Cardinals add Five more Theme Nights

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The St. Louis Cardinals have announced the addition of Y98 Night & Zumba® Fitness Party at the Park to the 2016 Theme Ticket schedule.  The club also announced a second Nurses Theme Night and two more College Theme Night dates.

                On Wednesday, August 24, the annual Y98 Night returns to Busch Stadium.  Join the Phillips and Company Morning Show to celebrate Jen Myers as she fights breast cancer.  Fans who purchase a special Y98 Night theme ticket will receive a special Cardinals-themed “Jen’s Tribe” t-shirt.  A portion of each ticket sold will be donated to Siteman Cancer Center.  Visit cardinals.com/Y98 for more information about Jen’s story.

All nurses who missed out on the first Theme Night are invited back to Busch Stadium for Nurses Night II on Wednesday, August 24.  Fans who purchase the Nurses Night II Theme Ticket versus the New York Mets will receive a special edition Cardinals scrub top.  In addition, a portion of each ticket sold will benefit the March of Dimes foundation.

On Sunday, August 28, the Cardinals invite all fans to join us for Zumba® Fitness Party at the Park.  Inspired by Latin and international rhythms, Zumba® Fitness mixes high and low intensity moves for an interval-style, calorie-burning, dance fitness party.  Whether you’ve never taken a Zumba® class or consider yourself an expert, the Zumba® Fitness Party at the Park is sure to get you ready to cheer on the Redbirds.  Fans who purchase the special themed ticket will receive access to a pregame Zumba® class at Busch Stadium and an exclusive Cardinals tank top.  Fans can go to cardinals.com/zumba for more information.

As summer winds down and the school year begins, the Cardinals invite all students to celebrate with their friends at Busch Stadium for College Night.  All fans that purchase the special $20 Theme Ticket for either Thursday, August 25 versus the New York Mets or Tuesday, September 13 versus the Chicago Cubs will receive an exclusive 90’s themed Cardinals baseball tee, designed by STL Style.

Fans can purchase tickets for these Theme Nights and view the remaining 2016 schedule at cardinals.com/theme.

Source: St. Louis Cardinals

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Whats going on with Rosenthal

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Today the Cardinals announced the following roster moves prior to today’s doubleheader in New York vs. the Mets. The team has placed right-handed pitcher Trevor Rosenthal on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation (rotator cuff).  Dean Kiekhefer has been recalled from Memphis (AAA) to take Rosenthal’s spot on the 25-man roster.

Rosenthal, 26, has gone 2-5 with a 5.13 ERA in 40 games this season.  After a 2.11 ERA (4ER / 17IP) in April and May combined, Rosenthal has allowed 15 ER in June and July (16.1 IP). 

Kiekhefer made his Major League debut on May 14 at Los Angeles Dodgers and has pitched in 11 games with St. Louis this year.  He has allowed runs in just three of those outings (7ER/11.0 IP).  At Memphis, he is 4-1 with two saves and a 2.00 ERA (6ER/27.0IP) in 23 relief outings.

Righthander Sam Tuivailala will be recalled to serve as the club’s 26th man, available for the second game of today’s double header.  Tuivailala pitched 2.0 innings in three relief appearances with St. Louis in July, and has 15.2 innings (16 gms, 9 ER) in the Majors between 2014 and ’15 with St. Louis.

Regardless of whether this is something of a phantom DL stint or a reflection of a real issue, the down time can’t hurt Rosenthal.

As things stand, the Cards are headed for some surprisingly tough calls on a player who had entered the year with a lifetime 2.66 ERA. Keeping him on the active roster in the midst of such struggles seemed a difficult ask for an organization that is trying to compete for a playoff spot, though there has to be at least some hope of getting him straightened out to contribute down the stretch. But even beyond that, there will ultimately be a point at which the club has to decide whether to tender Rosenthal a contract for 2017. He’ll be due a not-insignificant raise an his already-stout $5.6MM salary, and that’s no sure thing at this point in time.

At this point, the DL placement doesn’t have much of an impact on the team’s deadline plans beyond the fact that it clears an opening for an eventual roster move. St. Louis has long been seeking late-inning relief help, and that remains the case with August 1st fast approaching.

Source: St. Louis Cardinals/MLB Traderumors

Cardinals Sign Cuban Speedster Randy Arozarena

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The Cardinals have an agreement to sign Randy Arozarena, a top young Cuban prospect who has split time between shortstop and the outfield, for $1.25 million. The agreement was first reported by Jorge Ebro of El Nuevo Herald.

Arozarena, 21, ranked as the No. 9 player on Baseball America’s April 2015 rankings of the top 20 players still in Cuba, standing out for his bat, speed and plate discipline. At 5-foot-11, 170 pounds, Arozarena is a righthanded hitter with a quick, simple stroke that stays in the hitting zone for a long time. He has a keen eye at the plate, with a line-drive approach and the ability to drive the ball to all fields. Arozarena isn’t a big power threat, but he has a chance to grow into 10-15 home runs with his value coming more from his OBP than his power. During his final season (2014-15) in Serie Nacional, Arozarena batted .291/.412/.419 in 74 games with 36 walks, 37 strikeouts and three home runs.

Arozarena is also a plus runner who ranked second in the league in stolen bases, with 15 in 21 tries. He has the quick-twitch athleticism that should allow him to play a premium position, though where he fits best on the field is still a question, in part because he didn’t get to play much at shortstop (his position coming up through the Cuban junior leagues) in deference to his veteran teammates on Pinar Del Rio. Shortstop, second base and center field could all be options for Arozarena, with scouts who have seen him training in Mexico split on where he fits best.

Based on his present ability, Arozarena should be ready for a high Class A assignment, though the Cardinals haven’t said yet where Arozarena will begin his career. Arozarena had been playing this year for the Toritos in the Mexican Northern League, where he hit .377/.466/.555 in 296 plate appearances, leading the league in batting average and stolen bases (42 in 54 attempts).

Arozarena is subject to the international bonus pools, which the Cardinals have already soared past since the 2016-17 signing period opened on July 2. Cuban outfielder Jonatan Machado, Cuban righthander Johan Oviedo, Venezuelan outfielder Victor Garcia and Dominican outfielder Carlos Soler are among their notable international signings this signing period.
Source: Baseball America

Peralta back on Disable List

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The St. Louis Cardinals announced today infielder Jhonny Peraltahas been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a ligament strain in his left thumb, retroactive to July 18.

In addition, rookie outfielder Jeremy Hazelbaker and right-handed pitcher Miguel Socolovich have been recalled from Memphis (AAA) and will be active for tonight’s game against the San Diego Padres.  To make room on the team’s 25-man Major League roster, catcher Michael McKenry was designated for assignment.

Peralta, 34, missed the first 57 games of the 2016 season with left thumb ligament surgery before returning to the Cardinals on June 7.  Upon his return, Peralta played in 30 games, starting 28 at third base while batting .221 with five home runs and 13 RBI.  Last Saturday, Peralta hit his 199th career home run.

Hazelbaker, 28, was on the Cardinals Opening Day roster and played in 61 games, starting 44, at three different outfield positions.  He batted .250 with seven home runs and 19 RBI before being optioned to Memphis following the game on June 15.  Hazelbaker still ranks among Major League Baseball pinch-hit leaders in home runs (3, T2nd), batting (.368, T6th) and RBI (6, T4th).

A veteran of 751 minor league games entering the 2016 season, Hazelbaker played in 13 games at Memphis following his option, batting .325 with a home run and 11 RBI and a .913 on base+slugging mark.

Socolovich, who turns 30 on Sunday, made 35 relief appearances for Memphis this season posting a 2-5 record with a 2.79 ERA and three saves hurling 38.2 innings with 40 strikeouts.  The Caracas, Venezuela  native appeared in 28 games in St. Louis in 2015 with a 1.82 ERA.

McKenry, 31, appeared in three games since his promotion on July 7, with one sacrifice bunt in two plate appearances.

Source: St. Louis Cardinals

Cardinals sign Speedy Jonathon Machado

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The St. Louis Cardinals announced today that they have signed Cuban centerfielder Jonatan Machado to a minor league contract in addition to shortstop Erik Pena and catcher Ivan Herrera during the current 2016-17 international signing period that opened on July 2.

Machado, 17, is a prototypical leadoff hitter with plus speed and advanced defensive skills.  The left-handed hitting Machado is from La Habana, Cuba and played for Cuba’s Gold Medal winning team at the 2014 15U IBAF Baseball World Cup in Mazatlan, Mexico.

“Machado is a dynamic player who has the ability to affect the game in many ways,” stated Cardinals Director of International Operations Moises Rodriguez.   “He makes contact at a high rate and is an ignitor on offense.”

The 5-9, 155-pound Machado batted .336 in 137 plate appearances for La Habana’s 15U youth league team in 2014, striking out in only 4 pct. of his at-bats.   The Cardinals have scouted Machado during both the 2014 World Cup and since he arrived in the Dominican Republic late last year.

Machado has been signed to a 2016 contract and will be immediately assigned to the DSL Cardinals team.

The Cardinals also announced today the recent international signings of the switch-hitting Pena (Valencia, Venezuela) and the right-handed hitting Herrera (Panama City, Panama).  Both players are 16 years of age.

Machado, Pena, and Herrera join a prior group of 13 international signings that were announced by the Cardinals on July 3.

Source: St. Louis Cardinals

Cardinal Red Baseball 2nd Anniversary

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All I can say is WOW! This is my two year anniversary with Cardinal Red Baseball. Its been fun writing and supporting my love of Cardinal Baseball and MLB. I have been blogging for eight years all together when I first started with my first born blog site McBrayer-Baseball. My numbers with Cardinal Red Baseball has been phenomenal. I have to thank WordPress, United Cardinal Bloggers, Twitter, Facebook, Lockerdome and MLB Blogs. I just want to thank everyone for your support. If it wasn’t for the fans I wouldn’t be doing this.