Wainwright Placed on 15 Day DL

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There is a lot of speculation on Wainwright’s time on the disable list. As of right now the St. Louis Cardinals placed right-handed pitcher Adam Wainwright  on the 15-day disabled list with an injury to his left Achilles and left ankle. Catcher Cody Stanley has been recalled from Memphis (AAA). Wainwright, 33, injured his left lower ankle and Achilles during his at-bat in the top of the 5th during Saturday night’s game at Milwaukee. He had pitched 4.0 shutout innings against the Brewers, facing the minimum, while allowing four hits and striking out four. Wainwright has a 2-1 record, 1.44 ERA in four 2015 starts.

This is Stanley’s first appearance with the Major League club, and he will be making his Major League debut in his first game appearance. The Clinton, N.C. native had appeared in 15 games for Memphis, seven behind the plate, and was batting .216 with 2 home runs and 5 RBI. Stanley, 26, was drafted in the 4th Round (139th overall) of the 2010 June Amateur draft by St. Louis out of University of North Carolina – Wilmington. I am glad they had brought up Stanley that way they don’t have to use Kozma as the back up catcher. Let’s just hope and pray that he is not out for the whole season.

Source: St. Louis Cardinals

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Gateway Grizzles Host Baseball Campn for Kids

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Children ages 8-13 have the opportunity to participate in the 2nd Annual 101ESPN Baseball Camp for Kids at GCS Ballpark – Home of the Gateway Grizzlies, on May 16th!  101ESPN has baseball in it’s blood as Chris Duncan, Kevin Wheeler, and Brad Thompson will serve as primary instructors demonstrating and teaching your child the fundamentals of Baseball.

101ESPN’s Baseball Camp for Kids is presented by Wholesale Batteries and Sports Authority.

Purchase Here for the 2015 101ESPN Baseball Camp for Kids
Price:  $25 per child.   Registration is limited to 200 kids!  DEADLINE TO REGISTER IS MAY 5, 2015.

Price includes participation in the Baseball Camp for Kids, T-Shirt, Meet and Greet and baseball signing following Baseball Camp for Kids, and 2 vouchers good for a Gateway Grizzlies Game (excludes 7/4/15 and 9/6/15).

GCS Ballpark – 2301 Grizzlie Bear Blvd., Sauget, IL 62206

01ESPN Baseball Camp for Kids Rotations between 3 groups

  • Learn the fundamentals of Hitting from former St. Louis Cardinals and World Series Champion Chris Duncan at Grizzlies Baseball Academy
  • Learn the mechanics of Throwing from former St. Louis Cardinals and World Series Champion Brad Thompson
  • Learn the fundamentals of Fielding from former Miami University Baseball Player Kevin Wheeler

Schedule
11:00am-11:45am – Registration
11:45am – Baseball Camp for Kids Welcome and Introduction
12:00pm – Rotation 1
1:00pm – Rotation 2
2:00pm – Rotation 3
3:00pm – Meet and Greet and Baseball Signing

***Child will need to bring their own glove and bat for use during the Baseball Camp for Kids.  GCS Ballpark will be selling select concessions to parents/guardians in attendance during the camp.  Water will be provided for kids participating.

Grizzlies Baseball Academy
The facility includes 2 cages dedicated to hitting.  The cages are outfitted with L-Screens, batting tee’s, home plates, hitter mats, and 10×10 square dividing/hitting screens, and baseballs.  Housed in the middle cage of the facility is the Pro-Batter PX2.  The PX2 is a real-life Major League pitching simulator and it’s the first of its kind in the Metro-East area!  Learn more at grizzliesbaseballacademy.com

11th Annual Cardinals Kids Clinic

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Registration is now open for the 11th annual St. Louis Cardinals Kids Clinics presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors.

                Each year, the clinics provide all kids ages 7-13 with an opportunity to learn baseball fundamentals from former Cardinals players and coaches at a variety of locations throughout the greater St. Louis community.   

                “The Cardinals are fortunate to have more than 70 former players and coaches who call St. Louis home,” said Martin Coco, Director of Ticket Sales and Marketing. “That gives us a great pool of players to utilize for the Kids Clinics and a lot of names that both kids and parents will be excited about.”

                The 2015 Kids Clinics schedule begins Wednesday, June 10 in Fairview Heights, Illinois, and includes 14 dates around St. Louis. New this year, the Cardinals will host a clinic in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.

                At each half-day clinic, several Cardinals alumni provide small group instruction on pitching, hitting, base-running and other baseball fundamentals. All participants receive a Kids Clinics goodie bag complete with Cardinals t-shirt, cap and two tickets to a 2015 game, as well as baseball cards for a special autograph session with the alumni instructors, and entry into prize drawings for great Cardinals items.

                Last year, more than 1,100 kids participated in the clinics.

                For more information, or to register for a Kids Clinic, fans may visit cardinals.com/clinics. Registration is $85 per camper, and instructors will be named online at a later date. The full schedule follows:

Date

Clinic Location

Ages

Wed. – June 10

Fairview Heights, IL (Longacre Park)

7-9 year olds

Fri. – June 12

Fairview Heights, IL (Longacre Park)

10-13 year olds

Tue. – June 16

St. Peters, MO (Woodlands Park)

7-9 year olds

Thu. – June 18

St. Peters, MO (Woodlands Park)

10-13 year olds

Tue. – June 23

Affton, MO Athletic Association

7-9 year olds

Thu. – June 25

Affton, MO Athletic Association

10-13 year olds

Tue. – July 7

Belleville, IL Khoury League (Main Fields)

7-13 year olds

Thu. – July 9

Manchester, MO Athletic Association

7-13 year olds

Tue. – July 14

Cape Girardeau, MO Shawnee Park Sports Complex

7-13 year olds

Thu. – July 16

Arnold, MO Athletic Association (Arnold Park)

7-13 year olds

Tue. – July 21

Highland, IL (Glik Park)

7-9 year olds

Thu. – July 23

Highland, IL (Glik Park)

10-13 year olds

Tue. – August 4

Chesterfield Valley Athletic Complex: F Quad

7-9 year olds

Thu. – August 6

Chesterfield Valley Athletic Complex: F Quad

10-13 year olds

 

About Academy Sports + Outdoors

                Academy Sports + Outdoors is a premier sports, outdoor and lifestyle retailer with a broad assortment of quality hunting, fishing and camping equipment and gear along with sports and leisure products, footwear, apparel, patio sets, barbecue grills and much more. The $4 billion company operates 193 stores throughout Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas, where the company is based. The Academy Sports + Outdoors philosophy is to deliver an unparalleled shopping experience by providing convenience, offering a broad selection of quality products, delivering exceptional customer service and selling the right stuff at everyday low prices.

Source: St. Louis Cardinals

Bobby Bonilla is still getting Paid!

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This story always seem to pop up every once in a while. This particular story passed my why this afternoon while reading my Facebook messages. I remember Bobby Bo as a Cardinal. He didn’t have much playing time be he was perfect to come off the bench as a pinch hitter. The article I want to share is from Celebrity Networth written by Brian Warner:

This week, The NY Mets took the field for their first official games of the 2015 seaosn. In their opening series against the Nationals, the Mets walked away with two wins and a loss. Yesterday’s win was delivered by 26-year-old right-hander Matt Harvey. During his first season with the Mets, Harvey threw 270 strikeouts and had an ERA of 2.33. He was an All-Star in 2013 then unfortunately had to sit out for all of 2014 after being diagnosed with a partial tear in the ligament of his right elbow. He had Tommy John surgery in October 2013, and spent the next year rehabbing. Now he’s back in the game, and is once again proving himself to be one of the hottest pitching prospects in the league. Harvey is one of a handful of young players who the Mets hope will return them to glory.

The Mets have only made the playoffs ONE TIME in the last 14 seasons.

15 seasons ago (the 2000 season), they actually made it to the World Series, but ended up losing to the Yankees.

16 seasons ago (1999), the Mets’ roster featured an outfielder named Bobby Bonilla. Bobby Bonilla was former All-Star who from 1992 to 1994 was the highest paid player in all of baseball, taking home more than $6 million each year. Bobby retired from the game in 2001. Today he is 52 years old.

Just to recap: Matt Harvey is a 26-year-old current All-Star on The Mets who many consider one of the hottest pitching prospects in the league, while Bobby Bonilla is a 52-year-old retiree.

With that information in mind, you might be surprised to learn that for the 2015 season, the Mets will be paying Bobby Bonilla more than double Matt Harvey’s salary. Bobby will earn $1.2 million from the Mets this year, while Matt will earn $614,000. Technically speaking, AARP-member Bobby is the 12th highest paid player on the Mets right now.

How Is This Possible? 

If you’ve been checking CNW for a while, you may have heard that Bobby Bonilla happens to hold one of the smartest/luckiest contracts in the history of baseball and sports in general. For those who have no idea what I’m talking about, here’s a quick refresher of what’s going on:

Bobby was in the twilight of his career when he was shipped back to the Mets in 1999 after a lackluster season with the Dodgers. Bobby did not have a productive 1999 season. In fact, he spent much of the year openly arguing with manager Bobby Valentine. During the final game of the 1999 season, Bobby and Rickey Henderson were caught playing cards in the dugout while their team lost the NLCS to Atlanta.

Needless to say, there wasn’t much love between Bonilla and The Mets organization in 2000. Unfortunately, The Mets still owed him $5.9 million.

Bobby knew that these were likely the very last dollars he would ever see from a big league contract. Whatever money he had saved up plus this final payment from the Mets would potentially need to last 40+ years. Having seen so many of his fellow pro athletes go broke after leaving the spotlight was also weighing very heavily on Bobby.

So, when it came time to negotiate, Bobby did something very unique and forward-thinking. Instead of simply taking that $5.9 million over the next three years that he was owed, Bobby and his agent proposed a compromise: The Mets would release Bobby to play for another team and they would delay the $5.9 million payment for 11 years, with interest. In essence, The Mets agreed to pay Bobby a total of $29.8 million (instead of $5.9 million) in 25 annual installments of $1.192 million, starting in the year 2011.

Why Would The Mets Agree To This Deal?

You might be asking yourself why anyone would agree to pay someone $30 million instead of $6 million. The answer is simple math. Simple math that was based on the largest Ponzi scheme in history.

Fred Wilpon, the owner of the Mets, earned his fortune in real estate. Outside of investing in professional sports teams, Wilpon kept a lot of both his personal and team funds invested with a guy named Bernie Madoff.

Prior to the fund’s December 2008 collapse, Madoff was returning a consistent (and completely fake) double digit rate of return every year. With those returns in mind, Wilpon knew that The Mets would actually make a huge profit by deferring Bonilla’s $5.9 million. Wilpon could safely estimate that the Mets would make $60-70 million off $5.9 million over those 25 years investing with Madoff. So in his eyes, Bobby’s proposal was a no-brainer. The Mets would actually make a $30-40 million profit off the deal.

Unfortunately, as we all know now, Bernie Madoff’s investment fund was actually a gigantic Ponzi scheme that wiped out between $20 and $65 billion in wealth for thousands of investors. Wilpon, who was under the false impression that he had made $300 million investing with Madoff, had potentially lost as much as $700 million. Not only did this completely invalidate the justification for Bobby Bonilla’s contract, it almost forced Wilpon to sell The Mets to cover his debts. In 2011, the same year Bobby received his first check, Wilpon came within a hair of being forced to sell the Mets to a billionaire hedge fund manager named David Einhorn. Fred was eventually saved by loans from Major League Baseball and Bank of America.

Meanwhile, on July 1st of every year, Bobby Bonilla receives a check for $1,193,248.20. He’ll receive that check every year until 2035, at which time he’ll be 72 years old.

`Scott Spiezio Troubles Continue

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Scott Spiezio one of the best utility players that helped the Anaheim Angels to win the World Series in 2002 and the St. Louis Cardinals to capture their World Series in 2007. He was fun to watch in clutch situations and had that gritty energy that fans loved. With his career in MLB coming to an end in 2007 Spiezio became more popular with the police more so than with baseball fans. Last Tuesday after his girlfriend alerted authorities the clutch MLBer had allegedly punched out a window just before 3 a.m., according to TMZ Sports.

After the 42-year-old fled the scene, cops used a K-9 unit to track down the switch-hitter, the report said.

He was found a few hours later and authorities reportedly used a taser to take him into custody.

While Spiezio hasn’t been formerly charged with a crime, TMZ Sports reports the case is under review.

Jackie Robinson gets his own Statue

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All I can say is wow! Its about time that the Dodgers finally honor Jackie Robinson with a statue later this year. The St. Louis Cardinals have been doing it right with a huge bronze statue of Stan Musial outside the main entrance. The other statues that stand tall near Gate 3 includes such greats like Ozzie Smith, Bob Gibson, Enos Slaughter, Dizzy Dean, Rogers Hornsby, Red Schoendienst, George Sisler and Cool Papa Bell. Here is the news story in regards to the statue:

On the 68th anniversary of the day Jackie Robinson shattered Major League Baseball’s color barrier, the Dodgers announced they are going to further honor the man whom Commissioner Rob Manfred on Wednesday called “the most historic figure to ever play the game.”

Just before the pregame festivities for the now-combined Civil Rights Game and Jackie Robinson Day, Dodgers president Stan Kasten announced there would be a statue of Robinson unveiled later this year at the refurbished Dodger Stadium.

The image will be part of new statue program honoring Dodgers icons that will begin with a chiseled depiction of the great Robinson created with the input of his 92-year-old widow, Rachel, and daughter, Sharon.

“We don’t have any details for you today, not design, not timing, not location,” Kasten said during a media conference. “We’re going to be doing that with Rachel and Sharon and the family. But it will be done to pay tribute to Jackie Robinson, who everyone here in the Dodgers thinks so highly of. And we couldn’t be prouder that Rachel is here for the announcement.”

The announcement received a huge round of applause from the group in attendance, which included Kasten, Manfred, Rachel and Magic Johnson, the Dodgers’ ownership partner and Hall of Fame basketball player for the Lakers, sitting side by side at a front table.

Sitting in the front row of the audience with Sharon was Hall of Famer and the first African-American MLB manager Frank Robinson, who’s nearing 80 and who serves as an advisor to Manfred.

All of them were on the field as part of the festivities. Only moments later, they were all behind the mound while the uniformed members of the Dodgers and Mariners stood on the baselines. As has become custom on this day, all of them wore Robinson’s No. 42, which was retired by decree of former Commissioner Bud Selig upon the celebration of the 50th anniversary of Robinson’s feat in 1997.

Rachel was introduced to the strains of “The Natural,” with Sandy Koufax, a Brooklyn native and Hall of Fame Dodgers left-hander, whose career began in 1955, during Robinson’s next-to-last season in the game

It was the idea of retired Mariners great Ken Griffey Jr. to wear the No. 42 on this day. He petitioned Selig for permission, then one by one, players began to do it. Now everyone in uniform on every MLB team wears the digits on this date.

On Wednesday, the No. 42 was carved into the infield dirt behind second base, the position Robinson played for most of his 10-year career, which ended in 1956 when the Dodgers traded him to the rival Giants. Robinson retired rather than report, but he had decided to leave the game anyway, without telling the Dodgers before the trade.

Robinson’s big league career began on April 15, 1947, when he took the field at first base for the Dodgers against the Boston Braves at Ebbets Field. Robinson had never played the position before that spring, when he was handed a first baseman’s glove at the beginning of camp, which was held that year only in Havana, Cuba.

Eddie Stanky was the incumbent second baseman for the Dodgers in 1947, but he was traded to the Braves after that season to open the position for Robinson.

Rachel said she still recalls that now-long-ago, but much-heralded day of her late husband’s debut.

“It was a very exciting day, but a very stressful day,” she said. “But it was more exciting than stressful, because it was such a great opportunity and he made the most of it. I knew he’d be able to meet the challenge and he knew he was able. So we didn’t have the fear that he was up to it. We knew he was up to it. That’s good when you know you have people attacking you and who are against you. It pushes you to say, ‘I’m going to do it.’

Pee Wee Reese, the shortstop and captain, is also a major figure in the Robinson story. His gesture of putting his arm around Robinson on the infield dirt while Robinson was being hurled with abuse by fans in Cincinnati is memorialized in the film “42.” A statute of the two commemorating the moment is located outside the Class A Brooklyn Cyclones’ ballpark on Coney Island in Brooklyn.

Larger-than-life busts of Jackie and his older brother Mack are located in a park on Garfield Avenue in nearby Pasadena, Calif., the city where both of the boys were raised after moving west from their birthplace in Cairo, Ga. Mack was a sprinter who won the silver medal in the 200-meter race just a split-second behind gold-medal winner Jesse Owens in the 1936 Berlin Olympics.

Robinson has not been so honored at Dodger Stadium until now. He was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1962, but the Dodgers didn’t retire his number until 1972, just months before Robinson’s death at 53 from the complications of diabetes and heart disease.

“It’s an obvious idea that’s been rolling around since we got here,” said Kasten, who joined the current ownership group, led by chairman Mark Walter, when the team was purchased almost three years ago. “We’ve been searching for a time and a place. It seemed inevitable that there would be a Jackie Robinson statue at the right time, and we think today is the right time to announce it.”

Asked how she felt about the gesture, Rachel said simply:

“How do I feel? I’ve been waiting, waiting for years and years.”

Source: Barry M Bloom/MLB