Wong has a .356 on-base percentage, which puts him in a pretty good place as a leadoff hitter. The tradeoff for him using the whole field and reaching base more consisently has been a loss of power. But your obsession with Wong is odd given the fact there are so many more pressing issues on the roster.
Everybody in baseball missed out on Voit. He languished in the minors for 1,999 at bats. Thank goodness the Yankees had all those injuries or he might not have gotten a good look there either.
The idea is to get into the bracket as often as possible and play well when you get there. As we know, the Cardinals won World Series with two teams that didn't look nearly as good on paper as squads that fell short in postseason play.
Actually, Pietrangelo will want money up front and in the form of bonuses to make it have greater value. That doesn't impact the cap. You can give a player a contract that has more real-dollar value for the same cap figure as a contract with a lower real-dollar value. Sometimes you can get a player to sign a deal that is team-friendly against the cap but is player-friendly in real dollars.
For me, what he did in the NBA was about right. Those were crazy times with Snyder at Mizzou and the Euro can translate very well in the NBA.
I remember the early 90s teams. Worse than this. Poor Joe Torre.
Even under that scenario I don't the Cardinals ever doing what the Reds did -- buying all those free agents all at once. It will take a combination of things to get on a different track. As for next year, re-signing Molina will be hard. I can see Wainwright going your route again, but I am not sure Molina will. The Miller issue is interesting. Some days he seems fine in his role and then some days he has no control over that slider.
Fans have turned on Mike Shildt! They demanded La Russa's firing for years. They did the same to Matheny. Now it has started on Shildt, who has done a miraculous job with this team.
The Cardinals won't fully commit to Carpenter at third base next season because he has a plate appearance trigger that could give him another contract year for 2022. They will need a Plan B at third base in case to either play Matt part time or move him out at some point.
Schwartz doesn't really fill the No. 2 center need for the Jets and trading Faulk contract at this poiint would be difficult. But Laine could get traded -- not sure it will happen within the division -- and I am a huge fan. And, yes, the Blues could trade Dunn if Pietrangelo stays. Heck, even trading Parayko could make sense for the proper return -- again, assuming that Pietrangelo stays.
Arizona wanted a guy now and Doug Armstrong did not want to block Bill Armstrong from advancing in his career. Remember, Bill was also in the mix for the Florida job that went to Bill Zito. And given the fact the Coyotes are looking at a long-haul rebuild -- with almost no good draft picks for the next two yeras, as it sits today -- letting Bill go there was pretty painless.
The lack of minor league baseball this season was a big blow for the Cardinals. They have a bunch of high-upside guys who need to play somewhere this season. Michael Girsch raved about the work some of the top prospects got in Springfield, but it's not the same as games. We won't be able to gauge the damage until we see what these young guys do nexr year.
I believe the pandemic will be a bigger issue for attendance next season than anything else. But, yes, for a host of reasons revenues could lag and discourage future spending. That will be the same for many franchises.
Well said. Those two are special, which is why it would be a shame if they missed the playoffs this year.
He is with the expanded group of players the Cardinals carry because of the potential postseason bubble. And, yes, he could get some at bats because the Springfield camp shut down before the end of the MLB season.
Every team loses one player to Seattle. The Blues will protect three defensemen, seven forwards and one goaltender. (The other option is eight skaters, any mix, and one goalie). Faulk is unlikely to be protected because of his contract. The Kraken will likely see a younger and less expensive players to build with, taking on contracts here and there in exchange for collecting extra draft picks and prospects.
Oh, yes. Elite free agents will get paid, but the middle-tier guys will take a beating in this market. A few franchises make giant TV money, but most are hurting big time right now.
Larry was a great guy. He had the misfortunate of working for Mr. Bill in his post-playing days. On the field, he was a borderline trained killer as Jerry Glanville might say. Not a big guy, but he hit a ton.