Bobo's here and we have some ballplayers!
Obviously the BattleHawks have a lot to clean up. The first game looked like a NFL preseason opener. But on balance the team and the league are off to good starts. There will be a good crowd for the home opener here, but with the upper bowl closed it will be hard for fans to rock the place.
Two things: The outfield pile, to see which player are making their case, and the X-factor pitchers Carlos Martinez, Alex Reyes and Kwang Hyun Kim. Can Martinez and Reyes get back to full strength? Can Kim provide more than depth as a swing starter/reliever? If those answers are yes, then this team could have exceptional pitching this season.
I see lots of fan complaining in these chats year after year after year,then I see big turnouts for the Winter Warm-up, Spring Training and the real games. I'd say there is a big disconnect between the tone of chat questions/comments and the fan base as a whole. While I'm sure fans are generally disappointed that the Cardinals mostly stood pat during the winter, I don't see that translating into a huge attendance drop unless the Cardinals fall back to .500 or worse. And, yes, that collapse could happen if the offense sputters and key pitchers get hurt.
Not necessarily. The signing was worse news for Edmundo Sosa and Rangel Ravelo. Also, since, Miller, Munoz and Tommy Edman can all play in the outfield, it's possible the team could carry fewer pure outfielders.
Neither the NFL or NBA is coming back, so you're wasting mental energy thinking about this stuff.
This could be a chippy season for the Astros. Their response to the scandal has not helped matters. I would be surprised if teams worked extra hard to establish the inside of the strike zone.
What the Astros did over in the American League was of little interest to the Cardinals, And given their earlier "Hackgate" scandal -- motivated as it might have been by Astros chicanery --- I imagine the Cardinals will just leave this alone. People in the organization can revel in Jeff Luhnow's suffering in private.
Let's say 70 games of late-inning relief work with a sub-3.00 ERA. If healthy, he is certainly capable of that. But it's fair to wonder if he will ever rain his old velocity and bite.
Ozuna produced just OK numbers for a left fielder, but expecting the same or better from an assortment of unproven players IS risky. While there is hope that Goldschmidt, DeJong and Carpenter can do more, there is also risk of age-related regression for Goldschmidt, Carpenter, Molina and Fowler. So the offense will remain a huge question mark until we see a few months of steady production from whatever mix Mike Shildt settles on. And maybe we will never see that steady production.
Colorado will have to trade Arenado at some point because there seems to be little hope for a reconciliation. Arenado knows that he can cash in big with that opt-out and at some point the Rockies will want to get something for him. That is NOT a well-run franchise and this nonsense put a spotlight on that.
MLB is not going to make things worse by rigging the competition. The Astros still have a very good team and I'm the players will be motivated to prove they can win without cheating. I bet Dusty Baker does a nice job of guiding them on that path.
Sure, fans always want to see a young superstar come along That hasn't happened here since Pujols and the franchise has remained a spectacular business success even as the larger MLB industry has begun to lag. Cardinals management is as eager as the fans to find the rare athletic jewel for this team but it's hard to do that without tanking multiple seasons. If the franchise ever went that route, that's when you would see a real disconnect.
That was a fair complaint. Make a trade or don't. Let people move on with their lives. If it takes a week to complete, then don't do it. In this case it held up a companion trade which impacted a player's arbitration hearing and therefore it impacted that player's earning power. Ultimately that trade died because the Angels got tired of waiting. Perhaps the next CBA must create a time limit on completing trades.
Pageau is a handy guy that a lot of teams will target. I could see the Blues getting in on that. As for adding a defenseman as more than a rental, with term left past this year, I don't see that due to salary cap concerns relating to the Pietrangelo scenario. Doug Armstrong is going to need flexibility on his 2020-21 cap number.
This assumes the XFL defies all odds and becomes the one upstart league to last. If it does, that is a possibility. I don't know how much longer the convention center will want to pay for the dome upkeep without more regular activity there. At some point it could be demolished and replaced with more practical convention space.
I am the wrong guy to ask about that. I am not sure what is going on behind the scenes. Earlier reports suggested that individual franchises were pressing the NFL to settle.
The NHL has a draft lottery and it is a deterrent to tanking. I would like to see one in baseball for the same reason. I don't see the need in the NFL, since teams aren't as inclined to deliberately lose year after after year. At least theoretically NFL teams can rebuild quickly and get back in the playoff hunt.
While some athletes have resumed their career after getting one of these implants, all the factors seem to point toward retirement here. Hockey puts intense pressure on the heart and Bouwmeester is already past the normal retirement age for NHL players. He has accomplished all there is to do in the sport, so if I'm him I come back to the STL, take a bow at Enterprise Center and then head back to the mountains of Alberta with my greatly relieved family. Bouwmeester is a warriors. Players want to play and science has made more things possible. But if I just dodged this huge bullet I am getting my backside out of the combat zone and getting on with my life.
Albert hasn't been directly implicated. That said, it's hard to believe that he had no knowledge of what the team has been up to. I imagine his work this year will draw more than the usual amount of scrutiny.