Wrigley Field can be a pain, especially for the working media, but Wrigleyville is an amazing party. Pittsburgh has a great setting, but not much life in the park for obvious reasons. Ditto Colorado. I haven't been to San Francisco, but everybody I know who has been out there raves about it. Awesome setting in a great city. Also, let me give a shot-out to the makeover in Kansas City. A good park got better.
These schools were caught cheating on a grand scale red-handed. But the courts cases didn't make head coaches testify under oath, the NCAA lacks subpoena power and blue-blood schools like Kansas will deny, deny, deny and dare the NCAA to do something about it. Odds are, the NCAA will do some more wrist-slapping and move on. But it did have the courage to slap a 25-year "Show-Cause" on a former Penn assistant coach for taking bribes to prop up a rich guy's kid as a "basketball prospect" to get into school. That figures, right.
True enough, but from the business perspective potential K.C. owners just were not sold on it. The AHL is a hard place to make money.
Hope springs eternal! Heck, Alex Reyes hasn't broken or torn anything yet and Brett Cecil actually got some guys out. All things seem possible in March . . . unless you play for the Miami Marlins, Baltimore Orioles or Detroit Tigers.
We all need to remember that veterans use the early games "to work on some things" as they say. So we can't really assess players fully until we get much closer to the end of the spring and most of the veterans have their "A" game going.
I don't see the Cardinals giving away a good pitcher just to move Fowler's contract. This team has already spent a lot of pitching (Gonzales, Alcantara, Gallen) that it would love to have back. And remember that outfielders are in great supply out there at a discount. Look at the production Yasiel Puig had last season and how little interest he generated in this winter's market.
Tiny sample size on Kim. Let's see what happens after a full tour around the NL. But the guy obviously knows how to pitch. DeJong is a fine defensive shortstop and there is zero incentive to move him to third for the long haul with both Gorman and Montero in development and Edman able to play on the hot corner in the interim. Sosa has some potential, but having DeJong's power at shortstop is a real plus in the lineup.
Nah, the "What say you" is a chat staple by now.
Miller is sidelined with his hand problem, so he would not make the group today.Ryan Helsley figures to be in the bullpen, not the rotation. Ditto for Ponce de Leon as the long man. Cabrera would make it, fake fingernail and all. Spring stats aside, Gallegos, Brebbia, Myers and Gant are in that mix if healthy. If there is still another reliever, perhaps that goes to Junior Fernandez.
I could see Bader as the fourth outfielder as Carlson and Thomas keep making strides. And, again, Edman may have to get his at bats in the outfielder while Carpenter gets another shot at third base.
Sounds like Mike wanted to keep the gallery small and let the guys play golf or whatever.
The Florida Panthers had their players there. Not sure what triggered the divorce. Maybe Dale Tallon wanted to put his players in Chicago so he would have another reason to return to his long-time home city.
Indeed. We needed to hear more of such candor earlier, when the Astros were butchering their PR attempt. Such honesty would have eased some of the heat the franchise has been getting.
BenFred notes that Javier Baez and Starlin Castro saw significant time in that spot last season, but your point is well-taken. And I just don't see DeJong making enough consistent contact to thrive in that slot. I still see him as a good No. 6 hitter. Trouble is, the team has a lot of No. 6 hitters right now.
I wonder about him as well. Can he draw enough walks and get enough bunt hits to get him through the inevitable slumps? Can he scrape out a good on-base percentage through all of the ups and downs? The leadoff assignment comes with lots of extra attention. I like Wong lower in the order where his cold stretches won't be as troublesome.
I am all about the KFC, despite all the usual dietary concerns, but even I blanched at that.
On that note, I will move along for the week. See you next time!