Bill DeWitt Jr. likes his management team and that's all that really matters. His team just went to the Final Four and sold more than 3.4 million tickets. From his seat all is good.
The Cardinals have won two World Championships as underdogs on DeWitt's watch, so he is not changing his perspective on this.
No, we draw some frustrated people. I haven't had too many silly trade proposals so far.
Jim Sterk doesn't want to fire Barry Odom at 7-5 and probably not at 6-6. If this team can at least beat Arkansas I can see Barry getting another chance. Sterk can give him one pass due to the bowl ban hanging over the program. But then Barry would absolutely be on the clock.
The hot names are going to other schools. I'm guessing Arkansas will make a good hire this time, perhaps Matt Campbell or Mike Norvell. Gus Malzahn is the dream candidate, of course, and guys like Mike Leach and Lane Kiffin could make a splash. Mid-major coaches like Billy Napier, Sean Littrell, Bill Clark, Ed Drinkwitz and Willie Fritz will make a lot of lists this time around.
In MLB, the decision has become binary. Win or retool. Just ask Scott Boras about that; he had a solid hour of material on that this week for reporters. The Cardinals want to contend every year and that's the hardest route to choose, one no other mid-market city has pulled off well. Sometimes you trade too much hoping to get an upgrade. Sometimes you get bad free-agent contract or you given an incumbent one too many extensions.Sometimes you wait to long to inject youth into the mix. The Cardinals know if they re-up Ozuna for big coin, there is a good chance they could fall into the latter category and face a tough rebuild.
That is a sensible way of looking at it for sure.
Actually, that could be the perfect slogan. Voice-over guy delivers it while Fredbird shrugs.
The defense showed some heart in Georgia. Its compete level, as hockey guys saw, was very good under tough circumstances.
Fredbird shrugs. Voice-over guy: "You never know!"
That was Chris Correa, not to be confused with Houston GM Jeff Luhnow. And I'm sure Correa nodded knowingly when this sign-stealing scandal became full-blown. Because, yes, Cardinals staffers believed former Cardinals staffers took proprietary stuff with them to Houston.
Management teams and field staff are usually judged by the bottom line, as are players. But the bottom lines are different. Players can be part of a good team, but not good enough individually to get a raise or keep their job. Presidents, GMs and managers tend to judged by the collective success or failure of the group.
Since when is Bader entrenched? He wasn't in the latter stages of last season and he certainly won't be heading into spring training. Fowler gave up some playing time, but his contract will give him more opportunity and he hit well in stretches last year.
Yes, Molina pushes himself when he is hurt. Sometimes he plays when he shouldn't. But he hasn't gone through a big fall-off yet, so he feels justified is pushing one. Also, he hates to lose. If the team is losing because of his play, at some point that will sink in.
With Miller he knew he was calling on a guy with a history of big moment success. And Miller was fine.
Fans will make their own decision. If they move on, they move on. Bill DeWitt Jr. has seen little evidence of attendance erosion, so has not ordered his front office to make PR-driven moves this winter -- not that he would ever do that.
True, and meanwhile Molina had another season here and the Cardinals went to the NLCS., The Cardinals will play it by ear at catcher. If Knizner turns out to be a golden prospect and he can't play regularly here, then he could be part of an upgrade trade as Kelly was.
Also, at no point ever has Mizzou generated the sort of passion for college football that big SEC program enjoy. The school knew that coming in and they have to deal with their second-tier status every year.
And that's why such a deal is unlikely for him. There could be some incentives, but I do not imagine that incentives will drive the deal. Wainwright went there for 2019 because he was coming off a lost season.
The adjustment against Vanderbilt would have been to locate about 80 new players because the ones he brought to Nashville got shoved all over the field by a terrible team. He needed the same adjustment at Kentrucky, where another mauling occurred. His defense did all it could at Georgia, but the offense had no chance due to personnel. This is not an issue of tactical adjustment but the lack of talent, on-field leadership and team-wide motivation.
There you go. The guys likely to be up for sale on the trade mart are B or B-plus guys. Maybe the Cardinals already have those guys.