No thoughts. I watch a lot of college basketball but not much NBA ball at all, unless I'm visiting the son-in-law or a NBA game is on at the sports bar while I'm filling the old piehole with still another double cheeseburger.
That seems fair and Munoz obviously has big edge on Sosa, since he has proven his ability to play everywhere and also hit some at this level.
No idea on that one. He has mended the fence for sure. Not sure if he has done the same with the Phillies. He had really great years there before things soured.
I was struggling with the Ozuna issue. I felt the best case for both parties was him taking the qualifying offer here, buying the Cardinals another year to develop Carlson while giving himself a chance to reestablish value as Moustakas and Donaldson did. But he ended up taking that one-year deal in Atlanta. I guess the Cardinals tried to move Fowler's contract, couldn't, and then decided to roll the dice with the youngsters and hope for the best.
Forcing a team to cashier a highly successful general manager and manager was no small thing. The Astros can overcome the draft pick hit, as the Cardinals did for "Hackgate," but MLB basically dropped a bomb on Houston's baseball operation.
The Cardinals are hoping they can get as much as possible out of those two. It's one thing to eat some money in a trade or eat some money in the last year of a contract, but DeWitt has no appetite for eating two whole years. The front office is hoping to string things out, getting enough from the those guys to get by so they have too lean on too many young guys too soon. If neither guy hits, then younger guys play. If neither guys hit and the younger guys don't hit either, then the tough decision comes. Do you take a powder this season, figuring the 2019 division title offers cover, and wait? Or do you act now to salvage the season at some financial cost? That is a place DeWitt hopes not to visit.
Shildt had some interesting remarks on that, noting that spring numbers are one thing, but watching the whole player package -- how guys work, adapt, adjust, think the game, fit within the group -- will guide the personnel decisions. Fans assume if one guy hits .360 in the spring and a rival hits .240, the .360 hitter starts on Opening Day. A lot more goes into that because, like you say, exhibition pitching is uneven at best.
Well, if Martinez is starting -- and the Cardinals need him in the rotation -- then this bullpen has a giant hole in the ninth inning. Because you haven't had much luck adding late-inning relievers is no reason to avoid that route. Just do a better job on your next signing or trade. Counting on Gallegos to take a bigger role or Helsley to become the Next Jordan Hicks is asking a lot.
I see the Rockies in fourth place in June and looking to move Arenado for a package of players and prospects. This franchise appears doomed in the NL West that will put even more public focus on Arenado's future.
Actually March Madness proves just the opposite. Loyola reached the Final Four. Butler, George Mason, VCU . . . . these long shots made it, along with power conference schools that had so-so regular seasons.
Nothing in particular to share. Big Serge had a nice run in the STL. He was great with the media and like many of his teammates he had lots of fun off the ice too. Those were colorful times. Players today are far more restrained, at least until they win a Stanley Cup and push the human boundaries of beer consumption.
Or at least that is how it is being portrayed. The same goes for Hinch. But given how elaborate this whole operation was and how long it went on, I am a bit skeptical about how much resistance there really was.
Yes, there is NHL protocol because this has happened before. The goals count and yet the game starts over, since bringing everybody back together -- including fans -- for a partial game was deemed impractical.
In my dreams, there is a Super League of teams that actually try to compete, then there is a lower major league with mid-market teams or teams with other revenue issues. This would replace the AL and the NL and lead to more expansion. I know it's radical, but currently the MLB range of team commitment to winning varies too greatly. The salary cap/free agency systems in the other major leagues limit this spread.
Sore elbows are always a concern. And since guys have all winter to get into playing shape for spring training, when they show up hurt -- especially a pro's pro like Goldschmidt -- that always gets your attention. That he will miss some work is no big deal. Usually spring soreness dissipates once players get under the daily care of the training staff But what if it doesn't for Goldschmidt? That is a terrifying thought for this team.
Thomas has special skills. He does stuff on the ice that nobody on the team can match. The game is different now than it was in the early 1990s when Dougie put up crazy numbers in Toronto, so Robert is not putting up 127 points in a season. But could he become a true No. 1 center. He has Gilmour-like tenacity and drive on the forecheck and he can drive offense. He needs to develop more of a shooting mentality, but that will come.
Ah, but the DH train is gathering speed. I'm not sure anything can be done to slow it.
The Cardinals management team is well aware that it agreed to these contracts. What DeWitt won't do is allow the management to outspend mistakes as other organizations have done.