Cardinals Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Details

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The St. Louis Cardinals announced details today about the 2015 Cardinals Hall of Fame induction ceremony, presented by Edward Jones, that will take place on Saturday, August 15th at 2PM at Fox Sports Midwest Live! in Ballpark Village.  The free event is open to fans of all ages.

                The 2015 Cardinals Hall of Fame Induction Class of Ted Simmons, Bob Forsch, Curt Flood and George Kissell will be honored during the special enshrinement ceremony. This is the second induction class since the team dedicated the Cardinals Hall of Fame with an Inaugural Class on Opening Day in St. Louis in 2014. The 2015 Induction Class was selected via a formal process which includes fans, baseball experts and the team.

                “We look forward to celebrating the achievements of these remarkable Cardinals as they permanently join the greatest names in Cardinals history within our Hall of Fame,” said Bill DeWitt Jr., Cardinals Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “Fans won’t want to miss being part of this truly special celebration.”

                KMOX will air a one-hour Hall of Fame Special hosted by Tom Ackerman at 4 p.m. Saturday.   FOX Sports Midwest will air a one-hour special on the Hall of Fame ceremony on Monday, Aug. 17. An encore presentation of last year’s Hall of Fame ceremony will air that day at 4 p.m., followed by a replay of the May unveiling of this year’s inductees. The 2015 Hall of Fame ceremony special will premiere at 5:30 p.m. Coverage of that night’s Cardinals-Giants contest at Busch follows at 6:30 p.m.

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. 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.

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.

Chosen by the fans, Simmons and Forsch were the top two vote-getters in the online Cardinals Hall of Fame balloting presented by Edward Jones.  The ballot, which also included Cardinals legends Steve Carlton, Keith Hernandez, Mark McGwire, Matt Morris, Edgar Renteria, and Joe Torre was selected by a Red Ribbon Panel of Cardinals baseball experts through a secret ballot process. More than 45,000 votes were cast by Cardinals fans over the six-week voting period.

                In addition to nominating modern players for fan balloting, the Red Ribbon Panel of Cardinals baseball experts also elected legendary outfielder Curt Flood, a veteran player, for induction using a secret ballot process.  Flood was a standout defensive center fielder who helped the Cardinals to three World Series appearances and two World Series Championships in his twelve seasons with the club. In addition to his amazing career on the field, Flood’s refusal to accept a trade following the 1969 season played a historic role in paving the way toward modern player free agency.

                Independent of the Red Ribbon Panel selection process, the Cardinals organization retains the right to annually induct an individual who has been an important figure in Cardinals history. This year’s selection is George Kissell, a lifetime Cardinal, who spent 66 seasons in the organization as a player, coach, scout and instructor.  Kissell’s techniques and methods made an impact at every level of the organization and defined what is now known as “The Cardinal Way.”   Following is a description of each Inductee’s career as a Cardinal:

 

Ted Simmons (Modern Era Player – Fan Selection)

Years: 1968 – 1980                           .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.

 

Bob Forsch (Modern Era Player – Fan Selection)

Years: 1974 – 1988                           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 (1982, 1985 & 1987), 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.

 

Curt Flood (Veteran Era Player – Red Ribbon Panel Selection)

Years: 1958 – 1969                                           .293 AVG, 85 HR, 636 RBI

Curt Flood was a standout defensive center fielder who helped the Cardinals to three World Series appearances (1964, 1967 & 1968) and two World Championships (1964 & 1967) during his 12 season in St. Louis.  Flood won seven consecutive Rawlings Gold Glove awards and was named to the NL All-Star team three times.  Flood’s refusal to accept a trade following the 1969 season led to a lawsuit against MLB challenging the reserve clause, which allowed owners to renew players’ contracts in perpetuity.  While Flood’s case was unsuccessful, it paved the way for other players to unify and ultimately defeat the reserve clause, leading to free agency.

George Kissell (Team Selection)

Years: 1940 – 1942, 1946 – 2008

A lifetime Cardinal, Kissell spent 66 seasons in the organization as a player, coach, scout and instructor.  Kissell’s only time away from the team was when he served in the United States Navy.  Kissell’s techniques and methods made an impact at every level of the organization and defined what is now known as “the Cardinal Way.”  Kissell’s knowledge of the game’s fundamentals, innovative drills to reinforce skills and techniques, and his down-to-earth demeanor transformed the careers of many players.

The Cardinals Hall of Fame Members

Jim Bottomley, Ken Boyer, Lou Brock, Jack Buck, August A. “Gussie” Busch Jr., Dizzy Dean, Jim Edmonds, Frank Frisch, Bob Gibson, Chick Hafey, Jesse Haines, Whitey Herzog, Rogers Hornsby, Tony La Russa, Marty Marion, Willie McGee, Joe Medwick, Johnny Mize, Stan Musial, Branch Rickey, Red Schoendienst, Mike Shannon, Enos Slaughter, Ozzie Smith, Billy Southworth and Bruce Sutter.

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 and 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 20,000 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.

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. Last August, the 2014 Induction Class of Jim Edmonds, Willie McGee, Mike Shannon and Marty Marion was 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.  Fans can learn more by visiting www.cardinals.com/hof.

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Cardinals Acquire Jonathon Broxton from the Brewers

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Just when I was crossing my fingers for another bat like Yoenis Cespedes or even Marlon Byrd the Cardinals went out and got another reliever. Since the Cardinals are missing relievers Matt Belisle and Jordan Walden due to injury they felt that Broxton would be the man to help the bullpen. The Cardinals traded their minor league outfielder Malik Collymore.to complete the trade. Broxton does have a $9 million in 2016 and a $2 million buyout.

Broxton, 31, a two time (2009-10) All-Star with the Los Angeles Dodgers, is 36-32 career with a 3.25 ERA and 118 saves (18th among active players).   He’s 1-2 with a 5.89 ERA in 40 games (36.2 IP) with the Brewers this season, including 11 Holds.   The 6-4, 305-pound Broxton is unscored upon in his last seven appearances.  He’s struck out 37 and walked just 10 this season, averaging 9.1 strikeouts/9 IP.

Broxton, who had a career-high 36 saves for the Dodgers in 2009, has appeared in 582 games with the Dodgers (2005-11), Kansas City (2012), Cincinnati (2012-14) and Milwaukee (2014-15).

Collymore was a 10th round draft selection by the Cardinals in 2013 who has been playing for rookie-level Johnson City this season

Matt Holliday back on the DL

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The St. Louis Cardinals announced today that they have placed outfielder Matt Holliday (right quadriceps strain) on the 15-day disabled list and recalled infielder Greg Garcia from Memphis (AAA).  The team also announced that it has designated first baseman Dan Johnson for assignment in order to add newly-acquired outfielder/first baseman Brandon Moss to both the 25-man and 40-man rosters.

Garcia will be making his 2nd appearance of the season with the Cardinals, having appeared in 12 games from June 19 to July 3, batting .417 (5-for-12) with a game-tying pinch-homer on June 26 vs. the Chicago Cubs.

The left-handed hitting Garcia was batting .299 (84-for-281) with 33 RBI and a .404 on-base pct. in his 81 games at Memphis this season.   Garcia, 25, was batting .332 (65-for-196) vs, right-handed pitchers and .354 (23-for-65) with 32 RBI when batting with runners in scoring position.

Garcia, a college teammate of Kolten Wong at the University of Hawaii, wears uniform no. 35.

Holliday is going on the disabled list for the 2nd time this season.  The All-Star outfielder missed 31 games from June 9 to July 16 with a right quadriceps strain, with the Cardinals going 18-13 during his absence

Cardinals New TV Deal with FOX Sports Midwest

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The St. Louis Cardinals and FOX Sports Midwest today announced a new long-term television rights agreement.The new agreement will begin in 2018 and will run 15 seasons through the 2032 season.  Financial terms were not disclosed.

FOX Sports Midwest also announced an extension of its partnership with Ballpark Village, which includes a 2nd floor studio facing Busch Stadium and a naming rights sponsorship of FOX Sports Midwest Live! – the restaurant and entertainment venue at the heart of the project.

FOX Sports Midwest and the Cardinals are currently in the 22nd season of their successful television partnership – the fifth season in which FOX Sports Midwest has served as the exclusive local TV home of the team. Under the new agreement, FOX Sports Midwest will continue to produce all locally-available Cardinals regular-season games.

Cardinals’ telecasts on FOX Sports Midwest generated the highest local market television ratings in Major League Baseball in 2014, the 15th straight year in which the Cardinals ranked in MLB’s top three in local TV ratings. Under current ownership, the Cardinals have made 12 postseason appearances in 19 seasons and won the World Series in 2006 and 2011. Most recently, they’ve played in four consecutive National League Championship Series.

“We are pleased to have reached a new long-term agreement with our partners at FOX” said Cardinals Chairman Bill DeWitt, Jr.  “They have done an excellent job with our telecasts, and this agreement will help us remain competitive in all areas of talent acquisition, from the amateur draft and international market to the Major League payroll.  It also enables continued investment by the Cardinals in Busch Stadium, Ballpark Village, and other strategic initiatives.”

“The Cardinals are one of the premier franchises in all of sports and one of the crown jewels of Major League Baseball” said FOX Sports Midwest Senior Vice President and General Manager Jack Donovan. “They have inspired loyalty in millions of fans, and we are very pleased to continue our longstanding relationship with this outstanding organization.”

FOX Sports Midwest’s Emmy Award-winning production team also produces the Cardinals Live pregame and postgame shows, spring training telecasts and shoulder programming around the Cardinals.

In connection with the transaction, the Cardinals were advised by Allen & Company, represented by Steve Greenberg.

Cardinals trade for Brandon Moss

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While I was checking twitter before I went to bed last night a message popped up from SB Nation writer Chris Cotillo reporting that the Cardinals and Indians are talking trade which included Cardinals minor league pitcher Rob Kaminsky. I remember last year when the Cardinals traded infielder James Ramsey for Indians pitcher Justin Masterson. I thought this was a bad trade due to Masterson being damaged goods. What I like about this trade is that we have control over Moss for 2016 but he is arbitration eligible during that season. He does have experience in the outfield and first base in which the Cardinals need the most help in. With Matt Holliday injured and Reynolds wearing down, Moss can come in to help the power outage the Cardinals are experiencing. Brandon Moss’s bat has not hit too well this year — he’s hitting just .217/.208/.487 this season and perversely, is hitting lefties better than righties — but he has a line of .254/.340/.504 over the previous three years. I am hoping Moss will revive his bat by being in a new and different environment. More than likely Moss might step in for Holliday but if his injury means going back on the DL for a longer stay I would think the Cardinals may try to find another bat.

Cardinals in talks for Adam Lind

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This morning Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reported that the Cardinals and the Brewers are in discussion for left handed hitting first baseman Adam Lind. Lind would be a nice addition for Cardinals since they are I need of more power. Adam Lind could be short term help not unless the Cardinals pick up his 2016 salary of $8,000,000 or a $500,000 buyout. Lind, who is nursing a bad back at the moment which isn’t thought to be serious, is hitting .285/.365/.500 on the year and is mashing righties. The Cards could use a lefty. And, really, any bat at all, as their offense has struggled of late. So what would it take to make this deal. I tend to think that a low level player could fit the bill to bring Lind to the Cardinals. With four more days till the trade deadline we shall find out if its Adam Lind or Chris Davis.

Cardinals Museum offers Memberships

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Today the St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum introduced a new membership program for fans as well as the first event in a new series of Cardinals Museum programming.

                The St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum Membership program – the first in franchise history – gives fans access to great benefits and exclusive items while providing funding for exhibit design, curatorial needs, artifact procurement and restoration.

                Fans have the option to purchase an individual membership for $50 or a family membership for $85. Both memberships include unlimited admission, exclusive bobbleheads, guest passes, access to member-only events and previews, 10% off at the Cardinals Authentics Shop and Cardinals Nation Restaurant, access to select presales and exclusive ticket discounts, and free admission to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. For the 2015 season, individual members will receive a Rogers Hornsby bobblehead, while families will receive Hornsby and Jim Edmonds. For a detailed list of membership benefits and terms, visit cardinals.com/museum.

                Memberships are now available for purchase in person at the museum desk, by calling 314.345.9783, or online at cardinals.com/museum. Cardinals season ticket holders will receive 10% off the cost of membership by contacting museummembership@cardinals.com or by calling 314.345.9783.

                In addition to membership, the Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum also introduced new programming for all museum guests. Every remaining Friday home game during the 2015 season, the Cardinals Museum staff will host an Artifact Spotlight presentation in the Sportsman’s Park Theater. During each pregame event, fans will have the opportunity to see artifacts in the Cardinals collection not currently on display at the museum and learn the history of the items. The presentation is included with the purchase of a museum ticket or membership and is repeated multiple times before the game begins.

                The 8,000 square foot state-of-the art St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum (#CardsMuseum), 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 20,000 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