Cardinals punished by MLB

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This just in by Derrick Goold………..

The illegal actions of a former Cardinals executive that put him in prison will also cost the team draft picks and a punitive fine in one of the harshest penalties enforced by Major League Baseball in recent memory.

And the Houston Astros will directly benefit.

In a decision issued Monday afternoon by commissioner Rob Manfred, the Cardinals have been fined $2 million in damages — possibly the largest ever for one team — and their first two picks in the coming draft have been taken away as a result of an illegal hack into Houston’s database. The two picks, Nos. 56 and 75, will go to the Astros, as will the slot money assigned to those picks. The $2-million fine will also be paid to the Cardinals’ former division rivals.

 A year ago, Chris Correa pleaded guilty to five counts of illegal entry into the Astros’ internal database, “Ground Control.” Correa was sentenced to 46 months in prison.

The commissioner’s decision also bans Correa from returning to baseball. He has been placed on the permanently ineligible list, the same one that includes Pete Rose.

No other individual was punished in the decision.

The commissioner’s office did not find any other member of the Cardinals staff, present or former, who was a part of Correa’s actions. Though the commissioner, in his forthcoming decision, ruled that the Cardinals benefited from Correa’s actions and that the club, as a whole, was “liable for his misconduct.”

Stay updated with St. Louis Post-Dispatch in your news feed.

The Cardinals have 30 days to pay the fine.

As a result of signing free-agent Dexter Fowler, the Cardinals have already given up their earliest draft pick, No. 19. Before the penalties, the Cardinals had the second-smallest draft bonus pool of the 30 teams, and Tuesday’s decision will nearly slice it in half. The Cardinals will lose the bonus allotment assigned to pick No. 56 ($1,122,400) and No. 75 ($730,800). That drops their total available bonus pool from $3,925,500 to $2,072,300. Houston’s draft pool will grow by the same amount as a result of being awarded the Cardinals picks.

The Astros filed a claim that initiated the commissioner’s investigation.

The Cardinals first pick in the draft this June now will be No. 94.

This is a developing story broken here at The Post-Dispatch and there will be further comments Tuesday afternoon from team and baseball officials. This story will be updated as necessary.

Royals Sign Moss

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The Royals have agreed to a two-year, $12MM contract with free agent first baseman/outfielder Brandon Moss, according to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports (Twitter link). The deal is pending a physical. ESPN’s Jim Bowden first reported earlier Sunday that Kansas City was nearing an agreement with Moss, an ACES client. Signing with the Royals will keep the 33-year-old Moss in Missouri, where he played the past season-plus as a member of the Cardinals. In 2016, his only full campaign in St. Louis, the powerful Moss slugged 28 home runs in 464 plate appearances and posted a .259 ISO. The latter figure ranked 13th among major leaguers with at least 450 PAs, though Moss didn’t register a particularly impress overall line (.225/.300/.484) and hit just .191/.248/.392 after the All-Star break. Moss’ second-half woes offset the red-hot .256/.344/.566 triple slash he logged in the first three-plus months of the year.

Moss also had a relatively mediocre 2015, which was thanks in part to a hip injury, but the lefty-swinger is a well-regarded clubhouse presence and a four-time 20-home run hitter who should at least give the Royals a capable bat against right-handed pitchers. Plus, Moss has typically been usable against southpaws, although they stymied him last season.

Defensively, Moss spent the lion’s share of 2016 in the corner outfield and also saw plenty of time at first base – areas where the Royals already possess everyday-caliber players. Eric Hosmer is set to occupy first again in 2017, while Alex Gordon and offseason acquisition Jorge Soler are the team’s top options in the corner outfield. Moss will likely slot in primarily at designated hitter if the deal goes through, then, as the Royals have been lacking there since Kendrys Morales signed with the Blue Jays in November.

Kansas City will be the seventh major league team for Moss, who debuted with the Red Sox in 2007 and then broke out with the Athletics in 2012. Nearly all of Moss’ big league homers (123 of 138) have come since then.

Connor Byrne, MLBTradeRumors

The State of Molina and the Pitchers

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With eighteen more days coming our way for Yadi Molina and his groups of pitchers we begin to see where the chips may fall with our pitchers and what is going on with oue favorite catcher. According to the Cardinals Beat Writer Jennifer Langosch…..

The Cardinals have promised Rosenthal that he’ll get multiple-inning appearances this spring. But with Carlos Martinez, Adam Wainwright, Lance Lynn, Mike Leake, Alex Reyes, Michael Wacha and Luke Weaver also competing for rotation spots, Rosenthal is unlikely to dent the Opening Day rotation. The more likely scenario is that he ends up as a flexible piece in the bullpen.

Assuming Rosenthal does settle back in the bullpen, the Cards likely will enter Spring Training with only one relief spot up for grabs. The other six are projected to be filled by Matt Bowman, Jonathan Broxton, Brett Cecil, Seung Hwan Oh, Rosenthal and Kevin Siegrist. Others who could push their way into the bullpen mix include John Gant, Miguel Socolovich and Sam Tuivailala.

So what is the skinny on Yadi, well  Molina is signed through the 2017 season and holds a mutual option for 2018 with his longtime employer, the St. Louis Cardinals.

Molina, 34, wants to retire as a Cardinal, and to that end, he is wide-open to beginning discussions about another long-term contract.

“I want to stay here. Everybody knows that,” said Molina, a seven-time All-Star and eight-time recipient of the Rawlings Gold Glove award. “This year’s going to be one of the most important years of my life, my career. I’m preparing myself to do the best I can to help the team win. I’ll try to concentrate on that. The outside stuff, I can’t control right now.”

I tend to think think that Molina will be signed for a few more years and retire as a Cardinal and it is also great to hear that Molina will have more playing time. Manager Mike Matheny did say that as long as his job description is to win games, he’ll continue riding Molina hard. Molina, 34, is coming off a season in which he started a career-high 142 games behind the plate. It’s unlikely he’ll hit that figure again (only one other catcher in franchise history has), but Molina could very well notch his seventh season with 130-plus starts if he can stay healthy.

2017 Group Tickets on Sale

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Today, organized groups of 20 fans or more may begin purchasing tickets to Cardinals games for the 2017 season.  Designed for school and church groups, family or social gatherings, company outings and more, group tickets allow fans to enjoy the game in a community environment and at a discounted price.

                “No matter what type of group you have, professional or personal, Cardinals group tickets offer excellent incentives which make for a truly memorable and affordable experience,” said Justen Meyer, Manager of Group Sales.

                Groups of 20 or more receive a 20% discount on Sunday through Thursday games and a 10% discount on Friday and Saturday games in a wide variety of block seating locations throughout the stadium.  Each group also receives a custom poster to promote their group outing, a personal ribbon board message during the game and a souvenir scoreboard photo.

                A number of Group Value Games are also available for the 2017 season.  During Group Value Games, groups receive up to 50% off the dynamic gate price in select seating areas.  This year’s schedule of Group Value Games includes games against the Royals, Pirates, Blue Jays and more.

To purchase group tickets, or for more information, call 314.345.9000 or visit cardinals.com/groups.

Source:St, Louis Cardinals

2017 Cardinals Theme Tickets on Sale Now!

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Tickets for more than 30 Theme Ticket promotional dates during the 2017 season, including Star Wars Night and St. Louis Blues Night, are on sale now at cardinals.com/theme.

“Theme Tickets are a great way for baseball fans to come together and show their support for a variety of groups and interests,” said Martin Coco, Director of Ticket Sales & Marketing.  “We have an incredible lineup this season with returning favorites like Margaritaville Night and our Budweiser Bash series, which will celebrate both the 50th anniversary of the 1967 World Championship team and the 30th anniversary of the 1987 National League Championship team.  We also have some new events scheduled that promise to be very popular including Charlie Brown Night and Firefighters Appreciation Night.”

Theme Tickets are customized promotions that allow a select number of fans to celebrate a common interest while enjoying access to a unique promotional item and/or exclusive pre-game event.  Targeted around different occupations, organizations, communities, celebrities and more, Theme Tickets let fans enjoy the game in a whole new way.

Additional Theme Ticket events will be announced throughout the 2017 season.  A full list of 2017 Theme Ticket dates follows.  Fans can learn more about Cardinals Theme Ticket dates and purchase tickets for these events at cardinals.com/theme.

2017 Theme Nights Schedule as of January 18, 2017

 

College Night # 1

Monday, April 17 vs. Pittsburgh Pirates – 6:05 p.m.

Cardinals Hoodie

Local college students, faculty and staff can take a break from the books and join us for the first College Night of the season.  All fans who purchase this special Theme Ticket will receive an exclusive Cardinals hoodie!

Scouts Night # 1

Tuesday, April 18 vs. Pittsburgh Pirates – 7:15 p.m.

Scout Patch

Scouts, their families and friends are invited to enjoy the first Scouts Night of the season at Busch Stadium.  Boy and Girl Scouts that purchase tickets will receive a Cardinals scout patch.

 

Budweiser Bash #1 – Red Schoendienst

Tuesday, April 18 vs. Pittsburgh Pirates – 7:15 p.m.

Red Schoendienst Bobblehead

Join the Budweiser Bash this season as we celebrate the 1967 World Championship and 1987 National League Championship teams!  All fans who purchase this special Budweiser Bash Theme Ticket will receive a Red Schoendienst Mini Bobblehead.  Fans can also purchase VIP tickets to an exclusive pre-game event with Red at the Budweiser Bowtie Bar, located on Level 2.

 

Weather Day at Busch Stadium

Thursday, April 19 vs. Pittsburgh Pirates – 12:45 p.m.

Pre-game educational program and a voucher for hot dog, soda and chips

The ultimate field trip experience for grade school and middle school students!  Enjoy a pre-game weather presentation on the field, followed by an educational expo, lunch and the game.

 

Budweiser Bash #2 – Lou Brock

Tuesday, April 25 vs. Toronto Blue Jays – 7:15 p.m.

Lou Brock Bobblehead

Join the Budweiser Bash this season as we celebrate the 1967 World Championship and 1987 National League Championship teams!  All fans who purchase this special Budweiser Bash Theme Ticket will receive a Lou Brock Mini Bobblehead.  Fans can also purchase VIP tickets to an exclusive pre-game event with Lou at the Budweiser Bowtie Bar, located on Level 2.

 

Law Enforcement Appreciation Night

Wednesday, April 26 vs. Toronto Blue Jays – 7:15 p.m.

Cardinals Law Enforcement Hat

Support our brave men and women in uniform!  The St. Louis Cardinals and Major League Baseball are proud to team up with the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund for our Law Enforcement Appreciation Night at Busch Stadium.  Fans who purchase a special Law Enforcement Theme Ticket will receive a Cardinals Law Enforcement hat.  A portion of each ticket sold will be donated to the Nationals Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.

Budweiser Bash #3 – Tom Pagnozzi

Tuesday, May 2 vs. Milwaukee Brewers – 7:15 p.m.

Tom Pagnozzi Bobblehead

Join the Budweiser Bash this season as we celebrate the 1967 World Championship and 1987 National League Championship teams!  All fans who purchase this special Budweiser Bash Theme Ticket will receive a Tom Pagnozzi Mini Bobblehead.  Fans can also purchase VIP tickets to an exclusive pre-game event with Pagnozzi at the Budweiser Bowtie Bar, located on Level 2.

 

College Night # 2

Wednesday, May 3 vs. Milwaukee Brewers – 7:15 p.m.

Cardinals T-Shirt

Local college students, faculty and staff can take a break from the books and join us for the second College Night of the season!  All fans who purchase this special Theme Ticket will receive an exclusive Cardinals t-shirt!

Scouts Night # 2

Wednesday, May 3 vs. Milwaukee Brewers – 7:15 p.m.

Scout Patch

Scouts, their families and friends are invited to enjoy the second Scouts Night of the season at Busch Stadium.  Boy and Girl Scouts that purchase tickets will receive a Cardinals scout patch.

 

Firefighters Appreciation Night

Wednesday, May 3 vs. Milwaukee Brewers – 7:15 p.m.

Cardinals Firefighter T-Shirt

The Cardinals are happy to celebrate another group of men and women in uniform who keep St. Louis safe each day!  With the purchase of a special Firefighters Night Theme Ticket, fans will receive a unique Cardinals Firefighter t-shirt.

 

Budweiser Bash #4 – Bobby Tolan

Tuesday, May 16 vs. Boston Red Sox – 7:15 p.m.

Bobby Tolan Bobblehead

Join the Budweiser Bash this season as we celebrate the 1967 World Championship and 1987 National League Championship teams!  All fans who purchase this special Budweiser Bash Theme Ticket will receive a Bobby Tolan Mini Bobblehead.  Fans can also purchase VIP tickets to an exclusive pre-game event with Tolan at the Budweiser Bowtie Bar, located on Level 2.

 

Zumba® Fitness Party at the Park

Sunday, May 21 vs. San Francisco Giants – 1:15 p.m.

Cardinals Tank & Pre-game Zumba® Class

Zumba® Fitness has taken the world by storm over the last decade!  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, this event is sure to get you excited for Cardinals baseball.  With the purchase of a special Theme Ticket, you’ll receive access to a pre-game Zumba® class and an exclusive Cardinals tank.

Budweiser Bash #5 – Whitey Herzog

Tuesday, May 30 vs. Los Angeles Dodgers – 6:05 p.m.

Whitey Herzog Bobblehead

Join the Budweiser Bash this season as we celebrate the 1967 World Championship and 1987 National League Championship teams!  All fans who purchase this special Budweiser Bash Theme Ticket will receive a Whitey Herzog Mini Bobblehead.  Fans can also purchase VIP tickets to an exclusive pre-game event with Herzog at the Budweiser Bowtie Bar, located on Level 2.

Cancer Awareness Night (Siteman Cancer Center)

Tuesday, May 30 vs. Los Angeles Dodgers – 6:05 p.m.

Cancer Awareness Hat

The Cardinals and Siteman Cancer Center are teaming up to bring you Cancer Awareness Night at Busch Stadium.  Fans purchasing this special ticket will receive a Cardinals Cancer Awareness hat—the color of the “STL” logo on the front of the hat corresponds to the awareness colors of the most prevalent cancers in the St. Louis area.  A portion of each ticket sold will also be donated back to cancer research.

 

Healthcare Appreciation Night

Wednesday, May 31 vs. Los Angeles Dodgers – 7:15 p.m.

Cardinals Healthcare T-Shirt

All nurses, PA’s, physicians, x-ray techs, phlebotomists, EMTs, and more—report to Busch Stadium STAT on Wednesday, May 31 for Healthcare Appreciation Night.  With the purchase of a special Theme Ticket, fans will receive a Cardinals Healthcare t-shirt.

 

Peanut Controlled Day

Sunday, June 11 vs. Philadelphia Phillies – 1:15 p.m.

Ticket in a Peanut Free Section

Fans with peanut allergies can enjoy a Peanut Controlled Day featuring tickets in a peanut-free section.  This area will be thoroughly cleaned before the game and the sale and consumption of peanuts will not be allowed.

 

Budweiser Bash #6 – Scott Terry

Tuesday, June 13 vs. Milwaukee Brewers – 7:15 p.m.

Scott Terry Bobblehead

Join the Budweiser Bash this season as we celebrate the 1967 World Championship and 1987 National League Championship teams!  All fans who purchase this special Budweiser Bash Theme Ticket will receive a Scott Terry Mini Bobblehead.  Fans can also purchase VIP tickets to an exclusive pre-game event with Terry at the Budweiser Bowtie Bar, located on Level 2.

 

Scouts Night # 3

Thursday, June 15 vs. Milwaukee Brewers – 6:15 p.m.

Scout Patch

Scouts, their families and friends are invited to enjoy the third Scouts Night of the season at Busch Stadium.  Boy and Girl Scouts that purchase tickets will receive a Cardinals scout patch.

 

Teachers Night

Thursday, June 15 vs. Milwaukee Brewers – 6:15 p.m.

Cardinals Teacher T-Shirt

School’s out for summer!  Kick off the summer break at Busch Stadium on Teachers Night.  With the purchase of a special Theme Ticket, fans will receive an exclusive teachers-themed Cardinals t-shirt!

 

Margaritaville Night

Friday, June 23 vs. Pittsburgh Pirates – 7:15 p.m.

Cardinals/Margaritaville T-Shirt & Pre-game Concert

Parrotheads, beach lovers and baseball fans can enjoy Jimmy Buffett tunes at a pre-game concert by The Boat Drunks.  With the purchase of a special Theme Ticket, fans will receive a Margaritaville-inspired Cardinals t-shirt.

 

Kids Day Out

Thursday, July 6 vs. Miami Marlins – 12:45 p.m.

Pre-game Kids Zone and a voucher for a hot dog, soda and chips

This is the perfect field trip for summer camps, daycares and any kids looking to have fun and catch a Cards game!  Bring them down to Busch Stadium for Kids Day Out.

Soccer Night

Monday, July 24 vs. Colorado Rockies – 7:15 p.m.

Cardinals Soccer Jersey

Attention soccer fans!  The soccer games at Busch Stadium have been a blast, so join us for Soccer Night.  With the purchase of a special Theme Ticket, you will receive a unique St. Louis Cardinals soccer jersey.

 

Budweiser Bash #7 – Ozzie Smith

Tuesday, July 25 vs. Colorado Rockies – 7:15 p.m.

Ozzie Smith Bobblehead

Join the Budweiser Bash this season as we celebrate the 1967 World Championship and 1987 National League Championship teams!  All fans who purchase this special Budweiser Bash Theme Ticket will receive an Ozzie Smith Mini Bobblehead.  Fans can also purchase VIP tickets to an exclusive pre-game event with Ozzie at the Budweiser Bowtie Bar, located on Level 2.

 

Christmas in July Night

Tuesday, July 25 vs. Colorado Rockies – 7:15 p.m.

Cardinals Nutcracker

It doesn’t matter if you have been naughty or nice—all fans who purchase the Christmas in July Theme Ticket will receive an exclusive Cardinals Nutcracker!  Santa Fredbird and other Christmas characters will be on hand for photos in Riverview Corner before the game.

 

Star Wars Night

Wednesday, July 26 vs. Colorado Rockies – 7:15 p.m.

Cardinals/Star Wars T-Shirt

Join the fun as the ballpark is transformed with Star Wars-themed sights and sounds.  Meet your favorite Star Wars characters and fans that purchase this special Theme Ticket will receive an exclusive Star Wars/Cardinals t-shirt.  A portion of each theme ticket sold will be donated to Stand Up To Cancer.It’s a night that no Jedi or Redbird will want to miss!

 

Charlie Brown and Peanuts 50th Anniversary

Thursday, July 27 vs. Arizona Diamondbacks – 6:15 p.m.

Charlie Brown Bobblehead

2017 is the 50th Anniversary of You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown!  With the purchase of a special Theme Ticket, fans will receive an exclusive Cardinals-themed Charlie Brown bobblehead.

 

Budweiser Bash #8 – Tom Lawless

Tuesday, August 22 vs. San Diego Padres – 7:15 p.m.

Tom Lawless Bobblehead

Join the Budweiser Bash this season as we celebrate the 1967 World Championship and 1987 National League Championship teams!  All fans who purchase this special Budweiser Bash Theme Ticket will receive a Tom Lawless Mini Bobblehead.  Fans can also purchase VIP tickets to an exclusive pre-game event with Lawless at the Budweiser Bowtie Bar, located on Level 2.

 

Beatles Tribute Night

Wednesday, August 23 vs. San Diego Padres – 7:15 p.m.

Cardinals/Beatles T-Shirt & Pre-game Concert

Come together for Beatles Tribute Night at Busch Stadium!  With the purchase of a special Beatles Night Theme Ticket, fans will receive an exclusive Beatles-themed Cardinals t-shirt.  Come early and enjoy pre-game concert by a Beatles cover band in Riverview Corner.

 

Budweiser Bash #9 – Willie McGee

Tuesday, September 12 vs. Cincinnati Reds – 7:15 p.m.

Willie McGee Bobblehead

Join the Budweiser Bash this season as we celebrate the 1967 World Championship and 1987 National League Championship teams!  All fans who purchase this special Budweiser Bash Theme Ticket will receive a Willie McGee Mini Bobblehead.  Fans can also purchase VIP tickets to an exclusive pre-game event with McGee at the Budweiser Bowtie Bar, located on Level 2.

 

Grateful Dead Night

Wednesday, September 13 vs. Cincinnati Reds – 7:15 p.m.

Cardinals/Grateful Dead T-Shirt & Pre-game Concert

Pull out the tie dye and peace signs—Grateful Dead Night is back!  All fans who purchase this special Grateful Dead Theme Ticket will receive an exclusive Cardinals/Grateful Dead t-shirt.  Fans can also enjoy a pre-game concert featuring Grateful Dead tribute band, Jake’s Leg!

 

Budweiser Bash #10 – Joe Magrane & Greg Mathews

Tuesday, September 26 vs. Chicago Cubs – 7:15 p.m.

Joe Magrane & Greg Mathews Dual Bobblehead

Join the Budweiser Bash this season as we celebrate the 1967 World Championship and 1987 National League Championship teams!  All fans who purchase this special Budweiser Bash Theme Ticket will receive a Magrane and Mathews Dual Mini Bobblehead.  Fans can also purchase VIP tickets to an exclusive pre-game event with Magrane and Mathews at the Budweiser Bowtie Bar, located on Level 2.

 

St. Louis Blues Night

Friday, September 29 vs. Milwaukee Brewers – 7:15 p.m.

Cardinals/Blues Stocking Cap

Do you bleed blue?  With the purchase of your special St. Louis Blues Night Theme Ticket, you will receive an exclusive Blues and Cardinals themed stocking cap, perfect for those cold winter hockey games.  Come early for a pre-game Blues themed event at Riverview Corner featuring Louie, the Blue Crew and more.

  Source: St.Louis Cardinals

Cardinals Looking for a Bat Boy

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Received from a friend  Josh Kerivan……..

The St. Louis Cardinals are in need of some serious help in 2017.

I mean, yeah, they need a power bat and they need to figure out what’s going on at second and they could use a reliever or two. But what they REALLY need is a batboy!

The Cardinals are currently in search of a batboy to “assist the clubhouse manager with on-field and off-field duties”. You must be at least 16 years of age and currently in high school or college (college preferred) with a 3.0 GPA. And obviously you’re going to need to be available for 81 home games and (hopefully) the postseason as well. Probably a bit of a hike for kids in our area, but not entirely unreasonable I suppose.

So if you know someone that fits the bill, send them THIS LINK and tell them to get their application sent in. And as long as we’re networking here, if you know of a left-handed power hitter that can play corner outfield, go ahead and have him submit a resume too. You never know.

John Mozeliak Speaks

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Cardinals GM John Mozeliak addressed questions from fans and media during the club’s Winter Warm-Up event this weekend.  Here are some of Mozeliak’s hot stove-related comments, courtesy of Derrick Goold, Jeff Gordon and Ben Frederickson of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch…

  • After failing to reach agreements with Carlos Martinez or Michael Wacha before Friday’s arbitration filing deadline, the Cardinals won’t pursue further negotiation with either right-hander and will instead go to arbitration hearings.  Martinez asked for $4.25MM while the Cards countered with a $3.9MM offer, and Wacha filed for $3.2MM with a $2.775MM counter from St. Louis.  As Goold notes, this will be the first time the Cardinals have gone to an arbitration hearing with any player in 17 years.  Mozeliak explained that the Cards had explored using the “file-and-trial” strategy in the last couple of years before finally taking the stance during this winter’s crop of arb-eligible players.
  • Martinez and the Cardinals were discussing a multi-year extension this winter, though obviously no agreement was reached before Friday’s deadline.  The hearing “would not put a chill” on the relationship between the two sides, as Goold put it, so talks could very possibly resume during Spring Training once Martinez’s 2017 salary has been decided by the arbiter.  For his part, Martinez said (via an interpreter) that he wants to spend the rest of his career with the team.
  • St. Louis was rather surprisingly linked to Brian Dozier’s name in trade rumors last month, though later reports downplayed the Cardinals’ interest.  Mozeliak said his team’s pursuit of Dozier “was news to me.”  As Goold explains, the connection could have been due to the Cards’ discussions with teams in order to properly gauge market values, rather than an actual interest in acquiring Dozier.  “If [the Cardinals] knew what a top-tier second baseman was going to command on this pricey trade market then they also could evaluate their own players, and they could evaluate their own offers,” Goold writes.
  • Left-hander Marco Gonzales said he is feeling healthy and is hoping to begin the season in the Triple-A rotation.  Gonzales, picked 19th overall by the Cardinals in 2013, quickly reached the bigs to toss 34 2/3 innings for the club in 2014, and injuries have since derailed his progress.  Shoulder problems limited the southpaw to just one game in 2015, and Gonzales missed all of 2016 due to Tommy John surgery.

MLBTraderumors

Winter Warm Up& Cardinal Caravan Proceeds

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The St. Louis Cardinals confirmed this morning that they will move forward with both the Cardinals Caravans and Winter Warm-Up activities scheduled for Sunday, January 15th and Monday, January 16th.  The Cardinals made the decision to confirm both events after consulting with the National Weather Service and representatives of the Missouri and Illinois Departments of Transportation.

“We understand the worst of the storm will have passed before we open our doors to fans on Sunday,” said Michael Hall, Executive Director of Cardinals Care and Vice President of Community Relations.  “We are blessed to have all of our players scheduled to sign on Sunday already safely in St. Louis and are confident those scheduled to arrive Sunday shouldn’t be delayed by weather.”

The team also confirmed today that the Cardinals Caravans sponsored by Missouri Farm Bureau Insurance and scheduled for Sunday and Monday will take place as 2017_Caravan_road_logoscheduled.  Caravan 5 will visit the towns of Mattoon, Decatur, Springfield and Effingham in Illinois.  Caravan 6 will visit Carbondale Illinois, Evansville, Indiana, Paducah, Kentucky and Cape Girardeau, Missouri. 

The Cardinals had cancelled the caravans scheduled for Friday and Saturday, as well as cancelled the first day of the Winter Warm-Up, due to severe winter weather, flight cancelations and the recommendation of highway department officials to encourage the public to stay off of area roads while the departments treat them for icy conditions. 

  For complete schedule of the Winter Warm-Up, fans should visit cardinals.com/winterwarmup  and they should visit cardinals.com/caravan  for more details about the Cardinals Caravan presented by Missouri Farm Bureau Insurance.

Source: St.Louis Cardinals

Cardinals Winter Warm Up Schedule

St. Louis Cardinals Winter Warm-up

The 21st annual Cardinals Care Winter Warm-Up (#CardsWarmUp) and the Cardinals Caravan (#CardsCaravan) highlight a busy Cardinals-themed holiday weekend that kicks off the 2017 baseball season.

                Winter Warm-Up—the largest fundraising effort for the team’s charitable fund, Cardinals Care—returns to the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch Saturday, January 14 through Monday, January 16 (Martin Luther King Jr. Day) with appearances from over 60 current and former Cardinals players.  For the most complete schedule and up-to-date Winter Warm-Up information, visit cardinals.com/winterwarmup.

                The 2017 Cardinals Caravan, presented by Missouri Farm Bureau Insurance, departs Busch Stadium on Friday morning.  Over the course of the weekend, more than 30 current and former players will make a combined 22 stops in 21 cities throughout Cardinals Nation along six different routes before returning to St. Louis on Monday night.  For complete information on all caravan stops, visit cardinals.com/caravan.

                The 59th annual St. Louis Baseball Writers’ Dinner takes place at the Union Station Hotel on Sunday, January 15. Fans will enjoy a night of fun and entertainment as the dinner honors the top players from the 2016 Cardinals team and commemorates the 50th anniversary of the 1967 World Series Championship team.  The evening will be highlighted by special guests and the presentation of the Red Schoendienst Medal, J.G. Taylor Spink St. Louis Baseball Man of the Year, Herman/Ostermeier Award for Cardinals Rookie of the Year and the Darryl Kile Award.

                Below are complete highlights of the 2017 Winter Warm-Up weekend:

 

Friday, January 13, 2017

  • Will Call: The Winter Warm-Up Will Call ticket window in the main lobby of the Hyatt Regency is open from noon to 7:00 p.m.
  • Cardinals Caravan: The 2017 Caravan kicks off with stops in Memphis, Tenn., Champaign and Peoria, Ill., and Hannibal, Jefferson City, and Springfield, Mo.
  • ARF’s Wine & Whiskers: Join Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation for this exclusive food and wine-tasting soirée from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Redbird Club at Busch Stadium.  Guests will enjoy sampling fruits of the vine and delicious appetizers from local wineries and restaurants.  Reservations are $75 per person and the event supports ARF’s programs, promoting positive relationships between animals and people.  For more information, visit arflife.org

 

Saturday, January 14, 2017

  • Winter Warm-Up: The three-day event kicks off today, and is open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  
    • 2017 Cardinals Autographs: Matt Adams, Jose Martinez, David Bell, Matt Bowman, Brett Cecil, Zach Duke, Dexter Fowler, John Gant, Jedd Gyorko, John Mozeliak*, Tyler Lyons, Trevor Rosenthal, Ryan Sherriff, Miguel Socolovich, Rowan Wick and Patrick Wisdom.
    • Cardinals Alumni Autographs: Jack Clark, Scott Cooper*, Al Hrabosky*, Brian Jordan, Ray King, Tony La Russa, Tito Landrum*, Cliff Politte*, Scott Terry* and Brad Thompson*.  (*free autograph—requires line ticket)
    • “Dugout” Presentations:
      • 10:00 a.m. – “From the Field to Your Home” by Cardinals Authentics
      • 11:00 a.m. – Meet the Members of Team Fredbird
      • Noon – “A Celebration of Stan Musial’s 1967 Championship Year as GM” with Brian Finch of the Cardinals Museum
      • 1:00 p.m. – “What It’s Like to Be a GM—Then & Now” with longtime baseball executive Lee Thomas
      • 2:00 p.m. – “The Legendary Amadee and the Art of Sports Cartooning” with Dan Martin of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch
    • “Clubhouse” Presentations:
      • 10:00 a.m. – “Evaluating the Cardinals as a High Performance Organization” with author Brian MacNeice
      • 11:30 a.m. – Brian Jordan book signing
      • 1:00 p.m. – “2016 Minor League Year in Review” with Cardinals Director of Player Development, Gary LaRocque
      • 2:00 p.m. – Hear about the Cardinals’ 2017 Sales and Marketing with Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Dan Farrell
      • 3:00 p.m. – “All Aspects of Sports Memorabilia Collecting” with Dave Jackson
    • Main Stage: Throughout the day, the Main Stage will feature a number of auctions, presentations and live emceed interviews.  Scheduled events include KMOV’s Claire Kellett 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. and Q&A with General Manager John Mozeliak from 11:00 a.m. to noon.
    • Silent Auctions:  There are two silent auctions: 9:00 – 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
    • Live Auctions (Main Stage): 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.  Fans must be present to win an auction item and all items must be paid for and picked up at the close of each auction.

·         Will Call: The Winter Warm-Up Will Call ticket window is open from 8:00 a.m. to noon at the Bank of America Building (located on 4th Street, directory across from the Hyatt Regency). From noon to 5:00 p.m., Will Call relocates back to the main lobby of the Hyatt Regency.

  • Cardinals Caravan: The Cardinals Caravan makes its way through Cardinals Nation with stops in Jonesboro, Ark., Dyersburg, Tenn., Quincy, Ill., and Joplin, Rolla, Fulton, and Columbia, Mo.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

  • Winter Warm-Up: Day two of the event is open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  
    • 2017 Cardinals Autographs: Harrison Bader, Paul DeJong, Aledmys Díaz, Greg Garcia, Austin Gomber, Marco Gonzales, Randal Grichuk, Mitch Harris, Carson Kelly, Carlos Martinez, Mike Mayers, Bill Mueller, Stephen Piscotty, Sam Tuivailala, Luke Weaver and Kolten Wong.
    • Cardinals Alumni Autographs: Orlando Cepeda, Stubby Clapp*, Danny Cox*, Rick Horton*, Larry Jaster*, Kyle McClellan*, Mike Shannon and Todd Worrell*.  (*free autograph—requires line ticket)
    • Dugout Presentations:
      • 10:00 a.m. – History of Promo Items and a 2017 Preview with Manager of Promotions & Events, Megan Eberhart
      • Noon – “From the Field to Your Home” by Cardinals Authentics
      • 2:00 p.m. – “Ballplayers as Musicians—The Cardinals’ Mudcats Band of 1934” with Brian Finch of the Cardinals Museum
    • Clubhouse Presentations:
      • 10:00 a.m. – “Evaluating the Cardinals as a High Performance Organization” with author Brian MacNeice
      • 11:00 a.m. – Hear about the Cardinals Amateur Draft with Scouting Director Randy Flores Assistant General Manager Michael Girsch
      • 1:00 p.m. – “St. Louis Cardinals Uniforms and Logos: An Illustrated History” with author and artist Gary Kodner
      • 2:00 p.m. – “All Aspects of Sports Memorabilia Collecting” with Dave Jackson
      • 3:00 p.m. – Meet the Members of Team Fredbird
    • Main Stage: Throughout the day, the Main Stage will feature a number of auctions, presentations and live emceed interviews.  Scheduled events include KMOV’s Maurice Drummond from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.; Cardinals broadcasters Mike Claiborne from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and John Rooney from noon to 2:00 p.m.; a 1967 panel discussion with Mike Shannon, Orlando Cepeda and Larry Jaster from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.; and Cardinals broadcaster Ricky Horton from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
    • Silent Auctions: There are two silent auctions: 9:00 – 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
    • Live Auctions (Main Stage): 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.  Fans must be present to win an auction item and all items must be paid for and picked up at the close of each auction.
  • Will Call: The Winter Warm-Up Will Call ticket window will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the main lobby of the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch.
  • Cardinals Caravan: The Cardinals Caravan makes stops in Evansville, Ind., as well as Mattoon, Decatur and Carbondale, Ill.
  • 59th Annual St. Louis Baseball Writers’ Dinner (Union Station Hotel, 5:00 p.m.): This year’s dinner honors the top players from the 2016 Cardinals team and commemorates the 50th anniversary of the 1967 World Series Championship team. The BBWAA will present their highest honor to Whitey Herzog his Hall of Fame career and invaluable service to baseball.  Members of the current Cardinals as well as Hall of Famers Bob Gibson, Lou Brock, Red Schoendienst and Orlando Cepeda are scheduled to appear.  Other highlights include award presentation of the J.G. Taylor Spink St. Louis Baseball Man of the Year, Stockton/Broeg Award for Outstanding Achievement in Baseball, Herman/Ostermeier Award for Cardinals Rookie of the Year and more.  For information, or to purchase tickets, visit stlouisbbwaa.com.

 

Monday, January 16, 2017

  • Winter Warm-Up: The final day of the event is open from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
    • 2017 Cardinals Autographs: Matt Carpenter, Bill DeWitt Jr.*, Bill DeWitt III*, Mike Leake, Lance Lynn, John Mabry*, Mike Matheny, Yadier Molina, Johnny Peralta, Luke Voit, Michael Wacha and Adam Wainwright.
    • Cardinals Alumni Autographs: Alan Benes*, John Costello*, Randy Flores*, Tom Lawless*, Kerry Robinson*, Jason Simontacchi* and Whitey Herzog.  (*free autograph—requires line ticket)
    • Dugout Presentations:
      • 11:00 a.m. –  “2016—A Year In Photos” presentation by Team Photographer Taka Yanagimoto
      • Noon – “Evaluating the Cardinals as a High Performance Organization” with Brian MacNeice.
      • 1:00 p.m. – “From the Field to Your Home” by Cardinals Authentics
    • Clubhouse Presentations:
      • 10 a.m. – Cardinals Memorabilia Talk: Learn about the Cardinals Museum collection and ask questions with Redbird Relics author Brian Finch of the Cardinals Museum
      • Noon – Bring your camera and snap a photo with America’s symbol of freedom, the Bald Eagle
    • Main Stage: Throughout the day, the Main Stage will feature a number of auctions, presentations and live emceed interviews.  Scheduled events include KMOV’s Matt Chambers from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.; Cardinals President Bill Dewitt III from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.; broadcasters Jay Randolph and Scott Warmann from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and broadcaster Tom Ackerman from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
    • Silent Auctions: There are two silent auctions: 9:00 – 11 a.m. and noon – 2 p.m.
    • Live Auctions (Main Stage): 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.  Fans must be present to win an auction item and all items must be paid for and picked up at the close of each auction.
  • Will Call: The Winter Warm-Up Will Call ticket window will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the main lobby of the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch.
  • Cardinals Caravan: The Cardinals Caravan makes its final stops in Cape Girardeau, Mo., Paducah, Ky., and Effingham and Springfield, Ill.

Additional Winter Warm-Up Highlights (Saturday- Monday)

  • Second Floor: On the second floor of the Hyatt, fans will find collectible memorabilia, baseball cards and more from more than 50 vendors, meet Fredbird and listen to informative presentations by Cardinals executives and watch the kids enjoy free activities.  The Autograph and Admission Sales booth and a booth for Carlos Martinez’s Tsunami Waves Foundation are also located on the second floor.

  • Fourth Floor: On the fourth floor fans will find the main stage, be able to meet their favorite players at autograph tables, shop the Cardinals Care Store, Cardinals Publications, Team Store and Cardinals Authentics, as well as visit booths for Adam Wainwright’s Big League Impact, Tony La Russa’s ARF Foundation, Inc., Whitey Herzog and more.

  • Cardinals Care Store: Open throughout the weekend, the Cardinals Care Store is stocked full of Cardinals memorabilia such as discounted baseball caps, team-issued apparel, t-shirts, game-worn jerseys, books, autographed photos and bats, and more.  Fans can even purchase photos for collecting player autographs and baseball cases for your new autographed collectibles.  Also, any fan that purchased an autograph ticket for a pre-signed baseball from Jonathan Broxton, Bob Gibson or Ozzie Smith may redeem their ticket at the Cardinals Care Store to receive their autographed item.

  • Cardinals Care 50/50 Raffle: Throughout the weekend, Cardinals fans, age 18 and older, can participate in the Cardinals Care 50/50 Raffle.  Fans can buy tickets (priced 3 for $5, 10 for $10, or 40 for $20) from kiosks located on each level of the event or from roaming ticket sellers.  Each day of the Warm Up, one lucky fan will receive 50 percent of the gross proceeds from the raffle ticket donations raised and the other half will benefit Cardinals Care.

 

  • Cardinals Kids Club Booth: The Cardinals Kids Club will have a booth at Winter Warm-Up.  All fans that stop by the booth and register for a 2017 membership during the event will have their shipping fees waived.  A number of one-of-a-kind 2017 membership items will be on display. To learn more about Cardinals Kids Club, visit cardinals.com/kidsclub.

 

  • Green Team: The team’s “4 A Greener Game” initiative will have a booth where fans can find out more about the Cardinals Green Team—a group of volunteers who collect recyclables from fans throughout each game at Busch Stadium.  In exchange for volunteering, fans are able to watch the game in standing room only sections of Busch Stadium.  Visit cardinals.com/green for more information.

  • Busch Stadium Team Store: The Busch Stadium Team Store will have a large selection of Cardinals merchandise available at the Warm-Up in the Park View room on the fourth floor.  It will also feature deeply discounted Winter Classic merchandise (50% or greater).  The Official Cardinals Team Store at Busch Stadium—open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.—will have specially-priced items on sale for the weekend too.  The Majestic Store located on the north side of Ballpark Village will also be open all weekend, sharing the same hours as the Team Store.

  • Cardinals Publications: Fans can visit the Cardinals Publications booth (across from the Silent Auction table on the fourth floor) to take advantage of fantastic show specials and the opportunity to enroll in drawings for premium autographed items!  Fans who purchase a subscription to the highly acclaimed Cardinals Magazine will receive the newest edition featuring Seung Hwan Oh, Yadier Molina, Dexter Fowler and Carson Kelly and two FREE tickets to a 2017 home game, plus gain automatic entry into a drawing for a Cardinals home jersey autographed by manager Mike Matheny!  Additional show-only sales include: the 2017 Cardinals Official Calendar—showcasing the complete spring training and regular season schedules and four pages of coupons—for just $10 each, or three for $25; the 2016 Yearbook—celebrating famous franchise photographs—for just $15 each; magazine cover posters (24×32) featuring fan favorites Adam Wainwright, Carlos Martinez, Lou Brock and Molina (perfect for autographs at the show); the opportunity to view our extensive and affordable vintage collection of Cardinals Magazine, Yearbooks and Media Guides and the complete season sets of the 2016 Official Scorecard.  Better yet, fans who spend at least $25 at the booth will gain entry into a drawing for autographed Cardinals Magazine covers and posters signed by Wainwright and Martinez!  Stay tuned for additional special announcements from Cardinals Publications via Twitter (@CardsMagazine) throughout the three-day event.

 

 

  • Busch Stadium Tours & Cardinals Hall of Fame & Museum: Guided tours of Busch Stadium are available during the 2017 Winter Warm-Up each day from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  These tours will be offered at regular tour prices, but will also include a stop inside the Cardinals Clubhouse—the only time each year the Cardinals’ locker room is open to tours.  Cardinals Hall of Fame & Museum entry is also included in all tour ticket purchases.  The Cardinals Museum is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and includes a new exhibit titled “Women in Baseball: How They Made History.”  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/tours.  A portion of the proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care.

  • Cardinals Authentics & Personalized Bats: Cardinals Authentics—the only official source of memorabilia directly from the team—will be selling unique game-used, limited-edition, exclusive and autographed memorabilia at the Winter Warm-Up.  Cardinals Authentics is offering a 20% discount to all fans who visit their booth on the second floor of the Hyatt.  Also at the booth, fans can buy a personalized Louisville Slugger baseball bat.  Each bat, which comes in different size and color options, can feature up to three lines of custom text and two logos, including the collectible 2017 Winter Warm-Up logo.  30% of all personalized bat sales will benefit Cardinals Care.  The Cardinals Authentics Store is located on the first floor of Cardinals Nation inside Ballpark Village will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on January 14-16 and daily from 10:00 a.m.—6:00 p.m.  Show your Warm-Up pass at the store in Cardinals Nation and you will receive 20% off of your purchase all weekend long.

  • Cardinals Nation Restaurant & Bar: Cardinals Nation Restaurant and Bar in Ballpark Village is open daily during the Winter Warm-Up, and throughout the entire year: Monday–Thursday 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., Friday & Saturday 11:00 a.m. to midnight and Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. with a Sunday Home Run Brunch from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  During Winter Warm-Up weekend, attendees can show their admission pass and receive 10% off their bill at Cardinals Nation Restaurant and Bar.  Make reservations online at cardinalsnation.com or by phone at 314.345.9880.

Tickets

  • Admission Passes: Although online ticket sales have ended, fans can still purchase three-day passes for the event at the Busch Stadium Box Office on January 13 (10:00 a.m.—4:00 p.m.) or at the Autograph and Admission Sales Table on the second floor of the Hyatt Regency from January 14-16.  Ticket prices are $40 for fans 16 and older, $10 for fans ages five to 15, and free for kids under five.  Members of the military, police and fire departments with an active ID will receive one free adult pass while supplies remain and may be obtained in person at the Official Cardinals Team Store at Busch Stadium until January 13.

 

  • Will Call: Fans that purchased their tickets in advance can pick them up at the event Will Call. A photo ID matching the name on the original order or a print out of the confirmation email is required to pick up your purchase:
    • Friday, Jan. 13th from noon – 7:00 p.m. (at Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch)
    • Saturday, Jan. 14th from 8:00 a.m. – noon (100 North Broadway located across 4th Street)
    • Saturday, Jan. 14th from noon – 5:00 p.m. (at Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch)
    • Sunday, Jan. 15th from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (at Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch)
    • Monday, Jan. 16th from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. (at Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch)

  • Autograph Tickets:  Although online ticket sales have ended, remaining autograph tickets may be purchased at the Autograph & Admission Sales table on the second floor of the Hyatt Regency for a specific donation to Cardinals Care.  Every dollar donated for autograph tickets will benefit Redbird Rookies and charitable grants to community groups who help kids.  Donation amounts can be found at cardinals.com/winterwarmup.

 

  • Free Autographs: A number of players will be signing free autographs at the Winter Warm-Up.  A line ticket is required for players signing free autographs.  A limited supply of line tickets will be available for pick up no more than one hour prior to a player’s scheduled signing time in the main lobby of the Hyatt Regency, with the exception of the first signings of the day.  For those signing free autographs in the morning’s first time slot, the line tickets will be available at the entrance to their designated autograph line inside the Grand Ballroom on the fourth floor.  Line tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.  One line ticket will be distributed per line visit.  A full schedule of free player autograph signings can be found at cardinals.com/winterwarmup.

Social Media

Throughout the Cardinals Caravan and Winter Warm-Up, fans can stay connected by following the Cardinals on Twitter (@Cardinals), Facebook (@Cardinals), Instagram (@Cardinals) and Snapchat (Cardinals) for the latest news, event updates and behind-the-scenes content.  Each day, the team will have Twitter interviews with players, exclusive videos, photos and more.  Fans should join the conversation, and share their own photos and experiences by using hashtags #CardsWarmUp, #CardsCaravan and #CardsCare.

Traffic & Parking

For the most up-to-date alerts regarding construction and winter road conditions this weekend, fans can visit the Missouri Department of Transportation’s website at modot.org.  Additional roads may be closed due to the CityArchRiver project and the exciting changes happening to the Arch grounds.  For more information and the latest detours, visit cityarchriver.org or stlouisarch.hyatt.com.  Winter Warm-Up event parking can be found just two blocks south of the Hyatt Regency at the Stadium East Parking Garage, with entrances located on South Broadway and South 4th Street.

 

Cardinals and Cardinals Care Sponsors

Cardinals Care and the St. Louis Cardinals would like to thank the following sponsors for helping to make the 2017 Winter Warm-Up possible: Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch, Edward Jones, Anheuser-Busch, Inc., FOX Sports Midwest, KMOX, Enterprise Holdings, PSAV,  Rawlings Sporting Goods, FastSigns of Bridgeton, Syberg’s, Hollywood Casino St. Louis, KMOV News 4, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, In Focus Marketing, Nehmen-Kodner, Wireless USA, Coca-Cola,  Gwin’s Travel, Companion Bakery, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Microsoft, Belleville News-Democrat, Framin’ Place & Gallery, Betallic Balloons, RBO Print Logistix, St. Louis Magazine and Tom Lange.

 

About Cardinals Care (#CardsCare)
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.  Established in 1997, Cardinals Care has invested over $21 million to support St. Louis area children and built or renovated 22 youth ball fields in local under-resourced neighborhoods.  Most recently, the Cardinals dedicated Adam Wainwright Field at Bob Russell Park in August 2016.  This season will mark the 14th 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. To learn more about all of Cardinals Care’s programs visit cardinals.com/community.

 

*Winter Warm-Up schedule—including all players, dates, & times—is subject to change.  

Source: St. Louis Cardinals

Big City avoids Arbitration

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MLBTraderumors report that the Cardinals and first baseman Matt Adams have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year deal worth $2.8MM, reports Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports (on Twitter). That figure is an exact match with the projection from MLBTR contributor Matt Swartz.

Adams, 28, missed roughly three weeks of the 2016 season with shoulder troubles but was productive in a part-time role when healthy. The slugging lefty batted .249/.309/.471 with 16 homers in a 327 trips to the plate. The shoulder injury and Adams’ deficiencies against left-handed pitching combined to limit his on-field action last season, and with Matt Carpenter penciled in as the everyday first baseman for the 2017 club, he’s unlikely to see an increase in playing time (barring injuries elsewhere on the roster). Adams has been mentioned as a possible trade candidate this winter, and the Royals are one team that has shown some preliminary interest. However, the free-agent market is flooded with players of comparable skill sets that don’t figure to come with significant asking prices at this point, which likely limits interest Adams to some extent.

Adams has long been a weapon against right-handed pitching when healthy, mashing opposite-handed pitchers at a .284/.331/.480 clip in his career. Lefties have befuddled the big man, however, as he’s mustered a woeful .212/.243/.342 slash against them. Durability has also been an issue for Adams in the past. In addition to last year’s shoulder troubles, he had brief DL stints for oblique and calf injuries in 2013 and 2014, respectively, before missing about half of the 2015 campaign with a torn right quadriceps muscle.

This marks the second trip through the arbitration process for Adams, who will be eligible once more next winter before becoming a free agent upon completion of the 2018 campaign. Remember that you can follow along with this year’s arb class using MLBTR’s 2017 Arbitration Tracker.

Adams has been rumored to be on the trade block all winter, but with a free agent market still clogged with similar first base-designated hitter types, demand may be weak. Current course and speed, Adams will come off the 2017 Cardinals bench behind new first baseman Matt Carpenter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

has been rumored to be on the trade block all winter, but with a free agent market still clogged with similar first base-designated hitter types, demand may be weak. Current course and speed, Adams will come off the 2017 Cardinals bench behind new first baseman Matt Carpenter.