Career Day at Busch Stadium

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The St. Louis Cardinals are teaming up with Fox 2 and KPLR Channel 11 for the 10th annual Career Day at Busch Stadium on Wednesday, September 3rd.

            High School students and educators are invited to attend a special pre-game Q&A/panel discussion with executives from both companies, focusing on careers in sports and media.

            The moderated discussion provides a unique opportunity for students to ask questions about media, baseball operations, special events, ticket sales and corporate sales. Cardinals participants include Michael Girsch, Assistant General Manager; Julia Row, Director Special Events; and Dan Farrell, Senior Vice President Sales and Marketing. Jarrett Shustrin, Executive Producer; David Hits, Engineer; and Anthony Kiekow, Morning Show Reporter, will represent FOX 2 and KPLR 11. Panel members are subject to change

            Following the special presentation, students can attend an exclusive college fair with representatives from many colleges and universities around the Midwest.

            Each $15 Career Day ticket includes access to all of the pre-game activities, a ticket to the 12:45 p.m. Cardinals game against the Pirates, as well as a voucher for a free hot dog, soda and chips.

source: St. Louis Cardinals

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Cardinals Extends Contract with Peoria Chiefs

Peoria_ChiefsToday the Cardinals extended their player development contract with the Peoria Chiefs today. The St. Louis Cardinals took on this Class A Team in 1996. Some of the Cardinals players began their careers with the Chiefs, like Albert Pujols, Yadier Molina, Placido Polanco, Dan Haren, and Chris Duncan. The following is from the St. Louis Cardinals Press Release:

The St. Louis Cardinals announced today that they have agreed to a four-year extension of their player development contract (P.D.C.) with the Peoria (Ill.) Chiefs of the Midwest League (A). Previously contracted through 2016, the newly-announced extension carries through the 2020 season. 

            “The Peoria Chiefs continue to run a first-class operation providing us with outstanding support of our player development efforts,” said Cardinals’ Senior Vice President/General Manager John Mozeliak. “We look forward to our continued relationship with the Chiefs and the Peoria community.”

            The Cardinals and Chiefs shared a 10-year affiliation from 1995-2004, including 2002 when the Chiefs won their lone Midwest League Championship. The teams re-affiliated in 2013 with the Chiefs finishing fourth in the Midwest League Western Division. The Cardinals also had a three-year minor league presence in Peoria from 1954-56.

 

Greg Garcia Called Up

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                ST. LOUIS, MO (August 19, 2014) – The St. Louis Cardinals have placed infielder Mark Ellis on the 15-day disabled list with a left oblique strain, retroactive to August 15th.  Infielder Greg Garcia was recalled from Memphis (AAA) to take his spot on the 25-man roster.

                Ellis, 37, had not played since Thursday, August 14 vs. San Diego.  The veteran infielder had started four games since Kolten Wong returned from the disabled list on July 6th.

                Garcia, 25, played in 103 games in Memphis primarily at second base with games at third base and shortstop.  He was batting .275 with 8 home runs and 40 RBI at the time of recall.  The left-handed batting infielder was having a strong August batting .367 during the month. 

Garcia is making his second appearance in St. Louis, as he appeared in seven games from April 28-May 13, batting .200 (2-10) with an RBI.  Garcia was hit by pitch in the 12th inning for a game-ending RBI against Chicago on May 13 before getting optioned back to Memphis.

St. Louis Cardinals Media Alert

St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame Ceremony

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ST. LOUIS, MO (August 13, 2014) – Jim Edmonds, Marty Marion, Willie McGee and Mike Shannon will be formally inducted into the Cardinals Hall of Fame presented by Edward Jones  in a special ceremony on Saturday, August 16th at 10:30 a.m. in FOX Sports Midwest Live! at Ballpark Village. Gates open at 9:30 a.m. Tickets are still available for this historic, first-time ceremony.

               

WHAT:                  2014 Cardinals Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, presented by Edward Jones

WHEN:                  Saturday, August 16, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. Doors open at 9:30 a.m.

WHO:                    2014 Inductees Willie McGee, Jim Edmonds and Mike Shannon; Martinna Dill on behalf of her late father, 2014 inductee Marty Marion; Cardinals Chairman Bill DeWitt Jr.; Cardinals President Bill DeWitt III; Cardinals and National Baseball Hall of Famers Ozzie Smith, Whitey Herzog, Red Schoendienst, Lou Brock, Bob Gibson and Tony La Russa; and Cardinals broadcaster Dan McLaughlin

WHERE:                FOX Sports Midwest Live! in Ballpark Village

Media should enter through the South doors on Clark Street (across from Busch Stadium Gate 5).

COVERAGE:         Media interested in covering the 2014 Hall of Fame Induction ceremony at Ballpark Village need to request a Cardinals credential by emailing Chris Tunno at ctunno@cardinals.com no later than noon Friday.  August 16th game-day credentials will also be honored for this event (details on how to apply for game day credentials are available at cardinals.com/communications). Credentials may be picked up at 9:30 a.m. Saturday morning at a check-in table at the South entrance of Ballpark Village (Clark Street across from Busch Stadium Gate 5). The Cardinal Hall of Famers will be available for media interviews from 5:15 to 5:30 p.m. in the Press Dining Room of Busch Stadium. Media covering the press conference should enter through Aggie’s Lobby (Press/Media entrance) at Busch Stadium near Gate 2. Credentials used for the induction ceremony and/or the game will be accepted.

CONNECT:            @Cardinals  |  #CardsHOF  |  Fans can Instagram photos using #MyCardsHOF for the chance to win a Cardinals prize pack including a pair of tickets to the September 13th game, Cardinals Museum passes and Busch Stadium tour tickets. Official rules on cardinals.com. 

 

Fans wishing to attend the morning induction ceremony may purchase an $18 general admission standing-room ticket at cardinals.com/hof which includes a special Hall of Fame Induction Day issue of the Cardinals Magazine and a limited edition print of the 2014 inductees. 

 

The St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame Presented By Edward Jones

The St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame was established as a way to recognize the exceptional careers and significant achievements of the greatest players in Cardinals history, as well as those who have made exceptional contributions to the organization. Each member of the Cardinals Hall of Fame is permanently enshrined in the new Cardinals Hall of Fame Gallery presented by Edward Jones that is located on the second floor of Cardinals Nation in Ballpark Village, just outside the entrance to the team’s new museum. The Hall of Fame Gallery is free and open to the public. On Opening Day 2014, the Cardinals dedicated the Hall of Fame with an Inaugural Class, consisting of 22 Cardinals who are either enshrined in the National Baseball Hall of Fame as Cardinals or whose number has been retired by the club. The 2014 Induction Class is the first class to be inducted into the new Hall of Fame that was selected via a formal process which includes fans, a Red Ribbon Panel of baseball experts and the team.

 

Jim Edmonds (Modern Era Player – Fan Selection)

Jim Edmonds joined the Cardinals in 2000 and played eight seasons, making the postseason in six of those years and playing in two World Series, winning in 2006. The three-time All-Star won six consecutive Gold Gloves from 2000-05.  He ranks 4th on the Cardinals all-time home run list with 241 and hit the game-ending home run in the 11th inning of Game 6 of the 2004 NLCS.

 

Willie McGee (Modern Era Player – Fan Selection)

Willie McGee played in 13 seasons with the Cardinals, playing in 1661 games, 9th all-time in franchise history. He was a four-time All-Star, won three Gold Gloves and was the 1985 National League MVP with league leading marks of a .353 batting average, 18 triples and 216 hits, while stealing 56 bases. McGee played in three World Series, winning as a rookie in 1982 when he finished third in the Rookie of the Year voting. He is one of six players to steal over 300 bases with the Cardinals, swiping 301.

 

Mike Shannon (Team Selection)

Mike Shannon played all nine years of his career with the St. Louis Cardinals from 1962-70. He was a member of the World Championship clubs in 1964 and 1967 and National League champions of 1968, a year in which he was seventh in the NL MVP voting. Shannon hit three home runs in the World Series including his final post-season at bat in Game 7 of the 1968 World Series. He entered the broadcast booth in 1972 following his retirement as a player due to kidney disease. Mike has been an exceptional and extremely popular broadcaster for the Cardinals for 43 years.

 

Marty Marion (Veteran Era Player – Red Ribbon Panel Selection)

Marty Marion played 11 seasons with the Cardinals and was a seven-time all-star. Known as “Slats” or “The Octopus”, he was among the Top 10 in NL MVP voting three times, winning the award during the Cardinals 1944 World Championship season. Marion helped the Cardinals win World Championships in 1942, 1944 and 1946. He played in 23 World Series games and totaled 11 RBI and seven doubles, all among the Top 5 in Cardinals World Series records.

 

The Cardinals Hall of Fame Inaugural Class (Automatically In Upon Establishing the Hall of Fame)

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 Panel of Cardinals Baseball Experts

Tom Ackerman,  Frank Cusumano,  Derrick Goold, Rick Hummel, Randy Karraker,  Martin Kilcoyne, Jenifer Langosch,  Tony La Russa, Bernie Miklasz, Joe Ostermeier, Rob Rains, Red Schoendienst, Joe Strauss and Brian Walton.

 

Cardinals Have Interest in Soriano

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For what its worth Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post Dispatch had reported on the Ryan Kelley Morning After show on Monday that one name keeps popping up that could be a possible fit for the struggling Cardinals that can’t buy a hit. Here is what Strauss said on the show,
”Alfonso Soriano is a name I’ve heard a few times,” Strauss said. “His name may be better than his production right now. But at least he’s somebody who has the vestige of power, a little bit of versatility. I think that’s a name we hear about a little bit going forward.” This team needs a bat in a big way. Since Soriano is now without a team this could be a pick up instead of a trade. I think this could help the Cardinalsand energize this lifeless Cardinal team.

 

Jason Motte to the DL

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Jason Motte has been placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to Aug. 1, due to a lower back sprain, the club announced via press release. As a corresponding move, left-hander Nick Greenwood has been recalled from Triple-A Memphis.

Motte, 32, has a 4.91 ERA, 1.50 WHIP and 16 strikeouts in 22 innings this season, as he’s returned from Tommy John surgery. He missed all of last season recovering from the procedure after leading the NL in saves in 2012. Obviously, things haven’t gone quite as well this season, but it’s his first back from the surgery and that generally happens.

This will mark the second big-league stint for Greenwood, who earlier this year had a 4.74 ERA and 1.37 WHIP in nine appearances for St. Louis.

Source Matt Snyder CBS Sports

St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame Induction

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       ST. LOUIS, MO (August 1, 2014) – The St. Louis Cardinals announced tickets for the 2014 Cardinals Hall of Fame induction ceremony, presented by Edward Jones, will go on sale today at 10 a.m.

                The 2014 class honors Jim Edmonds, Marty Marion, Willie McGee and Mike Shannon.

                The event, open to fans of all ages, will take place inside Fox Sports Midwest Live! at Ballpark Village on Saturday, August 16 at 10:30 a.m., with doors opening at 9:30 a.m.

                Tickets for the event cost $18.00 per person and are general admission-standing room only.  Each ticket holder will receive a special Hall of Fame Induction Day issue of the Cardinals Gameday Magazine and a limited edition print of the 2014 inductees.

                Fans can purchase tickets online by visiting www.cardinals.com/hof.

 

The St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame

The St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame was established as a way to recognize the exceptional careers and significant achievements of the greatest players in Cardinals history, as well as those who have made exceptional contributions to the organization. Each member of the Cardinals Hall of Fame is permanently enshrined in the new Cardinals Hall of Fame Gallery presented by Edward Jones that is located on the second floor of Cardinals Nation in Ballpark Village, just outside the entrance to the team’s new museum. The Hall of Fame Gallery is free and open to the public. On Opening Day 2014, the Cardinals dedicated the Hall of Fame with an Inaugural Class, consisting of 22 Cardinals who are either enshrined in the National Baseball Hall of Fame as Cardinals or whose number has been retired by the club. The 2014 Induction Class is the first class to be inducted into the new Hall of Fame that was selected via a formal process which includes fans, baseball experts and the team.

Source: St. Louis Cardinals News Release