Cardinals Shake up the Roster

I am not too surprise to see this happening especially right before the Cardinals series with the Central League leading Brewers. The Cardinals decided to send down Kolten Wong and Shane Robinson to their AAA team Memphis Redbirds. Both Wong and Robinson have been struggling at the plate. The Cardinals decided to bring up Greg Garcia and Randal Grichuk, which both players have been hitting very well in the minor leagues. Greg Garcia can play short stop and second base while Grichuck will share time with Jon Jay in the outfield. With the way the Cardinals have been playing and the unusual power outage I had a feeling they would either bring up some of the young talent like Oscar Tavarez or Joey Butler. I even thought they would make a trade to bolster their hitting problems. So I  guess we will wait and see what will happen next. The Cardinals for sure will stick with Ellis at second base for now and let Descalso help out when needing a break.

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Yasiel Puig’s Life to become a Movie

Just caught this story via twitter, at first I was like really? Come on Hollywood! Why would you hype Yasiel’s life even more. I do know the story on how he escape Cuba that involved Drug Lords but how credible is his story? Why not a movie about Marlins Pitcher Jose Fernandez? He escaped with his mom while dodging bullets and while on the boat he saved his mom that fell off the boat into the sea. Well at least Director Brett Ratner that did movies like Red Dragon, X-Men and Rush Hour will be connected to the Yasiel Puig movie. I wonder what the movie will be called? Escape from Cuba?

Oscar Taveras New Agent

A few days ago Cardinals rookie outfielder decided to change agents. He is now being represented by Dan Lozano and Brian Meija of MVP Sports Group. Why would he choose Dan Lozano? I know he has some elite players that are in his stable like Albert Pujols, Joey Votto, Alex Rodriguez, Carlos Beltran and Mike Piazza. Lozano has been targeted in some allegations of using prostitutes and liquor to his clients to sign. No news on why Tavares changed Agencies.

Pooches in the Ballpark

It’s time once again for St. Louis canines to “bark” on the Cardinals at Busch Stadium on Saturday, June 14 for the tenth annual Purina® Pooches in the Ballpark event, presented by Schnucks.

                More than 200 dogs, along with their owners, are invited to sit in a special “pooches” section of the ballpark. Tickets for this year’s event go on sale tomorrow at 10 a.m. at cardinals.com/pooches. The cost is $135 per person (dogs get in the stadium for free) and will be available on a first come, first served basis. Tickets to last year’s game sold out within two hours, so St. Louis dog owners are encouraged to act fast to secure their seats and enjoy a night at the ballpark with their four-legged friends. The “pooches” night game, against the Washington Nationals, will be an evening of fun-filled events including:
               
·         Canine Cardinals Fan Costume Parade                                           4:45 p.m.
o   All four-legged ticket holders (and their owners) will show off their favorite Cardinals gear in a pre-game costume parade on the Busch Stadium field.
 
·         Purina® Pro Plan® Performance Team                                           5:00 p.m.
o   Watch as these incredibly talented, athletic canines snatch flying discs out of the air while performing some amazing tricks. The Purina Pro Plan Performance Team travels across the country performing at sporting events, on television shows and a variety of other public events.
 
·         Purina® Pooches in the Ballpark                                                        6:15 p.m.
o   More than 200 canine Cardinals fans will join their owners in the designated “pooch” section of Busch Stadium to cheer on a victory against the Nationals.
 
WHEN: Tickets go on sale tomorrow at 10 a.m. for the tenth annual Purina® Pooches in the Ballpark game on Saturday, June 14. To purchase tickets, learn more about the parade, or for a list of game day rules, please go to cardinals.com/pooches. Tickets are available on a first come, first served basis.
                               
                HOW:   Visit cardinals.com/pooches for more information about purchasing tickets.
 
WHO:   Purina® and Schnucks® are proud to once again sponsor this fun-filled hometown event the whole family can enjoy – including our beloved four-legged Cardinals fans.

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Cardinals Catcher Hal Smith Passes

I just learned that Hal Smith had passed away at the age of 82, the cause od death is not known. Hal known as cornerstone catcher in the late 1950’s had caught the likes of Larry Jackson, Lindy McDaniel, and Bob Gibson. He was also an All-Star Catcher for the Cardinals in 1957 and 1959. His best year was 1959 when he hit 13 Home Runs, 50 RBIs, and a .270 batting average. In 1965 he played briefly for the Pirates and eventually became a coach and a scout for several teams.  My thoughts and prayers go out to the Smith family.

Joe Buck Marries NFL Reporter

 
 
Well Joe Buck got married again, He ran off to Cabo, Mexico over the weekend to marry Michelle Beisner not Joe Namath….hehehe
Michelle Beisner is a reporter and an ex-cheerleader for the Denver Broncos.
 
The wedding ceremony was kept quiet with much down play until Troy Aikman opened his big mouth to TMZ about the wedding.
 
Joe Buck also will join hands with Harold Reynolds and Ton Verducci for FOX Baseball Broadcasts this summer
 
 
Good luck Joe and Michelle!!!!

Mozeliak Gets Extension

The St. Louis Cardinals announced today that Senior Vice President and General Manager John Mozeliak has agreed to a two-year contract extension with the team through the 2018 season. 

            “Over the last six seasons Mo has done an outstanding job leading our baseball operations,” said Cardinals Chairman Bill DeWitt Jr. “By extending Mo’s contract with the club, we look forward to continuing our approach which emphasizes excellence at the Major League level, supported by a strong player procurement and player development program.”   
The 12th General Manager in Cardinals history, Mozeliak, 45, is a 19-year veteran of the Cardinals front office who has served as the team’s General Manager the last six seasons (2008-2013).  During his tenure as General Manager, the Cardinals have advanced to the postseason four times, winning a World Championship in 2011, and the National League Championship last year.  The Cardinals have twice been recognized by Baseball America as the Organization of the Year (2011 & 2013).  The prestigious honor recognized the Cardinals for their success in scouting and player development
Mozeliak was named Executive of the Year in 2011 by MLB.com and in recent years he has been successful in locking up core players Matt Holliday, Yadier Molina, Adam Wainwright, Allen Craig, and Matt Carpenter with long-term agreements with the Cardinals.
“I am fortunate to work with one of the true leaders in our game today,” said Mozeliak.  “Bill DeWitt is a visionary leader who has overseen one of the most successful periods in our storied history.  I look forward to continuing my relationship with this great franchise as we try to bring another championship to our fans and city.”

source: St. Louis Cardinals News Release