Hello. I hope you've all had a great week. Sorry for the confusion last week. I was on vacation and unavailable to do the chat. I apologize. Please fire away.
I must admit that it's way too early to make any predictions, but Blues fans must feel quite good about this team. I must admit that I'm stunned that they have been so impressive despite the rash of injuries that plagued the club. Mike Yeo told us yesterday that if we had told him at the start of the season what his record would be at this point he would definitely take it. I feel a lot better about the Blues' postseason outlook now that I did at the start of the season. It's still tremendously early, though. There's plenty of hockey to be played. Asked me this question again in March.
First and foremost, only Stanton knows if he'd like to play in St. Louis. He has a no-trade clause. The Cardinals have more than enough prospects to make a strong bid for Stanton. At least publicly, Bill DeWitt Jr. has stated that he is very hesitant about taking on large contracts like the ones that Pujols and Stanton have.
The upgrades to Scottrade Center weren't made with an eye on the NBA. I don't envision the NBA being a realistic option for St. Louis.
Oh, no. Trust me if Girardi doesn't return to the Yankees he'll be a manager somewhere. He has enough cash to sit out a year and then get whatever the best job is next year or during the season. With all that said, he is close with Mike Matheny.
Matt did play in the ALCS and went 0-for-3. He didn't play in the Division Series and was 0-for-3 this postseason. I assume that Girardi just considered other players better options.
This is an interesting question. MLS and even the NFL and MLB have flirted with San Antonio. Some of my closest friends in Houston, Mr. Don Sanders and his son Bret, have actually brought exhibition baseball games with the Dodgers, Astros and Rangers to the Alamodome in recent years. I know the Raiders threatened to move to San Antonio. The Spurs have strong support. MLS officials would be wise to put a team in San Antonio.
I've spoken to John Mozeliak often, and I promise you these coaching additions are not about sending a message other than to tell the players and their fans that the Cardinals are committed to have the very best coaching staff possible for this upcoming year. It was a tremendous coup for the Cardinals to persuade Oquendo to return. McGee is a tremendous addition, and Shildt is a guy that I can envision managing the Cardinals or elsewhere in the future. Major, major moves for the coaching staff. And judging from what my sources in baseball tell me, the Cardinals will land a great pitching coach as well. There are some quality pitching coaches on the market now.
I assume you are asking about Stanton. First of all, every team in baseball doesn't have a shot at him. Very few teams can take on Stanton's contract. The Cardinals are one of them. But only Stanton can decide how many he would even consider.
The Cardinals have tremendous outfield depth. I would assume they don't need Holliday off the bench. With Jose Martinez, you have your backup first baseman and corner outfielder with limited defensive range. Martinez had a 1.4 WAR this year, and Holliday had a 0 WAR.
That is a very good question. Knizner has definitely turned heads. Baseball America recently raved about him. Considering that Molina isn't going anywhere for the foreseeable future, I would bet there are no untouchable catching prospects in the Cardinals' system.
I wouldn't give up hope on MLS landing to St. Louis, but I don't see any way MLS owners would get the public funds they want from the city. Unless the county figures out a way to lure MLS, I would bet MLS2STL folks would need to build their own stadium for an expansion franchise here. I believe they can build a modest $120 million MLS stadium downtown without public funds if they truly wanted to be in this market, but I also don't blame the expansion owners for hitting up the city for millions. I'd do it too.
If history is an indication, I bet you St. Louis fans would root for the Rams. I know many bitter Oilers fans rooted for the Titans in their Super Bowl.
If the Cardinals want Stanton, they can get into a bidding war with any team. But anybody who has paid attention will tell you that the Cardinals aren't going to sacrifice the entire farm system for one player. As Bill DeWitt Jr. told me a while back, he doesn't go all-in on anything. That is a smart pattern that has kept the Cardinals successful for two decades. Remember, the Cardinals want to remain competitive for many years. They're not going to sacrifice the future for one player.
I haven't checked the TV ratings. That's a tad surprising, to be frank.
It's not surreal to see the Astros in the World Series because this was expected. If you check back to a highly ridiculed column I wrote before the start of the 2015 season, I quoted Jim Crane saying the team was ready to make the playoffs in 2015. People laughed. I also stated in 2015 that the World Series was a real possibility in 2017. By then, almost every fan I spoke with wanted to know what I thought about the Sports Illustrated prediction. I always said that Sports Illustrated's prediction might happen.
This is an interesting theory. I agree that the Cardinals need another starting pitcher. They also need a middle-of-the-order bat. If you're asking me if they can afford to wait another year to fill that void in the lineup, I would argue that they might be doomed to missing the playoffs again if they fail to address that void.
I haven't heard anything on that front. I do know they interviewed Jim Hickey. I have expected them to hire him, but I haven't heard anything. Once the Cubs let go of their pitching coach, some wondered if Hickey would rejoin his former Rays boss Joe Maddon.
Jose Oquendo will have a tremendous impact. He's a quality teacher. He holds players and coaches accountable. The Cardinals got tremendously better when they got him back on the staff.
The Cardinals will add players this offseason.