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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Cards weighing internal options for righty hitter at first | cardinals.com

Do they need a full platoon or would a fill in for the most difficult match-ups get the job done?

While acknowledging that Tuesday’s Winter Meetings work gave him a better feel for which right-handed-hitting first baseman may be a fit for the Cardinals’ roster hole, general manager John Mozeliak also shed light on some internal candidates that could potentially address the need.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 10, 2014 at 09:41 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, matt adams

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Cards can be patient with pitching market : Sports

Reports, originating first from ESPN’s Jim Bowden, connected the Cardinals to lefty Jon Lester, who along with St. Louis native Max Scherzer are the top starting pitchers available as free agents. While Scherzer’s market is still percolating — not unusual for a headliner and Scott Boras client — Lester has drawn offers from Boston and the Chicago Cubs, according to reports. He has also made visits to teams, including the Cubs and Atlanta Braves. The Cardinals, as of this week, had no plans to bring Lester to St. Louis for a visit. Their interest in the lefty appears as much opportunistic as enthusiastic — what Mozeliak has often referred to as “due diligence.” A baseball official at the general manager meetings earlier this month suggested, hypothetically, if the Cardinals could enter the fray for Lester then why wouldn’t they pursue Scherzer, who is six months younger and from the area?

Jim Furtado Posted: November 29, 2014 at 08:16 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, jon lester

Monday, November 17, 2014

Braves, Cardinals Trade Jason Heyward For Shelby Miller

Must have been disappointed in Heyward’s MVP showing.

The Cardinals have acquired right fielder Jason Heyward and right-hander Jordan Walden from the Braves in exchange for righty Shelby Miller and pitching prospect Tyrell Jenkins, the teams announced.


Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Official: [Oscar] Taveras was drunk during fatal crash

St. Louis Cardinals rookie outfielder Oscar Taveras was drunk at the time of his fatal car crash last month in his Caribbean homeland, an official in the Dominican Republic said Wednesday.

Tessie Sanchez, a spokeswoman for the Dominican attorney general’s office, told The Associated Press toxicology reports showed Taveras had a blood-alcohol level five times the country’s legal limit when he lost control of his car Oct. 26 on a highway in the tourist region of Puerto Plata.

She says the 22-year-old Taveras was ‘‘legally intoxicated when he crashed.’‘...

Taveras’ 18-year-old girlfriend, Edilia Arvelo, was in his 2014 Chevy Camaro when it ran off the road. She also died.

The District Attorney Posted: November 12, 2014 at 07:13 PM | 169 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, oscar taveras

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Cardinals Leave RF Lights on at Busch Stadium

I don’t know how to embed a photo but here is the link to the Twitter page with the photo.  I thought this was very touching.

Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: October 29, 2014 at 09:05 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, oscar taveras

Sunday, October 26, 2014


Saturday, October 25, 2014

Wainwright has surgery to address elbow irritation : Sports

Wainwright had a surgical procedure done Friday on the backside of his pitching elbow, multiple sources have confirmed. Wainwright was said to have had the “ligament trimmed” in his right elbow, a Cardinals official said. The exact description was cartilage trimmed to avoid irritation in that area, subsequent reporting on the surgery by The Post-Dispatch confirmed.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 25, 2014 at 07:21 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: adam wainwright, cardinals

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Jay set for surgery — and for CF in 2015 : Sports

No, the Cardinals haven’t disbanded. A lot of good Cardinals info in this article.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 22, 2014 at 04:00 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

DeWitt expects ‘significant’ rise in payroll in coming years : Sports

“We have forecasted increases over the next three to five years that will accommodate what we need to do with the young players we have,” Cardinals chairman Bill DeWitt told The Post-Dispatch this past week. “We knew as younger players matured at the major-league level they would get to arbitration and into free agency. We wouldn’t be able to retain them at the current payroll level, so we’re forecasting fairly significant increases in the next three to five years.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 21, 2014 at 08:13 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, economics

Friday, October 17, 2014

Cardinals proud of fourth straight NLCS appearance | cardinals.com

Remember last week when the Cardinals were the model franchise?

Jim Furtado Posted: October 17, 2014 at 09:33 AM | 67 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals

Bernie Miklasz on Twitter: Matheny, when asked about not using closer T. Rosenthal in 9th

“We can’t bring him in, in a tie-game situation. We’re on the road.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 17, 2014 at 09:23 AM | 133 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, mike matheny

Thursday, October 16, 2014

St. Louis Cardinals at San Francisco Giants - October 16, 2014 | MLB.com Wrap

Congrats to the Giants and their fans!

Jim Furtado Posted: October 16, 2014 at 11:24 PM | 76 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, giants, playoffs

Small missteps for Cards, 1 Giant leap from NL title | MLB.com

Buster Posey and the Giants already know how to win in October—even without all this help from the St. Louis Cardinals.

Strange as it might look sometimes, San Francisco finds a way to score just enough.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 16, 2014 at 06:16 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, giants, playoffs

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Pressure-packed 10th leads Giants to walk-off win | MLB.com

Can it get much weirder?

Jim Furtado Posted: October 14, 2014 at 08:49 PM | 54 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, giants, playoffs

Monday, October 13, 2014

Bernie: Cards rally around Molina : Sports

The three homers merely were opening acts. In terms of delivering a heart-pumping moment, Wong struck the most timely and powerful blow of them all.

Wong’s memorable, instant-classic swing shattered a 4-4 tie and gave the Cards a 5-4 victory that cleared the debris of a Trevor Rosenthal blown save, set off a red-draped celebration and ended an evening of swerving, unnerving, dramatic turns.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 13, 2014 at 07:46 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, giants, kolten wong, playoffs

Sunday, October 12, 2014


Saturday, October 11, 2014

Borowsky: The Cardinals need to reclaim spirit of ‘64 to heal St Louis’ racial tensions

Viva Larry Borowsky.

The Cardinals unite the city of St Louis as no other civic institution can. As the rest of the country has noted (with growing irritation), St Louisans take tremendous satisfaction in the success of our baseball team. Michael Brown was no exception; like almost every local kid, he identified as a proud member of Cardinal Nation. (The Cardinals hat he was wearing when he was shot rested atop his casket on the day of his funeral.) So, no doubt, do most of the officers who investigated Brown’s death, and who policed the demonstrations in the weeks that followed.

That’s why the Ferguson protestors chose to stage their demonstrations at Busch Stadium earlier this week – there’s no better place to get the whole city’s attention. And it’s why the Cardinals would be well-advised to take an emphatic stand against the bitterness that has spread from Ferguson to their front doorstep, and now threatens to come through their turnstiles.

If the organization doesn’t get ahead of this curve, it runs the risk of an ugly clash that would turn a potentially joyous occasion into a disgraceful one.

The Cardinals can counteract that possibility by, first of all, demanding that fans leave their Ferguson-related T-shirts, wristbands, and banners outside the ballpark. Better yet, they can celebrate the example of interracial comity established by earlier generations of Cardinal players. Back when Gibson and McCarver played, the races were as divided as they are today, perhaps more so. But the Cardinals stood for something else – something better – both within their clubhouse and on the field.

So when, in the NLCS pregame ceremonies, the Cards honor the heroes of post-seasons past, they also can and should invoke the larger Spirit of ’64 that McCarver and Gibson – two lifelong friends, one white and one black – displayed on Monday night before NLDS Game 3. It might take a strong gesture – like sending an interracial group of local Little Leaguers out to the Cardinals’ positions before the team takes the field, or inviting the award-winning, racially diverse Metropolitan Community Church of Greater St Louis Choir to sing “God Bless America” during the 7th inning stretch.

Direct appeals from today’s Cardinal players – a racially mixed lot that includes Anglos, Asians, African Americans, and Latinos – would not be unwelcome.

One way or another, the Cardinals need to push back against the attempts by a handful of St. Louisans to bring shame on their team and their city.

Repoz Posted: October 11, 2014 at 02:34 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Cards are back in NLCS | FOX Sports

Good luck to the Giants in the World Series!

Jim Furtado Posted: October 09, 2014 at 07:02 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, giants, playoffs

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

How the Cardinals became baseball’s best franchise | New York Post

I’d say we should wait until the end of this year’s postseason to make that determination.

No, the Dodgers don’t rank second behind St. Louis in the “Model franchise” standings, and neither do the Yankees. Maybe it’s the Giants, with their third NLCS appearance in five years, though they haven’t qualified for two straight postseasons since 2002-03. It certainly isn’t the Red Sox, who have registered two last-place finishes in the last three seasons.
You could make a case for the Tigers, who join the Cardinals as the only current clubs with four straight playoff appearances. Yet the Tigers just got swept by Baltimore in their ALDS, and they are weighed down by contracts of questionable length and value. They don’t look particularly well-positioned for the future.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 08, 2014 at 08:22 AM | 82 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, giants, playoffs, tigers

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Up and Adams: Cards mold NLCS berth out of Clayton

Shocking!

Jim Furtado Posted: October 07, 2014 at 08:36 PM | 48 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, dodgers, playoffs

Cardinals Fans Get Ugly In Clash With Ferguson Protesters

·We start off with a bang. At about the 22-second mark, an old white Cardinals fan begins telling the protesters—all of whom appear to be black—that they need to get jobs. He looks right in the camera, proudly, and says, “That’s right! If they’d be working, we wouldn’t have this problem!”
·At the 2:40 mark, they start saying much worse things. The “Let’s go Cardinals!” chant has turned into a “Let’s go Darren (police officer who killed Mike Brown)!” chant. Cool.
·At 8:10 one of the Cardinals fans calls one of the protesters a “crack head” and tells him he needs to go see a dentist.
·At 9:05 one of the Cardinals fans starts telling one of the protesters that if he ever “saw him in the street” he would “look at the ground.” They argue for a bit about who would and would not whip whose ass.
·At about 10:25 a small blonde lady starts yelling at the (black) protesters: “We’re the ones who gave all y’all the freedoms that you have!”
·At about 12:14 an older female Cardinals fan begins telling the man holding the camera, who claims he is a former Marine, that she doesn’t believe he is a veteran. The conversation does not go well for her.
·At 14:54, the Cardinals fans start in on a very loud “USA! USA! USA!” chant.
·At 16:07, another Cardinals fan begins yelling at the protesters, telling them that they need to get jobs.
·At 16:43, a female Cardinals fan begins chanting “Africa! Africa! Africa!” at the protesters.
·At 17:10 a Cardinals fans tells the protesters that they need to remove their hats and pull up their pants.

Win Big Stein's Money Posted: October 07, 2014 at 03:36 PM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals

Dodgers are in big trouble, and a frustrated Kemp sounds off on ump - CBSSports.com

Ultimately, the players need to overcome whatever game conditions they face.

“You’ve got to be accountable, man,” Kemp continued. “When we do bad things, we get punished. We can get sent down. When stuff like that happens, you should be gone. There should be some type of punishment.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 07, 2014 at 08:08 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, dodgers, playoffs, umpires

Cardinals Ride John Lackey and Two Home Runs to Win Over Dodgers - NYTimes.com

The veteran right-hander John Lackey wore a different shade of red last October when he pitched the Boston Red Sox to a World Series title in Game 6. His opponent that night in New England was the St. Louis Cardinals, the team that traded for him this summer.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 07, 2014 at 06:31 AM | 47 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, dodgers, playoffs

Monday, October 06, 2014

Fangraphs (Sullivan): What Happened to Clayton Kershaw?

Another great Jeff Sullivan article breaking down, visually, how Clayton Kershaw suffered his historic meltdown versus the Cardinals:

In Game 1 of the NLDS between the Dodgers and the Cardinals, Kershaw was provided with a 6-1 lead. He left a 7-6 deficit, and shortly thereafter he was charged with run number eight. You already understand that the game was insane…ut Clayton Kershaw allowed eight runs. I don’t think there’s ever a bad time to try to figure out how something like that can happen. [...]

A popular theory caught immediate fire: the Cardinals had something on Kershaw, and his signs. Basically, there’s a thought that Kershaw was tipping his pitches, giving the Cardinals the advantage of knowing what would be on the way. It’s a common explanation whenever a good pitcher gets bad results, or at least, it’s a common proposed explanation, but seldom is it supported. In this case, some players and former players believe it, and others do not. I don’t know. I’m always skeptical, but I don’t know for sure. I don’t know what the Cardinals were seeing and relaying to one another, if anything. I think, though, there’s a simpler explanation. I think Kershaw didn’t execute, and I think the Cardinals did. It’s boring, but it’s usually what works, and it’s what my eyes are telling me. Let’s go through that seventh inning at-bat by at-bat, so I can try to explain where I’m coming from.


Sunday, October 05, 2014

Dodgers get off mat, even NLDS on Kemp’s blast | MLB.com

Kemp makes a big impact.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 05, 2014 at 07:15 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, dodgers, playoffs

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