Cardinals DFA Tejada

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The Cardinals have announced that they’ve designated infielder Ruben Tejada for assignment. Mark Saxon of ESPN.com was first to report on Twitter that the DFA was likely. Tejada’s roster spot will be taken by Matt Carpenter, who’s returning from the paternity list.

St. Louis faced a choice between cutting Tejada loose and optioning Greg Garcia. The latter may have made the decision for the team with a highly productive game tonight. He’s now blasted two home runs (among eight total hits) and drawn seven walks in just twenty-one plate appearances.

Garcia, of course, has never hit at anything close to that rate in the minors. But the 26-year-old is clamoring for a larger opportunity, and Tejada no longer really is needed for the reason he was acquired.

St. Louis inked Tejada to a $1.5MM deal after he was cut loose by the Mets, with the Cards still trying to figure out what to do with Jhonny Peralta on the DL. In the interim, Aledmys Diaz has taken over at short and Peralta is now nearing a return, reducing the need for middle infield help with Garcia, Jedd Gyorko, and Kolten Wong also all on hand.

The 26-year-old Tejada has certainly not helped his cause. In 40 plate appearances, he owns a .176/.225/.235 slash. That doesn’t inspire much confidence given that Tejada has hit at about 15% bjefelow the league average rate over his career. Plus, he’s known more as a competent than a high-quality gloveman. All that being said, capable middle infielders who are competent offensively aren’t easy to find, so it seems reasonable to expect plenty of interest from teams looking for depth up the middle.

MLBTraderumor-Jeff Todd

MLB Hall of Fame Tour

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I am giddy with excitement that the MLB Hall of Fame tour is coming to St. Louis. Here is all the information you need.

The historic Baseball Hall of Fame Tour (We Are Baseball) will come to Ballpark Village in St. Louis beginning on August 26 as one of the first stops on its multi-year journey to dozens of cities across North America, bringing to fans a one-of-a-kind baseball experience through the illustrious history of the game with cutting-edge technology and digital media.  Baseball fans in St. Louis will be able to visit the one-of-a-kind mobile exhibit galleries from August 26—September 11.  The Baseball Hall of Fame Tour’s visit to St. Louis will coincide with the 2016 Cardinals Hall of Fame Induction Weekend presented by Edward Jones when the 2016 Induction Class of Chris Carpenter, Joe Torre, Terry Moore and Sam Breadon will be formally enshrined at a ceremony on Saturday, August 27.

Baseball Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr. today became the first Commissioner to visit the Field of Dreams movies site, along with 2015 Hall of Fame inductee and MLB Network analyst John Smoltz, where the Tour’s 2016 travels were unveiled during a live town hall announcement event only 90 miles from the first stop – Modern Woodmen Park in Davenport, Iowa.

Pre-sale tickets are currently available for Cardinals season ticket holders to purchase through Monday, May 30 at 10:59 CT.  Through its official ticket provider, Tickets.com, the Tour’s general public tickets across all six locations will be available beginning Tuesday, May 31 at 10:00 a.m. CT on the Tour’s official website, BaseballHallTour.com.

We Are Baseball was developed with content provided by The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum and through a partnership with IMAX Corporation, MLBAM, Boston Red Sox chairman Tom Werner, CAA, and United Talent Agency, along with Arny Granat and Grand Slam Productions.

IMAX Movie

Central to the fan experience is a mobile IMAX theater showcasing an original IMAX film highlighting the past, present and future of baseball.  The film will feature never-before-seen new content as well as historical footage.

Technology

To celebrate the shared experiences and bonds fans have for the sport, one-of-a-kind historical artifacts were curated by baseball historians and will be exhibited in unprecedented ways through state-of-the-art technology.  This dynamic, customizable and sharable traveling exhibit will allow fans to “experience” the stories, traditions and stars covering baseball’s past and present like never before – from the game’s greatest luminaries, ranging from Honus Wagner to Willie Mays, Babe Ruth to Clayton Kershaw, and personalities and moments, like world renowned broadcaster Harry Caray or Bill Mazeroski’s legendary World Series-winning home run, to Fenway Park’s famed Green Monster.  Examples include:

·         History Selfie: Put yourself into some of baseball’s most iconic moments and share with your friends, family and followers via social media.

·         Hall of Fame Plaques in HD: Scroll through an interactive experience of the Hall of Fame plaques for every inductee.

·         Video Exhibit Cases: In a first-of-its-kind for baseball artifacts, utilize video screens to get the story behind a specific artifact before the artifact itself is revealed behind the screen.

·         Personal Plaques: Using touch screen technology and high resolution cameras, take your own photo to create a personal Hall of Fame replica plaque and craft your own Hall of Fame story.

·         Interactive Games: An interactive touch screen table will allow you to play fun games against your family, friends and other We Are Baseball visitors.

·         Mobile: Leveraging MLBAM’s mobile development and technology expertise, the Tour also will integrate iBeacon technology for location awareness into the experiences for fans with the free MLB.com Ballpark app.

Jaunt VR

The Tour partnered with pioneering virtual reality (VR) company Jaunt to give fans up close and personal experiences of being present next to the game’s brightest stars, on field, in the dugout and even in the clubhouse.  Shot over a series of weeks and available only as part of the Tour, Jaunt captured footage at Spring Training camps for the Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Angels, Los Angeles Dodgers and Oakland Athletics.  They were also on field for the Boston Red Sox Fenway Park and Chicago Cubs Wrigley Field home openers and documented the ring ceremony for the 2015 World Series Champion Kansas City Royals.

 

Fanatics

In partnership with the inaugural Hall of Fame Tour, Fanatics, the global leader in licensed sports apparel and official MLB digital commerce partner, will operate a pop-up retail store and provide a wide range of officially licensed gear and customized products for each city stop.  Local fans will have the ability to shop a wide selection of Hall of Fame Tour merchandise and Baseball Hall of Fame throwback designs, while also sifting through city-by-city Cooperstown memorabilia and collectibles.  Fans unable to visit in person will be able to showcase their passion and pride by shopping all Hall of Fame Tour merchandise online.

Along with St. Louis, We Are Baseball will travel to five other cities in its first four months of operation in 2016, providing fans in those communities nearly 1,000 open hours of access to the exhibits, artifacts and immersive experiences provided from the vast collections of The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, New York.  A detailed schedule for 2016 is below:

Baseball Hall of Fame Tour – 2016 Schedule

Davenport, IA (Modern Woodmen Park)                              July 3-10

Milwaukee, WI (Miller Park)                                                       July 15-31

Kansas City, MO (Kauffman Stadium)                                     August 5-21

St. Louis, MO (Busch Stadium)                                                   August 26 – September 11

Minneapolis, MN (Mall of America)                                         September 16-29

Las Vegas, NV (Las Vegas Convention Center)                    October 7-23

A Tour schedule for 2017 will be released as it becomes available. Visit BaseballHallTour.com for complete details and the latest scheduling and ticket information.

 

Cardinals grab Jose Martinez from the Royals

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The St. Louis Cardinals announced today that they have acquired outfielder Jose Martinez from the Kansas City Royals in exchange for cash considerations.  Martinez , who was playing for Omaha (AAA) this season, has been assigned to the Memphis (AAA) roster.  To make room for Martinez on the team’s 40-man Major League roster, the Cardinals transferred right-handed pitcher Mitch Harris (right elbow) from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

Jose Alberto Martinez, 27, was batting .298 with three home runs and 18 RBI with a .356 on-base pct. in 37 games with Omaha this season.  The right-handed hitting native of Le Guaira, Venezuela is the son of former Major League outfielder Carlos Martinez.

Martinez won the Pacific Coast League batting title last season (.384) while also posting a league-best .461 on-base pct.  His 2015 All-Star season also included a career-high 10 HR’s and 60 RBI. 

The 6-6, 210-pound Martinez has played 800 career games in the minors, batting .296 with 53 HR, 354 RBI and 63 stolen bases.   Martinez, who was originally signed as non-drafted minor league free-agent by the Chicago White Sox in February of 2006, also played in the Atlanta Braves organization before joining the Royals in 2105.

Source: St. Louis Cardinals

Come Get your Stan the Man BBQ Sauce

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As a huge fan of St.Louis Style Barbecue and different types of sauce, I am happy to report that Stan The Man Original BBQ Sauce is coming to Dierberg’s and Shop N Save stores in St. Louis, Missouri. The history of Musial’s BBQ Sauce all started with one of Stan’s friends  sending him a case of maple syrup each year for Christmas. Not knowing what to do with so much syrup, Stan’s wife Lil started incorporating it with spices into a barbecue sauce. The family loved it so much, they’ve been using it at family gatherings ever since.

Now, this secret family recipe is available to the public with a portion of the proceeds being donated to the St. Louis Area Foodbank.

Sales of the sauce kick off Tuesday.

The St. Louis Area Foodbank says as the school year wraps up, the food bank sees an increased need from children who receive free or reduced meals from school.

 

2016 MLB Draft Special

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In just a few weeks we will soon find out who will drafted for this yearly event. I have pt together some information that might be helpful for all you baseball fans.

Schedule (All Times ET)

June 9
Day 1
Round 1 through Lottery Round B
Live on MLB Network & MLB.com
Preview show begins at 6 p.m. ET
Round 1 begins at 7 p.m. ET
June 10
Day 2
Rounds 3-10
Live on MLB.com
Preview show begins at 12:30 p.m. ET
Round 3 begins at 1 p.m.
June 11
Day 3
Rounds 11-40
Live on MLB.com
Round 11 begins at noon ET

First-round and compensatory round Draft order for 2016
Draft order is based on the reverse order of 2015 regular-season standings, with 2014 records used to break ties.

1. Phillies (63-99, .389)
2. Reds (64-98, .395)
3. Braves (67-95, .414)
4. Rockies (68-94, .420)
5. Brewers (68-94, .420)
6. Athletics (68-94, .420)
7. Marlins (71-91, .438)
8. Padres (74-88, .457)
9. Tigers (74-87, .460)
10. White Sox (76-86, .469)
11. Mariners (76-86, .469)
12. Red Sox (78-84, .481)
13. D-backs (79-83, .488)
14. Rays (80-82, .494)
15. Orioles (81-81, .500)
16. Indians (81-80, .503)
17. Twins (83-79, .512)
18. Nationals (83-79, .512)
19. Giants (84-78, .519)
20. Angels (85-77, .525)
21. Astros (86-76, .531)
22. Yankees (87-75, .537)
23. Rangers (88-74, .543)
24. Mets (90-72, .556)
25. Dodgers (92-70, .568)
26. Blue Jays (93-69, .574)
27. Royals (95-67, .586)
28. Cubs (97-65, .599)
29. Pirates (98-64, .605)
30. Cardinals (100-62, .617)

Qualifying offers reshape 2016 Draft

Compensatory round

31. Ian Kennedy, Padres
32. Justin Upton, Padres
33. Jeff Samardzija, White Sox
34. Hisashi Iwakuma, Mariners
35. Wei-Yin Chen, Orioles
36. Chris Davis, Orioles
37. Ian Desmond, Nationals
38. Jordan Zimmermann, Nationals
39. Yovani Gallardo, Rangers
40. Daniel Murphy, Mets
41. Zack Greinke, Dodgers
42. Howie Kendrick, Dodgers
43. Alex Gordon, Royals
44. Dexter Fowler, Cubs
45. Jason Heyward, Cardinals
46. John Lackey, Cardinals

My Top 3 Prospects

Jason Groome

A New Jersey native, Groome moved to Florida to attend the IMG Academy in Bradenton for his junior season. After a very strong summer on the showcase circuit, Groome is back in the Garden State and could be the highest-drafted player ever from that state. Two weeks into his senior season, and a week after a 19-strikeout no-hitter, he was ruled ineligible for 30 days because he’d violated a New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association transfer rule despite returning to his parents’ home and former school.

Groome has everything to be a top-of-the-rotation left-handed starting pitcher, from his 6-foot-6 frame to the potential to have three above-average to plus offerings. The fastball is already there, up to 96 mph and sitting 92-93 mph over the summer, and in the 90-94 mph range in the early stages of the spring. Groome features a nasty curve as well, with tight rotation and bite. He doesn’t throw his changeup often, but he’s shown some feel for it, with some sink. Groome is generally around the plate and has clean mechanics, with a pretty good overall feel for pitching.

The highest a player from New Jersey has gone in the June Draft is No. 3 (Jeff Kunkel, 1983; Willie Banks, 1987). Groome, a Vanderbilt commit, could break that record, though some some teams have concerns about his makeup.

Corey Ray

Ray ranked as the Draft’s top position prospect entering 2016 because he offers the best combination of hitting and athletic ability. He should become the highest pick in Louisville history, surpassing current teammate Kyle Funkhouser, who declined to sign with the Dodgers as the 35th overall choice in 2015.

A 33rd-round pick by the Mariners as an Illinois high schooler in 2013, Ray broke out as a sophomore last spring and continued to star during the summer, leading the U.S. collegiate national team in OPS (.971), extra-base hits (nine) and steals (11). He has a quick left-handed bat and makes consistent hard contact, giving him the potential to hit for both power and average. Ray uses the entire field well and has done a better job of managing the strike zone and making consistent contact this spring.

Ray has plus speed and knows how to use it well on the bases. Though he has spent most of his career at Louisville in right field, he runs well enough to play center field. Ray has the offensive production and arm to profile at all three outfield positions, and obviously he’d offer the most value if he can play in the middle.

A.J. Puk

The hope, especially for the Phillies with the No. 1 overall pick, was that Puk would use his frontline rotation stuff and separate himself from the rest of the class, making him the slam-dunk choice for being taken 1-1. Inconsistency, which has plagued him for much of his career at Florida, not to mention some time on the shelf with back spasms, made Puk more of a wild card than hoped.

Big and strong, Puk arguably has the best raw stuff of any arm in the class, with the chance to have three plus pitches. He’s capable of touching 96-97 mph with his fastball regulary. Ironically, he might have been at his best in the one inning he threw before his back acted up, showing a 96-99 mph fastball and a plus slider at 88-90 mph. He can maintain his velocity deep into starts and while his changeup is his third pitch, it should be Major League average in the future.

Puk’s biggest stumbling block has been his control and command, something that has kept him from dominating college competition consistently. Puk returned after skipping a start and if he finishes his Gators career off well, he still could be a top-of-the-Draft selection.

Source: MLB /Baseball America

 

 

 

New Changes are Coming in 2017

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Well here we go again with new changes to MLB? Why must Manfred change things again. The nature of baseball is meant to be slow. This is one of my favorite quotes from George Will, “Baseball is a habit. The slowly rising crescendo of each game, the rhythm of the long season–these are the essentials and they are remarkably unchanged over nearly a century and a half. Of how many American institutions can that be said?  I just feel that baseball has its faults and problems but that’s what we all love about it. The game is so unpredictable. Thanks to Jayson Stark here are the new changes thats coming in 2017…………….

According to ESPN’s Jayson Stark, MLB’s competitive committee agreed to drastic changes to the strike zone and intentional walks at the quarterly owners’ meetings in New York this week. The changes could go into effect as soon as next season.

In a nutshell, the committee has agreed to raise the bottom of the strike zone slightly and eliminate the need for pitchers to actually throw pitches during an intentional walk.

Here’s more from Stark:

The committee agreed on a motion to effectively raise the lower part of the strike zone to the top of the hitter’s knees, sources said. The current rules stipulate that the zone begins at “the hollow beneath the kneecap,” but the change is a reaction to a trend by umpires to call strikes on an increasing number of pitches below the knees.

The change in the intentional-walk rule would end the traditional practice of requiring the pitcher to lob four balls outside the strike zone. Instead, a team could signify it wants to issue an intentional walk, and the hitter would be immediately sent to first base, sources said.

It’s important to note these rule changes are not final. This is only step one of the process. The rules committee has to approve the changes, and while the MLBPA approval is not necessary, it’s customary for MLB to present the changes for review. The same is true for the umpires’ union. The rule changes are designed to increase offense and further improve pace of play. Eliminating the need to throw pitches for an unintentional walk will cut down on “dead time,” though it also eliminates the opportunity for something weird to happen. A wild pitch, for example. Or Miguel Cabrera hitting an RBI single when the other team is trying to intentionally walk him.

Raising the strike zone will eliminate the low strikes — Jon Roegele of the Hardball Times has done some great research showing the strike zone has gradually been getting larger and larger in recent years — and also lead to more balls in play as pitchers have to elevate a bit to get called strikes. More balls in play means more baserunners and generally more excitement.

So far this season batters are striking out in 21.1 percent of their plate appearances — the highest strikeout rate in history — and walking 8.4 percent of the time. So nearly 30 percent of all plate appearances are ending in a strikeout or walk, and, frankly, strikeouts and walks are boring. People want action, meaning balls in play.

Source Mike Axisa

Alex Reyes ready for his Return

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According to a report from Mark Saxon of ESPN, St. Louis Cardinals’ minor league pitcher Alex Reyes will make his first start of the 2016 regular season for Triple-A Memphis on May 22.  Widely regarded as the top overall prospect within the Cardinals’ organization, Reyes is coming off a 50-game suspension after testing positive for marijuana.

Despite receiving one of the lengthier suspensions at the hands of marijuana in recent memory, the 21-year-old did take full responsibility for the positive test as well as issuing an apology for his actions.

GM John Mozeliak said top prospect Alex Reyes will make his first start at AAA May 22. Coming off a 50-game suspension for marijuana

Currently in the midst of the 50-game suspension, Reyes is a hard-throwing right-hander, who also became the third Arizona Fall League player to receive a suspension while joining the Texas Rangers’ Evan Van Hoosier and Detroit Tigers’ JaCoby Jones.  However, the up-and-coming hurler dominated both the Florida State and Texas Leagues during this past offseason prior to receiving the suspension in the fall.

Managing to consistently reach the mid-90s with his fastball, Reyes also saw his breaking pitches continue to confuse oppph osing batters.  Adding to the impressiveness of his young career, he once topped out at 102 mph while regularly reaching the triple-digit plateau as well.

On the other hand, although the Kansas City Royals previously emerged as the frontrunners to land Reyes and his services from atop the mound, the Cardinals wound up inking him to a $905,000 million contract back in December 2012.  While he has yet to make his big league debut since signing the aforementioned deal, Reyes cannot be too far off from joining the Cardinals’ roster as later this season remains a possibility.

source Joseph Nocco

Homestand Highlights for this Week

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The Cardinals are back at Busch Stadium for a nine-game homestand, which kicks off with a three-game series with the Colorado Rockies (May 17-19), continues with a three-game series against the Arizona Diamondbacks (May 20-22) and concludes with a three-game series versus division rival Chicago Cubs (May 23-25).  The homestand is highlighted by the Cardinals celebration of PLAY BALL Weekend and Strikeout Cancer Night, as well as two Budweiser Bash Theme Nights and a Yadier Molina Garden Gnome giveaway.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016 — Cardinals vs. Colorado Rockies (7:15 p.m.)

Gates open at 5:45 p.m.

·         Chris Duncan Budweiser Bash Theme Night: Fans who purchase a special Bud Bash Theme Ticket receive a voucher for a limited edition Chris Duncan mini bobblehead as we celebrate the 10th anniversary of the 2006 World Series Champion Cardinals.  VIP ticket-holders will also have access to a pregame autograph session with Chris Duncan.  Fans must present the voucher in order to receive this promotional item.  For more info, or to purchase general tickets, visit cardinals.com/theme(#BudBash).

 

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  • Cardinals Care Stadium Auction: Fans have the unique opportunity to bid on exclusive autographed Cardinals memorabilia at the game.  The auction is a great way for fans and collectors to obtain specialty Cardinals items while helping support the programs that Cardinals Care provides to youth in the community.  Auction tables are located at Gate 1 (Section 137), Gate 3, inside the Cardinals Club, UMB Champions Club and Redbird Club.

 

Wednesday, May 18, 2016 — Cardinals vs. Colorado Rockies (7:15 p.m.)

Gates open at 5:45 p.m.

  • Boy/Girl Scouts Night Theme Tickets: The St. Louis Cardinals invite all Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and their families to enjoy Scout Night at the ballpark.  This is the final of three planned Scouts Nights for the 2016 season.  For just $14, each scout receives a ticket to the game as well as a voucher which can be exchanged for a Cardinals scout patch.  Fans must present the voucher in order to receive this promotional item.  For more info, or to purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/theme (#CardsTheme).

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·         Strikeout Cancer Night: In a ceremony prior to the start of tonight’s game, the Cardinals will recognize Kolton and Alissa Wong, along with former Cardinals pitcher Jason Motte and the Jason Motte Foundation, for teaming up for this year’s annual Jason Motte Cornhole Challenge to raise money for cancer research and those affected by cancer.

 

  • Live From UMB Champions Club:  KMOX will perform tonight’s radio broadcast from the UMB Champions Club.

 

·         St. Louis Post-Dispatch Scholar Athletes: Over 150 high school senior athletes, recognized by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch for their excellence in the classroom and on the field, will take part in a pregame parade around the warning track before the game.

 

·         Pregame Pom/Cheer/Dance Performance: Prior to the game, groups from Dance Experience Performing Arts, Natural Impact All Star Cheer, St. Charles Dynamite Cheerleading and the Jamestown Sapphires will perform in the Ford Plaza beginning at 5:50 p.m.

 

  • Piscotty’s Pals: Stephen Piscotty and his Piscotty’s Pals program will host a group from the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society for tonight’s game.  The group will get to watch batting practice from the field and meet with Stephen in the dugout to take pictures and ask questions prior to the start of the game.

 

Thursday, May 19, 2016 — Cardinals vs. Colorado Rockies (6:15 p.m.)

Gates open at 4:45 p.m.

 

  • Nurses Night Theme Tickets: The St. Louis Cardinals invite all nurses and their families to enjoy Nurse Night at the ballpark.  Fans who purchase the special theme night ticket receive an exclusive, limited edition Cardinals scrub top.  A portion of each ticket sold will benefit the March of Dimes foundation.  For more info, or to purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/theme(#CardsTheme).

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  • Wainwright’s Winners: Adam Wainwright and his Wainwright’s Winners program will host a group from Warren County Handicapped Services for tonight’s game.  The group will get to watch batting practice from the field and meet with Adam in the dugout to take pictures and ask questions prior to the start of the game.

Friday, May 20, 2016 — Cardinals vs. Arizona Diamondbacks (7:15 p.m.)

Gates open at 5:15 p.m.

  • Yadier Molina Garden Gnome Promotional Giveaway: The first 30,000 ticketed fans, ages 16 and older, will receive an exclusive Yadier Molina Garden Gnome, a limited number of which will feature gold or platinum gloves.

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  • Illini Night Theme Tickets: The St. Louis Cardinals invite all Illinois Fighting Illini fans and their families to enjoy Illini Night at the ballpark.  Fans who purchase the special theme night ticket receive a specially designed Illini themed Cardinals t-shirt.  For more info, or to purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/theme (#CardsTheme).  Former Illini basketball star and two-time All-AmericanDee Brown will be in attendance to throw out a ceremonial first pitch.

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  • Honorary First Pitch: St. Louis native Andy Cohen will throw out an honorary first pitch before the start of the tonight’s game.

 

  • Cardinals Museum Artifact Spotlight: Every Friday home game, the Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum will highlight artifacts in the collection not currently on display during a pregame presentation inside the Museum.  Today’s featured items will include a 1972 Ken Boyer game-worn crew neck jersey in honor of his 85th birthday.  For more information or to purchase tickets to the museum, visit cardinals.com/museum (#CardsMuseum).

·         Academy Sports + Outdoors Autograph Night: Get free autographs from current and former Cardinals players, courtesy of Academy Sports + Outdoors.  Two current Cardinals players (TBD) will sign 100 autographs inside Ford Plaza for fans 15 years old and younger from 5:45-6:15.  Former Cardinals Bernard Gilkey and Mike Crudale will sign autographs for fans of all ages from 6:15-7:00.  *Players subject to change*

 

  • Cardinals Care 50/50 Raffle: Fans, ages 18 and older, may play the Cardinals Care 50/50 Raffle by going to any of the seven ticket kiosk locations throughout the stadium from the time gates open until the middle of the 7th inning.  One lucky fan will receive 50 percent of the gross proceeds from the game’s raffle ticket donations, and the other half will benefit Cardinals Care, the team’s charitable foundation that helps children.  For more info, past winning raffle numbers and kiosk locations, visitcardinals.com/5050 (#Raffle4Kids).

  • Cardinals Care Stadium Auction: Fans have the unique opportunity to bid on exclusive autographed Cardinals memorabilia at the game.  The auction is a great way for fans and collectors to obtain specialty Cardinals items while helping support the programs that Cardinals Care provides to youth in the community.  Auction tables are located at Gate 1 (Section 137), Gate 3, inside the Cardinals Club, UMB Champions Club and Redbird Club.

  • MLBPAA Auction: The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association will conduct a baseball-themed silent auction inside Gate 1 (Section 137), Gate 3, UMB Champions Club and the Cardinals Club from the time gates open through the fifth inning.  All proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and the Players Alumni Association, a non-profit group that strives to preserve the game of baseball while supporting a variety of charities.

  • Race To The Plate: At every Friday home game, fans will enjoy the Missouri Farmers Care: Race To The Plate—a mascot race featuring Captain Cornelius, Bessie the Cow and Simon the Soybean.  A new mascot will debut later in the season as well.  Join the conversation on how today’s food is grown and raised at MissouriFarmersCare.com (#GoFarmTeam).

 

 

Saturday, May 21, 2016 — Cardinals vs. Arizona Diamondbacks (3:05 p.m.)

Gates open at 1:05 p.m.

  • Adult Cardinals Pullover Promotional Giveaway: The first 30,000 ticketed fans, ages 16 and older, will receive a one-of-a-kind adult Cardinals pullover.

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  • PLAY BALL Weekend:  The Cardinals will celebrate PLAY BALL Weekend on May 21 and 22 as part of a league-wide effort to engage young baseball fans and celebrate the continued support of youth participation in baseball and softball.  In addition to having a youth parade and a kids starting lineup before the game, the Cardinals will distribute plastic bat and ball sets in Ford Plaza and Riverview Corner (behind Section 432) to kids in attendance.

  • Prairie Farms Kids Run the Bases: Following the game, fans 15 and under are invited to run the bases of Busch Stadium (weather permitting).  Presented by Prairie Farms.

  • Saturday Signings at the Museum: Former Cardinals pitcher and current FOX Sports Midwest & KMOX announcer Ricky Hortonwill be on hand to sign autographs at the Cardinals Museum from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  In addition to having a valid admission to the museum, fans must have an autograph line ticket, which are free and will be distributed on the day of each Saturday signing.  Fans can visit cardinals.com/museum for the full schedule and additional details.

·         Pregame Pom/Cheer/Dance Performance: Prior to the game, groups from Dance Productions Unlimited, Truman Middle School Cheerleading, Union HS Cheer, 907 Starz and the Hazelwood West Pridettes will perform in Riverview Corner (behind Section 432) beginning at 11:50 a.m.

 

  • Cardinals Care 50/50 Raffle: Fans, ages 18 and older, may play the Cardinals Care 50/50 Raffle by going to any of the seven ticket kiosk locations throughout the stadium from the time gates open until the middle of the 7th inning.  One lucky fan will receive 50 percent of the gross proceeds from the game’s raffle ticket donations, and the other half will benefit Cardinals Care, the team’s charitable foundation that helps children.  For more info, past winning raffle numbers and kiosk locations, visitcardinals.com/5050 (#Raffle4Kids).

 

  • MLBPAA Auction: The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association will conduct a baseball-themed silent auction inside Gate 1 (Section 137), Gate 3, UMB Champions Club and the Cardinals Club from the time gates open through the fifth inning.  All proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and the Players Alumni Association, a non-profit group that strives to preserve the game of baseball while supporting a variety of charities.

 

 

Sunday, May 22, 2016 — Cardinals vs. Arizona Diamondbacks (1:15 p.m.)

Gates open at 11:15 a.m.

 

  • Kids Performance T-Shirt Promotional Giveaway: All kids, ages 15 and younger, entering with a ticket will receive their very own Cardinals performance t-shirt, courtesy of Pasta House Co.

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  • Six Flags Day: Children 48” and under will receive a free ticket to Six Flags, valid Monday through Friday until June 27.  Presented by Six Flags.

·         Family Attractions Card: 30,000 ticketed-fans will receive a Family Attractions Card worth thousands of dollars in savings at local area attractions, restaurants and lodging.

  • PLAY BALL Weekend:  The Cardinals will celebrate PLAY BALL Weekend on May 21 and 22 as part of a league-wide effort to engage young baseball fans and celebrate the continued support of youth participation in baseball and softball.  In addition to having youth choirs perform the National Anthem and announce batters over the PA for an inning, the Cardinals will distribute plastic bat and ball sets in Riverview Corner (behind Section 432) to kids in attendance.

 

  • Prairie Farms Ice Cream Sunday: Starting two hours prior to the game, bring the entire family to Ford Plaza for games, prizes and free North Star ice cream (while supplies last).

 

·         Cardinals Care 50/50 Raffle: Fans, ages 18 and older, may play the Cardinals Care 50/50 Raffle by going to any of the seven ticket kiosk locations throughout the stadium from the time gates open until the middle of the 7th inning.  One lucky fan will receive 50 percent of the gross proceeds from the game’s raffle ticket donations, and the other half will benefit Cardinals Care, the team’s charitable foundation that helps children.  For more info, past winning raffle numbers and kiosk locations, visitcardinals.com/5050 (#Raffle4Kids).

 

  • MLBPAA Auction: The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association will conduct a baseball-themed silent auction inside Gate 1 (Section 137), Gate 3, UMB Champions Club and the Cardinals Club from the time gates open through the fifth inning.  All proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and the Players Alumni Association, a non-profit group that strives to preserve the game of baseball while supporting a variety of charities.

 

 

Monday, May 23, 2016 — Cardinals vs. Chicago Cubs (7:15 p.m.)

Gates open at 5:45 p.m.

 

  • Honorary First Pitch: New Saint Louis University Men’s Basketball Coach Travis Ford will throw out an honorary first pitch before the start of the tonight’s game.

  • Tsunami Waves: Carlos Martinez and his Tsunami Waves foundation will host a group from St. Cecilia School & Academy for tonight’s game.  The group will get to watch batting practice from the field and meet with Carlos in the dugout to take pictures and ask questions prior to the start of the game.

  • MLBPAA Auction: The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association will conduct a baseball-themed silent auction inside Gate 1 (Section 137), Gate 3, UMB Champions Club and the Cardinals Club from the time gates open through the fifth inning.  All proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and the Players Alumni Association, a non-profit group that strives to preserve the game of baseball while supporting a variety of charities.

 

 

Tuesday, May 24, 2016 — Cardinals vs. Chicago Cubs (6:10 p.m.)

Gates open at 4:40 p.m.

 

·         David Eckstein Budweiser Bash Theme Night: Fans who purchase a special Bud Bash Theme Ticket receive a voucher for a limited edition David Eckstein mini bobblehead as we celebrate the 10th anniversary of the 2006 World Series Champion Cardinals.  VIP ticket-holders will also have access to a pregame autograph session with David Eckstein.  VIP tickets are currently sold out.  Fans must present the voucher in order to receive this promotional item.  For more info, or to purchase general tickets, visit cardinals.com/theme (#BudBash).

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  • D.A.R.E. Parade: Participants in the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) program in both Missouri and Illinois will take part in a parade around the field before the start of tonight’s game.  The participants will be followed on the field by D.A.R.E. police cars as well.

 

  • Cardinals Care Stadium Auction: Fans have the unique opportunity to bid on exclusive autographed Cardinals memorabilia at the game.  The auction is a great way for fans and collectors to obtain specialty Cardinals items while helping support the programs that Cardinals Care provides to youth in the community.  Auction tables are located at Gate 1 (Section 137), Gate 3, inside the Cardinals Club, UMB Champions Club and Redbird Club.

 

 

Wednesday, May 25, 2016 — Cardinals vs. Chicago Cubs (12:45 p.m.)

Gates open at 11:15 a.m.

  • KMOX Day Theme Tickets: The St. Louis Cardinals invite all Illinois Fighting Illini fans and their families to enjoy Illini Night at the ballpark.  Fans who purchase the special KMOX 90th Anniversary theme ticket will receive a throwback Cardinals hat.  Fans can also enjoy a special pre-game meet and greet with KMOX on-air personality.  For more info, or to purchase tickets, visitcardinals.com/theme (#CardsTheme).

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  • High School Video Challenge Winners: Students from Union High School will be recognized on the field before the game as part of the club’s High School Video Challenge initiative.  Students from around St. Louis were asked to develop and create a rough-cut video promoting the Cardinals and their respective high schools while including a STEAM curriculum connection.  Fans selected Union High School’s video as the winner via online voting and in April, the Cardinals, along with Ozzie Smith and Fredbird, visited Union High School to produce the final version of the video.  A portion of the final video will be shown on the Busch Stadium scoreboard during the field ceremony.

 

  • Great Clips Charity Haircuts: During the game, fans can root on the Cardinals and shape up their roots with a visit to Ford Plaza for Great Clips’ Charity Haircuts.  For a $10 donation, Great Clips – who sponsors the event every weekday afternoon game during the season – will cut your hair and donate all proceeds to Cardinals Care.

  • MLBPAA Auction: The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association will conduct a baseball-themed silent auction inside Gate 1 (Section 137), Gate 3, UMB Champions Club and the Cardinals Club from the time gates open through the fifth inning.  All proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and the Players Alumni Association, a non-profit group that strives to preserve the game of baseball while supporting a variety of charities.

 

MORE HOMESTAND INFORMATION

 

#STLisLou Social Media Campaign Launched to Honor Lou Brock

On April 19, the St. Louis Cardinals and St. Louis Civic leaders launched #STLisLou to honor Cardinals Hall of Famer Lou Brock, celebrate the St. Louis Community and raise money for children with diabetes.  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?

Additionally, the team has partnered with Explore St. Louis and Downtown STL to develop “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.  Fans can learn more about the campaign and see what others fans are posting to social media atwww.cardinals.com/lou.

 

#PlayBallLikeACardinal Fan Video Initiative

The Cardinals recently launched #PlayBallLikeACardinal, a youth-focused video engagement seeking out young people who have a passion for the Redbirds and are incorporating that passion into how they play the game.

Fans are asked to post short video clips of their children imitating their favorite Cardinals players to their preferred social media platform (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook) using the hashtag, #PlayBallLikeACardinal, or share a link to a video they have posted to a public video platform like YouTube directly with the Cardinals at cardinals.com/playball.  The Cardinals intend to share videos of children playing ball like Cardinals on the team’s television broadcasts such as Cardinals Insider, within Busch Stadium on the new high definition scoreboard or online via cardinals.com, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

 

Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum

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.  In addition to having valid admission, 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.  Fans can visitcardinals.com/museum for more details and scheduling.

The Cardinals are proud to continue to offer the Hall of Fame & Museum Membership Program for fans in 2016.  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 the largest team-held collection 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.  Be sure to check out this year’s special gallery, Farming the Business of Cardinals Baseball, which explores the history of baseball’s first successful farm system and how it literally changed the sport.  The Museum is open daily from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. and remains open through the 7th inning on home game nights. Adult admission is $12, and tickets can be purchased at cardinals.com/museum(#CardsMuseum).

 

Cardinals Magazine Celebrates The Legendary Lou Brock

The new edition of Cardinals Magazine salutes the remarkable Lou Brock, whose inspiring recovery from amputative surgery and moving ceremonial first pitch on Opening Day captured the hearts of Redbird faithful.  Now, in conjunction with the club’s season-long #STLisLou campaign, Cardinals Magazine presents a fantastic photographic gallery of his storied career with anecdotes shared by the Hall of Famer.

Continuing our celebration of memorable Redbirds, our season-long tribute to the 2006 World Series Champions shines the spotlight on Chris Duncan, who excelled throughout his rookie season to help the Cardinals capture their 10th World Championship.  Nowadays, after beating a brain tumor, Duncan is living in the moment and loving it as a survivor and successful radio personality in St. Louis.  Looking at this year’s club, we reveal how manager Mike Matheny successfully strikes a work-life balance with insights shared by family and players.  And one of the skipper’s top pitchers, lefthander Jaime Garcia, offers readers a candid look at his faith-based philanthropic works in his poverty-stricken hometown in Mexico.

Now in its 25th season, Cardinals Magazine continues to provide its global readership with comprehensive, colorful coverage of all-things Cardinals.  Fans can purchase the just-released edition for just $5 at Busch Stadium vendors inside each stadium gate, team store locations and Cardinals Authentics stores in Ford Plaza and Ballpark Village.  Throughout St. Louis, the magazine is available for purchase at major retailers like Cardinals Clubhouse, Dierbergs, Schnucks, QuikTrip and Walgreens.  Print and digital subscriptions are also available atcardinals.com/magazine or 314-345-9000.  Also, new this season, you can follow Cardinals Magazine on Twitter @CardsMagazine for breaking team coverage and watch our weekly video segments (“Inside Access With Cardinals Magazine”) on the Cardinals Insider TV show or at cardinals.com/insider.

 

2016 Official Scorecard Celebrates 10th Anniversary of Busch Stadium III

One of the longest-standing collectible souvenirs in baseball, the scorecard represents much more than a means to keep track of the hits, runs and outs that occur over the course of a game.  It’s a tangible keepsake commemorating a game that might be memorable for any number reasons—a fan’s first game, a couple’s first date or a record-setting performance.

It’s no wonder that the first order of business at Busch Stadium for baseball’s best fans is a stop at a Cardinals Publications vendors cart inside each gate entrance to purchase the Official 2016 Cardinals Scorecard—sold individually or included with each copy of Cardinals Magazine.

This must-have keepsake features the striking artistic designs of local artist Mike Right, who has been creating the timeless Cardinals scorecard imagery since 2003.  Inside, the scorecard also teaches fans how to score the “Cardinal Way”—a storied tradition by club officials that dates back to the 1940s.   Be sure to purchase your 2016 Scorecard at the ballpark this season!  Copies are also available online atcardinals.com/scorecard.

 

Cardinals Authentics

The Cardinals Authentics Shop – the official source of game-used and autographed collectibles and memorabilia directly from the club – will have game-used bases and baseballs available for purchase before the end of each game.  All season long, fans will be able to take a piece of the game directly from the field to their home, all in one visit.  For more information on Cardinals Authentics, and their two locations (inside Ford Plaza and at Cardinals Nation inside Ballpark Village), visit cardinals.com/authentics or follow them on Twitter (@CardsAuthentics) (#CardsAuthentics).

Cardinals Nation Restaurant and Bar

New this year, Cardinals Nation will host the Official Pre-Game Party of the St. Louis Cardinals.  This ticketed pep-rally style party will be located on the second floor of Cardinals Nation in the Hall of Fame Club, two and a half hours prior to every Cardinals home game during the 2016 season.  This exclusive Cardinals Nation pre-game event includes a full buffet menu, all-inclusive bar and a DJ or live music all the way until first pitch.  Only 250 tickets will be allotted for each game, which fans can purchase at cardinals.com/pregamefor digital delivery.  Tickets can also be purchased at any box office or at the Cardinals Museum in Cardinals Nation.

Open daily, Cardinals Nation is the year-round home to Cardinals fans offering a variety of weekly programming and special events.  Offering an expansive menu that recently added 17 new menu items, Cardinals Nation has something for everyone.  This season, fans won’t want to miss the following highlights:

·         G&W Grill on Clark Street featuring St. Louis’ own G&W Bratwursts and Hot Dogs on game days

·         Dinger’s Donuts and Gus’ Pretzels game day carts on Clark Street

·         Homerun Brunch every non-game Sunday from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

·         Keep the Cup promotion on game days with 3 limited edition cups this season

·         DJ after every game on the 1st floor of Cardinals Nation

·         And much more! Visit cardinalsnation.com for details.

Ballpark Village

Ballpark Village is the place to be before, during and after the game!  Since opening in March of 2014, Ballpark Village has hosted more than 10 million visitors of all ages from across the country and brought hundreds of great events to downtown St. Louis.  As Ballpark Village enters its third year, several additions and improvements are underway.  The brand new Prairie Farms Dugout will serve up Prairie Farms hand-dipped ice cream, North Star frozen novelties and cold beverages on the turf of the Busch II Infield.  Inside fans can catch the pre-game pep rallies in FOX Sports Midwest Live! featuring emcee Todd Thomas and live post-game music by the region’s greatest bands.  When the Cardinals are away, Ballpark Village has fans covered with the return of the Official Away Game Watch Parties featuring premium giveaways.

Be sure to join the Blues Watch Parties for an electric hockey playoff atmosphere as FOX Sports Midwest Live!  features every St. Louis Blues game on their 40-foot TV!  On Saturday, May 21, fans are encouraged to come down for a “Team St. Louis” Pep Rally for the Cardinals and Blues beginning at Noon on the Busch II Infield and the west parking lot.  The Cardinals are at home for a 3:05 p.m. start while the Blues will drop the puck in San Jose at 6:15 p.m.  There will be a 25’ x 10’ LED screen to watch the Cardinals and the Blues!

Also, The Outdoor Summer Concert Series begins over Memorial Day Weekend featuring Mint Condition, Silversun Pickups and Schwagfest.  For more information on the series and other upcoming events, visit stlballparkvillage.com.

 

2016 Official Team Media Guide

The St. Louis Cardinals official team Media Guide has long been relied upon by journalists and broadcasters who cover the team.  Containing stats, photos and biographies of every player in the entire Cardinals organization, along with the definitive history of the club since its inception, the 2016 Media Guide is the best and most comprehensive book about the Cardinals.

The Cardinals annual media guide is a great collectable, with the cover each season highlighting a moment in Cardinals history.  New this season, for every Media Guide purchased at the team store, Cards Authentics store or stands around the ballpark, fans will receive an exclusive poster featuring all 11 media guide covers at the new ballpark, along with the 2016 schedule.  The 2016 Media Guide is available for $20 at the Team Store, Cardinals Authentics or cardinals.com/mediaguide.

 

Cardinals in the Community

Cardinals Care (#CardsCare) 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 21 youth ball fields in local under-resourced neighborhoods.

This year 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 support Cardinals Care by donating directly at cardinals.com/community or in a variety of ways:

  • #STLisLou Buttons: The team is selling commemorative #STLisLou buttons to raise money for a special Cardinals Care fund established in Lou’s name to help children with diabetes.  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.
  • Cardinals Care 6K and One Mile Fun Run: Registration is now open for the seventh annual Cardinals Care 6K and One Mile Fun Run set for Sunday, September 18th.  Those interested in participating are encouraged to learn more and register atcardinals.com/6k (#CardsCare6K).
  • Ted Savage RBI Golf Classic: Registration is open for the 27th annual Ted Savage RBI Golf classic on Tuesday, June 7 at the Norman K. Probstein Golf Course in Forest Park. For sponsorship, registration or other information visit cardinals.com/golf on call Cardinals Care at 314-345-9958.

 

Cardinals Work #4AGreenerGame

The Green Team is a group of volunteers who walk down the aisles of the seating bowl in-between innings collecting recyclables from fans and promoting recycling at Busch Stadium.  In exchange for their services, volunteers are able to watch the game in standing room only sections of Busch Stadium, as collections are only done in-between innings and during pitching changes so as not to disturb fans trying to watch the game.  To volunteer or learn more, visit cardinals.com/green (#4AGreenerGame).

Follow the Cardinals on Social Media

Join the Cardinals throughout the season on a variety of social media platforms including Twitter (@cardinals), Facebook (facebook.com/cardinals), Instagram (Cardinals), Snapchat (cardinals), Pinterest (pinterest.com/cardinalsmlb), Tumblr (stlcardinals) and Google + (St. Louis Cardinals).  Fans will get an inside look at the team, exclusive promotions and giveaways, breaking club news, behind-the-scenes photos, videos and much more.  For more info, and a list of verified player twitter accounts, visit cardinals.com/connect.  Join the conversation using #STLCards.

 

Facebook Fridays with Fredbird

Every Friday, Fredbird and Team Fredbird will appear somewhere within Cardinal Nation to give away a select number of free tickets or items to lucky fans on a first come, first serve basis.  Be sure to join the fun.  To find out where Fredbird will be each week follow us on Facebook atfacebook.com/cardinals and on Twitter @Cardinals, or visit cardinals.com/facebookfridays for more details (#Fredbird).

 

Fan-Friendly Values

  • Dynamic Deals of the Week: The Cardinals’ value-based dynamic pricing system allows them to offer outstanding ticket savings to fans throughout the season.  Special values will be highlighted each Monday as part of the “Dynamic Deals of the Week” promotion.  Fans can sign up to receive weekly Dynamic Deal emails at cardinals.com.
  • KMOX 1120 First Pitch Tickets: At 9:00 a.m. on the day of each game, the first 275 fans may purchase a voucher good for two tickets to that day’s game for just $11.20.  The voucher may be redeemed 10 minutes before the scheduled start of the game.  The tickets may be anywhere in the park, depending on availability.  Visit cardinals.com/firstpitch for full details.
  • Phillips 66 Discount Ticket Offer: Fill up with 8 gallons or more at participating Phillips 66 and receive a voucher for up to 50% off a pair of tickets to a Cardinals game.  Visit http://www.cardinals.com/phillips66 for details.
  • Cardinals/Six Flags Double Play Combo: Each Double Play Combo includes a ticket to a 2016 Cardinals game and one single-day admission to Six Flags for just $55.  Visit http://www.cardinals.com/sixflags to purchase Double Play Combos or for more information.

For more information on Cardinals promotions and theme nights visit cardinals.com/promotions and cardinals.com/theme.

Metal Detectors

Cardinals fans will note the continued use of walk-through metal detectors at all Busch Stadium gates and entrances, as part of MLB’s implementation of mandatory metal detection screening of all guests at all MLB ballparks in 2016.  Please see below for some helpful tips to ensure a smooth entry process for fans at Busch Stadium this season:

·         Be prepared for gate inspections – Stadium walk-through metal detectors are not as sensitive as TSA detectors at airports.  Fans do not need to remove belt and shoes, but will need to remove large metal objects from pockets such as cell phones, keys, and glasses.  Please inform gate staff of pacemakers or artificial joints that may set off the detectors. Fans can visit this link for a refresher on which items are allowed into the ballpark.

·         Best gates to use – Fans who park on North or East sides of Busch Stadium are encouraged to enter at Gates 1 or 6, as these gates typically have shorter entry lines.

 

La Russa and Carpenter to appear at T. R Hughes Ballpark

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Individual tickets for Carpenter and La Russa Nights with the Rascals are on sale now. The former Cardinals will be making historical appearances at T.R. Hughes Ballpark, where fans will have the opportunity to see two of the men who were most instrumental in bringing home the Cards’ tenth World Series crown.

Tony La Russa will make his appearance at T.R. Hughes Ballpark during Opening Weekend, Saturday, May 21st, presented by Mercy.  The former Cardinals manager will be signing items for fans that purchase an Autograph Line pass, available the day of the game.  These passes will be $40 and are limited to two (2) per patron.  Fans are encouraged to bring their own Cardinals items to be signed with a few restrictions: La Russa will not sign inscriptions, full-size bats, jerseys, artwork, full-size helmets or flats larger than 11×14. Ticket prices are as follows: Box seats for the game are $16, Infield Bleacher seats are $14 and Lawn/Outfield bleacher seats are $10.

Chris Carpenter will make his return to St. Louis on Saturday, June, 25th and the night will be highlighted with a Carpenter bobblehead giveaway.  Guaranteed bobblehead tickets are now available for purchase for $20. These tickets include a box seat for the game and a guaranteed Chris Carpenter bobblehead. The number of tickets are limited, so fans are encouraged to purchase tickets well in advance. Non-bobblehead ticket prices will be the same as those listed above.  Carpenter will also be available to sign autographs and take pictures with fans who purchase a $40 Autograph Line pass (available the day of the game, limit two (2) per person).

Both La Russa and Carpenter will be throwing out the first pitch and addressing the crowd prior to the start of the game.

Tickets for Carpenter Night can be purchased online at: https://www.ticketreturn.com/prod2/BuyNew.asp?EventID=155462&SponsorID=8210#.Vqe23PkrKUk

Tickets for La Russa Night can be purchased online at: https://www.ticketreturn.com/prod2/BuyNew.asp?EventID=155446&SponsorID=8210#.Vqe2sfkrKUk

Tickets can also be purchased at the Rascals box office. For more information, please call (636) 240-2287.

New TV series about first Female MLB Player

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Fox announced several series orders for the 2016-17 television season on Tuesday, with a slate that includes a 24 spinoff and adaptations of The Exorcist and Lethal Weapon movies. But one of those upcoming shows could be of interest to sports fans.

Pitch will follow the story of a female pitcher who becomes the first woman to play in the major leagues. Kylie Bunbury (Under the Dome) portrays Ginny Baker, the pitcher who breaks MLB’s gender barrier with the San Diego Padres. The show also stars Mark-Paul Gosselaar as an All-Star catcher and Baker’s teammate. Mark Consuelos plays the team’s general manager and Elisabeth Shue is Butler’s personal guru.

The show is teaming with Major League Baseball on the series (perhaps not a surprise since Fox is a TV partner with MLB), giving Pitch access to the actual teams, uniforms, logos and ballparks. Real MLB players will also make appearances, though none have yet been announced. With San Diego hosting the MLB All-Star Game this summer and the Padres being the featured team on the series, perhaps several cameos will be taped that week at Petco Park.

Executive producer and writer Dan Fogelman (Grandfathered, Galavant) spoke to The Hollywood Reporter‘s Lesley Goldberg and explained how important it was for him to get MLB involved with the show.

“I didn’t want to do fictional baseball teams and uniforms and that sort of thing,” Fogelman said.

“I was very hopeful because it’s such a natural fit between Fox and MLB. I first got everyone at Fox excited about the conceit of the show. The next step was going to New York and meeting with MLB and I pitched them the show and told them what I wanted to do to see if they’d be interested in coming on board.”

Fogelman also mentioned that Fox MLB analyst C.J. Nitkowski is consulting on the script, along with fellow former major league pitcher Gregg Olson. Alan Jaeger, who has worked with Barry Zito, Dan Haren and Andrew Bailey, among others, will also work with the cast to help make the baseball scenes look authentic.

Though Pitch is in the early stages of production, it would seem like a natural fit to have the show ready for late fall or early winter and be promoted during Fox’s MLB postseason coverage. Considering that the series has a long way to go through development, that might be hoping for a bit much. Though Fogelman acknowledged it was a possibility if the production goes smoothly.

Article written by Ian Casselbnerry