Those were the days, not that these days aren't fun, too. I enjoyed seeing triples, for one thing. A dying art.
According to the rules, teams were supposed to have their second camp within 100 miles. Springfield is closer to that figure than Memphis and the Cardinals also own the Springfield franchise.
Baseball is a wonderful game. And it would be better if more people hit the ball more often.
The more players you involve in travel in these "bubble like" situations, the more risk you run of a coronavirus spread. Plus, it would cost a lot to travel more players, too. MLB is looking to save money in any situation.
Very hard question. It would depend a lot on who the opponent is and who is the starter you would have pitching for you. Herzog would have Andujar or Tudor. La Russa would have Carpenter or Wainwright. It also depends on whether you're playing on AstroTurf or not. Too many variables.
Gibson pitching, Molina catching, Hernandez at first, Herr at second, Smith at short, Rolen at third, Edmonds, McGee and George Hendrick in the outfield.
This news may suggest that Martinez will be needed more in the bullpen than the rotation but you also could use him for two or more innings on occasion because you wouldn't have to pinch hit and he would be built up to go that long and longer. The bullpen surely won't be as strong as you thought it might be but maybe it will get some help eventually from Gallegos, Reyes and Cabrera.
Yadi looks much thinner than in a couple of years but appears in very good shape. He doesn't really lay off. He was running all the time in Jupiter.
Players can opt out even into the season, so Hicks actually gave the club ample notice. Hicks wasn't very happy with a recent bullpen session and might have felt he wouldn't be ready until deep into the season anyway, so why risk his health?
From my eyes that spring, Ozzie played better than Clayton, although neither hit for a particularly high average. Tony did say whoever played the best would play the most but then amended that to saying Clayton would better serve the club. The issue solved itself, to a degree when Smith got hurt late in spring training as the team came north for some exhibitions and Clayton started the first six games, all on the road. But when the team returned home, Ozzie was in La Russa's first Busch Stadium lineup against Pedro Martinez and Montreal. That was the way La Russa handled it the rest of the season. Ozzie would play against the toughest righthanders. Clayton would have the rest and both hit well, Clayton at .277 and Ozzie at .282. The back-and-forth between Ozzie and Tony was uncomfortable. In short, Tony didn't handle it as well in the spring as he did when he decided his shortstop on matchups during the regular season.
The Indians seem inclined to change. The Braves are hoping to hold onto their name by eliminating the Tomahawk Chop. I do not find the name Braves insulting in and of itself as long as the total concept respects Native Americans. Chief Wahoo in Cleveland did nothing of the sort. Indians has to go.
I was going on Herr having more years as an elite defender although now Wong is better than Herr in Herr's best year.
To my knowledge, this was Hicks' decision. And an understandable one. How any months was he going to be able to pitch? One?
The proof will be what happens from July 24 on. I will not get too excited or disappointed about anything I see from them until then.
The Wong issue will be an important one any time after October. I am of the one-season-at-a-time mentality and it will take a lot to even get this season in. I will worry about next season starting Nov. 1. Edman might be a good replacement but Wong is the best at what he does and is an emerging offensive threat.
Yes, the purse strings, relative to baseball were very tight then as Torre and his GM, Dal Maxvill were only too disappointed to discover.
Don't forget Tom Henke, the ace reliever whose last year--and only year for the Cardinals--was the best of his career, in 1995.
Edmundo Sosa has been playing shortstop in the intrasquad games with Edman playing second and third. He is the backup shortstop if Sosa isn't on the roster.
I hadn't heard that option but he doesn't do much for me. They should have enough coverage if they have Martinez, Gallegos, Reyes and Cabrera sometime early in the season, to go with Miller, Webb, Ponce de Leon, Gant and Helsley.
I fully agree that the teams with the deepest pitching will be the ones that will go the farthest in this short schedule. Today, the Cardinals' pitching isn't as deep as they had thought it would be. But a couple of weeks from now, it might be.
Wainwright isn't in the big-money bracket anymore as he works largely on incentives (games started). Molina is making $20 million and I surmise he expected to make close to that on an extension--until the pandemic changed baseball's financial outlook for the players and owners.
If Waino's curveball goes, he goes. But, right now, he has his curve, changeup, a moving fastball and guile. He might be interested in pitching another year but, first, we've got 11 or 12 starts to go through this year.
The playoffs would be as before. The Cardinals well could wind up playing somebody in the Eastern Division or Western Division--or both-- the longer they would advance.