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Verlander edges out Cole in the AL.
DeGrom wins his 2nd straight in the NL.
Jack Fletcher finished 4th or 5th I believe.
As somebody said, the Cubs better make a run in 2020 or 2021 with all of those guys hitting free agency after the 2021 season. People thought they might have a mini-dynasty after their 2016 world series win but it has yet to materialize. Maddon might have seen the writing on the wall.
As others have stated, Shildt was deserving of this award. So was Counsell. Sometimes its a shame that there can only be one winner.
They put Pedro Guerrero in LF back in 1992. Remember?
r/Esteemed Rat <~~~~who is happy because they had sweet potatoes at the amish restaurant today
I believe Edman will continue to do okay. There is a big difference between Edman and the other players that have been mentioned. Such as Grichuk, Bader, Piscotty and O’Neill. And that difference is those four guys swing like maniacs in hopes of hitting a homerun all the time. Edman has a much shorter, quicker stroke and makes contact.
While I don’t expect amazing things from Edman in 2020 I do expect that he will have a fine season.
r/Esteemed Rat <~~~~who is going back to the amish restaurant this afternoon. Hope they have sweet potatoes
Surely you realize that players realize that they have to swing like maniacs because over the course of an entire season, if they hit a few more homeruns, then when its time for free agency they will get a lot more money. It doesn’t matter how many times the player strikes out. Players realize this. Its all about the homeruns anymore. And their wallets.
Swing like a maniac, the heck with the team, the heck with smart baseball, the heck with who wins. Its how many homeruns I hit that will determine how much $$$ I get. And that’s all that matters nowadays.
I don’t know about the rest of you posters but at times major league baseball is hard for me to watch. And that absolutely includes St. Louis.
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Good job Kolten, well deserving!
Now shorten that stroke, make more contact, and get that average up over .300 in 2020.
Beltran surprises me. Not too many outstanding players have become really good managers. Torre was one. Mattingly, perhaps, might be another. But only because he played against me in American Legion baseball.
I never did think Pete Rose was much of a manager.
Anyway, good luck to the Mets with Beltran.
At one point Lou Gehrig was a Sub.
Then he became a Super Sub.
Then he became one of the all time greats.
r/Esteemed Rat <~~~~who is NOT watching Game 7 tonight
What this boils down to is whether or not Ozuna accepts the QO. If he doesn’t, which apparently is likely, then its anybody’s guess as to what the 2020 St. Louis outfield will be like.
And for those out there that think Fowler had a bounce back year, what did he hit, around .239???
Looks like the Cubs are going with David Ross.
Is that a mistake by the Cubs?
Are the Cubs making a mistake here?
The anticipated pitching duel between Scherzer and Cole got off to a rocky start. Houston two runs in the 1st and then Zimmerman a petunia in the 2nd.
2-1 Houston after two innings.
Seems odd that nobody has viewed this thread.
What makes Ozuna think he is worth 7/160? He hit what, .241 this year? And was injured too.
I bet he is lucky if he gets 3/50.
r/Esteemed Rat <~~~~who is going to the German restaurant tomorrow and have some Schweinersnitzel before he goes to the Gun Club and shoots.
From what I saw of Madison Bumgarner this season he doesn’t appear to be the pitcher he was 2-3 years ago. He is sort of like Kershaw in that respect. Although Kershaw did have good numbers in 2019 I don’t think, from doing the eye test, that he’s the pitcher he was 3-4 years ago either.
Isn’t anybody concerned that Bumgarner could turn into another average pitcher and not be worth the $$$ he is going to command?
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So…….what does “Clean Up His Shoulder” mean?
I hope he does. But I doubt it.
Then again, two sub-par years in a row for us so who knows what kind of offer he might get elsewhere. Free agency wasn’t on fire last year.
I agree with your comment Minuteman3. Surely to Pugs he will be healthy coming into ST next February.
But if he comes in with another ailment or injury, or suffers one during ST, well, probably time to just point him to the door.
I hope and pray that the Cubs do hire someone from that list. I think that would be a break for our side.
r/Esteemed Rat <~~~~who might have the police after him later today….
From what I see our hitters have the same problems most hitters in all of big league baseball have.
When they get two strikes they still swing like a maniac. They don’t choke up a little. They don’t shorten their swing. Their attitude is I am still trying to hit a homerun instead of just trying to put the ball in play.
Remember, not only did we have a record number of homeruns this year but I suspect the total number of strikeouts was near record totals as well.
Just remember, the more homeruns they hit the more $$$ they will make one day. Who cares if they strikeout, right?
Reds announcer Chris Welsh said last year that it wasn’t too long ago that it was embarrassing to strikeout. Now it’s the norm.
So, as I type this, is Reyes healthy? Or does he still have some lingering health issues? And if so, is he expected to be 100% recovered by spring training?
Turn out the lights, the party’s over.
And I shut down the Cardinal Nation site for awhile after I realized what was coming. Didn’t want to see all the crying as the comedy unfolded for everybody else.
Notice the lack of posters there for awhile?
Whats the latest on Reyes as we head into the off-season?
Anybody got any news?