October 24, 2020 at 11:56 pm #145528
The Rays were ranked 28th in payroll this year. I wonder if any team ranked that low has won the World Series? I think the Marlins were around 25th in 2003 but I haven’t researched it much further than that.October 24, 2020 at 11:58 pm #145530
Weren’t the Royals low when they won in 2015, too? Then the players got expensive and they had to break up the team.October 24, 2020 at 11:59 pm #145531
No they beefed up that year to 16th highest.October 25, 2020 at 12:00 am #145533
OK, thanks.October 25, 2020 at 12:09 am #145535
I found this site that tracks payroll each year back to 1984 with the World Series winner in bold. I would have never guessed the top payroll in 1991 was the Oakland A’s. Back in the McGwire and Canseco days I guess.
The Rays would be the lowest to win it if they indeed do.October 25, 2020 at 2:06 am #145537GACardParticipantFree
This is my last post because Bryan Walton is such a censoring xxxxx
The cardinals can not evaluate offensive talent and the only thing worse is how condescending Walton is. Goodbye board for good
Congrats on being a xxxxxx who acts like he knows something and has probably never even played a sport Walton. You’re a true champ
(Offensive terms removed by moderator)October 25, 2020 at 7:10 am #145541Minuteman3ParticipantFree
Somebody please refresh my memory but was it not Arozarena who fell between 3B and HP in a big Cardinal game and did NOT score? My stamina and memory levels have been a zero since that week in the hospital. Only now barely starting to return.
My one thought on the playoffs. MLB must have put in an order to the baseball plant for a quantity of extra hard balls. Gotta have a lot dingers in the playoffs. Please don’t recite counts fellers – I am not a stats man until I need one……lolOctober 25, 2020 at 7:12 am #145542
Somebody please refresh my memory but was it not Arozarena who fell between 3B and HP in a big game and did NOT score? My stamina and memory levels have been a zero since that week in the hospital. Only now barely starting to return.
That was Adolis Garcia, MM3. On another note, I’m glad to see you’re alive and kicking and joining us again.October 25, 2020 at 7:13 am #145543
I guess more importantly, RA was on base 4 out of 5 times last night and scored the winning run. And has set several historical playoff records. Far more important than being waved home and tripping as he kicked it into high gear. Actually that tuck and roll was impressive. Prevented injury.October 25, 2020 at 7:25 am #145546Minuteman3ParticipantFree
Thanks stlcard25. That is the name my lame brain was pursuing. I don’t recall seeing too much of Aroz during his major league time except as pinch hitter or pinch runner and sometimes centerfielder. But I am sure Libertore makes up for the miss on Randy even if he does only work once every 5 days. What a series when the big dogs in the National can’t quite scrunch the squeakers from the American who have the worst facilty and completely lack a fan base. Should the Rays win they will probably have to hire fans to line the streets for the parade.October 25, 2020 at 8:37 am #145558
Sunday night’s action is again at 7:08 p.m. on FOX. Clayton Kershaw vs. Tyler Glasnow in Game 5. Who do you like?October 25, 2020 at 10:51 am #145580
While Kershaw will probably be in the HOF he has become known as a playoff choker so it wouldn’t surprise me to see the Rays win tonight.October 25, 2020 at 10:54 am #145581
Will the Dodgers be the bridesmaid yet again? In their history they have now won 21 NL pennants, more than anyone else, yet have only 6 world series titles.
The Giants have 20 NL pennants with 8 world series titles.
The Cardinals have 19 NL pennants with 11 world series titles.October 25, 2020 at 11:30 am #145589bicyclemikeModeratorPaid - Annual
Man, Arozarena has become a feared hitter in the class of Trout, Bonds, and McGwire almost over night. In that 9th inning, Jansen really wanted to stay away from him which changed that entire inning. The walked moved the possible tying run to second base, and we all saw what happened when you can put the ball in play.
As I mentioned before, these teams are very entertaining and a lot more fun than watch Cardinal baseball last year. You can never count these teams out, as they battle you all the way.
I think LA will settle in and still win it, possibly even taking the next two. But again, if Randy keeps going and the Rays get something from Lowe, Meadows and an occasional surprise hit from a guy like Phillips, who knows?
And if the Rays get a ring, that really ups the bar on the trade. Arozarena will have been the biggest difference in them getting the prize, which makes it so it almost does not matter how good Liberatore ends up being, the deal would be worth it.
It’s great to see the kid having so much fun though, especially after his faux pas last year with the ill-advised posting of Shildt’s equally ill-advised rant.October 25, 2020 at 11:58 am #145591so_cal_cards_fanParticipantFree
The worst part of the last play, in my opinion, was Muncy as the cutoff man. He is only 70 feet away from home plate, can see the whole play in front of himself, with Aroz still 20 feet away. Take a step toward the runner.October 25, 2020 at 12:24 pm #145594jj-cf-stlParticipantPaid - Annual
I like the TBR lineup better with Meadows and Choi vs RHP’s, so I’ll go with the LAD winning tonight behind Kershaw.October 25, 2020 at 12:26 pm #145595so_cal_cards_fanParticipantFree
It’s great to see the kid having so much fun though, especially after his faux pas last year with the ill-advised posting of Shildt’s equally ill-advised rant.
After hearing his interviews in Spanish after game 4, I’m wondering if his command of English is/was sufficiently nuanced to even know there had been some bombs lobbed.October 25, 2020 at 1:19 pm #145598TinkyParticipantFree
I can’t help but wonder if Shildt insisted that the kid be traded after Arozarena embarrassed him so.October 25, 2020 at 2:23 pm #145604
It’s said he was traded because the Rays wouldn’t do the deal without him included.
So the main question is whether the Cards, when they saw how badly the Rays wanted him, should have held on to him when their offense was so anemic and they were letting Ozuna go. No doubt, Liberatore is a talent. But is that what we needed at that particular time?October 25, 2020 at 4:17 pm #145610forsch31ParticipantFree
Without knowing how the negotiations went down, we can’t say that the Rays tipped their hand about how much they wanted Arozarena. I would imagine that trade negotiations are a little like playing poker, you don’t want to reveal too much emotion so that you maximize your gain.October 25, 2020 at 5:30 pm #145614
As I understand it, the Rays demanded RA.October 25, 2020 at 7:29 pm #145628jj-cf-stlParticipantPaid - Annual
LAD hitting behind the runners well, 2-0October 25, 2020 at 7:32 pm #145629
Seager ran the bases so well that inning that he basically scored the second run all by himself.October 25, 2020 at 7:35 pm #145630
You have to admire the Dodgers coming right back at the Rays after their terrible ending in Game 4. Should be another good one tonight.October 25, 2020 at 7:39 pm #145631
Oh no, Arozarena’s hat fell off on that run down the first base line. That’s a big no no. What next? He starts shimmying all over the batter’s box and doing long routines between pitches?
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