February 17, 2020 at 9:15 pm #122720February 18, 2020 at 8:29 am #122748February 18, 2020 at 8:45 am #122752stlcard25ParticipantPaid - Annual
Boy, talk about an overly optimistic take on their botched offseason. LolFebruary 18, 2020 at 3:06 pm #122822
After a "great" meeting that cleared the air with team president Theo Epstein on Sunday, Bryant was asked if he believes he'll be with team on Opening Day.
"Yes. I do."
Past the trade deadline?
"Yep. … I'm a Chicago Cub."
— Gordon Wittenmyer (@GDubCub) February 18, 2020February 19, 2020 at 3:35 pm #122934February 19, 2020 at 3:48 pm #122937stlcard25ParticipantPaid - Annual
Well, Rizzo batted leadoff last year so I guess they are trying all options.April 12, 2020 at 12:01 pm #126521April 14, 2020 at 12:21 pm #126683April 14, 2020 at 2:46 pm #126697Euro DandyParticipantFree
Speaking of Beckert, I remember every time (it seemed) I saw him bat on TV, Curt Gowdy would talk about how difficult it was to strike him out. I just checked and his career K% was 4.36%.April 14, 2020 at 3:09 pm #126698bccranParticipantPaid - Annual
Maybe some of the present Cardinals should review a video or two of Beckert hitting. They might learn what contact hitting is all about.April 14, 2020 at 8:24 pm #126711bicyclemikeModeratorPaid - Annual
Glenn Beckert was a solid player. He and Kissinger were a terrific second base tandem, and Beckert always seemed to move the runner along. Hit over .340 one year. Very good player.May 14, 2020 at 10:05 am #128581May 14, 2020 at 10:19 am #128589
I have been thinking about this too. We all know their window is going to bust after 2021 so losing 2020 would really sting. What a shame.May 14, 2020 at 1:43 pm #128608mspaidParticipantFree
Henry Kissinger was foreign affairs advisor to Nixon and later Secretary of State. Don Kessinger was the double play partner for Beckert.May 14, 2020 at 7:15 pm #128631May 14, 2020 at 7:40 pm #128633
This whole matter of what revenue is and is not would scare the heck out of me if I was a player being offered revenue sharing.
Tom Ricketts’s team has played a total of zero (0) games under its current local television deal, which is with a network that he also owns, so it’s curious that he would be so sure of this.
Tom Ricketts is not being truthful. https://t.co/aQi7ZcVtRX
— Jeff Jones (@jmjones) May 15, 2020May 14, 2020 at 10:16 pm #128646mudvilleParticipantPaid - Annual
If Epstein didn’t trade for Chapman, and then didn’t win a World Series for lack of a closer, he would never be forgiven. It would have gone down in the annals of Cubs history as another blown opportunity, another failure. Maybe Epstein should have found a better way. IMO, if TLR had his way all of the time, the Cardinals would have wound up with no payroll space and with a sorry looking system, too. I think Mozeliak, with DeWitt’s guidance, kept it from happening.May 15, 2020 at 9:52 am #128693
Good points mud although it is ironic that Chapman couldn’t close out game 7.May 15, 2020 at 11:00 am #128718
…IMO, if TLR had his way all of the time, the Cardinals would have wound up with no payroll space and with a sorry looking system, too. I think Mozeliak, with DeWitt’s guidance, kept it from happening.
Remember that during the vast majority of TLR’s reign, Walt Jocketty was in charge. The primary focus was on trading minor leaguers to make the MLB team better. From all appearances, TLR and Walt were in lock step.
When DeWitt brought in Jeff Luhnow, the investments in analytics, scouting and international ball increased dramatically. The change this outsider brought led to conflict that ultimately cost Walt his job – just a year after the Cardinals won the World Series.May 15, 2020 at 12:59 pm #1287221964cardsParticipantPaid - Annual
Good points Brian. I tend to look at the situation this way, and I may be incorrect, …
The immediate concern was to put a competitive product on the field when the DeWitt-led ownership group took over the franchise. Jocketty did an excellent job of upgrading the team and making the club a winner. Several outstanding trades (McGwire, Edmonds, Renteria), good free agent signings and a little luck (Pujols).
I credit the Cardinals leadership for recognizing things would have to change to build a sustainable and affordable winner moving forward. I hated to see Walt leave. However, teams were getting reluctant to trade with Walt if memory serves me correct. Further, the club needed to develop talent to replace players who move on or use in trades to improve the club. Leadership recognized that the trade or free agent markets may not always be there and a viable third option was needed.
I know many are frustrated by the post season drought the club experienced. However, few franchises can match the St Louis win totals from 2000 thru 2019 or 2010 thru 2019. Although frustrated, I must acknowledge the Cardinals have been one of the better run franchises over the past 20+ years or so.May 20, 2020 at 4:14 pm #129045
Chicago Cubs employees will be taking pay cuts and have been guaranteed employment through at least the end of June, sources familiar with an employee call today told ESPN. A majority of the cuts will be for 15% or less. The hope is that baseball is back in June and no furloughs.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) May 20, 2020
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