Cardinals Claim Ryan Meisinger

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The Cardinals have claimed righty reliever Ryan Meisinger off waivers from the Orioles, the Baltimore club announced.
Meisinger, 24, cracked the bigs last year for the first time and surrendered six long balls in 21 innings. Still, he has turned in some intriguing numbers at times in the minors. Last year, for instance, he worked to a 3.13 ERA in 46 innings in the upper minors, with 10.8 K/9 and 2.9 BB/9.

Fastball/Slider reliever, high ¾ release and an arm stab that keeps the ball hidden adds deception. FB 92-94, arm-side run when he is sharp. Average SL, 82-84, throws it a lot, can command it at times. He started the season looking good, he had above average command, run on the FB. As the season progressed he started falling off more and more to the 1B side due to an unbalanced landing position, this seemed to kill the movement on his fastball and negatively affected his command. He kept getting people out, but he stopped missing bats. Middle relief profile.

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Lee Smith Voted Into Hall of Fame

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I am so happy to announce that Lee Smith has finally been voted into The Class of 2019 Hall of Fame.  Lee Arthur Smith spent 1990 to 1993 as the Cardinals reliever and amassed 206 Saves with the Cardinals.  He also been in three All-Star Games  1991-93 with the Cardinals but been in seven All-Star Games in his eighteen tear career. His overall saves total is 478.  Lee Smith is third in most all time saves.  I still remember the 1991 Cardinals season. I recall going to many games watching Ozzie Smith, Rex Hudler, Ray Lankford and Todd Zeile  but it was Lee Smith throwing fire striking out our opponents. What a fun season but it all came to an end in 1993 when we traded him to the Yankees for Rich Batchelor……Joe McBrayer

In a vote of the Hall’s Today’s Game Era committee, Smith was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday along with Harold Baines. Both players received at least 12 votes from a 16-person panel that met Sunday at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas on the first day of the winter meetings. Smith was a unanimous selection.

Smith retired with 478 saves, and only two players in history have had more — Trevor Hoffman, who was inducted to the Hall this past summer, and Mariano Rivera, who is eligible for election this winter. He spent four seasons with the Cardinals and until Jason Isringhausen came along more than 10 years later, Smith’s 160 saves for the Cardinals was the franchise record.

The committee that elected both players Sunday included Hall of Fame managers Tony La Russa and Joe Torre, both of whom managed the Cardinals, and Hall of Fame shortstop Ozzie Smith, a teammate of Lee Smith’s in St. Louis. The modern eyes on the committee may have helped both players who are products of the modern game: a pitcher specialized for the end of games and a player who rarely needed a glove.
Smith and Baines are the first members of the Hall’s Class of 2019. The other members will be revealed later in January after voting is complete from the Baseball Writers’ Association of America……..Derrick Goold

Cardinals Ready for Winter Meetings

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With the Winter Meetings on the verge of beginning, Goold has the latest on where the 2019-minded Cards could attempt to upgrade next:
While the Cardinals have been connected to outfielder Bryce Harper, arguably the best free agent available, Goold hears their interest may hinge on the length of his next contract. If Harper’s desired length on his forthcoming deal drops to fewer than 10 years, St. Louis would be more inclined to get seriously involved, Goold indicates.
With left-handed relief help high on the Cards’ list, they “remain engaged” on free agents Zach Britton and Andrew Miller, Goold reports. And though Mozeliak has expressed confidence in flamethrower Jordan Hicks’ potential to serve as the Cardinals’ primary closer in 2019, the team could offer the ninth inning to Britton or Miller, Goold writes. Both the 30-year-old Britton and Miller, 33, come with plenty of game-ending experience, having combined for 195 saves. MLBTR’s Tim Dierkes, Steve Adams and Jeff Todd forecast both hurlers to sign three-year deals in the $30MM range.
The Cardinals are also seeking a lefty-swinging utility infielder, which could lead to a reunion with ex-Redbird Daniel Descalso. The club has had talks with Descalso’s agent, according to Goold. A third-round pick of the Cardinals in 2007, Descalso played for the team from 2010-14, during which he was part of its most recent World Series winner (2011). The 32-year-old generally hasn’t been much of an offensive threat during his career, but he found another gear last season in Arizona, where he hit far more line drives and fly balls and far fewer grounders. The changes helped Descalso bat an above-average .238/.353/.436 (111 wRC+) with career highs in home runs (13), walk rate (15.1 percent) and isolated power (.198).

Source: Connor Byrne

Carddinals Winter Warm Up 2019

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Autograph tickets for the 23rd annual Cardinals Care Winter Warm-Up will go on sale Monday, December 10 at 12:00 p.m. CT at cardinals.com/WWU and the Busch Stadium Box Office. A Winter Warm-Up admission ticket is required to obtain autographs at the event.
The 2019 Winter Warm-Up event will be held January 19-21 at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch. Newly signed first baseman, Paul Goldshmidt, as well as returning members of the St. Louis Cardinals, including Yadier Molina, Carlos Martínez, Matt Carpenter, Adam Wainwright, Miles Mikolas, Harrison Bader, Paul DeJong, Kolten Wong, Jack Flaherty, Jordan Hicks, Michael Wacha, Jedd Gyorko, José Martínez, Tyler O’Neill, John Brebbia, John Gant, Austin Gomber, Dominic Leone, Mike Mayers, Yairo Muñoz, Chasen Shreve, and Tyler Webb are scheduled to appear at the event. Top prospects Alex Reyes, Dakota Hudson, Adolis García, Andrew Knizner, Daniel Ponce de Leon, Patrick Wisdom, Ryan Helsley, Max Schrock, Lane Thomas, and Justin Williams are also scheduled to attend along with Manager Mike Shildt and First Base Coach Stubby Clapp. In total, more than 50 players, coaches and alumni will be on hand for the event. Autograph schedule is subject to change.
“We are thrilled to be celebrating the 23rd year of Winter Warm-Up to launch the 2019 baseball season,” said Michael Hall, Executive Director of Cardinals Care and Vice President of Community Relations. “The autograph sessions are the perfect opportunity for fans to meet their favorite past, present and future Cardinals players all while helping kids in our community.”
Player autograph sessions are one of the most popular attractions of the Warm-Up. While some autograph tickets are available to obtain for free, other autograph tickets require a specific additional donation. Every dollar donated for autograph tickets—as well as all proceeds from the Winter Warm-Up weekend—will benefit Redbird Rookies and charitable grants to other non-profit organizations that help kids.
A limited supply of free autograph tickets will be available online and at the Busch Stadium Box Office on a first-come, first-served basis. Fans can obtain up to two free autograph tickets per signee and up to five free autograph tickets per transaction. A full list and schedule of free autograph signing dates can be found at cardinals.com/WWU.
All autograph tickets will be sold online through Thursday, January 17 at 12:00 p.m. CT. Remaining autograph tickets not sold online will be available at the Winter Warm-Up. Those who order their autograph tickets online by noon on January 10 will receive their tickets in the mail. Fans who order after January 10 can pick up their autograph tickets at the Busch Stadium Box Office during regular box office hours or at the Ticket Booth and autograph ticket kiosks at the Winter Warm-Up. Autograph tickets are the sole responsibility of the ticket purchaser and cannot be reissued, reprinted or refunded. Free autograph tickets are not for resale.
For complete up-to-date details about autograph dates, signing times, donation amounts and frequently asked questions, or to purchase admission or autograph tickets, visit cardinals.com/WWU.

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Molina to have Knee Surgery

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Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina will undergo a minor clean-up surgery on his knee next week, according to reports first brought to light by Primera Hora, which cited Molina’s agent Melvin Roman.
The reports did not specify which knee will be operated on, but Cardinals president of baseball operations John Mozeliak confirmed to St. Louis Baseball Weekly that Molina will undergo a “very small procedure” that shouldn’t sideline the nine-time All-Star for anything more than a few days. The team fully expects Molina to be ready by Spring Training.
To public knowledge, Molina hasn’t previously dealt with anything in his knees beyond some soreness in 2013. The backstop claimed his ninth Rawlings Gold Glove Award this offseason after spending 1,017 2/3 innings behind the plate for St. Louis in ’18. Molina’s bat remained potent, too, as he hit 20 home runs while compiling a .750 OPS.
St. Louis traded Minor League catcher Carson Kelly — long seen as Molina’s heir apparent — this past week in a trade that netted the team superstar first baseman Paul Goldschmidt, further signaling the Cardinals’ belief in Molina in the next handful of years.

Source: Matt Kelly

The Cardinals Struck Gold..Paul Goldschmidt

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It finally happened the Cardinals traded Carson Kelly, Andy Young and Luke Weaver for the bat they needed…..Paul Goldschmidt.

The Cards landed Goldschmidt without losing anyone they were counting on for 2019. Kelly, who was ranked the No. 46 overall prospect by MLB.com before last season, figured to be a possible heir to Yadier Molina. But Molina’s age-35 season looked more than enough like the ones that came before it—a .750 OPS, 120 starts behind the plate—to trust him to carry the load in 2019. As for Weaver, whom the Cards picked No. 27 overall in 2014, it’s hard to know whether he can hold down a rotation spot on a playoff contender. He finished last year in the bullpen, thanks to the 4.66 ERA he posted as a starter, and he had been surpassed by fellow 2014 first-rounder Jack Flaherty and fourth-round lefty Austin Gomber. Young, meanwhile, spent his 2018 split between High-A and Double-A; St. Louis was unlikely to call on him as more than a bench part next year.

If the Cardinals can manage to sign Goldschmidt long-term, the prospect price they paid will seem trivial. And if they can’t, and the team struggles, well, they’ll presumably be able to replace Weaver, Kelly, and Young by trading Goldschmidt this summer. Right now, it’s hard not to think of St. Louis as having every bit as viable a shot at the NL Central title as the Cubs and Brewers do. This was a good day in Bird Land .next year.

Source: Jack Dickey

 

Cardinals On a Moose Hunt?

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The St. Louis Cardinals may be in the market for a third baseman, which would allow them to shift Matt Carpenter to first base on a permanent basis and move Jedd Gyorko into a heavy utility role.
The Cardinals have been linked to Josh Donaldson for some time, but on Monday he signed a one-year deal with the Braves. Plan B? Perhaps it’s Mike Moustakas, as Jon Heyman reports …
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@JonHeyma #STLCards have Mike Moustakas on radar. The difference this year: no draft choice attachment. Rival Brewers, Moose’s most recent team, among others with possible interest

.Moustakas, who turned 30 in September, is coming off a 2018 season in which he batted .251/.315/.459 (108 OPS+) in a combined 152 games for the Royals and Brewers. For his career, Moustakas has an OPS+ of 98 with 147 home runs across parts of eight big-league seasons. Moustakas was not eligible for a qualifying offer this offseason, so he can be signed without his new team forfeiting a draft pick.

As for his merits, Moustakas certainly has power from the left side, as he’s tallied 66 home runs over the past two seasons. However, he’s also lugging around a career on-base percentage of .307, which isn’t acceptable for a corner defender. That pop is good, but the Cardinals have to ask whether Moustakas going into his age-30 season is really an adequate solution for a team that aspires to contend in the same division as the Brewers and Cubs.

Source: Dayn Perry

 

More On Goldschmidt & Greinke

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According to  Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the Cards have talked to the D-backs about a trade for Goldschimdt. As Goold explores in great detail, the slugger checks several boxes — the Cards prefer to trade for a bat rather than sign one and are especially interested in corner infielders — but there are question marks as well. He’d only add to a deluge of right-handed bats in the St. Louis lineup, for example, and there is of course no guarantee he’d be willing to sign an extension — something the Cards would be likely to pursue.
While Goldschmidt is the best player the D-backs could move this winter, he’s hardly the only high-profile candidate to change hands. Zack Greinke, too, has emerged as a potential trade candidate, though circumstances surrounding the two are quite different. USA Today’s Bob Nightengale tweets that while the D-backs want young players or prospects back in any Goldschmidt deal — hence the mention of Eflin in Stark’s report — the primary motivation in trading Greinke would be to escape the burden of the three years and $104.5MM remaining on his contract (which includes his annual salaries and a trio of $3MM payouts as part of an $18MM signing bonus that was spread out evenly over the duration of the contract). Greinke’s six-year, $206.5MM contract is the largest ever in terms of average annual value and was signed by the previous front-office regime in Arizona. At 35 years of age, the right-hander is still a highly effective pitcher, but it’s understandable that as payroll has risen beyond the organization’s comfort level, the new-look front office is hoping to unload some of that financial burden.
It’s natural to suggest that the D-backs could try to kill two birds with one stone by trading Goldschmidt and Greinke in one franchise-altering blockbuster. Attaching a player of Goldschmidt’s caliber to Greinke’s contract would hold appeal for an acquiring team, but The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reported this morning (subscription required) that the D-backs aren’t interested in watering down a return on Goldschmidt by packaging him with Greinke. Rosenthal, in fact, notes that Cardinals already had internal discussions about attempting a trade to acquire both, but they’re cognizant of the fact that they’re on Greinke’s 15-team no-trade list. Goold tweets that the Cardinals’ inclusion on Greinke’s no-trade list is tied to geographic preferences.

Winter Warm Up Tickets Sale Friday

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Cardinals Care, the charitable foundation of the St. Louis Cardinals, has announced that admission tickets for the 23rd annual Winter Warm-Up will go on sale Friday, November 23, at 10:00 a.m. CT. The largest fundraising effort organized by Cardinals Care, the 2019 Winter Warm-Up will take place Saturday, January 19, through Monday, January 21 (Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day), at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch. Event times are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, and 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Monday.
Beginning Friday morning, fans can purchase admission tickets for the three-day Winter Warm-Up online at cardinals.com/WWU. Fans can also purchase tickets at the Busch Stadium Box Office starting Monday, November 26. Those who order online by noon on January 10 will receive their tickets in the mail. Fans who order after January 10 can pick up their admission tickets at the Busch Stadium Box Office during regular box office hours, weekdays from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., from Thursday, January 10 through Thursday, January 17 (box office closed on weekends). Winter Warm-Up Will Call opens on Friday, January 18, at the Hyatt Regency at 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.
The prices for admission tickets, which are valid for all three days of the Warm-Up, will remain the same as previous years; $40 for fans age 16 and over, $10 for children age 5 to 15. Kids under 5 years old are admitted free of charge. Members of the military, police and fire departments with an active ID can receive one free adult admission ticket which must be obtained in person at the Busch Stadium Box Office, during regular box office hours, from November 26-January 17 or at the event. Please note the Busch Stadium Box Office will be closed November 23, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day and on weekends.
Winter Warm-Up provides fans with countless unique opportunities while raising money for Cardinals Care, the team’s charitable fund whose mission is caring for kids in the Cardinals community. Fans can meet their favorite players at autograph sessions, play interactive games, share memories with Hall of Famers, take photos with Fredbird, find collectible memorabilia, bid on one-of-a-kind items at live and silent auctions, experience live presentations and ask tough questions of players, owners, scouts, broadcasters and officials at Q&A sessions.
“The Winter Warm-Up is the kick off to the 2019 season,” said Michael Hall, Executive Director of Cardinals Care and Vice President of Community Relations. “It’s the perfect opportunity for our passionate fans to meet their favorite players and hear from our front office leadership about the upcoming season, all while helping kids here in our community.”
Many popular alumni autographs are free with an admission ticket, while current players require an autograph ticket available through a specific additional donation. All autograph tickets will be sold online and at the Busch Stadium Box Office beginning Monday, December 10 at 12:00 p.m. CT through Thursday, January 17 at 12:00 p.m. CT. Fans can visit cardinals.com/WWU for the latest details, including player autograph dates, times and, if required, additional donation amounts. #CardsWarmUp

Mystery Free Agent on Cardinals Table

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As Tyler Kepner of the New York Times writes, in a general encapsulation of the state of play in the current free agent market, there’s still not much clarity regarding superstars Manny Machado and Bryce Harper. Perhaps, as Kepner suggests, with the two belles of the ball still waiting to find a dance partner, the rest of the participants are still milling about, afraid to commit.
Of course, the market is also operating in the shadow of last winter’s dud of a dance, so the factors influencing the secondary tiers of free agency could reflect broader changes mostly unrelated to Machado and Harper. Whether the matchmaking process will be as slow as it was last year remains to be seen; the more interesting question, though, is simply whether there’ll be more money out there for the good-but-not-great players available. As for Machado and Harper, there’s every reason to believe they’ll be paid handsomely.
It’s interesting, though perhaps not surprising, that the conversation thus far has mostly focused on Harper. As Kepner notes, Harper’s gunslinging agent Scott Boras is selling Harper to suitors as an “iconic” and uniquely marketable player. The ever-visible Boras is, of course, also making that same pitch in very public fashion to and through the media. Machado’s agent, Dan Lozano, has negotiated some monster deals of his own, so he’s no amateur. Clearly, though, he is not pursuing the sort of media strategy that Boras is.
The differences in the agents’ approaches are perhaps in some part reflections of genuine personality differences in their respective clients. While he hardly carries any kind of reputation for off-field antics, Harper seems to be enjoying his time in the spotlight, playfully dropping hints on social media and an assuredly unscripted TMZ spot. (Did you know: Harper’s dog is still named Wrigley and he quite likes deep dish!)
Machado, meanwhile, has been more or less off the radar entirely — leaving many to hem and haw over the generally distasteful impression he left during the World Series. In an interview published this morning by MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand, Machado has perhaps launched his effort at shifting the narrative somewhat. The 26-year-old casts himself as a humble, hard-working player who shows up every day and cares about winning — which, generally, was his reputation both in and out of baseball circles prior to the recent shift.
Of course, the change in public perception — one that was likely not fully embraced by those that have known him in person for years — was a self-inflicted wound caused by Machado’s cringeworthy comments on hustling as well as some highly questionable on-field actions. Machado says he accepts the blame for how his words came across, but explains: “I was trying to talk about how I’m not the guy who is eye wash. There’s a difference between fake hustle for show and being someone who tries hard to win. I’ve always been the guy who does whatever he can to win for his team.”
Machado unsurprisingly declines to divulge any details about his thinking on an ultimate destination. Generally, he suggests to Feinsand that he’s open to any and all suitors. And he says he won’t do anything to make the process a more-publicized one than it already promises to be. “When the time comes,” Machado says, “there will probably be a few of the teams that I will sit down with in person, but it’s not something I plan on being very public about.” There’s plenty more to digest from his chat with Feinsand, which is a must-read piece, though Machado surely will still have plenty to answer to when he sits down with team owners who are considering committing hundreds of millions of dollars to employ him.
Generally, the final dollar tallies these two excellent young players will command will be the result of an auction process, the course of which will be determined by the quantity and intensity of team owners waving bidding paddles from the gallery. We don’t yet have a firm sense of the field of Machado bidders, but the rough contours of Harper’s market are beginning to emerge. Notably, it seems he may have two more interesting potential suitors.
It won’t surprise anyone to hear the Cardinals and Braves mentioned as possibilities, as they’ve both long been discussed as teams to keep an eye on. But it’s still notable to see some increasing evidence of real involvement. The owner of the St. Louis franchise, Bill DeWitt III, tells Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch (Twitter link) that a move for a top-tier free agent is on the table — though he doesn’t necessarily do so in terms that suggest it’s the likeliest outcome. “We could do it, sure,” says DeWitt. “It’s about (considering) putting all our eggs in one basket. We have the payroll room.”
As for the Atlanta organization, which is owned by a corporate entity (Liberty Media) that is theoretically less likely to be swayed by emotion, it remains a bit difficult to gauge the true level of interest. But David O’Brien of The Athletic tweets that he’s getting signs the Braves will be “players in the Bryce Harper sweepstakes.” Whether or not the club will turn into a front-runner, let alone land Harper, is obviously still unclear. But it seems fair to presume that the involvement of multiple, serious suitors increases the likelihood that Boras (or, for Machado, Lozano) will be able to convince one team to enter a new contract stratosphere of the kind MLBTR predicted in its ranking of the top fifty free agents.

Source: Steve Adams

Cards Talking Goldschmidt

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This morning Ken Rosenthal reported that the Cardinals are talking to the Diamondbacks about Goldschmidt but no traction at this time. He did mention that the Diamondbacks will be interested in the Cardinals young pitchers.

Rosenthal of The Athletic also tweets, the Astros and Cardinals “have had the most meaningful discussions” of any organizations in baseball. But that’s just relative to their peers, not an indication that either club is particularly likely (let alone close) to striking a deal for one of the game’s best and steadiest offensive performers. Of course, it’s also still entirely unclear just what the D-Backs will look to do with such a key player. An extension still does not appear to be out of the question, though there have been no hints that one is in the works. Even in a trade scenario, the team will have to decide whether to try to use Goldschmidt as a vehicle to shed salary (by attaching another contract) or recoup talent.

Cardinals Add Non-Roster Invitees

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The Cardinals announced a slate of minor league signings, including right-hander Mike Hauschild, left-hander Hunter Cervenka, catcher Joe Hudson, catcher Jose Godoy and first baseman/outfielder Rangel Ravelo. Each received an invitation to Major League Spring Training. St. Louis also announced previously reported Spring Training invites for Tommy Layne and Williams Perez, as well as minor league deals without Spring Training invites for righties Harold Arauz and Ramon Santos. Hauschild, 29 in January, has been hit hard in 16 1/3 MLB innings but has a career 4.02 ERA with 7.9 K/9 against 3.4 BB/9 in 437 Triple-A innings (all as a starter). Cervenka posted a 3.53 ERA in 43 1/3 innings between the Braves and Marlins back in 2016 but showed serious control problems along the way and has scarcely pitched in the Majors since. Hudson,27, made a brief big league debut with the Angels in September after a quality showing between their Double-A and Triple-A affiliates. The 24-year-old Godoy and 26-year-old Ravelo are returning to the Cardinals organization. Godoy showed some solid OBP skills in High-A, while Ravelo raked at a .308/.392/.487 pace in 399 PAs with Memphis in his first season with the organization.

Source: Steve Adams

Cardinals Bring Back the Powder Blue Uniforms

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The St. Louis Cardinals today unveiled a new road alternate jersey that players will wear during select Saturday road games starting with the 2019 season. The uniforms are powder blue in color, similar to the “Victory Blue” uniforms that players wore from 1976 through 1984.
“We are very excited about the new powder blue “Saturday Road” uniform,” said Cardinals President Bill DeWitt III, who led the design efforts. “I know it will be popular with both players and fans — particularly those who remember the great teams of the 70s and 80s who wore this same color on the road.”
The Cardinals will be the 21st MLB team with at least two alternate jerseys. The road alternate uniform will debut on Saturday, March 30th at Milwaukee, and will be worn only on Saturday dates away from Busch Stadium. Similar to the team’s first Saturday alternate unveiled before the 2013 season, the front of the Power Blue jersey features “St. Louis” in script along with the player’s number. The jersey and matching pants have red piping and will be complimented with players wearing a red hat.
National Baseball and Cardinals Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith presented current Cardinals outfielder, Harrison Bader, with the new uniform at an event this morning at Ballpark Village. Bader will show off the club’s new threads when he drops the ceremonial first puck before tonight’s St. Louis Blues game at Enterprise Center.
Former Cardinals outfielder (2001-03), current professional scout and St. Louis-native, Kerry Robinson, who was also on hand for today’s event, has strongly advocated for resurrecting the powder blue jerseys. “I always loved the look and style of the powder blue uniforms,” said Robinson. As a kid, I dreamed of being just like Ozzie Smith and Willie McGee, so bringing them back is nostalgic for me.”
Fans may purchase the new road alternate jerseys exclusively at the Cardinals Official Team Store at Busch Stadium, the Cardinals Authentics Store and the Cardinals Majestic Store at Ballpark Village through November 26th. While supplies last, these outlets are offering fans a free Cardinals Timex watch with purchase of an adult-sized jersey, and a free hat with purchase of a kid-sized jersey.
The stores are open 10 AM – 6 PM seven days a week, except holidays. Beginning today, the Official Team Store will extend its hours (10 AM – 8 PM) through Saturday, November 24th and again Monday, November 26th through Saturday, November 30th. Fans can order the new road alternate jersey by calling (800) 421-3263. More details are available at cardinals.com/jersey.

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Cardinals Making Moves

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The St. Louis Cardinals announced a series of roster moves today that leaves the team’s Major League roster at 38 players,
The team added recently re-signed free-agent pitcher Adam Wainwright to the 40-man roster in addition to four players who were reinstated from the 60-day disabled list. Those players included outfielder Dexter Fowler, and pitchers Luke Gregerson, Alex Reyes and Michael Wacha.

The Reds announced Friday that they’ve claimed right-handed reliever Matthew Bowman off waivers from the division-rival Cardinals. Additionally, infielder Dilson Herrera and outfielder Mason Williams have cleared waivers and been sent outright to Triple-A Louisville.
Bowman, 27, was a quality middle-relief option for the Cards from 2016-17, working to a 3.70 ERA with 7.0 K/9, 2.7 BB/9 and 0.6 HR/9 in 126 1/3 innings. He stumbled in 2018 however, requiring multiple DL stints for ongoing blister issues and generally performing poorly when on the field. In 23 innings this past season, he posted a 6.26 ERA with a career-best 10.2 K/9 mark but also a career-worst 4.1 BB/9 mark. Bowman does have a minor league option remaining, so he could be a flexible ’pen option for the Reds in 2019.

he Cardinals also put catcher Francisco Pena through outright waivers, tweets Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch. Pena, unlike Garcia, cleared waivers (as also noted on the team’s transactions log) and will become a minor league free agent.
The 29-year-old Pena registered career-highs in games played (58) and plate appearances (142) this past season while filling in for the injured Yadier Molina. Long regarded as a glove-first option behind the plate, Pena managed just a .203/.239/.271 batting line in his time with the Cards. He’s a career .252/.296/.452 hitter in 1376 plate appearances at the Triple-A level, though, and he’s controlled the running game well in the minors even if he struggled to do so in his limited run with St. Louis. He’ll surely latch on somewhere this offseason on a minor league deal, as there’s never enough catching depth to go around in the Majors and he’s a viable third or fourth option to bring up to the big leagues in the event of injuries.

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Goodbye Greg Garcia

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The Padres announced today that they have claimed infielder Greg Garcia off waivers from the Cardinals. He’ll head out west after spending his entire professional career in the St. Louis organization.
Garcia, a native of the San Diego area, has received significant MLB playing time in the past three campaigns. All told, he’s a .248/.356/.339 hitter in the big leagues. With just ten career home runs, there isn’t much pop, though Garcia has managed a 12.3% walk rate in the bigs.
Unfortunately, the 29-year-old oversaw a downturn at the plate last year, with his walk rate sinking into the single digits and his overall output falling along with it. Garcia managed only a 72 wRC+ on the year.
With experience playing all over the infield, Garcia could represent a utility option for the Pads. At the moment, the San Diego organization is largely unsettled on the left side of the dirt.

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Rosenthal Signs with Nationals

 

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Rosenthal on the move to extend his career good luck my friend…..

The Nationals are “finalizing” a contract with free agent right-hander Trevor Rosenthal, according to Bob Nighengale of USA Today (Twitter link). Terms of the prospective agreement are not yet known.
Rosenthal, a client of the Boras Corporation, recently put on a showcase to exhibit his form after rehabbing from Tommy John surgery. Evidently, he impressed the Washington brass, who’ll take a shot on the hard-throwing former Cardinals late-inning standby.
While it’s not yet clear just what role will be given to Rosenthal, who’s still just 28 years of age, the report suggests he’ll “anchor the bullpen.” Though southpaw Sean Doolittle figures to have the inside track on the ninth inning, given his outstanding (albeit injury-shortened) 2018 showing, the Nats could certainly use Rosenthal as their top set-up option or perhaps get more creative in their pen usage based upon situations.
The chance at high-leverage innings seems to have been a motivating factor for Rosenthal, who said as much in an interesting recent chat with Rob Rains of STLSportsPage.com. Rosenthal also held true to his stated desire to put pen to paper before the start of November.
Rosenthal’s TJ procedure took place in late August of 2017, so he is now already about 14 months out from the operating table. There’s every reason to think that he’ll be a full go for Spring Training, particularly since he has already shown that he’s capable of working in his customary upper-nineties velocity.
Of course, the real question with Rosenthal has never been one of arm strength. He has at times dealt with control issues, dishing out 5.4 walks per nine in the 2014 season and a hefty 6.5 free passes per nine in 2016. That latter campaign was a rough one for the flamethrower: he also surrendered a whopping .425 BABIP, lost his closing job, and ended the season with a 4.46 ERA.
In camp in 2017, Rosenthal dabbled with a return to a starting role — he functioned in that capacity in the minors, but never in the bigs — but ultimately returned to the St. Louis relief corps. Before going down to a torn UCL, Rosenthal threw 47 2/3 innings of 3.40 ERA ball with a career-high 14.3 K/9 against 3.8 BB/9. Rosenthal carried a personal-high 15.9% swinging-strike rate for the season, finding an extra gear as he completely abandoned his curve in favor of his slider.

Jeff Todd

Is Bryce Harper the Right Fit?

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I have been seeing a lot of chatter from my fellow Bloggers about Bryce Harper being a good fit with the Cardinals more so than free agent to be Manny Machado. My gut feeling tells me Harper and the Cardinals would be very compatible.

So why do we need Harper well,  Bryce Harper is a diligent baseball player who produces prodigiously and yearns for a championship. Again, this will be the free agent outfielder’s age-26 season — he’s primed for his prime. He’s a career .900 OPS player. He walks well, even when he’s not hitting. Oh, and he’s that alluring lefty bat the Cardinals have coveted in the middle of their lineup.

The Cardinals will need a hard line sales pitch plus the right offer. “When you look at the past offseasons, we’ve definitely had some swings and misses,” Mozeliak said. “We’ve had some successes. We have to find a way to get over that hump. Because we now know 88 was not good enough. And our division doesn’t look like it’s going to get any weaker. It’s going to require investment and intelligence to get us over that hump.”

 

Cardinals News & Notes

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The Cardinals will face some changes in the coaching ranks, as third base coach Jose Oquendo has informed the team he will not return in 2019, president of baseball ops John Mozeliak announced to reporters Tuesday (links via Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and Mark Saxon of The Athletic). Oquendo, who was offered the opportunity to return, will work with the club in Spring Training but will spend the bulk of the season away from the game with his family.
In Oquendo’s absence, bench coach Ron Warner is moving to third base coach. First base coach Oliver Marmol is taking the reins at bench coach, while hitting coach George Greer will be a minor league hitting coordinator moving forward. That leaves the Cards with a vacancy both at hitting coach and first base coach, and Goold notes that Triple-A manager Stubby Clapp is expected to be offered one of those two positions if he is not hired away from the team. Clapp, who has been quite successful in his current role with the Cardinals’ Memphis affiliate, is also a rumored candidate for the Blue Jays’ managerial post (though he has denied hearing from the Jays to this point).
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Goold notes that Mozeliak plans to speak with Rick Ankiel about the former left-hander/outfielder’s desire to make a comeback in 2019. Ankiel announced back in August that he was planning on pursuing a return to the Majors as a relief pitcher. He told Yahoo’s Tim Brown that month that he has “nothing to lose” and feels that he’s “in a better place” than he was when his career on the mound was derailed by the yips nearly two decades ago. While Ankiel would be nothing more than a roll of the dice, Mozeliak did express a desire to improve the left-handed pitching in the Cardinals’ relief corps. Zach Britton and Andrew Miller headline this year’s crop of free-agent lefty relievers, though there are ample names beyond that pair (to say nothing of countless options on the trade market).
Details of Adam Wainwright’s contract to return to the Cardinals won’t become clear for a few weeks, but Mozeliak indicated (via Saxon) the venerable right-hander was “willing to bet on himself,” adding that the risks associated with the contract are low. Obviously, that indicates that the contract will come with a fairly small base salary. It’s already been reported that Wainwright’s contract will have both rotation- and bullpen-based incentives, so the team may not yet even have a determination on what his role will be in 2019. Mozeliak did note that the rotation, which is loaded with depth options, is “probably not going to be our focus of energy.”
Rather, Saxon notes, supplementing the offense seems to be a greater focus. The preference, Mozeliak implied, would be a left-handed bat, though he added that he “[doesn’t] think it has to be.” The longstanding head of baseball ops for the Cards firmly indicated that the team hasn’t given up on Dexter Fowler being able to bounce back, though he also wouldn’t make any declarative statements about Fowler’s role in 2019. Mozeliak called the positions filled by Yadier Molina (catcher), Paul DeJong (shortstop), Marcell Ozuna (left field) and Harrison Bader (center field) all “pretty certain,” and indicated that Matt Carpenter would be in the lineup as well, most likely at first base. Beyond that, Mozeliak emphasized that he’s been a “big advocate” for Kolten Wong and hopes the defensive stalwart can continue to improve.
As Goold notes, third base and right field seemed the two most plausible areas for upgrade based on Mozeliak’s comments. That’ll lead to no shortage of speculation tying the Cards to top free agents Manny Machado and Bryce Harper, though when asked about free agents, Mozeliak explained that he has “to be pragmatic and understand what that looks like” from a long-term vantage point.

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Fowler Looking forward to 2019

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Dexter Fowler’s season was ended after he suffered a fractured foot on August 3, though it had already been a trying year for the Cardinals outfielder, as he tells Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Fowler hit a career-worst .180/.278/.298 over 334 PA, and while he said physical injuries weren’t to blame for his struggles, “I think it was more mental health” that led to the down year. Fowler had to deal with public comments from president of baseball operations John Mozeliak about his level of effort (Mozeliak apologized for citing only Fowler as part of a larger issue within the team) and a seeming rift with former St. Louis manager Mike Matheny. The Cards have thoroughly turned their season around since Mike Shildt took over as manager, and Fowler has been excited about his team’s progress and his future in St. Louis. “Shoot, I’m watching what’s happened and I’m excited for 2019….I think that’s going to be awesome. I look forward to being a part of that,” Fowler said.

Mark Polishuk

Jose Martinez and Cardinals to help Venezula

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The St. Louis Cardinals, in collaboration with outfielder José Martínez, announced the team will sell specially-priced $10 tickets for the upcoming series with the Milwaukee Brewers on September 24-26 to help those impacted by the socioeconomic and political crisis in José’s and bullpen catcher Kleininger Teran’s home country of Venezuela. Fans can purchase the specially-priced tickets now at cardinals.com/helpjose.
For every specially-priced $10 ticket purchased, 75% will be donated to José’s relief efforts to assist those in need in Venezuela. The team is partnering with a four-star Charity Navigator organization who has served more than 100 million people in more than 110 countries throughout the world to distribute aid items on the ground in Venezuela.
“As I think about returning to Venezuela when the seasons ends, I wanted to do something for the people of my country,” Martínez stated. “They are in need of basic things, the most important of which is food. This generous ticket offer by the Cardinals during the team’s postseason push will be a tremendous help to the cause.”
Martínez has been an integral part of the Cardinals over the last two seasons, leading the team with a .306 batting average while ranking third in games played (249) and fourth in RBI (126).
Spanish speaking fans can purchase the specially-priced tickets at cardenales.com/ayudajose.

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Shildt Officially Named Cardinals Manager

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The Cardinals will make official today what had increasingly become obvious: interim manager Mike Shildt is going to stay in the job beyond the present season. He’s slated to receive a three-year contract in addition to having the interim label removed. Bob Nightengale of USA Today (via Twitter) and Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch (Twitter link) had the news.
Since taking the helm of a club that was sitting just one game over .500 just past the season’s halfway point, Shildt has guided the Cards to a 26-12 record. The club is now firmly back in contention. Of course, numerous roster moves came along with the firing of Mike Matheny, and it’s always hard to allocate praise and blame for managerial performance, but the organization obviously had cause to be pleased with the early returns on the new skipper.

 

St. Louis Cardinals 2019 Schedule

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The St. Louis Cardinals, in conjunction with Major League Baseball’s league-wide release, today announced their 2019 regular season schedule. The home opener for the Redbirds is set for Thursday, April 4 against the San Diego Padres as part of a seven-game home stand with San Diego (April 4, 6-7) and the Los Angeles Dodgers (April 8-11).
The Cardinals will open their 2019 season on the road with a four-game series at Milwaukee against the division rival Brewers beginning on Thursday, March 28, followed by a two-game series at Pittsburgh (April 1 & 3).
The 2019 season will feature 26 home series and 26 road series, including 14 weekend series at Busch Stadium: April 4, 6-7 vs San Diego, April 19-21 vs New York Mets, April 26-28 vs Cincinnati, May 10-12 vs Pittsburgh, May 24-26 vs Atlanta, May 31-June 2 vs. Chicago Cubs, June 21-23 vs. Los Angeles Angels, July 12-14 vs Arizona, July 26-27 vs Houston, August 9-11 vs Pittsburgh, August 23-25 vs Colorado, August 30-September 1 vs Cincinnati, September 13-15 vs Milwaukee and September 27-29 vs Chicago Cubs.
The Cardinals will host the Chicago Cubs for two weekend series (May 31-June 2 & September 27-29), including the final series of the 2019 regular season, and one mid-week series (July 30-August 1) at Busch Stadium.
The Cardinals 20-game interleague schedule will feature a pair of two-game home-and-home series with in-state rival Kansas City (May 21-22 at Busch Stadium & August 13-14 at Kansas City) and with the Oakland Athletics (June 25-26 at Busch Stadium & August 3-4 at Oakland). In addition, the Cardinals will host three-game home series against the Los Angeles Angels (June 21-23) and Houston Astros (July 26-28), and will play three-game road series at Texas (May 17-19) and at Seattle (July 2-4).
The Cardinals are scheduled to play 43 of their 81 home games before the July 8-11 All-Star Break, playing 16 home games in April, 13 in May, 14 in June, 11 in July, 13 in August and 14 in September. The Cardinals are scheduled to play home games on Easter Sunday (April 21 vs. Mets), Mother’s Day (May 12 vs. Pirates), Memorial Day weekend (May 24-26 vs. Braves) and Labor Day weekend (Aug. 31-Sept. 1 vs. Reds & Labor Day, Sept. 2 vs. Giants).
The Cardinals longest home stands of the 2019 season consist of two nine-game stands (April 19-28 & June 17-26). Their longest road trip is 10 games (June 7-16). The Cardinals will play 20 consecutive games without a day off from June 4-23 (10 home games & 10 road games).
The season opener on March 28 against the Brewers represents the first time in franchise history that the Cardinals will begin the season at Milwaukee. The two teams have faced each other three times previously on Opening Day (2004, 2003 & 1999), all in St. Louis. The March 28 season opener will also be the earliest in franchise history.
The Cardinals will make future announcements regarding game times, ticket pricing and ticket availability for the 2019 season. To view the full 2019 regular season schedule, visit cardinals.com.

ST. LOUIS CARDINALS 2019 HOME SCHEDULE

April 4, 6-7 vs. San Diego
April 8-11 vs. Los Angeles Dodgers
April 19-21 vs. New York Mets
April 22-24 vs. Milwaukee
April 26-28 vs. Cincinnati

May 6-8 vs. Philadelphia
May 9-12 vs. Pittsburgh
May 21-22 vs. Kansas City
May 24-26 vs. Atlanta
May 31-June 2 vs. Chicago Cubs

June 4-6 vs. Cincinnati
June 17-20 vs. Miami
June 21-23 vs. Los Angeles Angels
June 25-26 vs. Oakland
July 12-14 vs. Arizona
July 15-17 vs. Pittsburgh
July 26-28 vs. Houston
July 30-August 1 vs. Chicago Cubs

August 9-11 vs. Pittsburgh
August 19-21 vs. Milwaukee
August 22-25 vs. Colorado
August 30-September 1 vs. Cincinnati

September 2-5 vs. San Francisco
September 13-15 vs. Milwaukee
September 16-18 vs. Washington
September 27-29 vs. Chicago Cubs

The Return of Big City

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The Cardinals have announced the waiver claim. Fowler has been moved to the 60-day DL to open space on the 40-man roster, while corner infielder Patrick Wisdom has been optioned to Triple-A Memphis.
1:36pm: Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports (on Twitter) that Adams is headed to St. Louis via waiver claim, meaning there’s no trade at play here. Rather, the Nationals will simply offload the remainder of his salary on the Cardinals in the deal. Adams is still owed about $877K of his $4MM salary through season’s end.
1:24pm: The Cardinals have agreed to a deal with the Nationals that will bring first baseman/outfielder Matt Adams back to St. Louis, reports Yahoo’s Jeff Passan (on Twitter). Between this move from the Cards and the reported impending deal sending Daniel Murphy to the division-rival Cubs, it appears that the Nationals have embarked on a late-August sale. General manager Mike Rizzo has called a press conference for 3pm ET in which he will presumably address these and any other deals that have been made witWith this trade, the 29-year-old Adams returns to the organization with which he cut his teeth as a pro player. The Cards selected Adams in the 23rd round of the 2009 draft and watched him eventually blossom into a solid Major League hitter across parts of six seasons in the organization. However, St. Louis flipped Adams to the Braves early in the 2017 season in order to loosen an infield logjam. Though Adams produced at a solid clip in Atlanta, he was non-tendered in the offseason and eventually signed a one-year, $4MM deal in Washington.
Thus far in the 2018 season, Adams has produced numbers that are roughly in line with his career marks. Through 277 trips to the plate — nearly all of which have come against right-handed pitching, given Adams’ deficiencies against left-handers — he’s logged a quality .257/.332/.510 slash with 18 home runs and nine doubles.
It’s not clear just yet how the Cardinals will utilize Adams. He’s limited to first base or the occasional dalliance into left field, and the Cards already have options at both of those positions in the form of Matt Carpenter and Marcell Ozuna, respectively. But Carpenter is capable of bouncing all over the infield and could see time at second base or third base in the event that the Nationals wish to get Adams some time at first base against right-handed opponents.
That’s perhaps the key element of the Cardinals’ acquisition of Adams. Prior to this deal, the only lefty bats on the roster were Carpenter, light-hitting second baseman Kolten Wong and backup infielder Greg Garcia. Switch-hitting Dexter Fowler gives the Cards another lefty bat when healthy, but he’s currently on the DL and is mired in the worst season of his professional career. Adding Adams will give the Cards a notable lefty bat both off the bench and against righty starters, helping to balance out the lineup and further fueling their recent surge under interim skipper Mike Shildt.
While Adams will surely receive a warm welcome in his return to St. Louis, the reunion could prove to be short-lived. He was non-tendered last winter in his final offseason of arbitration eligibility and will finish out the 2018 campaign with more than six years of big league service time. As such, he’ll be a free agent at the end of the year and free to sign with any team he chooses. It’s possible that the Cards will have interest in retaining a slugger whom they know well and clearly like as a player, but Adams will be able to field interest from 29 other teams as well.

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Nolan Gorman on the Rise

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I am so very impressed with Nolan so far. He is having a monster start to his professional baseball career and he n is clearly one of the best hitters in that league. He’s batting .302 with 10 RBI and his six home runs, which is tied for top of the league. Between June 30 and July 5, he hit five home runs in five games.
His .660 slugging percentage is 4th-best and .422 on-base plus slugging is 15th best in the Appalachian League. hasn’t even reached 60 career at bats, the power ability of the 18-year-old is rock solid. He is clearly one of the best hitters in that league. He’s batting .302 with 10 RBI and his six home runs, which is tied for top of the league. Between June 30 and July 5, he hit five home runs in five games.

I would like to share a article by Randy Reinhardt that appeared in the Herald & Review

PEORIA — ​Nolan Gorman’s first hit as a professional baseball player was a home run at rookie level Johnson City, Tenn.​
On Friday, Gorman’s first hit as a member of the Peoria Chiefs also cleared the fence.
That’s exactly what St. Louis had in mind.

Gorman’s plus power is a huge reason the Cardinals selected the Phoenix high school standout as their first-round draft pick (and 19th pick overall) in June’s first-year player draft.
Gorman made his Dozer Park debut Saturday after an unusual promotion to full-season ball. According to Baseball America, Gorman is only the seventh player in the last 10 years to go from high school baseball to Class A in the same year.
“I think it’s awesome,” Gorman said Saturday in the Chiefs dugout 90 minutes before first pitch. “Not many guys get to do this. But at the same time, they put me in advanced rookie to start, and I showed them I could handle that so I’m here now. I’m going to show them I can handle this, too.”

Gorman terrorized the Applachian League in his short stay at Johnson City with a .345 average, 11 home runs and 28 RBIs in 142 at-bats.The Cardinals needed no more convincing to promote a third baseman who was playing prep baseball three months ago to the Midwest League. Gorman is the first Cardinal position player draft pick to play in Class A in his first season since Garry Templeton in 1974.

“My mindset hasn’t really changed,” said Gorman. “I’m playing pro ball. I’m playing every day. I’ve got to stick to the approach and try to help the team win.”
MLB Pipeline already thinks highly of Gorman. The prospect arm of Major League Baseball’s web site lists Gorman as the No. 3 prospect in the St. Louis system, the No. 9 third baseman in all of the minor leagues and the No. 100 pagainst Clinton (Iowa). The Chiefs continue that home series Sunday through Tuesday.
“I’ve heard nothing but good things about Peoria. I know the fans are excited, and I’m excited, too,” Gorman said. “Guys have more control of their pitches here. It’s been good getting adjusted to it. Getting my at-bats is going to help.”rospect overall.
Peoria took a 28-17 second-half record into Saturday’s game

 

 

 

Cardinals Call Up Wisdom

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Its time to check out Patrick Wisdom and what he can do at third base. I have been peaching how the Cardinals need a steady hitter at the hot corner.

The Cardinals announced that they’ve selected third baseman Patrick Wisdom’s contract from Triple-A Memphis. He’ll take the place of infielder Yairo Munoz on the Cardinals’ 25-man roster. Munoz landed on the 10-day disabled list with a right wrist sprain. To make room for Wisdom on its 40-man roster, St. Louis transferred reliever Luke Gregerson to the 60-day DL.
The 26-year-old Wisdom, whom the Cardinals chose in the first round (No. 52) of the 2012 draft, is finally in position to make his major league debut. Wisdom had been among the Redbirds’ top prospects in the few seasons after they drafted him, but his production and stock fell as he climbed the minor league ranks. To Wisdom’s credit, though, he mashed 31 home runs at Triple-A last season and returned this year to hit a solid .289/.363/.479 (119 wRC+) with 14 HRs in 405 trips to the plate en route to his first MLB promotion.

Source; Connor Byrne

Cardinals Purchase Adolis Garcia Contract

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. – August 6, 2018 – The St. Louis Cardinals announced prior to tonight’s series opener in Miami that they have purchased the contract of rookie outfielder Adolis (ah-DOLE-lees) Garcia from Memphis (AAA), and placed rookie outfielder Tyler O’Neill on the 10-day disabled list (inflammation of the groin area), retroactive to August 4.
García, 25, a minor league free agent signing out of Ciego de Avila, Cuba, in February of 2017, is batting .269 (94-for-350) with 21 HR and 67 RBI in 98 games this season for the first-place Redbirds, ranking 6th in the Pacific Coast League in home runs, T4th in extra-base hits (47), 7th in slugging percentage (.531) and total bases (186), and T9th in RBI.
The red-hot García is the most recent recipient of the PCL Player of the Week and Cardinals Minor League Player of the Month awards.
With his first game appearance, García, who has been assigned uniform no. 28, will become the seventh player to make his Major League debut for the Cardinals this season, joining Jordan Hicks, Yario Muñoz, Tyler O’Neill, Austin Gomber, Daniel Poncedeleon, and Dakota Hudson.
O’Neill has appeared in 23 games for St. Louis during his Major League debut season, batting .309 (17-for-55) with three home runs and nine RBI. Since his most recent recall on July 31, the Canadian outfielder has hit safely in all four games (.636, 7-11)

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Tyler O’Neill and Tyler Webb Called Up

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The St. Louis Cardinals announced today that they have recalled rookie outfielder Tyler O’Neill and left-handed reliever Tyler Webb from Memphis (AAA). The team also announced that right-handed pitcher Carlos Martinez (right shoulder strain) has been placed on the 10-day disabled list.
O’Neill, who is batting .311 with 26 home runs (1st in Pacific Coast League) and 61 RBI at Memphis, appeared in 19 games with the Cardinals earlier this season, hitting three home runs.
Webb made his Cardinals debut on Sunday night with 2.0 scoreless innings of relief against Chicago. He’s appeared in 14 career games between the New York Yankees, Milwaukee, San Diego and St. Louis.
O’Neill wears uniform no. 41 and Webb wears no. 30.

 

 

 

 

Pham Traded to the Rays

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The St. Louis Cardinals announced this morning a four-player trade with the Tampa Bay Rays, acquiring outfielder Justin Williams, left-handed pitcher Genesis Cabrera and right-handed pitcher Roel Ramirez in exchange for outfielder Tommy Pham and International Cap Space.
Williams, 22, is a left-handed hitting outfielder who was batting .258 with 8 home runs and 46 RBI for the Durham Bulls (AAA), where earlier this season he was named an International League All-Star. The 6-2, 215 pound Williams hails from Houma, Louisiana. Williams, a former 2nd round draft pick by Arizona (52nd overall) in 2013, made his Major League debut earlier this month.
Cabrera, 21, has fashioned a 7-6 mark with a 4.12 ERA in 21 games (20 starts) for Montgomery of the Southern League (AA), striking out 124 batters in 113.2 innings pitched while limiting the opposition to .218 batting mark. The 6-1, 170-pound native of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic was named to the Southern League All-Star team last month.
Ramirez, 23, was 3-1 with a 3.32 ERA in 26 games as a reliever for the Montgomery Biscuits, fanning 46 batters in 40.2 innings. The 6-1, 210-pound Ramirez is from Laredo, Texas.
Pham, 30, a member of the Cardinals organization since being drafted in 2006, was batting .248 this season with 14 home runs and 41 RBI.

Luke Voit Traded Yankees

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I was just getting ready to go to bed and got a ping on my phone, when looking at the message it said Luke Voit traded. So what is going on?

MLBTradeRumors Connor Byrne….

The Yankees have acquired first baseman Luke Voit and international signing bonus pool money from the Cardinals for relievers Chasen Shreve and Giovanny Gallegos, per an announcement from New York.
The 27-year-old Voit joins Tyler Austin as the second right-handed-hitting first baseman at the Triple-A level for the Yankees. Voit, who has a minor league option remaining, has racked up 137 major late appearances since 2017 (just 13 this year) and batted .240/.307/.432 with five home runs. He has been far better as a member of Triple-A Memphis this year, with which he has hit .299/.391/.500 with nine homers in 271 PAs. It’s unclear whether Voit will get a big league shot immediately with the Yankees, though they could arguably use some offensive help after losing superstar slugger Aaron Judge to the disabled list Friday.
The most proven major leaguer in this swap is Shreve, whom the Yankees deemed redundant after adding fellow lefty Zach Britton to an already loaded bullpen earlier this week. Shreve, 28, saw extensive action with the Yankees in each season from 2015-18 and combined for a 3.88 ERA/4.89 FIP with 10.42 K/9, 4.56 BB/9 and a 43.7 percent groundball rate over 173 2/3 innings. He has posted similar numbers through 38 frames this year, with a 4.26 ERA/4.98 FIP, 10.89 K/9, 4.26 BB/9 and a 46.7 percent grounder rate. The long ball has haunted Shreve this season, as he has allowed homers on 23.5 percent on fly balls, and has given up an unappealing .240/.356/.551 line to left-handed hitters. Nevertheless, the Cardinals seem to be banking on a turnaround from the out-of-options Shreve as they radically reconstruct their bullpen. The additions of Shreve and Gallegos are the latest moves to make over a relief unit that said goodbye to relievers Greg Holland, Sam Tuivailala and Tyler Lyons on Friday.

Cardinals Still Interested in Archer

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Archer would be a awesome addition to the Cardinals rotation. With injuries to most of the pitching staff Archer would be a good addition to keep us afloat. The Cardinals better put up a pretty good offer with the Dodgers and Yankees showing a lot of interest in Archer too.

Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch adds that the Cardinals “remain interested” in Archer, noting that the club attempted to deal for the 29-year-old just this past winter. Goold’s sources tell him that the Cards believe they can line up a “competitive offer”. It’s no surprise that St. Louis would be checking in on all available options to patch their injury-ravaged rotation; the club’s seen right-handers Michael Wacha and Carlos Martinez succumb to oblique injuries and can’t know what type of late-2018 contributions to expect from either at this point. Meanwhile, top prospect Alex Reyes, who was expected to play a big role in the club’s plans this year, suffered a season-ending lat injury at the tail end of May. Adam Wainwright continues to be injury-prone and can’t be counted on for any type of meaningful production. The club is currently placing its playoff hopes on the resurgent Miles Mikolas and a cast of rookies including Jack Flaherty, Luke Weaver and John Gant.
To be fair, it’s not clear whether Archer is truly worth the price of an “ace”. The right-hander has posted ERAs north of four in each of the past two seasons and currently sports a six-year high figure of 4.31. While it’s true that his FIP (3.62) suggests quite a bit of bad luck has been involved, the same can also be said of each of his previous three seasons- Archer has a reputation as a pitcher whose results consistently fail to keep up with his peripherals. Still, it’s easy to imagine him catching fire and putting together an impressive second-half run, a possibility which plenty of contenders would like to take a chance on.

2018 Contract Status: Signed thru 2019, 6 yrs/$25.5M (14-19) & 20-21 team option

Cardinals Making Moves

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The St. Louis Cardinals announced prior to tonight’s series opener with Chicago a series of roster moves, including a trade with Seattle that sent right-handed pitcher Sam Tuivailala to the Mariners in exchange for minor league right-handed pitcher Seth Elledge who is being assigned to Springfield (AA). Below is a listing of today’s moves:
· Acquired right-handed minor league pitcher Seth Elledge from the Seattle Mariners in exchange for righthanded pitcher Sam Tuivailala;
· Recalled right-handed pitcher Luke Weaver from Peoria (A);
· Recalled left-handed pitcher Tyler Webb from Memphis (AAA);
· Recalled right-handed pitcher Daniel Poncedeleon from Memphis (AAA);
· Purchased right-handed pitcher Dakota Hudson from Memphis (AAA);
· Designated left-handed pitcher Tyler Lyons for assignment;
· Designated right-handed pitcher Greg Holland for assignment;
· Placed left-handed pitcher Brett Cecil (right foot inflammation) on 10-day disabled list, retroactive to July 23.
Hudson, 23, the Cardinals supplemental 1st round draft choice (34th player overall) in 2016 out of Mississippi State University, will be making his Major League debut with his first appearance. Hudson was 13-3 with a 2.50 ERA at Memphis in 19 starts in an all-star season that also included the MLB Futures Game during All-Star Week.
Webb, 28, a waiver claim from San Diego in late June, will be making his first appearance with St. Louis, but has appeared in a combined 13 games (13.0 IP) in relief with the Yankees, Brewers and Padres over the past two seasons. Webb was a combined 1-1 with a 2.10 ERA in 25 games at triple-A this season between El Paso and Memphis, striking out 41 in 34.1 innings pitched while walking just 12. He appeared in six games at Memphis (2.19 ERA with 13 strikeouts in 12.1 IP).
Poncedeleon, who on Monday in Cincinnati became one of just five pitchers since 1961 to throw 7.0 or more nohit innings in their Major League debut, was 9-3 with a 2.15 ERA for Memphis in 18 games (17 starts).
Elledge, 22, recently rated as the 10th best prospect in the Mariners system by Baseball America, was 5-1 with a 1.17 ERA and 9 saves in 31 games for Modesto (A), striking out 54 in 38.1 innings while being named a California League All-Star.
Hudson has been assigned uniform no. 43 and Webb no. 30. Poncedeleon wears uniform no. 62.

Source: St. Louis Cardinals

Holland DFA & Hudson Called Up

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This weekend the Cardinals will be redoing their bullpen and a possible trade? ! guess we will see. Here is the lowdown on Holland…..

Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch tweets that Holland will be designated for assignment — not released. That may well be a moot point, as the DFA will merely give the Cardinals a week (it had been 10 days prior to the new version of the CBA) to either trade Holland or place him on outright or release waivers. Holland would be able to reject an outright assignment in favor of free agency anyhow, so if the Cards aren’t able to find a taker on the trade market — which would assuredly require them to eat the vast majority of Holland’s remaining $4.89MM salary — then it seems he’ll hit the open market regardless.

The Cardinals are expected to release right-hander Greg Holland today, reports Jon Morosi of MLB.com (Twitter links). His roster spot will go to pitching prospect Dakota Hudson, who is set to have his contract selected from Triple-A Memphis, per Morosi.
That report certainly meshes with some recent comments made by president of baseball operations on the Bernie Miklasz Show on ESPN 101, in which Mozeliak said to “expect changes” to the club’s bullpen in the near future (Twitter link). The Athletic’s Mark Saxon recently speculated that Holland would be cut loose and that Hudson would be brought up to the big league roster (Twitter link).
The Cardinals’ decision to sign Holland to a last-minute, one-year contract with a $14MM guarantee on Opening Day proved to be a catastrophic misstep for the club. Not only did St. Louis surrender a valuable selection in the 2018 draft to do so, but the Cardinals received nothing in the way of on-field value from the 2017 National League saves leader.

Holland missed all of Spring Training while waiting to find a deal he and agent Scott Boras dubbed suitable, and the Cardinals made the eyebrow-raising decision to bring him to the Majors after just two minor league appearances. Holland struggled immediately, walking four batters in his Cardinals debut on April 9. Those struggles were the first of many in 2018 for Holland, whose Cardinals tenure will come to a close with a 7.92 ERA, 22 strikeouts and 22 walks over the life of 25 innings.
As for his replacement on the roster, Hudson will come to the Cardinals having drawn considerable fanfare since being selected with the 34th overall pick in the 2016 draft. He ranked as the Cardinals’ No. 4 prospect on this week’s updated Top 30 rankings from Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com, and while he falls outside that duo’s Top 100 overall prospects, Hudson is still viewed as a potential mid-rotation arm. The 23-year-old has pitched to a 2.50 ERA with 7.0 K/9, 3.0 BB/9 and a hefty 57.7 percent ground-ball rate through 111 2/3 innings in Triple-A Memphis this season.
Though Hudson is being promoted to replace a reliever, it seems quite likely that the organization will deploy him as a starter. Saxon speculated before that John Gant and/or Austin Gomber could be moved to the bullpen, with Hudson stepping into a starting spot and giving the Cards a couple of months to evaluate his future. Callis and Mayo note that while Hudson has four average or better offerings, led by his fastball and his slider, he still doesn’t miss many bats. His fastball/slider combo is strong enough, though, that he could work in relief even if he doesn’t pan out as a starter, per their report.

Source: Steve Adams/MLBTradeRumors

Jack Clark’s Pine Tar Grill

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I am happy to report that Ex-Cardinal Slugger Jack Clark new venture in San Francisco happens to be Pine Tar Grill that’s a Giants centric restaurant. This is not a media release but I do want to share an article the talks about the back story of Pine Tar Grill.

In 1965, Willie Mays had a .317 batting average, hit 52 home runs, won the National League MVP award, and made a 6-year-old San Rafael kid named Dave Martin fall in love with the San Francisco Giants.
“The first game I ever went to that year, I got to see Willie Mays play for the first time. I remember just watching him run across the field,“ Martin said. “The grass was so green. It looked perfect. Honestly, I was pretty much hooked after that.”
Martin is turning that childhood nostalgia into something tangible — a restaurant called Pine Tar Grill.

Martin is in the process of taking over the 4,000-square-foot space at 917 Folsom St., the former home of all-ages venue Codeword and its sister restaurant, DNA Pizza.

“I pretty much always wanted to have a place that has a theme that’s Giants memorabilia,” said the first-time restaurateur. “It’s a crazy dream, but it’s my dream.”
If the restaurant as a concept can be traced back to anything, Martin said, it would be his afternoons as a kid spent standing outside of the stadium long after the Giants finished playing. In those days, bats that were broken during the games were thrown in the garbage not far from the ballpark’s exits.
“Me and other kids, we’d wait until those bats were taken to the trash and we’d go get them,” Martin said with a laugh.
The collection grew to consist of dozens of bats over the years, all in various states of disrepair. Martin said he plans to use roughly 30 to 40 of the bats as a prominent component of the restaurant’s design. Even the name Pine

The collection grew to consist of dozens of bats over the years, all in various states of disrepair. Martin said he plans to use roughly 30 to 40 of the bats as a prominent component of the restaurant’s design. Even the name Pine Tar Grill is a reference to the sticky material players use on their bats to get a better grip.

The restaurant has a Type-47 liquor license, meaning it will also have a full bar. Aesthetically, the project is still coming together, but Martin said he plans to have 20 televisions scattered throughout the rooms. Martin added that the kitchen will serve “upscale comfort food,” though he has yet to hire a chef for the project.
Both Codeword and DNA Pizza were owned by the people behind DNA Lounge, a beloved San Francisco nightclub also in SoMa, and to keep the lounge open, they had to sacrifice the two struggling operations.

“We were feeling too spread thin,” co-owner Barry Synoground told The Chronicle last summer.
Though Martin’s sports identity is rooted in the past, he said he isn’t concerned with the tumultuous business history at 917 Folsom St. The restaurant and bar business in the Bay Area is hard for everyone, he said.
“Honestly, I should have my head examined for doing this,” he joked.
One of the more unique aspects of Pine Tar Grill is the fact that it was shaped with a little input from Giants legend Jack Clark, who Martin said is a close friend of his.

The restaurant, in its early form, was called the Pitcher’s Mound. Martin said when he told Clark about the concept and how he planned to use his collection of bats as a centerpiece of the design, Clark told him the idea was ridiculous.

“He said ‘You’re going to have used bats on the wall but call the place Pitcher’s Mound? That’s ridiculous,’” Martin said with a laugh. “Jack is really outspoken and tells the truth. He was right. So I had to tweak it.”
Eventually, the restaurant could pivot into a club of sorts for Giants fans across the city, Martin said.
“I imagine it as the kind of place where if it had opened years ago, it would have been the place where old-school sportswriters would come after the games,” he said. “That’s the environment I want. This place is from my heart. That’s all it is.”

Pine Tar Grill and Bar: 917 Folsom St.
Justin Phillips is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Email: jphillips@sfchronicle.com Twitter: @JustMrPhillips

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Will Jose Martinez be Traded?

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Thanks in large part to his defensive shortcomings, Cardinals first baseman Jose Martinez is seemingly shifting toward a part-time role. As a result, the Cardinals could trade the 29-year-old – perhaps for a left-handed reliever or lefty-hitting position player – Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch writes. If the Cardinals are going to deal Martinez anywhere, it’ll likely be to a team in the American League, where he’d be able to work as a designated hitter. But it doesn’t seem the Redbirds are going to trade Martinez for Orioles southpaw reliever Zach Britton, whom they’re not pursuing, according to Goold. Since debuting in earnest last year, Martinez has been a minus defender in the outfield and at first base. He has done his best to offset that with his bat, though, having slashed .303/.372/.497 with 27 home runs in 663 plate appearances.
Sticking with the Cardinals, it doesn’t appear they’re going to move out any pitchers prior to the deadline. Top starter Carlos Martinez has come up in trade speculation, though president of baseball operations John Mozeliak indicated to Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com and other reporters on Thursday that the team won’t be subtracting from its staff. “For us, the one core we have is pitching,” Mozeliak said. “And to start trying to arbitrage that would have to be a very special-type deal, otherwise it would make no sense to us. None of that has presented itself to me. No one has called me with any great ideas that way. One of the responsibilities is us looking at potential trades, potential partners, but nothing that I’ve looked at would make sense in that regard. I don’t envision us moving pitching.”

Source: Connor Byrne

Could Molina become Manager?

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Yadier Molina as Cardinals Manager? I would go with that. The history of players that where managers with the Cardinals at this time is fourteen. These players as managers include Roger Bresnahan, Patsy Donovan, Jimmy Burke, Frankie Frisch, George Gore, Solly Hemus, Rogers Hornsby, Miller Huggins, Kid Nichols, Bob O’Farrell, Billy Southworth, Gabby Street, Patsy Tebeau, Harry Walker, and three of these players/manager where catchers. Is it possible that our beloved catcher Yadi Molina could be number fifteen?  Here is a brief article from ESPN

Longtime Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina said he’d “welcome the opportunity” if he had a chance to be player-manager during his last contract year with St. Louis in 2020.
“For any player, that would be a dream to be considered for such a role,” Molina told ESPN’s Marly Rivera. “It would be a dream. I’m not shutting the door to anything. I am very open. Of course, maybe I would like to spend some time with my family first. But if such an opportunity comes up, obviously I would accept it.”
The 36-year-old Molina, considered one of the game’s best catchers, has spent his entire 15-year career with the Cardinals. He made his comments in Washington at Nationals Park, where he was preparing for his ninth All-Star Game.
“I love to be around baseball,” he said. “Right now I’m focused on being a player and helping my team win.”
The Cardinals fired Mike Matheny on Saturday after six-and-a-half seasons as manager, and named Mike Schildt to serve as interim manager. Molina knows that the organization is looking to him to be a stabilizing influence in the clubhouse.
Molina already holds several franchise records. He became the all-time Cardinals leader in games caught with 1,439 on April 8, 2016, and he has the franchise record for most postseason hits. He has won eight Gold Gloves.
“Of course a lot of the players in that clubhouse have respect for me and talk to me about everything,” he said. “So with my experience, I certainly try to help them, to make things easier for everyone. My main role is to help the team.
“And I love that role. And I love that my teammates feel comfortable coming to me.”
Molina had nothing but praise for Matheny, whom he called a very good leader.
“The fact that he lost his job, as a ballplayer I feel bad, because it’s my fault,” Molina said. “Managers don’t play. We the players play. But we understand that’s baseball. Ups and downs, and now I’m focused to work with my new manager to win this season.”

Mike Matheny Fired!

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. – July 14, 2018 – The St. Louis Cardinals announced following today’s game that they have dismissed Manager Mike Matheny and named Bench Coach Mike Shildt as the team’s interim manager. The team also announced that Hitting Coach John Mabry and Assistant Hitting Coach Bill Mueller have been relieved of their duties.
“Mike Matheny has served the St. Louis Cardinals organization with tremendous dedication and pride and I am thankful for his service to the Cardinals over the past six and a half seasons,” stated Cardinals’ Chairman & Chief Executive Officer Bill DeWitt, Jr. “On behalf of the entire Cardinals organization, I would like to wish Mike the very best.”
Matheny, 47, was named the Cardinals 49th manager on November 14, 2011 and compiled a 591-473 won-loss mark, ranking 5th all-time amongst Cardinals managers in wins. He helped lead the team to the postseason in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015, including a National League Championship in 2013.
“These decisions are never easy, but we felt that a change in leadership was necessary as the team prepares to enter into the second half of the season,” said President of Baseball Operations John Mozeliak. “I would like to thank Mike for his exceptional commitment and devotion to the Cardinals organization, including many fond memories of our years working together.”
Shildt, 49, has been a member of the Cardinals organization since 2004 and has served on the team’s Major League coaching staff the past two (2017-18) seasons. The North Carolina native managed for eight seasons in the Cardinals farm system where his clubs won league championships in 2010 and 2011 with Johnson City of the rookie Appalachian League and in 2012 with Springfield of the Texas League (AA). He most recently managed in 2016 with Memphis of the Pacific Coast League (AAA).
The team plans to hold a news conference tomorrow morning at 11:00 a.m. CDT with Cardinals’ Chairman & Chief Executive Officer Bill DeWitt Jr., and the team’s President of Baseball Operations John Mozeliak, to discuss tonight’s announcement and additional organizational staff changes.

Source: St. Louis Cardinals

 

Charlie James talks Baseball Memories

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I was told about this article that was written yesterday about my cousin Charlie James that had played with the Cardinals from 1960-64. Its a good read and I hope you all enjoy it!

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by John Fougere
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July 12, 2018
As millions of baseball fans tune in to catch the upcoming Major League Baseball All-Star game, Charlie James will probably join them. But unlike the vast majority of fans across the country watching the best of this era’s players square off in the Midsummer Classic, the current member of the William Woods University Board of Trustees will have a unique perspective about baseball legends.
That’s because once upon a time, Charlie James lived the dream that untold numbers of American boys have wished for for generations. Not only did he achieve what a tiny percentage of anyone who ever picks up a bat and glove ever do – make the major leagues – but he got to do so for his beloved hometown team, the St. Louis Cardinals. And even more impressive, he had the opportunity to play alongside and against some of the most legendary names in baseball history.
Still more dazzling, he even excelled against a man considered by many to be the greatest pitcher in baseball history, and also got to play in a World Series.
As the old phrase goes, it’s a wonderful life, right? But ask Charlie about those remarkable memories and experiences from so many years ago, and he humbly smiles and says “It was a nice honor to have a chance to play for my hometown team.”
2018 is the 60th anniversary of two pretty important milestones in Charlie James’ life. In 1958 he married his wife Jo, with whom he raised two children, five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. It is also the anniversary of the signing of his first professional baseball contract, with the St. Louis Cardinals, beginning an eight-year odyssey that would take him to the very pinnacle of the American pastime.

A visit to Charlie and Jo’s Fulton home is a fascinating walk down a baseball memory lane. In a comfortable family room adorned with mementos of his career, one can find Charlie’s 1964 St. Louis Cardinals World Championship ring; his number 23 jersey that he wore for the Redbirds; an old wooden bat that Charlie used with those ’64 Cardinals, complete with marks on the barrel where he came in contact with the rawhide; photos at the long-demolished Sportsman’s Park with legendary Cardinal names like Dizzy Dean and Harry Caray; a signed Cincinnati Reds jersey signed by former teammate Pete Rose, and much more.
So did a kid growing up in suburban St. Louis ever think he would realize the wildest baseball dreams anyone could dare to imagine?
“It was my dream,” he said, smiling at the memory of a boyhood in Webster Groves. “My dad took me to several Cardinals games at Sportsman’s Park when I was growing up, and I use to tell him that I wanted to be down there on the field with the players, and play in the big leagues. He told me ‘you can do it, as long as you work hard and play the game a lot.’ But he also told me to remember one thing, that I had to promise him that I would get my college degree, because baseball careers for even big leaguers do not last forever.”
So before the talented athlete could chase his dream of baseball stardom, college would come first, where Charlie’s athletic prowess turned heads in another sport. Accepting a football scholarship to the University of Missouri, James was skilled enough to set a Mizzou football record (that stood for 36 years) for pass receptions by a Tiger backfield player, catching 30 for 362 yards during his sophomore season of 1956. His play for the Mizzou baseball team in the spring, in the meantime, caught the attention of scouts for the Cardinals. As it turned out, the professional baseball dream would come quicker than expected.
“During my junior year at Mizzou, I was seriously injured while returning a punt. It was a painful thigh injury that had me in the hospital for over a week,” he said. “I worked my way back to the field, but I started thinking that, if I really wanted to play professional baseball, I better go do it before I really get hurt playing football. Even though I liked football, playing pro baseball was my dream which is why I went ahead and signed with the Cardinals.”
Signing with St. Louis and leaving Mizzou in January 1958, James was off to baseball’s minor leagues, which included stops at such outposts as Houston (before it was a big league city); Rochester, New York and Charleston, West Virginia. While many a big league dream has died for so many professional baseball players who are never able to make it out of the catacomb-like minor leagues, it took Charlie only two and half years to get the call to the show. On August 2, 1960, he was called up to the big club, his childhood team, the St. Louis Cardinals.
Suddenly, the boy from the St. Louis suburbs was sharing a locker room with Cardinal legends (and future Hall of Famers) Stan Musial, Bob Gibson and Red Schoendienst, who were now his teammates.
“Was I in awe? Sure!” said James. “It always takes awhile to get to know someone, and for them to get to know you, but most of those guys were easy to get along with. If you had questions, you could just go right up to them and ask. You know, you could always ask a guy like Stan Musial ‘what kind of pitcher is this guy we are facing tonight?’, or ‘what does that pitcher like to throw?’ Everybody would be real helpful.”
Charlie settled in with the Cardinals, and ended up playing for the hometown team for five seasons, from 1960 until 1964. His best season was 1963, when he blasted 10 home runs and hit a solid .268. But perhaps his most significant legacy with the Cardinals was his uncanny ability to hit one the greatest pitchers in baseball history, the legendary Sandy Koufax of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Charlie clouted three career home runs off the Hall of Fame southpaw, including a memorable grand slam that he hammered completely out of Sportsman’s Park during a 1962 game.
“That was big thrill,” he said with characteristic humbleness. “You couldn’t hit Koufax’s 100 mile-per-hour fastball, which had a tendency to rise at it approached the plate. But if his pitch started out at your knees, it would rise to the belt-high level by the time it got to you. So if you swung at one of those pitches, that was really the only way you could hit it, and I was fortunate to do it.”
Besides his success against the great Dodger lefty, the other top thrill from Charlie’s major league career came in 1964, when he was a member of the World Champion Cardinals. 54 years later, he proudly still sported his world championship ring as he recalled being part of the team that defeated the storied New York Yankees in the 1964 World Series. Which meant once again competing against some of baseball’s all-time, Hall of Fame greats.

“It was really exciting, even just taking batting practice at Yankee Stadium and mixing with all those guys like (Mickey) Mantle, (Roger) Maris, and the others,” he said. “I only got a few at-bats in that series, but hitting against (Hall of Famer) Whitey Ford, and playing at Yankee Stadium, was thrilling.”
Being a part of the 1964 World Champion St. Louis Cardinals turned out to be Charlie’s last hurrah with his hometown team, as he was traded to the Cincinnati Reds after the season ended. He played his last major league season with the Reds in 1965, where among his teammates were still two more baseball legends, Pete Rose and Frank Robinson. When the Reds asked him to begin the 1966 season back in the minor leagues, Charlie – whose family by then included two small children with Jo – decided it was time to retire.
His post-baseball life included earning two degrees in Electrical Engineering from Washington University back in St. Louis, and eventually becoming president of Central Electric Company, a career move that brought his family to the city that has been his home for nearly five decades – Fulton, Missouri. And led to his selection as a member of the William Woods Board of Trustees, which he accepted in 1990.
“At that point, I had been in Fulton for about 18 years, and had become very active in the community,” he said. “William Woods University has always been such a major contributor to our community here in Fulton, and when President Barnett and her predecessor President (John) Bartholomy asked me to serve on the board, I was honored to accept. It has been a great honor to be a part of the board, and William Woods is an outstanding institution.”

William Woods has been fortunate to have a trustee as prominent and dedicated as Charlie James, who has become an institution in his own right on the WWU Board of Trustees now for nearly three decades. He is one of the longest-serving members of the board, and has helped guide the university to significant growth and success during his tenure. His service to William Woods comes after decades of leadership at a prominent company he helped build, as well as in the community where he raised a family.
And every spring and summer, when the weather gets warm and thoughts turn to our National Pastime, the memories come flooding back. Back to once upon a time when Charlie James got to live a dream so very few of us ever get to do – to play alongside and excel against – some of the greatest men to ever put on a baseball uniform.

Molina to Appear in his 9th All Star Game

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A few days ago my son Gabe asked me, “Did Molina get voted in the All Star Game?” I shook my head no and told him its Buster Posey. Well we are now happy he gets to appear again for the 2018 All Star Game.

The following article is written by Jennifer Langosch…

Despite missing a month due to injury, Yadier Molina built a first-half resume strong enough to earn his ninth career All-Star selection. Molina was named to the National League team on Monday as a replacement for San Francisco’s Buster Posey, who will not participate in next week’s Midsummer Classic due to a right hip injury. Molina will be one of three catchers on the NL team, joining Chicago’s Willson Contreras and Miami’s J.T. Realmuto.
This All-Star invite ties Molina with Bob Gibson and Albert Pujols, each of whom earned nine such selections as Cardinals. Only Joe Medwick (10), Red Schoendienst (10), Enos Slaughter (10), Ken Boyer (11), Ozzie Smith (14) and Stan Musial (24) had more. Since his first All-Star selection in 2009, Molina has been left off the NL roster only once.

At the age of 35, Molina is in the midst of his best offensive season since 2012, when he finished fourth in the NL Most Valuable Player vote. His .500 slugging percentage ranks second-best among NL catchers, and he’s tied for the league lead among catchers with 13 home runs. Molina ranks fourth at his position in both batting average (.279) and RBIs (38).
This marks the third consecutive season that the Cardinals have placed two players on the All-Star team, as starting pitcher Miles Mikolas learned on Sunday that he had been named a first-time All-Star. There’s a chance the Cardinals may add a third to the mix, too, as Matt Carpenter is one of five National League players vying for a roster spot as part of the 2018 Camping World MLB Final Vote.
Fans can cast votes for the final player on each league’s roster — on computers, tablets and smartphones — exclusively online, as well as via the MLB At Bat and MLB Ballpark mobile apps, until Wednesday at 3 p.m. CT.
On Tuesday, July 17, while watching the 2018 All-Star Game presented by Mastercard live on FOX, fans can submit their choices for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet with the 2018 All-Star Game MLB.com MVP Vote.
The 89th Midsummer Classic, at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C., will be televised nationally by FOX Sports; in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS; and worldwide by partners in more than 180 countries. FOX Deportes will provide Spanish-language coverage in the United States, while ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide exclusive national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. MLB Network, MLB.com and SiriusXM also will provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage.
For more information about MLB All-Star Week and to purchase tickets, visit AllStarGame.com and follow @MLB and @AllStarGame on social media.
Jenifer Langosch has covered the Cardinals for MLB.com since 2012, and previously covered the Pirates from 2007-11. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

The Fowler Drama

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Too Much Fuss over the 25th Man on the Roster ….Dexter Fowler
By Steve Dunford
I don’t know about you but I am beyond sick about hearing about all the drama surrounding an grossly overpaid outfielder that is hitting .173 a week before the all-star break.
Dexter Fowler has been the center of attention in the St. Louis and some of the national media outlets for comments that Cardinals President of Baseball Operations, John Mozelak made on KMOX and Cardinal Broadcaster Dan McLaughlin’s podcast, https://www.scoopswithdannymac.com/. Check out his website, There is some good stuff on there.
Dexter Fowler was called out on June 7th by Mark Saxon, the Cardinal beat writer of the upstart online magazine, The Athletic. Dex’s lack of hustle on a fly ball was called out by Saxon using the world “swag.” This resulted in his wife Allya going on a Twitter rampage. That afternoon I made a social media post that was short and sweet, “Dexter Fowler is Lazy.”
Here is where the blame goes to Mo. His timing of calling Fowler out, even well deserved, was horrible horrible timing. It is inhumane to do this on the day you will be bringing a child into the world. The bow tie clad executive had a terrible hot stove league of the winter of 2016-17. Between the cash he threw at Fowler and lefty reliever Brett Cecil was over nine figures.
In an 11-1 blowout win over the San Francisco Giants last night, Fowler took over in RF, to give Marcell Ozuna a few inning breather. Cecil pitched the ninth in a mop-up role after a great outing by Luke Weaver. Need I say more. Cecil has been pitching well of late. With Austin Gomber being optioned to Memphis, Cecil might have earned the role he was signed for.
Over the few days of Jerry Springer like drama, Cubs manager Joe Maddon goes to the media stirring it up. I like Maddon, and the Cubs will always be the Cubs, but they are fun to watch from a baseball fan’s standpoint. Maddon gets in Cardinal Manager Mike Matheny’s head. The Cubs’ skipper is a cool 70 something year-old man. For what it is worth, the Cardinals skipped over Maddon to hire MM. If Mo and owner Bill Dewitt would have hired Maddon or Indians skipper Terry Francona,
The national media has trashed the Cardinals for mistreating Fowler. I have not read one article that said he was hitting .173. No one on the east coast has witnessed what we as Cardinal fans have witnessed this year.
I listened to the shrill voiced Michelle Smallom, Bernie Miklasz’ sidekick on 101 ESPN saying the negative press the Cardinals were getting nationally was embarrassment. Personally, I don’t care what ESPN thinks or any other national media outet thinks. They think the Yankees, Red Sox, and Cubs matter. The premises it that the Cardinals are the most successful in the free agent market, it is dump
Saxon interviewed Dex before last night’s game. Paraphrasing Saxon he asked the underachieving OF about playing time and Mo and being called out for lack of effort.
First of all Fowler said he has to play. No he doesn’t. Harrison Bader needs to play. The 23 year old rookie is a better defender. Going to my next point Bader plays hard, and wants to win.
Fowler said it was “bullshit” that he is called out for lack of hustle. All I can say your laziness is what is BS. It was an issue in Colorado. I remember a comment by OF Tommy Pham last season. He was talking about veterans that show up late and leave early. In an interview this week with Jen Langosh, she confirmed this about Fowler.
The latest drama was that Fowler blocked texts from Manager Mike Matheny. He was upset that he was dropped from the leadoff spot, barely having a triple digit batting average in favor of Matt Carpenter.
Matheny sends out a group text to his players with the lineup and an inspirational message. Since he decided to block the skipper, he did not find out until he got to ball park.
Cry me a river Dex. In the real world you walk into a job and the boss will have a change of plans. Yes you were signed to lead off and play CF, but the fact of the matter is, you are terrible in right let alone center, and I would rather see Carlos Martinez or Luke Weaver come to the plate as a pinch hitter in a tight game than you,
With Paul DeJong being activated from the disabled list, with the Cardinals going with a five man bench now with Yario Munoz kept on the roster instead of Gomber. Munoz will see some time in the OF, as he can be another Jose Oquendo. With defensive challenged Jose Martinez going to see some time in the outfield as well, Fowler slides way down the depth chart. He will collect nearly $50 million over the next three years. If he hangs around, it will be as a fifth or sixth outfielder.
I don’t see any plausible solution to this. An ugly divorce between the Cardinals and Fowler is coming. His wifey might go to social media trashing the Cardinals and St. Louis in general, but she is not complaining the $83mil worth of pay stubs that she will collect saying St. Louis National League Baseball club Inc.
When Tyler O’ Neill comes off the DL, something will have to be done with Fowler. It spoke volumes the day he was called up that he immediately hit in the three hole. O’ Neill can provide some much needed pop for the Cardinals. Dexter Fowler just needs to go away.
If the conversation hasn’t already taken place between Mo and owner Bill Dewitt, I am sure DeWitt has told him how far $50 million could go into the construction of the next phase of Ball Park Village.
In my 43 years of being a Cardinal fan, Garry Templeton and Tino Martinez are my least favorite Cardinals. You can add Fowler to the list. All I know is the Cardinals are 3-1 since Mo’s tirade. Lets put Dex and his drama in the rearview mirror and get back in the race.
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Cardinals: Changes Need to Happen!

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So what’s really going on with the St. Louis Cardinals? Has this very mediocre team that goes through swoons and some highs while still making defensive mistakes and hitting droughts, will be ale to crawl to second place?  I tend to believe that this team needs to make some very well needed upgrades before the trade deadline and a very honest look at their upper to lower management. Things need to desperately change with this organization in order to compete with the Brewers.

Here is a article from Jeff Todd at MLB Trade Rumors that gives more insight….

Cardinals president of baseball operations John Mozeliak did not sugarcoat the challenges facing his team in his latest appearance on the podcast of Dan McLaughlin of FOX Sports Midwest (audio link). The club must find a way to begin winning more consistently, said Mozeliak, though it remains unclear just what can be done to spur such a change.
The sense of frustration surrounding the Cards, who are sitting just above .500 on the year, seemingly extends from the fanbase to the front office. Mozeliak acknowledges that this club “hasn’t been the easiest team to sort of think through, in terms of how to get better, or what to do, or what changes need to be made.”
Mozeliak identified “outfield inconsistencies” and bullpen struggles as the two key concerns. Spurring the needed change won’t be easy. Mozeliak says the club needs to be open-minded and creative in all regards.
Bostering the relief unit can be accomplished via trade, perhaps. Internal options for deepening the pitching staff are relatively sparse, Mozeliak suggested. He bemoaned the loss of Alex Reyes while noting that Dakota Hudson’s success at Triple-A does not necessarily portend an immediate impact in the majors.
Addressing the outfield concerns is a trickier business. Mozeliak wouldn’t rule out moving Jose Martinez to the outfield, saying that the slugger — who is as unpolished in the field as he has been excellent at the plate — is “putting a lot of stress on everyone” with his play at first base. But that seems like a somewhat dubious option when outfield defense is one of the areas of concern. Presumably, the club will look first at ways to get its existing options to play at the necessary levels.
Mozeliak addressed veteran Dexter Fowler, in particular. The top St. Louis baseball executive offered some rather surprisingly pointed words on the respected and highly-paid Fowler:
“I’ve also heard a lot of people come up to me and question his effort and his energy level. Those are things that I can’t defend. What I can defend is trying to create opportunities for him, but not if it’s at the expense of someone that’s out there hustling and playing hard.”
To an extent, Mozeliak seemingly tried to soften the meaning of his statement in ensuing comments to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. He and Fowler have spoken since, says Mozeliak, who hinted that he was not trying to single out Fowler. “I would not make too much of this and really what I was trying to say is: I hear what our fan base is saying,” Mozeliak said.
Ultimately, mid-season trades can only do so much to boost the performance. And the Cards brass will need to take its cues from the existing roster. With less than a month’s worth of games left to go before the trade deadline, Mozeliak says that “everybody just needs to take a hard look in the mirror and decide what they want that next chapter to look like.”

Cardinals Swooping in on Nunez

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Today is MLB International Signing Day and the Cardinals have been active on the Cuban market in recent years and are once again tapping into talent from the island to bolster their Minor League system.

According to industry sources, the club has agreed to a $300,000 deal with third baseman Malcom Nunez of Cuba, highlighting the club’s international signing class.
The Cardinals, like the A’s, Astros, Braves, Nationals, Padres, Reds and White Sox, are in the maximum penalty, and cannot sign any individual player for more than $300,000 during the current period.
The club did not confirm the deal.
Standing at 6-foot-1 and 195 pounds, Nunez, 17, has a strong body and is physically mature. He has exhibited lots of strength in his swing and displays projectable hitting ability and power. Overall, he’s known for his plate discipline and offensive instincts. On defense, Nunez has an above-average arm.
Nunez, who became eligible to sign during the 2017-2018 period, starred on Cuba’s 15U teams and could begin play in the Dominican Summer League not long after he signs.
The list of Cuban players to sign with the Cardinals during the last few years includes infielder Aledmys Diaz, who signed in 2014, outfielder Randy Arozarena, center fielder Jonatan Machado and right-handed pitcher Johan Oviedo, who all signed in 2016. Right-handed pitcher Hector Mendoza and outfielder Jose Adolis Garcia signed with the club last year.
According to the rules established by the Collective Bargaining Agreement, clubs that received a Competitive Balance Pick in Round B of the MLB Draft received a pool of $6,025,400, while clubs like the Cardinals that received a Competitive Balance Pick in Round A of the Draft received a pool of $5,504,500. However, the Cardinals lost $500,000 for their signing of Greg Holland to drop their available pool to $5,004,500.
The club is allowed to trade as much of their international pool money as it would like but can only acquire 75 percent of a team’s initial pool amount. Additionally, signing bonuses of $10,000 or less do not count toward the club’s bonus pool, and foreign professional players who are at least 25 and have played in a foreign league for at least six seasons are also exempt.

Jesse Sanchez, who has been writing for MLB.com since 2001, is a national reporter based in Phoenix. Follow him on Twitter @JesseSanchezMLB and Facebook.

Cardinals Claim Padres Pitcher Tyler Webb

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The Cardinals have claimed lefty Tyler Webb off waivers from the Padres. The San Diego organization, which announced the move, had designated Webb for assignment recently.
A tenth-round pick in the 2013 draft, Webb moved quickly to the upper reaches of the Yankees system and has always produced quality K/BB numbers. But the 27-year-old has received limited opportunities in the majors. He has just 13 total MLB innings on his ledger, with those coming with three different teams over the past two seasons.
This season, Webb has thrived at Triple-A. Through 22 innings, he has allowed just five earned runs while recording 28 strikeouts against eight walks. But in his time in the bigs, he has shown only a low-nineties fastball and swinging-strike rate of just over eight percent.

Source: Jeff Todd/MLB Trade Rumors

Is the Cardinal Way Gone?

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THE CARDINAL WAY HAS BEEN ABANDONED
By Steve Dunford
First of all there are times in your life when you remember where you are at when something happens. I was out in the boat fishing and I turn on the radio and there is no Cardinal game. I was cleaning fish when I heard the news. I immediately broke down.
I went in the house and I watched a statement by then Cubs Catcher Joe Giradi, who was broken. He said “There has been a tragedy in involving the St. Louis Cardinals. There will be no game today.”
The 33 year old ace of the staff passed of a heart attack. There were two funerals in Busch Stadium in a week. The first was for legendary broadcaster, Jack Buck. It was the saddest week of the franchise.
I felt it was necessary to memorialize him on this day.
I will write my bio one day. I am 48 years old, and I started listening to Cardinal games since I have been five. Last night’s 11-3 loss to the Brewers is a microcosm of the direction of this team.
First of all shut down Carlos Martinez. It is obvious he is hurt. The defense let John Gant down. On a positive note, Brett Cecil is improving. It was so bad a utility infielder; Greg Garcia had to finish it off.
Martinez is one of my favorite Cardinals. I was in a conversation one time defending him from a fan that was talking about his immaturity. I said that I do not care that his purple. In his next start, guess what color his hair was.
When he went on the DL he had a 1.62 ERA. Since he has come back his ERA is 8.10. Something is wrong. Something is wrong all the pitchers are getting strained obliques and lats, starting with Adam Wainwright.
I would like to set down and read “The Cardinal Way” written by long time Cardinal instructor George Kissel. I know it is about playing good fundamental defense, play hard-nosed, as well as how to conduct yourself off the field.
This team has been terrible defensively, leads the National League in errors, and led the league in losing runners on the base paths.
What we are seeing is not Cardinal Baseball. I have heard a couple of interviews with Jennifer Langosh, beat writer covering the Cardinals for mlb.com. She has been on maternity leave. Her first series in the press box was covering the Cub series. She said that that was “exactly the same team that was on the field in 2017,”
I stream 101 ESPN every morning. Bernie said he was going to throw some “stink bombs” out there this morning, and he did. Michelle Smallmon who used to work at ESPN said the Cardinals bad play was the lead story last night on Sportscenter. I always say that ESPN is the Yankees and Red Sox network. She said the Cardinals are never the lead story. She called it “embarrassing.” The worst wild pitch by Cmart and Marcell Ozuna’s misjudged Spiderman act was the top two highlights.
Last night in his post-game interview with manager Mike Matheny, It was the same ol ‘ same ol”…..Our guys are grinding…..we are a good club…etc.
It is the same song and dance that we have heard since 2016 from Matheny. Nothing changes though.
If the Brewers take three out of four, I see a press conference called. Mo went out and brought in Mike Maddux and Willie McGee and brought back Jose Oquendo, This put Mike Matheny and hitting coach Jon Mabry on notice.
If this happens I would like to see Jose Oquendo as manager. In reality, it will be Mike Schildt. Stubby Clapp could be a dark hose.
Let’s hope they can turn it around and have some positive things to say. If the current trend continues, we will talk about being sellers next time.

Carlos Martinez 4th Annual Celebrity Bowl

 

Tsunami Waves Foundation
100 S. 4
th
Street Saint Louis, MO 63102
http://www.tsunamiwavesfoundation.org

Tsunami Waves Proudly Presents
Carlos Martinez 4th Annual Celebrity Bowl

Event Date:
Thursday June 28th, 2018
Event Time:
6PM – 10PM
Event Location:
Bowlero in Saint Peters
8070 Veteran’s Memorial Pkwy
Saint Peters, MO 63376

ST. LOUIS, MO – St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Carlos Martinez is excited to announce his 4th Annual Charity
Bowling Fundraiser to be held at Bowlero on Thursday June 28th from 6PM to 10PM. Carlos is thrilled to be
hosting this Fan Appreciation/Charity Fundraiser for the 4th time.
Proceeds from past events have greatly benefited numerous underprivileged children in the St. Louis Area
and the Dominican Republic. We helped over 1500 children and over 3000 families receive much needed
medical assistance. Over 1500 children have received backpacks and school supplies. We have donated over
$8000 dollars in school tuition. And over 5000 gloves and baseball equipment has been donated to Carlos’
hometown of Puerto Plata. But our proudest accomplishment has been saving the life of a sweet young lady,
Camille Fernandez. We would not have been able to do that without the help from so many donors like you.
Our hope is that with the support of Cardinal Nation we can continue to help to inspire and empower
children to achieve their fullest potential.
CELEBRITY BOWLING EVENT AT BOWLERO IN SAINT PETERS – Fans purchasing Bowling Tickets for the event
will have the experience of bowling with Carlos Martinez and other Cardinal Celebrities, along with some
surprise guest this year. The evening will also include a silent auction and various raffle drawings throughout
the event for all in attendance. Teams, individuals, Corporate groups, and spectators alike are all welcome
and encouraged to purchase tickets in advance due to the intimate nature of the event tickets sell out fast.
By participating in this event, you can greatly assist the Foundation in its efforts to fulfill our worthy mission.
Visit the Foundation’s website http://www.tsunamiwavesfoundation.org to learn more about where Carlos came
from and for a better understanding why he has such a passion to pay it forward.
Pricing information Below!
Tsunami Waves Foundation
100 S. 4
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Street Saint Louis, MO 63102
http://www.tsunamiwavesfoundation.org

2018 Ticket Prices
Individual Fan
Individual non-bowler – $60
Individual bowler – $130
MLB Roster – $500
Includes the following:
Bowling team (4 bowlers)
4 Tsunami Waves t-shirts
8 Food & Drink tickets
All-Star Sponsor – $1,000
Includes the following:
One bowling team (4 bowlers)
On-site signage including media wall
4 autographed pictures
4 event t-shirts
8 Food & Drink tickets

VIP PASS – $300
Includes the following:
Carlos Martinez and teammates meet and greet
Dinner & Drinks
Autographs
Goodie bag that includes 2018 Tsunami Waves t-shirts

All Bowling tickets include 2 Food & 2 Drink tickets
All GA include 2 Drink tickets
Every admission purchase receives a 2018 Tsunami Waves Shirt

Tsunami Waves Foundation
100 S. 4
th
Street Saint Louis, MO 63102
http://www.tsunamiwavesfoundation.org

2018 Sponsorship Packages
All packages are open to possible suggestions/changes/add ons
League Champion Sponsor – $8,000
Includes the following:
4 VIP Bowling teams (16 bowlers)
8 additional General Admission tickets
8 VIP Passes reception with Cardinal Celebrities
On-site signage including media wall
Opportunity to integrate corporate products at event and on all social media
24 autographed pictures
24 autographed ball
32 Tsunami Waves t-shirts
Division Champion Sponsor – $5,000
Includes the following:
2 VIP Bowling teams (8 bowlers)
8 additional n General Admission tickets
4 VIP Passes reception with Cardinal Celebrities
On-site signage including media wall
Opportunity to integrate corporate products at event
12 autographed pictures
12 autographed balls
20 Tsunami Waves t-shirts
Wild Card Sponsor – $2,500
Includes the following:
3 bowling teams (12 bowlers)
4 additional General Admission tickets
On-site signage including media wall
Opportunity to integrate corporate products at event
16 autographed pictures
16 Tsunami Waves t-shirts
32 Food & Drink tickets

Cards Sign 24 Players from Draft

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The St. Louis Cardinals announced today that they have agreed to terms with 24 players from last week’s amateur draft and one non-drafted free-agent. Today’s announcement brings the total number of 2018 draftees signed and/or agreed to terms to 28 players, including nine of the team’s top 10 selections.
In addition to the players listed below in BOLD, the Cardinals reached agreement today with non-drafted free-agent right-handed pitcher Tommy Parsons (Adrian College, MI) who is the active career wins leader (40) among all NCAA Divisions, including a 23-game win streak.

2018 ST. LOUIS CARDINALS FIRST-YEAR PLAYER DRAFT – SIGNED/AGREED TO TERMS AS OF JUNE 14
Rd., Player (overall pick) Pos. B-T Ht Wt. School Hometown
1. Nolan Gorman (19) 3B L-R 6-1 210 Sandra Day O’Connor (Ariz.) High School Phoenix, Ariz.
CBA. Griffin Roberts (43) RHP R-R 6-3 205 Wake Forest University Midlothian, Va.
Cmp2. Luken Baker (75) 1B R-R 6-4 225 Texas Christian University Spring, Texas
3. Mateo Gil (95) SS R-R 6-2 190 Timber Creek (Texas) High School Keller, Texas
5. Nick Dunn (153) 2B L-R 5-10 175 University of Maryland Sunbury, Pa.
6. Edgar Gonzalez (183) RHP R-R 6-1 200 Fresno State University Newark, Calif.
7. Brendan Donovan (213) 3B L-R 6-1 195 University of South Alabama Enterprise, Ala.
8. Lars Nootbaar (243) LF L-R 6-3 210 University of Southern California El Segundo, Calif.
9. Matt Duce (273) C L-R 5-11 190 Dallas Baptist University Sierra Vista, Ariz.
10. Kevin Woodall, Jr. (303) 1B R-R 6-6 240 Coastal Carolina University Georgetown, S.C.
11. Chris Holba (333) RHP R-R 6-3 210 East Carolina University O’Fallon, Ill.
12. Francisco Justo (363) RHP R-R 6-4 205 Monroe College (N.Y.) Bronx, N.Y.
16. Samuel “Evan” Sisk (483) LHP L-L 6-2 209 College of Charleston Chester, S.C.
17. Kyle Leahy (513) RHP S-R 6-5 200 Colorado Mesa University Boulder, Colo.
18. Cole Aker (543) RHP R-R 6-2 205 University of Tampa Kernersville, N.C.
19. Josh Shaw (573) 2B R-R 6-1 195 St. John’s University Wayne, N.J.
22. Kevin Vargas (663) SS R-R 6-1 175 International Baseball Academy Ceiba, Puerto Rico
23. Michael Baird (693) RHP R-R 6-5 210 Southern Illinois University-Carbondale Parker, Colo.
24. Eli Kraus (723) LHP L-L 6-1 190 Kent State University Medina, Ohio
25. Troy Montemayor (753) RHP R-R 6-1 160 Baylor University San Antonio, Texas
26. Connor Coward (783) RHP R-R 6-0 200 Virginia Polytechnic Institute (Virginia Tech) Pittsburgh, Pa.
27. Perry DellaValle (813) RHP R-R 6-0 195 Seton Hill (Pa.) University North Royalton, Ohio
28. Justin Toerner (843) CF L-L 5-10 165 California State University-Northridge Temecula, Calif.
31. Ty Cohen (933) RHP R-R 6-1 195 Florida Institute of Technology (Florida Tech) Woodstock, Ga.
32. Brandon Purcell (963) C R-R 6-1 205 Georgia College and State University Glennville, Ga.
33. Chris Rivera (993) RHP R-R 5-9 175 Long Beach State University Watsonville, Calif.
37. Christian Caudle (1,113) C R-R 6-4 230 Texas A&M University-Kingsville Klein, Texas
40. Andrew Warner (1,203) RF R-R 6-2 225 Columbia (Mo.) College Lee’s Summit, Mo.
NDFA Tommy Parsons RHP R-R 6-5 185 Adrian (Mich.) College New Albany, Ohio
Source: St. Louis Cardinals

Keith Hernandez’s New Book

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Keith Hernandez revolutionized the role of first baseman. During his illustrious career with the World Series-winning St. Louis Cardinals and New York Mets, he was a perennial fan favorite, earning eleven consecutive Gold Gloves, a National League co-MVP Award, and a batting title. But it was his unique blend of intelligence, humor, and talent–not to mention his unflappable leadership, playful antics, and competitive temperament–that transcended the sport and propelled him to a level of renown that few other athletes have achieved, including his memorable appearances on the television show Seinfeld.

Now, with a striking mix of candor and self-reflection, Hernandez takes us along on his journey to baseball immortality. There are the hellacious bus rides and south-of-the-border escapades of his minor league years. His major league benchings, unending plate adjustments, and role in one of the most exciting batting races in history against Pete Rose. Indeed, from the Little League fields of Northern California to the dusty proving grounds of triple-A ball to the grand stages of Busch Stadium and beyond, I’m Keith Hernandez reveals as much about America’s favorite pastime as it does about the man himself.

What emerges is an honest and compelling assessment of the game’s past, present, and future–a memoir that showcases one of baseball’s most unique and experienced minds at his very best.

Review
Praise for I’m Keith Hernandez

“Meeting Keith when I was 13 remains one of the greatest moments of my life. After reading this book which so accurately describes the grit, dedication, and perseverance it takes to become one of the Baseball’s greats, my appreciation for Keith–as a player, as a colleague, and as a friend–has reached new heights. It hits home, as do his keen insights into the game’s past, present, and future. If you love baseball, you MUST read this book.”―Alex Rodriguez

“As a longtime baseball fan, I appreciated learning about the evolution of one of my favorite ball players–Keith Hernandez. Even when he is writing about his slumps, his book is a hit. I recommend it.”―Gay Talese, author of High Notes and A Silent Season of a Hero

“‘Don’t think,’ said Crash Davis to Nuke LaLoosh in Bull Durham. ‘You can only hurt the ball club.’ No one ever said that to Keith Hernandez, the thinking person’s ballplayer. ‘You’re gonna have to learn your clichés,’ Crash advised Nuke. ‘They’re your friends.’ This, too, is a rule that, fortunately, Hernandez ignores in this romp through his life before, during and after baseball. Except there is no life after baseball.”―George F. Will

“I have known Keith my entire adult life and this revealing and honest autobiography made me smile and weep. Everyone has their own ‘bruises’ and Keith lets us in on what it takes to survive the troughs and tough times to make himself into the MVP he was and fine man he is today. Incredible perseverance of the human spirit with the help of his family, Keith will always be the greatest ballplayer I ever played with. I’m proud to call him my friend.”―Ron Darling

Cardinals Pitching Report

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The Cardinals will place setup man Dominic Leone on the 10-day disabled list with what the team is calling a nerve issue in his right biceps, per Joe Trezza of MLB.com (Twitter links). The team didn’t have enough time following today’s diagnosis to call up a replacement for him, however, so a formal move won’t be made until tomorrow. The St. Louis ’pen already had nine relievers in tow, so the pitching staff won’t be especially short handed even if Leone is unavailable.
As Stu Durando of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch explains, Leone was called upon for a relief appearance last night but felt something unnatural in his biceps while throwing his warmup pitches. After immediately calling for a trainer, he exited without throwing a pitch. “It was something I hadn’t felt before and I was concerned,” said Leone. “I didn’t want to put a bad product on the field. I didn’t want to mess with it and potentially hurt myself worse or be ineffective.” It’s not yet clear how long Leone will be out of action at this time, though the Cards figure to have further updates before the weekend is up.
Here’s more out of St. Louis…
While many Cards fans were skeptical of the team’s two-year, $15.5MM deal with righty Miles Mikolas this offseason, but the 29-year-old has gone a long way toward proving his doubters wrong with a 2.70 ERA and a 31-to-2 K/BB ratio through his first 40 innings back in the Majors. Mikolas chatted with the Post-Dispatch’s Derrick Goold about the Cardinals’ offseason pursuit of him, revealing that the division-rival Cubs were also in pursuit of his services before they “cooled of” and eventually struck up a deal with Tyler Chatwood. “I guess they didn’t want me that bad,” said Mikolas of the Cubs. “I guess they thought it would be more fun facing me than having me on their staff. They figured they’d take their chances.”
Adam Wainwright tells reporters that he’s lined up to make a rehab start with the Cardinals’ Double-A affiliate on Monday (Twitter link via Trezza). The veteran has been out since April 22 with inflammation in his right elbow but could seemingly return to the club in the near future if all goes well in Springfield. The 36-year-old posted a 3.45 ERA in 15 2/3 innings to open the season but also turned in an ugly 12-to-8 K/BB ratio and hit a pair of batters in that time, demonstrating questionable control. That said, with both Wainwright and top prospect Alex Reyes nearing returns from the disabled list, the Cardinals are on the verge of adding some significant depth to the pitching staff.

MLB Trade Rumors

All You Need to know for Opening Day

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A pregame ceremony that welcomes home the 2018 St. Louis Cardinals, honors the club’s Hall of Famers and commemorates the great tradition of Opening Day in St. Louis will punctuate a day of activities celebrating the annual return of baseball to St. Louis on Thursday, April 5. The Cardinals will open the 2018 home slate against the Arizona Diamondbacks at 6:15 p.m. CT. Following is a schedule of official activities and information to help fans enjoy the unofficial holiday that is #OpeningDaySTL:

Pregame Schedule

12:00 – 3:15 p.m. Opening Day Pep Rally at Ballpark Village: Join Fredbird, Team Fredbird and DJ Todd Thomas at the Ballpark Village parking lot for the Cardinals Opening Day Pep Rally. This event is free for all fans to attend and will proceed rain or shine. Danny Cox, Kyle McClellan and the FOX Sports Midwest announcers will stop by with plenty of Cardinals prizes and even some Opening Day tickets to give away. Food and drinks will be available for purchase as well.

3:00 p.m. Gates Open
2018 Cardinals Magnet Schedule: All ticketed-fans, ages 21 and older, will receive a magnet featuring the 2018 Cardinals schedule, compliments of Budweiser.

3:00 – 4:00 p.m. Cardinals Batting Practice (subject to change)

4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Diamondbacks Batting Practice (subject to change)

5:30 p.m. Pregame ceremonies begin with an appearance by the famed Budweiser Clydesdales

Introduction of St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson and St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger

Introduction of Fredbird and Team Fredbird

5:35 p.m. Hall of Famers will be introduced via a Ford Motorcade around the warning track. Hall of Famers will be riding in 2018 Ford Mustang convertibles.

Introduction of 2017 Cardinals Hall of Fame Induction Class

Cardinals Opening Day Video

5:50 p.m. Introduction of Cardinals principal owner and CEO, Bill DeWitt Jr.

Introduction of the 2018 St. Louis Cardinals via Ford Motorcade. The players will ride in 2018 Ford F-150 Raptors.

Introduction of the Arizona Diamondbacks

Color Guard and American Flag in center field, courtesy of the service men and women of Scott Air Force Base and Fort Leonard Wood, respectively.

6:05 p.m. National Anthem performed by Colleen Schoendienst, daughter of Hall of Famer Red Schoendienst

6:07 p.m. KC-135 Flyover (weather permitting)

6:09 p.m. Ceremonial First Pitch by Bob Gibson to Tim McCarver in recognition of Bob Gibson’s historic 1968 season.

6:15 p.m. First Pitch

Watching on TV
Fans can watch the pregame ceremonies in High Definition on FOX Sports Midwest beginning at 5:30 p.m. Live pregame coverage will start at 4:00 p.m. The game will also be broadcast nationally outside of the Cardinals home television territory on MLB Network.

Radio Coverage
Fans can tune into KMOX (1120 AM) or one of the 150 stations in the Cardinals Radio Network to hear Mike Shannon and John Rooney call the game. The Ameren Total Access Show starts at 4:40 p.m.

Online or On The Go
Fans may also follow the game for free on cardinals.com using the Gameday application or via the team’s Twitter account (@Cardinals). Fans can keep tabs on the score from their mobile device using MLB’s mobile app, At Bat 18.
The Cardinals Home Opener, including Opening Day Ceremonies, will be streamed live on the FOX Sports GO app and at FOXSportsGo.com (available in Cardinals territory).

Getting To The Game
Per MoDOT, motorists should be aware of the following on-going road closures:
· I-44, St. Louis City, two lanes closed westbound from Arsenal to Shrewsbury until December.
· I-64, St. Louis City, one lane closed eastbound across the Poplar Street Bridge into Illinois until December.
· I-64, St. Louis City, one lane closed westbound across the Poplar Street Bridge through December.
As usual, Clark Street will be closed to vehicular traffic in between the stadium and Ballpark Village.

Fans coming to the game will notice some construction near the ballpark with the work underway to build the second phase of Ballpark Village. While some areas are closed off to vehicular traffic, pedestrian access remains open to Ballpark Village as well as Clark Street. Fans are encouraged to allow extra time and pay attention to signs as they make their way to the ballpark.

Alternative Transportation
MetroLink is a convenient alternative to driving. To avoid the traffic congestion and the cost of parking on game days, fans can use one of 21 free Park-Ride lots along the MetroLink line and take the train to Stadium Station, right across the street from the ballpark. MetroLink will have additional security and personnel located throughout the light rail system to assist passengers on Thursday. MetroLink will also monitor platforms for crowds and will add extra trains to service as need. Visit MetroStLouis.org or download the Metro On The Go app for schedules and Park-Ride lots nearest you.

There are also plenty of buses in Missouri and Illinois that will get fans to Busch Stadium including the Redbird Express that departs from the Water Tower at St. Clair Square in Fairview Heights, Illinois. On Opening Day, the first Redbird Express bus will leave at 1:15 p.m. and the last bus will leave at 5:35 p.m. MetroBus is another great option for getting downtown. Fans can catch the #40 Broadway or #99 Downtown Trolley, which both have stops near Busch Stadium.

Updated Prohibited Items Policy
· Fans can visit cardinals.com/security for the complete inspection policy & prohibited items list.
· New: Fans may bring empty cups, empty mugs and empty plastic bottles.
· New: Fans may bring ice packs.
· Not Permitted: Backpacks, alcohol, thermoses, hard-sided coolers, aluminum or glass cans/bottles, commercial camera equipment

Busch Stadium Re-Entry
· New: Exit stamps will be available for guests who need to exit the stadium but plan to return. The stamps will be located at Gate 1 (southeast corner of stadium) and Gate 4 (northwest corner of stadium).

Ballpark Improvements for 2018
A number of physical improvements have been made within Busch Stadium to improve the fan experience:
· Budweiser Terrace: A redesign and renovation of the upper right field seating area and adjacent concourse on Level 4. The 20,000 square foot multilevel area includes two full-service bars, standing areas and lounge seating within the bowl of the stadium, cozy cabana seating with urban garden accents on the concourse, open air BBQ grill and a newly constructed covered performance stage. Fans do not need a special ticket to access the Budweiser Terrace and standing/lounge areas within the seating bowl are all available on a first-come, first-served basis. The Budweiser Terrace will serve as the main activation area for Cardinals Theme Ticket events and live pregame performances.
· 1764 Craft Pub: Located behind Section 141, the new 1764 Craft Pub features a variety of local and national beer. With over 28 varietals of beer and 40 taps, guests will find strong representations of local crafts among classic and influential breweries.
· Self-Ordering Concession Kiosks: Located at concession stands outside Section 135 (Double Play Tap ‘n Grill) & 162 (Ballpark Favorites), our new self-ordering platform will allow guests to view menus with photos, make selections, customize their order and process payment directly at the terminal. The secure payment platform ensures guests have full control over their payment and even have the ability to process digital payments such as Apple Pay and Google Pay.
· Terrace Market: A third Schnucks Grab ‘N Go Market has been added on the Terrace level behind Section 450. The self-serve, pay at the register store gives fans the option to purchase a variety of soda, beer, water, dry snacks, novelty ice cream, and fresh sandwiches, salads and wraps in a quick and efficient manner.
· AT&T Coverage: AT&T has completed upgrades to their existing Distributed Antenna System (DAS) to improve throughput and serve more users. More than 300 antennas hidden throughout Busch Stadium helps manage heavy wireless traffic so fans can enjoy a faster, more reliable connection.

New Concessions
Delaware North Sportservice, the club’s concessionaire for more than 50 years, is preparing to welcome fans back to Busch Stadium. Delaware North Executive Chef Larry Johnson and his culinary team have developed a few new menu items for the 2018 season, including:
· Gioia’s Hot Salami Sandwich: St. Louis Hill classic since 1918! A James Beard Award winning sandwich featuring Gioia’s hot salami, Italian bread, pepper jack cheese, diced onions, sliced pepperoncini’s and deli mustard. Served with house blend chips. Served at: Concourse Stand behind Section 151 for $14.25.
· Coca-Cola Cantina Street Tacos: Three tacos with Coca-Cola marinated house smoked pork, Coca-Cola infused BBQ sauce, fresh pico de gallo, toasted onions, lime wedge. Served at: Coke Cantina at Gate 1 for $9.
· Grilled Chicken Bats: Smoked chicken legs with choice of BBQ, Buffalo or Hot Honey sauces. Served with house blend chips and grilled jalapeño. Served at: Terrace Grill at Budweiser Terrace for $7.
· Sausage Bites: Bacon Onion Cheddar, Whiskey Peppercorn, or Mango Habanero sausage topped with spicy aioli. Served with house blend chips and grilled jalapeño. Served at Terrace Grill at Budweiser Terrace for $8.75.
· Jumbo Shrimp Skewer: Four Jumbo Shrimp, grilled to order, marinated with minced garlic and fresh lime. Served with house blend chips and grilled jalapeño. Served at: Terrace Grill at Budweiser Terrace for $12.
· Grand Slam Mixed Grill: Sampling of Grilled Chicken Bats, Sausage Bites and Jumbo Shrimp Skewer. Served with house blend chips and grilled jalapeño. Served at: Terrace Grill at Budweiser Terrace for $25.

Budweiser Ballpark Pass
Following a successful launch in 2017, the popular ticket subscription service returns for 2018. Fans can attend as many Cardinals home games as they want each month for a monthly fee of $29.99. Subscribers will have a Standing Room Only ticket to each regular season game (except Opening Day) digitally delivered to their smartphone via the MLB.com Ballpark app. The subscription will automatically renew each month and subscribers can cancel at any time. To purchase the Budweiser Cardinals Ballpark Pass or for more information, visit cardinals.com/pass.

Cardinals 2018 Hall of Fame Voting
Earlier this month, Vince Coleman, Keith Hernandez, Jason Isringhausen, Ray Lankford, Scott Rolen, Lee Smith and John Tudor were revealed as the seven players nominated for possible induction into the St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame. The seven nominees appear on the Cardinals Hall of Fame ballot online at cardinals.com/HOF presented by Edward Jones. The two players with the most online fan votes after voting concludes on April 12 will be inducted into the Cardinals Hall of Fame this August. #CardsHOF

Cardinals Museum 2018 Special Exhibit
This year’s new museum special exhibit entitled “Goodwill through Baseball: Cardinals Across the Pacific” examines how the Cardinals MLB’s baseball goodwill tours across the Pacific have helped pave the way for players to join leagues in the United States and Japan.

The exhibit features over 80 artifacts relating to the history of Major League Baseball on tour in Japan and highlights the Museum’s collection related to the Cardinals 1958 tour with Stan Musial and the club’s 1968 tour featuring Bob Gibson and Lou Brock. The special exhibit is open to the public through the conclusion of the 2018 baseball season and is included with admission to the museum. #CardsMuseum

Cardinals Insider with Ozzie Smith
Cardinals Insider is a Mid-America Emmy-nominated weekly news magazine television show hosted by Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith. Now in its third season, the club-produced, half-hour show is available within 17 television markets in nine states. It provides fans with behind-the-scenes, insider access to the Cardinals from team journalists. Cardinals Insider gives fans an all-access pass to everything Cardinals baseball featuring exclusive interviews, news updates, profiles and more. For more information and an updated programming schedule for the show, head to cardinals.com/insider. #CardsInsider

Cardinals Fan Music Contest
The club has launched the first-ever Cardinals Fan Music Contest as a way for fans to share their creativity and musical talent, along with their passion for Cardinals baseball. Fans are asked to write, perform and share an original Cardinals-inspired song/anthem and share the performance via a video or audio file. One lucky performance will be crowned the winner and receive a trip to Nashville to have their song professionally recorded and mastered at the Shoe Box Studios. The Cardinals will also produce a professional music video and share the artist’s work with all of Cardinals Nation! Details can be found at cardinals.com/MusicContest.

#BigMacFlashback
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the 1998 Home Run Race that ultimately concluded with Mark McGwire establishing a new MLB single-season home run record. All season long, we will share content on our social media channels that helps fans relive the 1998 Home Run Race; including videos of all 70 of Big Mac’s home runs, real-time updates on the home run count of McGwire, Sosa and Griffey Jr. and fan images that convey the excitement of that amazing season. As part of the lookback, the team will be asking fans to share their photos, memorabilia, stories and experiences from the historic 1998 season as the fan perspective is an important part of this historic time in baseball. Fans can share their favorite #BigMacFlashback memories with us using our online submission form at cardinals.com/McGwire.

High School Video Challenge
In December, the Cardinals launched the Third Annual High School Video Challenge initiative that offers high school students in the St. Louis area a unique opportunity to compete for the chance to write, create and produce a video featuring Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith and Fredbird with the team at the students’ school. Students were asked to develop an original video that promotes the St. Louis Cardinals and the students’ high school. Three video submissions were selected as finalists from Clayton, Owensville and Rockwood Summit, which were then voted on by fans online. The Cardinals are happy to announce that the students from Clayton High School have won the High School Video Challenge! Their winning video entry can be seen at cardinals.com/studentvideochallenge.

2018 Official Team Media Guide
The Cardinals official team Media Guide has long been relied upon by journalists and broadcasters who cover the team. Containing stats, photos and biographies of every player in the Cardinals organization, along with the definitive history of the club since its inception, the official team Media Guide is the most comprehensive book about the Cardinals. The 2018 Media Guide is available for $20 at the Official Cardinals Team Store, Cardinals Authentics Shop or online at cardinals.com/mediaguide.

Official 2018 Cardinals Scorecard
Adorned with beautiful retro cover art by acclaimed St. Louis illustrator Mike Right—the scorecard designer since 2003—this season’s scorecard also features a tutorial on how to keep score the “Cardinal Way,” a method practiced by club officials since the 1940s. Purchase the scorecard individually—or with the latest edition of Cardinals Magazine for just $5—from Busch Stadium vendors inside the gates, team store locations and red merchandise carts. Scorecards are also available for purchase at cardinals.com/scorecard.

2018 Economic Impact Analysis
Based on a projected Cardinals regular season attendance of three million fans, the St. Louis Regional Chamber projects that the team will generate an estimated $160.4 million in direct impact and another $141.9 million in indirect spending. These impacts reach a total of $302.3 million in regional economic activity. The Chamber’s analysis uses the economic impact model, IMPLAN, which measures how spending tied to an event has multiple impacts and spreads throughout a region, thereby benefiting households and firms within the region. The figures are based on estimates of visitor spending and operations expenditures at Busch Stadium. Historically, out-of-town visitors constitute over 40% of game attendees and visitor spending on dining, lodging and shopping provides a significant boost to the regional economy.