Sure, he can be exposed in the draft and I expect that he will be. Fans dog this guy, but he plays pretty big minutes on a very good team.
I am old, but I had not that old. I have no idea.
If the Cardinals won another World Championship, we would see huge numbers turn out again. But I'm not sure there is any way top the amount of alcohol that was consumed durng the Blues parade/Cup rally. That is one of those records that may never be broken.
The Blues did not want to pay a big trade price for Faulk as a rental player. Also, Faulk was looking for an extension he used his no-trade protection to get that. Remember, Faulk nixed a deal to the Ducks. Armstrong obviously felt Pietrangelo was going to play his free-agency card all the way out, as other players in that agency have done, so he wanted to protect himself for 2020-21 and beyond. In retrospect, Faulk's money could end up looking too big if the NHL enters a serious retrenchment period due to the economic impact of the pandemic. Absent the pandemic, salaries were going to keep soaring and Faulk's would have ended up in a good slot. Armstrong was trying maintain his approach of having a lot of very good players and zero monster contracts. With that goal in mind, Faulk's deal made sense at the time.
The regional plan looks fine. but I am beginning to have my doubts whether even that will work. I don't see the sort of progress on the health/safety side that will be needed to get the players on board. And they may use this situation to flex some muscle ahead of the next big contract showdown.
Yes, it could. We will see that tested in the Far East and MLB is keeping a close watch on that.
I was in Motown at the time, so I was wrapped up in the unraveling of Denny McLain after his 31-victory season. His story was something. Maybe it wasn't as bad as trading away Carlton from a fan perspective, but his decline on and off the field was painful nonetheless.
He took a step forward last year at the plate at Double-A Springfield, but he turned 24 this spring and he is more than 2,000 at bats into his minor league career, so "viable" might be a stretch.
Once Scandella signed to replace the Bouwmeester money, the math got a lot tougher. But, again, with Pietrangelo deciding to play his free-agent card all the way out, re-upping Marco was still another way to protect himself for next season and beyond. As for finding the space, there are always ways if Alex really wants to stay. And Armstrong has proven quite capable of making big and surprising moves.
Martin's immediate goal is to just get another NCAA tournament berth. If he can do that, then step 2 will be to get tourney berths at least semi-regularly to start building a more durable fan base. Step 3 would be to targeting deep tourney runs. He can signed four-star players. He has signed them here, but some got hurt and some didn't pan out. He has had some success on the transfer market and he will need more of that given the way the industry is changing.
Fringe players have to be careful on social media. Now, if Alex Ovechkin did that . . .
Tiger Stadium, like many of the older parks, had some fun quirks. The stands were further from the field, but the upper deck hung way out over the lower deck. In right field the upper even hung over the field, at least slightly. So if you sat up there, you could be heard. And like you say, without all the modern distractions there was a different vibe.
Not sure about Flood's shoulder, but his misplay on Jim Northrup's triple was a killer. There were some pick-offs in that series, and Lou Brock failing to slide on a play at the plate in Game 5. Willie Horton with the throw.
Kansas was running a pretty good payroll there. That doesn't seem to be in dispute. Wisely, Kansas has chosen to fight the allegations tooth and nail. As Missouri proved, cooperating with the NCAA is for suckers. Banning KU coach Bill Self for a year for lack of institutional control seems appopriate, given the dollars involved. Consider the suffering the NCAA inflicted on Missouri for the actions of one disgruntled, attention-seeking tutor. But . . . Kansas makes a lot of money for the NCAA and lord knows the college sports industry is hurting right now. I'm cynical enough to think that KU will get the same pass North Carolina got for the epic academic fraud in Chapel Hill. With the NCAA, the blue blood seldom spills. But if SEMO gives a kid an extra tuna sandwich by mistake, it's chainsaw massacre time.
It could make a lot of sense. But if there are no more regular season games -- which is part of that plan -- then a team winning a play-in round might have an early edge in the next round against a team that did not play. Cranking up into playoff mode from a standing start won't be easy. The good news for the Blues: They know what it takes to win and they will have Vladimir Tarasenko back. The bad news: "Building their game" to that level can take some time and they won't have much of that in this format. Some experts wonder if a skill-driven team will have the edge in this format over grinding teams like the Blues.
The pandemic shutdown could cost this franchise in excess of $100 million, so fans will have to brace for the liklihood that the Cardinals will reduce payroll like most other teams next year. All the familliar debates about the franchise's immediate future no longer apply. As I noted earlier, if the next wave (Carlson, Knizner, Gorman and Montero) turn out to be legit position players, then they could combine with all the good young pitching could put this franchise is a pretty good place. If they don't pan out, there could be some turbulance because this franchise will need production from entry-level talent to make the numbers work.
Not sure. Obviously the National Hall of Fame had to move things back a year because all the travel and preparations that go into the Coopertown event. Here in the STL, maybe the time line just gets pushed back some.
I'd be shocked if this made it to trial. There is a lot of incentive on the NFL to settle.
Best of 3 for the play-in round is fine, but going with a short series once there are just 16 teams left would be stupid if there are no regular season games.
I'll have to take your word on that. I was too busy coveting my autographed Tigers baseball from '68.
For sure. Next season will not be the year to harbor both Dexter Fowler and Matt Carpenter unless both them are performing at a high level. Not only will MLB teams be letting free agents walk without qualifying offers, they will non-tender players to duck arbitration. MLB teams get 40 percent of their revenue from tickets, concessions and parking. That 40 percent might be completely gone this season and partially gone next season as well. Our National Pastime is facing really tough times.
OK, that's is for this time. See you in a few weeks. Got another break coming. Be safe out there!