I must confess that I came up in this business early on in Los Angeles and New York, where you're taught right away not to be a fan boy. I'm a fan of great stories wherever I can find them. As you'll notice on Twitter, I don't cheer for any teams. If you were to ask my kids, they'd tell you that the Los Angeles Dodgers are the only team that I still cheer as a fan. They're my hometown team, the one that inspired and nurtured my love of baseball. I'm more of a pro sports guy.
He has received a warm welcome here.
OK. I'll pass your message along to John Mozeliak.
I don't envision Stanton holding the market hostage once teams arrive at the Winter Meetings.
The Cardinals aren't going to unload their farm system for two trades for major bats. Don't even bother wasting much energy contemplating a lineup in which Ozuna bats third and Abreu bats cleanup for the Cardinals next year. It's not happening.
I haven't heard any complaints. Moreover, that lizard was devoured years ago.
This is a very good question. It all depends which players come back. I don't know how much the suspensions have hurt or will hurt SLU's recruiting, but it surely hasn't helped. There are a lot of questions surrounding the program until this important sexual assault case is settled.
I agree that Mozeliak doesn't get the credit he deserves. His ability to maintain a consistent winner is impressive. He definitely hasn't taken shortcuts.
I have not lived in St. Louis long enough to be able to address this question. Moreover, the sample size for me wouldn't be big enough to be able to speak on this subject. I've been here for two baseball seasons, and I've covered fewer than five African American players on the Cardinals and only one on the Blues. I can only tell you that in my case, I've received more racist e-mails in my short time here than in the previous two decades in Houston, New York, Los Angeles and Florida combined.
This is a good question. Rick Hummel would be much more capable of answering this question. I honestly do not know. Sorry. I can tell you that Dodger Stadium has always been a pitchers' park, Shea Stadium was a pitchers' park, the Astrodome was a pitchers' park and Minute Maid Park was seen as a hitters' park.
Your theory is as good as anybody else's. At this point, Stanton is the only one who knows. But I bet Stanton would definitely consider opting out and testing free agency again if he thinks he can make even more money.
The Cardinals are successful enough on the business side to compete with any team for free agents. It's all a matter of their comfort zone and their long range plan. The Cardinals might be wise to move on from Stanton if they think those talks are dragging on too long, but I don't think they plan to punt on making the needed improvement. They're not going to simply give up on acquiring that middle-of-the-order bat until next season.
The Angels aren't going to call. Santa will show up on your doorsteps before that happens.
They're going to get a bat. But if they don't find that elite middle-of-the-order bat, I could see them pivoting to improve the rotation if all their top offensive options go elsewhere.
At this point, I don't see Kelly as a centerpiece to a trade.
Many people agree with you. I'm sure the Cardinals will ultimately make that pivot if they don't have clarity in the next few days. I'm just making an educated guess with that theory, though.
He has a chance to do both. He wants to do both. Why wouldn't he want to do both if he can elite in both. He'll probably make a great DH and pitcher for an American League team.