I haven't heard anything about a Plan B. I would be lying to you if I had much hope about the MLS2STL project. Don't forget, however, that St. Louis' USL franchise is a hell of a treat for fans. They have a game tonight. Go check them out.
I have no idea. I'm sorry. I didn't see it. I'll ask and try to have an answer for you next week.
Ive been banging the drums for the Cardinals to call up Jack Flaherty. I don't know why they haven't. The depth is there. It's young depth, but it's there. We'll have to wait to see if the Cardinals will call up Flaherty. You can expect to see that depth in the majors next year, though.
My opinion is that fans have voted Mark McGwire into the Cardinals Hall of Fame. He has admitted his PED use. By all accounts, he's one of the good guys in baseball. He treated teammates, opponents and fans with respect during his career. Although I never voted for him when he was on the National Baseball Hall of Fame ballot, I have voted for many players who were linked to PED. I don't hold PED use or PED allegations against players when I vote for the National Baseball Hall of Fame, and I don't begrudge fans for voting McGwire into the Cardinals' Hall of Fame. Remember he was one of the franchise's greats.
I haven't heard anything. Sorry.
Should they expect or demand? Considering what he has said on the record, fans shouldn't expect more unless they believe in fantasies.
I speak to Sierra via text quite a bit when he's in Memphis. I didn't know that he was in Pittsburgh or on his way there. Sorry.
I would argue that nobody at the P-D gives the Cardinals a pass. Rick Hummel knows more baseball than I can ever dream of knowing, and he calls them like he sees it better than most in America. But, yes, the bullpen has been a hot mess.
There is no chance that Matheny and Mabry will get time off in September. Although it's not rare for minor league managers and coaches to be called up in September, I hadn't heard anybody say that Stubby is coming up.
Actually, it's important to understand that it's a lot easier for players to regain their swings at Class AAA Memphis or Class AAA wherever instead of in the majors. In the majors, folks are merely trying to survive and succeed. In the minors, a player can work on specific aspects of his game.
The Cardinals' starting rotation has been the team's strength this year, but it is crawling to the finish line as injuries and ineffectiveness derail the season. They can use some of their outfield depth and minor-league pitching depth to help land the middle-of-the-order bat or front-line pitcher they need, or both.
The Cardinals are a business. They know their plan has worked out in the past. They want to win as a business and on the field. They'll stick to the type of payroll that is in the top third.
He has not had an excellent year. I think he would say that.
I haven't studied Parayko's contract. I'll have to ask Jeremy Rutherford about that deal.
Unfortunately, the people who get upset don't understand Latin American culture or the players. It's easy to rip on people you don't understand. Moreover, there isn't much diversity in baseball broadcasting to help fully explain where these kids are from and what they're thinking. Carlos Martinez and I were actually chatting about this. I was congratulating him on his improved English, but he smiled and said he knew just enough to defend himself. Yet, in Spanish he can more than defend himself. He can share his story in a manner that truly comes from his heart.
MIke Leake's contract has to be the worst one on the Cardinals' books right now. Cecil's contract won't win John Mozeliak Executive of the Year, but it's not as bad as Leake's anvil.
They can honestly overcome it by winning. They are a decent team. It's all about pitching. Rosenthal's injury, Leake's tailspin and Wainwright's injury may deal a crushing blow to the Cardinals' playoff hopes.
I don't know which player will be traded, but I can almost promise you that either Tommy Pham, Stephen Piscotty or Randal Grichuk will be traded next winter.
You may be the only person that tunes into an NFL game to listen to the referee.