Delvin Perez a promising Superstar

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For a player that the Marlins were very intrested in the Cardinals got the prize when drafting Delvin Perez. In the weeks leading up to the draft, no infielder had more intrigue than 17-year-old Delvin Perez. Perez played his high school ball at Puerto Rico’s acclaimed International Baseball Academy, where reigning American League Rookie of the Year Carlos Correa hails from as well. The unfair comparisons between Perez and Correa seemingly started upon his enrollment, and while those lofty expectations are achievable for Perez, they are a lot less likely. Perez is a speed demon, some grading him as high as 70 on the scouting charts while MLB Pipeline has him at a grade of 60. This has helped Perez throughout his career both offensively and defensively. Arguably the best defensive first-round talent, only Nick Senzel projected as a higher infield draft prospect, and that was due to a big bat and experience. Armed with a canon of an arm, good instincts and the aforementioned speed that gives him outstanding range, Perez skyrocketed up the charts. Despite a bat that was a bit behind the defense-first shortstop, Perez exhibited all the tools needed to convince people he was a middle infielder for good.

He hit in 10 of his first 12 games, but the walks started to disappear and the strikeouts began to rise. He obviously could not sustain the success of his first two debut games and has cooled off quite a bit, but he is still putting up good numbers for someone who is three months shy of his 18th birthday.

He’s slashing .285/.342/.386 and putting that speed to good use with seven doubles, four triples and swiping 11 of 12 stolen base attempts. He could benefit from a raised ground ball-to-fly ball rate — currently at 1.10 — as he would surely be able to leg out a few more singles with a few more ground balls. His 27-to-10 strikeout-to-walk rate is alarming, but expected of a teenager adapting to professional ball. At 6-foot-3 and 175 pounds, it’s not out of the question that Perez will find some pop as he develops, but right now it is dormant. Improved swing mechanics and plate discipline could also help him learn how to wait out and drive his ball further.

He’s made 15 errors in his first 164 chances, which isn’t the stuff future Ozzie Smith’s are made of, but he has shown outstanding range thus far. There is no question that Perez is a work in progress, but the progress has been there.

The Cardinals made a very risky pick in Perez but it looks like it was also the right pick to add a very promising talent as an up and coming player

Source: Wayne Cavadi

Some News on Holliday

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I am happy report that Matt Holliday has shed his cast and is now wearing a splint on his thumb, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports…..

Less than a week removed from undergoing surgery to repair his fractured thumb, Holliday has started the rehab process at the St. Louis Cardinals Spring Training  complex in Jupiter, Florida. He is currently limited to finger movement/range-of-motion activities, but Holliday seems to have every intention of returning this year and that should be realistic barring a setback.

The Cardinals and Holliday seemingly have good cause to continue their productive relationship, it’s far from clear whether the team will be willing to cough up $17MM to exercise its 2017 option. That said, Heyman notes that it’s possible to imagine the sides coming to an alternative arrangement to keep Holliday in St. Louis.

Source: Jon Heyman and Derrick Goold

2016 Postseason Schedule

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On Tuesday, MLB released the full schedule for the 2016 postseason. Here’s a look …

Wild Card Games

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Division Series

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League Championship Series

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World Series

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So Friday, Oct. 7, is a big day, as we’ll get to enjoy four postseason games on that particular date. Looking further ahead, if each LCS goes the distance, then the AL team will get an extra day of rest and get to host Game 1 of the World Series. Speaking of the World Series, if it goes at least six games than we will indeed get some November baseball.

As for who’s going to be a part of the fray, keep an eye on things with our division standings page and our wild card standings page.

Source: Dayn Perry

Tim Tebow announces tryout for MLB Teams

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Tim Tebow is scheduled to hold a work out for Major League Baseball teams on Aug. 30 in Los Angeles, a source told ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick.

More than 20 MLB teams are confirmed to attend the workout, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

John Mozeliak of the Cardinals will also be attending.

For almost the past year, Tebow has been training in Arizona and Los Angeles to hone his hitting and fielding skills in a sport he has not played on a full-time basis since 2005.

Tebow was an all-state baseball player in Florida that year and hit .494 as a junior, helping Nease High School reach the final four of the Florida state playoffs.

Tebow had a tryout with the Los Angeles Dodgers before this season, sources have told ESPN’s Darren Rovell. A scout was present for the workout, and the team showed interest in Tebow afterward, the sources said.

Tebow’s desire to play professional baseball has been met with mixed reaction. After the news of his intentions was announced, Baltimore Orioles outfielderAdam Jones poked fun at him on Twitter. Former Broncos teammate and current Jets receiver Eric Decker, meanwhile, said he was confident that Tebow would at least land a minor league contract.

Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona managed Michael Jordan when the basketball star did a stint in the minors with the Birmingham Barons in Double-A in 1994 and said earlier this month that transitioning to baseball from another sport is “a little harder jump, though, than I think people realize.”

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, who played two seasons of minor league baseball in the Colorado Rockies organization, was recently asked by TheMMQB.com whether he had any advice for Tebow. “Hope he can hit a curveball,” Wilson said, adding that “baseball’s pretty hard.”

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Homestand Highlights for this Week

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Coming off another successful road trip that saw the Redbirds win 6 of 9 games, the Cardinals return home to Busch Stadium for a six game homestand.  The homestand starts with three games versus the defending National League champions New York Mets (August 23-25) and concludes with a three game weekend series against the Oakland Athletics (August 26-28).  The homestand is highlighted by the 2016 Cardinals Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, Beatles Tribute Night and the grand opening of the historic Baseball Hall of Fame Tour at Ballpark Village.

 

Tuesday, August 23, 2016 — Cardinals vs. New York Mets (7:15 p.m.)

Gates open at 5:45 p.m.

 

·         Chris Carpenter Budweiser Bash Theme Night: Fans who purchase a special Bud Bash Theme Ticket receive a voucher for a limited edition Chris Carpenter mini bobblehead as we celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the 2006 World Series Champion Cardinals.  VIP ticket-holders will also have access to a pregame autograph session with Chris.  VIP tickets are currently sold out.  Fans must present the voucher in order to receive this promotional item.  For more info, or to purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/budbash (#BudBash).

Beatles Tribute Night Theme Tickets: This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the historic Beatles concert at Busch Stadium II in 1966!  The Cardinals invite fans of all ages to join us at the ballpark to celebrate the Beatles.  Fans who purchase this special theme night ticket will receive an exclusive Beatles at Busch concert t-shirt.  Fans must present the voucher in order to receive this promotional item.  Come early and enjoy a pregame concert by Beatles cover band, Liverpool Legends, in Riverview Corner.  For more info, or to purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/beatles (#CardsTheme).

·         Pregame Pom/Cheer/Dance Performances: Prior to the game, groups from Free Spirits Performance Team, Sparkling Divaz, SWIC Cheer, Tri-City Junior High Cheer, and Triad High School & Middle School Cheer will perform in the Ford Plaza beginning at approximately 5:50 p.m.

 

Cardinals Care Stadium Auction: Fans have the unique opportunity to bid on exclusive autographed Cardinals memorabilia at the game.  The auction is a great way for fans and collectors to obtain specialty Cardinals items while helping support the programs that Cardinals Care provides to youth in the community.  Auction tables are located at Gate 1 (Section 137), Gate 3, inside the Cardinals Club, UMB Champions Club and Redbird Club.
 

Wednesday, August 24, 2016 — Cardinals vs. New York Mets (7:15 p.m.)

Gates open at 5:45 p.m.

 

Y98 Night Theme Tickets: The annual Y98 Night is back at Busch!  Join the Phillips and Company Morning Show to celebrate longtime morning show co-host Jen Myers’ fight against breast cancer.  Fans who purchase the special Y98 Night theme ticket will receive a special Cardinals/Jen’s Tribe t-shirt.  Additionally, a portion of each ticket sold will be donated to Siteman Cancer Center.  Fans must present the voucher in order to receive this promotional item.  For more info on Jen’s story, or to purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/Y98 (#CardsTheme).

Nurses Night II Theme Tickets: The St. Louis Cardinals invite all nurses and their families who missed the first Nurses Night to enjoy Nurses Night #2 at the ballpark.  Fans who purchase the special theme night ticket receive an exclusive, limited edition Cardinals scrub top.  A portion of each ticket sold will benefit the March of Dimes foundation.  For more info, or to purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/nurses (#CardsTheme).

Long Haul Bombers: The Long Haul Bombers, a collection of the world’s greatest softball home run hitters, will hold a softball home run hitting contest on the field around 6:15 p.m.
Wainwright’s Winners: Adam Wainwright and his Wainwright’s Winners program will host a group from Blossom Wood Day School for tonight’s game.  The group will get to watch batting practice from the field and meet with Adam in the dugout to take pictures and ask questions prior to the start of the game.
·         Battle at Busch: 105.7 The Point and the Cardinals welcome back the Battle at Busch concert series.  The 2016 schedule features 18 local bands over the course of six nights, at six different Cardinals home games in Ford Plaza.  Tonight’s battle features Sharon Hazel Township, Tree One Four and Last Plane Out.  Gate 6 will open at 5:15 p.m. for the event.  Performances begin at 5:30 p.m. with each act given 20 minutes to perform.  Each band will be judged on a point system by Mozingo Music and 105.7 The Point.  The top four scoring bands of the summer will be invited back to play on September 28th in the Battle at Busch finals for the grand prize package.  Tickets are available for $10.57 to each Battle at Busch game by going tocardinals.com/battleatbusch.

 

·         MLBPAA Auction: The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association will conduct a baseball-themed silent auction inside Gate 1 (Section 137), Gate 3 and the Cardinals Club from the time gates open through the fifth inning.  All proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and the Players Alumni Association, a non-profit group that strives to preserve the game of baseball while supporting a variety of charities.

 

 

Thursday, August 25, 2016 — Cardinals vs. New York Mets (6:15 p.m.)

Gates open at 4:45 p.m.

 

College Night III Theme Tickets: The St. Louis Cardinals invite students, faculty and staff of local colleges and universities to kick off the new semester at Busch Stadium.  Fans who purchase the $20 Right/Left Field Loge theme ticket will receive an exclusive 90’s themed Cardinals baseball tee.  Fans must present the special theme night voucher in order to receive this promotional item.  For more info, or to purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/college(#CardsTheme).

·         MLBPAA Auction: The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association will conduct a baseball-themed silent auction inside Gate 1 (Section 137), Gate 3 and the Cardinals Club from the time gates open through the fifth inning.  All proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and the Players Alumni Association, a non-profit group that strives to preserve the game of baseball while supporting a variety of charities.

 

 

Friday, August 26, 2016 — Cardinals vs. Oakland Athletics (7:15 p.m.)

Cardinals Hall of Fame Weekend presented by Edward Jones

Gates open at 5:15 p.m.

 

Bob Gibson Hall of Fame Red Jacket Statue Promotional Giveaway: The first 30,000 ticketed fans, ages 16 and older, will receive a Bob Gibson red jacket statute to add to their collection.  Presented by Scott Credit Union.

Cardinals Museum Artifact Spotlight: Every Friday home game, the Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum highlight artifacts in the collection not currently on display during a pregame presentation inside the Museum.  Today’s featured items relate to Cardinals Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Gibson and include a scorecard from Gibby’s only career no-hitter and a special cast of Gibson’s right hand holding a baseball.  For more information or to purchase tickets to the museum, visit cardinals.com/museum (#CardsMuseum).
Big League Impact Fantasy Football Draft: Prior to game time activities, Cardinals players and a number of registered fans will participate in Adam Wainwright’s 4th Annual Big League Impact Fantasy Football Live Draft at Busch Stadium which raises money for a number of charitable initiatives including Cardinals Care, Operation Food Search of St. Louis and Crisis Aid International.  Participants will draft their own fantasy football team, competing against Wainwright, Matt Holliday, Stephen Piscotty, Matt Carpenter and Alex Pietrangelo, and receive a behind-the-scenes tour of Busch.  For more info, or to register for the event, visit bigleagueimpact.org.
·         Pregame Pom/Cheer/Dance Performances: Prior to the game, groups from Dupo High School Dance, Incarnate Word Academy, Lutheran South Lancerettes,  McKendree University Cheer & Dance, Seckman High School Dance and Valley R-6 Cheer will perform in the Ford Plaza beginning at approximately 5:50 p.m.

 

Cardinals Care 50/50 Raffle: Fans 18 and older may play the Cardinals Care 50/50 Raffle by going to any of the seven ticket kiosk locations throughout the stadium from the time gates open until the middle of the 7th inning.  One lucky fan will receive 50 percent of the gross proceeds from the game’s raffle ticket donations and the other half will benefit Cardinals Care.  For past winning raffle numbers and kiosk locations, visit cardinals.com/5050.
Cardinals Care Stadium Auction: Fans have the unique opportunity to bid on exclusive autographed Cardinals memorabilia at the game.  The auction is a great way for fans and collectors to obtain specialty Cardinals items while helping support the programs that Cardinals Care provides to youth in the community.  Auction tables are located at Gate 1 (Section 137), Gate 3, inside the Cardinals Club, UMB Champions Club and Redbird Club.
Race To The Plate: At every Friday home game, fans will enjoy the Missouri Farmers Care: Race To The Plate—a mascot race featuring Captain Cornelius, Bessie the Cow, Simon the Soybean and Baconeer the Pig.  Join the conversation on how today’s food is grown and raised at MissouriFarmersCare.com(#GoFarmTeam).
 

Saturday, August 27, 2016 — Cardinals vs. Oakland Athletics (6:15 p.m.)

Cardinals Hall of Fame Weekend presented by Edward Jones

Gates open at 4:15 p.m.

 

Cardinals Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony: Chris Carpenter, Joe Torre, Terry Moore and Sam Breadon will be inducted into the Cardinals Hall of Fame during a 2:00 p.m. ceremony at FOX Sports Midwest Live! in Ballpark Village.  The ceremony is free and open to the public.  The 2016 inductees will also be recognized in a pregame ceremony on the field at Busch Stadium.  (#CardsHOF).
2016 Cardinals Hall of Fame Inductees Plaque Promotional Giveaway: The first 30,000 ticketed fans, ages 16 and older, will receive a collectible plaque highlighting the third induction class of the Cardinals Hall of Fame.  Presented by Edward Jones.

Turn Back The Clock: In celebration of the 90th Anniversary of the organization’s first World Series Championship, the Cardinals will be wearing their complete 1927 home uniforms featuring the World Champions logo on the left breast.
Saturday Signings at the Museum: Former manager and Cardinals Hall of Famer Tony LaRussa will sign autographs at the Cardinals Museum from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  In addition to having a valid admission to the museum, fans must have an autograph line ticket, which are free and will be distributed on the day of each Saturday signing.  A set amount of autograph line tickets will be distributed on a first come, first served basis.  Visit cardinals.com/museumfor more info.
Cardinals Care 50/50 Raffle: Fans 18 and older may play the Cardinals Care 50/50 Raffle by going to any of the seven ticket kiosk locations throughout the stadium from the time gates open until the middle of the 7th inning.  One lucky fan will receive 50 percent of the gross proceeds from the game’s raffle ticket donations and the other half will benefit Cardinals Care.  For past winning raffle numbers and kiosk locations, visit cardinals.com/5050.
MLBPAA Auction: The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association will conduct a baseball-themed silent auction inside Gate 1 (Section 137), Gate 3 and the Cardinals Club from the time gates open through the fifth inning.  All proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and the Players Alumni Association, a non-profit group that strives to preserve the game of baseball while supporting a variety of charities.
 

Sunday, August 28, 2016 — Cardinals vs. Oakland Athletics (1:15 p.m.)

Cardinals Hall of Fame Weekend presented by Edward Jones

Gates open at 11:15 a.m.

 

Adult Replica Batting Practice Hat Promotional Giveaway: The first 30,000 ticketed fans, ages 16 and older, will go home with their own Cardinals replica batting practice hat.  Presented by Monsanto.

Zumba® Day Theme Tickets: The Cardinals invite all fitness fans to join us for Zumba® Fitness Party at the Park presented by Club Fitness.  Fans who purchase this special theme ticket will receive access to a pregame Zumba® class and an exclusive Cardinals tank.  Fans must present the voucher in order to receive this promotional item.  The pregame class will be held from 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Cunningham Corner (on Level 2 behind the UMB Champions Club).  For more info, or to purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/zumba (#CardsTheme).

Prairie Farms Kids Run the Bases: Following the game, fans 15 and under are invited to run the bases of Busch Stadium (weather permitting).  Presented by Prairie Farms.
Prairie Farms Ice Cream Sunday: Starting two hours prior to the game, bring the entire family to Ford Plaza for games, prizes and free North Star ice cream (while supplies last).
Cardinals Care 50/50 Raffle: Fans 18 and older may play the Cardinals Care 50/50 Raffle by going to any of the seven ticket kiosk locations throughout the stadium from the time gates open until the middle of the 7th inning.  One lucky fan will receive 50 percent of the gross proceeds from the game’s raffle ticket donations and the other half will benefit Cardinals Care.  For past winning raffle numbers and kiosk locations, visit cardinals.com/5050.
MLBPAA Auction: The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association will conduct a baseball-themed silent auction inside Gate 1 (Section 137), Gate 3 and the Cardinals Club from the time gates open through the fifth inning.  All proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and the Players Alumni Association, a non-profit group that strives to preserve the game of baseball while supporting a variety of charities.
 

MORE HOMESTAND INFORMATION

 

#STLisLou Social Media Campaign Launched to Honor Lou Brock

On April 19, the St. Louis Cardinals and St. Louis Civic leaders launched #STLisLou to honor Cardinals Hall of Famer Lou Brock, celebrate the St. Louis Community and raise money for children with diabetes.  The Cardinals are encouraging fans to show their affection for Lou Brock all season long by sharing video messages, photographs and other messages via social media using the hashtag #STLisLou.  The team is challenging fans to answer what does Lou Brock mean to you and what does he mean to St. Louis and the Cardinals?

 

Additionally, the team has partnered with Explore St. Louis and Downtown STL to develop “Tuesday’s Are Lou’s Day – Find Lou in the Lou!”, a weekly social media based scavenger hunt around town that will reward lucky fans with tickets, exclusive #STLisLou Lou Brock autographed baseballs and other prizes.  Fans can learn more about the campaign and see what others fans are posting to social media at cardinals.com/lou.

 

 

Molina’s #Made4TheBest & Cardinals Treasure Hunt Fan Video Contests

The Cardinals recently launched two new fan video contests: Molina’s #Made4TheBest and Cardinals Treasure Hunt.

 

Molina’s #Made4TheBest contest asks fans to submit videos celebrating Molina or creatively communicating one or more of the values or themes underling Molina’s M4 apparel brand.  The fan that creates the best video will win the opportunity to meet Molina on the field at Busch Stadium on Oct. 1, as well as enjoy the game as a VIP with three friends in the President’s Box.  A dozen fans who participate in the video contest will also receive a Yadi #Made4TheBest autographed baseball as part of Molina’s #Made4TheBest Mondays.  Visit cardinals.com/yadi for more information.

 

For the Cardinals Treasure Hunt contest, fans are asked to record a video that is two minutes or less in length showing off your greatest Cardinals or baseball collectible. Be sure to tell us where it came from, how you got it, and what it means to you. Take a still image of the object and write a short description, then create your video and submit it at cardinals.com/treasurehunt.  The fan with the best video will win a VIP prize pack including field box tickets and pregame field visit passes for Sept. 30, 2016 and a one year membership to the Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum!

 

 

Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum

Saturday Signings at the Museum, a new program held exclusively at the Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum before each Saturday home game during the 2016 season where fans can meet and get an autograph from a former Cardinals player with valid admission to the museum.  In addition to having valid admission, fans must obtain a free autograph line ticket which will be distributed starting at 9:30 a.m. at the Busch Stadium II Infield entrance to Cardinals Nation at Ballpark Village on the day of each Saturday signing.  Players will sign for two hours prior to game time and fans will need to bring their own items to be autographed unless otherwise noted.  Fans can visit cardinals.com/museum for more details and scheduling.

 

The Cardinals are proud to continue to offer the Hall of Fame & Museum Membership Program for fans in 2016.  Individual ($50) or Family Membership ($85) options are available and membership benefits include unlimited museum admission for one year, guest passes, limited edition bobbleheads of Ken Boyer and Willie McGee, discounts to the Cardinals Authentics Shop & Cardinals Nation Restaurant, and access to select presales and member-only events.  Visit cardinals.com/membership for more information.

 

The Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum within Cardinals Nation features the largest team-held collection in baseball.  The collection is second only to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in terms of size with over 20,000 memorabilia items and hundreds of thousands of archival photographs.  Be sure to check out this year’s special gallery, Farming the Business of Cardinals Baseball, which explores the history of baseball’s first successful farm system and how it literally changed the sport.  The Museum is open daily from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. and remains open through the 7th inning on home game nights.  Adult admission is $12, and tickets can be purchased at cardinals.com/museum (#CardsMuseum).

 

 

New Cardinals Magazine Gets Candid With Waino, Salutes 2016 Hall of Fame Class

What would it be like to chat one-on-one with fan favorite Adam Wainwright?  Or listen to Gibby and Red share personal stories about the 2016 Cardinals Hall of Fame class?  Or even tour the franchise’s state-of-the-art baseball academy in the Dominican Republic?

 

In the new Cardinals Magazine, fans can do more than just imagine.  Our biggest issue of the season to date at 132 pages brings these stories and many others to life.  Better yet, through August 28, fans can take advantage of our stretch-run special: subscribe and receive 2 FREE tickets to watch the Redbirds at Busch in September and a 20% discount on the Cardinals 2016 Yearbook!

 

This must-have edition also includes entertaining stories on 2006 World Series MVP David Eckstein, John Goodman’s big night at the ballpark and fast-rising prospect Harrison Bader, as well as the latest installments of our popular monthly departments featuring Matt Carpenter and Carlos Martinez.

 

Now in its 25th season, Cardinals Magazine continues to provide its global readership with comprehensive, colorful coverage of all-things Cardinals.  Fans can purchase the 100-plus page fourth issue for just $5 at Busch Stadium vendors inside each stadium gate, team store locations and Cardinals Authentics stores in Ford Plaza and Ballpark Village.  Throughout St. Louis, the magazine is available for purchase at major retailers like Cardinals Clubhouse, Dierbergs, Schnucks, QuikTrip and Walgreens.  Print subscriptions are also available at cardinals.com/publications or 314-345-9000.  New this season, you can follow Cardinals Magazine on Twitter @CardsMagazine for one-of-a-kind coverage and watch weekly video segments (“Inside Access with Cardinals Magazine”) on the Cardinals Insider TV show or at cardinals.com/insider.

 

 

2016 Official Scorecard Celebrates 10th Anniversary of Busch Stadium III

One of the longest-standing collectible souvenirs in baseball, the scorecard represents much more than a means to keep track of the hits, runs and outs that occur over the course of a game.  It’s a tangible keepsake commemorating a game that might be memorable for any number reasons—a fan’s first game, a couple’s first date or a record-setting performance.

 

It’s no wonder that the first order of business at Busch Stadium for baseball’s best fans is a stop at a Cardinals Publications vendors cart inside each gate entrance to purchase the Official 2016 Cardinals Scorecard—sold individually or included with each copy of Cardinals Magazine.

 

This must-have keepsake features the striking artistic designs of local artist Mike Right, who has been creating the timeless Cardinals scorecard imagery since 2003.  Inside, the scorecard also teaches fans how to score the “Cardinal Way”—a storied tradition by club officials that dates back to the 1940s.   Be sure to purchase your 2016 Scorecard at the ballpark this season!  Copies are also available online at cardinals.com/scorecard.

 

 

Cardinals Authentics

The Cardinals Authentics Shop – the official source of game-used and autographed collectibles and memorabilia directly from the club – will have game-used bases and baseballs available for purchase before the end of each game.  All season long, fans will be able to take a piece of the game directly from the field to their home, all in one visit.  For more information on Cardinals Authentics, and their two locations (inside Ford Plaza and at Cardinals Nation inside Ballpark Village), visit cardinals.com/authentics or follow them on Twitter @CardsAuthentics (#CardsAuthentics).

 

 

Cardinals Nation Restaurant and Bar

New this year, Cardinals Nation will host the Official Pre-Game Party of the St. Louis Cardinals.  This ticketed pep-rally style party will be located on the second floor of Cardinals Nation in the Hall of Fame Club, two and a half hours prior to every Cardinals home game during the 2016 season.  This exclusive Cardinals Nation pre-game event includes a full buffet menu, all-inclusive bar and a DJ or live music all the way until first pitch.  Only 250 tickets will be allotted for each game, which fans can purchase at cardinals.com/pregame for digital delivery.  Tickets can also be purchased at any box office or at the Cardinals Museum in Cardinals Nation.

 

Open daily, Cardinals Nation is the year-round home to Cardinals fans offering a variety of weekly programming and special events.  Offering an expansive menu that recently added 17 new menu items, Cardinals Nation has something for everyone.  This season, fans won’t want to miss the following highlights:

·         G&W Grill on Clark Street featuring St. Louis’ own G&W Bratwursts and Hot Dogs on game days

·         Dinger’s Donuts and Gus’ Pretzels game day carts on Clark Street

·         Homerun Brunch every non-game Sunday from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

·         Keep the Cup promotion on game days with 3 limited edition cups this season

·         DJ after every game on the 1st floor of Cardinals Nation

·         And much more! Visit cardinalsnation.com for details.

 

 

Ballpark Village

Ballpark Village is the place to be before, during and after the game!  Since opening in March of 2014, Ballpark Village has hosted more than 10 million visitors of all ages from across the country and brought hundreds of great events to downtown St. Louis.  As Ballpark Village enters its third year, several additions and improvements are underway.  The brand new Prairie Farms Dugout will serve up Prairie Farms hand-dipped ice cream, North Star frozen novelties and cold beverages on the turf of the Busch II Infield.  Inside fans can catch the pre-game pep rallies in FOX Sports Midwest Live! featuring emcee Todd Thomas and live post-game music by the region’s greatest bands.  When the Cardinals are away, Ballpark Village has fans covered with the return of the Official Away Game Watch Parties featuring premium giveaways.

 

Ballpark Village continues to host a variety of events while the Redbirds are out of town.  Don’t miss the Official St. Louis Cardinals Away Game Watch Parties with giveaways on August 31 (Cardinals dog leash) and September 7 (Cardinals grey hat).

 

On Saturday, September 3, Ballpark Village will host the En Vivo Latin music Festival from 1:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m.  This outdoor festival will feature authentic food trucks, fun for families and music and entertainment all day long.  The lineup includes: DJ Fonzo, Rocio y su Sonora, La Furia del Bravo, Omar Sanchez y la Banda Astilleros, Kinto Sol and Latin Grammy Nominee La Santa Cecilia.  Tickets are $20 in advance and $30 day of show.  Kids ages 12 and under are free!  Go to stlballparkvillage.com to get your tickets now.

 
2016 Official Team Media Guide

The St. Louis 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 entire Cardinals organization, along with the definitive history of the club since its inception, the 2016 Media Guide is the best and most comprehensive book about the Cardinals.

 

The Cardinals annual media guide is a great collectable, with the cover each season highlighting a moment in Cardinals history.  New this season, for every Media Guide purchased at the team store, Cards Authentics store or stands around the ballpark, fans will receive an exclusive poster featuring all 11 media guide covers at the new ballpark, along with the 2016 schedule.  The 2016 Media Guide is available for $20 at the Team Store, Cardinals Authentics or cardinals.com/mediaguide.

 

 

Cardinals in the Community

Cardinals Care (#CardsCare) was established to give fans a way of teaming up with Cardinals players and the organization to help children in our community—both on and off the baseball field.  Since it was established in 1997, Cardinals Care has distributed over $21 million to support St. Louis area non-profit youth organizations and built 21 youth ball fields in local under-resourced neighborhoods.

 

This year marks the 13th year of Cardinals Care’s innovative Redbird Rookies program, a free baseball league for kids who otherwise might not have the opportunity to play.  In addition to providing all the uniforms, gloves, bats, balls and other equipment needed for each team, Redbird Rookies also provides extensive off-field support in the areas of health, education, mentoring and the cultural arts for each of the nearly 4,500 kids who participate in the program each year.

 

Fans can support Cardinals Care by donating directly at cardinals.com/community or in a variety of ways:

#STLisLou Buttons: The team is selling commemorative #STLisLou buttons to raise money for a special Cardinals Care fund established in Lou’s name to help children with diabetes.  All proceeds from the sale of the #STLisLou button will go toward the special fund.  Fans can purchase the button for $5 at Busch Stadium in the Cardinals Team Store or in the Cardinals Authentics store, as well as at the Cardinals Authentics Store at Cardinals Nation in Ballpark Village.  Fans can also purchase the buttons for $5, plus shipping & handling fees, or make a donation to the fund directly at cardinals.com/lou.
Cardinals Care 6K & One Mile Fun Run: Registration is now open for the seventh annual Cardinals Care 6K and One Mile Fun Run set for Sunday, September 18th.  Those interested in participating are encouraged to learn more and register at cardinals.com/6k (#CardsCare6K).
 

Cardinals Work #4AGreenerGame

The Green Team is a group of volunteers who walk down the aisles of the seating bowl in-between innings collecting recyclables from fans and promoting recycling at Busch Stadium.  In exchange for their services, volunteers are able to watch the game in standing room only sections of Busch Stadium, as collections are only done in-between innings and during pitching changes so as not to disturb fans trying to watch the game.  To volunteer or learn more, visit cardinals.com/green (#4AGreenerGame).

 

 

Follow the Cardinals on Social Media

Join the Cardinals throughout the season on a variety of social media platforms including Twitter (@Cardinals), Facebook (facebook.com/cardinals), Instagram (Cardinals), Snapchat (cardinals), Pinterest (pinterest.com/cardinalsmlb), Tumblr (stlcardinals) and Google + (St. Louis Cardinals).  Fans will get an inside look at the team, exclusive promotions and giveaways, breaking club news, behind-the-scenes photos, videos and much more.  For more info, and a list of verified player twitter accounts, visit cardinals.com/connect.  Join the conversation using #STLCards.

 

 

Cardinals Launch @cardenales Spanish Language Twitter Account

The Cardinals have launched @cardenales, a Spanish language Twitter account in an effort to reach a rapidly growing segment of the team’s domestic and international fan base.  Followers of @cardenales will see real time updates about the Cardinals and unique Spanish language content designed to take fans behinds the scenes with the team.

 

 

Facebook Fridays with Fredbird

Every Friday, Fredbird and Team Fredbird will appear somewhere within Cardinal Nation to give away a select number of free tickets or items to lucky fans on a first come, first served basis.  Be sure to join the fun.  To find out where Fredbird will be each week follow us on Facebook atfacebook.com/cardinals and on Twitter @Cardinals, or visit cardinals.com/facebookfridays for more details (#Fredbird).

 

 

Fan-Friendly Values

Dynamic Deals of the Week: The Cardinals’ dynamic pricing system allows them to offer outstanding ticket savings to fans throughout the season.  Special values will be highlighted each Monday as part of the “Dynamic Deals of the Week” promotion.  Fans can sign up to receive weekly Dynamic Deal emails atcardinals.com.
KMOX 1120 First Pitch Tickets: At 9:00 a.m. on the day of each game, the first 275 fans may purchase a voucher good for two tickets to that day’s game for just $11.20.  The voucher may be redeemed 10 minutes before the scheduled start of the game.  The tickets may be anywhere in the park, depending on availability.  Visit cardinals.com/firstpitch for full details.
Coca-Cola Sundays: Enjoy Sunday games in select Pavilion and Terrace level seats at a special low price.  Each ticket purchased also includes a free Coca-Cola and a Hunter hot dog. Tickets start at just $10 each!  Visit cardinals.com/cocacola to purchase tickets or for more details.
Phillips 66 Discount Ticket Offer: Fill up with 8 gallons or more at participating Phillips 66 and receive a voucher for up to 50% off a pair of tickets to a Cardinals game.  Visit cardinals.com/phillips66 for details.
Cardinals/Six Flags Double Play Combo: Each Double Play Combo includes a ticket to a 2016 Cardinals game and one single-day admission to Six Flags for just $55.  Visit cardinals.com/sixflags to purchase Double Play Combos or for more information.
For more information on Cardinals promotions and theme nights visit cardinals.com/promotions and cardinals.com/theme.

 

 

Media Information

Media looking for more information may contact the Cardinals Communications Department directly at 314.345.9904.  Media can find helpful information about covering the team, including how to apply for credentials, sign up to receive team news releases and gain access to the team’s digital newsroom at cardinals.com/communications and cardinalspressbox.com.

 

 

**Highway Construction Closes Stretch of I-44 in St. Louis City for Grand Demolition**

The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) is advising drivers heading down to Busch Stadium for the Cardinals August 26-29 weekend series to avoid I-44 and use I-70, I-64 or I-55 to get into St. Louis.  Crews will close all lanes of I-44 between Jefferson and Vandeventer starting at 8:00 p.m. on Friday, August 26.  In addition, the ramp from Vandeventer to eastbound I-44 and the ramps from Lafayette and Jefferson to westbound I-44 will close at 8:00 p.m. on August 26.  Drivers may use Vandeventer, Chouteau and Jefferson to detour around the closure, but should consider using alternate interstate routes to avoid delays.  All lanes will reopen by 5:00 a.m. on Monday, August 20.

Source: St.Louis Cardinalzs

Kirkwood’s own Lauryn Miller heads to UCLA

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This is a non-baseball story but I felt I need to run the story due to Lauryn being the daughter to one of my friends Alvin Miller. I am so happy for her and the Miller Family!!

Kirkwood High senior basketball standout Lauryn Miller has had to travel many different paths in her career.

Her newest path will take her to the West Coast.

Miller, a 6-foot-2 center, announced on Thursday that she has given a verbal commitment to attend UCLA.

“UCLA offers me the opportunity to grow as a player and, most importantly, as a person,” Miller said. “The staff there is really committed to making sure I leave a better person than when I arrive. After great consideration, we decided UCLA was the best option.”

Miller, one of the area’s best post players, battled back from a severe knee injury, to reach the Class 5 state championship game last winter.

Ranked 12th in the country among front-line players by ESPN, Miller chose UCLA over a final list that included Missouri, Ohio State, TCU and Notre Dame.

As a junior, Miller made the most of a short-lived season. She returned from the kneeinjury suffered during summer basketball to help lead Kirkwood to a second-place finish.

Miller averaged 11.9 points and 6.7 rebounds in 10 games for the Pioneers (26-5), who lost to Kickapoo 63-53 in the title game March 19 at Mizzou Arena

Kirkwood coach Monica Tritz is happy that Miller’s future path is set.

“I know that this was a long and grueling process for Lauryn and her family,” Tritz said. “I’m happy for her. She is an exceptional kid that has a bright future.”

Miller, who visited the Westwood campus in May, is expected to sign her National Letter of Intent when the signing period opens Nov. 9.

“I’m feeling very good and eager to play this season,” Miller said. “There’s no more stress about having to make a decision.”

Miller joins a program that finished last season 26-9 under coach Cori Close. UCLA lost to Texas 72-64 in a Sweet 16 game to end its NCAA Tournament run.

Miller’s father, Alvin, who graduated from Notre Dame after an illustrious football career at Kirkwood, might have been hoping his daughter could follow in his footsteps.

Not so, Lauryn says.

“He agreed with my decision-making skills,” Lauryn said. “He understands why I chose UCLA.”

Source: Jim Faasen  Stl Today Sports

Margaritaville Night at Busch Stadium

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Today the St. Louis Cardinals announced the addition of Margaritaville Night to the 2016 Theme Ticket schedule.

On Friday, September 9, Parrotheads, beach lovers and baseball fans alike will be transported to Margaritaville when the Cardinals take on the Milwaukee Brewers at 7:15 p.m.  Fans who purchase the special Margaritaville Night theme ticket will receive an exclusive Margaritaville-inspired Cardinals t-shirt.  Additionally, fans will be able to enjoy Jimmy Buffett music during a pregame concert from The Boat Drunks, one of the Midwest’s best-known Buffett tribute bands.  Visitcardinals.com/margaritaville for more information.

Fans can purchase tickets for Margaritaville Night and view the remaining 2016 theme ticket schedule atcardinals.com/theme.

Source: St. Louis Cardinals

 

 

Lance Lynn Good News

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This afternoon Jennifer Langosch tweeted…..

Lance Lynn begins rehab assignmet today. will monitor progress over next few weeks to see if there’s a chance he returns in ’16.

This is awesome news! Lynn last pitched in the majors in 2015, making at least 29 starts for the fourth consecutive season for the Cardinals. An All-Star in 2012, he has averaged 15 wins and posted a 3.37 ERA over the course of being with the Cardinals all of his career.

Lynn is signed  through just 2017, Lynn is on the books for $7.5 million next season, a team-friendly price if he is able to return to the form he had established prior to his injury. If he is able to return soon Lance would be able to help the Cardinals creep into the playoffs

Potomac Nationals giving out Bobble Heads

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This is sooo funny, check out this article by Dayn Perry………….

On Nov. 8, right-wise Americans will descend upon high school gymnasiums all across this fair land to exercise the franchise and elect a new president. In advance of that vital occasion, the Potomac Nationals — fightin’ Carolina League affiliate of the Washington Nationals — would like to set the scene with some appropriate bobbleheads. Please witness this electronic promotional flyer …

All right. As you can see, on Sept. 3 some lucky game-goers will receive a bobble of either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump, and said bobblehead will be adorned with real hair. Putatively, this is a feature and not a bug.

But wait: That’s not all! From the write-up of note

On Saturday, September 3rd, P-Nats fans of legal voting age (18 and older) will have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to vote in a mock 2016 Presidential Election at G. Richard Pfitzner Stadium, Home of the Potomac Nationals, while the Red, White, & Blue take on the Myrtle Beach Pelicans (Chicago Cubs) at 6:35pm EST.

Gates to Pfitzner Stadium will open for 2016 Presidential Election polling at 5:00pm.

The Official 2016 Pfitzner Stadium Presidential Election Ballot will feature both major party United States Presidential Candidates, Democratic Presidential Nominee, Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton, and Republican Presidential Nominee, Donald John Trump, in addition to an “Other Candidate” option.

So it’s the first 2,000 to cast their ballots who receive the hairy bobblehead of their choice. As for the “Other Candidate” option, Libertarian Party nominee Gary Johnson and Green Party nominee Jill Stein are obvious options, as is Harambe.

Moss wants to remain a Cardinal

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One of the key players at this point has to be Brandon Moss, he currently leads the Cardinals with the most home runs at 20. Its great to hear he wants to remain a Cardinal after this year and we need him. Just recently Moss told Derrick Goold that he’d like to re-sign with the Redbirds. “Honestly, I have thought more about wanting to stay here than I have thought about where I could end up,” Moss said. “I think most guys spend their entire careers trying to get to a place like this.” A hip injury helped lead to a subpar output last year for Moss, who joined the Cardinals in a July trade with Cleveland, but he has rebounded in 2016 to post a prolific .257/.339/.563 batting line through 304 plate appearances. Mozeliak spoke highly of Moss last week, though the GM added that it wasn’t the right time to discuss an extension. Whether with St. Louis or another team, Moss looks primed to land a raise over his current salary of $8.25MM. The Cardinals should find that Moss is a top priority since he will be a free agent in 2017

Source: MLBtraderumors

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