Friday, February 23, 2018

Twins Signed Erick Aybar To Minors Deal With MLB Spring Invite

The Twins have agreed to sign veteran infielder Erick Aybar to minor league contract with an invite to major league spring training, according to a source with knowledge of the deal.

Star Tribune

Video: Mike Matheny Briefly Describes What Today's Game Was Like For Marcell Ozuna

St. Louis Official Twitter

Matt Carpenter's Return Uncertain As Cardinals Move Into Exhibition Games; Pitching Plans; Oscar Mercado Shines

Cardinal fans looking to see Matt Carpenter this spring will have to be patient.


Delay In J.D. Martinez's Introduction Suggests Complication In Medical Review

They’re leaving us to speculate now.

NBC Sports

In Menagerie Of Nicknames, Carlos Martinez Has Earned 'Bull'

The message was taped to Carlos Martinez’s locker in the Cardinals’ clubhouse and it didn’t contain a single word.

Bird Land

Jack Flaherty Showcases New Fastball Movement, Shines In Spring Opener

As far as starting things off on the right foot, Jack Flaherty couldn’t have done much better.


Video: Oscar Mercado On His First Day At The Office

St. Louis Official Twitter

Casey Stern Says Cardinals Fans Deserve Better From Team Ownership

Your St. Louis Cardinals have money. Plenty of it, actually. Certainly enough to throw around and improve their roster if they saw fit.

101 ESPN

Royals Signed Michael Saunders To Minors Deal

Kansas City Official Twitter

Cardinals Honor Stoneman Douglas Victims; No Timetable For Matt Carpenter; Adam Wainwright May Start Next Week; Brett Cecil Getting Closer; Who Goes On The Road?

They stood in silence for 17 seconds, eyes closed and hands folded, more than four dozen players stretched down each foul line. Behind them, dispersed in the stands, sat members of the baseball and softball teams from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where 17 people were killed in a mass shooting on Feb. 14.

St. Louis Official Site

Marlins Beat Cardinals 6-4: Francisco Pena & Greg Garcia Each Single & Drive In One Run; Jack Flaherty Strikes Out Two Over One Hitless/Scoreless Inning; Jordan Hicks Strikes Out Two Over One Scoreless Inning

Individual Highlights:
Kolten Wong started at second base and batted leadoff.  1-for-2 with one double and one stolen base.
Francisco Pena entered late in the game at catcher and batted third.  1-for-2 with one RBI.
Marcell Ozuna started as designated hitter and batted fourth.  0-for-2 with one RBI, one sac fly, and one strikeout.
Andrew Knizner entered late in the game as designated hitter and batted fourth.  One RBI, one walk, and one sac fly.
Luke Voit started at first base and batted fifth.  2-for-2 with one run and one walk.
Greg Garcia started at shortstop and batted seventh.  1-for-3 with one RBI.
Yairo Munoz entered late in the game at shortstop and seventh.  1-for-1 at the double.
Oscar Mercado started in right field and batted ninth.  2-for-3 with one run and one walk.
Jack Flaherty started and pitched two innings.  He allowed no hits or runs, and struck two out.  (g/f:3-0)
John Gant entered in the third and pitched two innings.  He allowed two hits, no runs, and struck two out.  (g/f:2-2)
Josh Lucas entered in the fifth and pitched two innings.  He allowed one hit, no runs, and struck one out.  (g/f:1-0)
Jordan Hicks entered in the eighth and pitched one inning.  He allowed one hit, no runs, and struck two out.  (g/f:1-0)

St. Louis Official Site Post Game
Cardinal Beat Post Game
STL Sports Page Post Game

Tigers Signed Francisco Liriano For One-Year/$4M

Robert Murray Twitter

Roger Dean Stadium Gets New Name In Deal

The Spring Training complex the Marlins and Cardinals have shared for two decades has a new name.

St. Louis Official Site

Here's Hoping Adam Wainwright Can Go Out With A Bang

I don’t know what the odds are of longtime St. Louis Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright having a renaissance year at the age of 36 with his list of serious injuries piling up during the 12 year career.

Cheap Seats

Hello From Baseball

Tomorrow is today.


Video: Jack Flaherty Warming Up Before Friday's Game

St. Louis Official Twitter

Forget Rule Changes, MLB Needs To Incentivize Winning & Penalize Tanking

Forget “pace of play” initiatives.

101 ESPN

Video: Yadier Molina "Every Time I Put This Jersey On..."

St. Louis Official Twitter

Yasiel Puig Out With Hip Soreness

Ken Gurnick Twitter

Stephen Piscotty Grateful For Support For ALS Fundraising Efforts

Stephen Piscotty met with reporters before the A’s first Cactus League game Friday in order to express his appreciation for all those helping to support the fight against ALS.

SF Gate

Lance Lynn Is The Ideal Fit To Round Out Nationals Rotation

Lance Lynn is the affordable, perfect fit to round out the starting rotation for the Washington Nationals.

Call To The Pen

Cardinals To Wear Stoneman Douglas Caps In First Spring Training Game

The St. Louis Cardinals have announced Cardinals players and coaches will wear the caps of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Eagles baseball team during the club's first Spring Training game against the Miami Marlins this afternoon.
St. Louis Official Site

The Cardinals will be wearing another team’s caps during their first spring training game. They will be wearing the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Eagles baseball team caps Friday afternoon.

Runner-On-Second Rule In Tenth Inning Of Spring Games Is Scrapped

A proposal collapsed that would have put a runner on second base to start the 10th inning of spring training games, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press.

Fox Sports Midwest

Miles Mikolas Scheduled To Start Sunday, Michael Wacha On Monday, & Luke Weaver On Tuesday

J.J. Bailey Twitter

Cardinals Spring Training Starting Lineup 2-23-18: Matt Carpenter & Brett Cecil Still Out

St. Louis Official Twitter

Cardinal Beat

Roller Coaster Career For Dominic Leone

Dominic Leone put himself in position to earn his first major-league win by retiring Dexter Fowler with a runner in scoring position.


Randal Grichuk Enjoying New Digs

Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Randal Grichuk appears poised to benefit from a change of scenery in Toronto and is a strong candidate for a breakout season in 2018.

Jays Journal

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Cardinals In No Hurry To Label Closers

The Cardinals’ bullpen this year likely will be comprised of seven relievers at the start of the season but could have eight at any moment, if manager Mike Matheny and pitching coach Mike Maddux deem the concept worthy. In camp are 14 pitchers who worked out of the Cardinals’ bullpen last year and another, lefthander Sean Gilmartin, who was with the New York Mets briefly.


Mark McGwire's First Spring With Cardinals One To Remember

Twenty springs ago, Claude Brochu moved into a new office.


Possibilities Aplenty For Patrick Wisdom

One step shy of the majors, one phone call away a dream, Patrick Wisdom watched, rooted in the Class AAA clubhouse this past year, as the Cardinals mined Memphis’ roster for help, and all he did was keep slugging.


Former Cardinals Draft Selections Playing In College 2-22-18: Matt Vierling Singles Twice, Walks, Drives In One Run, & Strikes Out Two Of Three Batters Faced In Doubleheader; Cadyn Grenier Collects Three Singles, One RBI, & Scores Four Runs

Joe Gillette (former 2013 draft selection-Menlo College) has played in 17 games going 22-for-60 (.367) with three doubles, one triple, three home runs, 16 RBIs, 11 runs, 16 walks, four stolen bases, one hit by pitch, 14 strikeouts, .506 OBP, and .600 SLG.

Cadyn Grenier (former 2015 draft selection-Oregon St) started at shortstop and batted second.  3-for-5 with one RBI and four runs.

Oregon st beat Nebraska 9-1

Matt Vierling (former 2015 draft selection-Notre Dame) started at third base and moved to pitcher, batting fourth.  1-for-3 with one RBI, one run, and one walk.  Entered in the ninth and pitched to three batters allowing one hit, no runs, and struck two out.

Notre Dame beat St. Louis 7-3 

Matt Vierling (former 2015 draft selection-Notre Dame) started in centerfield and batted fourth.  1-for-4 with one walk.

Incarnate Word beat Notre Dame 5-3

Venezuelan Teens Have Major League Hopes

The public-address announcer at Estadio Quisqueya turned off the festive music.

MLB Official Site

Mike Maddux Introduces Chalk Talk, More

On the eve of the Grapefruit League getting underway, new St. Louis Cardinals pitching coach Mike Maddux is quite pleased with how things have started off under his watch.

STL Baseball Weekly

David Peralta's Journey To Diamondbacks Serves As Inspiration

Many paths lead to Major League Baseball. Few understand the backroads and harsh terrain better than David Peralta.

AZ Central

Former Cardinals Playing In MLB Spring Training 2018: Chad Huffman Walks Twice & Scores Two Runs; James Ramsey Scores One Run

Tate Matheny (former 2012 draft selection-Boston) entered late in the game in centerfield and batted leadoff.  0-for-1 with one run.

Boston beat Northeastern U 15-2

Chad Huffman (former St. Louis-Detroit) started as designated hitter and batted fourth.  0-for-2 with two runs and two walks.

Detroit beat Florida So. College 6-1

Eliezer Alvarez (former Springfield-Philadelphia) entered late in the game at third base and batted sixth.  0-for-2 with one strikeout and one fielding error.

Philadelphia beat U of Tampa 6-0

James Ramsey (former Memphis-Minnesota) entered late in the game in centerfield and batted leadoff.  One walk at the plate.

Minnesota beat U of Minnesota 2-1

Aaron Laffey Threw First Bullpen Session in Monclova Spring Camp

On the seventh day of training under the direction of manager Dan Firova, newcomers Aaron Laffey , Juan Ramón Noriega and Arturo Barradas developed their first bullpen session.  (Translated)

MiLB Official Site

Jim Edmonds Goes On FOX Sports Midwest's DL For Spring Training

Jim Edmonds is set to be part of the rotation of analysts on Fox Sports Midwest’s Cardinals telecasts again this season. But he won’t be handling any assignments during spring training.


Video: Harrison Bader Loves This Time Of Year

St. Louis Official Twitter

Where To Find Cardinals' Spring Training Broadcasts

If the Cardinals are playing a spring training game in Florida over the next month, fans can bank on being able to pick up live broadcast coverage. There isn’t a day that the Redbirds are in action when a contest won’t be carried either on television, radio, online — and often a combination of them.

Media Views

Almost A Year After Frightening Injury, Daniel Poncedeleon Readies For 'Just Another Game'

When Daniel Poncedeleon, back with a baseball in his hand after a potentially life-altering injury a year ago, took the mound to face hitters for the first time this spring, he realized after a few throws that something was wrong.

Bird Land

Mike Matheny In No Rush To Designate Cardinals Closer

The Cardinals don’t really have a pitcher who qualifies as a top-drawer closer, but manager Mike Matheny said on Thursday that he would be all right with no one being designated the ninth-inning man when camp ends. And perhaps even beyond that.
Cardinal Beat

Certainty, especially in baseball, is hard to come by. From the first day of spring camp to the final pitch of the season, players, managers and front offices seek consistency and repeatability.

Rangers Favorites To Sign Julio Pablo Martinez, Who Will Become Free Agent On March 6, 2018

Jesse Sanchez Twitter

Jordan Schafer Impressing Mike Matheny With Location

Jordan, aptly named, might just be walking on air.


Richard Gallardo Sparks Interest Among Cubs Scouts

As every year, Major League Baseball held its International Showcase with 59 eligible players for July 2 from different regions of the Caribbean; at the Quisqueya Juan Marichal Stadium, and new criollo promises were made known to more than 250 scouts of the 30 organizations that make up the Major Leagues.  (Translated)


'I Wasn't As Much Of An Athlete' Adam Wainwright's Weight Loss Paying Off In 2018

Adam Wainwright faced hitters for the first time Wednesday in Jupiter and cut a smaller silhouette than in years past. While still an imposing figure at 6’7, the 36-year-old veteran trimmed 21 pounds from his frame heading into spring to give himself more athleticism.


Jack Flahery, Jordan Hicks Begin Auditions For Cardinals' Staff; Regular Rest; Saturday's Pitching Plans; Battle For Bullpen Time

Sometime in the not-too-distant future, it isn't difficult to picture a scenario where Jordan Hicks is saving games for Jack Flaherty.
St. Louis Official Site

Righthander Jack Flaherty is slated to throw 35 pitches or two innings Friday in the Cardinals’ first exhibition game against the Miami Marlins here.
Cardinal Beat

The abbreviated workout schedule before the start of Grapefruit League games means many of the Cardinals' regulars won't be appearing in the first few games, and when they do appear it will only be for a few innings.
Cardinal Beat

Checking In On The Cubs, Brewers, & The Latest Cardinals Forecast

The Cardinals are an 87-win team in 2018, at least in the projected standings at Fangraphs. That isn’t an exciting number, but 87 victories would likely put the Cards in strong contention to reappear in the postseason for the first time since 2015.

101 ESPN

Pirates Traded Daniel Hudson, Another, & Cash To Rays For Corey Dickerson

Pittsburgh Official Site

Cardinals' Spring Training Opener Airs on FOX Sports Midwest

The Cardinals open spring training play Friday, Feb. 23, live on FOX Sports Midwest.

Fox Sports Midwest

Picking Jake Arrieta's New Team

With the quick, back-to-back signings of Eric Hosmer and J.D. Martinez for just over a quarter billion dollars combined ($144 million for Hosmer, $110 million for Martinez), there remains just one probable “nine-figure” player on the market – the former Cy Young winner Jake Arrieta, who was predicted to take awhile, and he has.


Matt Carpenter Can Excel Batting Third If The Cardinals Commit To Leaving Him There

Matt Carpenter’s biggest flaw has been his “inability” to hit in the 3-hole. But never having done something doesn’t mean someone is incapable of doing so.

101 ESPN

Cardinals' Top 30 Prospects List Led By MLB-Ready Talent

Cardinals fans may not be used to not finishing atop the NL Central year after year. Thanks to a strong, and now top-heavy, system, it's easy to see this two-year absence from the postseason as a blip on the radar.

St. Louis Official Site

Cardinals Could Strike Gold With Dark Horse Again

Last spring, Jose Martinez slugged his way from obscurity and onto the Cardinals' Opening Day roster. Jeremy Hazelbaker enjoyed a similar ascension the spring before.

St. Louis Official Site

Could Lance Lynn Be Final Piece For Twins?

The Minnesota Twins still have “some flexibility” to pursue a starting pitcher if they find a deal they like. And sources suggest that pitcher of interest could be Lance Lynn, who they seem to prefer among the remaining top free-agent starters.


Who Will Make Up The Next Wave Of Young Managers?

The hiring of Aaron Boone (Yankees) and other former major leaguers with no or limited managerial (or even coaching) experience appears to be the wave of the future.


Chris Young To Miss At Least Ten Days With Grade One Right Calf Strain

Jeff Fletcher Twitter

Mark Saxon Joins The Athletic

Mark Saxon Twitter

What Does Colby Rasmus Bring To The Orioles?

Colby Rasmus isn’t much of a splash, as he’s ripe with imperfections. Still, he does some things atypical of a guy signing a minor league deal.

Camden Yards

Mark Montgomery A Possible Darkhorse In Tigers' Spring Camp

At first glance, Alexi Amarista looks like one of the college interns who work around the clubhouse every Spring Training, not one of the non-roster invitees competing for a utility spot on the Tigers' Opening Day roster.

Detroit Official Site

After Abrupt Ending To Last Season, Colby Rasmus Looking For Fresh Start With Orioles

When Colby Rasmus abruptly left the Tampa Bay Rays last July to spend more time with his family, the veteran outfielder didn’t know whether he’d have the opportunity to return to the majors in 2018 — or even wanted to.

Baltimore Sun

Video: Mike Maddux On His Coaching Philosophy

Fox Sports Midwest Twitter

Paul DeJong, Nick Senzel, & The Future Of Unlikely Shortstops

The St. Louis Cardinals selected Paul DeJong in the fourth round of the 2015 draft. DeJong was taken more for his bat than his defense. According to his alma mater Illinois State, for example, DeJong spent time at “second base, third base, catcher, right field, and as the team’s designated hitter” during his third and final season with the Redbirds. While suggestive of positional flexibility, that’s not the usual path of a defensive wizard. During that same campaign, however, DeJong also slashed .333/.427/.605 in 246 plate appearances. That kind of offensive performance can play at multiple positions.


Edgard Montiel Will Play For A Month In Nicaragua Before Heading To Italy

However, Montiel will not last more than a month in the league and will go to play Italian baseball leaving a large gap in the tribe.  (Translated)

La Prensa

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Luke Voit Slims Down, Hopes For Work In Left Field; Better Than 'W'; Carlos Martinez To Get Advance Peek; Tickets Go On Sale

Burly Cardinals first baseman Luke Voit is much more streamlined this spring, having lost some 15 pounds from 260, which he weighed in his first big-league season as he hit .246 with four homers and nine doubles in 114 at-bats.


Chris Carpenter's Fire Is Still Burning For Cardinals

Chris Carpenter has one of the lengthier titles in baseball. It is special assistant to the president of baseball operations for the Cardinals. “He just does whatever he wants,” joked that president, John Mozeliak.


Baseball's Quest For Improved Game Shouldn't Alienate Loyal Fans

I’m starting to wonder if the people who run baseball love baseball.


Tyler O'Neill Makes A Strong Impression

The man is a rectangle.


'Being Able To Help Others Is Bigger Than Baseball': Cardinals Players Hope MLB Cap Gesture Helps Ease Pain In Parkland, FL

Friday, the Cardinals will join teams across Major League Baseball in wearing hats emblazoned with the logo of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, the site of a mass shooting that claimed the lives of 17 victims in Parkland, Florida on Valentine’s day.


Audio: Adam Wainwright Hip To Offseason Changes

After throwing every other day in bullpen sessions, Adam Wainwright was among those who enjoyed their first session of live pitching against hitters on Wednesday morning.

STL Baseball Weekly

Video: John Mozeliak On Jose Oquendo

Fox Sports Midwest Twitter

Video: Jason Motte On His Return To Cardinals

St. Louis Official Twitter

Mike Maddux's Priority: Help Carlos Martinez Reach Top Tier Of MLB Starters

Sixty times last season as Washington’s pitching coach, Mike Maddux enjoyed a front-row seat for two of the best pitchers in baseball, Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg.

Fox Sports Midwest

Well-Traveled Colin Walsh Hopes To Grab Angels' Bench Spot

Colin Walsh is becoming an expert at adapting.

Daily Bulletin

Cardinals' Young Starters Have Talent, But Is It The Kind Of Talent That'll Win Now?

If there’s any consensus regarding your 2018 St. Louis Cardinals, it’s that the lineup looks good, but the rotation…Well, we’re not sure yet.

101 ESPN

Carlos Martinez To Make Spring Debut Saturday; Jose Martinez Playing Through Quad Issue; Matt Carpenter Continues To Nurse Bad Back

Carlos Martinez will make his first Grapefruit League start Saturday against the Mets, Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said.
St. Louis Official Site

Staff ace Carlos Martinez, the presumptive opening day starter for the Cardinals in New York on March 29, will get an advance look at the Mets on Saturday when he starts the second exhibition game of the spring at Port St. Lucie, Fla.
Cardinal Beat

St. Louis Browns Documentary, With Jon Hamm Narrating, Hits TV Next Month

Attention, Hamm and baseball fans.

Joe's St. Louis

Rotation On Display; Carlos Martinez Next In Line; Luke Voit Getting A Look; Marcell Ozuna Earns Dippin' Dots

The second day of live bullpen sessions took place Wednesday, with Adam Wainwright, Michael Wacha, Luke Weaver and Miles Mikolas- 4 of the 5 projected rotation members- all getting work against hitters.

With the Grapefruit League starting this weekend, things will begin to ramp up for those competing for a roster spot. Among those who know they have to battle to head north with the St. Louis Cardinals is Luke Voit.
STL Baseball Weekly

Hector Mendoza Talks About The Experience Of MLB Spring Training, Learning From Adam Wainwright & Yadier Molina

Hector Mendoza looks like a child with a new toy. In the Cuban pitcher you can see the air of joy of those who feel comfortable in a place. That is the effect of the spring camp of the St. Louis Cardinals.  (Translated)

El Nuevo Herald

Mike Lowell Impressed By Rafael Devers' Athleticism

Former Red Sox third baseman and 2007 World Series Most Valuable Player Award winner Mike Lowell was on the field Wednesday working with third baseman Rafael Devers.

Boston Official Site

Sam Tuivailala, Ryan Sherriff, Jordan Hicks Turn Heads In Cardinals' Camp

Slingin' Sammy Tuivailala pitched live batting practice here Wednesday — eyes were focused on the righty, especially after Yadier Molina praised the reliever earlier this month. Speaking to our Hall of Fame scribe, The Post-Dispatch's Rick Hummel, Yadi mentioned Tuivailala as a closer candidate for 2018.


X-Rays Come Back Negative After Joe Kelly Hit By Batted Ball

Evan Drellich Twitter

Chinatrust To Hold Tryouts In Arizona For Foreign Players

CPBL Stats Twitter

Brian Dozier Arrives At Camp, To Be Eased Into Games

After missing the first three days of workouts because of a kidney stone, Twins second baseman Brian Dozier arrived on Wednesday and joked he felt lighter and ready to go.

Minnesota Official Site

Showcase Attracts Top International Prospects

Eloy Jimenez was here months before he was a Cub, and years before he joined the White Sox.

MLB Official Site

Chris Carpenter Brings Leadership To Cardinals Camp

Chris Carpenter strolled into the outfield, stopping for a moment to give Cardinals right fielder Dexter Fowler an earful. Not the critical kind, mind you -- quite the opposite. Carpenter was doing what leaders do, doling out a motivating chat meant to bring out the best in the veteran Fowler as he learns a new role, sliding from center to right field.
St. Louis Official Site

“You can tell he truly wants to teach you something. That’s what is special for any of the guys we bring in, whether they’re Hall of Famers or not. They have a passion for how their life was impacted and their career was impacted by being here.
Cardinal Beat

2018 Single-Game Tickets On Sale Friday @ 10AM

The St. Louis Cardinals announced today that individual tickets for the 2018 season will go on sale this Friday, February 23, beginning at 10 a.m. CT.

St. Louis Official Site

Marcell Ozuna Is A Cardinal. This Should Make You Very Happy

In case you missed it, the Cardinals added an impact bat to their lineup.

101 ESPN

Rays Signed Carlos Gomez For One-Year/$4M

Marc Topkin Twitter

Video: Mike Matheny Explains How Young Catchers In Cardinals Camp Should Approach Instruction From Yadier Molina

St. Louis Official Twitter

Video: Adam Wainwright Has Some Insightful Suggestions For Jim Hayes

Fox Sports Midwest Twitter

Yulieski Gourriel Will Play All Over Diamond

He made a name for himself as an international superstar while playing third base for the Cuban national team, and this season, Yuli Gurriel will get a chance to return more frequently to the left side of the diamond.

Houston Official Site

Pirates Signed Michael Saunders To Minors Deal With MLB Spring Invite

Pittsburgh Official Twitter

Video: Miles Mikolas Throws Live BP

Joe Trezza Twitter

Meet The Cardinals At Spring Training

Chris Lee has photographed the Cardinals players at spring training for years.


Renwed Focus Aids Conner Greene In Quest For Command

There were times for righthander Conner Greene when his command seemed as fleeting and agitated as his focus, and these issues were not coincidental.

Baseball America

Orioles Signed Colby Rasmus To Minors Deal

Sweeny Murti Twitter

Video: Adam Wainwright Throws Live BP

Joe Trezza Twitter

Mike Matheny Praises Chris Carpenter; Luke Voit & Patrick Wisdom Getting Extra Work At First Base With Matt Carpenter Out; Jose Martinez Still Dealing With Quad Injury

Joe Trezza Twitter

Joe Trezza Twitter

Joe Trezza Twitter

Forrest Whitley Suspended 50 Games For Failed Drug Test

Buster Olney Twitter

Chris Tillman: Baltimore 'Really Where I Wanted To Be'

He had been lurking around the Ed Smith Stadium complex for days waiting on official word. On the heels of a long offseason, right-hander Chris Tillman was finally able to step out into the spotlight on Wednesday morning and rejoin the place he's called home since 2008.

Baltimore Official Site

John Mozeliak On Cat Chat 2-21-18

Cat Chat Twitter