The sports business does go on. The NFL still has free agency and it still hold a draft, albeit without the big crowd and all the hoopla. In college basketball, players are transferring from one school to another. Schools have fired and hired coaches. NHL teams have signed prospects. MLB has agreed to hold a scaled-down draft, given the lack of high school and college activity. I would expect the NBA and NHL to hold their drafts at some point, since hockey seasons were largely completed at all levels.
Again, for baseball to be played this season there will need relentless testing as well as a viable treatment. With those two things sports and other industries can resume. If that scenario, somebody gets sick, gets treated, then returns to work immune to further problems with the virus. But we're a long way from that now.
Of course. And the testing would have to be done daily.
I have not heard where he is during this offseason. Like all ballplayers, he has been essentially ordered to self-quarantine to minimize risk of illness.
If those two guys hit, they play. If they don't hit, they don't play as much. That would be the same in 2021. But if they don't hit in the final year of their contract, then, yes, they could get the Jhonny Peralta treatment at some point. It's easier for the franchise to digest one season (or less) of dead money that it is to eat two years of money.
If Wainwright is getting shelled when play resumes, he won't stay in the starting rotation. He pitched well last season, so he stayed in the rotation and he got another shot this season -- with a contract that reflects the iffiness of his status. Manager Mike Shildt has proven willing to play successful young players over struggling veterans when need be.
I would only give him one year at a time at this point in his career, like Wainwright. Where's he going? He has made it clear that he doesn't want to play elsewhere. I'm sure he wants multiple years, but I'd give him one year at really good money to respect his standing in the game. Perhaps I would consider reasonable triggers to guarantee a second year.
That's a question for those guys at Fox Sports Midwest. I'm not all that sentimental about sports, so watching a replays of guys riding out onto the warning track for previous Opening Day ceremonies would have held zero interest for me. But that's just me.
The man looks like a math teacher, but he definitely brings some much-need pizzazz to the job. A Missouri football coach has to be a good salesman -- and he seems to be just that.
I imagine Hinch has a better chance of getting back into the game than Luhnow, in my opinion. Luhnow was responsible for an organizational culture that went haywire.
In the case of the Washington franchise, an alternation has longed seemed appropriate. That's not likely to happen with his particular owner but it would set a great example for society. That this would happen in Washington D.C. would be especially important.
He's a new head coach and that guy is a hugely influential analyst. So it's wise to make nice. Even Mike Leach, a long-time coach who revels in being an outsider, has needed to reel it in given the times we're in.
Welcome to a world without sports! We are all starved for new developments so we could have something to argue over in these chats. We need things to disagree on and we need them quickly,
The Cardinals rule the market, so Stan the Man has to be No. 1. As for my favorite athlete it would be Brett Hull. He was not just an exciting player, but he was a colorful personality during his Blues days. He made our job easier and more fun. Kurt Warner was another gem to cover. As for other greats, there were so many: Ozzie Smith, Willie McGee, Mark McGwire ( I know, I know), Albert Pujols, Marshall Faulk, Isaac Bruce, Torry Holt, Orlando Pace, Al MacInnis, Chris Pronger, Vladimir Tarasenko . . . the list goes on and on.
Maybe the franchise could go with Redhawks instead and keep the same colors. If the NFL had a stronger commissioner, perhaps something would have done by now.
I thought Barry Odom got off to a good start taking over after the hunger strike kerfuffle. He had honest, straightforward and direct answers as he tried to move the school forward. He was the right guy at the time. Sadly, he was a slow learner on a lot of fronts and then he got stubborn at the end when his regime was on the bubble. He came really, really close to turning the corner. But a handful of bad losses derailed him and then things got away from him last season.
For sure. The clincher was that title push with Arizona. What a Super Bowl. He did everything he could to win that thing. So much for being washed up, as Mike Martz insisted Kurt was. Warner was a ferocious and fearless competitor, which was such a contrast from off-field demeanor.
That would be wise, since baseball economics could look quite a bit different for the first few years after action resumes.
Smart management can keep a team in the playoff hunt on a lesser budget. Look at the Tampa Bay Rays, a team playing in a dump. By developing good young players and trading for good young players -- especially good young pitchers -- a team can contend. Also, given the amount of shared revenue in the industry, teams in lesser markets can sign their top young guys at least through their arbitration years.
I think there was a real chance that "zero" would have been the answer had spring training played out and Carlson got more chances to shine in exhibition play. But when the sport returns there may not be many exhibition games played in preparation, so perhaps Carlson could get 10 or 15 Triple-A games while the MLB veterans get first crack at playing.
They better be rehabbing as best they can at home. If they don't, then their careers could be damaged. The tricky part is the shutdown of gyms and workout facilities and the need for players to self-quarantine.
There is no question that the players should get quicker access to arbitration and free agency. But, again, there has been enough shared revenue to allow teams to pony up long-term deals to elite prospects. What those teams can't do is win the bidding for a Gerrit Cole or Bryce Harper.
Jordan Hicks has been throwing since January, so he will need to keep doing that to rebuild arm strength.
I'm sure GMs still talk. They have plenty of time on their hands. But there is no point in getting too detailed in trade discussions with no return date known. Once baseball resumes, teams can assess injury recoveries, ponder their 40-man roster and consider their needs. A team like the Yankees had a bunch of injured players. Some of those guys could be good to go by the time the sport returns. Also, some guys may come back from the break with a problem that developed during the interim training.
OK, that's it for today. Stay safe everybody!