Michael Girsch new GM

girschmo

Today the Cardinals made the announcement that John Mozeliak will become President of baseball operations while Mike Girsch gets promoted to General Manager. I was wondering why now and couldn’t this been done at the end of the season? I have a feeling it is time for a change in management in order to deal with the other problems that plagues this team. The thoughts I continue to have are, will John Mabry gets fired and batting coach John Budaska of the Memphis Redbirds finally gets promoted. Will Girsch go after players that are not low hanging fruit and address the need for a power hitting first baseman or third baseman. The baby Redbirds that they are bringing up look like they are showcasing them for possible deals in July….we will see.

The St. Louis Cardinals announced this afternoon that John Mozeliak has been promoted to President of Baseball Operations for the team, while Michael Girsch has been promoted to Vice-President & General Manager of the club.  Both Mozeliak and Girsch have agreed to contracts that will run through the 2020 season. 

“It is as important to maintain outstanding talent in the front office as it is on the playing field,” said Bill DeWitt Jr., Principal Owner and Chief Executive Officer of the St. Louis Cardinals.  “Our success as an organization is built upon our continuity in leadership and today’s announcement ensures we keep two of the best young talents in our game for years to come.”   

While other Major League Clubs have had Presidents of Baseball Operations, today’s announcement is a first for the Cardinals and is in keeping with an industry that continues to grow and prosper.  As President of Baseball Operations, Mozeliak will be responsible for the department, while Girsch will handle the day to day work of the team as the General Manager. 

“Mike Girsch is more than ready to take over the daily operations of this department, while I am excited to focus on more strategic goals of the organization,” said Mozeliak, President of Baseball Operations for the St. Louis Cardinals. “Our entire group is fortunate to work for Bill DeWitt Jr, a visionary leader who has invested heavily in creating an organization that values innovation and demands excellence in every aspect of its operations.”

Mozeliak, 48, is a 22-year veteran of the Cardinals front office who has served as the team’s General Manager for ten seasons (2008-2017).  During his tenure as General Manager, the Cardinals have advanced to the postseason six times, winning a World Championship in 2011, and the National League Championship in 2013.  The Cardinals have twice been recognized by Baseball America as the Organization of the Year (2011 & 2013).  The prestigious honor recognized the Cardinals for their success in scouting and player development.   Mozeliak was named Executive of the Year in 2011 by MLB.com. 

“I look forward to working with Mo, Bill and our entire team to bring another World Championship to St. Louis,” said Girsch, General Manager “I have enjoyed the opportunity to work directly with Mo and Bill, and I am looking forward to this new challenge. ”

Girsch, 41, is an 11-year veteran of the Cardinals front office who has served as the team’s Assistant General Manager for seven seasons (2011 – 2017).  As the team’s Assistant General Manager, Girsch assisted Mozeliak with Major League player transactions and player evaluations, and helps oversee all aspects of Baseball Operations, including amateur and pro scouting, player development, international operations and baseball development.  Girsch joined the Cardinals in 2006, starting his career with a two year stint as the Coordinator of Amateur Scouting.  In 2008, he was named Director of Baseball Development, and focused on assisting Baseball Operations via internet applications, analytical models and decision support tools.  He led the department for three years before his promotion to Assistant General Manager in January 2011.

Prior to joining the Cardinals, Girsch earned a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from the University of Notre Dame and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.  Girsch and his wife Kelly, reside in Webster Groves with their four children. 

St. Louis Cardinals

Advertisements

Welcome to the Cardinals Big Luke

coolbatluke

The St. Louis Cardinals announced a series of roster moves today, prior to their Sunday night game against the Pittsburgh Pirates.  The Cardinals recalled outfielder Randal Grichuk and right-handed pitcher Mike Mayers and purchased the contract of rookie first baseman Luke Voit from Memphis (AAA).  The team also announced that centerfielder Dexter Fowler (right heel spur) and left-handed pitcher Kevin Siegrist (cervical spine sprain) have been placed on the 10-day disabled list (Siegrist is retroactive to June 23), and that outfielder Chad Huffman has been optioned to Memphis.

Voit, 26, drafted by the Cardinals in the 22nd round (665th player overall) in 2013 out of Missouri State University, is a St. Louis area native who graduated from Lafayette High School – the same local high school that produced Major Leaguers David Freese and Ryan Howard.

The right-handed hitting Voit has enjoyed an All-Star caliber season in his first year at Memphis, ranking among PCL leaders in batting (.322-10th), hits (82-10th), RBI (48-10th), doubles (23-T1st), on-base pct. (.406-4th), slugging (.561-9th) and OPS (.967-4th).  Voit led the Texas League (AA) in batting (.297) last season while playing for Springfield and he tied the Palm Beach Cardinals single-season RBI record (77) in 2015.

The 6-3, 225-pound Voit was named the Cardinals Minor League Player of the Month in April when he batted .360 and swatted five of his 12 home runs on the season.  He is batting .327 vs. right-handed pitching this season and .304 vs. lefties and has provided a .333 (23-for-69) mark with 32 RBI while batting with runners in scoring position.

Voit, who will be making his Major League debut, has been assigned uniform no. 40.  Mayers wears no. 59 and Grichuk wears no. 15.

One question about Luke Voit is where would you move Voit?….

“So that would be something that I think we would consider, but we don’t know exactly where. We are expecting Kolten Wong to rejoin the club possibly as early as next weekend, thus the way I think Voit is–in the short term, to a) give Matt Carpenter a day from time and b) also just to see how he reacts to Major League pitching………… “Clearly, when you look at his career path, he’s always been one of those types of hitters, that everywhere he’s been he ends up having success. So we felt like he deserved a right to come up here and see what he could do.” replied Mozeliak.

Welcome to the Big Leagues Luke!

St. Louis Cardinals

Will the Cards Land Hechavarria

MLB: Arizona Diamondbacks at Miami Marlins

Clark Spencer Marlins beat writer reported yesterday that the Cardinals have spoken to the Marlins about Hechavarria. If the Cardinals make this move the Marlins would want a reliever as in Rosenthal or Oh.  If the Cards make this deal Hechavarria would be a huge upgrade at short stop and they could move Diaz to third base. If this happens the Cards need to act fast on his 2018 arbitration due to his contract runs out in 2017. It is now being reported that Hechavarria will be traded this weekend but where?……Cardinals Orioles or Tampa Bay. We will soon know

Today’s Draft Results for Cardinals

cardsscotthurst

The St. Louis Cardinals selected eight players on the second day of the 2017 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.  Three pitchers, two outfielders, two infielders and one catcher made up their first selections in rounds 3-through-10 that were held today.

                Scott Hurst, the Cardinals third round pick out of Cal State Fullerton, is a 5-foot-10, 175 lb., centerfielder. The left-handed-hitting junior is batting a team-leading .332 with 12 home runs, five triples, 15 doubles and 39 RBI in 61 games for the Titans. Named to the Big West Conference First Team, Hurst leads the conference in runs scored (54) and total bases (141), ranks 2nd in home runs, and 3rd in slugging percentage (.585) and triples. Earlier this season, Hurst went 5-for-5 with a school-record four home runs against Cal State-Northridge on May 20. Cal State Fullerton faces Oregon State in their opening game of the College World Series on Saturday, June 17.

                Kramer Robertson, the Cardinals fourth round pick out of Louisiana State University, is a 5-foot-10, 166 lb., senior shortstop who was recognized as a Third Team All-American and Second Team All-SEC selection this season. Robertson was batting .319 with eight homers, three triples, 18 doubles, 43 RBI and a Division 1-leading 83 runs scored for the Tigers, who face Florida State in their opening game of the College World Series on Saturday, June 17.  As a junior, Robertson was voted Second Team All-American and First Team All-SEC before selected by the Cleveland Indians in the 32nd round of the of the 2016 First-Year Player Draft. Prior to LSU, Robertson was an All-American and All-State infielder at Midway High School in Waco, Texas, also playing quarterback for the football team and point guard for the basketball squad. His mother, Kim Mulkey, is the head women’s basketball coach at Baylor University and was a 1984 Olympic Gold Medalist in basketball in Los Angeles, Calif. His father, Randy, played quarterback at Louisiana Tech.

                Zach Kirtley, the Cardinals fifth round pick out of Saint Mary’s College, is a 6-foot-1, 190 lb., junior second baseman. Recognized as a West Coast Conference Honorable Mention, he batted .292 with five home runs, 16 doubles and 42 RBI in 57 games, while leading the Gaels in walks (43) and on-base percentage (.433). Kirtley was named a Louisville SluggerFreshman All-American in 2015, batting .346 with a team-leading 72 hits, 35 runs, 29 RBI and 12 doubles in 54 games while ranking fourth in the WCC in on-base percentage (.429)

                Zach Jackson, the Cardinals sixth round pick out of Winter Haven (Fla.) High School, is a 6-foot-3, 215 lb. catcher. After moving from Haines City (Fla.) High School, the backstop batted .441 with nine home runs and 26 RBI in 95 plate appearances as a senior. He signed a letter of intent to attend the University of Florida.

                Chase Pinder, the Cardinals seventh round pick out of Clemson University is a 6-foot-1, 190 lb. outfielder. Pinder batted .305 with seven home runs, 16 doubles, 32 RBI and 13 stolen bases for the Tigers in 61 games as a junior, earning All-ACC Third-Team honors. An accomplished studio artist, Chase is a two-time ACC Academic Honor Roll majoring in sports communications. He is the younger brother of Oakland Athletics infielder Chad Pinder. His father, Chris, played college baseball at Florida State University and Virginia Commonwealth.

                Wilberto Rivera, the Cardinals eighth round pick out of the Carlos Beltran Baseball Academy in Florida, Puerto Rico, is a 6-foot-3, 207 lb., right-handed pitcher. The 18-year-old committed to play next season at Florida International University.

                Evan Kruczynski (pronounced Kruh-zen-ski), the Cardinals ninth round pick out of East Carolina University, is a 6-foot-5, 215 lb. left-handed pitcher. The senior southpaw was a preseason All-American, but pitched in only 10 games due to an ankle injury, going 4-3 with a 4.47 ERA. Last season, the left-hander was 8-1 with a 2.01 ERA in 17 starts for the Pirates, ranking 10th among NCAA pitchers in starts and ERA. He pitched the Pirates to an 8-6 win over Texas Tech in the Lubbock Super Regional.

                Brett Seeburger, the Cardinals 10th round pick out of San Diego State University, is a 6-foot-2, 225 lb., left-handed pitcher. The college senior was the 2017 Mountain West Pitcher of the Year and the first Aztec to earn the honor since Stephen Strasburg in 2009. Seeburger went 10-3 with a 4.53 ERA and 69 strikeouts in 15 starts for the Aztecs, leading the MWC in wins, ranking T2nd in starts, 3rd in ERA, T5th in strikeouts, and 7th in opposing batting average (.281)

                The Cardinals will complete the 2017 MLB Draft with rounds 11-40 on Wednesday.

2017 FIRST-YEAR PLAYER DRAFT – RECAP

Rd., Player (overall pick)          Pos.        B-T     Ht.      Wt.     School                                                       Hometown                     

  3.  Scott Hurst (94)                       CF           L-R      5-10    175     Cal State University, Fullerton             Glendora, Calif.

  4.  Kramer Robertson (124)        SS            R-R     5-10    166     Louisiana State University                    McGregor, Texas

  5.  Zach Kirtley (154)                   2B           R-R     6-1      190     St. Mary’s (Calif.) College                      Highland, Calif.               

  6.  Zach Jackson (184)                 C              L-R      6-3      215     Winter Haven (Fla.) HS                          Haines City, Fla.

  7.  Chase Pinder (214)                  CF           R-R     6-1      190     Clemson University                                Poquoson, Va.

  8.  Wilberto Rivera (244)            RHP        R-R     6-3      207     Carlos Beltran Baseball Academy       Naranjito, Puerto Rico   

  9.  Evan Kruczynski (274)          LHP        L-L      6-5      215     East Carolina University                       Franklin, Wis.

10.  Brett Seeburger (304)             LHP        L-L      6-2      225     San Diego State University                    Oceanside, Calif.

 Source: St. Louis Cardinals

Matheny and Mabry put on Notice

mabesandmath

It wasn’t too long ago when Bill DeWitt Jr talked about that Mike Matheny’s manager job is secured and at that time Mozeliak also adds support, well things just might change.

Jeff Gordon of the St. Louis Sports Dispatch writes…..if the Titanic, er, the Cardinals keep steaming toward the iceberg, bigger changes will come. Long story short, manager Mike Matheny is on the clock. Mozeliak kept using the phrase “four to six weeks” while discussing this team’s timetable for improvement.

He offered Matheny no vote of confidence during a Friday afternoon news conference at Busch Stadium, which came on the heels of a disastrous 0-7 road trip that left the Cardinals 4½ games back in the National League Central.

“I want him to feel confident we trust him to do his job,” Mozeliak said, “but we need to do better.”

So, yeah, that seat is pretty hot right now. Either Matheny will rise to the occasion as a leader or he will move along to oversee that big youth sports complex in Chesterfield . . . oh, wait.

Hitting coach John Mabry? He is on the clock, too. The Cardinals have been all over the map offensively on his watch and he is running out of time to find solutions with this team.

Budaska, the well-regarded Memphis hitting coach, has replaced Mueller and he appears to have plenty of upward mobility in the organization. Budaska did a nice job with many Cardinals on their way up.

“I don’t look at him as the bat whisperer or something, but I look at as someone that has a way of doing this that might not necessarily be identical to how John Mabry might,” Mozeliak said. “Having some different voices makes sense given where our offense is.

Exiled coach Jose Oquendo? He wasn’t part of this coaching shift, but Mozeliak left the door ajar for his return should more significant change occur — like, say, Matheny getting fired.

Cardinals Shaken but no Trade

heymo

This afternoon I received a text that the Cardinals will have a press conference at 2pm.  I thought to myself, did we make a trade? Well Mozeliak did something else……

The St. Louis Cardinals announced this afternoon a series of coaching moves at the Major League level.  Senior Vice President/General Manager John Mozeliak announced that Mike Shildt will assume third-base coaching duties and handle outfield defense, as coach Chris Maloney will be re-assigned to a new role within the organization.  Maloney was in his sixth season with the Major League team and second as third-base coach.  Shildt joined the Major League club this season as a quality control coach, and has been in the organization since 2004. 

The team also announced that assistant hitting coach Bill Mueller has taken a leave of absence.  In his place, Mark Budaska will join the Major League club as assistant hitting coach.  Budaska is in his 10th season with the Cardinals, spending all previous nine seasons as the hitting coach at Triple-A Memphis.  Additionally, Ron “Pop” Warner will join the Major League club to assist the coaching staff.

Mozeliak also announced that second baseman Kolten Wong will be activated from the disabled list prior to tonight’s game vs. Philadelphia.  To make room on the club’s 25-man roster, infielder Jhonny Peralta will be designated for assignment.  Wong had missed 13 games on the disabled list with a left elbow strain and had played in three games at Peoria (A) on a rehabilitation assignment (1-7, HR).  This season the second baseman is hitting .278 (37-133) and ranks 3rd on the team with 11 doubles.  Peralta missed 26 games earlier this year with an upper respiratory condition, and had appeared in 21 games with 14 starts at third base.

Budaska will wear uniform No. 79, Warner will wear uniform No. 75.

Source: St. Louis Cardinals

Cardinals Campaign to Honor Herzog

awesomewhitey

The St. Louis Cardinals are using today’s 37th anniversary of Whitey Herzog  being named the manager of the team to launch the #CardsRatPack fan engagement campaign to honor the man that fans lovingly refer to as the White Rat.

The unique social media-based campaign, which will center on a pack of 24 illustrated baseball cards that will come to life  later this season as a weekly cartoon series on the team’s digital and social media platforms, will formally commence with a special #CardsRatPack ceremony honoring the 1982 World Series Champion and Hall of Fame Manager prior to tonight’s game.

“The #CardsRatPack campaign is designed to celebrate the White Rat and his amazing pack of players that defined one of the most extraordinary eras in Cardinals history,” said Ron Watermon, Vice-President of Communications for the St. Louis Cardinals. “We hope fans will enjoy the cartoon series and will actively engage with the team to celebrate Whitey and Whiteyball.”

While the fan engagement portion of the social media campaign commences today, the #CardsRatPack animated series will debut on Wednesday July 12th, the first of a dozen #WhiteyBall Wednesdays.  Each week, for twelve weeks, the team will release two episodes via social media on Wednesdays and Fridays.  In addition to the animated series, the team will release a limited number of corresponding illustrated #CardsRatPack baseball cards.

Each #CardsRatPack cartoon and baseball card is designed to convey an important part of the amazing story of the New Athens, Illinois native and the extraordinary pack of players he managed.  Fans will need to stay tuned to the team’s social media to learn how they can collect the #CardsRatPack cards.

The team is encouraging fans to show their affection for the White Rat all season long by sharing video memories, photographs and other messages via social media using the hashtag #CardsRatPack.

 

As part of the #CardsRatPack campaign, the team is sponsoring a one-of-a-kind video contest asking fans to share their favorite Whiteyball memory for a chance to have their personal video transformed into a professionally animated cartoon that would punctuate the #CardsRatPack series.    As part of the campaign, the team is also raising money for the Whitey Herzog Youth Foundation to help them further their work to teach kids the game of baseball.

 

While the #CardsRatPack campaign follows the Cardinals’ social media based fan engagement tributes to Stan Musial (Stand for Stan), Mike Shannon (#LikeMike), Red Schoendienst (#LoveRed2), and Lou Brock (#StLisLou), this effort will integrate creative storytelling along the lines of the team’s prior #NestFlix fan entertainment projects on social media, as well as their #CardsFanFlix video engagement, with the intent to not only engage fans, but also entertain, educate and connect multiple generations.

  To produce the #CardsRatPack illustrations and cartoons, the Cardinals are working with Lion Forge Labs, a local creative services company that specializes in storytelling using comics, graphic novels, animation and gaming.

 “Partnering on these videos with the St. Louis Cardinals to help honor Whitey Herzog has been a highlight for us,” said David Steward II, CEO of Lion Forge Labs. “It’s a fun, creative way to tell his story, and we are grateful to be part of the #CardsRatPack campaign team.”

Fans can learn more about the campaign and cartoon video contest at www.cardinals.com/ratpack

About Whitey Herzog

Baseball in St. Louis was reborn in the 1980s under Whitey Herzog. A native of New Athens, Ill., in the Metro East area of St. Louis, Herzog managed the Cardinals from 1980 to 1990. He ranks third in franchise history with 822 victories – trailing only Tony La Russa (1,408) and Red Schoendienst (1,041) – and his teams won three National League pennants and the 1982 World Series.

Hand-picked by club president August Busch Jr., Herzog took over the Redbirds on June 9, 1980. Two months later, Herzog turned over his on-field managerial duties to become general manager and have more direct involvement in player personnel. He assumed the dual role of field manager and general manager in October. At the winter meetings that December, Herzog began to transform the Cardinals with three blockbuster trades involving 21 players. He envisioned a team built on speed and defense in spacious Busch Stadium. St. Louis posted the best record in the N.L. in 1981 but finished second in the Eastern Division in both halves of the strike-interrupted season and did not make the playoffs. Herzog relinquished his general manager duties on Opening Day of the 1982 season. The Cardinals went on to win the World Series with a thrilling seven-game victory over the Milwaukee Brewers. It marked the franchise’s first championship in 15 years. Two more pennants followed in 1985 and 1987. Meanwhile, fans flocked to Busch Stadium to watch the Cardinals’ entertaining style of play that became known as “Whiteyball.” In Herzog’s eight full seasons as skipper, St. Louis drew at least 2.4 million spectators annually while topping the 3-million plateau for the first two times in club annals (1987 and 1989). Herzog, who valued his sterling relationship with Busch, resigned July 5, 1990, less than a year after Busch died, and did not manage again. Before coming to St. Louis, Herzog managed the Texas Rangers (1973), California Angels (1974 on an interim basis) and Kansas City Royals (1975-79). The Royals won three straight American League Western Division titles from 1976 to 1978 but fell to the New York Yankees in the League Championship Series all three times. Herzog’s lifetime managerial record was 1,281-1,125, a .532 winning percentage. His win total ranks 37th on baseball’s all-time list through 2015. He was named the 1982 Major League Manager of the Year and 1985 N.L. Manager of the Year. The charismatic “White Rat” also spent time as a big league coach, farm system director and scout and briefly served as general manager of the Angels in 1993 and 1994.

Primarily an outfielder during an eight-year big-league playing career, Herzog batted .257 with 25 home runs and 172 RBI for the Washington Senators (1956-58), Kansas City Athletics (1958-60), Baltimore Orioles (1961- 62) and Detroit Tigers (1963). As a minor leaguer with the McAlester (Okla.) Rockets in 1949, Herzog was christened with the name “Whitey” by sportscaster Bill Speith for his light-colored hair. Herzog was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2010 by the Veterans Committee. Two days before the enshrinement ceremonies July 25, Cardinals chairman Bill DeWitt Jr. announced that Herzog’s number 24 would be retired by the organization. Herzog wore No. 3 in 1980, but infielder Ken Oberkfell gave up No. 24 after the season and Herzog took it. Herzog was voted the manager on the All-Busch Stadium II team in 2005 and was an inaugural member of the Cardinals’ Hall of Fame in 2014.

 

About The Whitey Herzog Youth Foundation & Cardinals Care

Cardinals Care, the Cardinals’ charitable foundation that supports children, has established a special fund in the name of Whitey Herzog to help the Whitey Herzog Youth Foundation further their work with children.

Since it was founded in 1987, the Whitey Herzog Youth Foundation has helped children by providing funds to benefit youth baseball programs in both Missouri and Illinois.   The foundation was established to improve ballfields and make them safer for amateur baseball.  These improvements have included the construction of facilities, installation of new turf, the addition of new fencing with padding, construction of dugouts, the installation of irrigation and new lighting.    The foundation has also provided funds to assist with purchasing equipment, uniforms and other expenses related to youth baseball.  Over the years, thousands of dollars have been donated to various American Legions, Little League programs, and schools to fund improvements to ballfields, as well as help local children play the game of baseball.  American Legion Baseball is close to Whitey’s heart, as he views it as the greatest vehicle for a young baseball player to go from high school to college to play the game.  In recent years, the foundation has made substantial donations to the Belleville Parks and Recreation Department to fund the construction of their American Legion field named for Whitey.   In addition, the foundation has supported projects in Jackson Missouri, Carrolton Illinois, Josephville Missouri, Columbia Illinois, St. Louis County Missouri, St Clair Missouri, Elsberry Missouri, and Waterloo Illinois.  Whitey and his foundation are passionate about working tirelessly to improve the quality of baseball facilities for youth desiring to play the game that gave so much to Whitey and his #CardsRatPack.

Cardinals Care was established to give fans a way of teaming up with Cardinals players and the organization to help children in our community – both on and off the baseball field. Since it was established in 1997, Cardinals Care has distributed nearly $21 million to support St. Louis area non-profit youth organizations and built 22 youth ball fields in local disadvantaged neighborhoods.  2017 marks 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.  Fans can team up with the Cardinals to help children in our community by donating to Cardinals Care at cardinals.com/donate.  Fans can donate to the Cardinals Care Whitey Herzog fund directly at cardinals.com/ratpack

 Source: St. Louis Cardinals