The death penalty? As long as MLB couldn't prove that Correa's bosses were aware of his cyber crimes, I don't know how you can hit the Cardinals harder than they were hit. That $2 million fine is the largest in baseball history. The loss of their top two picks compounded with the fact that they already gave up their first-round pick by signing Fowler means they are really going to feel the pain in this year's draft. Many throughout the country thought the Cardinals got a light penalty, and I see where they're coming from. Nonetheless, I don't know how they could have justified letting the Astros take a player or two off the 40-man roster.
I was working on my taxes this morning, so I wasn't able to catch any sports radio. I cannot comment on something I didn't hear. I will tell you, however, that I predict the Cardinals will win 84-86 games. I will be stunned if they only win 76, but I won't be shocked if they somehow only win 80.
The Cardinals want to give Wong every opportunity to secure that starting spot at second base. If he struggles, they're going to be in trouble.
Ken Hitchcock led the Blues within two wins of their first Stanley Cup Finals since 1970 last year. I think Hitchcock deserved to stay. I think Armstrong set him up to fail by tearing down the team that made the franchise's first Western Conference Finals appearance in 15 years. I don't think I can find a team in any sport that changed its style of play after getting withing two victories of the finals. Can you?
Per MLB rules, teams cannot file suit against each other. The federal judge actually put a figure on what Correa stole from the Cardinals. The Astros were the wronged party, as far as the judge and MLB were concerned, so they had the Cardinals pay the Astros.
You may be right that the $2 million is chump change. I don't agree with your claim that the penalty won't be a deterrent. Even if I did agree with you, however, I'll tell you that the most important deterrent is the 46-month sentence Correa got from a federal judge. I don't know about you, but that would scare the hell out of me.
The investigators found that Correa cross-referenced the Cardinals' scouting reports with the Astros.
Commissioner Manfred had to settle this between the Cardinals and the Astros. This doesn't have anything to do with the other clubs.
If the Cardinals are on pace for 80 victories at the All-Star break, I would assume they would have to play out the string. They don't believe in tanking, if that's what you're asking.
I didn't say I thought they improved defensively. I'm saying they think they've improved defensively. My boss Roger Hensley would tell you that I don't think they've improved defensively in the infield.
You are correct. The best thing about the penalty last week was that it put this mess to rest. The Cardinals and the Astros can now move on.
The Cardinals have one of the best international scouting departments in baseball. They're not going to sign players just to sign players. If I remember correctly, the Cardinals exceeded their international signing pool for 2016-2017, so they'll not be able to sign an international amateur free agent this year for more than $300,000. So don't expect the Cardinals to make any huge international splashes this year.
You make great points, but Fox wasn't force to chance his team's style of play in 2014.
You aren't going to get an All-Star cleanup hitter for Adams and a pitcher unless that guy is Reyes, and you sure as heck don't want to do that.
The 2013 World Cup qualifier between Mexico and the U.S. at Azteca Stadium was awesome because the U.S. pulled off a rare tie. That was an amazing game to cover. Covering Messi and Argentina a few times also stands out. Moreover, I really enjoyed covering the Mexican national team many times in Houston and Dallas. The 2010 MLS All-Star Game at Reliant Stadium was awesome because Javier "El Chicharito" Hernandez made his debut with Manchester United that night.
My colleague MIke Faulk is the man on that story.
That is an interesting outlook. As long as the Cardinals and Blues are in town, St. Louis would be fine. I hate to break it to you, but folks in major cities don't view MLS and a major draw. You cannot overcome the blow of losing an NFL team by replacing it with an MLS team. I can only speak as a guy who has lived in three of the four largest cities in America - L.A., New York and Houston. L.A. lost an MLS team and nobody gave a damn. When you think of those cities, you don't think of MLS.