No, he needs to change his hitting approach or he will be relegated to a part-time role for the rest of his career. It's that's clear. He's not a little off. He has been struggling since late last season. I believe his problem is bigger than the one Dexter Fowler overcame.
Once this team gets through one more season, they will be closer to cycling out these contracts and that would allow them to eat some money as they had to do with Jhonny Peralta back in the day. And I do believe that the team will have pretty good definitions for all of these outfielders by this time next year. Some may be elsewhere, but at least we will know what they are.
Kmizner is a nice prospect. But it's not like he can make his claim to bump a Hall of Famer until it becomes painfully clear that Molina can now longer answer the bell. Knizner can also fill in on the corner infield if need be, since he is a converted corner infielder. So there may be a workaround with him. And again, I don't see Molina insisting on playing when it's clear he is doing more harm than good.
MLB needs to step on the Astros or other franchises will rush out to Best Buy to get upgrade their own pitch-stealing technology. Stealing signs and discerning pitch tipping are time-honored parts of the craft, but let's leave the electronics out of it. What's next, recording pitchers-catchers meeting before a series?
Probably Artest going into the stands. At some point, once you have cleared the scorer's table, don't you stop to think that maybe you've overboard? His outburst came long after his initial skirmish on the court, a skirmish he did not start. The helmet swing is more like a kick or a bite, instant and unfortunate rage.
If the Cardinals do not acquire a clear replacement for Ozuna -- assuming Marcell leaves -- then I agree that everybody should get a good look in the spring. There are lots of at bats to go around. The rotation could continue in the season, since you want guys getting regular at bats either here or at Memphis. Once and for all see which if these guys (if any) can provide regular outfield production.
The Mets are ambitious. Trading a proven hitter for a bunch of maybes doesn't seem like something that team would do. If had a chance to acquire a bunch of prospects last summer and opted to play on instead.
Ozuna is not the .924 OPS hitter he was for one year in Miami. He posted an .800 OPS, which OK for left field but team-changing. Because of the soft outfielder market -- and because the Cardinals already have so many big contracts -- he very well could land elsewhere with a contract the Cardinals balk at. So to replace Ozuna, the team would have to find at least a decent replacement for the offensive position that is left field and also get more from guys who slid last year, especially Paul DeJong. If it doesn't work, it doesn't work and the Cardinals will be a big step closer to being out from under some restricted contracts. Retooling would be easier in 2021 than this winter.
He's on the list of possibility. But with him and Arozarena, we have a very small sample size at this level.
Football. Head injuries will fundamentally change the game. Fewer and fewer will play the sport at lower levels unless it somehow becomes less dangerous.
The Cardinals really like the work Flores has done. There was no need to replace him. The reason the Cardinals are bit thin in the minors these days is because they have traded away and gigantic stack of very good prospects. Their drafting and development has been fine, but their asset management has not been great.
I bet he gets reinstated for next season. Now if something else happens along the trail, then the XFL could be his next stop.
I'll say less out of left field and more out of the No. 5 spot, because Carlos Martinez returning to the rotation bumps Wainwright to the No. 5 spot. There is a good chance he can top Wacha's production there.
The head coach is ultimately responsible for the talent base and the talent base is not good enough. The offensive line has disappointed, the wide receiver corps is not good at all and when Kelly Bryant got banged up there was not a good enough Plan B at quarterback. Then are the general motivation and game management concerns.
Didn't see it live, but you can't swing the helmet. See ya!
If Fowler hits like he did last year, he will play a lot. The fact he can hit lead off and play some center field helps. There will be at bats available in center field and quite possibly left field, so this could still be a land of opportunity for the young outfielders. I could see guys earning a look with a big spring, but they will have to keep hitting to keep that spot. I could see guys riding the Memphis shuttle quite a bit.
Pace of play is a problem. Passive hitting is a problem. The fielding shifts, and the inability to counter them, cause problems too. That adds up to less action and longer pauses. I do think the Cardinals did their part to make things more fun by running aggressively against some of those odd infield configurations.
There has to be some concern. Once you are hurt once, the risk of re-injury is there. Fortunately for Tarasenko, he has made his NHL mark by winning a Cup. The milestones are nice, but he already has the big prize.
Bader has had a very good look at this level and the results and right now he looks like a very good fourth outfielder. And, yes, I expect all of the guys on the cusp to get a good chance to fill this team's clear need.