Lance Berkman Finally Retires

 

Lance Berkman finally sets things right by announcing his retirement today. After fifteen years with the Astros, Yankees, Cardinals and Rangers he has gotten to a point physically he just couldn’t do it anymore. The admirable switch hitter has acareer with a .293 average and 366 homers. He spent his first 12 years in Houston before a midseason trade to the Yankees in 2010. He reached the ALCS with New York that season but returned to the National League with St. Louis and was rejuvenated, batting .301/.412/.547 and helping the Cardinals win the World Series.
But knee injuries limited him to 32 games in 2012 and he played in only 73 games for the Rangers in 2013. Since his last year with the Rangers he just couldn’t bounce back. Now at the age of 37 Lance can finally relax and enjoy his family.

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Bob Uecker Recieves Statue

Glad to see the Brewers honoring Bob Uecker even though the statue will be placed behind the last seat at the stadium. Here is the article…..written by Andrew Gruman of Fox Sports.

No, Bob Uecker’s statue at Miller Park isn’t going in the front row. But the Milwaukee Brewers are unveiling a monument to one of their most iconic personalities in a unique spot on April 25.
Playing off the 1980s Miller Lite commercial, Uecker’s statue at Miller Park will sit in the very last row of section 422 in the terrace level. The Brewers will leave an empty seat next to the statue to allow fans to be able to take photos.
Uecker’s tagline of “I must be in the front row!” has been famous ever since the commercial aired. Sitting at the ballpark, Uecker is told he is in the wrong seats by an usher. He then utters those iconic words, only to learn he’s actually supposed to be sitting in the last row of the stadium.
“I can’t think of a better place to put this statue,” Uecker said Wednesday. “This will be great for fans and even better for pigeons. You might even be able to see a little part of the field.”

The statue, which will be designed by Brian Maughan, will be made of bronze but will also have color effects. This will be the second statue of Uecker at Miller Park, as one outside of the ballpark was unveiled in August of 2012.
“Bob Uecker is synonymous with the Brewers and his famous ‘I must be in the front row’ tagline is iconic,” Brewers chief operating officer Rick Schlesinger said. “This statue will definitely become a destination for fans visiting Miller Park.”

The Eighteen Non-Roster Invitees for Spring Training 2014

Today the Cardinals announced that they added sixteen non-invitees which now makes eighteen for this years Spring Training Camp. The two players that were already added a few months ago were infielder Scott Moore and catcher Ed Easley. Today they invited my personal favorites Stephen Piscotty and Marco Gonzalez. I would love to see them move up and get a chance with the Cardinals. Other players also invited includes Jose Almarante, Tim Cooney, Sam Gaviglio, Zach Petrick, Lee Stoppelman, Jordan Swagerty, Casey Rasmus, Cody Stanley, Travis Tartamella, Luis Mateo, Xavier Scruggs. Patrick Wisdom, and James Rasmey.

Cardinals pitchers and catchers report to Jupiter, Fla. on Wednesday, February 12 and conduct their first workout on February 13. The full squad reports on February 17 and begins workouts on February 18. The following is a listing of the Cardinals non-roster invitees for 2014:

reference; StlCardinals.com

 

Chris Carpenter’s New Job

It was confirmed on Saturday by John Mozeliak that Chris Carpenter will join the front office, in a role to be determined later. One thing I do know it will be a non-uniformed job. He will get a crash course in front office duties, scouting and baseball operations.Chris Carpenter will also spend some time in Jupiter, Fla., during Spring Training to participate in a training program the Cardinals host for their young scouts. The transition into a front-office job is made easier by the fact that Carpenter has his home in St. Louis. I wonder if I could get invited for the training program for young scouts?

Cardinals sign Bourjos and Jay

The Cardinals have agreed with one year deals with Peter Bourjos and Jon Jay. The only one out is Daniel Descalso in which both sides are very far apart in salary. Bourjos will receive a base salary of $1.2 million plus an incentive of $150,000 bonus available through plate appearance incentives, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post. Jon Jay will receive $3.25 million for 2014.

The St.Louis Cardinals New Hall of Fame

The St. Louis Cardinals announced details about the team’s new Hall of Fame that will be established this spring with the dedication of their new museum within Cardinals Nation in Ballpark Village. The new Cardinals Hall of Fame will honor the greatest players and other important figures in Cardinals history.

                “We are very excited to be able to recognize the exceptional careers and significant achievements of some of the greatest names in Cardinals history,” said Bill DeWitt Jr., Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the St. Louis Cardinals.  “Induction into the Cardinals Hall of Fame will be one of the highest honors the team can bestow.”
Each member of the Cardinals Hall of Fame (#CardsHOF) will be permanently enshrined in the new Cardinals Hall of Fame Gallery presented by Edward Jones that will be located on the second floor of Cardinals Nation just outside the entrance to the Cardinals new museum.  The gallery is free and open to the public to encourage fans of all generations to visit and celebrate the storied 122-year history of one of baseball’s most iconic teams.   The plaques that adorn the gallery are being produced by Matthews International, the company that also produces the plaques for the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.
“Just like Cooperstown, the Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum will be a special place that baseball fans from all over will want to visit,” said Brad Iversen, principal and chief marketing officer at Edward Jones. “Edward Jones is honored to sponsor the Hall of Fame and the annual induction process that gives fans a voice in honoring the team’s greatest players.”
The Cardinals announced the details of the annual induction process that will include the creation of a “Red Ribbon” committee of Cardinals baseball experts, a six-week fan balloting process in the spring and an induction weekend each summer highlighted by a formal enshrinement ceremony.  The initial induction class will be enshrined in the Cardinals Hall of Fame on Saturday, August 16th with the formal selection process to begin shortly.  
The team announced the twenty-two individuals who will comprise the Inaugural Class of the Cardinals Hall of Fame. These members will be automatically enshrined when the team dedicates Cardinals Nation and the new museum this spring.  Members of the inaugural class will include Cardinals figures who have been inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame, primarily as members of the Cardinals organization, or those who have had their number retired by the team. 
“We felt strongly that those who had been inducted into Cooperstown and who already had their number retired by the Cardinals should be part of the Cardinals Hall of Fame on day one,” said Bill DeWitt III, President of the Cardinals. “We didn’t think it made sense with this list of greats to go through a lengthy formal induction process.”
The Cardinals Hall of Fame will honor the players and individuals who have had the greatest impact on the success of the franchise.  Members must be voted in based on the St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame Election Rules.  To be eligible, players must have played for the Cardinals for at least three seasons and must be retired from Major League Baseball for at least three years.   The eligible pool of players will be divided into two categories, Modern Players and Veteran Players.  If a player retired more than 40 years prior to the induction year, he is classified as a veteran player.
                Annually, the Cardinals will convene a “Red Ribbon” committee of Cardinals baseball experts to select a veteran player to be inducted that year and they will nominate a ballot of six to ten players that will be presented to fans.  The ballot will be posted on cardinals.com where fans will have the opportunity to vote for a period of six weeks. The two players with the most votes after on-line balloting will be inducted.  In addition, independent of the traditional ballot process, from time to time the Cardinals organization may opt to induct an individual who was an important figure in Cardinals history such as a coach, broadcaster or member of the front office.  The induction class will be announced in mid-April.
 
The 2014 Cardinals Hall of Fame Inaugural Class
Jim Bottomley, Ken Boyer, Lou Brock, Jack Buck, August A. “Gussie” Busch Jr., Dizzy Dean, Frank Frisch, Bob Gibson, Chick Hafey, Jesse Haines, Whitey Herzog, Rogers Hornsby, Tony La Russa, Joe Medwick, Johnny Mize, Stan Musial, Branch Rickey, Red Schoendienst, Enos Slaughter, Ozzie Smith, Billy Southworth and Bruce Sutter
 
The 2014 Cardinals Hall of Fame “Red Ribbon” Selection Panel
Tom Ackerman,  Frank Cusamano,  Derrick Goold, Rick Hummel, Randy Karraker,  Martin Kilcoyne, Jenifer Langosch,  Tony La Russa, Bernie Miklasz, Red Schoendienst,  Joe Strauss, and Brian Walton
 
Cardinals Hall of Fame Museum (#CardsMuseum)
The new 8,000 square foot state-of-the art St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum on the second floor of Cardinals Nation in Ballpark Village will celebrate the rich history of baseball in St. Louis and the legacy of one of baseball’s most storied franchises.  The Cardinals’ museum collection is the largest team-held collection in baseball and is second only to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in terms of size with over 16,000 memorabilia items and hundreds of thousands of archival photographs.  Fans can learn more about the museum at cardinals.com/museum.
 
Cardinals Nation (#CardsNation)
The first phase of Ballpark Village will be anchored by a first-of-its-kind 34,000 square foot venue on four levels called Cardinals Nation.   Cardinals Nation is comprised of four key elements: a two-story restaurant and bar, an 8,000 square foot world-class Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum, a Cardinals Authentics retail store featuring game used memorabilia on the first floor, and a 330-seat roof top deck with spectacular game views and an all-inclusive experience unlike anything in baseball today.  The Cardinals Nation restaurant will feature a high-energy, memorabilia-infused space designed by the internationally acclaimed Jeffrey Beers International. There will be three separate patios, two large bars, and unparalleled sports viewing with large flat screen TVs and other multimedia features. Cardinals Nation will set a new standard for sports-inspired restaurants.  The Cardinals Nation rooftop seating deck will feature ticketed seats looking into Busch Stadium and will include amenities such as all-inclusive food and beverage, a complimentary ticket to the Cardinals museum, Busch Stadium audio/visual feeds, and access to other areas within Ballpark Village. Cardinals Nation will be the official headquarters for Cardinals fans who want to stay connected to the team year-round.
 
Ballpark Village (#BallparkVillage)
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 million 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 first master-planned mixed-use development designed to complement the excitement and energy of the Major League Baseball game day experience to a new neighborhood outside the stadium walls.  For more information about Ballpark Village, go to cardinals.com/bpv or www.stlballparkvillage.com
 
I am really looking forward in seeing this. Some images were sent to me but I am not able to copy and share. Glad we finally have our own Hall of Fame.
 
St. Louis Cardinals News Media
 

Mike Shannon Receives Multi Year Contract

The St. Louis Cardinals announced today they have finalized a multi-year contract extension with longtime Cardinals broadcaster Mike Shannon (#MikeShannon).

            “Mike’s voice has become the soundtrack to St. Louis baseball,” said Cardinals President Bill DeWitt III. “We look forward to having him back in the booth this season and for years to come.”
            As in years past, Shannon will join fellow broadcaster John Rooney for the majority of Cardinals games on KMOX and the Cardinals Radio Network (125 affiliates), with the exception of approximately 50 road games in 2014. Former Cardinals and FOX Sports Midwest personalities Rick Horton and Al Hrabosky will broadcast the games with Rooney in Shannon’s absence.
            “Mike truly is the Voice of the St. Louis Cardinals,” said John Sheehan, Senior Vice President-Market Manager, CBS Radio St. Louis. “We are very fortunate to have him leading this very talented broadcast team on America’s Sports Voice.”
            In addition to game duties, Shannon will continue his involvement with pre-game and post-game shows, call-ins segments for KMOX during the morning shows throughout the year, and host the “Live at Shannon’s” show at Mike Shannon’s Steak and Seafood after every Tuesday and Friday home game starting on Friday, April 11.
            2014 marks Shannon’s 56th year as part of the Cardinals family and 42nd year manning the Cardinals broadcast booth since first hitting the airwaves in 1972. Throughout his tenure as the Voice of the St. Louis 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.
 
St. Louis Cardinals Media Report

St. Loiuis Cardinals Spring Training Televised & Radio Games Schedule

The St. Louis Cardinals announced today that fans will be able to catch nearly all of the club’s 2014 spring training games on FOX Sports Midwest and the Cardinals Radio Network. 

FOX Sports Midwest will televise an all-time-high 15 St. Louis Cardinals spring training games in 2014, one of the largest spring broadcast schedules in MLB. FOX Sports Midwest’s live spring training coverage has jumped from five games in 2012 to 10 in 2013 and 15 in 2014. The television home of the Cardinals kicks off its live game coverage Friday, February 28, when the Cardinals open Grapefruit League play vs. Miami at Roger Dean Stadium, the first of six games against the Marlins. The television schedule also features visits by the Red Sox, Mets, Twins, Tigers, Braves and Nationals. In addition, ESPN will broadcast the game at Boston on Monday, March 17.  FOX Sports Midwest will replay each spring training telecast that night. 
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, including the Cardinals’ exhibition game against the Memphis Redbirds at AutoZone Park in Memphis on Friday, March 28.
The first of 18 radio broadcasts will begin Friday, February 28, 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 125 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. 
                The St. Louis Cardinals have some exclusive travel packages available through Cardinals Vacations that allow fans to experience spring training firsthand. Packages include hard-to-get game tickets, choice of hotel accommodations, car rental, exclusive Cardinals post-game dinner with manager Mike Matheny and select Cardinals players and team personnel, custom Cardinals merchandise and more. Fans can choose from a variety of travel packages at cardinals.com/springtravel or at 1-800-892-7687.
The Cardinals 2014 spring training broadcast schedule is attached below.
2014 St. Louis Cardinals spring training broadcast schedule
DAY
DATE
VS/AT
OPPONENT
TV TIME (CT)
RADIO TIME (CT)  
TV
RADIO
Friday
2/28
VS
MIAMI
12:00pm         
11:55am
FOX Sports Midwest
KMOX/CRN
Saturday
3/1
@
MIAMI
12:00pm         
11:45am
FOX Sports Midwest
KMOX/CRN
Sunday
3/2
VS
NY METS
12:00pm         
11:45am
FOX Sports Midwest
KMOX/CRN
Wednesday
3/5
VS
BOSTON
12:00pm         
11:55am
FOX Sports Midwest
KMOX/CRN
Friday
3/7
VS
MIAMI
12:00pm         
11:55am
FOX Sports Midwest Plus*
KMOX/CRN
Saturday
3/8
VS
WASHINGTON
 
11:45am
 
KMOX/CRN
Sunday
3/9
@
WASHINGTON
 
11:45am
 
KMOX/CRN
Monday
3/10
VS
DETROIT
12:00pm         
 
FOX Sports Midwest
 
Tuesday
3/11
VS
NY METS
12:00pm         
11:55am
FOX Sports Midwest
KMOX/CRN
Thursday
3/13
VS
ATLANTA
12:00pm         
11:55am
FOX Sports Midwest
KMOX/CRN
Saturday
3/15
@
ATLANTA
 
11:45am
 
KMOX/CRN
Sunday
3/16
VS
NY METS
12:00pm         
11:45am
FOX Sports Midwest Plus*
KMOX/CRN
Monday
3/17
@
BOSTON
12:00pm         
 
ESPN
 
Wednesday
3/19
VS
MINNESOTA
12:00pm         
 
FOX Sports Midwest
 
Thursday
3/20
@
MIAMI
12:00pm         
11:55am
FOX Sports Midwest
KMOX/CRN
Friday
3/21
VS
WASHINGTON
12:00pm         
11:55am
FOX Sports Midwest
KMOX/CRN
Saturday
3/22
@
HOUSTON
 
11:45am
 
KMOX/CRN
Sunday
3/23
VS
HOUSTON
 
11:45am
 
KMOX/CRN
Tuesday
3/25
@
MIAMI
12:00pm         
11:55am
FOX Sports Midwest
KMOX/CRN
Wednesday
3/26
VS
WASHINGTON
12:00pm         
11:55am
FOX Sports Midwest & ESPN
KMOX/CRN
Thursday
3/27
VS
MIAMI
12:00pm         
 
FOX Sports Midwest
 
Friday
3/28
@
MEMPHIS
 
TBA
 
KMOX/CRN
 
 
*March 7 & 16th games on Fox Sports Midwest Plus.
Fans should check local listings and may learn more at cardinals.com/radio and cardinals.com/tv 
 

Three First timers to the HOF

This afternoon Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Frank Thomas was voted into the Hall of Fame. Greg Maddux received most of the votes at 555 with a 97.2%. In second came Tom Glavine with 525 with a 91.9%. Then Frank Thomas came in third with 478 votes with 83.7%. Players need 75% of the votes to get into the Hall of Fame. Craig Biggio came very close this time with 427 votes at a 74.8%, he missed by two votes. Other players of note were Mike Piazza at 62.2%, Jack Morris at 61.5% and Jeff Bagwell with 54.3%. The players I was pulling for were Lee Smith that had 29.9% of the vote and Tim Raines with 46.1% Unfortunately this will be Jack Morris last and final time to be on the ballot.

Wanted to also give props to Frank Thomas with getting in the first time. Thomas was a monster during  his nineteen year career. Thomas amassed 521 HR, 1704 RBI and a .301 BA. The year that Frank Thomas was drafted was 1989. He also made his first appearance in the bigs in 1990. Thomas was the 7th pick in the first round. The St. Louis Cardinals had the 6th pick and drafted Paul Coleman. Paul was a career minor league player that remained with the Cardinal organization till 1993. The Cardinals had a chance at Thomas but didn’t pick him. At that time the Cardinals must of kicked themselves to see that they missed out on a chance with having a huge power hitter in Thomas. Since the 1989 draft it took the Cardinals eight years to trade for a power hitting first baseman Mark McGwire. From 1990 to 1997 the Cardinals had Pedro Guerrero, Andres Gallaraga, Greg Jefferies, John Mabry and Dimitri Young before the Mark McGwire era. Within these years the Cardinals first baseman amassed 85 HR while Thomas hit 257 HRs from 1990 to 97. All I can say we surely missed out on having Frank Thomas.

Cardinals Claim Rafael Ortega

The Cardinals claimed Rafael Ortega off waivers from the Rangers this afternoon. The funny thing about this is that Ortega has been claimed off waivers by the Rangers when the Rockies dropped him back in November. He did have injuries in 2013 which cut short a lot plate appearances for him. Ortega known for being a speedy centerfielder in the Rockies system was ranked 15th among Rockies prospects. Ortega also has pop in  his bat and has a very strong and accurate throwing arm. Ortega is also a left handed hitter has three 30-steal campaigns under his belt in the minors plus a brief stint on the Rockies roster. He becomes the 39th players on the Cardinals 40 man roster in which another ex Ranger Joey Butler still remains on. I imagine that Ortega will probably be trying out for an outfield position with Memphis.