Author: Craig Calcaterra

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The Cardinals have the Best Fans In Baseball

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No, I mean this quantitatively, not qualitatively. From Sports Business Daily:

St. Louis Cardinals games on FS Midwest have proved to be baseball’s top local TV draw this season.

Boosted by the Cardinals’ continued on-field success, St. Louis was on pace last week to have the highest local rating among MLB’s teams at season’s end for the first time since 2010. Heading into the final weekend of the season, Cardinals games were averaging a 7.76 rating and 95,000 homes, putting St. Louis ahead of another playoff-bound team, Detroit, who was averaging a 7.62 rating on FS Detroit.

The Astros have the lowest ratings. The Dodgers are 29th. Both of those suffer due to carriage issues which keep their games from being seen by a large part of their considerably large local population.

In raw viewership — not percentage of local audience — the Yankees, of course, lead the pack with an average of 221,000 housholds watching per night.

Marlins president says Giancarlo Stanton will be on the Marlins next year

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Giancarlo Stanton is arbitration eligible, will probably double his salary and is marching ever closer to free agency. At the moment he probably has an amazingly high trade value. He also plays for the Marlins, who are not known for handing out big deals, so it wouldn’t be crazy to think that Miami would look to shop Stanton this winter.

Wouldn’t be crazy, but would be wrong. Here’s team president David Samson, talking to the Miami Herald about their plans for the team and for Stanton:

“He’s on this team [in 2015] either way. I can’t wait until after the season to sit down with Giancarlo and [agent] Joel Wolfe and talk about contract. We’re ready. We want him to be a Marlin well past his arbitration years. We hope that he believes in us and believes in Miami and believes in the direction of this team and recognizes that he has a chance to be the leader of a successful team for many years to come.”

If you’re Stanton, I don’t see how you don’t wait and test free agency. The Marlins may be trending in the right direction, but if there’s one team that has a history of tearing things down quickly, it’s Miami. If he were to sign a big deal with them, there is no guarantee that they wouldn’t tear down again in a couple of years, leaving him sitting.

Maybe the Fish try to bowl him over, but I feel like it’s unlikely that a deal will get done any time soon.

Carlos Beltran had elbow surgery

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Carlos Beltran underwent surgery today to remove bone spurs from his right elbow. His recovery time will be six to twelve weeks, so he should be ready for spring training.

It was a lost year for Beltran as he attempted to play through the pain and ended up with his worst season in ten years. He’s still under contract for two more seasons at $15 million per. You have to expect he’ll hit better next year, but he turns 38 early in the season.

Guy will give away primo Nats playoff tickets in exchange for a threesome

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I’m gonna assume someone is going to take this down from Craigslist soon, so let’s screencap it first, OK?

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“No strings attached?” That’s an interesting way to refer to an offer in which you’re literally asking for sex in exchange for a couple of baseball tickets. But hey, what price Natitude?

(h/t DC Sports Bog)

The Yankees are going to give Brian Cashman a contract extension

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Buster Olney reports that the Yankees “have begun the process of constructing a new contract for longtime general manager Brian Cashman.” His expires after the season, and the Bombers want him back, it seems.

Not sure how I feel about that, actually. Cashman has long been a good GM, but is he the right GM for where the Yankees are and what they need? If your team is old and, it would seem, at the end of competitive arc, however long it has been, and now needs to build up talent in the system, do you stick with the guy whose system hasn’t developed a solid young position player since Robinson Cano?

I’m not saying Cashman should be fired or let go completely. The guy knows the organization well and can navigate all that a Yankees executive needs to navigate better than probably anyone. But I wonder if at this stage he shouldn’t be more of a team president or GM emeritus type as opposed to the guy tasked with what appears to be a necessary rebuild in the Bronx.