Bobo's here, where's all the ballplayers?
I don't believe this market could support another big league team on top of a NHL team and a MLS team. Remember that a huge percentage of the Cardinals' draw is regional. Fans come from far and wide to see the Cardinals. It's hard to imagine an AL team building that sort of support.
Baseball's attendance/interest decline is a regular topic here. MLB has a lot of work to do with the Next Generation of fans. There are exponentially more ways for people to spend their free time and their discretionary dollars. Much of baseball's allure is tradition and history. The relaxed pace was fine for yesteryear fans, but today's sports fans are wired for action and there isn't much of that in a baseball game.
Will the Cardinals recover from winning the division and putting another NLDS victory onto the stack? Yes. Carpenter cannot be traded due to that contract, so the team can only hope he fixed his swing this winter. Or else he will be a very expensive part-timer. Fowler would also be difficult to move, so he, too, could end up making a lot of money as a part-timer. As for Ozuna, he wants to stay but the team has shown no signs to this point that he is part of the long-term plan.
Did the NFL also offer to build a new stadium in St. Louis while it was at it? And did the NFL say Chargers owner Dean Spanos was eager to move his team from SoCal to the Midwest?
I have no idea what the Cardinals were thinking. Usually a team extends a player ahead of time hoping to lock him in at a bit of discount. But typically you do that with a player before his athletic prime or right at it, when the threat of free agency is real. It's not Carpenter was going anywhere and it's not like his earning power was going to soar in his 30s. Given all the metrics that vividly illustrate age-related decline and given his slow start and bad ending to '18, there was really no rationale. The Cardinals have about $200 million committed to Carpenter, Fowler and Goldschmidt and all three of these players have shown symptoms of age-related regression.
No. I'd say soccer's ceiling is not that high and baseball's floor is not that low.
There is no doubt that people today are trained to process their entertainment more quickly. They aren't patient because technology has given them so many alternatives to be consumed so many ways. A year-old these days will get bored watching a game on his smart TV, switch over to You Tube to watch hilarious pratfall videos, then shift over to Netflix to watch a fast-paced drama, then put a video game on the screen.
Well, you can't just type "Golden State Warriors" and be done with it. The NBA is entering a new era where many teams have a chance. So who knows. Nobody around here empathizes with long-suffering Philadelphia 76ers fans, but that team has a chance after so many years of sustained failure.
Agreed, but can the Cardinals build on that step or will some significant dead payroll drag them down next year? Other than Dylan Carlson there is nothing new and exciting on the farm and this team has already committed large dollars to the 2020 payroll. Interesting winter ahead.
I'm old and from Detroit, so I'm coming at you with a guy you never heard of: Dave Bing. I loved the Pistons when there were terrible. Then they got Bob Lanier, my next favorite. By the time that team got good, I was off to college and never to move back to Motown.
I know of no encouraging data that gives you hope for a big DeJong surge to .270 with a .900 OPS. With Matt Carpenter, people could point to exit velocity and spray charts that showed he would be putting Ted Williams numbers if fielders would just play their normal spots. His offense was being shift-canned. With DeJong there is too much weak contact and two many swings and misses, especially with men on base.
No. And I do not believe they dress up crash-test dummies and stick them in the seats.
No idea on that. I have spent zero time pondering it.
If Harrison Bader is teaching it, I wouldn't bring more than a 10-spot.
While there are only so many dollars in the marketplace, the Cardinals are as entrenched as any sports franchise in any market. This season's on-field and business success just continued that. Their broad regional draw adds to the franchise's cushion. And, no, Bill DeWitt Jr. did not punch a water cooler when he heard the XFL was coming back to life and coming to St. Louis.
Thomas looked smooth, but the sample size was so small. Arozarena impressed me, although his lack of raw power might doom him to a No. 4 role. O'Neill has that raw power, but he is running out of time to add the needed polish to finish the job.
Carlos wants another shot at starting and that makes sense. So does using Ponce de Leon as a starter. Same with Gomber, to get a lefty in the mix. That leaves Helsley, Gant and Reyes in relief, mindful that the team would need late-inning guys while waiting to see if Jordan Hicks ever gets back to where he was.
From time to time he tries to beat the shift, but he is not good at it. He has all winter to get good at it and that would be a great use of his time.
Of course. Not only did he perform at a legit No. 3 starter level, he set a great example for everybody else on that staff.