Cardnals New 2014 TV & Radio Schedule

The St. Louis Cardinals today announced that every 2014 regular season game will be televised locally or nationally as well as broadcast on the Cardinals Radio Network.

                In their 21st season with the team, FOX Sports Midwest is scheduled to carry 150 games in its fourth full season as the exclusive local TV home of the Cardinals. FOX Sports Midwest will also continue to produce the Cardinals Live pre and postgame shows for every regular season telecast on the network. This season, each telecast will originate from the network’s new television studio on the second level of Ballpark Village overlooking the FOX Sports Midwest Live! marketplace.
                In 2013, Cardinals telecasts on FOX Sports Midwest generated the 2nd highest local market television ratings in Major League Baseball, the 14th straight year in which the Cardinals ranked among the top three teams. FOX Sports Midwest-produced Cardinals telecasts are shown in nine states and available in approximately four million homes.
                Ten regular season games are currently scheduled to be carried exclusively as part of Major League Baseball’s national television packages with FOX (aired locally on KTVI), ESPN and new this year, FOX Sports 1. The September 20 and 21 games against the Cincinnati Reds are yet to be scheduled but will be carried by FOX Sports Midwest or be nationally televised. The schedule is subject to change based on future Major League Baseball national television selections.
                A team record 18 Grapefruit League Spring Training games will also be televised live, starting Friday, February 28 on FOX Sports Midwest. An all-time high 15 games will air on FOX Sports Midwest, with additional games on MLB Network and ESPN.
                In addition to televised game coverage, KMOX (AM 1120), the team’s flagship radio station, will carry every regular season game, as well as 18 Spring Training games on the Cardinals Radio Network and various shows live from Ballpark Village. This year marks KMOX’s fourth season returning as the flagship station and 54th year overall. Broadcasters Mike Shannon and John Rooney are heard on 126 radio stations in nine Midwest states as part of the Cardinals Radio Network. 
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Cuban shortstop Diaz visits Cardinals Camp

This afternoon Mike Matheny, John Mozeliak and many of the other Cardinal coaches stuck around to watch Almedys Diaz show off his skills to the Cardinals Brass. The Cardinals will make a formal offer to his agent Jaime Torres in the next 24 hours. The Post Dispatch reports that Torres expects his client will make a decision to sign by Friday or Saturday. The rumors do swirl that Diaz could get as much as $30 million. The teams that are most interested includes not only the Cardinals but the Yankees, Giants, Mariners, Bluejays and the Padres. Diaz a defector from Cuba hopes to being playing on a major league team like  his Cuban brothers Yasiel Puig and Alexei Ramirez. At this time the Yankees seem  to be the favorite to land Diaz but I think the Cardinals still have a chance in signing this rising star. Diaz can play all three infield positions and is very advance at the plate.

Jake Westbrook Announces Retirement

Today on Valentines Day Jake Westbrook announces his retirement from baseball. As a free agent there was no interest in Jake which made it even easier for him to retire after thirteen years as a pitcher. In a interview with Rob Rains he talks about he desire of wanting to spend more time with his family. Known as a pretty good innings eater pitcher, Westbrook finishes his career with a 105-103 record and 4.32 ERA in 1,748 innings for the Indians, Cardinals, and Yankees, including four 200-inning campaigns and one trip to the All-Star game in 2004. Oh, and more than $70 million in career earnings.

The Barn will join PBR St. Louis in BallPark Village

ST. LOUIS, MO (February 12, 2014) – The St. Louis Cardinals, The Cordish Companies and PBR (Professional Bull Riders, Inc.) announced today that PBR St. Louis will expand and add a new component to their brand with The Barn at PBR St. Louis, opening at Ballpark Village this Spring.  

            A live music joint, The Barn will be located inside PBR St. Louis and will continue the great live music tradition PBR venues have become known for around the United States. It will feature the best local, regional and national entertainment on a nightly basis. The intimate setting will feature a stage in front of the grand stone fireplace, state-of-the-art sound and cathedral ceilings exemplifying a chic but rustic barn feel. The Barn will share a 70 foot island bar with PBR and will embark floor to ceiling windows with Arch and city skyline views.
            “We are excited about the growth of the PBR brand in the entertainment industry,” Sean Gleason, Chief Operating Officer of the PBR said. “The addition of The Barn for live music just raised the bar to an even higher level.”
            The Barn at PBR St. Louis 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.”
            The first PBR location opened its doors in 2008 at the Power & Light District in Kansas City, MO and has since launched venues in Baltimore, MD; Houston, TX; Hampton, VA; Philadelphia, PA; and Louisville, KY making PBR one of the hottest and fastest growing concepts in the country. PBR St. Louis takes this design to a new level and promises to be an eclectic combination of “cowboy cool” meets “urban chic,” spanning 10,000 square feet.

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Cardinals Sign Pat Neshek

Today the Cardinals signed  right handed reliever Pat Neshek to a minor league deal with an invite to Spring Training. I am quite impressed with this signing for a couple of reasons. First of all Neshek held righties to a .219 average in 2013 and has held them to a .181 ERA in his seven seasons in the majors. His unusual way of pitching side armed gives him a huge chance to make the Cardinals bullpen as another power arm.