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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Yadier Molina serves his brother crackers on a plate — home plate

Orange slices and Shasta for everyone after the game!

Jose was in St. Louis to play catcher for his Rays, while Yadier was sidelined with a thumb injury, so maybe Jose should have been the one sending the pick-me-up. As it happened, TV cameras caught Cardinals third base coach Jose Oquendo putting a couple of packs of peanut butter-filled cheese crackers on home plate, then showed Yadier laughing and motioning for his brother to take them.

Sure enough, Jose gratefully accepted the offering and put the crackers in his back pocket.

Picture-by-picture breakdown here.

 


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

2015 Competitive Balance Lottery Results

The Competitive Balance Lottery for the 2015 MLB Draft took place this afternoon. Twelve competitive balance picks are awarded, with the first six taking place after the first round’s conclusion and the next six taking place following conclusion of the second round. Here are the results, per MLB.com (Twitter links)...

Competitive Balance Round A

  Marlins
  Rockies
  Cardinals
  Brewers
  Padres
  Indians

Competitive Balance Round B

  Reds
  Athletics
  Mariners
  Twins
  Orioles
  Diamondbacks

As MLB.com’s Jim Callis explained earlier in the week, teams that have one of the 10 smallest markets or one of the 10 smallest revenue pools are eligible to receive a compensatory pick between the first and second rounds (Round A) or between the second and third rounds (Round B).

Its about time the Cardinals got some help to become more competitive.


Sunday, July 20, 2014

KMOV: St. Louis defense continues to keep games in reach

The Vision of St. Louis…or Something.

The St. Louis Cardinals’ defense appears to be better this year than last, but manager Mike Matheny is reluctant to give all the credit to Sabermetrics-inspired shifts the team has used this season.

He said the coaching staff does a good job of pre-game discussions about hitters and how they are going to be defended in certain situations. While the Cardinals may have used shifts more this year, Matheny said it’s only one component to the defense. And, although helpful, Sabermetrics don’t yet tell them things like where the defensive players started from when they made a play, the route they took, where they went, etc.

He said the Birds still use a lot of traditional methods to defend hitters, including spray charts, pitcher match-ups, and history. He also said that moving players defensively has been going on forever. When those subtle positioning moves become a shift has never clearly been defined.

Overall, he is pleased with the teams’ defensive performance. “We see good defensive ability (with current Cardinal starters).”  The Cardinals are second in the National League in defense with just 46 errors for a .987 fielding percentage. Matt Carpenter and Jhonny Peralta lead the team in errors with 8 each, but, according to Sabermetrics, have saved nearly as many runs above average for that position.

Repoz Posted: July 20, 2014 at 10:00 AM | 48 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, sabermetrics

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Journal News: Recap of Derek Jeter Retirement Gifts

The big 2nd half issue at BBTF is likely to be the retirement gifts The Captain receives as he completes his Final Journey. To provide perspective, the LoHud Yankee Blog reviews the 1st half:

May 25 — White Sox
Once a powerful hitter for both the Yankees and White Sox, retired slugger Ron Kittle built Jeter’s U.S. Cellular Field retirement gift. Kittle created a bench made of baseball equipment with bases as the seat, bats as the back and arm rests, and baseballs used for decoration and spacing. Long time White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko also presented Jeter with clay removed from the shortstop position at U.S. Cellular, plus a $5,000 donation to Jeter’s Turn 2 Foundation.

Looks like it wouldn’t be difficult for Furtdao to top the Cubs effort on behalf of BBTF.


Saturday, July 12, 2014

Cardinals execute bizarre 5-8 forceout at second base

The ole dropped-bunt-throw-to-center-fielder-covering-second-base. All those drills in practice have finally paid off.

5-8 on a hop is strange.  Really though, something like this should be infield fly rule.

Robert in Manhattan Beach Posted: July 12, 2014 at 05:09 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, pirates, weird

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Oz: Thumb injuries to Yadier Molina, Brandon Phillips shake up NL Central

I hereby confer upon you the honorary degree of ThD. That’s Doctor of Thumbology.

The news wasn’t good for the St. Louis Cardinals and their cornerstone catcher Yadier Molina. Molina has a torn ligament in his thumb and will miss 8-12 weeks after surgery, according to Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak.

Nor was it good for the division rival Cincinnati Reds, who confirmed Thursday that their star second baseman Brandon Phillips also needs thumb surgery to repair a ligament. The Reds say he’ll miss six weeks…

Both injuries figure to shake up the NL Central, where the Cards and Reds had both been making a charge at the first-place Milwaukee Brewers. Heading into Thursday’s action, the Brewers were up two games on the Cardinals and two and a half on the Reds…

Unless the Cardinals make a move — A.J. Pierzynski and his smartphone are available — Tony Cruz figures to takeover the everyday catching duties. He’s played in 21 games this season and is hitting .255 in 51 at-bats. He’s been with the Cardinals since 2011 but has never played more than 51 games in a season.

The Reds have utilityman Skip Schumaker listed as their No. 2 second baseman, but back-up shortstop Ramon Santiago played there Thursday against the Cubs….

With the Cardinals and Reds hurting, the Brewers have to feel better about their chances of holding on to their division lead. Meanwhile, the Pittsburgh Pirates, four and a half back and in fourth place, have to sense a great opportunity in front of them.

The District Attorney Posted: July 10, 2014 at 08:17 PM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, cardinals, injuries, pirates, reds

Monday, July 07, 2014

Cardinals GM John Mozeliak on Jaime Garcia: “I’m frustrated … you try to be patient with people”

Mozeliak added. “In terms of where we were yesterday to where we are today, it does seem rather dramatic and quick. Obviously he internalized this and decided to make a decision. If this is something he feels is his only option, then obviously he has to do it. It still doesn’t excuse the fact that he could have notified us a little bit more. … From a medical staff, we felt like there were some other options he could consider before taking this step. Obviously, again, he chose to go down this path.”

Garcia is making $7.75 million this season, owed $9.25 million next season, and carries club options for 2016 ($11.5 million) and 2017 ($12 million). He may have already thrown his last pitch in a St. Louis uniform.

 

Robert in Manhattan Beach Posted: July 07, 2014 at 04:07 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, injuries

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Brewers Catcher Jonathan Lucroy’s Anti-Cardinals All-Star Ad Is Perfect

Best Attack Ads in Baseball

Milwaukee Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy’s making a push to get voted into this season’s All-Star Game, and his anti-Yadier Molina, anti-Cardinals message features the kind of mudslinging one could only find in a local political ad.

I voted 150 times for Lucroy when I heard the sound of a baby crying over footage of Molina.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 17, 2014 at 09:45 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: all-star game, brewers, cardinals, jonathan lucroy

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Cardinals calling up Oscar Taveras

Adams to DL. Taveras will start today and they say he will play a lot for the next two weeks. I haven’t been this excited about a call up since John Gall.

Pujols Shot Ya Posted: May 31, 2014 at 11:46 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals

Thursday, May 29, 2014


Thursday, May 22, 2014

Keri: The [Dave] Duncan Way

Now if only he could come and take fear from bats…

Pujols Shot Ya Posted: May 22, 2014 at 01:34 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals

Saturday, May 17, 2014

St. Louis Superman Breaks Up Fight, Saves the Day at Busch Stadium [VIDEO]

Great Dan Caesar’s Ghost!

Watch out, Busch Stadium drunks, because that’s not a bird or a plane. That’s St. Louis’ very own Superman.

Superman, a.k.a. Charlie Chartland, swooped in and broke up a fight between two overzealous baseball fans on Thursday…

....Trailed by applause and cheers, Superman runs into the fight, breaks it up calmly, takes a bow and then runs to the camera to deliver his final bon mot: “Guess what, folks, he’s going back to Wrigley.”

Things take a turn, though, when another fight earns Superman’s attention. Sebek’s next video shows Superman sprawled on top of a very drunk man.

...The drunk man tries to pull Superman’s cape out from under him, earning him a harsh rebuke from the caped crusader: “You need to get lost, all right? You need to get lost.”

But Mr. Too Many Budweisers just can’t deal with Superman’s order. He starts screaming and flinging his body around, and the video ends with Superman telling him what he needs to hear:

“You’re drunk.”

Repoz Posted: May 17, 2014 at 09:51 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, cubs

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Billy Hamilton scores on infield popup

It’s ridiculous that this can happen at the major league level.


Friday, March 28, 2014

The Last Great Call (ESPN)

[bq]What this really was, when you think it through, was the Last Great Umpiring Call (or Calls) of the Pre-Instant Replay Era, the technology which—beginning in 2014—will permeate the lives of every umpire who ever sets foot on a major league field from now on.

Never again will six men in blue work a World Series game, or any other game, knowing there is no replay machine, no technological wizardry, hovering in the background to serve as their safety net.

Never again will there be quite the same pressure on these men to make life-changing, season-defining, history-altering calls in intense, real-time moments.[/bq]

Jose Can Still Seabiscuit Posted: March 28, 2014 at 03:25 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, obstruction, red sox, umpires, world series

WSJ: Deee-fense: Baseball’s Big Shift Playing the field suddenly is becoming a sophisticated science

Baseball’s approach to defense, long unchanged except for the gloves getting bigger, is undergoing the most radical change in strategy since the Reconstruction Era. Defensive shifting, which started as a trend several years ago, is becoming epidemic. Major League teams “shifted” 8,134 times last season, compared with just 2,357 in 2011. [...]

Last season, the Pirates “shifted,” meaning they had three infielders on one side of second base or in significantly nontraditional positions, 494 times, compared with 105 in 2012. [...]

The Pirates defense “saved” 77 runs in all, or 77 runs better than an average defense, third-most in Major League Baseball.The Pirates also finished above .500 and made the playoffs for the first time since 1992. The Boston Red Sox shifted 478 times in 2013, compared with 199 in 2012. Those shifts saved the Red Sox 15 runs during the course of the season, second-most in baseball. They won the World Series. (The Rays were first in runs saved by shifts.) [...]

Still, not everyone is on board. The St. Louis Cardinals, the game’s model franchise of late, shifted infielders just 107 times last season, about 50% more than 2012, but nothing on the scale of the Orioles (595 shifts), Rays (556 shifts) or Brewers (538 shifts).

 

bobm Posted: March 28, 2014 at 09:20 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, cardinals, orioles, pirates, rays, red sox, shift

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Miller’s so-so spring continues : Sports

What’s up with Shelby Miller?

Jim Furtado Posted: March 25, 2014 at 11:46 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, shelby miller

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Taveras still out, probably won’t make team

Prized outfield prospect Oscar Taveras, who had right ankle surgery last season, is sidelined indefinitely with a tight hamstring in the same leg. And Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said Taveras won’t come north with the team if he can’t show he can be 100 percent and play appreciably by the end of camp in just more than two weeks, which seems unlikely.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 12, 2014 at 08:59 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, oscar taveras

Monday, March 10, 2014

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 3-10-2014

Pittsburgh Gazette Times, March 10, 1914:

[Newly-acquired Pittsburgh pitcher] Bob Harmon only has one grievance against the Cardinal management. “That is the fact that they wouldn’t give me a few hours off to get married,” laughed the violinst. “The ceremony was to be at 6. We were playing a double-header with the Browns in the city series and Sallee and I were to pitch the two games. I wanted to work in the first game and allow them to use Sal in the second, but they made me pitch the second. Believe me it took some hustling on my part to reach the scene of the wedding.”

“No, sorry, Bob, you can’t go to your wedding. We need you to pitch in an exhibition game.”

The Cardinal Way, circa 1910.

Greasy Neale Heaton (Dan Lee) Posted: March 10, 2014 at 07:54 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: bob harmon, cardinals, dugout, history

Sunday, March 09, 2014

Cardinals sign Cuban Aledmys Diaz

Cardinals limited roster space get even more limited…. Anyone have projections for Diaz yet?

The Cardinals have agreed to terms on a four-year, major-league deal with shortstop Aledmys Diaz, a Cuban who defected from the country and had to wait out a years suspension before being eligible as a free agent. The team announced the deal Sunday afternoon.

cardsfanboy Posted: March 09, 2014 at 02:23 PM | 60 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, cuba, free agents, international free agents

Friday, March 07, 2014

Cardinals hof fan vote.

WHO DO YOU THINK BELONGS IN THE ST. LOUIS CARDINALS HALL OF FAME?
VOTE NOW FOR TWO REDBIRDS LEGENDS!

The Cardinals and Edward Jones have teamed up to honor the greatest players in the club’s history. The new Hall of Fame will recognize these figures for their achievements and impact on the organization during their careers.

Each member will be permanently enshrined in the new Cardinals Hall of Fame gallery at Ballpark Village next to Busch Stadium.

Vote for your top 2 players.

cardsfanboy Posted: March 07, 2014 at 04:06 PM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, hall of fame

Thursday, March 06, 2014

Matt Carpenter, Cardinals closing in on long-term extension

6/50 seems like a good deal all around.

SoCalDemon Posted: March 06, 2014 at 03:38 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals

RetroSimba: Battle of wills: Bob Gibson, Gene Mauch play hardball

If Tim McCarver was awake he’d pass out.

Aiming higher, Baldschun hit Gibson in the thigh with the next pitch. Gibson flipped the bat underhanded toward the pitcher. Baldschun caught it with his glove hand. Harvey immediately ejected Gibson.

Said Harvey to The Sporting News: “He had a lethal weapon out there. I’m happy to say Gibson did not throw the bat violently. But he did throw it to the mound.”

“I wasn’t trying to hit him with the bat, but I was mad, hurt and just plain disgusted with the whole business,” Gibson said to the Associated Press. “I tossed the bat just the way hitters do when they’re disgusted after striking out.”

In his book, Gibson wrote, “Without thinking, I flung my bat in Baldschun’s direction … Naturally, I was ejected, which is exactly what Mauch was counting on.”

Bennett told United Press International, “Gibson’s nothing but a chicken … If he wants to fight, he ought to put up his fists instead of throwing the bat … That’s a coward’s way out if I ever saw one.”

Said Baldschun of his pitch to Gibson: “I figure he had one brush coming.”

Mauch told The Sporting News, “I’ve been popping off all over the country about how great a competitor Gibson is, but he didn’t show me much this time.”

Repoz Posted: March 06, 2014 at 06:42 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, history

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Rick Ankiel will retire

An interesting career. I’m sure he’ll be a fine coach if he wants to be.

Bourbon Samurai in Asia Posted: March 05, 2014 at 05:57 PM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, cardinals, nationals

McClellan: No more ‘Cardinal Way,’ please

Bernie bicker staff at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch?

I picked up the paper the other day, and turned, as I usually do, to the Sports section. Ah, good. There was a column by my friend and colleague, Bernie Miklasz. Here was the headline: “Shortstop Peralta adjusting quickly to Cardinal Way.”

I was hoping we were done with that. I don’t remember hearing much about the Cardinal Way until last postseason. The series against the Los Angeles Dodgers was framed as a morality play. The Dodgers were the bad guys, the show-offs. The Cardinals were the good guys who believed in the Cardinal Way.

...It’s like that “Best Fans in Baseball” stuff. When I arrived here in 1980, St. Louisans weren’t calling themselves the best fans in baseball. They seemed to consider themselves good fans, very good fans, the equal to any fans in the country. As good as fans in Detroit. As good as fans in Chicago. As good as fans in Pittsburgh. Better than fans in Philadelphia. (They boo too much.) But not the best fans.

Of course, St. Louis was a Midwestern city back then. Midwesterners are understated. Over the years, Missouri has slid down the map and taken St. Louis with it. We’re Southerners now. Southerners aren’t understated.

After disposing of the Dodgers, the Cardinals played Boston in the World Series. What an insufferable World Series that was. The Cardinal Way versus Boston Strong. Oh, how I longed for the days when baseball games weren’t so fraught with meaning. If you liked team-oriented, moral, holistic people, you had to root for the Cardinal Way. But if you wanted to stand with the heroic people who persevered through the terrorist bombing of the Boston Marathon, you had to root for Boston Strong.

With the World Series long behind us, I was hoping this would be a new season. More baseball, less moralizing. There was reason to be optimistic. The Cardinals made a big splash in the offseason by signing Jhonny Peralta to a megabucks contract despite the fact that he was caught up in the Biogenesis scandal a year ago and suspended for 50 games.

Repoz Posted: March 05, 2014 at 06:17 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals

Monday, February 24, 2014

Mike Matheny wishes new collision rules had more teeth.

New “rule” being implemented in regards to blocking the plate, doesn’t really look like it does much though.

For this year, the rule being implemented will prohibit the “most egregious collisions” at the plate. The rule states that a runner attempting to score may not deviate from his direct pathway to the plate in order to initiate contact with the catcher or anyone else covering the plate. If, in the umpire’s judgment, a runner attempting to score initiates contact with the catcher, the umpire can call the runner out, even if the catcher loses possession of the ball.

cardsfanboy Posted: February 24, 2014 at 08:05 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, rule changes

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