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.

    What does this lay off due to Carlson's service clock? Seems like he should break with the team whenever play starts no? Teams are going to have to play their best 9 immediately in order to make these modified playoffs and he appears to be one of the best 9 or at least as much as of one of them as much as any other.
    We touched on Carlson earlier in the chat.
    Scroll down to find that.
    I'll just add this: The Cardinals were showing their hand on how they were preparing to handle Carlson exiting spring training, so I would not assume they would change it in an altered scenario.
    They seem to be prepared to slow-play a player who has given plenty of reasons to believe he is one of the best outfield options because of their belief in other candidates and the added bonuses that come with the wait.
    Hey Ben in your column where you opined that minor league baseball players are artists, you never once mentioned the owner's role in paying their employees. You suggested players should "do more" to support the minor leaguers, but not the owners. Why should the onus be on the players and not ownership?
  • Because owners don't usually tend to decide it's in their best interest to give out more of their money.
    Major leaguers and their union have leverage, and that leverage could be used to help create a better situation for minor leaguers.
    Some major leaguers have, upon reaching the majors, turned back to help the minor leaguers.
    Many others don't look back, chalk it up to dues being paid, and that's that.
    That comment you mention rubbed some people the wrong way, and that's OK, but I'll point out that I said I'm in favor of minor leaguers making more. What I'm not in favor of is some of the histrionics that have surrounded this debate. At last check, minor leaguers are not held against their will to play baseball. Those that do not like their situation are free to go seek more satisfying work. If we want to talk about finding more money for teachers, for police officers, for nurses, I'm ready to ride for the cause. Sign me up. But when playing baseball is given the same intensity in that kind of discussion, you start to lose me. The guys should get paid more, and there is no shortage of money going around in the game. On the list of things that matter the most to our society, this issue is far down the list.
    I understand what Betz was saying about not announcing the name with all the Covid19 stuff going on. On the other hand we need some positivity and this would be a good time for a virtual announcement. Who cares if no one group get together just give us something
  • I hear you. It's a fine line to walk, and it seems like the ownership group is deciding to stay firmly on the side of not wanting to come across as being a distraction, or potentially being viewed as opportunistic during a tough time for a lot of people. I get that. There's no easy answer. Some would appreciate the distraction. Others would criticize it. All you can do is what you think is best, and this is what seems right to them.
    What percentage do you see a Cardinals game being played at Busch Stadium this year? It has to be 0, right? With the proposals of playing in Arizona and Florida on the table, cant see it happening.
    I don't think anything is zero or 100 percent, as much as people wish this situation was black or white. But none of the proposals MLB is kicking around have mentioned games in teams' home cities -- other than the Diamondbacks and the Marlins, of course. So that probably tells us something. What would be really interesting to know are the dates MLB is circling for certain decision. At what point does baseball have to be up and running in some way, shape or form to justify having some sort of 2020 season? At what point must a severely altered season be committed to fully, even if circumstances that occur later could allow for more traditional measures? What you can't do is start down an all-in-Arizona path, play a few games, then decide, hey, maybe we should try something else with this new information we have. There has to be an all-in or all-out date, and a here's-the-plan-we-are-sticking-to-until-it-falls-apart date, and they probably need to be determined pretty soon, if they are not already determined.
    Did you see the poll where 72 percent of Americans said they would not attend a sporting event until there was a vaccine for the virus? Even if they did open the stadiums to fans, they may not come for quite a while. This is not to mention the economic hit on the country and people’s ability to pay for entertainment.
    The results of that poll will vary greatly based on when the question is asked, the people it is asked to, and where in the country it is asked.
    SEC football fans in a state that has not been rocked by the virus are going to show up to watch football.
    Marlins fans don't show up to watch the Marlins when there is no pandemic.
    Those two scenarios alone should show how empty a broad poll like that is in real life.
    I don't have very much concern about people refraining from going to games when given the all clear.
    I worry more about making sure that timing is right, so people do not go before they should.
    Maybe I'm wrong here.
    I'll eat some crow if Busch Stadium is empty the first day fans are allowed to come back, whenever that is.
    Do you think we'll ever have a true whistleblower come out about the Brady/Belichik era Patriots a la Mike Fiers? It seems the closest we ever got was Mangini who if I remember correctly was aware of some stuff that occurred while he was there and was on the lookout when he became a coach. Otherwise you had teams whisper to each other about deflated footballs , etc., which resulted in a couple of the scandals. But, I don't think we've had a player or personnel involved come out and say something. On one hand if you do admit anything, it tarnishes your championship, on the other I would think someone would develop a conscience eventually...or slip up talking about it. Maybe there is hope after the leadership structure is totally gone from New England.
    More of a personal question for you and the Post sports writers. I have to think that the paper is like any other business where layoffs are occurring. No sports are happening. Are there concerns that the powers that be will need to layoff a significant portion of the staff; particularly sports staff and writers?
    Thanks for the cheery subject matter!
    Kidding.
    It's a fair question.
    Everybody is worried about their jobs right now, and people in businesses that were already challenged -- like newspapers -- are worried more than usual.
    The paper's parent company has announced furloughs, so you will be seeing some of your favorite bylines disappear for a week here or there, or two weeks straight, in the coming few months. It's paper-wide, not just sports.
    We're asking for folks who value the coverage we provide to consider signing up for a subscription if they are able. It helps.
    On a more positive note, I continue to be amazed by my colleagues. We are continuing to put out a daily sports section after many papers in the country have dropped their sports section for the time being, or rolled it into another section. We are coming up with three to four local stories daily for the front of the section, and they're great stories. Podcasts are dropping new every week. These chats are continuing. We're thankful to have such an interested and engaged sports market to write for. 
    Now, get a subscription! :) 
    When do you think the MLB season would have to start and the number of games it would require for the MLB to still consider having a baseball season? Obviously if it got to September, it would pretty much be pointless.
    If it takes that long, better do come up with some sort of double-elimination tournament for the World Series.
    Whatever happens is going to be so bizarre and different that there will always be an asterisk by this season.
    I think that much is clear now.
    Do you think the rest of America thinks of St. Louis as a better football city due to the XFL? Regardless of the NFL returning.
    I don't think the rest of America spends much time pondering St. Louis' status as a football city, to be honest. Those interested have a lot of good information available that paints a pretty clear picture, if they take the time to find it. The success of the BattleHawks was another example that Kroenke's label did not fit.
    Ben- what do you think happens with Pietrangelo. I think hockey is done for the year which would lower the cap. Any way the Blues can free up money to pay him? Keeping him i believe is the key to the next 2-3 years contention great defense man dont exist easily. After that it will be rebuild time anyway.i say go for it now .
    I've said from the jump that I think Pietrangelo and the Blues will work something out that keeps him in St. Louis. He's the first captain to win The Cup, and he has strong family ties here, which is even more important to a young family with triplets, yes triplets. Less money for the NHL means less money for all teams. The ceiling will be lower, but it will still be an even playing field in that sense. I don't think Armstrong lets Pietrangelo get away, and I think it will be hard for Pietrangelo to depart if the Blues' offer is competitive. Just my hunch.
    I say get some sports back on the tube,,,i am having a breakdown from having to talk to my wife
    I can see several NHL teams go out of business if the season & playoffs are cancelled. Florida and Arizona come to mind as candidates. The salary cap will definitely come down effecting new contracts. What day you?
    Hey Barry, hope all is well.
    I don't think the NHL would lose a team during this time.
    If the league has to go find a new owner or something, it can do that if the need arises.
    There's always someone who wants a piece of a team, even in times like this.
    Ben, those are all great points about what the Post-Dispatch is able to continue to do during these trying times. Thank you very much. Follow-up on the Patriots comment, I've always wondered how Brady can be considered by many to be the best QB and greatest champion in NFL history if that is measured by Super Bowl victories because either the path to the first round byes, the playoff wins, or even the Super Bowl wins are tainted by cheating directly related to winning the games. There have been plenty of controversial teams based on team persona or individual personalities, but the Patriots were controversial because they broke rules to win games. Not to mention, Brady's reputation seemed to earn him loads of backbreaking roughing the passer flags at pivotal moments. What they were doing went beyond say baseball managers both mostly looking the other way on a cold World Series night since both team's pitchers are trying to get a grip on the ball and it rose to the point of banging on a trash can.
    There is considerable debate about how directly the line can be drawn from the Patriots' willingness to live a toe (or five) over the edge of what is allowed and their success. A lot of that uncertainty exists because the league has never really shown much of an interest in getting to the bottom of anything. You will remember the story about the destroyed tapes. With the Patriots, there is always smoke, yet few smoking guns. It would be really interesting to see what might come out of a Manfred-led investigation of the Patriots, compared to Goodell's "fact-finding" missions. Most big corporations prefer to sweep scandals beneath rugs, but few do it better than the NFL.
    Ben, you mentioned that Josh Christopher is related to Mizzou’s strength coach but isn’t Josh’s older brother in the Arizona State program that he just chose? Maybe the draw of playing basketball with his older brother was greater than being in the same program as his uncle. Where does Mizzou go now for players? Thanks for the chat and I am a subscriber.
    Correct. Josh Christopher's brother, Caleb, was a sparsely used player on last season's ASU team as a freshman. And I should correct something I said earlier. The Christophers are the cousins, not nephews, of Mizzou hoops strength coach Nicodemus Christopher. I corrected that in the previous answer. Sorry for the brain glitch there. Where does Mizzou go next? Good question. There's the Michigan transfer, David DeJulius, we mentioned earlier, though he would need to sit out a season unless he gets some sort of waiver. He's supposed to announce his destination sometime this week.
    This quarantine has allowed me to re-discover an old friend in the form of the Uni-Watch website. What are your all-time favorite uniforms and/or uniform oddities? How do you feel about the Nike logo appearing on MLB jerseys?
    Don't mind the swoosh, but don't like it in that spot on the front of the uniforms very much.
    I've always been a big fan of the George Brett majestic light blue look for the Royals.
    That one is up there for me.
  • Gotta run. Thanks for jumping in today, everybody. See you same time and place next week.
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