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.