With no talk of retirement yet Lance Berkman decides to become a volunteer assistant with Wayne Grahams staff. Lance was a two time all american and a national player at Rice in 1997.
According to Berkman,“Coaching is something I want to pursue after I am done playing,” and “If you have any aspirations to be a college baseball coach, the one guy you want to learn from is coach Graham.”
Berkman said the position on the Rice staff “gives me flexibility” in case he decides to play another season.
“Having flexibility if I want to play another year or two was important,” Berkman said. “If I decide to hang it up, I have something to step into immediately.” Lance also has had talks with Astros owner Jim Crane in regards to possibly returning to baseball with the Astros. Lance would make a excellent DH for the Astros since they are now in the AL.
A few days ago I heard the possibility of the Cardinals using a new third jersey. I thought to myself no way, well last I got the official word its happening and also recieved a press release this morning in regards to this exciting news. This update to the uniforms is the first time in 80 years! I really like the new jersey, very retro. I love seeing the red St.Louis on the front of the home jersey. This jersey will only be worn for home games on Saturday only.
This is part of the Press Release I recieved:
After 12 years of Major League Baseball Brian Fuentes decides to hang it up due to missing his family. The 37 year old reliever began to have the feeling of absence from his family deeper than ever. Last year he spent time with the Oakland A’s and the St.Louis Cardinals. Brian mentions when he was with the Cardinals he was further away from his family and he didn’t like it. Fuentes had a good career. His final numbers as a pitcher falls like this: 26-43 with a 3.62 ERA and 204 saves.
He was also a four time All-Star.
Well today the Cardinals released hometown stud Kyle McClellan. The Florissant native missed all of 2012 season due to elbow and shoulder problems. I wish Kyle well and hope he could catch on to another team soon. On another note the Cardinals signed catcher Rob Johnson to a minor league contract with a non-roster invite to spring training. Johnson formerly played for the Mets and minor league team in Buffalo.
This bit of news just came in. Joe Strauss has reported that the Cardinals have a very real interest in Asdrubel Cabrera, the short stop for the Indians. You may wonder who the Cards would trade to pick up this slick short stop. First name that comes to mind is Matt Adams and one of the minor league pitchers that may not crack the big team. Asdrubal has been voted in for the All Star two years in a row, 2011-12. His numbers for 2012 where 16HR…68RBI…270BA. So he does have some nice pop at his position. If we can match up with the Indians for a trade he would be a better fit for the Cardinals.
Just like I thought it finally happened. John Mabry taking over the reigns as the new batting coach. Now they are looking for an assistant for Mabry. It will probably be someone from within the organization. Mabry’s help last year help the Cardinals led the league in both runs scored and on-base percentage while finishing second in batting average.
Blaise Ilsley(shown above) will be announced on Monday as the new bullpen coach. It is nice to see the Cardinals to promote within the organization. Ilsley has been the pitching coach for the Memphis Redbirds for the past five years Blaise helped the team lead the PCL with being tops in earn run average. He has been active in regards to the development of Shelby Miller, Lance Lynn and Jaime Garcia. Ilsley himself was a left handed pitcher with the Cubs. He had spent time in 1994 with the Cubs. He was drafted by the Montreal Expos in 1984 in the fourth round. He eventually went on to play in the Astros minor league system and became a touted prospect when he won 20 games in 1986. In 1991 he signed with the Cardinals. Then became a free agent in 1992 he signed with the Cubs. After his MLB career he signed on as a coach with the Cardinals organization. Glad to see Blaise make it to the major leagues.
In other news, Chris Maloney will return as the first-base coach. There is also a good chance that John Mabry may be our new hitting coach. The Cardinals may promote from within an assitant hitting coach.
reference: Joe Strauss