I don't know, but I hope it leads to schools finally having to pay these kids. I would rather see one or two super conferences that pay players and then have the rest of the college sports landscape be similar to Division II. If you cannot afford to pay the players or don't want to pay the players, you can play Division II and recruit players who value the academic benefits of their athletic scholarships. But if schools want to fill and can fill their 100,000-seat stadiums, they can decide to compete in one of the elite conferences and also pay the players who bring in the cash in this billion dollar industry.
That is something to consider. Winning is contagious, as the trite saying goes, but so is losing. Perhaps it's best to let the young prospects continue to develop and then bring them up next year.
I don't know that they'll "tear" the club apart, but they'll definitely start to bring more of the young players up.
I don't know, but I do know he's working hard to get back on the field.
I cannot pretend to know what is said on the radio. All I'll tell you is that the Cardinals are serious about contending in the NL Central, and the organization often reminds cynics that anything can happen once you get in the playoffs.
I would never say it's a problem to have too many young outfielders. Remember, that the depth can be used to get other important pieces. It's also important to note that injuries are part of the game and you will likely need that outfield depth.
Flaherty is special. Once I finish this chat I'll file a blog on the young studs with quotes from a guy who knows a thing or two about quality pitching.
Barring injuries, I don't anticipate Garcia breaking camp with the Cardinals in part because he's not on the 40-man roster and therefore it makes more sense to give that spot to Bader or O'Neill.
All I can tell you with certainty is that a great majority of the big leaguers are willing and able to play even when they're not at 100 percent physically or mechanically. That's just the reality.
I don't know what will happen. If the Cardinals sign Machado and he prefers to play short, as is his preference now, then you can bet that DeJong might be moved to third.
I would build my franchise through the farm system. Depending on what my market would tolerate, I would either try to take a shortcut by going through a complete tear down and rebuild. If my market wouldn't accept tanking, I would take the slower route and try to build through the farm system and international free agents without wasting money on free agents while I was in my rebuild.
Yes, I hope the NCAA starts to pay athletes in revenue-generating sports such as men's basketball or football.
The Yankees promise to have many great storylines this year.
What sport? In the NHL, I'd take St. Louis. In the NL Central I'd take Chicago, but only slightly ahead of the Cardinals. In the NFL, oh never mind.
He had an 0.951 WHIP in 2015 and a 1.344 WHIP last year, and I'm sure he'll try to get closer to his 2015 numbers. He had 5.90 strikeouts to walk ratio in 2015 and 3.50 ratio last year.
Thank you. If you read the column again, I promise you that I did not say he committed sexual assault.
Your suggestion is probably the most realistic next positive step forward. Players should definitely be able to benefit from their likeness. If Billy Booster wants to give Johnny Superstar $50 for his John Hancock, it should be allowed.
Most teams still have seats for the opener. I'll bet you they'll have a sellout, though.
The Blues' young star prospects are probably a bit further away from contributing than the Cardinals' young studs - Alex Reyes, Dakota Hudson, Ryan Helsley, Jordan Hicks.