You still haven't shown me how the Cardinals fit more than $30 million extra into next year's payroll. Gate revenue for this season: Zero.
That's your call. I didn't know they weren't watching because the first game isn't until two days from now.
Something has to change in the offense for next season. Can it be turned around, as you say? Yes, get better players. But I am not going to teeth-gnash too much about next season until this one is over. And it isn't.
Perhaps we should alert the networks to set up some alternate programming. The Cardinals are not playing the 1927 Yankees here. They're playing San Diego. That said, Mo has some work to do this winter. .
This is the way baseball set it up. At 30-28, the Cardinals are just happy to be invited to the dance.
Very kind of you. I think you can expect to see the DH forever more. We may never see a pitcher hit again. The expanded playoffs are here to stay although I would hope they'd cut it off at 12 teams rather than 16 so no sub-500 teams are in, as Milwaukee and Houston are now. I do not like, however, seven-inning doubleheader games and the runner on second for extra innings, so I'm hoping they don't continue after this season, but I am fearful.
No question that there's where it started in 2014 although Heyward gave the Cardinals a strong season in 2015 after they traded to get him and then moved on to the Cubs for a zillion dollars. Then, the problems intensified.
Not sure how far the Cardinals will go but certainly will be watching. A lot went into this season for everybody, fans included. Let's see it to the end and then worry about next year.
And one more final, final, final follow-up. The Cardinals are not paying Carpenter $18.5 million to bunt.
I don't know what Texas is looking for, but you would have to ask. That's a lot more strikeouts to take on, but probably an upside.
Some of the names are intriguing. But, until you know about Martinez's health, you can't move him and Fowler has a no-trade clause, which I don't think he would waive necessarily to play for Maddon again.
At least, everyone has been civil and no vulgarity, so there is that.
I think the "divide," as you phrase it, is a more recent development, spawned no doubt by the Cardinals' many playoff appearances in the past 20 years with "only" two World Series titles to show for it.
This is a possibility although I would find it hard to believe that Molina, Wainwright and Wong would all get away. But somebody is going to have to go somewhere to make this work.
Mo has been masterful at that, and you can criticize him for bad deals or bad signings but handling a roster in this train wreck of a coronavirus-infested season has been notable.
Shildt has told MLB TV that it will be Kim, Flaherty, Wainwright, in order.
I haven't seen too many of those but I'm not a big fan either. You don't see them talking to Jimmy Butler as he's dribbling into the frontcourt.
You've broken it down fine, in theory. But the payroll can't be nearly as high as it was this year because there hasn't been any gate revenue. I know your numbers match up in a normal year and I appreciate that, but this isn't a normal year. Any payroll maneuvers likely will be to subtract rather than add or even keep it the same. They can't keep it the same.
Imagine the caterwauling Mo would be hearing then.