The past few days there has been a lot of talk about adding a right handed bat either in the outfield or to take over third-base full time. With the GM Mozeliak making his radio show rounds and the St.Louis Sports Guru’s spouting their Baseball knowledge, I was able to find a small list of players that the Cardinals might be taking a look at. On top of the list is Mark DeRosa. This versatile player is able to play 3B-2B-SS and the outfield. When playing fulltime he does put up some great numbers. My choice is with DeRosa. The Cleveland Indians wouild like either Jason Motte of Chris Perez in return, or maybe both.
Seattle’s Adrian Beltre is another name that has appeared on the Cardinals radar.
Garret Atkins is also another name that shocked me that the Cardinals may have intrest in.
John Mabry has come out of hiding and is now spending time with the St.Louis Cardinals. John Mabry resides here in St.Louis with his family. His last year was in 2007 with the Colorado Rockies. Once he retired he became Mr. Mom. His new duties with the Cardinals is pitching batting practice and helping out in the booth.
Here are some fun facts on John Mabry. He was known not to use batting gloves at all. As a Cardinal he hit for the cycle May 18, 1996 against the Colorado Rockies. The Cardinals lost.
Rick Ankiel was officially put on the disable list today. The Cardinals soon called up Shane Robinson to replace Ankiel. LaRussa did tell the press today that he does plan to start some games this weekend against the Reds.
Here is some great information about Shane. Check it out:
Selected in the fifth round (166th overall) of the June, 2006 First-Year Player Draft. Received a $175,000 signing bonus.
Robinson got off to a great start at Double-A Springfield, often leading the Texas League in hitting and being named to the Texas League All-Star Team in June. He played 63 games for the Springfield Cardinals hitting .352 with four home runs and 32 RBIs before being promoted to Memphis. Robinson finished the season at Triple-A, hitting just .220 in 42 games and 141 at-bats. Robinson played for the Peoria Saguaros in the Arizona Fall League at the end of the season where he appeared in 26 games and batted .280 (30-107) while leading the team in runs (27) and at-bats (107). Shane had two HRs and 24 RBI and tied for 3rd in the AFL with eight stolen bases.
Cardinals Minor League Player of the Month – April, 2008
Scout.com’s Minor League Player of the Month – April, 2008
Texas League All-Star
Texas League Player of the Week (5/5-11/08)
Manny joined a growing lineup of All-Stars linked to drugs Thursday, with the dreadlocked slugger banished for 50 games by a sport that cannot shake free from scandal.
The Dodgers outfielder was suspended by Major League Baseball for a drug violation, adding a further stamp to what will forever be known as the Steroids Era.
“It’s a dark day for baseball and certainly for this organization,” Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti told reporters on the field at Dodger Stadium. “This organization will never condone anything that isn’t clean.”
Ramirez said he did not take steroids and was given medication by a doctor that contained a banned substance. A person familiar with the details of the suspension said Ramirez used the female fertility drug HCG, or human chorionic gonadotropin. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the banned substance wasn’t announced.
“As tough as it is for us, it’s pretty tough for Manny, too,” Dodgers manager Joe Torre said. “I know he’s the one that did the wrong thing and nobody is trying to cover that up, but it’s still something that I know he’s sorry about.