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
th
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

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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.

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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.

Gyorko to DL and Bader called Up

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Prior to tonight’s game, the St. Louis Cardinals placed infielder Jedd Gyorko (right hamstring strain) on the 10-day disabled list and recalled outfielder Harrison Bader from Memphis (AAA).
Bader, the Cardinals Minor League Player of the Year in 2017, made his Major League debut last season, appearing in 32 games, hitting three home runs in his first 11 games in the majors.
Bader, 23, posted a .283 batting mark with 20 home runs at Memphis (AAA) last season, starting 111 of his 117 games with the triple-A Redbirds in centerfield.
The right-handed hitting Bader appeared in 21 games this spring, batting .313 (15-for-48) and he finished 2nd on the team with his seven Grapefruit League doubles.
Bader wears uniform no. 48

Source: St. Louis Cardinals

 

Holland Update

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The St. Louis Cardinals announced today that they have signed free-agent right-handed relief pitcher Greg Holland to a one-year contract. Financial terms of the contract were not disclosed.
Holland, 32, pitched for the National League Wild Card-qualifying Colorado Rockies in 2017 after spending his first six Major League seasons with the Kansas City Royals (2010-15).
The three-time All-Star saved 41 games in 2017, tied with the Dodgers Kenley Jansen for the National League lead and he tied the Rockies franchise single-season saves record (Jose Jimenez – 2002).
Holland has a career record of 21-18 with a 2.60 ERA in 370 career appearances covering 377.0 innings with 500 strikeouts. He has converted 186 saves in 206 opportunities and ranks 4th among MLB relievers in save percentage (90.3%) since 2010.
In 2017, Holland was named National League Comeback Player of the Year and also earned National League Relief Pitcher of the Month for April and May converting 19 of 19 saves and his first 23 saves, not recording a blown save until June 15.
Holland and Jansen are the only two pitchers with three 40-save seasons since 2013, posting 40 or more saves in 2013, 2014 and 2017, missing 2016 while recovering from Tommy John surgery, which also removed him from the Kansas City Royals 2015 postseason run.
He posted career-highs with 47 saves, 103 strikeouts and a 1.21 ERA in 2013 earning him a 9th-place finish in the American League Cy Young Award voting. In 2014, Holland recorded 46 saves and again finished 9th in the A.L. Cy Young voting.
Since 2013, Holland ranks third among Major League pitchers with 166 saves trailing only Craig Kimbrel (202) and Jansen (196). His 12.14 strikeouts/9 IP is ranked 9th among MLB relievers and he ranks 6th striking out 33.8% of total batters faced.
In postseason play, Holland is 7-for-7 in save opportunities making 12 appearances with a 2.31 ERA and 15 strikeouts with 11.2 innings pitched. He is one of six players in MLB history with seven saves in a single postseason.
Holland will wear uniform No. 56 and Bullpen Coach Bryan Eversgerd will change to No. 72.

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Cardinals Trade with A’s for Meisner

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The Cardinals and Athletics have swapped a pair of right-handers. Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports that reliever Josh Lucas is headed to the A’s, with the Cardinals receiving minor-league starter Casey Meisner in exchange.
The 27-year-old Lucas made his majors debut last season with St. Louis, tossing 7 1/3 relief innings across five appearances. He struck out seven hitters and walked four while allowing three earned runs. Across the past two seasons in the Cardinals’ farm system, the righty posted a K/9 north of 10 and a ground ball rate of nearly 50%. He has 49 career MiLB saves, but was designated for assignment by the Cards earlier this week, a move that came as something of a surprise considering that Lucas seems to carry some upside.
The towering 6’7″ Meisner had a solid showing with the A’s High-A affiliate last season, posting a 3.98 ERA with 9.64 K/9. However, he struggled a bit upon a midseason promotion to Double-A; after that point, the 22-year-old averaged fewer than five innings per start while seeing his walk rate nearly double and his strikeout rate plummet to 5.64 K/9. Meisner was selected by the Mets in the third round of the 2013 draft, and subsequently traded to the A’s in exchange for reliever Tyler Clippard.

Source: MLBTradeRumors

2018 Cardinals Spanish Radio Broadcast

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The St. Louis Cardinals have announced they will produce 39 Spanish language home radio broadcasts during the 2018 season as part of the club’s continuing effort to better reach the team’s rapidly growing Spanish-speaking fan base.
The club will produce the broadcasts in cooperation with WIJR 880 “La Tremenda” to provide game play-by-play from announcer Polo Ascencio and color commentary from former Cardinals Assistant Hitting Coach Bengie Molina for the team’s home opener and every Friday, Saturday and Sunday home game. All 39 home broadcasts will air on WIJR 8800 AM and will also be streamed via cardinals.com and the MLB.com At Bat mobile app.
“We are proud to partner with the St. Louis Cardinals to air these Spanish language radio broadcasts,” said Manuel Rivera, President of WIJR. “The Cardinals are doubling the number of Spanish broadcasts they aired last year and we couldn’t be more excited to bring the game into the homes of the team’s Hispanic & Latino fans.”
The expanded Spanish language radio broadcast schedule is just one of many initiatives the Cardinals have developed to provide Hispanic and Latino fans with a way to follow the team in their native language. The Cardinals have verified Spanish language Twitter (@cardenales) and Facebook (facebook.com/stlcardenales) accounts; and just recently created a verified Spanish language Instagram account (@stlcardenales). The accounts have amassed over 13,000 followers, allowing users to see real time updates about the Cardinals and unique Spanish language content designed to take fans behinds the scenes with the team.
Last year, the Cardinals launched the #SomosSTL Spanish language landing page at cardinals.com/somosstl that compiles and aggregates all of the Cardinals’ Spanish broadcast, video and social initiatives in one location for fans to easily access.
Furthermore, the club established Los Cardenales, a dedicated Spanish-language video page to house video features the Cardinals produce as part of their expanding video brand journalism efforts. The Los Cardenales video page can be found at cardinals.com/loscardenales.

Source: St. Louis Cardinals

 

 

 

Cardinals Sign Holland

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Holland agreed to a one-year, $14 million contract with the Cardinals on Thursday, pending a physical, Jon Heyman of FanRagSports.com reports.
It took them until Opening Day, but the Cardinals finally found their answer in the ninth inning in Holland. While he has been keeping his arm in shape, it seems likely that Holland will need a brief minor-league tuneup before slotting into the big-league bullpen. Dominic Leone and Tyler Lyons will share setup duties for St. Louis once Holland is active, at least until Luke Gregerson (hamstring) makes it back from the

 

Cardinals Looking at Holland…Again

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Cardinals’ manager Mike Matheny announced Saturday that Luke Gregerson (hamstring) will begin the season on the 10-day disabled list. Matheny also added that either Dominic Leone or Tyler Lyons would function as the team’s closer in Gregerson’s absence.  Well this was just reported ……..Jim Bowden of The Athletic confirms in a tweet that the Braves, Diamondbacks and Cardinals have all checked in on free agent reliever Greg Holland. However, none of them feel as though they can be competitive financially based on the right-hander’s current asking price. Bowden suggests that Holland should take the best offer on the table. With less than a week left until opening day, it’s hard to argue that point.

Pena earns his way with the Cardinals

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I was somewhat surprise with Carson Kelly’s spring training performance that led him being sent down to Memphis but I am very happy that Francisco Pena is our new back up catcher. His dad Tony Pena must be very proud of him!

Pena has earned his way over Carson Kelly as back up catcher and it was this competition that gave Pena the edge to get the call over Kelly.

Pena said….. “As a backup you want to prioritize as a defensive guy,  “You want to have the opportunity to show the pitchers you’re there for them. And be a good guy in the clubhouse as well because you know the role. Play the game hard. Don’t try to do too much. Have a smile on my face, always. And leave the decisions to the people in the front office.”

Source: Derrick Goold

My Eyes are on Munoz

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At this point in Spring Training Yairo Munoz has my attention.  With great skills in the outfield and infield it may look like Harrison Bader is in his way.  In an article by Derrick Goold….”Impressive,” Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said of Yairo Munoz after the Cardinals beat the Marlins 11-4 on Tuesday at Roger Dean Stadium.  Munoz is now  12-for-32 (.375) with two home runs, two doubles and twice as many hits (12) as strikeouts. That 12th hit took the lead for the Cardinals this spring. And shortstop marked his fourth position played.

The Cardinals tend to carry 13 pitchers, it’s most likely that the versatile Munoz is competing with Harrison Bader and Jose Adolis Garcia for role of fourth outfielder, a race that slugging prospect Tyler O’Neill was removed from when he was optioned to Class AAA.

I hope he gets a chance.

 

 

Cardinals How about Arrieta?

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So what is the deal with Free Agent Jake Arrieta? How come the Cardinals are not looking at him? Is it his age, the amount of money he wants, or the decline of his pitching arm?

Arrieta reportedly is looking for more than Darvish’s deal, but then aren’t we all? Some talk goes back to a four-year, $88 million offer, which doesn’t top Darvish’s total payday, but does come with some bragging rights.

Darvish reportedly is guaranteed $25 million this season, $4 million more than his average annual value. A Cardinals or Brewers deal with Arrieta could start at, say, $28 million for 2018 and pay him $20 million each of the remaining three seasons. Voila, not only a higher average annual salary than Darvish but also the highest free-agent pitcher salary this year.

It’s always fun to spend other people’s millions, isn’t it? Who knows, maybe Arrieta will decide $88 million is enough when coupled with the chance to be a Cubs killer instead of the Cubs ace, and maybe the Cardinals or Brewers will decide a decorated pitcher who remade himself in the middle of a division race last season now knows who he is and what he’s doing, and would have some extra motivation to execute all that.

Why have teams been slow to ink Arrieta? Below is an analytical look at reasons why MLB front offices are hesitant to commit to the former Cubs ace.

This isn’t surprising to those who watched Arrieta pitch the past season, but Arrieta’s velocity might be the most concerning part of his profile. Below are Arrieta’s dips over the past three seasons on each of his pitch types, per Statcast™ and pitch-tracking data:
Sinker (2015/ ’16/ ’17): 95.3 mph / 94.5 mph / 92.2 mph
Four-seam fastball: 95.1 mph / 94.2 mph / 92.1 mph
Curveball: 81.3 mph / 81.1 mph / 78.8 mph
Slider: 90.8 mph / 89.8 mph / 87.8 mph
Changeup: 89.5 mph / 89.2 mph / 87.3 mph

Arrieta essentially shelved his four-seamer last season, throwing it only 54 times after he’d averaged 629 in the prior two campaigns. That took away a pitch with a healthy 24.5 percent whiff-per-swing rate in 2015-16, as well as an offering he could tunnel alongside his changeup and breaking balls.
Arrieta’s 25.7 percent whiff rate on all his pitches sat just outside the top 20 qualified MLB starters in ’15 (min. 1,000 total swings induced), but slipped to 21.5 percent last season. Declining velocity is maybe the most obvious red flag for a free-agent pitcher, and it appears Arrieta will have to rely more on craft and command in the years ahead.

Arrieta’s peak three seasons ago ranks among the greatest performances in baseball history. But his next team will be paying for the future, not the past, and the data suggests that zenith is likely in the rear-view mirror.
Arrieta still possesses the skill, guile and competitiveness to retire Major League hitters, but for how long? Teams may be wondering if Arrieta could truly fulfill the value of the mega  contract he’s seeking.

Source: MLB\Matt Kelly

 

Single Cardinals Tickets on Sale Friday

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The St. Louis Cardinals announced today that individual tickets for the 2018 season will go on sale this Friday, February 23, beginning at 10 a.m. CT.
Fans who wish to purchase tickets to three or more games will receive early access to take part in a special online-only “multi-game” ticket sale beginning today, Wednesday, February 21, at 10 a.m. CT.
In addition to hosting top National League teams such as the Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Dodgers and Washington Nationals, the Cardinals’ 2018 home schedule features interleague matchups with American League Central teams including the defending AL Central Champion Cleveland Indians (June 25-27), Chicago White Sox (May 1-2), Minnesota Twins (May 7-8); the Redbirds will host their American League rival, Kansas City Royals, for a three-game set May 21-23.
This year’s schedule also features over 40 promotional dates for fans of all ages, with many returning favorites such as bobbleheads, replica rings and replica jerseys. A few, new items that will salute Cardinals historic moments and current roster favorites include a lightweight quarter-zip performance pullover (April 8), a “Yadi” tumbler (June 1), and a Dizzy Dean watch (August 19). Also new for 2018, fans will have the opportunity to help select a t-shirt design for a monthly t-shirt promotional giveaway.
As in previous seasons, the Cardinals will continue to offer great values in 2018 with ticket prices starting as low as $5.
“Busch Stadium should be an enjoyable and affordable experience for all fans,” said Bill DeWitt III, President of the Cardinals. “Thanks to our dynamic ticket pricing system, we’re able to provide great deals on a consistent basis.”
The Cardinals’ dynamic pricing system allows the team to more accurately price tickets for individual games and provide fans more value. In 2017, 72% of games featured tickets available for $10 or less and 33% of games featured tickets at $5 or below. Throughout the season, the team will continue to offer “Dynamic Deals of the Week” highlighting outstanding ticket savings for fans, as well as a host of other fan-friendly values which can be found at cardinals.com/fanvalues.
Sales for multi-game and single-game tickets are both available online at cardinals.com. In addition, tickets for Friday’s on-sale are available via phone at 314-345-9000 or in person at the Busch Stadium Ticket Windows and kiosks.

A full list of fan-friendly values for the 2018 season follows:

2018 Fan-Friendly Values
Dynamic Pricing: Ticket prices fluctuate based on market value, meaning many games will feature tickets as low as $5.
Great Promotional Giveaways: MLB’s best premium items including replica jerseys, replica rings and bobbleheads highlight a season of over 40 stadium giveaways and special promotions.
Outside Food & Drinks at All Games: Busch Stadium is the only St. Louis sports venue where fans may bring in their own food and drinks for all home games (some size and content restrictions apply).
Budweiser Ballpark Pass: After a successful 2017 debut, the popular monthly digital ticket subscription will return in 2018. The Pass delivers a standing room ticket for every home game for just $29.99 per month.
KMOX 1120 First Pitch Tickets: At 9:00 a.m. CT on the day of each home game, fans may purchase a voucher good for two tickets for just $11.20 ($5.60 per ticket). Fans redeem their vouchers for actual tickets 15 minutes prior to game time. Tickets may be anywhere in the stadium from Field Box to Standing Room.
Nathan’s Famous Family Sundays: On most Sundays, fans who purchase RF/LF Pavilion or RF Terrace tickets will receive a free jumbo hot dog and Coca-Cola.
Prairie Farms Ice Cream Sundays: Two hours prior to each Sunday game, enjoy games, prizes and free Prairie Farms ice cream and North Star frozen treats in Ford Plaza.
AAA Discounts Rewards: AAA members receive a $10 discount off tickets on most Monday-Thursday games.
Fill Up at Phillips 66: Fill up with eight (8) gallons or more at a participating Phillips 66 to receive a special discount ticket offer of up to 50% off many 2018 games.
Six Flags Double Play Combo: Get a Cardinals game ticket and a Six Flags one-day ticket for only $55.
Ticket Packs: Several different 5-game and 10-game ticket packs are available, which feature discounted tickets to 2018’s best promotional giveaways and highest demand games.
Group Value Nights: Select games throughout the season where groups of 20 or more receive 50% off regular ticket prices.
Cards Cash: Stored money built into the barcode of your ticket, good for use at any Busch Stadium concession stand, kiosk or Team Store. Fans can add $12 Cards Cash to a ticket for just $10.

For more details, visit cardinals.com/fanvalues.

MLB Teams show Support for Victims

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All 30 Major League teams will wear Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School baseball caps before their Spring Training games this weekend to show support for the Parkland, Fla., community and the Stoneman Douglas student body after the tragic shooting at the school on Feb. 14.
Players across MLB will then be signing the caps and auctioning them to raise money for the Broward Education Foundation, which will benefit the official Stoneman Douglas Victims’ Fund. Seventeen people were killed in the shooting, including 14 students and three staff members.
MLB teams will wear the caps pregame on Friday and will also be allowed to wear them during their games. Since they’re off on Friday, the Royals and Rangers will don the hats on Saturday.
The effort started with a few Grapefruit League teams, which wanted to wear the caps pregame, and it quickly spread across camps in Florida and Arizona. Soon all 30 teams had decided to join in the support and fundraising effort for the school community.
Commissioner Rob Manfred then approved the use of the caps during all games on Friday, the Spring Training openers for most of the clubs.
The caps made for the fundraising effort will be provided to all players, coaches and umpires.
David Adler is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @_dadler.

The Cardinals to attend Lincecum Showcase

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This just came in from Jon Heyman……..The Cardinals will have evaluators at Tim Lincecum’s showcase tomorrow, according to FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman (Twitter link).  St. Louis will join at least 12 other teams in watching the former two-time Cy Young Award winner throw as he attempts a comeback after missing all over the 2017 season.

I have also heard that Tim Lincecum has bulked up in size. He will pitch in a showcase in Seattle.

Lincecum appeared in nine games for the Angels in 2016. He posted a 9.16 earned-run average as he returned from hip surgery. He did not pitch in professional baseball last season.
Lincecum reemerged into the baseball world in December, when Kyle Boddy, the founder of training facility Driveline Baseball, announced Lincecum would attempt another comeback.

During nine years with San Francisco, Lincecum played a role on three World Series champions. His best days occurred before the Giants became October regulars: In his Cy Young years in 2008 and 2009, Lincecum went 33-12 with a 2.55 ERA and struck out 526 batters. His performance waned as his velocity dipped.

 

 

 

Five Dollar Cardinals Flash Sale!

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Pitchers and catchers have officially reported to Spring Training, and to celebrate the St. Louis Cardinals announced a special 12-hour flash ticket sale tomorrow from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. CT.
Fans can purchase tickets for any Monday—Thursday games in 2018 for just $5 (excluding Opening Day).  Additionally, each $5 ticket purchased will be pre-loaded with $5 in Cards Cash for fans to use towards concessions or merchandise inside Busch Stadium.
Fans can purchase up to eight of the special $5 tickets per person, per game.  Tickets will be available at cardinals.com, at the Busch Stadium Box Office during regular hours (10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.) or via phone at 314.345.9000.  Again, this special ticket flash sale will only be available until 10:00 p.m. CT on Tuesday, February 13.

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Update: Bud Norris

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It’s a one-year, Major League contract for Norris, tweets SB Nation’s Chris Cotillo. The Cardinals are in agreement on a contract with free-agent righty Bud Norris, reports Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic (via Twitter). His contract is pending a physical.  Norris is represented by Wasser.

It’s not yet clear whether Norris, 33 next month, signed a Major League or Minor League contract, though the latter is a possibility following a rough finish to what began as a strong 2017 season. The 4.21 ERA that Norris authored through 62 innings last season doesn’t look overly impressive, but he was somewhat quietly dominant through the season’s first half; in 36 1/3 innings prior to the All-Star break, Norris notched a 2.23 ERA that was backed by a 2.96 FIP and a 3.21 xFIP. In that time, the starter-turned-reliever averaged 11.6 K/9 against 3.5 BB/9 with a 47.6 percent ground-ball rate.

However, Norris missed time in late June and early July with a knee injury, and upon his return, his success quickly deteriorated. Then the Halos’ closer, Norris improbably served up a pair of grand slams (being charged for all four runs in each instance) within a span of six days, ballooning his ERA from 2.23 to 3.89. Things didn’t get any better for him in the month of August, and he again hit the disabled list late that month due to inflammation in the same problematic right knee. Overall, Norris perhaps quite literally limped to a 7.01 ERA following the All-Star break and watched his K/9 (9.5), BB/9 (4.6) and ground-ball rates (41.8 percent) all go in the wrong direction.

The Cardinals, though, could be heartened by the fact that Norris’ success out of the ’pen in the past couple of seasons has corresponded with a notable change in his pitch selection, as he’s largely abandoned his four-seam fastball in exchange for a cutter and sinker. If those changes and better health can allow him to sustain production more in line with last year’s first half than his nightmarish second half, then Norris could prove to be a bargain for a Cardinals team whose late-inning relief mix still looks to be rather unsettled.

As things stand, Luke Gregerson could well head into the year as the closer, though St. Louis also picked up righty Dominic Leone from the Blue Jays in the Randal Grichuk trade, and lefty Tyler Lyons had a breakout year as a high-leverage reliever last season. Any from that mix could conceivably find his way into the ninth inning in 2018, as could righty Alex Reyes when he returns from Tommy John surgery (even though the organization views him as a starter long term).

MLB Trade Rumors

Whats Going On with Lance Lynn

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Free agent hurler Lance Lynn has received interest from “seven or eight teams,” according to a report from Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. His former team, the Cardinals, is not one of them.

Lynn, of course, declined a qualifying offer from St. Louis at the start the offseason. It seems the club is now content to allow him to leave, knowing that it’ll receive a draft choice after the Competitive Balance Round B selections so long as Lynn signs before this year’s draft.

Clearly, Lynn is worthy of punting some draft compensation. But while the CBA’s new qualifying offer rules have generally put that matter on the back burner, parting with draft value is still a factor in any free agent case. (MLBTR has run down what draft picks each team would need to sacrifice to sign a qualified free agent such as Lynn.)

As we’ve noted of late, Lynn has had a quiet offseason but remains an easy-to-visualize fit with quite a few organizations. Among the teams showing some level of interest, per Goold, are the Brewers and Cubs — two teams that are plenty familiar with Lynn from his lengthy stint with the Cardinals. The article also rounds up reported interest from other quarters, mentioning the Orioles, Twins, Nationals, and Mets as plausible suitors. Indeed, a run through MLBTR’s log of posts involving Lynn shows no shortage of possibilities.

Lynn himself discussed the situation with Goold, though he declined to get into specifics on teams. You’ll want to read the entire piece, as it’s loaded with interesting information and discussion, but generally Lynn suggests he feels comfortable preparing as normal despite his lack of a contract. “I haven’t missed anything,” he said. “There’s nothing really to worry about — at this moment.”

Goold also examines Lynn’s value against prior open-market players, suggesting the Tigers’ signing of Jordan Zimmermann — five years and $110MM, with strong no-trade protection — as a comp. While there’s certainly an argument to be made for that kind of analogy given Lynn’s bottom-line results, the view of MLBTR’s Tim Dierkes — as explained first in the MLBTR Top 50 Free Agents list and expanded upon in his free agent profile of Lynn — is that the veteran righty isn’t quite in that stratosphere, due in large part to concerns with the peripherals. MLBTR has pegged Lynn for a four-year deal in the $14MM or $15MM annual range, citing a variety of teams as plausible fits on paper.

In large part, the overall market picture remains much the same as it was when Dierkes set out to evaluate things before the action got underway. Just how Lynn’s situation will shake out, though, is even more difficult to predict now than it was then. The overall tenor of Lynn’s comments, and Goold’s reporting, suggests that this free agent case is not particularly close to resolution.

Source: MLBTradeRumor

Seung-whan OH signs with Rangers

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Well it looks like the Free Agents signings are slowly simmering, yesterday Todd Frazier was signed by the Mets with a 2 year $17M deal, well today the Rangers have struck a deal with free agent reliever Seung-hwan Oh, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic (via Twitter). Terms of the pact, which won’t be finalized until Oh passes a physical, are not yet known.
This makes for an interesting match given the open questions at the back of the Texas pen. Oh, a veteran Korean hurler, took over the closer’s role for the Cardinals in his debut MLB season of 2016. He opened the ensuing campaign with the same job, but was not able to repeat his dominance.

Source: MLBTradeRumor