Bobo's here. We've got plenty of ballplayers!
Maybe this is not Tennessee-level dysfunction -- I'll defer to BenFred on that, he saw that first hand on his last job -- but it tells us the school's administration is in some disarray. Obviously Jim Sterk didn't have a solid hiring plan and the full support of his bosses when he decided to fire Odom. If if you don't have a very good feeling about the process of replacing Odom, then you can't fire Odom. Firing someone just to fire them is stupid. You need to have a better alternative good to go.
Nobody knows how this outfield scenario will play out. There are many candidates. There is much hope for Carlson, but team management keeps reminding us not to over-hype his potential impact next season. He remains in development. We haven't seen Justin Williams at this level either. The others have gotten varying degrees of opportunities while showing some promise, but there are no sure things/
No, because this is December. Let's see how Carpenter hits in the spring. If he is locked in, then he can play a lot of third base while Edman plays all over the place. Who knows, maybe something will click for Carpenter during his winter of work. I am not holding my breath on this, but you never know. Fowler bounced back well, so it's possible.
Armstrong gets some credit, but the real story is the strong team structure and the strong team culture that allows role players and prospects to step in and/step into bigger roles and get the job done. What this team established last year carried over quite well.
I do not follow that closely, but I'm guessing we are heading toward a very expensive settlement for the Rams and the NFL. The various parties in the STL keep winning legal rounds and the league does not want its dirty laundry aired out in a courtroom. It seems other franchises are getting worried about this exercise.
I appreciate the kind words. I can't speak to the STLToday.com layout question, but I will say that we have a ton of Blues content on the site. There aren't many newspaper website that offer so much information so easily accessed.
I'm sure you are not alone on that front. The Cardinals put the franchise in the tough spot with some questionable investments and some asset mismanagement. The franchise will get out of that jam, but it may not happen this winter.
As I note regularly, Shildt benched Carpenter late last season. He has already crossed that bridge, which was tough for him. So I don't think Mike will wait two months to reduce Carpenter's playing time if last season's struggles carry over.
Fowler handled the leadoff spot pretty well last season, filling a team need. So moving him down there would hurt the team. And moving a struggling Bader up in the order from No. 8 would also hurt the team.
Not necessarily. They have strong starting pitching, which is a big start. They will have a full season of Tommy Edman, who was a major catalyst last season. There is a chance Paul DeJong could have a bounce-back year with runners in scoring position. And there is a chance that the Cardinals will find some offense out of their big outfield pile.
They do miss No. 91 because at times they have a very hard time scoring. And at some point that will send them into their first real slump of the season. But thus far they have gotten just enough from their surviving forwards to get by. Losing Blais and Sundqvist made the challenge even greater but the Blues met it.
Baylor has some big money support, a well-known willingness to do whatever to win and a conference that is a LOT less competitive than the SEC. As for Mack's time in Boone County, his crisis management was awful. He had a lot of company on that front at Mizzou, but that doesn't really excuse his poor performance.
Knowing that Bumgarner has many suitors and therefore an inflated price tag, that seems like a long shot here. He would sure fit the pitching culture here. But he has shown signs of wear and tear, too, and his signing would force the Cardinals to assume some risk. Given the bad contracts the team already deals with, can this franchise take that risk?
Most of his third base work was much earlier in his career. He is more likely to play the outfield as a second position now. But Ravelo is minor league journeyman who has hit OK but not with much power. He can fill in as a part-timer, but a team seeking to win another division title shouldn't consider him even half of an answer at a position.
I believe Pham would have been just fine playing for Shildt. Tommy is Tommy. He is confident and highly competitive. Harness that energy and you have something, as Tampa Bay reminded us.
Being buddies DeWitt has nothing to do with Mozeliak's tenure. His shared vision and comfortable working relationship are key. As for consequences, the Cardinals won the division and another playoff round and people got extensions. That was hardly absurd.
Fowler will play a lot to start next season, as it stands today. That is about all that is set. The rest is a free-for-all. It's possible the Cardinals will add to the outfield pile, but it would not be unreasonable to see how the pile sorts and then make adjustment as needed during the season.
Agreed -- there is big risk there. Madison is on the downside. He is a warrior, but I'd be surprised if he becomes a value signing. I bet there will eventually be regret wherever he lands.
Don't me started on Mizzou basketball. If you wrote down every last thing that team did wrong in that last loss, the compilation could be published in book form. Sometimes there were three or four blunders on the same possession. There appeared to be no chemistry offensively or defensively. How is that possible this far into the season?
There is no money for "going big" at Mizzou. The school is in the lower half in revenues and I can't imagine that ever changing. That doesn't mean the SEC has to become a Pit of Misery for the Tigers, but you're dreaming if you think this program could ever do what the power schools do. Doubling the fan base and multiplying the donor base -- that just doesn't happen.