Well, he has lots of celebration pictures over the years -- including last year, with another division title and another playoff round victory.
Nobody has to sign his players if they choose not to. He has more luck with owners than general managers when is making his pitch, but he knows there is a LOT of money in the business and his remarks about teams refusing to compete were spot on. I love the fact he works on his material ahead of time and has plenty of quips for the media when he holds court.
There are plenty of metrics that address puck luck. A simple one is posts/crossbars hit. Heat maps that show where shots come from are illuminating. A more subjective one is high-danger scoring chances. Hockey has moved past mere shot volume as a critical measurement, but players with abnormally low shooting percentages relative to career norms or the NHL average can point to bad luck.
The Cardinals had a long run of producing more big league-caliber than the norm. That allowed them to trade for impact players. Obviously they had a run of great trades, especially the Allen Craig dumping. That run hasn't gone so well lately, although Goldschmidt and Ozuna did help the team get back in the postseason. While I get the whole "it's only money" argument for free agency over trades, teams that fail to develop talent have to rely on overspending in free agency, often for fading players. So it can be a terrible way to build a team. The Cardinals goal is to develop an entire team, trade some surplus from time to time to get a special player and use free agency to fill gaps.
The Cardinals never really changed their strategy. I just explained it. They have developed lots of players, but not a megastar hitter. DeWitt and Co. admit that a megastar hitter makes it easier to win, but developing said hitter is hard -- especially when drafting later due to steady success. Trading for said megastar has gotten tougher too since every team can afford to pay its stars.
He stays healthy the whole season, in whatever role. Right now that is the only goal that makes sense for him.
It's better than that. The last few years have been rough, but there is no reason why this school can produce regular bowl teams and postseason basketball teams.
Fans assume that drooling idiots run some of these teams. And since the Blues did offload The Ghost of Jori Lehtera to get Brayden Schenn, they have a point.
The Cardinals won their division, unlike most teams. And they won a playoff round. Hence their decision to let perennially disappointing teams like the Angels and Reds to throw around big cash.
If the attendance falls below 3 million, that would get DeWitt's attention. Let me know when that happens.
It's hard to rally behind Matt's game plan for 2020, but let's see how it works out.
Boras. He doesn't need LeBron James making his sales pitches.
What Mozeliak has going for him is more sustained success than any of his peers. Brian Cashman has had a heck of run, but he does it with huge payrolls. Luhnow did big things in Houston, but only after tanking multiple seasons. Ditto for Epstein in Chicago.
Faulk can make outlet passes and rush the puck from his zone, He is not here to play a shutdown role. I agree that not using him on the power play is a misuse of his talent, but the Blues have a lot of talent on the blue line these days. The salary cap and the expansion will eventually impact the make-up of this group and Faulk could see a role more typical of his career.
There is no long-term money here for Taylor Hall. He could get $11 million in free agency and that's not getting paid here.
Maybe, but who is Lane Thomas really? We have no idea at this point. Take a guess.
The season is a long grind. The grind starts again in February. We will see a lot of Rick's stuff soon enough. Winter Warm-up!
There were circumstances in the Keith Hernandez trade, but it's hard to do worse than that. Also giving away Steve Carlton proved to be a bad idea.
Fans here are outraged with Cardinals management, so what do you think folks in Chicago and Milwaukee think? At least Mozeliak is not trying to move some of his best players.
Sure. Why not? The Tigers play in the SEC. If they can land a superstar, that guy will get the votes.