Cardinals Trade for The Ax Man

This morning the Cardinals finally made a move to help the bullpen by acquiring John Axford from the Brewers for a player to be named later. Axford will help as an closer and middle relief. With Axford in the mix the Cardinals are planning for a push to win the Central with him. Still throwing at 96 mph he gives the Cardinals an edge. Axford happens to do well in Busch Stadium in which he has a 9 for 9 save opportunity. He has a 1.69 ERA in 16 games in St.Louis. The Cardinals will pay the rest of his salary and will have control over him for the next two years. I do like this move but I still feel the Cardinals need a starting pitcher with Westbrook possibly being out for the rest of the season.

Ballpark Village Reaches Milestone

News Release   

The St. Louis Cardinals and the Cordish Companies held a formal topping off ceremony sponsored by Wolverine Boots & Apparel this morning to celebrate the completion of a significant construction milestone in the $100 million first phase development of Ballpark Village. 

A nearly one-hundred foot long A-frame roof truss was carefully lowered into place on the northern end of the retractable skylight roof opening to symbolically mark the ceremonial end of the structural steel work on the project.  Hundreds of construction workers, along with officials with the St. Louis Cardinals, the Cordish Companies and Ballpark Village construction manager Paric signed banners affixed to the beam before it was raised into place to help mark the occasion.

“While today marks a significant milestone, there is still a great deal of work to be done to be ready by Opening Day 2014,” said William DeWitt III, President of the Cardinals. “Today was really about pausing briefly to say thanks to all of the workers who are helping make Ballpark Village a reality.”

The construction team has made significant progress on the project since breaking ground earlier this year, including making significant street improvements around the site, demolishing the Bowling Hall of Fame and Stadium West Parking garage pedestrian bridge, removing the old Busch Stadium pile caps, grading the entire 10-acre site, and installing all of the underground utilities to support the development of the full 10-acre, seven square block project. 

            “Our structural steel work is nearly complete and the buildings will soon be enclosed,” said Chase Martin, Ballpark Village Development Director.  “Our work moves inside as we focus on tenant build out.”

As one of the largest mixed-use development projects underway in the United States today, Wolverine is excited to outfit construction workers tasked with completing the project in time for the start of the 2014 baseball season. Wolverine’s partnership includes outfitting a portion of the construction team with Wolverine footwear and apparel. Nearly a thousand construction workers are working on the Ballpark Village project. 

“For 130 years, Wolverine has helped to build some of our most iconic structures through the quality and innovation of our products, and we are proud to partner with the Ballpark Village construction teams,” said Todd Yates, President of Wolverine.  “Their tenacity and commitment to their craft embodies what Wolverine is all about, which is what makes this partnership a perfect fit.  They embody our guiding philosophy ‘Made True,’ Wolverine’s standard of excellence.”

Ballpark Village (#bpv)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.  For more information about Ballpark Village, go to cardinals.com/bpv.

The Cordish CompaniesFor generations, the Cordish family has grown The Cordish Companies into one of the world’s leading real estate development companies and a diverse group of successful entertainment-operating businesses. Cordish Companies’ entertainment and mixed-use projects include the Kansas City Power & Light District, Louisville Fourth Street Live, and The Power Plant & Pier IV in Baltimore.

Wolverine Brand
Since 1883, Wolverine has taken pride in crafting durable boots with unrivaled craftsmanship and the highest-quality materials. With a pioneering nature and dedication to innovation, Wolverine provides dependable comfort and style to hardworking men and women all over the world. For those who believe in hard work and uncompromising commitment, Wolverine offers the footwear, apparel and accessories to get the job done. For more information visit www.wolverine.com. Wolverine is a division of Wolverine World
source St.Louis Cardinals

River City Rascals Hosts Cancer Survivor Night

Tonight the River City Rascals are playing against the Washington Wildthings. What makes tonight’s game special is that the Rascals are hosting their 6thAnnual Cancer Survivor Night, with all donations and proceeds from the game and the silent auction featuring Rams and Blues merchandise, going to the Siteman Cancer Center – one of the best cancer centers in Missouri. Little did I know that the Rascals have this special promotion every year!  

The destruction cancer creates is not new to me. I have lost family members, church friends, high school friends – one, in particular, whose son was struck by the disease. So I think it’s fantastic to see how this Frontier League team devotes their time and money to help cancer victims! During tonight’s game the Rascals will be honoring the cancer survivors in attendance with an official salute during the seventh inning stretch. They will also be handing out ribbons and a local hair salon will provide color paint strips to wear for solidarity. I was not able to attend tonight’s game but I am bound and determined to make it to next year’s game.

The Rascals have three games left in the season so if you haven’t attended a game yet right now is your time. This Friday and Saturday is Rascals Seat Cushion Night and Sunday is Diamond Dig Night presented by Great Clips and Miller’s Fine Jewelry.

In other Rascals News…..

I want to give a show of applause for the Rascals infielder Phil Wunderlich! This year Phil has posted a .270 batting average while blasting 14 home runs and 60 RBIs. With nine more games to go I am hoping the Rascals could move closer to the second place Gateway Grizzlies. The Rascals are only two games behind the Grizzlies and five games behind the Wild Card leading Traverse City Beach Bums with a win loss season record of 50-37.

Is Dan Haren Coming Back Home?

This is something I hate to ignore especially when getting an email from someone that is a reliable source. The Cardinals are trying to make a deal for Dan Haren. Lets rewind back to December 18, 2004 when the Cardinals made an regrettable trade by sending Dan Haren, Kiko Calero and Daric Barton to the Athletics for Mark Mulder. I really despised that trade but with this news the Cardinals could bring him back to replace Jake Westbrook that is suffering with back problems. Haren has been pretty good of late. He has improved to a 8-11 record so far. The Nationals did place Dan Haren on waivers back on August 8, he was actually put on revocable waivers in which any team could claim Haren. Haren would become a free agent in 2014. I would like this move. Haren could help the Cardinals to get deep into the play offs. I sure hope this happens.

Mike Shannon Has Heart Surgery

This morning I received a press release from the Cardinals that Mike Shannon’s surgery to replace a aortic valve was a success and now he is recovering and taking it easy. This news surprised me, I had no idea he was having heart problems. Here is the full media report I received.

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (Aug. 21, 2013) – St. Louis Cardinals broadcaster Mike Shannon is recovering comfortably this week after undergoing a successful surgical procedure Monday to replace his aortic valve. 

The surgery, which had been planned for some time, was a complete success. Shannon is expected to make a full recovery.  Shannon said through his family that he is doing well and expects to return to the broadcast booth before the end of the regular season. 

“I would like to thank everyone for their prayers, heartfelt well-wishes and kind words.  It means a lot to me,” Mike Shannon said, “I’m looking forward to getting back in the booth and back to the game I love.” 

A rotation of Cardinals announcers will be sitting for Mike as he recovers.  Al Hrabosky, Rick Horton and Mike Claiborne will be joining John Rooney in the radio booth through September 23rd when Mike plans to return to the booth.  A full schedule is included below.

Shannon has manned the Cardinals broadcast booth since 1972. Throughout his tenure as the Voice of the Cardinals, Shannon has also made appearances for the Cardinals television broadcasts, including as a pre-game analyst for Fox Sports Midwest.

A St. Louis native, Shannon played for the Cardinals from 1962 to 1970, a span that included two World Championships (’64 and ’67) and a National League pennant in 1968. In 1999, Shannon was inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame in recognition of his on air career as well as his contributions on the field during his career as a player.  In May 2013, Mike was named the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame’s 26th Missouri Sports Legend in Springfield, Missouri.

source: stlcardinals.com

David Freese: End of the Road?

With the promotion of Kolten Wong up to the majors and Matt Carpenter moving over to thirdbase, I begin to wonder if David Freese time with the Cardinals is at the end of its road. This afternoon Ken Rosenthal reported that with the Cardinals bringing up Wong could be the first step the Cards to make to trade away David Freese. At this time Freese’s production numbers are pretty low. He is at 6 HRs, 43 RBIs and batting at .265. The Cardinals do have control over him till 2015. I would tend to think it would be in the best interest for the Cardinals to try and make a waiver deal with him to another team instead of trying to move him in the off season. This off season the market for third basemen is pretty thin. I am sure some teams would want to make a move for him. I would love to see another strong starting pitcher to help this team get into the post season. My dream would to see happen is David Freese to the Phillies for Cliff Lee. Well, I can dream.

Kolten Wong Promoted

I was so happy to see this announcement! The Cardinals have decided to call him up for the weekend series against the Cubbies. I was hoping to see him for the September call ups, but it looks like the Cardinals see the urgency for help. Wong has hit .303 in 107 games this season for the Redbirds, hitting 10 home runs and driving in 45 runs. He also has 20 stolen bases on the season. His production for the Redbirds should continue on with the big team. With the Cardinals sitting two games behind the Pirates and the Reds nipping on the Cardinals heals, Wong should help spark the Cardinals. Adron Chambers will be sent down Memphis to make room for Kolten. He will also wear # 16. I am definitely looking forward to this series with the Cubs.

Important Dates for the Common Baseball Fan

August 15

Last date to select player to avoid Draft-excluded status

August 24

Civil Rights Game, U.S. Cellular Field, Chicago

August 29

Unconditional release waivers must be requested by 2 p.m. ET to avoid May 15, 2014 signing restriction

August 31

Waiver Trade Deadline
Postseason eligibility list deadline — 11:59 p.m. ET

September 1

MLB rosters expand to maximum of 40 players
New outright waiver period — secured waivers are good for seven days

September 29

Final day of regular season
Last weekend date waivers will be processed until next Spring Training
Last date that assignable Draft selections may be traded (until start of 2014 season)

October 1

Postseason begins

September 30-October 15

Article XX(D) free agency period

October 23

World Series begins

Right after WS

Eligible XX(B) players become free agents

4th day after

Last date to request waivers on Draft-excluded players until next spring

5th day after

Last date to reinstate players from 60-day disabled list
Last date to outright potential Minor League free agent without Major League contract, if permissable
Last date for former club to tender qualifying offer to XX(B) players
Minor League players become free agents at 5 p.m. ET, if applicable

6th day after

XX(B) and Minor League free agents may sign with all clubs

12th day after

Last date for XX(B) players to accept qualifying offer from former club

TBD

GM/Owners Meetings

November 10

Outright waivers secured on or after September 1 expire at 5 p.m. ET

November 11

New waiver period begins

November 18

Last date to ask outright waivers on an injured player, if permissable

November 20

Last date to outright an injured player to the Minor Leagues, if permissable
Reserve lists for all Major and Minor League levels filed

December 2

Tender deadline

December 5

Last date to request outright waivers to assign player prior to Rule 5 Draft

December 9

Last date to outright a player prior to Rule 5 Draft

December 9-12

Winter Meetings GIBBY (Greatness in Baseball Yearly) Awards

December 12

Rule 5 Draft

 
 
 
MLB

Pujols versus Clark

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The fireworks are about to ignite between Jack Clark and Albert Pujols. For those involved with the accusations and who is suing who may need to find a safe place before it all explodes. As I explore this story and remain objective I find myself wanting to report this story the way I should as a baseball fan. Well it all first started when Jack Clark and Kevin Slaten join forces to host the drive time home on a St.Louis WGNU 920 AM radio station. One afternoon Jack Clark remarked on a conversation he had back in 2000 with then Pujol’s trainer Chris Mihlfield which spoke of Albert Pujol’s use of PEDs early on in his career. Chris Mihlfield also happens to be Jason Grimsley’s trainer that did finally come out to admit he took PEDs. Chris Mihlfield did come and said he did not say that at all, but soon after Albert Pujols came out with a statement, “I am currently in the process of taking legal action against Jack Clark and his employers at WGNU 920AM,” Pujols said in a statement released Friday. “I am going to send a message that you cannot act in a reckless manner, like they have, and get away with it. If I have to be the athlete to carry the torch and pave the way for other innocent players to see that you can do something about it, I am proud to be that person. I have five young children and I take being a role model very seriously. The last thing I want is for the fans, and especially the kids out there, to question my reputation and character.”
The Saturday after his statement both Jack Clark and Kevin Slaten was fired from WGNU. Jack Clark still stands by his claims about Pujols so much he decided to hire lawyer Chet Pleban. Jack Clark has recently added, “I stand by my previous remarks regarding Pujols and will rigorously defend any lawsuit that he chooses to file,” Jack Clark said in a news release. “Litigation is an intense fact-finding process and I welcome the opportunity for a jury of 12 unbiased people to judge the credibility of my comments.”  Looks like Clark won’t back down from Pujol’s lawsuit. With Pujols out for the rest of the season this may look like Albert’s project to stay busy. I don’t know where to stand or believe so as a reporter I will just sit in the stands and watch where all his will go.
 
reference: MLB/ESPN
 

Jim Edmonds New Venture

Some big changes going on with Jim Edmonds restaurant 15 Steakhouse. First of all it will close its doors August 31but will reopen as Precinct later in the year. Precinct will cater to the employees at the new police headquarters on Olive Street. So what will Edmonds do next? His new venture will be very different from his 15. Edmonds Parkside Grill will occupy the Clayton space at Brentwood Boulevard and Bonhomme Avenue that was formerly home to Finale and, before that, Smith & Slay’s. Not sure when his new Parkside Grill will open.