Bobo's here, where's all the ballplayers?
I don't miss those sweaters. I worked at Burger King as a teenager, so I know the fast food uniform look when I see it. I did the Post-Dispatch story on them back in the day, hearing about the "red equity" in the redesign from the guy who did it. I didn't see the need for red equity.
That was a mishap for sure. On the other hand, he delivered a monstrous body check Thursday night to remind us that he does have a physical side to his game. I see him as a Kevin Shattenkirk-type defender. If he doesn't see prime power-play time he may not put up 50-point seasons, but he is a terrific skater, a confident playmaker and a dangerous shooter.
Like Dunn, he is not seeing prime power-play duty and that is a big part of his game. But he is logging big minutes and doing his part to keep the machinery running. He will make the occasional high-risk pass that fails badly, I don't mind him with Jay Bouwmeester at all.
Until Bader proves he can hit that slider off the plate, I don't see how he can be more than a defensive outfielder playing late innings and starting a few games here and there. Yes, he needs better pitch recognition. But also needs to actually hit that pitch -- or least consistently it foul off -- to play every day. Hopefully he knows a bunch of pitchers who can throw sliders to him over the winter.
Yes, because I've always been a big sports fan. When I went there is the 70s everybody went to football and almost nobody went to basketball games. The football team was erratic but then, but the games were in the afternoon and it was a huge party. Where else where you would you be on a Saturday? The library? That's what Sunday night was for.
I have not seen that story yet, but I've seen some excerpts. Yeah, Jerry Jones saw a pot of money with that stadium deal. And they really flexed muscle when the two stadiums proposals looked were competing.
How old am I? I was at BK #449 for the Yumbo (ham and cheese) and The Big Plain (one-third pound burger . . . plain). The Yumbo was awesome deep-fried, like giant BLT, but one sandwich ruined the grease for the night. The bosses frowned upon us doing that. The Big Plain did not cook fully with its run down the broiler chain, so you had to microwave. Or serve it half raw, if you were rushed. Ah, the memories.
There's a reason why it took so long to get two serious stadium proposals going in SoCal -- and why San Diego never could get a new one going, There's expensive, then there is SoCal expensive. We all knew that stadium would face cost overruns (they all do), but it sounds like this could be a fiasco.
This team has given away a lot of pretty good outfielders. This team has a lot of outfielders it is still trying to define. This team is paying one of them a lot of money. This team is paying big money to older guys at other positions. So you add all that up and wonder how this team would want to spent assets and money on another veteran outfielder.
Well, if nobody else offers him a contract, then he will have to accept a minor league deal somewhere with an invite to spring training. He may well end up in that boat if nobody wants him on their 40-man roster. The Cardinals are likely to offer some relievers of that ilk minor-league deals and spring training looks.
I don't blame analytics for all problems. Every sport evolves. Look at how much more explosive competitors are today thanks to advanced training programs tailored to specific athletic movements. Diet, nutrition and, yes, chemicals have had an impact too. Analytics can provide illuminating information, but that data can obscure the obvious. Managers like Whitey Herzog and Tony La Russa operated by feel as well as with research. They knew the numbers, but they could also see if a player was in a groove or in a funk. They got a read on their team before every game and then kept reading players on the fly. They used the eye test and the gut test. Hockey is very much the same way; Scotty Bowman was like a great conducting running his bench. But . . . Ken Hitchcock admitted that he came out a period with an assessment that didn't match up with the actual outcomes on the ice. He thought a line was great, but the data said otherwise. The art of running a team, both in management and with the coaching staff, is melding old school with the new school.
Well, nobody really. The top few guys are out of the franchise's price range and then the free-agent class falls off dramatically. This team has a full rotation and an almost-set lineup. They need relief help, but key guys have flown off the board already. This team could make a trade if the right pieces came together, but at this point there is no reason to expect much activity.
I still don't see Pietrangelo leaving as a free agent to chase the last dollar. But he if does, then team will move forward with Parayko, Faulk and Dunn as the blue line core and use the money to lock in other guys or fill other needs. As for Nylander, he is a skilled guy but at this point he is not playing the sort of game Berube demands. Not even close. With Tarasenko out, this team will give the younger forwards more to do and see which guys elevate. So far so good on that front.
That is quite possible, but the Cardinals would have to get high-quality pitching in return. For all of his issues, he has been both an upper-tier starter and an effective reliever for this team when healthy. Trading him to trade him would be stupid. This team has bigger issues among the incumbent players than Carlos.
There has been no reduction in commitment. The Cardinals will likely have a Top 10 payroll again next season. The problem is the dead (or severely ailing) money on that payroll and the need to cycle out some contracts. In another year this team will be closer to that goal -- and it will also have a better idea on their various young outfielders as well as pitchers like Reyes and Genesis Cabrera and youngsters Elehuris Montero and Nolan Gorman on the corner infield.