Molina & Wainwright Win Gold Gloves

Rawlings just announced the Gold Gloves Winners for 2013. Wainwright and Molina both get rewarded for excellence in there defensive skills. On the edge of Game Six in the World Series this announcement is pretty big, it could also be our lucky rabbits foot. I am hoping this is a boost for the Cardinals to win the next two games. This is Molina’s sixth Gold Glove. Molina becomes the fifth player in franchise history to win at least six straight Gold Glove Awards. The rest of that exclusive company includes Jim Edmonds (2000-05), Ozzie Smith (1982-92), Bob Gibson (1965-73) and Curt Flood (1963-69). He is in elite catching company, too. Molina’s six Gold Glove Awards ties him with Jim Sundberg for fourth-most all-time by a big league catcher. Only Rodriguez, Johnny Bench (10) and Bob Boone (seven) have more. Molina and Wainwright have a chance to grow their hardware collections next month, too, as they are now candidates for the Rawlings Platinum Glove Award, which recognizes the best defensive player (regardless of position) in each league. The two winners are determined through a fan vote.

Tim McCarver Isn’t All That Bad

If Tim McCarver seems a little at ease and fluent in his commentary for tonight’s game it might be for a very good reason. McCarver a two time All Star Catcher with the Cardinals  in 1966 and 67 has become the St. Louis Cardinals favorite son during the 1960’s. He also played along side with my cousin Charley James from 1960-64. During the 1964 World Series McCarver was the hero of the game when he hit a tie breaking homerun in the 10th inning to win the World Series Championship over the Boston Redsox. Today at Busch Stadium McCarver, Bob Gibson, Dal Maxvill, Mike Shannon, Red Schoendist and Lou Brock were a part of game four ceremonial first pitch to honor 1967’s World Champions. McCarver has been under fire for his gaffe’s or over analyzing. For example,  confusing Albert Pujols with the retired Luis Pujols, as well as repeatedly referring to Bronson Arroyo as “Brandon Arroyo” during the 2004 World Series. Recently, in the 2009 World Series, he referred to New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter as “Jerek Deter” and in the 2012 NLCS, he referred to St. Louis Cardinals second baseman Daniel Descalso as “Daniel Delkasco.” McCarver, has, in general, been accused of overanalyzing situations, being too verbose, and not allowing a game to breathe.[8](Wikipedia)

My favorite Tim McCarver fun fact is his 2009 CD release of Tim McCarver Sings Selections from The Great American Song Book.

Beltran Wins Clemente Award

I am very happy to announce that Carlos Beltran has won the Roberto Clemente Award for his contributions on and off the field. Here is the article that talks more about his accomplishment.:

ST. LOUIS – The winner of the 2013 Roberto Clemente Award is Cardinals right fielder Carlos Beltran. He was presented with it in Busch Stadium before Game 3 of the World Series. The annoncement was made by Vera Clemente, Roberto’s widow.
The Roberto Clemente Award is given by Major League Baseball annually to the player “who best represents the game of baseball through positive contributions on and off the field, including sportsmanship and community involvement.” It is named after Hall of Fame outfielder Roberto Clemente, who died in a plane crash in 1972 while attempting to deliver supplies to earthquake victims in Nicaragua.
Beltran, 36, definitely put together a season that Clemente would have enjoyed. He hit .296/.339/.491 with 30 doubles, 24 homers and 84 RBI while once again turning in some big-time clutch moments in the postseason, making his first World Series. Also of note is that both Beltran and Clemente came to the majors via Puerto Rico.
In terms of off-the-field work, Beltran continued to operate the Carlos Beltran Baseball Academy in Puerto Rico — which he established in 2011 with $3 million of his own money. The Academy offers high-quality education and athletic experiences for youth that otherwise wouldn’t get those opportunities. He even flew back this past summer on an off-day to congratulate the first graduating class.
That isn’t all, though. Beltran also raised $160,000 for the Carlos Beltran Foundation with his Night in Old San Juan Gala. The Foundation gives money to local St. Louis charities and helps to continue to fund the Academy. He also has a “Beltran’s Buddies” program to benefit underprivileged youth in the St. Louis area.
The first winner of the award in 1971 was Willie Mays — at the time it was called the Commissioner’s Award. In 1973, the award renamed to honor Clemente. Clayton Kershaw won the award last season. Some other past winners include David Ortiz, Derek Jeter and Albert Pujols. A litany of Hall of Famers have also won.

written by Matt Snyder CBS Sports.com

Here are Some Other Obstruction Calls

                                             MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL RULE 7.06

“Rule 7.06(b) Comment: Under 7.06(b) when the ball is not dead on obstruction and an obstructed runner advances beyond the base which, in the umpire’s judgment, he would have been awarded because of being obstructed, he does so at his own peril and may be tagged out. This is a judgment call.

Welcome Back Allen Craig

Earlier this evening the Cardinals finally made a very necessary roster move, Allen Craig was placed on the World Series roster and Adron Chambers was taken off. Allen will serve as the DH while the Cardinals are in Boston. He will be re-evaluated in St. Louis to see if he could play first base. The roster for the World Series has also been set. They will carry thirteen position players and twelve pitchers.

Position players:

Matt Adams, 1b
Carlos Beltran, of
Matt Carpenter, inf
Allen Craig, 1b-dh
Tony Cruz, c
Daniel Descalso, inf
David Freese, 3b
Matt Holliday, of
Jon Jay, of
Pete Kozma, ss
Yadier Molina, c
Shane Robinson, of
Kolten Wong, 2b

Pitchers:
John Axford, rh
Randy Choate, lh
Joe Kelly, rh
Lance Lynn, rh
Seth Maness, rh
Carlos Martinez, rh
Shelby Miller, rh
Edward Mujica, rh
Trevor Rosenthal, rh
Kevin Siegrist, lh
Michael Wacha, rh
Adam Wainwright, rh

Wednesday night will have Wainwright against Lester. It also looks like Wacha will pitch game # 2.

World Series 2013: St. Louis Cardinals vs. Boston Redsox Preview

I am definitely looking forward to this rematch. This is will be the Cardinals fourth time to play the Redsox in the World Series. In World Series play the Cardinals are 2-1 against Boston. I am looking at this series as the Cardinals revenge from 2004 when Boston swept the Cardinals in four games. Here are a few things of note about this series. This will be Carlos Beltran’s first appearance in the World Series. Allen Craig will be activated for play in the World Series and used as a Designated Hitter. Shelby Miller is still unused, I wonder if he will be used at all during the World Series. I predict the Cardinals will win in six games. This series will be a good match up between teams. The Redsox have two dominate pitchers with Bucholz and Lester. The Cardinals tandem of Wainwright and Wacha are just as good and we also have Kelly in our back pocket. With Rosenthal pitching in relief  his 100+ fastballs will tie up the Boston bats. This will be a fun series at both ends. I just dread Fenway Park. This one hundred and one year old park is a dump. The stadium has old tiny seats that only a small child could fit in. Obstructed views is always a problem and complaints of unusual smells that sweep through the stadium. The ceilings around the stadium look as if they will cave in at any moment. but the fans love this stadium. The Cardinals may have a hard time taking a win at Fenway so we may have to wait till they get back home to win. The Boston Fans are definitely the 10th player for their home town team. FOX 2 will televise all the games at 7:07pm except for Sunday which will start at 7:17pm. I look for Freese to finally come alive as he did in 2011 against the Tigers. The main dominant force will be Carlos Beltran and could be the World Series MVP. In order for the Cardinals to remain as a contender we need to see more offense from Molina, Adams and Holiday. What the Cardinals have that Boston lacks is depth in their middle relief, so look for Axford, Martinez and Choate to shut down the Redsox offense.

Will Beltran Come Back?

Carlos Beltran so far has been a post season beast for the Cardinals. He has started the series with a playoff slugging percentage of .761, the highest in postseason history, while his on-base-plus-slugging percentage of 1.214 is best for players with at least 50 playoff at-bats. With two home runs in the division series he moved past Babe Ruth into eighth place with 16 career homers. With two games under the Cardinals belt they are heading into Mondays game for another win and maybe some more Beltran heroics. This is Beltran’s last hurrah with the Cardinals, or is it? Derrick Goold with the St. Louis Post Dispatch write that Mozeliak commented, “Ruling nothing out at this point. He’s an amazing teammate, been an amazing player for us. Once we get to the offseason we’ll address it.”  The General Manager also added that Beltran has been such a huge influence with the younger players. His community work here in St. Louis is also a huge factor in considering to bring Carlos back. It is possible the Cardinals could offer him a one year deal. As of this Friday his offer will be worth $14.1M. If he comes back this will be a $1 million dollar raise. There has been rumors that he could go back to the Mets not only for personal reasons but in order for the Cardinals to bring up Oscar Taveras. I tend to think Taveras is not ready due to injury and maturity. He will be 37 in April of 2014. I would bring Beltran back for one more year with some incentives. Beltran deserves a return despite his age. I do hope he comes back with the Cardinals in 2014.

My Cardinals & Dodgers Connection

dodgerscardsSome people wonder why I am a loyal St. Louis Cardinals fan but show some alligence to the Los Angeles Dodgers. I guess its time to break things down for those of you that wonder why. In 1990 I left St. Louis to Albuquerque, New Mexico where the Los Angeles Dodgers had there AAA team the Dukes. While living there I recall going to a few Duke games. I remember Paul Konerko, Mike Piazza, and John Wetteland being key players for the Dukes at that time. While living in New Mexico there was no way for me to follow my hometown hero’s. There was no internet at that time but I had the radio. I remember being able to catch a signal from KMOX late at night in my car if I was driving at a higher elevation. I tried to figure out ways to get information on the Cardinals so I ended up having to depend on local sports radio. The Joe Torre Years as the Cardinals manager was dismal, it lasted from 1990 to 1995. The highest the Cardinals got was second place in 1991 with a 84-78 record. It was sad to hear that the only team I grew up watching was becoming a uninspiring team. So I followed the Dodgers while living in Albuquerque till I actually moved to Los Angeles in 1994. As the Dodgers reached first place at that time MLB strike happened, which left me empty and bitter towards MLB. I was beginning to miss my hometown team but I began to embrace the Dodgers History. I read books on Jackie Robinson, Sandy Koufax and Don Drysdale. I never forgot about the Cardinals rich history with Ozzie Smith, Stan Musial and Bob Gibson both teams have a wonderful baseball history with some of the greats in baseball lore. The Dodgers do hold a record for back to back Rookies of the Year from 1992-1996, started with Eric Karros, Mike Piazza, Raul Mondesi, Hideo Nomo and Scott Hollandsworth. The Cardinals had back to back Rookie of the Year with Vince Coleman(1985) and Mark Worrell(1986). In 1995 I got to see the Cardinals play the Dodgers. We had tickets on the first base side. I got to see new comer John Mabry at first base. The Dodgers out play the under performing Cardinals, it was hard to watch. After 47 games into this season Torre was fired and Mike Jorgensen was hired for the rest of the season. The Dodgers went on into the NL Division Series and lost to the Reds. I do have a lot of great memories with the Dodgers and I do respect them but my heart does belong with the Cardinals. My love for this runs in my blood. While growing up in the Seventies I am always reminded about my cousin Charlie James career with the Cardinals from 1960-64. My dad took me to a lot of games, I will never forget Lou Brock stealing bases, John Denny’s 23 game wins and Ted Simmons huge home runs. As I watch the Divisional Playoffs, I do think about both sides and how each team deserved to get to this point. at this point the Cardinals Rookies are taking the wheel.  At this point I do predict that the Cardinals will take the series in seven games. Sorry Dodgers.