Bobo's here, looks like we have some ballplayers.
The Cardinals went for high-ceiling players, guys who have a chance to be special. For that they got high marks from the independent analysts. This organization has produced wave after wave of pretty good players while sustaining impressive depth, but it has not produced many exceptional talents. With a lot of picks, the Cardinals aimed high with the high school kid before making some more conventional picks.
The one team obviously unhappy is the Chargers. They will be an unhappy second tenant to the Rams. They need a billionaire to step in, finally get a stadium rolling in San Diego and move the team back home.
As a starter, this could be make-or-break for Bader. He failed to hold the job through last season. If he can't progress at the plate -- look, a slider away! -- he could become the Next Peter Bourjos. He could play a lot of years as an extra outfielder and late-inning fly chaser.
As chat veterans know, I'm not one of those folks who spend much time pondering team names and colors. Confluence? I do like that name suggestion. It seems to fit the soccer fan vibe. As for colors, I'm an old fart so I'm not into gaudy. I was emotionally scarred by those Jack In The Box crew uniforms the Blues wore for a while. Were you supposed to cheer those guys against the Blackhawks or order a late-night cheeseburger from them? Having spent parts of five years working in a Burger King, I winced at the fast-foot color scheme. No wonder Wayne Gretzky left.
The window would remain open. Colton Parayko is becoming an elite shut-down defender and he hasn't fulfilled his offensive potential yet. Marco Scandella replaced Jay Bouwmeester seamlessly. Justin Faulk and Vince Dunn would get lots of power-play time if Pietrangelo leaves. Niko Mikkola and Scott Perunovich are very good prospects.
Find a billionaire to bankroll it.
You are entitled to your opinion. But the income generated by NHL teams and the soaring franchise valuations tell the story. Saying the NHL is not a major sport is a hot take from like 1991.
MLB will play this season, public health permitting. starting in July. If the owners have to impose the season on the players they will. Right now it looks like the NBA is targeting July 30 and the NHL is hoping for the first part of August to play.
Not really. The Cardinals still own the Double-A team in Springfield. Selling Memphis made sense because a good ownership plan emerged. Obviously the Cardinals can't have their top affiliate struggling with ownership issues.
DeWitt never said franchises don't appreciate in value. They do, especially after heavy reinvestment -- as in the case of the Cardinals. His argument that the positive cash flow after debt payments and reinvestment isn't THAT great, particularly in comparisons to other industries.
What DeWitt said wasn't a news flash. It was a comment pulled from the context of a radio interview and circulated as clickbait. That has been his position all along, for the reasons I've outlined here. As for covering the finances of the team, comparative MLB franchise valuations, MLB payroll comparisons, soaring team broadcast right fees, the evolution of Ballpark Village (which many fans insisted the Cardinals would never build) the Post-Dispatch has done plenty of that. And we will continue to do plenty of that.
The franchise exorcised its demons a year ago. No longer were the Blues cursed. That was an incredible moment. During the ensuing celebration the Blues and their fans emptied the bucket. There was no reason to hold back, so nobody did.
Obviously they all have that potential. Independeting analysts like the group a lot, as my Tipsheet noted today. History tells you that of seven guys picked that high in a draft, maybe four or five reach the big leagues at some point, two or three have good careers and maybe one guy hits it big. In 2014, Luke Weaver, Jack Flaherty and Austin Gomber made it out of the Top 6. In '15, the top seven produced Harrison Bader, Jordan Hicks, Paul DeJong and Ryan Helsely. Also there was Jake Woodford, who will pitch in the bigs if he stays healthy. So those are just two examples of things usually play.
There just isn't much trust between the sides. I've done a lot of bargaining myself in the newspaper business and at some point you usually develop a working relationship with the other side. It's fair to say the owners and players aren't there yet.