I'll go with the 2004 team. The World Series was brutal, of course, but history was on the side of Boston that season after their comeback against the Yankees. That team won 105 games, the most since 1944. Pujols. Edmonds. Rolen. Reggie Sanders. Each hit 20-plus homers. Matheny, Edmonds and Rolen won Gold Gloves. Team was LOADED.
Maybe, but not in St. Louis.
The players always seem to get the brunt of the backlash in these situations, and it won't change here. Should it be that way? No. But owners are more anonymous.
This is believed to be one of the biggest issues in the ongoing negotiations. Now, let me find that sarcasm font.
I don't think there was a "usual" response from the PD sports guys. I know I never gave an exact month, because it's impossible to give. Because it depends on a lot of things. How the guy plays. How the guy who replaces him plays. How the team plays. Winning helps carry along big contracts that don't perform. Losing, not so much. If the Cardinals stunk it up to start the season, and Fowler was struggling like he did all spring, I don't think it would have taken two months. But, to your question, you are right that each game means more now. All of the "it's a long season" propaganda can stop before it starts. And remember, the rosters are going to be expanded, so there's even more reason to make the change, because the change will be sitting right there in St. Louis.
What is going to affect St. Louis' ability to land an NFL or NBA franchise is the still-fresh taste of being screwed over by the NFL, and the lack of a motivated and deep-pocketed owner who wants to recruit either league to St. Louis. I answer this question, or some version of it, every week, and unless there's something that changes, the answer will be the same. So, new rule. We're done with the NFL and NBA stuff for a while, including the notion of a G-League team. If there's anything that suggests this is realistic, we can talk about it. Until then, we're going to let it rest. Thanks.
What a great sandwich. It lacks the flash of some of its peers, but it is always there, waiting to remind you how steady and stellar it is. It's a worker. Not flashy, but certainly not bland. It can throw a punch with that spicy pepper and smoked gouda. It's Ted Simmons, really. A Hall of Famer who had to wait too long to get the honor that was overdue.
The owners' proposal was made with the hope that most teams will be able to play in their home parks, without fans, by the time the season starts the first week of July. Some are not going to be able to do that, and the Cubs and White Sox are not the only ones in question. Toronoto, for example, might need to play at its spring training location. Same could be the case for the Cubs and White Sox if they can't get the all-clear to play at home parks. Don't underestimate the political pull these teams could have if they seek permission. The travel plans won't be screwed up if the spring training locations are used, though. We're talking private, chartered flights here. Teams will adjust.
My buddy Evan Woodbery who covers the Tigers has a good estimate of what that could look like, though nothing is set in stone. Twelve games against each divisional opponent, plus six games against each AL Central team would get you to 78 games. Swap a couple three-game series for a four-game series and there you go.
I'm confused by this as well. Not wearing a mask, and not trying to be smart about distancing, does not make you tough or prove that this is not as serious as some think. It unfortunately delays our return to normal.
Baseball is worried about a lot of things, though I'm not sure the rise of lacrosse ranks very high on that list. Right now players and owners both are worried about getting what they can out of this season, in a way that jeopardizes player health as little as possible. But you're right that both sides should also be thinking about the big picture. If coronavirus stops baseball, so be it. But if greedy bickering between owners and players keeps baseball from trying, that's not something the public is going to forget.