Garcia to the Disable List and Villaneuva Signed

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During this Spring Training season I was really rooting for Jaime Garcia until he started to have left shoulder inflammation. Garcia has constantly struggled to stay healthy throughout his career and threw fewer than 100 combined innings during the past two seasons. So he had shut down Garcia for 15 days. The Cards then purchased the contract of right handed pitcher Carlos Villanueva. Villanueva has surrendered six earned runs in 11 innings while striking out 11 batters and walking two this spring.

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Introducing the St. Louis Cardinals new Universal Gift Card

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Today the St. Louis Cardinals debuted a new, universal gift card that allows fans to purchase tickets, merchandise, and concessions around Busch Stadium and at Cardinals Nation in Ballpark Village.

                “The new Cardinals Gift Card is the perfect way to give the gift of Cardinals baseball,” said Rob Fasoldt, Director of Ticket Sales and Services. “With just one card, fans have the flexibility and convenience to enjoy baseball at Busch Stadium however and whenever they choose.”

                The new Cardinals Gift Card, redeemable at both Busch Stadium and Cardinals Nation in Ballpark Village, gives fans the option to select Cardinals tickets, merchandise or concessions within the five year lifespan of the card.

                To redeem for regular season tickets, fans can present the gift card in person at any Busch Stadium Ticket Window or purchase tickets online at cardinals.com or over the phone at 314.345.9000.

                Fans can redeem the gift card for merchandise at any retail location inside Busch Stadium including the Official Cardinals Team Store, the Cardinals Authentics Shop in Ford Plaza and at the Authentics Shop in Cardinals Nation at Ballpark Village.  

                While at the game, fans can present the gift card at any Busch Stadium concession stand to purchase food or beverage.

                Across the street from Busch Stadium at Ballpark Village, fans can additionally redeem their gift cards in person at the Cardinals Nation Restaurant and Bar and at the Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum.

                Cardinals Gift Cards are now available for purchase at the Busch Stadium Box Office, Team Store, at Cardinals Nation, via phone at 314.345.9000 and online at cardinals.com/giftcard in denominations of $25, $50, $100 and $250. Fans may also choose an e-gift card online which can be purchased in any custom dollar amount and emailed to the recipient to print and use.

                The new Cardinals Gift Card replaces the Cardinals Dollar program which served as Busch Stadium’s internal currency. While Cardinals Dollars will no longer be issued, existing certificates will still be honored throughout the ballpark. Cards Cash, which allows fans to load money onto the barcode of a single game ticket, will still be available in addition to the new Cardinals Gift Cards.

                For more information or to purchase Cardinals Gift Cards, visit cardinals.com/giftcard or call 314.345.9000.

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Cards Trade Sam Freeman to the Rangers

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The St. Louis Cardinals announced today that they have traded left-handed reliever Sam Freeman to the Texas Rangers in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

Freeman, 27, was a 32nd round draft selection by the Cardinals in 2008.  He appeared in 81 games for St. Louis, including a career-high 44 in 2014.

Today’s transaction puts the number of players on the team’s 40-man roster at 31 and the team now has 37 players remaining in Major League camp.

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Will Ferrell’s MLB Debut on 10 different teams?

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I just want to say I applaud Will Ferrell for doing this for such a wonderful cause for raising money for cancer research. I just hope he is physically ready for this. Here is an article on Will Ferrell’s feat…

Will Ferrell is ready to take the mound — and every other position — for a new HBO special from his Funny or Die, in partnership with Major League Baseball.

The special, which will be filmed at this year’s spring training in Arizona, will have the comedian and sports nut spend one day donning 10 different uniforms as he visits five ballparks to play every position on the field (and maybe some off of it). Set to film on March 12, it will be covered on social media with the hashtag #FerrellTakesTheField and will air later this year. MLB players, managers, coaches, executives and fans will also be featured.

The feat is meant to honor Bert Campaneris, the Cuban-American baseball player who was the first player in MLB history to play every position in a game, and will be dedicated to organizations such as Cancer for College, a nonprofit that helps cancer survivors receive secondary education.

“We hope to always be in the Will Ferrell business,” says Michael Lombardo, president of HBO programming. “This latest collaboration is one of those things only Will could pull off. I can’t wait to see him take the field.”

The special is executive produced by Ferrell in association with his Gary Sanchez Productions, Funny or Die’s Mike Farah and Joe Farrell, and Stuart Miller, and it’s directed by Brian McGinn.

Participating Teams and Venues:
12:05 p.m. PT Seattle Mariners at Oakland Athletics (HoHoKam Stadium)
1:10 p.m. PT Chicago Cubs at Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (Tempe Diablo Stadium)
2:10 p.m. PT Cincinnati Reds at Arizona Diamondbacks (Salt River Fields at Talking Stick)
4:05 p.m. PT San Francisco Giants at Chicago White Sox (Camelback Ranch)
6:15 p.m. PT Los Angeles Dodgers at San Diego Padres (Peoria Stadium)

source: Whitney Friedlander

Cardinals 2015 TV and Radio Broadcast Schedule

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The St. Louis Cardinals today announced that every 2015 regular season game will be televised locally or nationally as well as broadcast on the Cardinals Radio Network.

                In their 22nd season with the team, FOX Sports Midwest is scheduled to carry 146 games in its fifth season as the exclusive local TV home of the Cardinals. FOX Sports Midwest will also continue to produce the Cardinals Live pre and postgame shows for every regular season telecast on the network. These shows originate from the network’s studio on the second level of Ballpark Village. Dan McLaughlin, Al Hrabosky, Rick Horton and Tim McCarver will call the game action with Jim Hayes and Pat Parris hosting Cardinals Live.

                In 2014, Cardinals telecasts on FOX Sports Midwest generated the highest local market television ratings in Major League Baseball, the 15th straight year in which the Cardinals ranked among the top three teams. FOX Sports Midwest-produced Cardinals telecasts are shown in ten states and available in approximately four million homes.

                Fourteen regular season games are currently scheduled to be carried exclusively as part of Major League Baseball’s national television packages with FOX (aired locally on KTVI), FOX Sports 1 and ESPN. The September 13 and 20 games are yet to be scheduled but will be carried by FOX Sports Midwest or be nationally televised. The schedule is subject to change based on future Major League Baseball national television selections.

                FOX Sports Midwest will televise 15 Spring Training games, the first of which is tomorrow (Thursday, March 12). KMOX (AM 1120) and the Cardinals Radio Network are carrying 18 games.

                In addition to televised game coverage, KMOX (AM 1120), the team’s flagship radio station and most stations on the Cardinals Radio Network, will carry every regular season game. Once again, most Cardinals pre and postgame shows will be broadcast live from Cardinals Nation Restaurant located in Ballpark Village. This year marks KMOX’s fifth season returning as the flagship station and 55th year overall. Cardinals Hall of Fame broadcaster Mike Shannon and John Rooney are heard on 140 radio stations in nine Midwest states as part of the Cardinals Radio Network.

                A complete 2015 regular season broadcast schedule follows.

St. Louis Cardinals Fantasy Camp 2015 Comes to Busch Stadium

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For the second straight year, the Cardinals will hold a Fantasy Camp at Busch Stadium – sponsored by KMOX and the Westin- St. Louis – from June 3-6 giving fans the opportunity to play alongside former Redbirds like Brian Jordan and Jason Isringhausen and interact with the likes of Willie McGee, Whitey Herzog and Bruce Sutter. The camp is an addition to the yearly Cardinals Fantasy Camp held at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Florida, dating back to 2001.

                “The Busch Stadium Fantasy Camp experience is like no other in sports,” said Joe Pfeiffer, Cardinals Fantasy Camp Director. “Campers get to suit up in a personalized uniform at their own locker, select walk-up music, and play baseball on the Busch Stadium field alongside living legends; it doesn’t get much better.”

                Throughout the four-day camp, the 44 campers will live the life of a Major Leaguer, receiving instruction from some of the best in baseball and playing four games under the management of a former Cardinal. All four teams, managed by Lou Brock, Whitey Herzog, Bruce Sutter and Willie McGee, will be completely determined by a draft, with the former Cardinal/team manager selecting players. Two former Cardinals will also be drafted onto each roster and will play alongside the rest of the team. Former Cardinals playing alongside the campers include Brian Jordan, Rick Ankiel, Jason Isringhausen, Gary Bennett, Kyle McClellan, Scott Cooper, Cal Eldred and Todd Worrell.

                All campers will dress in authentic, personalized Cardinals uniforms and use a customized locker in the visitors’ locker room at Busch Stadium during the round-robin tournament. At the end of the weekend, one team will be crowned Fantasy Camp Champions.

                Additional perks include special autograph and photo sessions, party suite tickets to the June 3 Cardinals/Pirates game as the kickoff to camp, and two special dinner events. The first dinner is a Hall of Fame chat with Lou Brock and Bruce Sutter. The following night, the Cardinals will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the 1985 NL Champion Cardinals with Whitey Herzog, Vince Coleman and Willie McGee. Rick Horton, former Cardinals pitcher and current broadcaster, will serve as master of ceremonies for both dinners. Horton also serves as Fantasy Camp Commissioner, leading the camp along with Scott Terry, Dave LaPoint and Andy Benes.

                For more information, or to register for camp, fans should visit cardinals.com/fantasycamp or email fantasycamp@cardinals.com. Campers must be 27 years of age or older.

2015 Cardinals Hall of Fame Voting

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The St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame fan balloting process began earlier today.  Fans can select two players for the August 15th induction from a ballot that includes Cardinals greats Steve Carlton, Bob Forsch, Keith Hernandez, Mark McGwire, Matt Morris, Edgar Renteria, Ted Simmons and Joe Torre.

The eight modern ballot nominees were selected by a “Red Ribbon” committee of Cardinals baseball experts through a secret ballot process in January.  The Cardinals Hall of Fame Vote presented by Edward Jones will run until April 20th at cardinals.com/HOF.  The two players with the most fan votes after voting concludes will be inducted into the Cardinals Hall of Fame during a formal enshrinement ceremony that will take place on Saturday, August 15th as part of the 2015 Cardinals Hall of Fame Induction Weekend.

                “Induction into the Cardinals Hall of Fame is one of the highest honors the team can bestow,” said Bill DeWitt Jr., Chairman and CEO of the St. Louis Cardinals. “We think it is appropriate to have some of the best, most knowledgeable fans in the game of baseball choose the Cardinals players who will be part of this class.”

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. To be eligible, players must have played for the Cardinals for at least three seasons and must be retired as a player from Major League Baseball for at least three years. The eligible pool of players is divided into two categories, ‘modern players’ and ‘veteran players.’ If a player retired more than 40 years prior to the induction year, he is classified as a veteran player.

                In addition to nominating modern players for fan balloting, the “Red Ribbon” committee of Cardinals baseball experts also elected a veteran player for induction using a secret ballot process. Independent of this process, the Cardinals organization may also opt to induct an individual who was an important figure in Cardinals history such as a coach, broadcaster or member of the front office. The second elected induction class will be announced in a pre-game ceremony on Thursday, April 30th.

Each member of the Cardinals Hall of Fame is permanently enshrined in the Cardinals Hall of Fame Gallery presented by Edward Jones 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. The plaques that adorn the gallery are produced by Matthews International, the company that also produces the plaques for the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.  Following is a description of each nominee’s career as a Cardinal:

Steve Carlton (#CarltonHOF)

77-62, 3.10 ERA, 1.28 WHP

Steve Carlton was a three-time All-Star in seven seasons with Cardinals.  He had 66 complete games as a Cardinal and was 20-game winner in 1971.  Carlton was 2nd in NL with 2.17 ERA in 1969.

Bob Forsch (#ForschHOF)

163-127, 3.67 ERA, 1079 K’s

Bob Forsch played 15 seasons with the Cardinals, making 401 starts, ranking 2nd all-time to franchise history.  He threw two no-hitters, coming in 1978 and again in 1983, becoming the only pitcher in Cardinals history to throw two.  He played in three World Series, winning in 1982, a year in which he threw a three-hit shutout in the Cardinals first ever NLCS game.  The two-time Silver Slugger Award winner won 163 games for the Cardinals, ranking third in franchise history.

Keith Hernandez (#HernandezHOF)

.299 AVG, 265 2B, 662 R

Keith Hernandez played 10 seasons with the Cardinals, winning six straight Gold Gloves from 1978-1983.  He was a co-MVP in 1979, batting a league leading .344 with 11 HR and 105 RBI.  The two-time All-Star was a member of the 1982 World Championship team.

 

Mark McGwire (#McGwireHOF)

220 HR, 473 RBIs, 1.111 OPS

Mark McGwire finished his career playing five seasons with the Cardinals.  In 1998, he broke the Major League Baseball single-season home run record of 61 set by Roger Maris with 70.  He blasted 220 career home runs with the Cardinals ranking 6th in franchise history, leading the National League in 1998 and 1999, the top two season totals in Cardinals history.  He set the Cardinals single season walk mark with 162 in 1998.  Had back-to-back seasons of 147 RBI, ranking tied for 3rd in Cardinals history.  He was a three-time All-Star and won the Silver Slugger in 1998.

Matt Morris (#MorrisHOF)

101-62, 3.61 ERA, 986 K’s

Matt Morris pitched for the Cardinals from 1997-2005, finishing 3rd in the Rookie of the Year award in 1997 and was a two-time All-Star in 2001 and 2002.  He played in five postseasons and one World Series, in 2004.  He led the National League with 22 wins in 2001 and won 101 games over his career with the Cardinals.

Edgar Renteria (#RenteriaHOF)

.290 AVG, 71 HR, 148 SB

Edgar Renteria was a three-time All-Star in six years with the St. Louis Cardinals.  He was a two-time Gold Gove shortstop, helping the Cardinals win the NL pennant in 2004.  Renteria was a three-time Silver Slugger with the Cardinals.

Ted Simmons (#SimmonsHOF)

.298 AVG, 172 HR, 929 RBIs

Ted Simmons played 13 seasons with the Cardinals, making his Major League debut at 18-years old in 1968.  He was a six-time All-Star and won the Silver Slugger in 1980.  In 1975, Simmons set the National League record for hits by a catcher with 188.  He posted six seasons of 20 or more home runs and 10 consecutive seasons from 1971-80 with 75 or more RBI.  His 172 HR rank 9th and 929 RBI are 7th all-time in Cardinals franchise history.

Joe Torre (#TorreHOF)

.308 AVG, 558 RBIs, 161 2B

Joe Torre played six seasons with the Cardinals at catcher, first base and third base from 1969-74.  He was a four-time All-Star and was named National League MVP in 1971, leading the league with a .363 batting average with 137 RBI and 230 hits, while hitting 24 home runs.  His 230 hits were the most since Stan Musial had 230 in 1948, the most by a Cardinal since World War II.  He posted a career batting average of .308, ranking 10th in Cardinals franchise history.

The 2015 Cardinals Hall of Fame “Red Ribbon” Selection Panel

Tom Ackerman,  Frank Cusumano,  Derrick Goold, Whitey Herzog, 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 Hall of Fame Museum (#CardsMuseum)

The 8,000 square foot state-of-the art St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum, which is on the second floor of Cardinals Nation in Ballpark Village, celebrates the rich history of baseball in St. Louis and the legacy of one of baseball’s most storied franchises. The Cardinals’ museum collection is the largest team-held collection in baseball and is second only to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in terms of size with over 16,000 memorabilia items and hundreds of thousands of archival photographs. Fans can learn more about the museum, hours of operation and admission at cardinals.com/museum.

Personally I am leaning towards Ted Simmons and Bob Forsch

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