J.D. Martinez is definitely the type of impact bat the Cardinals can use next year, but, as I noted earlier in this chat, scouts predict that some team will regret overpaying for Martinez in the long run.
I wouldn't be surprised if there are some changes on the major league coaching staff, but I don't know.
The Blues announced Sunday that he aggravated his knee injury. They shut him down for the rest of preseason, but they said that he and the team wouldn't discuss the injury until he is reevaluated in 10 days. My instincts tell me that he's probably going to be out for a long stretch. I wouldn't be surprised if he's seriously hurt, but that is just based on my experience with these types of announcements.
DeWitt supports Matheny. Moreover, I think the Cardinals' ownership and front office know that the talent at Matheny's disposal this year isn't exactly comparable to the team they're chasing in the NL Central. Matheny has been a consistent winner as manager of the Cardinals. Despite his critics, the bullpen issues weren't his fault this year.
At this point, I expect both teams to be in the top half of their conference standings. Granted, my SLU prediction is made under the assumption that SLU basketball players aren't involved in any ongoing criminal investigation. Three women claimed they were sexually assaulted by SLU athletes on Sunday, so we must wait to find out if any basketball players were accused. Until I hear otherwise, I will assume the SLU basketball team can make a run at the top of the conference standings.
Actually, the Alderwoman who proposed funding the Scottrade Center renovations with the ticket charge actually said that such a surcharge would also be used to help fund an MLS Stadium. I think it makes perfect sense to fund the stadiums through ticket surcharges. As long as it's not coming out of taxpayer funds that can go to police and infrastructure, I think it makes perfect sense to have the fans who attend the games pay for the stadiums.
The Blues definitely have to be considered a playoff contender.
I have had strong working relationships with a few athletes - Roy Oswalt, Jeff Bagwell, Morgan Ensberg, Edgardo Alfonzo - but I don't get attached to them. I always tell people that it's important to realize that we get to see only a small window into who these men are. If we learned anything from the steroid era, it's that we don't really know these guys.
The city built it. The Blues make all the money from it, so the Blues should pay to refurbish it.
Whether the Cardinals make the playoffs or not, they know they need to add a closer or back-end of the bullpen reliever. They also will try to get a bat. I argue that they must find a way to add a frontline starter too.
What a lot of people don't understand when they try to compare their college experience to an athletes is that nobody pays millions in TV contracts to see the next journalism student perform his craft. It's easy for a kid in the math department to think a full-ride scholarship would be a great return for playing basketball, but they forget how much of a commitment it is to play a college sport. As we've learned again today, big time college sports are a big money industry where adults prey on the free services of young athletes. Everybody cashes in except for the kids. And the kids who do cash in are paid under the table.
I think the schools should pay what the market allows.
OK, I'm going to get ready to go to the stadium. I've missed the first hour of access to share this great chat with you all. God bless! See you next week.