It’s Time for Taveras Mania!!!

I had originally reported that Oscar Taveras would probably be activated for June 4-11 Interleague Series that is on the road. Well earlier tonight Rob Rains of STLSportsPage reported that Taveras had packed his bags and Memphis during the Redbirds rain delay. The Cardinals also put Matt Adams on the DL for a injury to his calf. Looks like Taveras will play right field and move Allen Craig to first base. Taveras has been on a tare at Memphis hitting .325 with 7 HRs and 40 RBIs. Hopefully Oscar will give this Cardinal team more pop at bat in which we need.

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Here Comes Grichuk

The St. Louis Cardinals announced today that they have recalled rookie outfielder Randal Grichuk from Memphis (AAA) and optioned outfielder Shane Robinson to the triple-A club.

The 22-year-old Grichuk hit his team-leading 10th home run last night for Memphis and is batting .315 (53-for-168) for the Pacific Coast League club with 32 RBI.  He is ranked 5th in the PCL in slugging percentage (.589), including an outstanding .941 mark versus left-handed pitching.  The right-handed hitting outfielder is batting .451 (23-for-51) overall against southpaws.
Grichuk, a Gold Glove winner last season in the Texas League (AA), has been flawless in the field this season, playing all three outfield positions, but he has spent the majority of his time (25 games) in centerfield.
The 6-1, 195-pound Rosenberg, Texas native was acquired this past off-season in a trade with the Los Angeles Angels.  He was the Angels 1st round draft selection (24th player overall) in 2009 ahead of Mike Trout.
Grichuk, who wears uniform #15, made his major league debut earlier this season, appearing in nine games for the Cardinals while making four starts and going 3-for-21 with a double and triple.

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Bobblehead Night with River City Rascals

The River City Rascals will be hosting their first bobble head giveaway of the season on Friday, June 20that 7:05 PM. The first bobble head giveaway, presented by One Source Realtors, will feature legendary sportscaster Bob Costas. Not enough for you? On Saturday, July 12th at 7:05 PM we’ll offer the second bobble head giveaway of the season presented by Mercy, featuring former Cardinal and current 101.1 ESPN radio host Chris Duncan. Only the first 500 fans in the gate will receive the bobble heads, and fans hoping to attain one should expect to show up early.
Bob Costas is a native of St. Louis and an American sportscaster on the air for NBC Sports television since the early 1980s. He has been prime-time host of nine Olympic Games. He currently does play-by-play for MLB Network and hosts an interview show called Studio 42 with Bob Costas.
Chris Duncan is the youngest son of Dave Duncan, a former catcher and retired pitching coach for the St. Louis Cardinals. Chris Duncan also played for the St. Louis Cardinals from the 2005 through the 2009 seasons. Duncan contributed to the 2006 World Series Championship. Following the 2006 season, Duncan was named the team’s Rookie of the Year. He is currently a co-host with Anthony Stalter on a mid-day radio program on the St. Louis ESPN Radio Affiliate WXOS called The Turn.
The gates will open at 6:05 PM for both games, so be here well in advance to be one of the first 500 to receive these bobble heads. Tickets for these games will go on sale Tuesday, April 1 at www.rivercityrascals.com and at the Rascals box office. You can purchase tickets through the box office by calling (636) 240-2287 ext. 232.

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All Roads Lead to Taveras

Today the Cardinals made a move that would possibly bring Oscar Taveras up to the big leagues when the Cardinals go on the road for interleague games. The Cardinals sold Joey Butler’s contract to the Japanese Professional Baseball team the Orix Buffaloes. With Butler gone we now have 39 players on our 40 man roster. In the meantime on the farm Oscar Taveras is tearing it up. Taveras has 10 hits out of 15 at bats in three games. His hitting line at this time is .322/.368/.520. He also has 6 HRs and 35RBIs. The Cardinals would probably use Taveras as a DH or a everyday outfielder for there interleague games with Royals, Bluejays and Rays from June 4-11. This would be a bat the Cardinals could really use since our power numbers are down. I just  hope Taveras stays with the club. We sure do need hin,

LaRussa Hired by Diamondbacks

Tony LaRussa has been a busy man since his retirement as the St. Louis Cardinals skipper in 2011. After his retirement LaRussa took a job as executive vice president for MLB operations. In December of 2013 he was voted into the Hall of Fame and will also be inducted in the St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame Museum this summer. On May 17th he accepted the position of Chief Baseball Officer for the Arizona Diamondbacks, his main job is to oversee the entire baseball operations department. I have a strong feeling that Kevin Towers and Kirk Gibson’s job is on the line. It sure looks like LaRussa followed Dave McKay and Dave Duncan that already has roots in the Diamondbacks organization.

Inductees Announced for Cardinals Hall of Fame

Well I am pretty happy to find out my choice of Willie McGee has finally going to be inducted into the St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame this summer. Willie McGee a huge fan favorite since his debut in 1982 was always a well respected figure here in St. Louis.  It wasn’t until 1996 when the Cardinals signed Willie as a free agent to help as a bench player. Willie had also finished his baseball career with the Cardinals in 1999. I am so happy to see this happen for Willie Gee. Other inductees include Jim Edmonds, Mike Shannon and Marty Marion. The official date of induction will be August 16. The organization intends to add at least three new members annually — one veteran player chosen by a committee, two modern players selected by fans — and will continue to have the option of naming a fourth inductee, someone who has been an important figure in franchise history.