You need to be more specific. What do you disagree with? If you're saying the team is obligated to take stands on political and racial issues, I think you're expecting too much for the Cardinals organization or even the Blues.
I know the SLU basketball program will start their practices on Saturday.
I would assume that the Cardinals will try to re-sign Nicasio, but I don't know that they can afford not to also go after an established closer. The bullpen has sabotaged the Cardinals' season, and they cannot let that happen again next season.
I'm sure the Cardinals' front office has reviewed the defensive metrics. As I said, though, there are other things to consider.
Keep in mind that pro baseball and hockey are played mostly by white athletes. The culture in those clubhouses and locker rooms is different than in the NFL and NBA, which are predominantly black athletes. NFL and NBA players have a greater appreciation of the dangers people of color face daily when dealing with police officers or racial injustices. It was interesting to read the story today out of Pittsburgh, where former Blues forward Ryan Reaves admitted that he would likely pass on visiting President Donald Trump in the White House if he were invited. Yet, a young reporter told me yesterday that the Blues organization threatened to pull his credential if he asked the players about the protests in St. Louis. Don't discount the demographics when considering why some leagues are more outspoken than others about social injustices.
As I stated earlier, you have to appreciate Fowler's entire value to the team. You claim that Grichuk might be a better center fielder than Fowler, but has Grichuk even earned the right to start regularly in the majors? You say that Pham might be better in center field, but you must appreciate that this is his first breakthrough year. He didn't even make the opening day roster. I love Magneuris Sierra as much as anybody in St. Louis, but I cannot express enough how much people in baseball development think he still needs at least a year of seasoning in the minors to truly develop into the special player he can be one day. We don't have enough of a sample size on Bader to think he should be an everyday major leaguer. There are many things you must consider before deciding that Fowler shouldn't be the Cardinals' center fielder.
They lost him for nothing. The Pirates definitely regretted losing him via a waiver claim to the Phillies, who were able to cash in by trading him to the Cardinals.
Martinez hit Kris Bryant. I don't know if Pena hit Pham in retaliation. If he did or didn't, it's tit for tat on the scorecard.
I think you're overstating Nicasio's value. Remember, nobody was willing to give up much for Lance Lynn, and he's a solid starting pitcher. The Phillies got a solid minor-league prospect for Nicasio, which is what the Pirates would have received in July for him. Let's not pretend the Pirates were going to get a stud prospect for Nicasio.
I would assume that whatever team takes Stanton's contract will ask Miami to eat about $50 million of the remaining portion of that contract.
My colleagues Ashley Jost and Stu Durando are the folks who would know more about the SLU investigation.
Wade Davis should definitely be on the Cardinals' winter shopping list.
Have you bothered to pay attention at all to what is happening in St. Louis? People are protesting in the streets. An Alderwoman is proposing a different way to fund the Scottrade Center renovations, which the city's comptroller refuses to sign off on. I don't know what's going on with the MLS2STL folks. They have been caught misstating facts or, in some cases, lying enough that I wouldn't believe a thing that comes out of their mouths. Remember that they flat out denied to our reporters that there were so-called Plan B talks even though they had been discussing a potential non-profit plan to fund the team. St. Louis would be a perfect MLS town, but I wouldn't count on the city taxpayers to agree to funding a stadium.
Huge news by the Cardinals today. They just sent out this release announcing that Moises Rodriguez has been named assistant GM. This is the release: The St. Louis Cardinals announced today that they have named Moises Rodriguez as the team’s Assistant General Manager, earning a promotion from his duties as Director of International Operations.
Rodriguez, 44, has been a member of the Cardinals organization for the past 10 seasons, directing the team’s amateur scouting efforts overseas, and supervising the player development and facility operations at the Cardinals Dominican Republic Academy.
“We are excited to have Moises working with our entire baseball operations team,” stated Cardinals’ Vice President/General Manager Michael Girsch. “Moises brings a vast amount of experience to the position, he is well respected within the game, and he will continue to lend great vision and passion to the Cardinals organization in his new role.”
Rodriguez, who was born in Hato Rey, Puerto Rico, before moving to New York City, has been working in Major League Baseball since 1998 when he joined the Commissioner’s Office staff. During his tenure (1998-2007) with Baseball’s Central Office, Moises held positions in Major & Minor League Operations, International Baseball Operations and Media Relations.
A graduate of the University of Connecticut, Rodriguez has been instrumental in helping the Cardinals identify and develop numerous international prospects such as Carlos Martinez, Alex Reyes, Magneuris Sierra and the late Oscar Taveras. Moises has also supervised the Cardinals newly-built Boca Chica, Dominican Republic academy that opened in 2015.
Rodriguez moves into the Assistant G.M. position that opened in late June when Michael Girsch was promoted to Vice President/General Manager and John Mozeliak was named the team’s first-ever President of Baseball Operations. The team has not yet named a replacement as the Director of International Operations, but has plans to do so early this off-season.
I agree that the Cardinals should go after J.D. Martinez, but I will tell you that scouts I respect tell me that some team is going to overpay badly for Martinez this winter. He's a legit middle-of-the-order threat, but scouts predict that he'll get a deal that might not make sense longterm for the club that gets him.
A great deal of Cardinals fans show up to Busch Stadium for the environment and because of their family tradition of going to watch their beloved Cardinals. There's nothing wrong with that. Cubs fans showed up for years to support their Lovable Losers, and Cardinals fans from throughout the Midwest make similar pilgrimages to see the Cardinals. I probably shouldn't have called them sheep in a column last week. I didn't realize so many readers would be offended. I take it all back. Sorry.
I don't know if Pham will finish in the Top 10 in MVP voting, but I will tell you that he'll be on some ballots.
At this point, you still have to consider Kostin a longshot to make the club. That's not to say he hasn't impressed. He avoided today's cuts. It's also important to remember that forwards Zach Sanford, Robby Fabbri, Alexander Steen and Patrik Berglund are injured. These are the Blues' remaining forwards in camp: #10 Brayden Schenn
#17 Jaden Schwartz
#22 Chris Thorburn
#23 Dmitrij Jaskin
#26 Paul Stastny
#28 Kyle Brodziak
#32 Tage Thompson
#37 Klim Kostin
#49 Ivan Barbashev
#56 Magnus Paajarvi
#61 Wade Megan
#64 Sammy Blais
#70 Oskar Sundqvist
#71 Vladimir Sobotka
#91 Vladimir Tarasenko
The Cardinals are definitely open to re-signing Nicasio.
I don't remember implying that Jedd Gyorko was a problem. I praised some of the respected veterans. By praising some it doesn't mean that I'm ripping others.
It is a huge jump from being an assistant coach to a head coach. It's too early to know if Odom can be a good head coach, and I wouldn't say that he doesn't have the potential to learn from his early mistakes at Mizzou. I will, however, say that he's made some serious mistakes and is paying for them. The SEC is not a place for training wheels on head coaches. The defensive coordinator fiasco is all on Odom.