thing to keep spreading or get bigger.
    I don't blame sports for trying to brainstorm ideas.
    Nothing is official.
    I would not trust any outlet that presents it as such.
    Ideas are going to be discussed.
    Ideas are going to get out.
    Until everyone is summoned to Arizona, we don't have much to talk about other than people talking about stuff.
    As a displaced St. Louisian now living in Phoenix - I have a couple of comments on the whole MLB to PHX potential. First - it'd be just my luck that the Cardinals would be playing all their games within an easy commute from my house - but I couldn't go to any of them. But secondly - its gets real hot out here in the summer. And playing games at minor league parks during the day would be brutal. I know some parks have lights - but not sure they all do.
    Yeah, no one seems to be bringing up the discomfort of playing games in the middle of the desert in the middle of summer.
    Hopes that warm weather was going to knock back the virus don't seem to be working out as well as some hoped, from what I'm read.
    Wait, i just assumed they'd play all the Arizona games in Chase Field where there is air conditioning. Are they going to play outside? That is awful.
    Chase Field is just one of the stadiums mentioned.
    Spring training facilities also mentioned.
    Other Arizona fields up for consideration.
    Again, and I can't stress this enough, it's just an idea.
    One that has a lot of holes the longer you kick it around.
    You are right that it is just an idea but the MLB wouldn't have leaked it if they weren't heavily considering it. At least that's how I view it.
    MLB considering it doesn't mean it's going to happen.
    Today's statement from the league had one very important line: "While we continue to interact regularly with governmental and public health officials, we have not sought or received approval of any plan from federal, state and local officials, or the Players Association."
    It's going to take the agreement of more than owners and players to get this idea going.
    Good chatting with you all today.
    See you same time and day next week.
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