There is no question that the players are bigger, faster and stronger than they were 20 or 40 years ago. I would say at the top tier of talent, the best players now would be just as good as the best players of either 20 or 40 years ago. But the average big-league player was better in previous eras because there weren't as many players then as there are now. Expansion has been great to give more cities a chance to have major league baseball but that means many more players are major leaguers who wouldn't have been in another era when there were 16 or 20 or even 24 teams.
Cardinals.com will be the site of the streams.
MLB is suggesting strongly that players not leave their hotels to eat or do anything else other than go to and from the park. Each player will have a separate room and there will be a lot of room service. Otherwise, it is incumbent on each player--with the veteran players riding herd--to take care of himself and, in concert, take care of his teammates by not putting anybody at risk.
Cardinalspressbox.com has been providing box scores for the media. There aren't any published in the papers because the rules get changed fairly often in these games. We'll keep you posted on who's doing well and who's not.
It could help Pujols get into more games because. if he can stay healthy in a short season, he can play more often at first base while Otanhi is DH-ing for the Angels. I see little effect for Heyward and Ozuna probably can go every day, what with the DH available to him with the Braves.
I wouldn't be surprised, if it works out well this way this year. Everyone is looking closely at how the Korean Baseball Organization telecasts are broadcast by announcers sitting in their homes here. But what the telecasts and radio casts would be missing if those crews didn't go on the road would be the interviews on the field or in the clubhouse. The Zoom sessions are good but they aren't as personal.
Once the rosters get trimmed to 30 players, there will be 30 more players at Springfield, so they can stay as sharp as they can by playing intrasquad games there. If you're making an oblique reference to Carlson or somebody else, there will be innings to be pitched and at-bats to be had although, of course, the situation isn't ideal. But there will be competition there because the road to the big leagues is only a step away.
I'm anticipating the national anthem being played and some players kneeling, although in baseball, it is rare when the entire team is on the field anyway for the anthem. God Bless America, I don't know. But the game times won't improve that much because television time likely will be the same between innings.
John Mozeliak said he checked with his veteran players and they thought the intrasquad games were the better way to go. And, since the Cardinals are opening at home, they wouldn't have to travel somewhere and then come back. The less travel involved the better, especially before the season starts. And, in Chicago, New York and Los Angeles, you have built-in opponents.
You make good points on how there are other areas providing talent now than they were before. But, with few bigger-league teams in the past, there were many good players who had to wait years in the minors before getting a chance. Now, minor leaguers often are rushed to the majors before they are ready. The talent edge may go to today's players. The quality of play, I'm not so sure.
Good for Donald Fehr and Gary Bettman. But don't forget that hockey didn't play for an entire season in 2004-05. At least baseball didn't get to that point. On the other hand, the hockey negotiations didn't seem to be as personal as those in baseball, which always has been one of baseball's problems.
To some degree, your point is valid. But, in the division, these teams are used to playing nine or 10 games at those parks every year, so they're used to the dimensions and the vagaries.
Not being able to hit for average, or at least making contact. Check out some of the team averages in the past few years. The home run has become too much of a mindset and the average player of today often tries to play out of his boundaries.
You could go with three umpires if you lost one umpire. Losing two or more would be an issue and that game might have to be postponed until the next day, creating a doubleheader. It isn't like you would lose any gate receipts. Another crew could be assembled by then because there are those umpires who would be called up ordinarily from the minors because of injury or illness and there are many other minor-league umpires who aren't working at all. I am not aware of any "taxi squad" of umpires but there could be a plan in place.
Marcell Ozuna could have a big year for the Braves. Perhaps Randal Grichuk finally will hit for a higher average in Toronto.
I thought there would be a couple of five-game sets, but there weren't. Actually travel would be about the same. As you describe it, there would be nine trips. The way it is now, there are also nine trips since the White Sox and Cubs are on the same trip one time. The Cardinals don't have to go to Cleveland.
The one I think about the most is righthander John Fulgham, a former Pattonville High star who pitched for the Cardinals in 1979-80. His big-league career ended quickly because of arm problems but in those two seasons, he won 14 games. All of them were complete games. You will never see that again.
I guess Albert Belle would fall into that category. And Dave Kingman. Belle didn't enjoy talking to the media. Kingman tried to talk down to them. And he was talking from a considerable height.