True enough, but I believe the Tkachuks have the same agents Pietrangelo has and we've how well that has gone.
Just look at the difference between Fernando Tatis Jr. now and Fernando Sr. from his playing days. That says it all right there.
The hitters and pitchers are both into the sports science when it comes to training, so that balances off.
The 2021 season could have an interim feel to it as the Cardinals finish off the Carpenter and Fowler contracts and move closer to life without Molina and Wainwright as well -- assuming that separation doesn't come sooner. Like you say the better hitting prospects are a ways off, especially after missing a whole year of competition.
That is an unanswered question. Doug Armstrong wants to see him get more playing time to make the Blues better off the rush. But Kyrou has a lot of trouble along the wall and it remains to be seen if he can get stronger in that side of the game. I expect the Blues to give him one more shot, especially with Tarasenko missing time and team up against the cap. If Jordan can't do it next season, and quickly, then he could get the Fabbri treatment. I imagine Bill Armstrong will call about, if he hasn't already.
And yet Matt still seems to think he is Jim Thome up there.
The NHL will likely need to bigger crowds than that allowed in its arenas before returning to play. Like you say, most teams live off the gate.
None! They have all watched his fight films. And the Chief is still in amazing shape. Bortuzzo is probably the best fighter the team has right now but he is a pretty chill character.
Great, but who plays third base?
He's no Luke Voit, but his strong all-around play is a perfect fit for what this organization tries to do. He's past his athletic prime, but his glove and his baseball sense will make him valuable as we get deeper into this contract.
As we note all the time, the industry has changed. Fewer teams make dumb trades because they are run by analystics-driven managers. Bill DeWitt has not changed -- he has never believed in spending crazy money in free agency. He will spend within reason, like the deal he gave Paul Goldschmidt. Pre-pandemic, I bet the 2022 payroll would have been in the $170 million to $180 million range with freed budget space from departing players going to upgrades. Post-pandemic, it might be a while before the Cardinals will spend that much again. But since most teams will cut back, there will be more value buys.
Most of your third base options are terrible. As for Mozeliak, please list the other GMs who have produced 13 consecutive winning seasons and seven postseason trips in 10 years without having the benefit of a $200 million payroll.
Keenan had a back door installed in his Blues coaching office so he could run from the media.
There is no reasoning with a troll.
All these trips to postseason play really suck the life out of a fan base.
The Cubs have reached the end with this roster, since the ownership there will not commit to bigger payrolls and some guys need to get paid. Also, there is age and wear and tear on that pitching staff.
That's a fair assessment. Mozeliak does not present a fan-friendly front. And given all the succes he's had, I don't think he frets the PR stuff. He's pretty comfortable in life.
Well, that he should try to avoid another COVID-19 outbreak on the team.
The Cardinals won the AL Central last year with 91 victories and then beat a good Braves team in the playoffs, so that was a good bit more than just clearing the .500 mark like this year under pandemic conditions.
Pitching inside would be good, as always, but he also has to command that slider and not fall behind every batter in the count.
I do think Shoeless Joe was just an unwitting victim in what happened back then. The scandal was terrible, but upon further review they didn't have to tar Jackson for eternity.