Pete Kozma Returns

He’ssssss Back!!!! Welcome back to the fray Pete Kozma!! Lets see what you can do this time around. Here’s the media alert that was sent to me.

The St. Louis Cardinals announced today that pitchers Jaime Garcia (left shoulder inflammation) and Michael Wacha (right shoulder stress reaction) have both been placed on the 15-day disabled list.  Garcia’s move is retroactive to June 21, and Wacha’s is back-dated to June 18. 

In addition, the Cardinals today recalled right-handed pitcher Eric Fornataro and infielder Pete Kozma from Memphis (AAA).  Both players are expected to join the Cardinals in Denver tonight for their series opener against the Colorado Rockies.
Fornataro, 26, was 1-2, with a 3.27 ERA and 4 saves in his 19 games (22.0 IP) for Memphis.  He has enjoyed a solid June, posting a 0.87 ERA and 3 saves in his eight games this month.  The 6-1, 225-pound rookie right-hander debuted for the Cardinals earlier this season, appearing in seven games (7.2 IP).
Kozma, 26, began the season on the Cardinals Opening Day roster, but appeared in just four games (1-for-3; .333 BA) before being optioned to Memphis on April 14.
At Memphis, Kozma has compiled a .234 batting mark (44-for-188) in his 59 games played with 4 home runs and 24 RBI.   Kozma has shown consistent success against left-handers, batting .295 (13-for-44) with a .941 OPS and he continues to excel with runners in scoring position, batting .306 (15-for-49) with 21 of his 24 RBI coming in those situations.  Kozma hit .322 (37-for-115) with runners in scoring position last season while serving as the Cardinals everyday shortstop.
Fornataro wears uniform no. 67 and Kozma wears no. 38.
Source: St. Louis Cardinals.
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United Cardinals Bloggers Annual Dinner

 
Once again I had a wonderful evening with my fellow Cardinals Bloggers at Joe Bucks Restaurant near Busch Stadium. This evening was a blast for me, not even the thunderstorm rained on my good fortune but I will get to that later. I was able to see and talk with people I know and was able to give some good advice to some of the Bloggers on how to improve their Baseball Blogs. I have to add that the food at Joe Bucks was superb. The highlights for me was meeting Media Relations Director Geoff Goldman. Once I introduced myself he responded with “I know who you are”. I was wondering if this was a good thing or bad thing. I soon learned that part of his job was to stay in touch with our Blogs. It was also fun to see that the Fox Sports Midwest Girls showed up for the festivities.
Towards the end of the evening we received the door prizes goodie bag thanks to Rob and Sally Rains. It included a silver color small bat with Matt Carpenter and Yadi Molina’s name on it, candy, and headphones with a StlSportsPage pouch. So here is the exciting news. I had bought a raffle ticket for a four tickets to a game that includes a tour of the Fox Sports Midwest Studio. So there could be a chance to meet two of the following…. Pat Parris, Jimmy “The Cat” Hayes, Jim Edmonds, Andy Benes, Tim McCarver, Al Habrosky, Jason Isringhausen and Ricky Horton. I am totally excited about winning these tickets!!
 
 

My Goodbye to Tony Gwynn

 

In 2009 during the All Star activities at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis I stood in the same room where Tony Gwynn was holding a hitting clinic with all ages of kids that wanted to learn how to hit. At that time my son Gabe was four years old. I tried to get Gabe to go up to him to say hi but he wanted to run the bases. I was just amazed how his energy just transferred over to the children that spent an afternoon of hitting with him. A few times I wanted to go over to talk to him and maybe get an autograph but I didn’t. I was just amazed that I was standing in the vicinity of greatness. This morning I found out that Tony Gwynn died of cancer at the age of 54.  What an amazing career he had. He spent twenty years with the Padres and accumulated 15 games All Star appearances. Other accolades included five gold gloves, seven sliver slugger awards, eight batting titles, Branch Rickey Award, Roberto Clemente Award and Lou Gehrig Award. No wonder he is a Hall of Famer. Tony was a student of the game. He studied the pitchers by video tape before that became popular with other MLB teams. He also had the highest career batting average against pitchers. With an minimum of fifty at bats and including postseason here are some stats for some of the pitchers during his career.
.444 John Smoltz
.441 Ron Darling
.415 Greg Maddux
.379 Bryn Smith

Just an amazing talent. My thoughts and prayers  goes out to the Gwynn Family.

Cardinals Call Up Nick Greenwood

The St. Louis Cardinals announced prior to today’s series finale with the Washington Nationals, that they have purchased the contract of left-handed pitcher Nick Greenwood from Memphis (AAA) and optioned outfielder Randal Grichuk to the triple-A affiliate.

The 6-1, 180-pound Greenwood was 3-3 with a 2.61 ERA in 22 games (three starts) for Memphis this season, limiting the opposition to a .221 BA in his 41.1 innings pitched.  Greenwood, a native of Farmington, Connecticut, was 1-0 with a 0.82 ERA in his three games started, the most recent on June 1 at Oklahoma City.
The 26-year-old Greenwood will be making his Major League debut with his first appearance, becoming the fifth player to debut with the Cardinals this season, joining Grichuk, Greg Garcia, Eric Fornataro and Oscar Taveras.
A veteran of 218 career minor league games (47 starts), Greenwood was acquired by the Cardinals from San Diego on July 31, 2010 in a three-way trade with the Padres and Cleveland Indians that also sent pitcher Jake Westbrook to St. Louis.
Greenwood has been assigned uniform no. 62.
Source St. Louis Caedinals

Ooooh LaLa its Jon Hamm Bobblehead Night!

On Monday, August 18th the Cardinals will celebrate Hollywood actor and St. Louis native Jon Hamm during the first-ever Jon Hamm Night at the ballpark.

                The Million Dollar Arm and Mad Men star will throw the ceremonial first pitch prior to the Cardinals taking on the Cincinnati Reds at 7.15 p.m. All fans who purchase the special game ticket will receive an exclusive Jon Hamm bobblehead.
                “Jon Hamm is one of the greatest ambassadors for Cardinals baseball,” said Dan Farrell, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “Whether he’s photographed walking down the street in his lucky Cardinals cap, or talking up the team on late night television, he’s one of our biggest fans. We’re really looking forward to hosting this event with him.”
                A limited number of VIP ticket packages are also available for the event. In addition to the bobblehead, VIP ticketholders will be able to take their photo with the homegrown star during a pre-game meet-and-greet.
                “I am beyond thrilled and tremendously honored that the St. Louis Cardinals are having “Jon Hamm Night” at Busch Stadium. I have been a fan of the team since before I can remember and participating in a night like this is simply mind-blowing. I’d like to thank the team, the organization, and the fans for participating in what I hope will be a fantastic night for everyone but the Reds.”
                Tickets and VIP packages for Jon Hamm Night at Busch Stadium are on sale now at cardinals.com/theme. For each themed ticket sold, a portion of the ticket price will be donated to Jon’s charity of choice, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
                A graduate of John Burroughs High School and the University of Missouri, Hamm rose to fame starring as Don Draper in the hit AMC television series Mad Men. Most recently, the avid Cardinals fan merged his love of baseball and acting for the role of J.B. Bernstein in Disney’s feel-good baseball tale Million Dollar Arm
                Jon Hamm Night is just one of the many unique personalized Theme Ticket promotions planned for the 2014 season. Theme Tickets are customized promotions that allow a select number of fans to celebrate a common interest while enjoying access to a unique promotional item and/or exclusive pre-game event. Targeted around different occupations, organizations, communities, celebrities and more, Theme Tickets let fans enjoy the game in a whole new way. 
                                                                                         

                                                                                 

source: St.Louis Cardinals
 

Are the Cardinals interested in David Price?

The last time I heard David Price’s name connected to the Cardinals was at the beginning of the 2014 season. It was Paul White of USA Today that wrote about a potential trade between the Cardinals and the Rays that would send Oscar Taveras and Michael Wacha to Tampa Bay for David Price. I cringed when I heard about this. I would hate to see both great potential players like Wacha and Taveras for Price. During my morning breakfast I was reading Bernie Miklasz’s article about the MLB trade market and his comments on what the Cardinals might be up to. First of all I would tend to think that the Cardinals would be in search of a power bat like Giancarlo Stanton or Carlos Gonzalez but think again Cardinal fans, Mozeliak just might be looking for a top notch pitcher like David Price. At this moment Price has a 4-6 win loss record but he had proven himself as a dependable starting pitcher. He earned a Cy Young award in 2012 and been selected to three All-Star games. David Price could be our second lefty that could very well be our headline pitcher and what a great addition he would be with Wainwright. As of right now he leads the AL in innings pitched (99.1), strike outs (111), and complete games (2).  At this time the Rays are 24-41 and ready to start moving players. So who would the Cardinals trade to get David Price. Well the Cardinals have what the Rays want, young players with fire in their bellies. So who would Mozeliak trade for David Price. In Bernie’s article he talked about Carlos Martinez, I would hate to lose  him but he would be a great chip with one of our young outfielders. So I wonder which outfielder, I would say the Cardinals will not trade Taveras, Grichuk, Piscotty or Bourjos which leaves Jon Jay, Matt Holliday or Alan Craig. I would think that Craig would be the sacrificial lamb. I really like the potential starting pitchers line up of Wainwright, Price, Miller, Wacha and Garcia. So this would send Lance Lynn to middle relief. This type of trade would definitely help the Cardinals in  the long run.

Sources, Paul White, Bernie Miklasz and MLB

Cardinals Top Draft Picks Close to be Signed

                                                                    Jack Flaherty
I was happy to hear that Jack Flaherty, Luke Weaver and Ronnie Wilson will soon be wearing Cardinal red. As of right now nothing is official until they pass there physicals. Out of these three pitchers I find Jack Flaherty to be the gem. Flaherty is a top notch power pitcher from Harvard-Westlake High School in California. Apparently Flaherty is committed to play baseball at the University of North Carolina. In order for the Cardinals to sign him, they would have to go way of the slot value of $1.6 million. It was thought by most MLB Draft Analyists that the Cardinals would not be able to sign him because of  his commitment to University of North Carolina.  Another interesting thing about Jack is that he is also comfortable at third base.

Here is Flaherty’s scouting report:

Flaherty first arrived on the national scene as a sophomore when he tossed a complete-game win in the opening round of USA Baseball’s 2012 National High School Invitational. Now he’s one of the more intriguing two-way players in the country. Flaherty could go on to play two ways for the University of North Carolina, and he does like playing the infield. Seeing him in the Tar Heels rotation and at third base isn’t a stretch. Most pro teams like him on the mound as a projectable right-hander who already has a good feel for pitching. Flaherty has a four-pitch mix, though none of the offerings grade out as better than average right now. He has a clean and easy delivery and the kind of frame that suggests he could add some velocity as he matures. The team that sees that projection in Flaherty, especially if he focuses on pitching only, and believes it can sign him away from his North Carolina commitment, will be the one to take the SoCal right-hander in the early rounds.
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