Today the St. Louis Cardinals are giving the fans a special gift. Fox Sports Midwest will be airing an all day marathon of Cardinals games starting at noon. The games they are airing are consider the top five games from the 2013 season. Here is the schedule:
Noon • Reds at Cardinals from Aug. 26: Allen Craig’s grand slam helps sink Cincinnati.
2 p.m. • Rockies at Cardinals from May 10: Shelby Miller retires everyone after allowing a broken-bat hit to the game’s leadoff hitter.
4 p.m. • Pirates at Cardinals from Aug. 15: Matt Holliday’s single in the bottom of the 12th wins it for Cards.
6 p.m. • Nationals at Cardinals from Sept. 24: Cards’ Michael Wacha narrowly misses a no-hitter.
8 p.m. • Cardinals at Reds from Sept. 4: Matt Adams homers twice in extra innings to boost the Birds.
Merry Christmas Cardinals Fans!!!!!
Mark Ellis and the Cardinals have agreed to a one year deal. There is a physical that is pending before they move forward. Ellis will provide a right handed bat for the heavy left handed batters in the infield. Mark will probably share time with Wong but may have more starts then him. It is possible Mark would be a Kolten’s mentor. With Ellis in place it looks like the Cardinals infield is set in stone for a long while. Matt Carpenter will finally play third base while Perralta starts at shortstop and Wong getting some starts at second base. Ellis batted just .270/.323/.351 in 126 games this past season for the Dodgers and he owns a weak .265/.330/.390 career slash line, but the 36-year-old is a very good defensive infielder. I am glad we were able to pick him up.
The second day into the Winter Baseball Meetings, the Cardinals are finally make a little noise. They are looking at Mark Ellis. He could very well be their right handed hitting infielder they are looking for. Mark Ellis’s agent has met with several GMs but the Cardinals may have the money he is looking for. Ellis a 11 year veteran is well known for his defensive. This could be a good signing for the Cardinals. Mark could be that veteran guy that could help Wong.at second base.
Joe Garagiola a product of St. Louis, Mo that went on to play for the Cardinals from 1946-51 was honored by the National Baseball Hall of Fame with the Buck O’Neal Lifetime Achievement Award. This award is to honor an individual whose character, integrity and dignity is comparable to the late O’Neil. This award is much more special to Joe due to being friends with Buck throughout the years. Garagiola went on into broadcasting and even sat as a host for The Today Show. As a colorful announcer he also received the Ford C. Frick award for broadcasting back in 1991. I can’t forget to mention Joe’s brother Mickey Garagiola that was a popular wrestling ring announcer for Wrestling at the Chase, a popular local venue that showcased Professional Wrestling. Saw the likes of Dusty Rhodes, Lou Thesz, Bruiser Brody, Harley Race and the Funk brothers. Well once again congratulations to Joe Garagiola!
With Bengie Molina leaving to join the Texas Rangers as a first base coach and catching instructor the Cardinals needed a new batting assistant to help the main batting coach John Mabry. Today the Cardinals found that guy, David Bell. If your a Cardinal fan you would remember Bell as a back up player from 1995 to 98. David does have some important blood lines with Major League Baseball. His dad Buddy Bell a popular third baseman with the Rangers and the Indians and his grandfather Gus Bell a main stay centerfielder with the Reds during the 1950s. Bell was recently a third base coach with the Chicago Cubs. I guess you can’t blame him to go from a bottom feeding team to a winning club. Opppps sorry for the jab Cubs Fans.
Well, looks like its happening. Fox Sports Midwest is reporting that McCarver will be added to the broadcast booth in a limited role for the 2014 season. At the age of 72 McCarver will join the Fox Sports Midwest Team according to MLB.com. As a key player for the Cardinals in the 1964 World Series win against the Yankees, Tim comes to the Cardinals to fill in on either the radio or TV side of broadcasting. Not sure how to receive this but I do support a fresh face analyst. Welcome back Tim!
Today three of the most influential baseball managers of the modern era were voted into the Hall Of Fame today. The three were Tony LaRussa, Joe Torre and Bobby Cox. They will be inducted into the Hall of Fame this summer. LaRussa also mentioned how we would like to get back into managing. It has been reported that several teams have contacted LaRussa.
Today the Yankees lost Robinson Cano to the Mariners for a price of $240 million dollars for a timespan of ten years. Well the Yanks turned around and was able to sign Carlos Beltran for $45 million for three years. It looks like Beltran got what he wanted a three year contract for the New York Yankees. The Yanks are beefing up since losing Granderson and Cano. With Ellsbury, McCann and Beltran they could be back in contention. Beltran will probably see more time at DH instead of playing time at right field. With the Yanks signing Beltran the Cardinals will get a compensation pick between round one and two. With Beltran out this could be Oscar Tavares time to shine!
With all the complaints and angst the St. Louis Cardinals fans experienced while watching this years world series with McCarver’s condescending banter comes some interesting news. With leaving his World Series broadcasting job for 34 years he actually did not retire from the broadcasting booth. Well word had got out that Tim McCarver and the St. Louis Cardinals have had discussions about being a part of the broadcast team. If he does become a part of the team it will only be for a limited role. It is believed that the reason for McCarver’s possible return is due to Mike Shannon’s reduced schedule for this upcoming season due to health issues. I wouldn’t mind having McCarver in the mix. I know I have complained before about his style of broadcasting before but lets not forget he spent ten years with the Carrdinals as one of there best defensive catchers in the 1960’s. I guess we will find out soon the outcome of this story.
source: Dan Ceasar St.Louis Post Dispatch
With his noticeable absence throughout the year due to Tommy John surgery, Rafael Furcal was able to find a job right away. The Miami Marlins decided to sign Furcal to a one year deal worth $3.5mill a year. It is reported that the $3.5mil is full of incentives. I certainly wish Furcal a lot of success with the Marlins in 2014.