Kevin Siegrist DFA

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The Cardinals announced on Thursday that they’ve activated left-handed reliever Kevin Siegrist from the 10-day disabled list and designated him for assignment. The 28-year-old had been on the disabled list due to a bout of left forearm tendinitis.

The 28-year-old Siegrist was one of the Cardinals’ top setup options in 2015-16 and appeared in a league-leading 81 games out of the St. Louis ’pen back in 2015. Over the 2015-16 seasons, he worked to a combined 2.44 ERA with 10.3 K/9 against 4.0 BB/9 over the life of 136 1/3 innings.

The 2017 campaign, though, has been another story entirely. Siegrist has been bothered by some health issues this year, and he’s posted a generally unappealing 4.98 ERA with a deteriorated (but still strong) 9.4 K/9 against 5.2 BB/9. Siegrist averaged 94 mph on his heater in that excellent 2015 season, but that average dipped down to 92 mph this season as he’s struggled to stay healthy.

That said, there’s a possibility that Siegrist could draw some quick trade interest if he’s deemed healthy. He’s earning a reasonable $1.635MM in 2017 and is controlled for another two years beyond the current campaign via arbitration. His sub-par results this year should act to suppress any raise he’d earn via that arbitration process, so he could be a perfectly affordable bullpen piece for a team next season, if not for the final month of the 2017 campaign.

MLB Trade Rumors

New Cardinal Player Rayder Ascanio

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Official: Mike Leake to , along w/cash & int’l bonus pool money. INF Rayder Ascanio to .    MBTraderumors

Rayder Ascanio Scouting Report: Scouting Grades: 

Hit: 40 | Power: 20 | Run: 55 | Arm: 55 | Field: 65 | Overall: 45

Signed out of Venezuela in December 2012, Ascanio spent a summer and change in the Venezuelan Summer League before making his United States debut in the Rookie-level Arizona League in 2014. Just 19 for all of 2015, he jumped on a slightly faster track by getting bumped up to the Class A Advanced California League shortly after leaving extended spring training, though he struggled there offensively.

Ascanio has the best overall defensive tools of any shortstop in the Mariners system, with plus defensive actions (his footwork and his hands), a strong arm and plenty of range. How much his hit tool can progress might determine his future role. He is a switch-hitter and a bit above-average in the speed department. While he doesn’t have a bad approach at the plate, there’s virtually no power there at all, and he doesn’t project to add much more over time.

If Ascanio can add enough strength to at least make more consistent hard contact, he has the chance to be a glove-first shortstop or a defensive-minded utilityman in the future.

 

Leake On his Way Out

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Jeff Todd reporting……

In a surprising development, the Cardinals are nearing a deal involving righty Mike Leake, according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today (via Twitter). Leake’s possible destination is not known at this time.

Leake is earning $15MM this year, with about $2.5MM left to go. He remains under contract through 2020, with a $53MM total guarantee — including a $5MM buyout of a 2021 mutual option. Leake’s contract includes full no-trade protection, so he’d need to approve of any deal.

Since signing on with the Cards before the 2016 season, Leake has shown the durability that earned him the contract, throwing 330 2/3 innings over 56 starts. But he has also managed only a 4.46 cumulative ERA while compiling 6.2 K/9 against 1.8 BB/9.

At this time I am trying to find out more information on where and who will be a part of this trade, stay tuned.

Cardinals 2017 Hall of Fame Info

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For Immediate Release:

Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017

FOX Sports Midwest will televise the St. Louis Cardinals’ 2017 Hall of Fame Induction ceremony on tape delay in a one-hour special debuting Saturday after Cardinals postgame.

 The ceremony will take place Saturday at 2 p.m. at FOX Sports Midwest Live! in Ballpark Village. The ceremony is free and open to the public. FOX Sports Midwest play-by-play announcer Dan McLaughlin will host.

 Mark McGwire, Tim McCarver and Pepper Martin will be inducted. This is the fourth induction class since the team dedicated the Hall of Fame in April 2014.

Cardinals programming on FOX Sports Midwest is presented by the Mid-America Chevy Dealers.

Air dates for Cardinals Hall of Fame induction special on FOX Sports Midwest

Saturday, Aug. 26       10 p.m./Following Cardinals Live postgame

Sunday, Aug. 27         11 a.m.

Monday, Aug. 28        1 p.m.

Tuesday, Aug. 29        11 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 30  11 a.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 30  5 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 31      6:30 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 4         11 p.m.

Times Central

— FOX Sports Midwest —

Cardinals vs Pirates: Info for Tonight

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Major League Baseball is coming to the home of the Little League World Series.

Sunday night, MLB will play its first game in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, as part of the first ever MLB Little League Classic. The St. Louis Cardinals and Pittsburgh Pirates will meet at the renovated BB&T Ballpark at Historic Bowman Field.

Here’s how you can watch this year’s MLB Little League Classic:

Date: Sunday, August 20
Start time: 7:00 p.m. ET
Television: ESPN
Streaming: WatchESPN

The MLB Little League Classic will be featured as ESPN’s weekly Sunday Night Baseball game. The game will be the series finale of a four-game set between the Pirates and Cardinals. The first three games were played at PNC Park, and the Pirates will be the home team for the MLB Little League Classic.

Here are five more things to know about the game.

No, they’re not playing with Little League dimensions

BB&T Ballpark at Historic Bowman Field is a minor league ballpark in Williamsport and home of the Williamsport Crosscutters, currently a lower level affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies. They were once a Pirates affiliate. The Pennsylvania College of Technology also plays their home games at the ballpark.

Over the last few weeks BB&T Ballpark at Historic Bowman Field has been renovated to conform to MLB’s standards. The outfield dimensions are now 331 feet to right field, 411 feet to center field, and 323 to left field. It was 351-408-341 from right to left before the renovations.

MLB and Little League International have a new partnership

The MLB Little League Classic is part of a new partnership between MLB and Little League International that will “continue fostering interest and encouraging participation in youth-centered baseball and softball activities.”

Here are more details on the partnership:

With the  taking place Sunday night in Williamsport, PA, MLB & @LittleLeague have announced an official partnership:

MLB has been working hard to generate interest and cultivate young fans for years now, and their new partnership with Little League International is part of that process. Anything the league can do to attract children is a positive in my book.

The Pirates and Cardinals will wear Players Weekend uniforms

MLB is holding the (first annual?) Players Weekend next week, August 25-27, during which teams will wear special uniforms and players will wear nicknames on their jerseys. Each player’s jersey will also include a patch with the name of someone who helped them reach the big leagues.

During the MLB Little League Classic on Sunday, the Pirates and Cardinals will both wear their Players Weekend uniforms, complete with player nicknames on the back. Here are uniforms each team will wear Sunday:

Players will get to wear nicknames on the jersey backs & use uniquely colored/designed spikes, batting gloves, wristbands, sleeves & bats.

All of the game-worn Players Weekend uniforms and equipment will be auctioned off with 100 percent of the proceeds going to the MLB-MLBPA Youth Development Foundation.

Several players are returning to Williamsport

Several Pirates and Cardinals players have played in Williamsport in the past. Cardinals outfielder Randal Grichuk played in both the 2003 and 2004 Little League World Series with his Texas team, while Cardinals righty Lance Lynnplayed in the 1999 Little League World Series with his team from Indiana.

Lance Lynn’s best memory of the Little League World Series: meeting kids from other countries and teaching them to say bad words in English.

Several players have ties to Williamsport without playing in the Little League World Series. Andrew McCutchen suited up for the Williamsport Crosscutters after being drafted in 2005, back when they were a Pirates minor league affiliate. He hit .346 with more walks (eight) than strikeouts (six) in 13 games with Williamsport that summer. Pirates shortstop Jordy Mercer started his professional career with the Crosscutters as well.

And finally, among those participating in the MLB Little League Classic on Sunday, the single biggest connection to Williamsport belongs to Pirates manager Clint Hurdle. According to MLB’s press release, he met his wife Karla while managing the now defunct Williamsport Bills franchise in 1991. This trip must be really special for him.

Williamsport has produced many MLB players

The home of the Little League World Series has produced several MLB players over the years, most notably Mike Mussina. Mussina, who won 270 games during his 18-year career, still lives in Williamsport and makes appearances at the Little League World Series each year. Mussina will be on the Hall of Fame ballot for the fifth time this winter and his support has gradually increased from 20.3 percent in 2014 to 51.8 percent in 2017.

Here, per MLB’s release, are the current and former big leaguers from Williamsport and the years of their MLB tenure:

  • Butch Alberts (1978)
  • Fred Applegate (1904)
  • Pat Daneker (1999)
  • Kris Keller (2002)
  • Frank Lobert (1914)
  • Johnny Lush (1904-10)
  • Don Manno (1940-41)
  • Jacob May (2017)
  • Jamie McAndrew (1995-97)
  • Mike Mussina (1991-2008)
  • Jason Phillips (1999-2003)
  • John Sullivan (1920-21)
  • Dick Welteroth (1948-50)
  • Weldon Wyckoff (1913-18)

Given MLB’s new partnership with Little League International and their continued efforts to promote the game to young fans, chances are many more big league ballplayers will come out of Williamsport in the future.

Source: Mike Axisa, CBS Sports

Ex-Cardinals Batting Coach Baylor Passed Away

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I am so sadden to report this……….

Don Baylor, the 1979 American League MVP and 1987 World Series Champion, died Monday of cancer. He was 68-years-old.

RIP for one of the great people we were blessed to have in Don Baylor. Tough and yet gentle. A great teacher and mentor to so many. 

Baylor was the hitting coach in St. Louis in 1992, that year the team was 83-79, under manager Joe Torre and finished third in the NL East.

When it came to teaching the game the “Cardinal way”, Don Baylor’s name should in the convo with Kissel, Ricketts and Oquendo. Great man.

Baylor was diagnosed with multiple myeloma 14 years ago, according to his family. He partnered with former Yankees pitcher Mel Stottlemyre to increase awareness and promote research into the disease.

Baylor is survived by his wife, son Don Jr. and two granddaughters. He won three silver sluggers as a designated hitter, playing 19 MLB seasons for six different franchises.

Baylor spent a majority of his career as a designated hitter. In addition to winning the 1979 MVP Award and making that year’s All-Star Team. Baylor also earned MVP consideration in four other seasons and was part of the Minnesota Twins’ World Series-winning club in 1987.

His playing career ended after the 1988 season, then Baylor enjoyed a lengthy career as a manager and coach. He spent six with the Colorado Rockies, reaching the postseason in the 1995 season. He managed the Chicago Cubs, finishing his two-plus year stint with a 187-220 record and no postseason appearances.

More recently Baylor served as hitting coach or bench coach for the New York Mets, Atlanta Braves, Seattle Mariners, Cardinals, Arizona Diamondbacks and Los Angeles Angels.

CBS St. Louis