Jhonny Peralta would disagree. So would Greg Holland.
True, but the team needs alternatives to make changes. Minor league baseball just got underway, so it will be a few weeks before the Cardinals know what they really have in reserve. Also, more players will become available as the sorting continues during this season.
If the border crossings are still restricted, the winner of the (Great White) North Division will have to move to a U.S. city for the conference final. There won't be a bubble for both teams, since the NHL wants he opponent of the Canadian survivor play in its own city.
Traditionally, yes. I believe more fans want a physical game than not. The sideshow fighting has no place in the game any more, due to the concussion concerns. But hard body-checking does have a place and if that leads to the occasional scrap, so be it.
That or they were afraid to bring it up. Give the reporters credit for wondering why a pitcher went out there to run.
Mozeliak stormed off after Albert took the Angels deal. The Cardinals made a good offer to keep him. Did it work out better for them in the long term? Yes. But given this team's history of retaining elite players on DeWitt's watch, I believe the effort to keep him was sincere.
This team has more depth than most. Compare their second- and thrid-line talent to most other teams. It's quite good. With players coming and going from active duty during this shortened season, they had a tough time hitting stride.
Gomber is in the Colorado rotation and he might not have made the rotation here. That's the good news for him. The bad news: The Rockies are a bad team and pitching in Denver is no picnic.
Yeah, Gamel looks pretty shaggy in his photos. How much hair is too much hair on one team?
They are instructed to throw strikes and get ahead of hitters. Their failure is a lack of execution.
A Brad Miller-level producer -- Brad Miller at his very best -- who can play multiple spots and add some offensive heft.
It would be interesting to see if the Cardinals would take Albert back in a pricey non-playing role, given the way he left. He'll be in the team's Hall of Fame and all that, but could he return as a full-fledged family member?
John Mozeliak pushed the DFA button on Chris Duncan, who was family to La Russa. And La Russa had no pull to stop it.
Of course he does. But he just wants to win, period, and keep establishing himself as a big leaguer.
His body has been chattering non-stop for years.
Yes, that was pretty much staged. The Rangers were mad, but they didn't want to send out their tougher guys and take advantage of finesse guys on the other side. They respected the unwritten rules.
Also out there: Albert is old. Things break. And he always had a heavy-legged running style. His primary injury issue was his feet. Like poor Allen Craig, he lost his base.
Having players drafted is always a good thing. Team love to promote their NFL guys on recruiting trips and they like keeping those guys involved.
There's no place to put Albert. Pinch-hitting every game, playing first base once in a while and taking a few DH spins in AL parks won't make for much of a reunion. Sure, he could do what Carpenter is doing and add more PR value, but would that make him happy?
I'm sure you will. Apparently the front office had been pondering this for a few weeks, so this was not a spur-of-the-moment thing.
These are different sports, of course. But, yes, the NHL mishandled this. Wilson has a history. He has done enough stupid things --like injuries players in preseason games -- to lose his benefit of the doubt.
Both sides have a good book on the other side, so it comes down to whether or not Gomber makes good pitches. Cardinals hitters have some live batting practice history with Gomber, but their insight comes from watching him pitch a bunch of games to sense his pattern.
We haven't seen whole lot of that sort of mayhem in a long, long time. I can't even imagine how mad Gary Bettman was about the whole thing.
This is a fan thing and most fans move on from that stuff over time. Baseball is weird with it obsession with personal character. Keith has said all the right things about the franchise and he has carried himself very well in retirement.
OK, that looks like it for this time. We'll catch you again next week. Stay safe out there!