Just read a Football Scoop report that said defensive line coach Brick Haley, safeties coach Ryan Walters and defensive backs coach David Gibbs are all expected to remain on Drinkwitz' staff at this time.
I have no reasons to expect the model to change. The Cardinals reclaimed the division and went to the NLCS last season. Their key front office folks got extensions. Their manager won manager of the year. These things don't scream for changes as much as they support the model. I get it. That's not what people want to hear. But it's how the Cardinals view it. They viewed 2019 as a very good year.
Two boxes we can't be so sure about? Recruiting. Player development. One season at App State doesn't offer a good read for how that works in his program. Not a criticism. Just admitting what we can't know yet. I liked Healy for many of the same reasons you mentioned, but he had more head coaching experience. Healy was involved in the search, and my understanding was that he interviewed, but it never seemed to go anywhere for reasons I'm not sure. I don't mind the Drinkwitz hire, and it's good they got him considering the tension between Sterk and the curators after the initial list was shot down. I'm just gonna take a wait-and-see before I go all in on the Drink.
Or, fans should be allowed to set their own expectations -- and realize that those expectations do not always match the team's :)
Sense yesterday was the searching for offense and pitching was toward the left-handed hitting and throwing side.
The offense did not have all that much potential. It was what it was all year. Sometimes good and usually underwhelming. That's why folks are frustrated by the idea of bringing (for the most part) the band back together, without Ozuna. It could get better I guess, but it could also get worse. Losing the cleanup hitter makes you take a step toward the latter.
You're describing the same thing that his hanging over John Mozeliak's legacy at the moment. He's done a lot of good things. A lot. Check the winning percentage, postseason games played, postseason success since he got the GM job. Compare it to his contemporaries, knowing the Cardinals value sustained success. Pretty dang impressive. But lately his front office has missed on some free agents and given one regrettable extension. He got an extension, and many fans were frustrated. That's a strange place to be. What happened most recently is almost always at the top of mind, but not always in this case. The Cardinals, I'm sure, hoped there NLCS appearance would cool things off a bit, but it didn't really seem to, in part because of the depressing nature of the NLCS ejection. The Nationals did go on to win it all. I'm not sure some noticed.You, like me, are existing in the middle. It's a thankless place these days, in a lot of ways.
This is an interesting development. The chat, usually dominated by doom, is experiencing some pushback from the optimists today. Hello, optimists. I know you are out there. You are safe here. I will protect you. Well, sometimes. Other times I'll scoff. But regardless, hello out there!
The Rangers want to decrease their pool of LH-hitting outfielders, so you're going to hear those names. The Cardinals have RH-hitting outfielders to swap, so these two are going to be connected. They match up.
Quick correction. The feeling among ADs was that Harsin would not talk to a school that was not offering $5 million or more per season. That doesn't mean he would have accepted $5 million per season at Mizzou.
My personal take is baseball -- and all sports -- should care more about the abuse of opioids and painkillers than marijuana. It never made a lot of sense that a guy could get slapped for weed in the minors but not in the majors.
Yep. They do want to know.