The union hired several lawyers as a way to beef-up their negotiating prowess as the CBA expiration nears. Bruce Meyer has been in the news recently, for example, and some of the commentary and hardline moves from union have been reflective of this new group, not just union chief Tony Clark. Please keep that in mind.
Correct. Think of all the wonderful new things we'll have to complain about.
I don't like the DH in the NL. I prefer the NL style of play. I'm resigned to the reality that we may have seen the last of that style of baseball.
I don't know. All of the players I've talked to intend to play -- or are saying that now. If there are players who don't intend to play they're keeping it quiet for now and of course they should until it's clear what it means for them, their salary, and their service time.
Exactly my point. It allows for some teams to separate themselves in, say, the same way FC Barcelona did for a long time with UNICEF across the front of their jerseys. You'll learn a lot about your favorite team by the ads they allow on the jersey -- especially if they are the ads that run during broadcasts of games.
Well, SKOAL wouldn't be allowed. MGM Grand already has an agreement with MLB.
Jackie Robinson. Shoeless Joe. Mickey Mantle, because of my dad's fondness for him. Those come to mind immediately. If you'll permit me to expand my options to include pro ballplayers, I would really like a chance to talk to Oscar Charleston, and I would have so many questions. I guess I would start by asking him what it was about baseball that gripped him so to commit as much of his life as he did, to be as good as he was, and put up with so much else to continue to be a part of the game. I guess if I had only one question to ask I would stuff it full of as many topics as I could and hope for a 45-minute answer.
I'm sorry. Guess I just don't have it in me to spit into a jet engine and complain about getting wet.
From everything I've been told through the years, he had a temperament and intelligence that would have been welcome at a time like this, for sure. I wish I had a chance to know him better, or talk to him more often.
Not really. Bob Gibson is great and gruff and blunt and wonderful. He sometimes greets me with, "They're still keeping you around at the paper?" or "They're still paying you to write?" or "How do you convince them to keep you around?" Something like that. I don't find that intimidating. Maybe I should. There have been some people who I've interviewed who are much, much, much taller or bigger or taller and bigger than me. But it's not intimidating. There's usually a notepad between me and them.
I have. Had some really great conversations with him, and I had to offer an apology a while back for messing up the spelling of his name -- and man, did I. It was awful. I'm still sorry. What he's doing and what he's advocating is important, and -- from the perspective of history -- it's fantastic that his advocacy for minor-league players has a connection to St. Louis, where baseball's roots run deep and there is a strong grassroots element to the fondness for the game. Thank you for the suggestion.
The chances? Zero. The owners and players are aware of the threat of the virus, and indications today and yesterday afternoon were that discussions were trying to guide them both through it. Not yank a deal off the table. Also, it was reported over the weekend that the exec. committee was about to soundly reject the owners' proposal. What changed as an offer from Manfred that shifted the look of that proposal -- and revealed how Manfred wants a deal, wants a discussion, not to impose a season. Guaranteed money? Well, if the virus closes the sport down after it starts, then they're not getting that money either. It takes games to make salaries.
They won't start play without that plan in place. It is an essential part of the return. Both sides have made that clear. Mozeliak has been among the executives making that point publicly and privately. Andrew Miller has reminded me of the focus on that multiple times now. A clear, concise, and detailed health and safety plan and widespread testing must be part of any return. Period.
TBD.. And probably not. An empty stadium isn't anything like a back field.
I spoke with Jordan Hicks about this the day before leaving Florida, and he said that he was going to take every precaution because he was in one of the risk groups. That meant talking to me only at a 6-foot distance. That meant discussing back then -- in mid-March -- the idea of wearing a mask. And so on. He said he intends to play, and when last I checked with the Cardinals their understanding is that he wants to participate, and it's possible the Cardinals will tune their in-house protocols and practices -- when it comes to, say, making team policy decisions -- toward his needs. If he's considering not playing, then he's keeping it to himself, as mentioned earlier. The team is aware their approach has to be geared toward protecting him.
It's probably high, but a reasonable guess if you go on anecdotal info. I would bet a majority are more politically agnostic or apathetic, and don't identify with a political party or lean at all.
Plenty was written about this. There were many things going on at the same time. Yes, Mike Matheny had increasingly become cloistered and was relying less on his coaches. You'll recall that the team fired Derek Lilliquist at one point, and that was partially because the interaction between the pitching coach and manager had grown distant, thinned, not strained because there wasn't a lot of it to strain. But also Oquendo had to have knee surgery, and there was concern from the front office on whether he could be on the field during the game -- what kind of liability was there for him moving around out there, especially to avoid injury. They talked to him about being the bench coach, about being an infield coach, and so on, but he wanted to be on the field, or not at all. He also could read the room on what that would be like in the dugout. At third base, he had autonomy from a distance. Would he have had the manager's ear in the dugout? Fair question. He also had said in the years leading up to the move that he wanted to be closer to home, in Florida, and working with younger players. Yes, Mozeliak wooed him back to the dugout. He also had the health to be back at third base. And there was a reshuffling of the coaching staff that attempted to change the culture of that coaching staff. Don't discount Oquendo's fondness for Shildt in that equation.
Fair point. Thank you for making it.