It’s Official, Stan Musial recieves Medal of Freedom

The McBrayer Baseball Blog sends a huge congratulations to Stan and the Musial Family. Stan has deserved this noble honor. Not only is he a St.Louis Legend but one the greatest americans of them all.
Musial becomes the eighth baseball player to win the Medal, and the first since O’Neil in 2005. The others are DiMaggio (1977), Robinson (1984), Williams (1991), Clemente (2003), Aaron (2005) and Robinson (2005). Other winners from the world of sports include Jesse Owens, Muhammad Ali, Bear Bryant, Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and John Wooden.


And the Winner Is…………..

                           My UCB Votes for 2010

1. Player of the Year

–Albert Pujols

2. Pitcher of the Year

-Adam Wainwright

3. Game of the Year

–July 18 vs. Los Angeles–Five runs in eight and ninth to win

4. Surprise Player of the Year

–Jaime Garcia

5. Disappointing Player of the Year

–Brendan Ryan

6. Rookie of the Year

–Jaime Garcia

7. Acquisition of the Year

–Jake Westbrook

8. Biggest Off-Field Story

–Jaime Garcia’s shutdown without him knowing

9. Most Anticipated Cardinal

–Shelby Miller

10. Best Individual Cardinal Blog

–Write-in: _Fungoes______________

11. Best Team Cardinal Blog

–Write-in: Redbird Report________________

12. Best Media Blog

–Bird Land

13. Best UCB Project

–Cardinal All-Decade Team

14. Most Optimistic Cardinal Blog

–Write-in: _dunno_____________

15. Funniest Cardinal Blog

–Write-in: ___Fredbird Follies___________

16. Rookie Cardinal Blog of the Year


Cardinals In Pursuit of Uribe

That’s the word from ESPN’s Buster Olney, who writes that the Cardinals could use Juan Uribe at third base or shortstop.
Uribe, who turns 32 in March, batted .248/.310/.440 with 24 homers and 85 RBI this past season. And though he had a lousy .149 batting average during the playoffs, he also had his fair share of big hits, which will probably boost his value this winter.

If Uribe signs with St. Louis, I could see him being used in a similar role as he was in San Francisco. The Cardinals still hope David Freese can be their everyday third baseman eventually, but he is a question mark after undergoing procedures on both of his ankles late in the season. Uribe could function as insurance at the hot corner while also stepping in for Brendan Ryan at shortstop and Skip Schumaker at second.

Uribe isn’t the only possible solution, though. According to Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, “Tony La Russa and a front-office faction” have long pushed for the addition of Miguel Tejada, who is also a free agent this winter. The 36-year-old batted .269/.312/.381 with 15 homers and 71 RBI between the Orioles and Padres this past season, playing both third base and shortstop.


Cardinals Looking at Stephen Drew?

Some rumors are swirling about the Cardinals and the Diamondbacks talking about a trade for Stephen Drew. This rumor also appeared towards the trading deadline of 2010. The latest word is that the Cards would trade Brendan Ryan and John Jay for Stephen Drew and a pitcher. Word is that there is momentum of  deal going down like this before the winter meetings. I would love to see Stephen Drew in Cardinal Red, I just hope he is not a head case like his brother JD was. Lets make it happen Mozielak!

Cardinals Stike Gold!

Congratulations to Yadi and Albert. This is Molina’s third Gold Glove in the row. He has joined an elite club of catchers that have three or more Gold Gloves in a row. In that club includes Charles Johnson, Mike Matheny, Johnny Bench, and Del Crandall. This is Pujol’s second Gold Glove. He becomes the third Cardinal first baseman to win the award twice, joining defensive wizards Bill White and Keith Hernandez.

Derek Jeter a Free Agent

For the first time ever Derek Jeter is a Free Agent, this is the first time in his sixteen year career with the Yanks. Jeter wants to return to the Bronx and finish his career with the Yanks. Hal Steinbrenner says he “absolutely wants” Jeter back, but “there’s always the possibility that things could get messy” during negotiations.

So what if things get messy for Jeter and he is not able to return to the Yankees, what other teams might be intrested in Derek Jeter. Lets ponder where he could possibly land if things get too messy.
My top five destinations would be:

5. The Dodgers, he would love the west-coast. The fans would love his style of play but leave after the seventh inning

4. New York Mets, what a great slap in the face that would be.

3. San Diego Padres, they need a hero that could lead this franchise back to a winning franchise.

2. Boston Redsox, an ultimate slap in the face.

1. St.Louis Cardinals, man what a great line up this would be with Holliday, Pujols and Jeter?

Important Baseball Dates to Know

Nov. 7, 2010

Free agent filing period and exclusive negotiating window ends at 12:01 a.m. ET. Free agents can sign with any team

Nov. 9, 2010

AL Rawlings Gold Glove Awards

Nov. 10, 2010

NL Rawlings Gold Glove Awards

Nov. 10, 2010

Louisville Slugger Silver Slugger Awards

Nov. 15, 2010

AL, NL Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year Awards

Nov. 16, 2010

NL Cy Young

Nov. 17, 2010

AL & NL Manager of the Year

Nov. 16-17, 2010

General Managers Meetings, Orlando, Fla.

Nov. 17-18, 2010

Owners Meetings, Orlando, Fla.

Nov. 18, 2010

AL Cy Young

Nov. 22, 2010

NL Most Valuable Player

Nov. 23, 2010

AL Most Valuable Player

Nov. 23, 2010

Last day for teams to offer salary arbitration to free agents in order to preserve their right to draft-pick compensation

Nov. 30, 2010

Last day for free agents to accept salary-arbitration offers

Dec. 2, 2010

Last day for teams to tender 2011 contracts to players under reserve

Dec. 6-9, 2010

Winter Meetings, Lake Buena Vista, Fla.