Dexter Fowler’s season was ended after he suffered a fractured foot on August 3, though it had already been a trying year for the Cardinals outfielder, as he tells Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Fowler hit a career-worst .180/.278/.298 over 334 PA, and while he said physical injuries weren’t to blame for his struggles, “I think it was more mental health” that led to the down year. Fowler had to deal with public comments from president of baseball operations John Mozeliak about his level of effort (Mozeliak apologized for citing only Fowler as part of a larger issue within the team) and a seeming rift with former St. Louis manager Mike Matheny. The Cards have thoroughly turned their season around since Mike Shildt took over as manager, and Fowler has been excited about his team’s progress and his future in St. Louis. “Shoot, I’m watching what’s happened and I’m excited for 2019….I think that’s going to be awesome. I look forward to being a part of that,” Fowler said.
The St. Louis Cardinals, in collaboration with outfielder José Martínez, announced the team will sell specially-priced $10 tickets for the upcoming series with the Milwaukee Brewers on September 24-26 to help those impacted by the socioeconomic and political crisis in José’s and bullpen catcher Kleininger Teran’s home country of Venezuela. Fans can purchase the specially-priced tickets now at cardinals.com/helpjose.
For every specially-priced $10 ticket purchased, 75% will be donated to José’s relief efforts to assist those in need in Venezuela. The team is partnering with a four-star Charity Navigator organization who has served more than 100 million people in more than 110 countries throughout the world to distribute aid items on the ground in Venezuela.
“As I think about returning to Venezuela when the seasons ends, I wanted to do something for the people of my country,” Martínez stated. “They are in need of basic things, the most important of which is food. This generous ticket offer by the Cardinals during the team’s postseason push will be a tremendous help to the cause.”
Martínez has been an integral part of the Cardinals over the last two seasons, leading the team with a .306 batting average while ranking third in games played (249) and fourth in RBI (126).
Spanish speaking fans can purchase the specially-priced tickets at cardenales.com/ayudajose.
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