Is Molina's money coming off the books? What if he wants to play again? Can the Cardinals really send him packing or give him an insulting contract offer? I don't expect the Cardinals to make a big outside buy coming off a 2020 financial losses and looking at the potential for more suffering in 2021. We would more likely to see aggressive roster moves in 2022, given all tihe circumstances.
There has been wholesale player disregard to the protocols across MLB, which is why baseball is in the spot it's in right now.
Belatedly, Rob Manfred figured he better punish players who use technology to cheat. But, yes, Astros players caught a big break.
The Twins have a monstrous offense. Sluggers top to bottom. That is a classic AL team. Many NL teams would struggle to match that power.
I can offer no insight into that whole process. That is a great question for our Hall of Famer, The Commish.
MLB has asked teams to empower protocol compliances officers to keep 'em separated. Wish those folks luck herding all of the cats.
I wouldn't write off Martinez after one start. When healthy, he has been one of the better pitchers in the NL, either as a starter or a reliever. And I am intrigued by Kim. He has a nice array of pitcher and it will take time for teams to figure him out.
This MLB season could end any day. Under these conditions, I would be shocked if the Cardinals traded anything of value for short-term help.
I expect attendance to drop for a lot of reasons, including the declining economic conditions. We are about to face the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression.
If Brad Miller gets healthy, he could play some third base and allow Edman to move around. Of course, Miller can move around too.
Berube has gotten the Blues to play exactly the way Hitchcock wanted them to play. Remember, Hitch was a mentor to the Chief. But Berube is a great motivator and, like you say, he connects with the players. Hitch always wore out his welcome.
The NBA and NHL seem to be pulling off their bubble experiments. And I've watched a bit of golf, MLS and WNBA as well. It's just great to have something besides Corn Hole to watch on TV.
C-Mart was not the only protocol offender. And he deserves credit for arriving from the D.R.. ready to go. He has made great strides with his preparation.
There's no reluctance there, just guys who were better. Gomber faces stiff internal competition. As I noted earlier, I'd like to flip Kim to the rotation and Ponce de Leon to the bullpen. Shildt still has options, despite taking injury hits.
There is no cure yet, just attempts to limit the death toll.
This assumes the Astros don't re-sign him. It would be interesting to see where his market goes. But, again, this team will still have contracts to cycle out in 2021 and the franchise is taking a $135 million hit this year with no gate revenue. So I don't expect aggressive spending.
OK, that's it for this week. See you next time!