Congratulations to the Rosenthal Family!!

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St. Louis Cardinals hire Randy Flores as Scouting Director

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The St. Louis Cardinals and their Sr. Vice President/General Manager John Mozeliak announced today the team’s decision to hire former Cardinals pitcher and 2006 World Series Champion Randy Flores as its Director of Scouting, beginning Tuesday, September 1.

Flores, 40, holds a master’s degree in Postsecondary Administration/Sports Administration from the University of Southern California and has been involved in coaching, scouting, private business and broadcasting since his playing career ended.

Flores, a left-handed pitcher, spent eight seasons in the majors with Texas (2002), Colorado (2002, 2009-10), St. Louis (2004-08) and Minnesota (2010) and was a member of the Cardinals World Championship team in 2006.

Mozeliak plans to introduce Flores to the media next Tuesday, Sept. 1, prior to the Cardinals game with the Washington Nationals.

Former St. Louis Cardinal Chris Perez Retires

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I remember back in 2007 a young righty the Cardinals had in there system, Chris Perez. He was a dominate with the fastball that would clock at 95-98mph. Today Chris Perez announced his retirement from Major League Baseball.

Perez is only 30 years old, though he’s seen action in seven MLB campaigns and thrown 379 1/3 career innings from the pen. He compiled a 3.51 ERA in that span, averaging 8.6 K/9 against 3.9 BB/9 while racking up 133 total saves.

Things haven’t been very smooth for Perez in recent years, on or off the field. Cleveland then released him after a mediocre 2013 season (and otherwise would have non-tendered him), and he continued to put up marginal results after signing a contract with the Dodgers.

Perez was twice hit with bans relating to a drug of abuse, and failed to reach the majors this season after signing a minor league pact with the Brewers. He opted out of that deal earlier in the year, but has not made any appearances since.

Of course, Perez did have some quality moments in his career. He’d been a regular contributor previously, but 2010 marked the emergence of the then-24-year-old as a late-inning arm. Including that campaign and the two that followed, he put up 180 1/3 frames of 2.84 ERA pitching while serving as the Indians’ closer — the role for which he’ll be best remembered.

Career Day at Busch Stadium

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The St. Louis Cardinals are teaming up with FOX 2 and KPLR Channel 11 for the 11th annual Career Day at Busch Stadium on Wednesday, September 9, 2015.

                High School students and educators are invited to attend a special pregame Q&A/panel discussion with executives from both companies, focusing on careers in sports and media.

                The moderated discussion provides a unique opportunity for students to ask questions about media, baseball operations, corporate sales and more. Cardinals participants include Dan Farrell, Senior Vice President Sales and Marketing; Kerry Robinson, Professional Scout; and Lindsey Weber, Communications Coordinator. Supervising Producer for KPLR 11 and FOX 2, Kim Young, and FOX 2 anchor Vic Faust will also be on the panel. Panel members are subject to change.

                Following the special presentation, students can attend an exclusive college fair with representatives from many colleges and universities around the Midwest.

                Each $15 Career Day ticket includes access to all of the pregame activities, a ticket to the 12:45 p.m. Cardinals game against the Cubs, as well as a voucher for a free hot dog, soda and chips.

                For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/careerday. Tickets must be ordered by Friday, September 4.

St. Louis Cardinals Call up Garcia

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With needing much help in the hitting department the Cardinals decide to bring up Greg Garcia and option Tyler Lyons.

Garcia, 25, was batting .294 with 36 RBI through 94 games for Memphis, playing primarily at shortstop with starts at third base and second base.  He ranked 20th in the Pacific Coast League in batting (.294), 4th in on-base percentage (.401) and T18th in walks (48).  Garcia was named the Cardinals Minor League Player of the Month for May after batting .361 during the month.   He is making his third appearance of 2015 with St. Louis and batted  .350 (7-20) in 16 games in his previous games with the Cards.

                Lyons, 27, had been with St. Louis since a recall on Aug. 7, his fourth time with the Big League club.  During his most recent stint he made three relief appearances totaling 7.2 innings, including a scoreless 5.1 innings of relief vs. PIT (8/13).

The Walking Wounded to come back soon!

adamsmattFor the past ten games the Cardinals are 5-5. The bats are struggling but the pitching is trying to hang tough. Next week the Cardinals will be playing the Diamondbacks and the Giants, in which they can be a thorn in the Cardinals side. The past two games the Cardinals lost to the Padres have been dreadful.  Not only do the Cardinals  look tired but the bats are draggy too. The Pirates and Cubs are inching forward to catch up with the Cardinals soon. There might be some help sometime soon. Matt Adams is expected back in mid-September. Jon Jay and Matt Holiday expected back sooner. So help is on the way! I am also hearing that they may add another bat in the mix, not sure who. I am  hoping the Cardinals get back in track soon before its too late.

Chase Utley Heading to the Dodgers

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I just got word that ESPN is reporting that the Dodgers have agreed to a deal with the Phillies for Chase Utley, this deal should be done in the next 24 hours according to CBSSports. What I find that is so funny is that GM Ruben Amaro Jr. had stated that Chase Utley isn’t going anywhere anytime soon….I guess not! Chase has always expressed wanting to play in California due to growing up in the Long Beach area. The aging second baseman will replace Howie Kendrick since he is out with a hamstring injury. It was also reported that Rollins has been in contact with Chase before the trade rumors became a hot item. The dodgers will send two minor league players to the Phillies for Utley. The Dodgers will receive $4 million from the Phillies to offset the $6 million remaining on Utley’s $15 million dollar salary. With the struggles the Dodgers are having they look as if they are trying to prepare themselves to get past the Cardinals for divisional playoffs.

Cardinals/Papa John’s Pizza Ticket Special

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The St. Louis Cardinals are teaming up with Papa John’s to present a special pennant race ticket promotion. During the special ticket sale, fans can purchase $7 Pavilion and Terrace level seats to the upcoming series versus the Washington Nationals, Monday, August 31 – Wednesday, September 2.

                The $7 tickets go on sale tomorrow, Thursday, August 20, at 10 a.m. CT and will be available while supplies last. Tickets are limited to eight per customer.

                This marks the third year in a row that the Cardinals and Papa John’s have teamed up to offer a pennant race discount to fans. Papa John’s is a proud partner of the St. Louis Cardinals and has been bringing fans great deals throughout the season. The day following a Cardinals win, home or away, fans can receive 50% off their Papa John’s order online at papajohns.com, just by entering the promo code “CARDSWIN”. When fans order the Siteman Cancer Center Double Play Deal (2 large 1-topping pizzas for $16.99), $1.00 from each sale is donated to the Siteman Cancer Center.

Source: St. Louis Cardinals

2015 Post Season Schedule

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Major League Baseball on Monday announced a 2015 postseason schedule that begins on Oct. 6, with the 111th Fall Classic to open on Oct. 27 in an American League ballpark, thanks to the AL’s 6-3 victory in last month’s All-Star Game presented by T-Mobile. The full postseason schedule can be found at MLB.com/postseason.

Following the scheduled regular-season finales on Sunday, Oct. 4, potentially necessary regular-season tiebreaker games would be telecast exclusively by ESPN the next day. Then the postseason will begin that Tuesday, with the AL Wild Card Game presented by Budweiser on ESPN. The National League equivalent is scheduled for Oct. 7, televised exclusively by TBS.

Both AL Division Series will begin on Oct. 8. The first full slate of Division Series games, featuring two NL Division Series openers and a pair of ALDS Game 2s, will be held on Oct. 9. Overall, the Division Series are scheduled from Oct. 8-15, with a pair of potential Game 5s possible on Oct. 14 (ALDS) and Oct. 15 (NLDS). FOX, FS1 or MLB Network will air the first three ALDS games, and then FOX or FS1 the remaining two, if necessary. TBS will cover all NLDS games.

The AL Championship Series, beginning on Oct. 16, will be telecast by FOX or FS1. The NL Championship Series, set to start on Oct. 17, will be telecast by TBS. A potential Game 7 of the ALCS is scheduled for Oct. 24, while a Game 7 of the NLCS is scheduled for Oct. 25.

Last year marked the first time since 1990 that the World Series opened on a Tuesday, and that pattern will continue this fall. After Games 1-2 in the AL park, the World Series will shift to the ballpark of the NL champions on Oct. 30. A Game 7, if necessary, would be scheduled in the AL city for Nov. 4. The scheduled off-days during the World Series are Oct. 29 and Nov. 2 (if necessary).

The only World Series to reach November were played in 2001, ’09 and ’10. The ’01 and ’09 Fall Classics each ended on Nov. 4, and the Giants clinched on Nov. 1, 2010.

All games telecast on MLB Network, TBS and FOX will be available to MLB.TV subscribers who are authenticated subscribers to the applicable network through a participating pay TV provider.

ESPN Radio will provide live national coverage of all 2015 MLB postseason games, including the Wild Card Games.

Source: Mark Newman MLB.com