Rafeal Furcal’s Arm

During the off season I was happy to hear the reports on Furcal’s health and how he is so ready to go. Well it was reported that Furcal has a bone spur in his arm and he had to get anti-inflammatory shots on Friday. He has been having some lingering pain in his throwing arm for sometime now. It is most likely he will return to the team in a week. So I wonder whats on the Cardinals Brass minds? Stick with Ronny Cedeno till he is ready or if its worse than what is being reported, maybe a trade could be in line for the Cardinals before the season starts.

Isringhausen’s New Career Path

Today at work I got a alert on my cell phone from MLBTradeRunors with the title “Jason Isringhausen Retires”. I was taken back and once it was time to clock out I rushed home to find out what the real story is. Jason has accepted a job as the pitching coach for Southern Ilinois University Edwardsville. As a MLB pitcher, he is now retired. At this time he is a volunteer for this position. He says he hopes to help the pitchers to get the most help they can. With having a career 300 saves and sixteen years in the majors I am sure he will be a big assest to SIUE.

PBR Country Bar Coming to Ballpark Village

                                                                    Press Release

The St. Louis Cardinals, The Cordish Companies and PBR (Professional Bull Riders, Inc.) announced today that PBR St. Louis: A Cowboy Bar will open at Ballpark Village making it the eighth location across the United States.

From the toughest sport on dirt comes the fastest growing country concept in the nation, PBR. PBR St. Louis will bring an authentic country experience to Ballpark Village. PBR has agreed that this will be their only venue within the St. Louis region.

Sean Gleason, Chief Operating Officer of the PBR, stated, “PBR wants to be in world-class districts within very special cities and there is no doubt that Ballpark Village in St. Louis fits the bill. PBR is one of the fastest growing, most exciting and popular sports in the country, selling out arenas from Madison Square Garden to Las Vegas, as well as being nationally televised. Our goal with the PBR club was to create a concept that captures both the electricity that is PBR as well as the warm camaraderie that exists between our patrons at our events. PBR club does both and does so in spectacular fashion. We’re excited to make this announcement as the PBR returns to St. Louis this weekend with the Built Ford Tough Series at Scottrade Center.”

“We appreciate PBR’s investment in St. Louis,” said Phyllis Young, Alderwoman, 7th Ward. “PBR St. Louis promises to be a happening place that will bring a lot of boots downtown.”

The first PBR location opened its doors in 2008 at the Power & Light District in Kansas City, MO and has since launched venues in Las Vegas, NV; Baltimore, MD; Houston, TX; Hampton, VA; Philadelphia, PA; and Louisville, KY making PBR one of the hottest and fastest growing concepts in the country. Each location of PBR features its own unique high-quality design, but with shared attractions including a large dance floor, a soft-seating lounge area, private outdoor balconies, multiple bars, and the world’s meanest mechanical bull as a show-piece element to the club. PBR St. Louis takes this design to a new level and promises to be an eclectic combination of “cowboy cool” meets “urban chic,” spanning 8,000 square feet.

Additionally, PBR has started a great live music tradition in its Hot Country Night’s concert series, with past national acts including Gretchen Wilson, Luke Bryan, The Band Perry, Justin Moore, Dierks Bentley, Jason Aldean and numerous other all-star country artists. PBR St. Louis will host live performances throughout the year and is powered by a state-of-the-art sound and light system equipped for both live entertainment and dancing nightly. PBR St. Louis will also feature an expansive beer and bourbon list as well as a southwestern inspired food menu.

“The Cordish Companies and the St. Louis Cardinals are committed to bringing best-in-class concepts to Ballpark Village and with PBR we have done just that,” said Blake Cordish, Vice President of The Cordish Companies. “We are thrilled to welcome PBR to St. Louis and we are confident that it will be an anchor attraction for years to come.”

Bill DeWitt, President of The St Louis Cardinals, stated, “PBR is a perfect addition to Ballpark Village. We are focused on making Ballpark Village the premier entertainment destination for the region and for our fans and PBR will help us accomplish that goal.”

PBR’s announcement at Ballpark Village coincides with the return of the PBR’s elite Built Ford Tough Series to St. Louis. On Feb. 15 -17, the world’s Top 35 bull riders ride into Scottrade Center for the Cooper Tires presents Kawasaki Invitational. It’s the 16th time the PBR has visited St. Louis.

“St. Louis has always been a great market for the PBR,” said Gleason. “The fans are enthusiastic and the city always buzzes with excitement about the event. We’re looking forward to our return to the Scottrade Center.”

About the Professional Bull Riders, Inc.

The PBR is the world’s premier bull riding organization. More than 100 million viewers annually watch over 400 hours of primetime PBR programming on VERSUS, NBC, CBS and networks around the world. The PBR has awarded over $100 million in prize money and 20 riders have earned over $1 million, including Justin McBride with $5.5 million – the most of any western-sports athlete in history. The PBR was nominated as 2010 Sports League of the Year at the Sports Business Journal Sports Business Awards, alongside the National Football League, National Basketball Association and Major League Baseball. Nearly 2 million fans attend Built Ford Tough Series and Touring Pro Division events each year. For more information on the PBR, visit www.pbr.com.

St. Louis is the seventh stop of 26 across18 states for the 2013 Built Ford Tough Series. The season culminates at the PBR Built Ford Tough World Finals in Las Vegas, October 22-27, at UNLV’s Thomas & Mack Center. The series’ best bull riders will compete to claim the ultimate prize, the PBR World Champion’s title, $1 million dollar bonus, a new Ford truck from the series’ title sponsor, and the coveted PBR World Champion buckle.

The PBR is celebrating 20 years of competition in 2013. Its Built Ford Tough Series is televised every week on CBS, CBS Sports Network and networks around the world. BFTS telecasts are produced for the PBR under a multi-year agreement with David Neal Productions, a Los Angeles-based production company led by 34-time Emmy® Award winner and Peabody Award winner David Neal, who serves as executive producer.

Tickets for the Kawasaki Invitational are available now at the Scottrade Center box office, online at www.ticketmaster.com or by calling (800) 745 3000.

About Ballpark Village

The construction of Ballpark Village represents the next step in the Cardinals’ vision for their investment in downtown St. Louis that began with the opening of the privately financed $411 Busch Stadium in 2006. Ballpark Village is a mixed-use retail, entertainment, office, and residential district being developed in partnership by the St. Louis Cardinals and the Cordish Companies. Spanning seven city blocks on the 10-acre site just north of Busch Stadium, Ballpark Village will be the country’s first fully integrated mixed-use development designed to deliver the excitement and energy of the game day experience to a new neighborhood outside the stadium walls.

About The Cordish Companies

The Cordish Companies (www.cordish.com), now in its fourth generation of family ownership, is an international collection of businesses including one of the leading real estate development companies, entertainment and gaming companies in the United States. The Company has diverse development expertise with divisions focused on Entertainment & Mixed-Use, Gaming & Lodging, Sports Anchored Districts, Shopping & Lifestyle Retail, Office and Residential. The Cordish Companies also owns and manages a diverse group of operating businesses, ranging from gaming, restaurants/clubs to live music promotion and film/media distribution. The Company values itself on the quality of its operations, its long-term relationships, and high level of integrity in all of its endeavors.

Matheny & Mozeliak Recieve New Contracts

This morning the Cardinals announced that Matheny and Mozeliak got new contracts. Matheny’s option was picked up for the 2014 season and Mozeliak’s new contract is for three more years. Mo’ has been the GM for six years with a good track record with the 2011 World Championship under his belt. Matheny started his career on a good note last year when he was a win away to get into the World Series. I find it intresting that Matheny’s contract is year to year. Its almost like a wait and see with Matheny’s new career as a Major League Baseball Manager.

Mike Piazza’s New Book Long Shot

Today Mike Piazza’s new book “Long Shot” is released. This is a must read for me due to being a Dodger fan especially during the Lasorda era. The book is based on his life and his what some baseball pundits call a very mysterious courtesy draft pick that started Mike’s career with the Dodgers. One of the main ingredients that draws me to Piazza’s story is the classic father-son American dream story. Don’t want to give the story away but his beginnings in baseball was because of his dad grooming Mike to succeed in baseball. This is my kind of story.

Carpenter Press Conference

Well, I just got word that there will be a press conference Monday morning at 11:00am with Chris Carpenter to answer questions about his setback with his injuries. Friday during a press conference John Mozeliak did say, he didn’t expect Carpenter to be back in 2013 and actaully will not be pitching anymore. So I am curious, could this be Carp’s announcement that he is officially retiring? I guess we will find out tomorow.

source: KSDK

Freese Signs with Cardinals

Today the Cardinals and David Freese finally settles to avoid arbitration. So they agreed to a one year deal for $3.15mil. What a nice raise for Freese. With the Cardnals being so sabermetrics friendly i would predict that Freese will more than likey won’t be around with the Cards past 2015. He is currently 29 years old but when a MLB player hit 30, the player’s numbers will go down and will no longer be of value for the team. The only third baseman in our minor league system is Carson Kelly that ranks in the Cardinals Top 20 Prospects at #11. Kelly was the top prospect in the Pacific Northwest in the 2012 Draft class, with teams looking at him as a both a hitter and a pitcher. The Cardinals went way over pick value to sign his bat and to keep him from going to the University of Oregon to be a two-way player. He has plenty of arm strength for third – he threw 92 mph from the mound – and he should be a steady all-around defender at the hot corner. But it’s that bat that should carry him. Kelly has a solid approach at the plate, and the strong right-handed hitter has the kind of raw power coveted for a corner infielder. Focusing on hitting only, it will be interesting to see how quickly he can adjust to the pro game. Carson may not be MLB ready but if we where to let Freese go via free agency or trade I would assume the Cardnals may replace him with through a trade. I justbdon’t see Freese staying with this Club for a long time, as long as the front office gets their way.

Cardinals Spring Training Radio and TV Schedule

                                                                    Press Release

The St. Louis Cardinals announced today that fans will be able to catch more than half of the club’s 2013 spring training games throughout coverage on FOX Sports Midwest, the Cardinals Radio Network and ESPN.

FOX Sports Midwest will televise an all-time high 10 St. Louis Cardinals spring training games in 2013, twice as many as in previous seasons.

ESPN will televise two Cardinals exhibitions as part of its MLB spring training lineup – Monday, March 11 in Tampa at the New York Yankees, and Tuesday, March 26 at Port St. Lucie vs. the New York Mets – bringing the current total of scheduled spring training telecasts to 12.

As in years past, veteran broadcasters Mike Shannon and John Rooney will broadcast 18 games on the team’s flagship station KMOX (AM 1120) and the Cardinals Radio Network.

The first of 18 radio broadcasts will begin Saturday, February 23, as the Cardinals face the Miami Marlins. Throughout Spring Training, every Saturday and Sunday broadcast will feature the Cardinals Pre-Game Show. The show will air 20 minutes prior to first pitch and feature Mike Shannon or John Rooney interviewing Cardinals players, coaches and other baseball personalities.

The 118 Cardinals Radio Network affiliates will broadcast most Saturday and Sunday games, as well as select weekday games. Fans are encouraged to check their local listings for details. A complete radio broadcast schedule can be found below.

RADIO: 2013 St. Louis Cardinals spring training schedule

Day Date Event Pre-Game Broadcast Start Time

Saturday February 23 at Miami 11:45 a.m. 11:55 a.m.

Sunday February 24 Boston 11:45 a.m. 11:55 a.m.

Thursday February 28 Miami None 11:55 a.m.

Saturday March 2 Washington 11:45 a.m. 11:55 a.m.

Sunday March 3 at Washington 11:45 a.m. 11:55 a.m.

Thursday March 7 Yankees None 11:55 a.m.

Saturday March 9 at Miami 11:45 a.m. 11:55 a.m.

Sunday March 10 N.Y. Mets 11:45 a.m. 11:55 a.m.

Tuesday March 12 at Atlanta None 11:55 a.m.

Thursday March 14 Atlanta None 11:55 a.m.

Saturday March 16 Detroit 11:45 a.m. 11:55 a.m.

Sunday March 17 at Miami 11:45 a.m. 11:55 a.m.

Tuesday March 19 Miami None 11:55 a.m.

Thursday March 21 at N.Y. Mets None 12:00 p.m.

Saturday March 23 at Miami 11:45 a.m. 11:55 a.m.

Sunday March 24 N.Y. Mets 11:45 a.m. 11:55 a.m.

Wednesday March 27 Washington None 11:55 a.m.

Thursday March 28 Miami None 11:55 a.m.

*Times Central. Schedule subject to change.

FOX Sports Midwest kicks off its live game coverage Thursday, March 14 when the Atlanta Braves visit Roger Dean Stadium. The broadcast schedule also features four games in Jupiter against the Miami Marlins and two visits each by the Washington Nationals and New York Mets. FOX Sports Midwest will also televise the Cardinals March 25 game in Fort Myers against the Minnesota Twins. Dan McLaughlin, Al Hrabosky and Rick Horton will call the action on FOX Sports Midwest.

The television home of the Cardinals will also air a 30-minute Spring Training Report special that premieres Monday, Feb. 25 at 9 p.m., and a 2013 Season Preview on Saturday, March 23 at 11:30 a.m.

The Cardinals 2013 spring training telecast schedule is below. The regular season television schedule will be announced in the coming weeks.

TELEVISION: 2013 St. Louis Cardinals spring training schedule

Day Date Event Time Network

Monday February 25 Spring Training Report 9 p.m. FOX Sports Midwest

Monday March 11 at N.Y. Yankees 12 p.m. ESPN

Thursday March 14 Atlanta 12 p.m. FOX Sports Midwest

Friday March 15 Washington 12 p.m. FOX Sports Midwest

Sunday March 17 at Miami 12 p.m. FOX Sports Midwest

Monday March 18 N.Y. Mets 12 p.m. FOX Sports Midwest

Tuesday March 19 Miami 12 p.m. FOX Sports Midwest

Saturday March 23 Season Preview 11:30 a.m. FOX Sports Midwest

Saturday March 23 at Miami 12 p.m. FOX Sports Midwest

Sunday March 24 N.Y. Mets 12 p.m. FOX Sports Midwest

Monday March 25 at Minnesota 12 p.m. FOX Sports Midwest

Tuesday March 26 at N.Y. Mets 12 p.m. ESPN

Wednesday March 27 Washington 12 p.m. FOX Sports Midwest

Thursday March 28 Miami 12 p.m. FOX Sports Midwest

*Times Central. Schedule subject to change.

Carp Out for 2013……..future uncertain.

News came out today that Chris Carpenter is having recurring issues with his shoulder. In a conversation Carp had on Friday with Mozeliak, he told the GM he won’t be able to pitch this season due to the pain he is having again to his arm. The feel around the team is sadness. There seems to be a feel of finality to Carpenters career. In regards to a replacement the Cardinals are blessed with a lot of talent waiting to be called up. I can think of a few that could fit in right now like Shelby Miller or Joe Kelly which had some great exposure last year with some success. There is also another scenario the Cards may reconsider, Kyle Lohse. It may not be a bad idea but if the Cards try to make another offer for Lohse they will not lose a draft pick and could have him back in the mix. In 2012 he had a 16-3 record and kept his era at 2.86. Well at least we have some good options at this time. I hope the Carpenter saga ends well.