Lefty reliever and multi-inning guy to start the season as they get creative with pitching.
Yes, it would have. Yes. Many times over, yes.
It's all part of his pace of play initiative and it speaks to the many many different directions he's trying to go while avoiding a few of the things that actually contribute to the pace of play issue -- the length of commercials between innings (not changing) and the advent of analytics directing the game, not just evaluating it (could change). It's a gimmick, like you say. And it's a distraction. It does not get at the heart of the issue to improve pace of play. Instead of getting messy and changing the car's oil, he's putting a flame job on it.
Entirely possible. And the agreement being considered has a facet that accounts for that.
Some teams will fail. Some leagues could vanish. And MLB wants to shutter teams -- not pay for them. So, don't expect a helping hand there. Not at all. Minor-league baseball is going to take the first heavy brunt of this, and that's partially because MLB already wanted to downsize. The Cardinals could lose two affiliates -- Johnson City seems for sure, and State College is up for question, though there could be some shifting of affiliates, too -- and other teams could lose more. They're not going to rush to the rescue and some cities that are vibrant, historic minor-league teams could be without baseball. It's awful.
It's 4 p.m. in St. Louis and do you know where your player rep is?
The MLBPA executive subcommittee is schedule to convene right now as I type this to talk through the proposal from the owners and make a decision that could speed them toward reporting to Spring 2.0 -- or lead the commissioner to impose the season by dinner time.
You are not. And you should not. It's all about discipline, practices, health protocols, testing, testing, testing, testing, testing, and did I mention a commitment to discipline? Teams are doing it in the KBO, for example, so it's possible.
Entirely possible, yes. His performance in Live BP in the coming weeks would reveal that. He would not have the benefit of competition through a rehab assignment so it's going to have to come in another way.
Absolutely. Teams with deep pitching talent will be helped. Teams that field the best possible roster from their entire organization will be helped. Teams that cut costs and shed players and choose service time over talent could be hurt.
Maybe. Depends on how they feel about their chances this season, and where they are in the season when a trade deadline approaches. As of right now, the Cardinals see the DH as an outlet for Brad Miller and a place for Tyler O'Neill and a chance to get Edman in the lineup and Carpenter at DH and on and on and on. That could change of course given performances, and having a DH means it's possible to look at a Martinez or a Castellanos differently than when the Cardinals had a chance to go after either before. Not saying Castellenos is a possibility. Just bringing him up as an example of a bat-first player the Cardinals have previously avoided.
Against it until it does it foolproof, 100 percent of the time. Period. It has to be flawless, zero-defect or else it's not better than the umps.
It is even harder to imagine a team with a dramatically reduced revenue would choose to spend more money than it has to be releasing players and paying out their guaranteed contracts when it's not necessary. Better to call it a wash, see what it looks like next year, and make a decision like that when revenues are returning and the cost is less. It makes ZERO sense with expanded rosters and less cash coming in for a team to willingly take on a cost like that when it just does not have to. They don't have to play. They don't have to be in the lineup. And they're not getting in the way of anyone being in the lineup or on the roster or in the dugout with expanded roster. Again, it just makes no sense to make a move like this in 2020.
I did not get an invite. Alas.
An entirely fair point of view. And one that will be interesting to see how common it is, especially as we've all been challenged to explore other interests.
Off the top of my head -- Holliday was playing with a bad hamstring. The move revealed how compromised he was and that they didn't want to put him in a bad spot. That's all. I know there was a game where a move like that was made and that was the reason. There were also other moves behind the winning run or tying run that were curious. But this was not one of them, not back then.
Mentioned earlier. The team is taking its direction from Hicks, and he has indicated to them that he wants to do what's possible to play this season. He has been proactive by being precautionary. Or, that's every indication I've been given. We'll know more as the preseason camp progresses -- if it can get off the ground here as we await the vote.
It's not clear. But it's expected that such language in contracts would not translated to the prorated side of the game, making it difficult for them to vest. But that could be part of the negotiations that have not surfaced yet. The only thing I know about that is from what was originally stated. Those elements would remain as is, and in a 60-game schedule would obviously we tricky to pull off.
Dr. Lawrence Rocks, the father of Paul DeJong's agent, told me during a video interview that baseball has the chance to lead the way back from the virus. That was more than a month ago -- but his statement has new resonance with me. If baseball can follow the example of the KBO and NPB and other leagues -- and not the models set by some cities and states, then perhaps, yes, it can be part of the solution and the way back by being an example of discipline, awareness, and respect for the health of others.
Again, they're playing baseball in Korea and Japan. What does that tell us?
I don't have the precise number off the top of my head. I know that there were about 170 players headed to minor-league camp. There were around 60 in major-league camp, right? And there have been about 30 players released and 15 players added. So you're talking around 210-215 players on rosters at this time. There are plenty of players to stock the rosters for the affiliates, yes. Oh, and that number doesn't include all of the players who would report to play for the academy team(s) in the Dominican Republic.
That is the fear of the owners and players, yes.
It's on the background. Good call. Will it coincide with the results of the vote? Will the timing be perfect. Will we write the heck out of that in the morning paper? Tension abounds.
No one has explicitly said that won't be the case. One thing I was told long ago was that they did want to minimize travel and maximize chances to play, so they could get teams into Chicago, play both teams, bevy of games, and move on. You could do the same thing in Missouri. The same thing with Cleveland and Pittsburgh, and it's not too far from Milwaukee to Chicago or Minnesota for that matter. Make the most of the need to travel and the commitment to do so as a group.
I said what I said and I meant what a said. Innings should start with the bases empty. There are no such things as Team ER. Bogus. Play the game. Don't give me some showcase of situational hitting and sacrifice flies to win a game. Yawn. I'd rather have a tie.