The Hockey Hall of Fame does favor Cup winners, no doubt about it. Tkachuk's unique blend of skill and toughness made him one of the elite power forwards of his era. But without the Cup -- and without another 200 career points -- he is definitely on the bubble.
I expect both O'Neill and Thomas to get a good look this summer. The same goes for Bader. The Cardinals must determine what they have with those three. They believe they have something very good in Carlson, but can any of those other three become a good everyday outfielder?
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The Cardinals targeted high-ceiling guys with that trade and the draft picks in this draft. If they pan out, they could pan out really big. They have plenty of other guys who are likely to pan out as OK to pretty good. So I give the organization credit for mixing in some risk/reward prospects.
To this point, that has not happened.
Since the players did not go for the expanded playoffs, MLB will feature the usual postseason this year -- division winners, plus two wild-card teams in each league playing a sudden-death game to reach the bracket.
This will be a weird year for a lot of reasons. But at lease we will have something fresh on TV.
I believe the relief pitcher restriction is still in effect. That would make sense, since at least initially teams will deploy a lot of multi-inning relievers to get through games as the starters rebuild stamina.
In a 60-game season, all starting pitchers will be on a short leash. One loss this season is like nearly three losses in a regular season. Shildt will manage the team accordingly.
No, because most of the owners want to play. MLB expects a lot of positive tests. How many players actually get sick will likely guide this.
If Carpenter doesn't hit, then he doesn't play. Shildt reduced his role last season and he would do it again this summer, especially given the short season.
Free agency doesn't begin until after the playoffs. Alex seems intent on going through the process to hear from all suitors.
Legit bats are hard to come by. The team paid a big price for two years of Ozuna and for the twlight of Goldschmidt's career. It's better to develop that type of hitter and now the Cardinals have several high-ceiling prospects at once.
It's worth a shot. If he fails, then perhaps Brad Miller plays more than anybody expected.
And you are not alone in that. This is why both the owners and players need new leadership and a new commitment to partner up for the betterment of the industry. The distrust between the two sides is toxic. Fans do NOT want to see millionaires squabble with billionaires. Most fans have plenty on their own plate to deal with right now. Our National Pastime has become a source of irritation.
Let's see how they hit. If they hit, they will play. If they don't hit, then, as we saw last year, their roles could shrink if better alternatives exist. There is not much time for patience during a 60-game season.
MLB has the same set-up as usual, but the NL Central will only play within the division (40 games) and against the AL Central teams (20 games) to cut down the travel.
Well, we'll take it. Golf, NASCAR and European soccer have been great, but it's tough to stay up late or get up early for Korean baseball.
The deadline is now Aug. 31, about midway into the mini-season. That makes a lo of sense. Teams in the hunt may have to make a lot of changes on the fly, given the strange circumstances.
Yeah, the teams in the Far East made some money off that. Just when you think there are no more ways to make money, MLB comes up with something new.
He has done a great job. There is some concern in the industry that commitments may not be as solid as usual due to the inability of recruits to spend time on campus before finalizing their decision. But by all accounts Missouri feels good about the strength of the commitments they have received so far. It appears that the Tigers could put together a Top 25 class, which would be big for a new coach working under tough circumstances.
OK, that looks like it for today. Thanks and I'll see you next time!