Cardinals Targeting David Price

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The domino effect has just begun, free agent starting pitcher Jordan Zimmerman just signed a five year $110 million dollar deal. In the next two weeks we will see the other top free agent pitchers fall into place with other teams. Recently Ken Rosenthal has reported that the Cardinals are one of the top contenders for David Price. This is not that much of a surprise, since the Cardinals have shown previous interest in Price and now have an opening in their rotation with the loss of Lance Lynn. But the Cardinals will have some formidable competition in the Price sweepstakes. Rosenthal also listed the Cubs, Dodgers, Giants and Red Sox as the other top contenders for Price. As Boston seems to be raising the stakes to win his services, the team that seems to have the edge are the Cardinals. For David Price location is everything. Since his home is in Nashville, TN he is not too far from St. Louis. I tend to think that the Cardinals are willing to pay out for Price but will be weary in regards to the length of the contract. With Lance Lynn out for the year and John Lackeys possible departure to the West Coast, David Price would definitely fill in the void.

Randal Grichuk teams up with Operation Food Search

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– St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Randal Grichuk and the St. Louis Cardinals are teaming up with Operation Food Search in a social media fundraising campaign this holiday season, ‘Fill a Kid’s Plate,’ to feed hungry kids in the St. Louis bi-state region. Now through Christmas, for each donation of $35, $50 or $100 made online at http://weblink.donorperfect.com/grichgives, children will receive food and nutrition services provided by OFS, the region’s largest provider of free food for the hungry. “Every child needs a champion,” said St. Louis Cardinals outfielder, Randal Grichuk. “It’s great to team up with Operation Food Search to provide children with food, a most basic human need. We want all kids to grow up to be winners in life and with proper nutrition we are giving them one of the best shots possible!” When the donor makes a gift online at any of the following levels, they will be entered into a drawing to win: – $35 level: Game Used Grichuk bat and two Winter Warm-up passes (January 16-18, 2016) – $50 level: Autographed pair of Randal Grichuk cleats and voucher for two tickets to a 2016 Cardinals home game – $100 level: Ultimate Winter Warm-Up Experience (4 passes to the event and behind-thescenes tour and meet-and-greet with Randal Grichuk!) Here’s what their gift will provide: – A gift of $35 will provide 10 backpacks full of nutritious food to kinds in need over the weekend. – A gift of $50 will provide a holiday meal to a local family. – A gift of $100 will teach a child the core life skill of cooking in a healthy, affordable and delicious way. “We’re so glad to have Randal Grichuk and our friends at the St. Louis Cardinals on our team to hit hunger out of the ballpark this holiday season and give kids the food they need for a happy, healthy holiday,” said Operation Food Search Executive Director Sunny Schaefer. To make an online donation and be entered into a drawing for great prizes visit http://weblink.donorperfect.com/grichgives. About Operation Food Search Operation Food Search (OFS) was established in 1981 to address the growing problem of hunger and has since become the largest distributor of free food in the bi-state region. Each month, Operation Food Search distributes approximately 3 million pounds of food and household items to 250 community partners, which in turn feed 190,000 local individuals each month who struggle with hunger and food insecurity. One-third of these individuals are children. For every dollar donated, Operation Food Search provides $21 worth of food and nutrition services to support the area hungry.

Source: Operation Food Search/St. Louis Cardinals

Cardinals and Zobrist Talking

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It’s the day before Thanksgiving and the Hot Stove League is heating up with talks about Ben Zobrist and the Cardinals. This morning Jon Heyman reported that the Cardinals have reached out to Ben Zobrist. There has been at least 20 teams in the mix, they are believed to be among the more interested teams, as they love his versatility, especially on the infield.The Mets are also said to be looking hard at Zobrist, who hit .276 with 13 home runs and 56 RBI last season in 126 games between the A’s and World Champion Royals. I know the Cardinals have been very interested in him before. I see why the Cardinals want him, his dexterity in playing different positions like shortstop, rightfield and second base would be a huge upgrade if he is used as a super sub. He could also fill in just fine as an everyday rightfielder if Heyward signs elsewhere. If the Cardinals are able to sign him there would be so much upside with him defensively and offensively.

2015 Winter Warm Up Information

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Cardinals Care, the charitable foundation of the St. Louis Cardinals, announced today that tickets for the 20th annual Winter Warm-Up (#CardsWarmUp) will be available starting Friday, November 27 at 10 a.m. CT. One of the most popular fan events in baseball, Winter Warm-Up takes place Saturday, January 16 through Monday, January 18, 2016 (Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day), at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch. The event times are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday.

Beginning Friday morning, fans can purchase admission passes for the three-day Winter Warm-Up online at cardinals.com/winterwarmup, in the official Cardinals Team Store at Busch Stadium and at Cardinals Clubhouse stores located around St. Louis. Those who order online by January 4 will receive their passes in the mail. Fans who order on/or after January 5, can avoid the Will Call lines by picking up passes at the Busch Stadium ticket windows Monday, January 11 through Wednesday, January 13 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Will Call opens on Friday, January 15 at the Hyatt Regency.

The prices for admission passes, which are valid for all three days of the Warm-Up, will remain the same as the last few years – $40 for fans age 16 and over, $10 for children age 5 to 15. Kids under 5 are admitted free of charge. Members of the military, police and fire departments with an active ID can receive one free adult pass which must be obtained in person at the Official Cardinals Team Store at Busch Stadium (November 27- January 15) or at the event.

Winter Warm-Up provides fans with countless unique opportunities while raising money for Cardinals Care, the team’s charitable fund whose mission is caring for kids in the Cardinals community. Fans can meet their favorite players at autograph sessions, play interactive games, share memories with Hall-of-Famers, take photos with Fredbird, find collectible memorabilia, bid on one-of-a-kind items at live and silent auctions, experience live presentations, and ask tough questions of players, owners, scouts, broadcasters and officials at Q&A sessions.

“We hope that the 2016 Winter Warm-Up will be our best one yet as we reach the 20 year milestone for the fan-favorite event,” said Michael Hall, Executive Director of Cardinals Care and Vice President of Community Relations. “It’s really incredible to think about how many kids we’ve helped over the last 20 years, thanks to the generosity and continued support of Cardinals Nation.”

Many players’ autographs are free with the admission pass, while others require an autograph ticket available through a specific additional donation. All autograph tickets will be sold online beginning Tuesday, January 5 through Sunday, January 10.  Fans can visitcardinals.com/winterwarmup in mid-December for details, including player autograph dates, times and, if required, additional donation amounts. Any remaining autograph tickets not sold online will be available at the Winter Warm-Up. For complete event details, schedule and frequently asked questions, visit cardinals.com/winterwarmup.

Cardinals Care was established to give fans a way of teaming up with Cardinals players and the organization to help children in our community – both on and off the baseball field. Since it was established in 1997, Cardinals Care has distributed over $21 million to support St. Louis area non-profit youth organizations and built 22 youth ball fields in local under-resourced neighborhoods. 2015 marked the 12th year of Cardinals Care’s innovative Redbird Rookies program, a free baseball league for kids who otherwise might not have the opportunity to play. In addition to providing all the uniforms, gloves, bats, balls and other equipment needed for each team, Redbird Rookies also provides extensive off-field support in the areas of health, education, mentoring and the cultural arts for each of the nearly 4,500 kids who participate in the program each year.

Source: St.Louis Cardinals

McGwire Heading to San Diego?

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News have been swirling around Mark McGwire and the San Diego Padres in regards to offering him a job with the organization. According to Dennis Lind of the San Diego Union Tribune , the Padres are in discussions with former Dodgers hitting coach Mark McGwire about their bench coach job.  Recently McGwire removed his name from the Diamondbacks hitting coach job. In tend to think Big Mac may prefer to work in San Diego due to its appeal,  but the bonus is that it would be close to his home in Irvine, California. If McGwire takes the job, Lin hears from a source that he would assist both new manager Andy Green and hitting Alan Zinter.  I also tend to think McGwire wants to stay in Southern California due to being close to his family.

Source: Dennis Lin, San Diego Union Tribune

Cardinals Very Interested in Chris Davis

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According to Jon Morosi of Fox Sports, the St. Louis Cardinals “have had discussions” with Davis’ agent Scott Boras recently. Morosi adds the Cardinals “are intrigued by Davis’ ability to play first base, third base, right field and left field.” The 29-year-old has primarily played first base and DH in recent years, but he did play right field more in 2015, including a 16-game streak from June 30-July 22. I wonder if Chris Davis would be a big bonus for the Cardinals near or around Thanksgiving or could he be an early Christmas gift during the Winter Meetings in Nashville in just three weeks. For Chris Davis the Cardinals will need to be big spenders for  his services. The last time they landed a big Free Agent was with Matt Holliday in 2010 when they signed him for $120,000,00 for seven years. The Cardinals has the money to land the services of a big bat like Davis. The funny thing is that both Holliday and Davis has Scott Boras as their Agent. This could get resolved soon if the Cardinals and Chris Davis can come to an agreement. At the age of 29 Chris would be able to secure a long contract and would be able to help amp up the Cardinals power which has been lacking in recent years. The last Cardinal that had hit over 30 home runs was Carlos Beltran in 2012 with 32 home runs.

Source: Jon Morosi

ESPN Covering Seven Opening Day Games

mlb16DALLAS – ESPN will provide national coverage of seven 2016 Opening Day games on Sunday, April 3rd and Monday, April 4th.  The announcement was made today by Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr. at the conclusion of MLB’s quarterly owners meetings.

The seven games on Sunday and Monday will include the participation of all 10 Clubs that played in the 2015 Postseason, including an exclusive ESPN “Sunday Night Baseball” national opener that will renew the matchup of the 2015 World Series, with the World Champion Kansas City Royals hosting the National League Champion New York Mets at 8:35 p.m. (ET)/7:35 p.m. (CT).  Earlier that day, the 2016 Championship Season will begin on ESPN with a 1:05 p.m. (ET) game between two NL Central rivals, the host Pittsburgh Pirates and the St. Louis Cardinals, followed by a 4:05 p.m. (ET) American League East game between the host Tampa Bay Rays and the Toronto Blue Jays on ESPN2.

The schedule for ESPN on Sunday, April 3rd and Monday, April 4th will be as follows:

Sunday, April 3rd

·         1:05 p.m. (ET)                                                                       STL @ PIT                            ESPN

·         4:05 p.m. (ET)                                                                       TOR @TB                                    ESPN2

·         8:35 p.m. (ET)/7:35 p.m. (CT)                                              NY@KC                                   ESPN

Monday, April 4th

·         1:05 p.m. (ET)                                                                       HOU @NYY                                ESPN

·         4:05 p.m. (ET)/3:05 p.m. (CT)                                         SEA@TEX                                  ESPN

·         7:05 p.m. (ET)/4:05 p.m. (PT)                                              LA@SD                                    ESPN

·         10:05 p.m. (ET)/7:05 p.m. (PT)                                        CHI@LAA                                  ESPN2

          In addition, for the second consecutive year, all games played on the final scheduled day of the regular season – Sunday, October 2nd – will begin at 3:00 p.m. (ET).  The overlapping schedule aims to maximize the excitement of Postseason races throughout the sport on the season’s final day.

Source: MLB/Office of Commissioner

Almedys Diaz Added to 40 Man Roster

This afternoon the Cardinals promoted to Triple-A Memphis late in the season after recording a .264/.324/.421 line in 375 at-bats for Double-A Springfield. The Cardinals likely made this move in order to protect Diaz from the upcoming Rule 5 Draft, but he could be a candidate to make the 25-man roster in the coming years considering St. Louis invested heavily in the 25-year-old when they signed him out of Cuba prior to the 2014 season. The Cardinals also added  left-handed pitcher Dean Kiekhefer from Triple A Memphis and outfielder Charlie Tilson from Double A Springfield. These three players have been added to the team’s 40-man Major League roster which currently stands at 36.

Diaz, 25, split time in 2015 between Springfield and Memphis, batting a combined .278 with 13 home runs and 52 RBI in 116 games. The Cuban native has enjoyed a strong showing in the prospect-laden Arizona Fall League, currently ranking among the league’s top-10 in HR’s (4-T3rd), RBI (14-T8th), runs (16-2nd), doubles (7-2nd), slugging pct. (.618-5th) and on-base + slugging (.986-6th). A member of the Arizona Fall League’s Surprise Saguaros along with Kiekhefer and Tilson, Diaz is ranked 12th in AFL batting at .309.

I am glad to see the Cardinals add Diaz to the 40 man roster. This shows me they still consider Diaz as a notable player worthy of a shot as an everyday shortstop in the near future.

Mark Buehrle Wants to pitch for the Cardinals

cardsmarkThere has been several times in which I have read and heard Mark Buehrle mention that he would love to play for the Cardinals before he calls it quits. Just recently Bob Elliot of The Toronto Sun reports free agent starting pitcher Mark Buehrle, will either retire or pitch for the Cardinals — his childhood hometown team — in 2016. The Cardinals at this time has not had any conversations with Buehrle in regards to pitching for his childhood team. I think he would make a great addition to the team even though he is 36 years old. He does have plenty of gas in his tank. He posted a 15-8 record along with a 3.81 ERA over 198.2 innings. What would it hurt to add him to the rotation with a one year contract. His fierce competitive edge would help boost the rotation. As a Cardinal Fan In would love to see this happen.

Charlie James Inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame

James-CardsbattingI am very proud to announce my cousin Charlie James  has been enshrined into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame.

Born in December 1937 to Charles and Lucille James, Charlie eventually emerged as a 6-foot-1, 195-pound halfback at Webster Groves High School. He earned a scholarship to Mizzou and, as a sophomore in 1956, hauled in 30 catches for 362 yards receiving and a touchdown.

Little did anyone know that his junior year would be his last on campus. James signed with the Cardinals in January 1958, surprising his coaches. After all, he played only 41 college baseball games after three high school and American Legion seasons.

A football thigh injury in 1957 had led James to think long and hard about the sport he truly loved.

“I wanted to give baseball a shot before I got hurt seriously in football,” James said. “So that winter, I let it be known I was interested in signing. You didn’t have a draft back then.”

A Webster Groves High School graduate who went on to earn two electrical engineering degrees, James played six seasons in the big leagues (1960-1965) and was a member of the Cardinals’ 1964 World Series team that beat the New York Yankees in seven games.

James in 1958 signed for $15,000 with the Cardinals as an amateur and made his big-league debut with St. Louis on Aug. 2, 1960. Overall, he played in 510 games and hit a career .255 with 172 RBI, 29 home runs, 56 doubles and nine triples. His final season was with the Cincinnati Reds.

“There were a lot of good guys on that (’64) team,” James said. “I remember Stan, he was good at talking to the young guys. If you had a good question like, ‘What does Warren Spahn throw?’ or ‘How does his fastball move?’ he would offer insight.”

His key break came in spring training 1958, when the Cardinals directed James to the Double-A club’s camp in Daytona Beach.

James’ original contract was with Class D Billings (Mont.), but he impressed the one guy he needed to — Double-A Houston manager Harry Walker. Walker’s voice carried much influence, as it was his winning single in Game 7 of the 1946 World Series that set off Enos Slaughter’s Mad Dash.

In his Double-A season, James hit 19 home runs and had 104 RBI.

“Harry Walker put his faith in me that I’d do a good job in Double-A, and it happened,” James said.

Ultimately, it led to James:

  • Playing in outfields that included Musial, Curt Flood, Mike Shannon and, in mid-1964, Lou Brock.
  • Hitting a grand slam in the Cardinals’ 1962 home opener and a three-run homer in 1964, both against Dodgers great Sandy Koufax.
  • From 1961 to 1963, combining for 289 hits (including 107 in 1962), 46 doubles, eight triples, 22 home runs and 148 RBI.
  • Seeing action in three games in the ‘64 World Series.

What an awesome day of excitement it was for Charlie James and his family.

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