Brett Cecil had three tremendous years in a row for Toronto and got an All-Star nod in one of him. He slipped notably during his final season as a Blue Jay, but he was arguably the best lefty in the market when he gained free agency. Many teams bid on him. The Cardinals bet on Cecil returning to this three-year form in Toronto. He did not -- and then the injuries hit, one after another.
If Mike Trout wants to play forever, he could catch Pete. But the days of 900-year-old players hanging by slapping singles and racing to first base on walks are likely gone forever. Teams covet power now. And great players like Trout make insane money these days, so at some point they lose motivation to play forever.
The owners and players already knew that they had to work together to keep a good thing going. Both sides already knew the system was working and that changes for either side were pretty minor. They will have to work together on this current crisis, which might mean player seeing a lot of money going into escrow -- a concept they would like to end. If the U.S. and Canada fall into an economic depression. that is one tool owners need to manage volatility. In an ideal world, one change both sides might go for is eliminating the draconian recapture penalties for players on those old 13-year contracts who retire early. But the NHL and other leagues might see a less-than-ideal world for many years due to the economic fallout of this pandemic.
There is not nearly enough people/money here to support two MLB teams. This is a Cardinals town, something Whiteyball started and Tony La Russa kept going after the dismal post-Whitey lull.
That, and this: how many MLB players have even been tested? The same goes for the NHL. I bet we'll here about more cases in the near future. Like you say, nobody is immune to this. We're just fortunate that this virus isn't especially deadly for healthy people.
During the crisis we will all come to better appreciate whatever we have enjoyed in life. Owners and players will feel that more than most of us.
The fact the Rams won a Super Bowl and played for a second title while in the STL will help this era keep its place in sports history. The Hawks left here before the NBA became a thing -- just like the Pistons left Fort Wayne.
We have a fair number on the East Side. Most of our employees were already working from home, but journalists do have to get into the field and report on what's happening in the world.
That's the one for me. The Carpenter-Halladay due was epic as well. The 2006 World Series was oddly lacking in drama. I will never forget Game 5 of the NLDS, even though it went the wrong way for our heroes. Matt Morris emptied the bucket for 130 pitches. Then Tony Womack happened.
Wow, those are high bars to reach for Love or any other local product. I can't offer any insight on that. We know Love will be an impact player in college and he'll go from there.
Using a sticky substance to improve pitch grip was long an accepted practice in the game. Cardinals pitchers did it too, which explains why La Russa and Matheny weren't inclined to push the issue. This practice became even more prevalent in recent years because pitchers complained that the new baseballs were slick. But this season, if there is a season, we will see a crackdown on that. With all the emphasis on pitch spin rates, there is reason to believe that a foreign substance can create a real advantage. So MLB warned teams in the spring that umpires were going to actually start enforcing the rule.
I'd like to see some of the old-time NHL stars like Bobby Hull and Gordie Howe in their prime. I used to watch Hockey Night in Canada back in the 1960s. I bet those games would look strange to me now.
OK, that's it for today. Stay safe out there. We'll get sports back at some point, but until then we all more important things to focus on.
That's it for today. Stay safe out there. See you next time.