Saturday, January 20, 2018

Cardinals Royalty Preach Gospel Of Strong Legacy

Surrounded by Hall of Famers and Cardinals greats, Whitey Herzog scanned the room and smiled. One of the greatest storytellers in baseball history had a captive audience, sharing riveting tales after hilarious memories last Sunday night.

Post-Dispatch

Offseason Of Learning For Luke Voit

So how do you finish out a year in which you made your big league debut with your hometown team?

STL Baseball Weekly

Twins Keeping In Touch With Yu Davrish, Lance Lynn, Alex Cobb, & Others

Darren Wolfson Twitter

Trading Randal Grichuk? That's Fine If Dominic Leone Was For Real In 2017

During a conversation on Thursday morning’s “Bernie Show” on 101 ESPN, Cardinals president of baseball operations John Mozeliak dropped a hint.

101 ESPN

Craig Kimbrel Motivated, Focused On Daughter

Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel's daughter, Lydia Joy, was born on Nov. 3, and he describes parenting his first child with his wife, Ashley, as, "one of the happiest, joyful times of our life."

Boston Official Site

Chris Sale Prepping To Be Force Down The Stretch

The competitive fire within Chris Sale makes him never want to dial back his intensity, even when it comes to offseason and in-season preparation.

Boston Official Site

Audio: Dominic Leone Is Excited To Join Cardinals

MLB Network Radio Twitter

Charlie Blackmon Open To Contract Extension With Rockies

Rockies center fielder Charlie Blackmon views the one-year, $14 million contract he signed to avoid arbitration as a beginning.

Colorado Official Site

Josh Donaldson Seeking Long-Term Deal With Blue Jays

Gregor Chisholm Twitter

Colby Lewis Retires, Will Move To Rangers' Front Office

Former pitcher Colby Lewis finally made it official at the Rangers' Awards Dinner on Friday night.

Texas Official Site

Cardinals Winter League Notebook 1-20-18: Edgard Montiel Doubles & Helps Win LBPN Championship; Anthony Garcia Singles, Doubles, & Drives In One Run; Randy Ruiz Singles, Walks Twice, & Knocks In One Run

Cardinals Winter League

Audio: Rick Ankiel Believes Hall Of Fame Voting Is Messy

MLB Network Radio Twitter

Moose Stubing Passed Away At 79

Eric Kay Twitter

NC Signed Wei-Chung Wang For $700K

Sung Min Kim Twitter

Is Michael Wacha Actually Injury-Prone?

Wacha is generally considered especially at risk of injury. But maybe that’s wrong.

Viva El Birdos

Quick Thoughts On Connor Greene & Cardinals Haul For Randal Grichuk

The Toronto Blue Jays got a big league outfielder for two pitchers. Just what did they give up?

Minor League Ball

Koji Uehara Intends To Retire After 2018

NPB On Reddit Twitter

Friday, January 19, 2018

Wainwright Field Opens February 16, 2018

Opening Day marks the beginning of a new era for Glynn Academy’s baseball team.

The Brunswick News

Plenty Of Suitors Still Circling Yu Darvish

One week ago, an American League general manager was asked to predict which high-profile free agent would be the next to sign.

MLB Official Site

Cardinals Trade Randal Grichuk To The Blue Jays

The Cardinals dealt from strength Friday to fortify one of their weakest spots when they sent outfielder Randal Grichuk, who had been relegated to an extra man’s role, to Toronto for young righthanders Dominic Leone and Conner Greene. Leone was a staple in the Jays’ bullpen last season and Greene made the Class AA Eastern League All-Star team at New Hampshire, although he had a 5-10 record.

Post-Dispatch

In Randal Grichuk Trade, Cardinals Make Another Shrewd Gamble; But It's Still A Gamble

The Cardinals began this offseason with too many outfielders and not enough reliable relievers. They may have solved both issues with their most recent trade.

KMOV

Danville Barbershop Chorus Invited To Sing National Anthem On July 27, 2018

This year, the St. Louis Cardinals invited the chorus to sing the national anthem at their July 27 game against the Chicago Cubs at Busch Stadium.

News Gazette

Rush To Trade Randal Grichuk Seems A Little Puzzling

Perhaps some day Randal Grichuk will realize his full potential and become a high-caliber big league outfielder.

Gordo

Audio: Michael Girsch Breaks Down The Randal Grichuk Trade To Blue Jays

101 ESPN

Autopsy: Drugs Found In Roy Halladay's System After Plane Crash

When former Major League Baseball pitcher Roy Halladay died in a plane crash in November, he had amphetamines, morphine and the sleep aid zolpidem in his system, according to an autopsy report.

Tampa Bay Times

Five Takeaways From The Randal Grichuk Trade

This was a simple supply and demand deal. The Cards had an outfielder that Toronto needed, and the Blue Jays had a bullpen arm the Cards needed.

KSDK

Eduardo Nunez Works Out For Eight Teams, Including Red Sox, In Dominican Republic

Free agent infielder Eduardo Nunez has been in contact with at least eight teams, including the Red Sox, according to a source who said his market is picking up steam now that he’s been medically cleared for workouts.

Boston Herald

Twins Hire Elvis Martinez As Their New Spanish-Language Interpreter

The Twins hired Elvis Martinez, 31, as their new Spanish-language interpreter. He's a native of La Romana, Dominican Republic, and worked in the Cardinals' organization last year.

Minnesota Official Site

Video: A Brief Look At Dominic Leone & Connor Greene

Mike Matheny will have to look for a new name to pencil in as fourth outfielder after Friday’s news Randal Grichuk will suit up for the Blue Jays in 2018.

101 ESPN

Cardinals Traded Randal Grichuk To Blue Jays For Dominic Leone & Connor Greene

The St. Louis Cardinals announced today that they have acquired right-handed pitchers Dominic Leone (pronounced lee-OHN) and Conner Greene from the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for outfielder Randal Grichuk.
St. Louis Official Site

The Blue Jays and the Cardinals swung a trade on Friday afternoon, with St. Louis sending outfielder Randal Grichuk to Toronto in exchange for right-hander Dominic Leone and righty pitching prospect Conner Greene.
St. Louis Official Site

The Cardinals made their second offseason deal with Toronto by shipping outfielder Randal Grichuk, who was going to be a reserve this season, to the Blue Jays on Friday for setup reliever Dominic Leone and another righthander, Class AA pitcher Conner Greene.
Cardinal Beat

The St. Louis Cardinals addressed their glut of outfielders Friday by trading Randal Grichuk to the Toronto Blue Jays for two young right-handed pitchers.
Fox Sports Midwest

Outfielder Randal Grichuk has been dealt to the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for two right handed pitchers.
KMOV

So, I’ve been beating the Cardinals up about their lack of activity when it comes to stocking the bullpen. Now I’ll take some of that back. I still think a proven closer would be the most prudent acquisition given where the team is, but aside from that the best thing they can do is stock up on big arms and use depth to throw numbers at the problem.
101 ESPN

The Cardinals have traded outfielder Randal Grichuk to the Toronto Blue Jays for right-handed pitchers Dominic Leone and Conner Greene. Grichuk, 26, played four seasons with the Cardinals.
Fox2Now

Batting Matt Carpenter Third Makes Too Much Sense

With the Cardinals 2018 Winter Warm Up in the rear view mirror, spring training is just around the corner. It’s that time of year where we can start to envision how this team will look when opening day arrives. Part of that is obviously trying to figure out what the lineup will look like for the majority of the season, given health.

Redbird Daily

Can The Cardinals Hit The Entry Code 90-2018 & Make The Playoffs?

In 2012 Major League Baseball altered the postseason format by adding a second wildcard team to each league. By opening the gate to allow more contenders into the playoffs, the size of the tournament increased to 10.

101 ESPN

Red Sox Offered Five-Years/$125M To J.D. Martinez

Michael Silverman Twitter

Video: John Brebbia's Ordeal Of Shaving His Beard

For Cardinals reliever John Brebbia, there was nothing easy -- mentally or physically -- about shaving his huge "in-season beard."
Fox Sports Midwest

Jung-Ho Kang Returned To Dominican Republic To Apply For U.S. Work Visa At Embassy

Sung Min Kim Twitter

What If Oscar Taveras Were Still Alive?

The bittersweet part is wondering what his career would have looked, and the impact it would have had on the team. The moves they wouldn't have to make, along with the ones they would make as a result of one potential superstar's presence.

KSDK

Best Manny Machado Fit Might Be Indians

The Manny Machado trade market has been relatively quiet in recent days, but a number of intriguing destinations remain -- including Cleveland, where his brother-in-law, Yonder Alonso, signed a two-year contract in December.

MLB Official Site

Johan Santana Not Officially Retired

Mike Berardino Twitter

Lorenzo Cain Met With Multiple Teams In Los Angeles

Jerry Crasnick Twitter

Johan Santana Inducted Into Twins Hall Of Fame

The Minnesota Twins have added their 31st member to the organization’s Hall of Fame. The Twins formally announced on Friday that the club has now inducted former starting pitcher Johan Santana.

FanRags

Cardinals Winter League Notebook 1-19-18: Yariel Gonzalez Singles, Walks, & Hits A Solo Home Run In Doubleheader; Curt Smith Collects Three Singles, One Walk, & One RBI; Ivan Maldonado Strikes Out Three & Allows Two Runs Over Six Innings For The Win

Cardinals Winter League

Brewers See Alex Cobb & Lance Lynn As Realistic Options; Mets Interested In Eduardo Nunez; Lance Lynn Seeking Four-Year Deal; Francisco Rodriguez To Throw Live Batting Practice This Week

Inside Baseball from Jon Heyman takes a look around MLB, with notes, news, rumors and more from (nearly) all 30 teams. For thoughts on the slow free-agent market, including some observations from Scott Boras, click here.

FanRags

Carlos Gonzalez: "I Know I'm Going To Get A Job"

He is sure that by the time they open the training camps next month, he will be in uniform and preparing for the Opening Day.  (Translated)

Lider

Dyar Miller, Ben Rosenthal, Jose Rada, Cesar Cedeno, & Rene Rojas Named To Astros' Minor League Staffs

The Houston Astros announced today their minor league coordinators, managers and coaches for the 2018 season.

Houston Official Site

We Lost Stan Musial Five Years Ago Today...Enjoy 'The Man's' Final Two At-Bats

Cardinals history is peppered with moments fans can instantly look back on and say, “I remember exactly where I was when that happened.”

101 ESPN

Busy Yadier Molina Returns To Puerto Rico To Continue Relief Effort

Having already spent two weeks going door-to-door to deliver food and water to hurricane victims in Puerto Rico last October, Yadier Molina is headed back to his homeland on Friday to continue assisting with relief efforts.

St. Louis Official Site

If The Cardinals Do Nothing Else, They Should Add One More Starting Pitcher

If the St. Louis Cardinals were to make only one more move this offseason, what should it be?

Cheap Seats

Cubs Treatment Of Sammy Sosa Shows Double Standard

The Chicago Cubs benefited for years from all those home runs Sammy Sosa was hitting. And now they want an apology from him before letting him back into the fold for allegedly taking performance enhancing drugs that enabled him to hit those home runs.

FanRags

Jordan Hicks Talks About The Improvements That Changed His Season & Helped Him Take Off

Cardinals pitching prospect Jordan Hicks answers our questions on his impressive 2017 season and how the Cardinals use spin rate to help young pitchers.

Viva El Birdos

Exactly How Good Is Mike Maddux?

He has a good reputation, but can we quantify it?

Viva El Birdos

Bob Bailey, Al Hrabosky, & Big Drama In St. Louis

Bob Bailey had lots of hits against the Cardinals in his career, but it was an out he made that was most memorable.

RetroSimba

Journey & De Leppard Coming To Busch Stadium On August 24, 2018

St. Louis Official Twitter

Kotaro Kiyomiya Dealing With Right Hand Injury

Nippon Ham got the examination at a hospital in Tokyo, a new fellow, Kotaro Kiyomiya (Tokyo · Hayami Takahiro), the new draft who got the right hand hurt during the practice the day before, on the 19th, "a right hand mother's finger basilar bone bone contusion injuries" He announced that he was diagnosed  (Translated)

Sanspo

Reds Purchased The Contract Of Rafael Franco From Monterrey

The scouting and development system of Club Sultanes continues to bear fruit in the location of young prospects, their development and opportunities to progress, as is now the case Case of the native gardener of Parral, Chih., Rafael Franco, who signed with the organization Reds of Cincinnati. This Thursday the protocol was carried out first the signatures in the Public Notary 60 and then the rest of rubrics and Press Conference in the Fiesta Inn Paseo Tec.  (Translated)

MiLB Official Site

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Fewer Cardinals Games For Al Hrabosky As Brad Thompson Enters Fox Sports Midwest Booth

Fox Sports Midwest is shuffling some of its rotation of pitchers-turned-broadcasters.

Media Views

Randal Grichuk Is Making The Most Of His Role

Randal Grichuk and Stephen Piscotty — friends, spring training roommates and fellow Cardinals outfielders — had a strong inkling that one or both would be traded this off-season.

Post-Dispatch

Cardinals See Miles Mikolas As A Solid Option

Although Elaine Knapp was only 12 years old when she and her family moved from St. Louis to Jupiter, Fla., she never stopped cheering for her Cardinals.

Post-Dispatch

Everybody Can Find A Story About Stan Musial's Magic

Swap a Stan Musial story today.

BenFred

Catcher Want To Visit The Mound? He Might Want To Think Twice

For all the dramatics of the Dodgers’ World Series run, there was a metronomic ritual that tended to drive fans a bit batty: Yasmani Grandal, the catcher, called time out and visited his pitcher.

LA Times

Yasmany Tomas Arrested After Driving 105 MPH In Tempe, AZ

Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Yasmany Tomas was arrested Thursday morning on suspicion of driving in excess of 105 mph on Loop 101 in Tempe, the Arizona Department of Public Safety said.

AZ Central

Cardinals Placed Trey Nielsen & Michael Brdar On The Voluntarily Retired List; Dodgers Signed Donovan Solano To Minors Deal

Jrocke217 Twitter

Wei-Chung Wang May Be Joining NC In The KBO

CPBL Stats Twitter

On This Day: Grover Cleveland Alexander Elected To Hall Of Fame In 1938

Few Phillies have made the Hall of Fame, but Grover Cleveland Alexander is among the greatest to enter Cooperstown

That Ball's Outta Here

Yankees, Marlins, & Rangers Favorites To Sign Julio Pablo Martinez

Three teams look like the favorites to sign Julio Pablo Martinez, a 21-year-old center fielder who had been one of the top young players in Cuba and has talent on par with a first-round pick if he were in the draft.

Baseball America

Lee Smith Headlines Missouri Sports Hall Of Fame Ceremony January 28, 2018

Former St. Louis Cardinals (football) running back Jim Otis joins Howard Richards and Lee Smith to headline the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame’s 2018 Induction Ceremonies, set for Sunday, January 28 in Springfield, Missouri, in which the Hall of Fame will induct 15 individuals, a sports broadcasting company, a high school football program and a parks and recreation department. The John Q. Hammons Founders Award will be bestowed on Springfield-based Independent Printing, while Rick Todd of the Herschend Family Entertainment Corporation will receive the President’s Award.

STL Sports Page

Audio: John Mozeliak Sees Current Cardinals As A 90-Win Team If All Goes Well

If a team breaks the 90-win mark during the MLB season, it’s more than likely that club will still be playing in October; at least as a wild card.

101 ESPN

Lincoln Signed Cesar Valera For 2018 Season

American Association Official Twitter

Padres Invited Fernando Tatis, Jr. To MLB Spring Camp

MLB Pipeline Twitter

Twins Add Jim Kaat As Special Assistant

Nearly a half century after being lost on waivers to the Chicago White Sox in August 1973, Jim Kaat is returning to the Twins as a special assistant.

Twin Cities

You Thought Being Yadier Molina's Backup Was Tough? Meet Yadier's Backup's Backup

The Arizona Fall League features a constellation of top prospects — a season ago, Cody Bellinger and Gleyber Torres played in it — and this season, only four players had a higher batting average than Andrew Knizner of the Cardinals organization. The catcher slashed .358/.403/.537 with three homers in 67 at-bats.

Hochman

Albert Pujols Still Delivering For Cardinals & Dominican Republic

Former National League MVP Albert Pujols hasn’t hit a home run at Busch Stadium since he helped the 2011 Cardinals win the World Series. Although he has been with the Los Angeles Angels ever since, he remains somewhat of an angel in St. Louis as well.

Post-Dispatch

Cardinals Winter League Notebook 1-18-18: Randy Ruiz Hits A Two-Run Homer; Edgard Montiel Singles Twice & Drives In Two Runs; Tyler Herron Strikes Out One & Holds One Inherited Runner On Base Over One & A Third Hitless/Scoreless Innings

Cardinals Winter League

Video: Jim Hayes Finds A Kyle McClellan Fan

Fox Sports Midwest Twitter

Richard Justice On The Morning After 1-18-18

Inside STL

Considering Adam Wainwright As A Reliever

If the age 36 hurler folds in the rotation, a return to the bullpen could still be in the cards.

Viva El Birdos

The Cardinals Should Retire Curt Flood's #21

Who is the most important player in the history of Major League Baseball?

Viva El Birdos

Uptick In Speculative Development Bodes Well For Tenants In St. Louis Office Market

Welcome to St. Louis, Missouri. Home to nine Fortune 500 companies and the 11-time world champion St. Louis Cardinals franchise. St. Louis currently lays claim to nearly 3 million residents in the metropolitan statistical area and has exemplified economic stability and consistent growth since the Great Recession.

Rebusinees Online

Carson Kelly Rated No.2 Catching Prospect

While Yadier Molina begins a three-year countdown to retirement this year, Carson Kelly sits patiently behind him, still waiting for his turn.

St. Louis Official Site