I guess it was a St. Louis thing, a mutation of the far more challenging corkball.
True enough. And like Flaherty says, talk doesn't mean much without action. This climate won't change through complaint. Change can only come with positive action. Athletes have a platform and they can use it for public good.
Had there been no interruption, the plan could have played out. But the interruption forced hitters to resume playing and try to find their stroke on the fly. This condensed season was always going to offer limited evaluation value, but the huge break only made that worse.
Don't knock down the Dome yet! The Big Ten and other leagues need to get creative because the loss of football revenue for one year could ruin some athlete departments. The Big Ten could keep the Dome warm for the BattleHawks comeback. Never say die!
It's a business and some guys feel obligated to get the best deal to raise the bar for their brothers in the players association. But, yes, chasing the last dollar "to take care of the family" would ring hollow to fans who have to work two jobs just to keep their family housed and fed.
If the front office is such a weak link, the Cardinals would not contend year after year affter year after year.
The Cardinals like Schrock's bat and O'Neill is not exactly Mr. contact, despite his smash the night before. I was not compelled to throw the bag of chips at the TV on that one. As for the 40-man roster, this team has a lot of Class 4-A guys in that pile. They would be stalwarts at Memphis, but the Redbirds aren't playing this year. I just a peak at the posted 40-man roster and counted 11 guys that are no more than emergency fill-ins. Maybe one of them will turn into another Luke Voit surprise. but I doubt it.
The owners run the NFL without much guidance from the top. So it will roll the dice because owners are willing the gamble the health of others. This could be a massive misread with disastrous results. Or maybe the NFL will prove the COVID-19 thing was overblown. It's in the hands of the virus. Let's see how it plays.
I agree that boycotting games, wearing message shirts and posting Instagram screeds won't mean much if athletes don't get back into their community and try to make a real difference, not just a PR score. Like you say, put in the work. That is how communities heal and gain strength. Let's hope we see more of that because, again, athletes do have a platform.
The Cardinals have done a better job of drafting/signing and developing pitchers than most teams. But when they let a Lance Lynn walk over money or trade away a Zac Gallen, Sandy Alcantara, Luke Weaver or Marco Gonzales to get a hitter, then they fail to fully capitalize on that strength. As for failing to develop more impact hitters, that IS a concern the front office is trying to correct with Randy Flores running the scouting side. The team has taken more high-risk, high-ceiling players in recent years. For a while they leaned more toward the sure thing if college hitters with good but not great potential.
Seth Jones is a beast. And Pietrangelo could handle Torts after playing for Hitch and The Chief. That would be something. That said, if Columbus is going to spend money, adding firepower up front would seem smarter. Jones and Zach Werenski are strong cornerstone defenders to build upon.
Most of the preseason projections I saw had the Cardinals in the 32-28, 31-29 range. Given all the circumstances, they would be glad to end up there this year. Our standard line in these chats for the past few years is that this team has a bunch of No. 6 hitters. Goldschmidt is a legit No. 3 hitter, but the No. 4/5 hole is gaping. Paul DeJong is a No. 6 hitter at best. He is trying to will himself to be more than that, but he hasn't come close to taking that step.
I haven't followed BronBron enough to know if he is offering enlightened takes on social issues. Megastars like him are a mini-corporation wtih nine-digit annual revenues and a whole team of people supporting the brand. At that level an athlete can be completely sealed off from the real world. I mean, it's not like they wedge into the middle seat of a Southwest flight and bond with common folk over stale pretzels.
You're either overthinking this or you are good at sarcasm. When voters think "state of the nation", Big Ten football is well below their job security, economic outlook and the ongoing global pandemic.
He loved us. We were quite effective at distracting opponents and working officials. We were free to act badly and the generally poor attendance at games allowed our voice to be heard loud and clear.
We'll see what happens next in terms of health and production. But in a world where No. 91 faces an uncertain future, this franchise can't afford to lose its most aggressive shooter.
Yeah, the Torts Troll disappeared after the Blue Jackets exited the playoffs. Funny how that works.
That's not my coverage area. So far the city keeps winning legal battles. I keep waiting for the NFL to settle.
That money is about right for a mid-level scorer, which Robby can become.
NBA returns to St. Louis. The Blues are not going anywhere.