Cardinals Hall of Fame Inductees to be announced Friday

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The St. Louis Cardinals 2016 Hall of Fame induction class will be revealed on FOX Sports
Midwest in a 30-minute special on Friday, April 29, at 6 p.m. CT.
FOX Sports Midwest play-by-play announcer Dan McLaughlin, joined by Cardinals President Bill DeWitt III, hosts the special from the Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum inside Ballpark Village. FOX Sports Midwest’s Al Hrabosky and Tim McCarver also contribute to the show.
Fans selected two players for induction from a ballot that included Chris Carpenter, Scott Rolen, Jason Isringhausen, Keith Hernandez, Edgar Renteria, Mark McGwire, Matt Morris and Joe Torre. In addition, the Red Ribbon committee elected a veteran player for induction. Independent of this process, the Cardinals organization may also opt to induct an individual who was an important figure in Cardinals history.
The 2016 Cardinals Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremony will take place Saturday, Aug. 27,
during the 2016 Cardinals Hall of Fame Induction Weekend. Each member of the Cardinals Hall of Fame is permanently enshrined in the Cardinals Hall of Fame Gallery presented by Edward Jones located on the second floor of Cardinals Nation in Ballpark Village.
2016 Cardinals Hall of Fame Induction Class Announcement
Friday, April 29 on FOX Sports Midwest (times Central)
6 p.m. 2016 Cardinals Hall of Fame Induction Class announcement
6:30 p.m.
Cardinals Live pregame show
7:15 p.m. Washington Nationals at St. Louis Cardinals
10 p.m.
Cardinals Live postgame show
11 p.m.
Blues Live
postgame show
FOX Sports Midwest
For more information, media contact:
FOX Sports: Geoff Goldman, 314/206-7020, ggoldman@foxsports.net
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Autograph Signings at the Cardinals Museum

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AUGUST 24, 1982- Glenn Brummer shows the home plate he received Tuesday as a memento of his game-winning steal of home Sunday, August 22, 1982 against the San Francisco Giants. The drawing is by Amadee, retired Post-Dispatch artist, and the signatures are those of Cardinals players and others in the organization. photo by J.B. Forbes | St. Louis Post-Dispatch

The St. Louis Cardinals are proud to announce Saturday Signings at the Museum, a new program held exclusively at the Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum before each Saturday home game during the 2016 season where fans can meet and get an autograph from a former Cardinals player with valid admission to the museum.

“Saturday Signings at the Museum is another great way for fans to connect with their favorite former players and reminisce about their most celebrated Cardinals memories,” said Brian Finch, Manager of Stadium Tours & Museum Outreach.  “We are happy to have such a great group of Cardinals alumni who want to take part in the program and wish to remain close to the fans and the organization.”

In addition to having valid admission to the Cardinals Museum, fans must obtain a free autograph line ticket which will be distributed starting at 9:30 a.m. at the Busch Stadium II Infield entrance to Cardinals Nation at Ballpark Village on the day of each Saturday signing.  Players will sign for two hours prior to game time and fans will need to bring their own items to be autographed unless otherwise noted.  One autograph per ticket per guest.  Below is a full schedule for 2016 Saturday Signings at the Museum.  Fans can visit cardinals.com/museum for more details and scheduling.

Fans interested in the attending Saturday Signings should strongly consider joining the Hall of Fame & Museum Membership Program.  Individual ($50) or Family Membership ($85) options are available and membership benefits include unlimited museum admission for one year, guest passes, limited edition bobbleheads of Ken Boyer and Willie McGee, discounts to the Cardinals Authentics Shop & Cardinals Nation Restaurant, and access to select presales and member-only events.  Visit cardinals.com/membership for more information.

The Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum within Cardinals Nation features one of the largest team-held collections in baseball.  The collection 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.  This year’s special exhibition is “Farming the Business of Cardinals Baseball which celebrates the rich history of the franchise’s minor league system.  The Cardinals Museum is open daily from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. and remains open through the seventh inning on home game nights.  Visit cardinals.com/museum for more information.

 

2016 Saturday Signings at the Museum

Date

Signing Time

Player

April 30

10am-12pm

Glenn Brummer

May 7

10am-12pm

Bernard Gilkey

May 21

10am-12pm

Rick Horton

June 4

2pm-4pm

Danny Cox

June 18

11am-1pm

Tom Lawless

July 2

10am-12pm

TBD

July 16

2pm-4pm

Jack Clark

July 23

2pm-4pm

TBD

August 6

2pm-4pm

Kerry Robinson

August 27

10am-12pm

TBD

September 10

2pm-4pm

Kyle McClellan

October 1

11am-1pm

Brad Thompson

 Source: St. Louis Cardinals

 

Pooches at Busch Stadium

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It’s time once again for St. Louis canines to “bark” on the Cardinals at Busch Stadium on Saturday, June 18, for the 12th annual Purina® Pooches in the Ballpark game, presented by Schnucks, versus 2011 World Series opponent Texas Rangers.

                More than 350 all-inclusive tickets go on sale Friday, April 22 at 10:00 a.m. and won’t last long; last year’s tickets sold out in a matter of hours.  Tickets for the only game all season where dogs can join their owners inside Busch Stadium are $150 (each ticket is good for one person and one dog) and include a dog goodie bag filled with exclusive Purina samples, coupons and swag, as well as access to an all-you-can-eat buffet and all-you-can-drink water, soda and beer.  Additional activities include:

Ultimate Air Dogs Competition (12:00 p.m.)

See highly trained dogs compete in canine dock-diving, which consists of dogs jumping as far as they can into a 40-foot long, 10,000 gallon pool.  Located in the parking lot north of Ballpark Village and free to the general public.

Canine Cardinals Fan Costume Parade (1:45 p.m.)

All four-legged ticket-holders and owners will show off their favorite Cardinals gear in a pregame costume parade around the Busch Stadium warning track.

Purina Pro Plan® Performance Team Show (2:10 p.m.)

Watch as these incredibly talented, athletic canines perform exciting tricks and catch flying discs on Busch Stadium’s outfield.

Purina Pooches in the Ballpark (3:15 p.m.)

Hundreds of canine Cardinals fans will join their owners in the designated pooch-friendly, all-inclusive sections of Busch Stadium to cheer on the home team against the Rangers.

WHEN:  Tickets go on sale Friday, April 22 at 10:00 a.m. for the 12th annual Purina® Pooches in the Ballpark game on Saturday, June 18.  Tickets are available on a first come, first served basis.

HOW:    Visit cardinals.com/pooches to purchase tickets or learn more about the day’s events and rules.

WHO:    Purina® and Schnucks® are proud to once again sponsor this fun-filled hometown event the whole family can enjoy—including our beloved four-legged Cardinals fans.

Source: St. Louis Cardinals

St. Louis Cardinals Honor Lou Brock

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The St. Louis Cardinals announced today that they have teamed up with the Mayor of St. Louis and other civic leaders to launch #STLisLou, a season-long campaign to honor Cardinals Hall of Famer Lou Brock, celebrate the St. Louis community, and raise money for children with diabetes.  The Cardinals will formally honor Brock in a special #STLisLou ceremony prior to tonight’s game against the Cubs.

“No person better embodies the spirit of our city or the importance of the Cardinals to St. Louis than Lou Brock,” said the Honorable Francis G. Slay, the Mayor of St. Louis.  “Lou Brock is St. Louis and St. Louis is Lou, so we hope everyone in the ‘Lou will join us in celebrating Lou all season long.”

The Cardinals are encouraging fans to show their affection for Lou Brock all season long by sharing video messages, photographs and other messages via social media using the hashtag #STLisLou.  The team is challenging fans to answer what does Lou Brock mean to you and what does he mean to St. Louis and the Cardinals?  Fans can learn more about the campaign and see what others fans are posting to social media at www.cardinals.com/lou .

 “Lou Brock is not only one of the greatest players to play for the Cardinals, he is also one of the nicest men to have ever worn the birds on the bat,” said Bill DeWitt III, President of the St. Louis Cardinals.  “Our fans selected Lou Brock as one of our Franchise Four, honoring him as being one of the most impactful players in Cardinals history, so we have no doubt that they will seize the opportunity to share their affection for Lou via social media this season.”

DeWitt said the team also developed #STLisLou as an opportunity to celebrate the St. Louis community.  “St. Louis is a remarkable community that is home to the best fans in all of professional sports,” said DeWitt.  “#STLisLou is not only a chance to honor one of our greatest players, but is our way to tip our caps to this great community.”

The St. Louis Cardinals partnered with Explore St. Louis and Downtown STL to develop #STLisLou and will be working with both organizations through the season to engage fans via social media with special promotions such as “Tuesday’s Are Lou’s Day – Find Lou in the Lou!”, a weekly social media based scavenger hunt around town that will reward lucky fans with tickets, exclusive #STLisLou Lou Brock autographed baseballs and other prizes.

“It is no coincidence that our city’s nickname is the Lou,” said Brian Hall, Chief Marketing Officer, Explore St. Louis.  “Lou is St. Louis.  In many ways, he is the face of our community.  We are excited to be part of a community wide effort to honor Lou Brock while also celebrating our amazing city and helping kids in need.”

“We hope our entire community embraces #STLisLou,” said Missy Kelley, President and CEO of Downtown STL.  “St. Louis is a richly diverse community with people who care about one another and who proudly support their sports franchises in a way that is envied across the nation.”

Throughout the season, area hospitality workers and Downtown STL Community Improvement District (CID) Guides will be wearing a commemorative #STLisLou button as a show of support and chance to educate visitors about the campaign, as well as raise awareness for the #STLisLou fundraising effort to help children with diabetes.

“The team will be selling commemorative #STLisLou buttons to raise money for the special fund Cardinals Care has established in Lou’s name to help children with diabetes,” said Michael Hall, Vice President of Community Relations & Executive Director of Cardinals Care. “We hope fans will join Cardinals Care and Lou Brock in the fight against diabetes by making a donation to the fund or purchasing a button.”

All proceeds from the sale of the #STLisLou button will go toward the special fund.  Fans can purchase the button for $5 at Busch Stadium in the Cardinals Team Store or in the Cardinals Authentics store, as well as at the Cardinals Authentics Store at Cardinals Nation in Ballpark Village.  Fans can also purchase the buttons for $5, plus shipping & handling fees, or make a donation to the fund directly at www.cardinals.com/lou .

The team is planning a variety of other special #STLisLou promotions throughout the season to keep the campaign fresh, including a theme ticket promotion on Monday September 12th where fans who purchase a special theme ticket will receive a commemorative bobblehead replicating the #STLisLou image of Lou Brock on a Clydesdale.  The image, which was drawn by local artist Dan Martin, is a fun homage to the iconic statue of Saint Louis on Art Hill in Forest Park which served as a symbol of the city prior to the construction of the Gateway Arch. In addition to the regular Theme ticket, there are a limited number of VIP packages available, which will include the bobblehead and a pre-game autograph session with Lou. More details can be found at cardinals.com/theme.  A portion of the proceeds from the regular and VIP tickets will benefit the special Cardinals Care fund.

 

About Lou Brock

If it’s been said once, it’s been said a million times. The Cardinals’ acquisition of outfielder Lou Brock from the Chicago Cubs on June 15, 1964, ranks as perhaps the greatest steal in baseball history. St. Louis traded pitchers Ernie Broglio and Bobby Shantz and outfielder Doug Clemens in exchange for Brock and pitchers Jack Spring and Paul Toth.  Over the course of his career with the Cardinals, Brock established himself as the most prolific base stealer in baseball history to that time. His 938 stolen bases stood as the major league record until Rickey Henderson bettered the mark in 1991. Brock’s total remains the National League standard, and he holds the major league record with 12 seasons of 50 or more steals.

Brock led the N.L. in thefts on eight occasions (1966 to 1969 and 1971 to 1974). He set the season record with 118 in 1974, bettering the mark of 104 by Maury Wills during the 1962 campaign. In 1978, the N.L. announced that its annual stolen base leader would receive the Lou Brock Award, making Brock the first active player to have an award named after him.

But Brock was more than a base burglar. He was a career .293 batter with 3,023 hits. Seven times he batted at a .300 or better clip. In 1967, Brock slugged 21 home runs and had 76 RBI from the leadoff spot. He also had 52 stolen bases to become the first player in baseball history with 20 homers and 50 steals. The following year, Brock topped the N.L. in doubles (46), triples (14) and stolen bases (62), the first player in the Senior Circuit to do so since Honus Wagner of the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1908. Brock joined the 3,000-hit club Aug. 13, 1979, with a fourth-inning single off Dennis Lamp of the Chicago Cubs at Busch Stadium.  Brock and Musial are the only Cardinals members of the 3000-hit club.

Brock paid immediate dividends in St. Louis, batting .348 for the balance of the 1964 season and propelling the Cardinals from eighth place in the N.L. to a World Championship over the New York Yankees. The Cardinals won the World Series again in 1967 over the Boston Red Sox and were N.L. champions in 1968. Brock was at his best in postseason play. His .391 career batting average (34-for-87) is a World Series record, while his 14 stolen bases are tied for the most all time with Eddie Collins of the Philadelphia Athletics and Chicago White Sox.  On the Cardinals’ career lists, Brock ranks first in stolen bases (888 – Vince Coleman is second with 549); second in games (2,289), at-bats (9,125), runs (1,427), hits (2,713), doubles (434) and total bases (3,776); fourth in triples (121); fifth in walks (681); and eighth in RBI (814). He was a six-time N.L. All-Star. Brock is second only to Musial in total hits.

Brock has remained active in baseball since retiring as a player following the 1979 season. He worked in the Cardinals’ broadcast booth from 1981 to 1984; was a base running consultant for the Minnesota Twins in 1987, Los Angeles Dodgers in 1988 and Montreal Expos in 1993; and has served as a special instructor for the Cardinals (base running and outfield play) since 1995. He was a first-ballot Hall of Fame inductee in 1985.  In 2015, Brock was voted by the fans as one of the teams Franchise Four, joining Stan Musial, Bob Gibson and Rogers Hornsby as one of the most impactful players who best represented the history of the St. Louis Cardinals.  No one embodies the spirit of St. Louis or the importance of the Cardinals to St. Louis more than Lou Brock.

The Cardinals Care Lou Brock Fund & Cardinals Care

Cardinals Care, the Cardinals’ charitable foundation that supports children, has established a special fund in the name of Lou Brock to help children with diabetes.  The Lou Brock fund proceeds will support the American Diabetes Association’s Camp EDI – The Ed and Gloria Hirsch Camp for Children with Diabetes, a one-week resident summer camp held annually at the YMCA’s Trout Lodge in Potosi, Missouri.  Besides the typical camp activities, such as swimming, canoeing and arts and crafts, campers participate in daily “wellness classes” and diabetes education with members of their medical staff.  The campers learn diabetes self-management skills and the importance of counting carbohydrates, diet and exercise. They also learn to be more independent in their diabetes management while at camp. Most importantly, they are able to interact with other children who relate to the challenges of living with diabetes.

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 nearly $21 million to support St. Louis area non-profit youth organizations and built 22 youth ball fields in local disadvantaged neighborhoods.  2016 marks the 13th 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.  Fans can team up with the Cardinals to help children in our community by donating to Cardinals Care at cardinals.com/donate.  Fans can donate to the Cardinals Care Lou Brock fund directly at cardinals.com/lou

Source: St.Louis Cardinals Media Alert

Caps off to Eric Fryer

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St. Louis Cardinals’ Eric Fryer follows through on an RBI double during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds, Sunday, April 17, 2016, in St. Louis. The Cardinals won 4-3. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Once again the Cardinals keep bringing up talent that really shows that this Cardinals youth movement has a lot of momentum. Today was Eric Fryer’s day  he showed the St. Louis Cardinals what he is capable of. Fryer had three hits, including a go-ahead double with two outs in the eighth inning during Sunday’s 4-3 win over the Cincinnati Reds 4-3.

A backup to All-Star catcher Yadier Molina, Fryer got his first start this season and is 6 for 6 at the plate. Fryer also threw out Brandon Phillips attempting to steal in the sixth.

“It’s a combination of everything,” Fryer said. “As a catcher, you take more pride in defense.”

Cardinals starter Michael Wacha, who gave up one earned run and seven hits, felt Fryer’s greatest value was with his pitch-calling skills.

“He was the man today,” Wacha said. “We were on the same page right from the start. He did a great job mixing up the pitches.”

St. Louis manager Mike Matheny agreed.

“All the way across, he had a great day,” Matheny said. “It’s always good when you can get Yadi a day off and still get the job done.”

Carlos Martinez Celebrity Bowling Fundraiser

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St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Carlos Martinez will host his Second Annual Celebrity Bowling Fundraiser at Flamingo Bowl in St. Louis on June 16.  Presented by Martinez’s Tsunami Waves Foundation, the charitable event is a way for fans to have fun while raising money for local children and families in St. Louis and Carlos’ home town of Puerta Plata, Dominican Republic.

                “The support at last year’s fundraiser was amazing,” said Martinez.  “This is a great way for me to give back to our fans and inspire kids in two communities that are close to my heart.”

                The fundraiser takes place on Thursday, June 16, from 6 – 10 p.m. at Flamingo Bowl on Washington Avenue in downtown St. Louis.  A variety of tickets are available for fans, including general admission, VIP and a limited number of bowler tickets which allow fans to bowl alongside Martinez and his teammates.  Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at tsunamiwavesfoundation.com along with pricing and corporate sponsorship information.

                The event includes red carpet arrivals, a VIP reception, silent auction, raffle and bowling challenge.  More than $15,000 in auction and raffle items will be awarded to attendees during the event.  Proceeds from the event benefit the Tsunami Waves Foundation in assisting underprivileged children with educational costs.

                “Carlos’ enthusiasm and passion on the field is matched only by his mission to help others in our community,” said Michael Hall, VP of Community Relations & Executive Director of Cardinals Care.  “Whether it’s partnering with Cardinals Care, or leading his own foundation, Carlos has continually demonstrated his dedication to helping those around him.”  Fans can learn more about Cardinals players’ community efforts at cardinals.com/playerscare.

                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 invested over $21 million to support St. Louis area children and built 21 youth ball fields in local under-resourced neighborhoods.  2016 marks the 13th 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.

Cardinals trade Jayson Aquino to Orioles

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https://cm.g.doubleclick.net/push?client=ca-pub-1991679624331369The Orioles announced this morning that they’ve acquired left-hander Jayson Aquinofrom the Cardinals in exchange for cash considerations. Aquino, who turned 23 in November, was on the Cardinals’ 40-man roster and will therefore bring the Orioles’ 40-man roster count to 38. Per the O’s, the newly acquired southpaw has been optioned to Double-A Bowie.

Though Aquino has never pitched in a big league game, he’s an intriguing enough arm that he’s made his way around the league on the fringes of multiple 40-man rosters. Originally signed as an international free agent by the Rockies in 2010, Aquino was designated for assignment by Colorado in January 2015 and traded to the Blue Jays shortly thereafter. The Jays designated Aquino in May and traded him to the Pirates (also for cash), who subsequently flipped him to the Indians on July 31 (once again, for cash considerations). Upon being designated by the Indians this offseason, Aquino was claimed by the Cardinals. While Aquino has been designated several times over the past 15 months, the fact that he’s only been exposed to waivers once (and didn’t clear) indicates that a number of clubs believe that he has enough upside to merit placement on a 40-man roster.

Last season, Aquino split the season between the Class-A Advanced affiliates of the Blue Jays, Indians and Pirates, working to a combined 3.80 ERA with 5.6 K/9 against 2.0 BB/9 in 137 1/3 innings. Baseball America ranked Aquino near the back end of Colorado’s Top 30 prospects four times during his Rockies tenure, most recently praising a “well above average” changeup but noting that he throws the pitch too often and doesn’t field his position or hold runners well. The southpaw works in the upper 80s with his fastball, per BA, and also features a solid-average curveball.

Source: Steve Adams