Could Albert put up with all the losing? If he goes there, then clearly he is just playing baseball to chase milestones. That doesn't put him in the best light.
Many Cardinals had rough offensive series against Boston that season, including Matt Adams. Maybe Albert could have solved Jon Lester and turned that series around. It's a thought.
Well, he has tried to claim that he is just playing to win. So that's why his predicament is so interesting.
That's a big if. And if he hits empty homers, solo shots in low-leverage spots, then reaching 30 is not all that helpful.
I'll go with six. He will do enough to get an extension or two from Mizzou, given his current trajectory, but if he keeps this up then one of the big budget schools could come calling.
Cen he bear to sit around and play part-time. especially after moving away from his family for the rest of the season? He was unwilling to do that for a pretty good team in Anaheim.
The team supplies the bat boy for the vistors. The bullpen catcher is part of the support staff, like a coach.
Wilson was not judged by his history for that incident. Obviously George Parros saw it as just another of player using force to get the enemy away from his goaltender. But Wilson is not just another player and the fact the teams faced each other again the next game should have been considered.
No, he wasn't. That became Mike Trout's team for good reason. The Angels paid Albert for what he did for the Cardinals. That deal never made sense for that team or for Albert.
Pujols has not been able to make enough adjustments to stay in the Angels lineup, so I'm not sure he is coaching material.
No, I do not believe in the Leafs. Goaltending remains the issue for them. Tampa Bay will get Stamkos and Kucherov back for the playoffs. If they can win a round while those two stars find their legs again, it will be hard to pick against them. But . . . Carolina is a fascinating team. Rod Brind'Amour is doing a brilliant job with them. Their record is not a fluke.
No, he's headed for the Pujols treatment if he doesn't turn it around soon. John Mozeliak has made that clear.
Albert has gotten lots of love. But when your team misses the playoffs year after year and you sink to replacement-level production for multiple years, you are going to fade into the background.
There was a communication breakdown there. Both sides needed to handle that better. This was the Edgar Renteria situation all over again, but on a much bigger scale. Ultimately Pujols felt slighted by the team.
Well, at least he admitted his mistake. But, yes, I am shocked that he didn't have a better handle on that. He'll have a tough time living that down.
Backes is toast. He's been toast for a couple of years now. The game is really fast now and I don't believe he can get in on the forecheck quick enough.