New Changes to the 2015 Budweiser Bash Promotion

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 The popular fan-favorite promotion, Budweiser Bash (#BudBash), is back and better than ever for the 2015 season.

This season, the event series is incorporated into the Theme Ticket schedule giving fans the opportunity to take home an exclusive mini-bobblehead and autograph from a featured former Cardinals player.

During 2015, the Tuesday night event series celebrates the 30th anniversary of the 1985 National League Champion Cardinals. Fans who purchase a special Bud Bash Theme Night ticket will receive a limited edition mini-bobblehead of that game’s featured ’85 player. Fans that purchase the VIP Budweiser Bash ticket will get the bobblehead and access to the exclusive pre-game autograph session. 

“Budweiser Bash has long been a fan-favorite event,” said Martin Coco, Director of Ticket Sales & Marketing. “This year, we wanted to make it even better by guaranteeing the autograph through the purchase of a VIP ticket and giving attendees an exclusive bobblehead that they won’t be able to find anywhere else.” 

For more information, or to purchase Bud Bash tickets, visit cardinals.com/budbash. The 2015 Schedule follows:

Date

Time

Opponent

Player

Tue, Apr 28

7:15 pm

Philadelphia Phillies

Ozzie Smith

Tue, May 5

7:15 pm

Chicago Cubs

Jack Clark

Tue, May 26

7:15 pm

Arizona Diamondbacks

Todd Worrell

Tue, Jun 2

7:15 pm

Milwaukee Brewers

Danny Cox

Tue, Jun 16

12:45 pm

Minnesota Twins

Whitey Herzog

Tue, Jun 30

7:10 pm

Chicago White Sox

Tom Herr

Tue, Jul 28

7:15 pm

Cincinnati Reds

Rick Horton

Tue, Aug 11

7:15 pm

Pittsburgh Pirates

Ken Dayley

Tue, Aug 18

7:15 pm

San Francisco Giants

Tito Landrum

Tue, Sep 1

7:15 pm

Washington Nationals

Vince Coleman

Tue, Sep 8

7:15 pm

Chicago Cubs

John Tudor

Tue, Sep 22

7:15 pm

Cincinnati Reds

Willie McGee

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. To learn more about Theme Tickets, or to see the full 2015 schedule, visit cardinals.com/theme.

Source: St. Louis Cardinals

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Jose Molina joins the Cardinals

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For the 2013 season the Cardinals signed Bengie Molina as a hitting instructor, soon after in 2014 Bengie went to work for the Texas Rangers. Today the other Molina brother was asked by the Cardinals to become a guest instructor for spring training. The Cardinals also have other motives for Jose. The Cardinals would like for him to become a full time catching coach throughout the organization.

Jon Jay Signs A Two Year Deal

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The St. Louis Cardinals announced today that they have reached agreement with outfielder Jon Jay on a two-year contract through 2016 and have thus avoided a salary arbitration hearing that was scheduled for next week.  Jay was the last of the Cardinals arbitration-eligible players who were unsigned.  Jay reached an agreement on a two-year, $10.975 million contract with the team Tuesday.

Jay will receive a $1.25 million signing bonus and annual salaries of $3.5 million in 2015 and $6.225 million in 2016, according to a baseball source.

He had asked for $5 million when the sides exchanged proposed one-year salaries last month and been offered $4.1 million. He is eligible for free agency after the 2016 season.

Drafted by the Cardinals in 2006, the left-handed hitting Jay owns a .295 career batting average over the past five seasons (2010-14), ranking 8th among all Major League outfielders in that time span.  The 30-year old Miami native had a team-best .303 batting mark in 2014, falling just 34 plate appearances shy of qualifying among the league batting leaders.  He continued his solid hitting by batting .483 during the postseason, the 2nd-highest single-season postseason batting average in MLB history.

In 2012, Jay became just the third Cardinals outfielder to play errorless ball over an entire season and he leads all Cardinals fly-chasers with his .995 fielding pct. since 2010.   He posted a franchise-record 245-game errorless streak by an outfielder from Aug. 25, 2011 to July 29, 2013.

Cardinals Signs Carlos Villanueva

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Today the Cardinals grabbed free agent Carlos Villanueva and signed him to a minor league deal with a invite to Spring Training. With the intrigue of James Shields looming on where he might be landing the Cardinals have probably found their long innings guy. I really find this acquisition  a good signing. Here is why, as a reliever, Villanueva has gone 27-17 with a 3.55 ERA in 314 career appearances out of the bullpen.  He’s 18-33 in his 76 career games started, making a single-season high 16 starts in 2012 with the Blue Jays. The 6-2, 215-pound Villanueva (pronounced vee-yan-WAY-vuh) has served as a swing-man throughout his career, serving as both a starter and reliever in all but one (2010) of his nine seasons.

Villanueva, was 5-7, 4.64 ERA in 42 games (5 starts) for the Cubs last season, fanning 72 batters in 77.2 innings pitched while walking just 19.  The Santiago, Dominican Republic native was 1-1 with a 1.69 ERA in 17 games following the All-Star break..We will see some good stuff from him

Orioles trade Michael Ohlman to the Cardinals

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This afternoon the Baltimore Orioles sent minor league catcher Michael Ohlman to the Cardinals in exchange for cash considerations.

Ohlman, 24, has been a member of the Orioles organization since being drafted (11th round) in 2009 out of Lakewood Ranch High School in Bradenton, Fla.  The 6-5, 215-pound catcher was named the Orioles 9th best prospect by Baseball America in 2013 after hitting a career and Carolina League-best .313 with 13 home runs and 53 RBI for Frederick (A) while also garnering Topps Carolina League Player of the Year honors.   He batted .290 later that year in the prospect-laden Arizona Fall League, as his Surprise team won the AFL Championship.

Ohlman owns a .254 career average with 24 home runs and 206 RBI in 465 games in the minors.   He batted .236 in 113 games with Bowie (AA) in 2014.

So why would the Cardinals bring in another minor league catcher? I tend to believe now is the time to find the heir apparent for Yadier Molina. If Ohlman come back form like he did in 2013 and develop and sharpen his skills in the minors maybe he could. This is a very low risk signing and it could pay off in the long run, maybe