There are more opportunities in Houston or Los Angeles for youth soccer players, but that's mainly because those cities have more opportunities. For instance, Houston has four Developmental Academy boys soccer teams, two Elite Clubs National League girls teams and one girls Developmental Academy team. Los Angeles has even more. I bet Mexico would be thrilled if they can get a draw with Germany, but I wouldn't bet on it.
The Cardinals aren't ready to say one way or another. If healthy, as expected, he'll start the season as a starter in the minors. Then it will be a matter of where the Cardinals think he'll be better off this year in the majors, whether it's in the rotation or out of the bullpen.
OK, I get your point. I'll try to skip over the repetitive questions.
Go USA! Go USA! I love the Winter Olympics.
If there are any smart bets to be had, I could definitely envision the Cardinals jumping on them.
We talked a little bit about everything. I think Michael Girsch addressed some of the fans' angst in his comment about his confidence in the rotation. Trust me, the Cardinals have the pulse of their fan base.
I get the sense that the Cardinals' appreciate Gyorko's contributions more than some fans who are eager to sign Moustakas. I think the infield will be fine with Carpenter as a super utility sharing time at first with Martinez and third with Gyorko. Wong and DeJong are two young players who give the Cardinals a quality double play combination.
I've pointed out why the Cardinals won't sign Lynn or Arrieta or Darvish unless those guys somehow decide to ask the Cardinals to give them a chance on a one-year deal.
As Doug Armstrong noted a few weeks ago, this Blues team cannot handle success well. They don't give the needed effort enough to be considered a legit Stanley Cup contender. If Mike Yeo and Alex Pietrangelo don't find a way to get consistently strong efforts from this team they'll be lucky to reach the playoffs as a wild card.
You always have to kick the tires on guys, but I wouldn't expect a guy like that to push you over the top.
I think Pietrangelo is a very sharp young man who will continue to grow as a captain. People I trust and respect with insight into the Blues' locker room tell me he's not the issue.
You might be overthinking this.
I expect the Cardinals to make a run at him next offseason.
A typical day. They arrive in the clubhouse anywhere from 6 to 8 a.m. They have a brief team meeting. Then they head out to work out around 9 a.m., if I remember correctly. The players are usually done about 1 p.m. and then head home.
If you're asking me if the Cardinals were satisfied with their last two seasons, I'd say they were not. They were disappointed. As you may have noticed when they went after Giancarlo Stanton and then Marcell Ozuna, they had a sense of urgency this year unlike the previous year.
I have no comment. I try to not comment on the work of other journalists. Almost 100 percent of time when I do, I get in trouble. All I can say is I respect the folks who work for Baseball Prospectus enough to subscribe.
I would say the Boston Red Sox under Bobby Valentine fell off a pretty big cliff, but I don't remember a team imploding as bad as the Cavs.
You can never have enough pitching depth, as the Mets learned last year. Moreover, I would think it's not realistic to expect 90 percent of the Cardinals' young pitchers to turn out the way the front office expects. They call them prospects for a reason. Nonetheless, the deep pool of high-end young arms
is what should give the Cardinals hope that they'll have quality pitching for years to come.
Your word is your bond, and McDaniels should be embarrassed for the way he handled the situation. The assistant coaches that uprooted their families are the ones that McDaniels owes apologies. I'm sure some of those wives hate him right about now.
I have to double check on this. I haven't heard back. Sorry.
I'm going to predict the Cardinals will win 90 games this year.