Bobo's here a bit early, looking for some ballplayers. Come on down!
I believe Matt Slater is overseeing the Pacific Rim for the Cardinals. I am not sure who he has on the ground there in Japan and Korea.
Kreider will draw lots of interest as a rental. He is definitely a Berube-type player. Duclair has been all over the map during his career. His inability to play with consistent intensity makes him a less likely fit here. Tyler Toffoli is another guy who flashed promise early, then fell off. Unlike Duclair, he isn't going crazy this season. The Blues have ample forward depth. They don't need any gambles. Anybody the team brings in has to fit the culture.
They would contend, for sure, but will their pitching hold up in that ballpark? The Cardinals have pretty good pitching in a pitcher's park and that's their edge heading into the spring. Whether they also have enough offense is debatable.
I haven't been there in recent years, but I always send people to MacArthur Beach State Park in North Palm Beach if they are looking to take a splash.
The salaries are paid for the regular season. They get a per diem -- and I don't know how that varies from the big league camp to the minor league camp.
Edman --- I can't see the Shildt keeping him out of the lineup often. He was a big catalyst for last season's late push. .
The Cardinals took a low risk gamble on Kim based on his physical ability and maturity as a pitcher. Many other teams saw him as a big league talent as well. Why we they do that? It's less expensive than signing a good MLB veteran in this marketplace. Suddenly pitchers got paid again after last winter's chill. As the Ozuna, the Cardinals let the market come back to them. The Reds are looking there too, but if the Red make the Lindor trade then that could further reduce Ozuna's options and make his return more likely.
Every player is different. Some reach their full potential, some don't. Harrison Bader slipped after a promising start, but Tommy Edman was a big success last season. Just because one guy disappoints, that doesn't mean you give up on all prospects. This organization has had lots of success with recent promotions. The Cardinals knew Carson Kelly was good but they had Molina, so he went in the Goldschmidt deal. Jack Flaherty, Dakota Hudson and Jordan Hicks were among the pitchers who panned out.
Ah, Michel Mongeau. He was a really good minor league player who suffered a bad ending -- he suffered a broken face after getting checked into the goal.
No. I don't see the Cardinals getting into those conversations for all the reasons outlined week after week after week after week after week. This team is unlikely to bid on the very top players, especially if they are just rentals.
This assumes Garcia had any trade value at all. Based on the fact he just hit the waiver wire, that wasn't the case. I'm actually a bit surprised the team gave up on that kind of power even with all the strikeouts. Garcia could be the kind of guy who lands on a bad team and hits a bunch of homers. Piscotty was a special case, obviously. The Pham trade was stupid and the Mercado traded was a disaster. The Grichuk trade made a little sense, but then Leone washed out. Had the Cardinals gotten the Leone who excelled in Toronto, that deal would have bolstered the bullpen.
I'm not away of any way to improve spin rates by cheating. Pitchers today can refine their mechanics with the help of interesting science. These newfangled pitching performance labs have been all the rage. In Cole's case, he credits Justin Verlander for helping him. And Verlander had quite a nice late reversal of form in his own career.
I like LSU to step on Oklahoma and Ohio State to outslug Clemson. Then it gets interesting. My LSU friend Scott Shreve frets about the strength of the Buckeyes on both sides of the ball, but the Tigers have an absolutely amazing QB. So I will go with Coach O and LSU for the title.
Kuemper may be out a while with groin muscle injury, so that could burst that team's bubble. Tampa Bay's meandering is a big surprise. So was the collapse of the San Jose Sharks and the odd stall by the Nashville Predators. What's up with those two teams?
I would expect the Cardinals to keeps stringing together winning seasons while remaining in the playoff hunt. That has been the pattern in Bill DeWitt's ownership and I don't see it changing.
I did not see a game at the Olympia, but I am old enough to remember those guys on TV. They were something . . . and then the Red Wings got really, really bad. I saw many other things at the Olympia, BTW, such as the Ice Capades, Roller Games (Ronnie "Pyscho" Rains!) and a Monkees concert.
In these parts, that's easy: The Cup run, David Freese Home-Run game and the Pete Kozma Game.
The officiating is scrutinized quite closely. Remember that all games are monitored by the war room. And while the war room is limited in its in-game influence, the officiating crews know that everything is being watched and reviewed. I will say this: NHL officiating is light years ahead of where it was back in the day. As for the Blues-Oilers game, there were a couple of odd calls against the Blues, some heavy disagreeing from Craig Berube and then some obvious even-up calls that followed.
I'm guessing most fans chose which games to attend based on whether they like the sport and the team, not the charisma of the owner. Imagine how hard it would be for Stillman to build attendance by drinking beers with fans, one by one. He has access to all the beer he could ever need, of course, but that would take a toll.