Vince Coleman joins the Whitesox

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My hopes of the Cardinals  hiring Vince Coleman went by the wayside once again. Today the Whitesox hired Coleman to help the team with there base running during spring training. I have always dreamed of Coleman coming back to help these Cardinals become the running Redbirds once again. Coleman a very prolific base burglar swiped 752 stolen bases. With this in mind Coleman would be such a perfect fit with the Cardinals as an instructor along side with his old team mates Ozzie Smith and Willie McGee. The Cardinals as a team stole 57 bases which made them third worse in stealing in 2014. The players that are known to have speed are Wong, Bourjus, Jay and Heyward. If only these four players could increase stolen base totals with smart base running the Cardinals could score more often and win more games. I wonder who works with the Cardinals in regards to these skills. My message to Coleman……Please give the Cardinals a call when your contract is over with the Whitesox, we would love to have on the team once again.

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Jim Edmonds to appear on Housewives of Orange County

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King are bringing Bravo’s The Real Housewives of Orange County to St. Louis,.

Edmonds became a Cardinal after leaving the Halos, and he’s now a St. Louis restaurant owner and Fox Sports Midwest broadcaster.

Actually, we would be applauding the Edmondses if the unreal reality show stayed in Missouri from now on, but alas it’s just for some Season 10 segments. St. Louis sites, St. Louis celebrities and St. Louis anti-police fervor are promised. (OK, only two of those are promised.)

Years ago, Edmonds’ second wife, Allison, was rumored to be joining RHOC, but Alexis Bellino got the gig.

So scoreboard for wifey No. 3 Meghan King Edmonds getting the Bravo cameras to come to her. She’s joining returners Vicki Gunvalson, Tamra Barney, Heather Dubrow, Shannon Beador and Lizzie Rovsek–and possibly long-ago RHOC Jeana Keough, whose estranged husband Matt Keough pitched for the Oakland A’s.

Speaking of baseball tie-in’s, do you suppose the Edmondses are setting the RHOC table for the eventual addition of their pal Albert Pujols and his wife?

We can only pray.

Source: Matt Coker, OC Weekly

St. Louis Cardinals Theme Tickets Now on Sale

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Tickets for more than 20 Theme Ticket promotional dates during the 2015 Season, including American Girl Night, Star Wars Night, Superhero Night and many more, are on sale now at cardinals.com/theme.

“Theme Tickets offer fans a fun, unique and special VIP way to enjoy Cardinals baseball while celebrating a shared common bond,” said Martin Coco, Director of Ticket Sales & Marketing. “We have an amazing lineup of special theme nights that fans won’t want to miss, including some new events like American Girl Night, that promise to be very popular.” 

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.        

The 2015 schedule includes returning favorites like Mizzou Night, Illini Night, Catholic Family Night, Jewish Community Day, Christmas in July, and Scout Nights, as well as several new events such as Nurses Night, St. Louis Browns Night and Runners Night.

Additional Theme Ticket events will be announced throughout the 2015 season.  A full listing of 2015 Theme Ticket dates follows.  Fans can learn more about Cardinals Theme Ticket dates and purchase their tickets for these events at cardinals.com/theme.

2015 Theme Nights Schedule as of 01.21.15

 

College Theme Night # 1

Wednesday, April 15 vs Milwaukee, 7:15

Cardinals Sunglasses, Croakie and Carrying Case

Local college students, faculty and staff can take a break from the books and join us for College Night and receive your exclusive Cardinals sunglasses/croakies combo.

Catholic Family Theme  Night (Catholic Supply of St. Louis Inc.)

Wednesday, April 15th vs Milwaukee, 7:15

Blessing Bracelet

Show your religious and team spirit at Catholic Family Theme Night. With your Catholic Family Night Theme Ticket you get a one of a kind Cardinals Blessing Bracelet!

Weather Bash at Busch

Thursday April 16th vs Milwaukee, 12:45

Pre-game educational program and a voucher for hot dog, soda and chips

The ultimate field trip experience for grade school and middle school age kids. Pre-game weather presentation on the field with the KSDK weather team, followed by fun weather-related science experiments presented by “Mad Science”.

College Theme Night #2

Wednesday, April 29th vs Philadelphia, 7:15

Cardinals Hoodie

Celebrate the end of the school year with our second College Theme Night and take home an exclusive Cardinals-themed hooded sweatshirt!

Scout Night # 1

Monday, May 4th vs Chicago, 7:15

Scout Patch

Scouts their families and friends are invited to enjoy Scout Night at Busch Stadium. Boy and Girls Scouts that attend the game will receive a Cardinals scout patch.

 

Cinco de Mayo Theme Night

Tuesday, May 5th vs Chicago, 7:15

Cardinals Chip and Dip Tray

Grab your sombrero and head to Busch Stadium to celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a Cardinals game. With the purchase of your Cinco de Mayo Theme Ticket, you will receive a Cardinals chip and dip tray!

Illini Theme Night

Friday, May 15th vs Tigers, 7:15

Fighting Illini/Cardinals Hat

Spend an evening with fellow Illini fans and alumni! Show your team spirit all year long with your Illini/Cardinals hat that comes with the purchase of your Illini Night Theme Ticket.

Peanut Controlled Days

Sunday, May 17th vs Tigers & Sunday, July 26th Vs Atlanta, 1:15

Ticket in a Peanut Free Section

Fans with peanut allergies can enjoy Peanut Controlled Days featuring tickets in a peanut-free section. This area will be thoroughly cleaned before the game and the sale and consumption of peanuts will not be allowed.

Beer Tasting Theme Night

Wednesday May 27th vs Arizona, 7:15

Pre-game beer tasting event

Like beer? Like Cardinals baseball? Fans can sample a variety of Anheuser-Busch specialty beers at this fun-filled pre-game event.

Scout Night # 2

Wednesday May 27th vs Arizona, 7:15

Scout Patch

Scouts their families and friends are invited to enjoy Scout Night at Busch Stadium. Boy and Girls Scouts that attend the game will receive a Cardinals Scout Patch.

 

Nurses Theme Night

Monday June 1st vs Milwaukee, 7:15

Cardinals Scrub Top

All nurses in Cardinal Nation need to report to Busch Stadium STAT on Monday June 1s for Nurses Theme Night! Purchase a special Nurses Theme Ticket and receive a limited edition Cardinals scrub top!

Superhero Theme Night (Fantasy Books, Inc.)

Tuesday June 2nd vs Milwaukee, 7:15

SuperFred Bobblehead

It’s a bird…….it’s a plane…………it’s Superhero Night at Busch Stadium presented by Fantasy Books, Inc. Come down and see all your favorite superheroes as they roam the stadium for photo ops! A SuperFred Bobblehead comes with the purchase of your Superhero Theme Ticket.

Kids Day Out

Tuesday June 16th vs Minnesota, 12:45

Pre-game Kids Zone and a voucher for a hot dog, soda and chips

Need a great field trip idea for kids during the long summer? Bring them down to Busch Stadium for Kids Day Out!

Cancer Awareness Theme Night (Siteman Cancer Center)

Tuesday, June 30th vs Chicago White Sox, 7:15

Cancer Awareness Hat

The Cardinals and Siteman Cancer Center are teaming up to bring you Cancer Awareness Night at Busch Stadium. Fans purchasing this special Theme Ticket will receive a Cardinals Cancer Awareness hat – the color of the “STL” logo on the front of the hat corresponds to the awareness colors of the most prevalent cancers in the St. Louis area. A portion of each ticket sold will also be donated back to cancer research right here in St. Louis. Help the Cardinals strike out cancer by purchasing your ticket today!

 

Mizzou Theme Night

Friday, July 17th vs New York Mets, 7:15

Mizzou/Cardinals Hat

MIZ….ZOU! Show your team spirit at Mizzou Theme Night and receive the Mizzou/Cardinals hat with the purchase of your Mizzou Night Theme Ticket.

American Girl Theme Night (American Girl)

Monday, July 27th vs Cincinnati, 7:15

American Girl Doll T-shirt & Matching T-shirt Transfer

American Girl celebrates girls and all that they can be!  With the purchase of your special Theme Night ticket you will receive a one-of-a-kind American Girl Doll Cardinals t-shirt and matching T-shirt transfer.

 American Girl Night VIP Package: American Girl Theme Night at Busch Stadium also offers a one-of-a-kind VIP experience! The VIP ticket includes your very own American Girl Doll T-shirt and matching t-shirt transfer, plus exclusive access to a pre-game picnic! Bring along your American Girl Doll and get ready to enjoy a great evening of Cardinals baseball! 

 

Christmas in July Theme Night

Tuesday, July 28th vs Cincinnati, 7:15

Snow Globe

It doesn’t matter if you have been naughty or nice, all fans who purchase the Christmas in July Theme Ticket will receive an exclusive Cardinals Snow Globe. Santa Fredbird will be on hand for photo ops as well!

 

Star Wars Theme Night

Wednesday, July 29th vs Cincinnati, 7:15

Star Wars/Cardinals T-shirt

Join the fun on Star Wars Theme Night as the ballpark is transformed with Star Wars-themed sights and sounds. Meet your favorite

Star Wars characters and receive your exclusive Star Wars/Cardinals t-shirt. It’s a night that no Jedi (or Redbird) will want to miss!

 

Jewish Community Day

Sunday, August 2nd vs Colorado, 1:15

Cardinals Yarmulke

Join the St. Louis Jewish community when the Cards host the Rockies and receive an exclusive Cardinals Yarmulke, with the purchase of this special Theme ticket! Grab the whole family and enjoy a Sunday at the Ballpark with Jewish Community Day.

Runners Theme Night

Thursday, August 13th vs Pittsburgh, 6:15

Cardinals Technical Runners T-Shirt

Ready…Set….Go! Running enthusiasts need to race down to Busch Stadium for Runners Theme Night. Fans who purchase the special Runners Night Theme Ticket will receive an exclusive Cardinals technical runners t-shirt, perfect for you next jog!

St. Louis Browns Theme Night

Monday, August 17th vs San Francisco, 7:15

St. Louis Browns Hat

Take a step back in baseball history and join us for St. Louis Browns Theme Night.  With the purchase of your special Browns Night Theme Ticket you will receive a limited addition Browns baseball cap! Fans will also enjoy other Browns-related activities and special guests that night as well.

Outdoors Theme Night (Cabela’s)

Tuesday, September 8th vs Cubs, 7:15

Mossy Oak Camo Cap

Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy a Cardinals game and receive this limited addition Mossy Oak Cardinals ball cap with purchase of a special Theme Ticket to Outdoors Theme Night presented by Cabela’s!

Outdoors Night VIP Package: Are you a fan of Drury Outdoors? The Cardinals and Cabela’s are excited to host a pregame VIP event with Mark, Terry, Matt and Taylor Drury as well as Cardinals alumni!

 

Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day

Wednesday September 23rd vs Cincinnati, 7:15

Paddy Cap

The Cardinals will have the luck of the Irish on Wednesday, September 23rd vs. the Reds! Join us for Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day at Busch Stadium and receive a limited edition Cardinals-themed Paddy Cap with the purchase of a special Theme Ticket. There will Irish music, Irish dancers and plenty of pregame Irish fun. So grab your fellow leprechauns and head down to the game!

Billikens Theme Night

Thursday, September 24th vs Milwaukee, 6:15

Billikens/Cardinals Hat

Cheer on the Cards as they take on the Brewers with fellow SLU Billikens fans and alumni. All fans purchasing a ticket to this special Billikens Theme Night will receive a Billikens themed Cardinals cap! Come out and show your SLU pride and enjoy the game.

 Source: St. Louis Cardinals Media Alert

Max Scherzer Drama Continues

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Yesterday David Price signed a one year deal with the Detroit Tigers for $19.75 Million. Price’s contract is the largest one-year deal for a player who filed for arbitration, topping Max Scherzer’s $15,525,000 agreement with the Tigers last year. The Tigers are now having discussions with James Shields while they have no contact with Max Scherzer. So what’s going on with the St. Louis Cardinals and Max Scherzer at this time? This is what we know, Scherzer has made it known to the Cardinals that he wants to pitch here. The Cardinals have made it known that they are very interested in Scherzer. So where does this relationship go from here? The Cardinals are now able to go  higher on deal’s that average high annual value The Cardinals are known not to give contracts for over long periods of time except for Matt Holliday in which he got seven years for $120MM.. Holliday will be a free agent in 2017.  The Cardinals could make an offer to Max Scherzer at a high value but fewer years. John Morosi  suggests that the Cardinals could offer Scherzer $156MM which would give him the highest AAV ever for a pitcher but would be for at least five years. I strongly believe that Max Scherzer’s drive is to pitch for his hometown team. Max Scherzer for sure would become our #1 ace. Just recently at the Cardinals Winter Warm Up John Mozeliak said that at this time they will not be adding any starting pitchers. When I read this, I knew that as a GM he cannot talk about players that they are involved with. I tend to think if this deal happens with Max Scherzer it will happen before Spring Training.

Sources: John Morosi.

Edmonds to Open up Second Restaurant in Kirkwood

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Last Sunday while driving through Kirkwood I noticed a new restaurant taking over the old Bread Company in Kirkwood that’s located on Manchester and Woodland. I was wondering what type of restaurant this was until I found this article in the St. Louis Business Journal. This looks very promising but I hope the location helps bring in the business its looking for.

Former St. Louis Cardinal Jim Edmonds and restaurateur Mark Winfield are opening their second restaurant in the St. Louis area together after plans to open a restaurant in Clayton fell apart last year.

Winfield’s Gathering Place is set to open Jan. 19 in Kirkwood in the site of the original St. Louis Bread Company location. Winfield said the new restaurant, at 10312 Manchester Road, will feature 26 craft beers and focus on American food: steak, chicken, fish, pastas and the like.

“It’s a gathering place for friends and family to meet and have drinks before a charity event or baseball game or family event, or to have one more drink before they go home,” he said.

The partners spent between $300,000 and $500,000 overhauling the space. They added a full alcohol bar and a chef’s bar, and fashioned an exposed kitchen where patrons can watch the cooks work. Coming aboard as chef is Tony Hilker, who previously worked at Tavern On Main in Belleville.

In their business plan, the partners projected $2.4 million in sales for the first year, but “we obviously want to exceed that,” Winfield said. Winfield and Edmonds each own 45 percent in the restaurant’s controlling company, and they sold another 10 percent stake to friends and family who wanted to invest. They partnered with Pulaski Bank to help finance the new restaurant.

Winfield and Edmonds also own The Precinct at 1900 Locust St. Plans for the two to open a second restaurant in Clayton, a $1 million concept that would have been called Edmonds Parkside Grille, fell through in January of last year. Winfield said at the time, “Financially it did not work for us. The building needed too many renovations to make it cost effective for us.”

source: Ben Unglesbee, St. Louis Business Journal

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Cardinals Sign Lance Lynn

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The St. Louis Cardinals announced today that they have reached agreement with right-handed pitcher Lance Lynn on a three-year contract (2015-17), thus avoiding salary arbitration.  Financial terms were not disclosed.

“We are pleased to have reached this agreement with Lance,” stated Cardinals Senior V.P./General Manager John Mozeliak.  “His performance has led to much success for both he and the Cardinals organization, and we look forward to his continued growth as both a pitcher and team leader.”

Drafted by the Cardinals in the 1st round (39th player overall) of the 2008 amateur draft, Lynn has compiled a 49-28 career won-loss mark with a 3.46 ERA in 119 games (97 games started).  Since debuting in 2011, Lynn has been a member of a Cardinals team that has reached the postseason for a franchise-record four consecutive seasons with Lynn having appeared in a franchise-record 23 postseason games.

Lynn’s 48 wins since 2012 are the 3rd-highest amongst National League pitchers, trailing only teammate Adam Wainwright (53) and the Dodgers Clayton Kershaw (51).  Lynn also ranks among N.L. leaders in games started (95-T7th) and innings pitched (581.1-11th) since 2012 and his 59 quality starts since 2012 rank 10th.

Lynn is one of just three pitchers (Max Scherzer, Zack Greinke) in the majors to have won 15 or more games in each of the last three seasons, including a career-high 18 during his 2012 All-Star campaign.  He and Wainwright joined Hall-of-Famer Bob Gibson (1970-72) this past season as the last Cardinals to have struck out 175 or more batters in three consecutive seasons.

Lynn, 27, is ranked 5th among active Major League pitchers in winning pct. (.636) and the Cardinals have gone 60-37 in his 97 career starts.  The Indiana native is 27-12, 2.80 ERA in his 57 career appearances at Busch Stadium III, ranking 4th among the stadium’s all-time wins leaders.

Lynn matched his career high with 33 starts in 2014 and produced a career-low 2.74 ERA (9th in N.L.) while logging a second-straight season with over 200 innings pitched.  The 6-5, 240-pound right-hander twirled his first career complete-game shutout on May 27 vs. the Yankees in a 6-0 win.

With the today’s signing of Lynn, the Cardinals now have three remaining arbitration eligible players: Peter Bourjos, Tony Cruz and Jon Jay.

St. Louis Cardinals News Release

St. Louis Cardinals Caravan 2015

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St. Louis Cardinals announced the schedule for the team’s 2015 Cardinals Caravan, presented by Missouri Farm Bureau Insurance.

                In addition to annual stops in Missouri, Illinois, Arkansas, and Tennessee, the 2015 Caravan will add a sixth route with additional stops in Kentucky and Indiana. Altogether, more than 30 current and former players will embark on the journey making 22 stops in 21 cities throughout Cardinals Nation from January 16 – 19th.

                A combination of current players, future stars and former Cardinals will travel on each caravan emceed by a current team broadcaster. Some of the current players include 2014 Rookie of the Year finalist Kolten Wong, Michael Wacha, Matt Adams, Carlos Martinez, Trevor Rosenthal, 2014 Minor League Pitcher of the Year Marco Gonzales, and Randal Grichuk. Minor-league prospects include Stephen Piscotty, Greg Garcia, Tim Cooney, Xavier Scruggs and more. Brad Thompson, Danny Cox, Kerry Robinson, Alan and Andy Benes, and Al Hrabosky, among others, will represent Cardinals Alumni, while broadcasters John Rooney, Rick Horton, Mike Claiborne, Tom Ackerman, Chris Hrabe, and Dan McLaughlin will serve as emcees. Team mascot Fredbird will also make an appearance at several Caravan stops.

                As in previous years, the Cardinals will be implementing an Autograph Ticket system at each stop. The first 400 kids (15 and under) through the door on the day of the event will receive a free Autograph Ticket which guarantees one autograph from each current and former player. Due to high demand, autographs will only be available for fans 15 and under.

                Below is a schedule of the six Caravans, their destinations and participating players. The full schedule can also be found at cardinals.com/caravan.

 St. Louis Cardinals News Release