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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Ex-big leaguer (Jim) King, 82, dies

Former professional baseball player Jim King of Elkins died Monday in Fayetteville.

He was 82.

An outfielder, King played 11 seasons with six major-league teams. He began his major-league career in 1955 with the Chicago Cubs where he played two seasons. His first at-bat came at Wrigley Field, where he had a pinch-hit double against eventual Hall of Famer Robin Roberts.

King went on to play a year for the St. Louis Cardinals and San Francisco Giants. He didn’t play in the majors in the 1959 and 1960 seasons.

King’s longest professional stint came with Washington where he played six years. He started the 1967 season with the Senators before wrapping up his career later that year playing a combined 42 games with the Chicago White Sox and Cleveland Indians.


Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Gay Minor League pitcher Jason Burch was just waiting for the right question

Still, through his Minor League career that stretched across six seasons and four Major League Baseball franchises, Burch kept to that mantra: No one asked, no need to tell. During a game for the BaySox in 2008, a rare opportunity presented itself. Sitting in the bullpen, one of his teammates, a pitcher from Latin America, asked him if he had a girlfriend with whom to spend their upcoming break. The door opened and Burch strode right through it.

“I’m not interested in girls. I’m gay. And I don’t have a boyfriend.”..

That wasn’t the only time he shared his sexual orientation with teammates. He opened up to people he trusted, men he had known for a while and people he considered true friends. That list of trusted teammates simply wasn’t very long, as the life of a Minor League player is full of change. He played for five different A+ and AA teams, and two Major League spring trainings, in just his final two seasons in baseball. Players are traded, moved up, dropped down and sent to other teams all season long. Opportunities to build deep, trusting relationships with teammates are few and far between.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 24, 2015 at 03:18 PM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, coming out, gay rights, jason burch, orioles, rockies

Baseball’s Fight With Fatigue - WSJ

Who would think I’d be using the word “innovation” to describe the Marlins.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 24, 2015 at 06:53 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, innovation, mariners, marlins

Monday, February 23, 2015

Choate hopes to resume specialist role : Sports

This is silly.

Veteran lefthander Randy Choate and Matheny have discussed Choate’s occasional unhappiness last year that he wasn’t used as much for lefthander-on-lefthander specialty purposes, which basically why Choate was given a three-year contract before the 2013 season. He pitched more complete innings than he thought he would but some of them were in blowout games.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 23, 2015 at 06:24 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, randy choate

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Lackey aiming for World Series trifecta : Sports

Remember when people said Lackey would never pitch for the minimum. Good times.

Lackey, working out at a Cardinals camp for the first time Wednesday, said he would be amenable to a contract extension although he quickly added that there was “nothing close.

“If it’s something that works for both sides. I would like it,” said the 36-year-old Lackey, who very much likes what he’s seen with the Cardinals in just the two-plus months he spent with them last August through October.

“This group of guys ... this organization ... it’s a great place to be and it’s something I would entertain for sure,” Lackey said.

General manager John Mozeliak conceded that an adjustment/extension in Lackey’s contract is not a front-burner issue.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 19, 2015 at 09:26 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, john lackey

Friday, February 13, 2015

Ranking the teams: 6 through 1

6. Seattle Mariners

Probably unintentional, but the number 6 meme lives!

Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: February 13, 2015 at 06:52 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, dodgers, indians, mariners, nationals, pirates

Friday, January 30, 2015

Puig says Cardinals are Dodgers’ biggest adversary

Yasiel Puig is really close with a particular family in Los Angeles, and that family has a 10-year-old Cardinals-loving boy who has made it his mission to exasperate the Dodgers’ eccentric outfielder….

“His mom calls him ‘The Cardinal,’” Puig deadpanned. “We don’t even know his name anymore. … I take him to the stadium, I put the tickets under my name, I introduce him to all of my teammates, and he shows up with a Cardinals shirt. He’s driving me nuts. I can’t win with him. His cousins all have [Dodgers gear]. Not him. We have to do something. I have to make him change his mind. We won the second game and that’s it. He cried, and after that, he started laughing at us again.”...

Puig spoke highly of the Cardinals, how great their team is and how smart their manager is. He thanked them for teaching his team the proper way to play baseball and said they’ve become the Dodgers’ truest adversary, more so than even the defending-champion and division-rival Giants.

Steve Parris, Je t'aime Posted: January 30, 2015 at 09:45 PM | 67 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, dodgers, yasiel puig

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Herzog calls 1985 team his best as Cards manager

Whitey Herzog talks about the 1985 World Series team.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 11, 2015 at 07:22 AM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, whitey herzog

Thursday, January 08, 2015

Could Hamels, Price or Scherzer be answer to Cards’ rotation needs? | FOX Sports

Are the Cardinals really involved in all of this?

Jim Furtado Posted: January 08, 2015 at 06:21 AM | 46 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, cole hamels, david price, max scherzer

Monday, December 29, 2014

Nine possible spots for Max Scherzer: Star FA without a team, or a rumor - CBSSports.com

Will Boras really be able to convince a team to go $200 million on Scherzer?

9. Yankees: Hal Steinbrenner has been weighing Scherzer for weeks, but in recent days indications are Steinbrenner still isn’t ready to dive in, and they’ve said as much. Many rotation question questions carry over from last season, and it appears that for now at least, talented youngster Nate Eovaldi is the answer to McCarthy’s departure. Their starting group could be very good, but there’s a lot of uncertainty, from Mashiro Tanaka’s elbow to CC Sabathia’s knee to Ivan Nova’s elbow to Michael Pineda’s ability to continue to perform. The issue is this: With a 50 percent tax for them, a $28 million salary for Scherzer would cost them $42 million, steep even by Yankees standards.


Sunday, December 21, 2014

Someone old, someone new are Cards’ best : Sports

Who are the Cardinals prospects of the year?

Jim Furtado Posted: December 21, 2014 at 09:18 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, prospects

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

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