Tuesday, January 21, 2020

If Cardinals Wouldn't Pay For Marcell Ozuna, They Won't Go After Nolan Arenado

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Marcell Ozuna Says Goodbye To Cardinals Fans

Just a few hours after agreeing to terms on a free-agent contract with the Atlanta Braves, former St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Marcell Ozuna took to Instagram to say goodbye to his fans here.


Video: John Brebbia & John Gant On Beards

Videos: Carlos Martinez On His Health & Mentality For 2020 Season

Video: Jordan Hicks On Tommy John Recovery

Video: Dylan Carlson On Whether He's Ready For MLB

Video: Alex Reyes On Being Healthy & Ready For 2020 Season

Video: Jack Flaherty On The Affects Of Winter Warm-Up

Why Marcell Ozuna Signed One-Year Deal With Braves Rather Than Long-Term Contract

Free agent outfielder Marcell Ozuna agreed to a one-year with the Braves on Tuesday, not getting the long-term contract he desired when he hit the open market.

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Video: Mike Shildt On Winning Award & Engagement

Video: Nolan Gorman On Reuniting With Matthew Liberatore

Video: John Mozeliak On Jose Martinez-Randy Arozarena Trade

Braves Signed Marcell Ozuna To One-Year/$18M Deal

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Capping Career With Cardinals, Larry Walker A Hall Of Famer

Two former Cardinals players will be enshrined in Cooperstown, N.Y., this summer.
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The St. Louis Cardinals congratulate former Redbirds outfielder Larry Walker who earned selection today to the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Walker joined Derek Jeter among the players who received the necessary 75 percent of all ballots cast by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America (BBWAA).
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A legend famous for how high he jumped at his position and an all-around great who had to fight the perception altitude was the reason for his aptitude will join Ted Simmons in Cooperstown, N.Y., as part of the National Baseball Hall of Fame's class of 2020.

The timeframe Larry Walker had been told to be ready Tuesday for a phone call that would change his life had “come and gone,” he said, and he was to about walk back inside his house, believing he was out of the running for baseball’s Hall of Fame.

Phillies Signed Bud Norris To Minors Deal

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Kolten Wong Motivated To Retain Gold Glove, Sets Base-Stealing Contest With Harrison Bader

It took Kolten Wong six seasons to prove he's a premier defensive infielder in Major League Baseball and he's dead set on retaining it in 2020.


Cardinals 'Theme Tickets' On-Sale Wednesday

Tickets for more than three dozen specifically-themed Cardinals games go on sale Wednesday morning.


White Sox Signed Adalberto Mejia To Minors Deal With MLB Spring Invite

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After His 'Least-Consistent Year,' Paul Goldschmidt Has To Be Better For Cardinals To Improve

For the Cardinals to make the playoffs in 2020, the guy in 2019 who had 34 homers with an .821 OPS must hit better.


Carlos Martinez Epitomizes Contextual Value, & Other Business School Buzzwords

In recent years, moving a middling starter to relief and discovering a stud has become something of a baseball trope. Spare Andrew Miller or Drew Pomeranz on your hands? Chuck them in the bullpen and they’ll improve. Wade Davis doesn’t thrill you as a starter? Let him relieve and he’ll add velo and win you a World Series.


It Won't Happen This Time Around, But Scott Rolen Is On Track For Cooperstown

When the 2020 Baseball Hall of Fame class is announced late Tuesday afternoon (5 p.m.) St. Louis time, former Cardinals third baseman Scott Rolen will come up short in the voting.

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Cardinals Also Released Ben Yokley, Dionis Zamora, Wilberto Rivera, Enrique Perez, Josh Shaw, Jean Slemo, & Diomedes Del Rio; Cardinals Signed RHP Bruno Lopez

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Astros Released Jon Edwards; Cardinals Released Allinson Benitez, Franyel Casadilla, Hector De Los Santos, John Fasola, Alex Gallegos, Junior Gonzalez, Wilman Madera, Andrew Morales, Sam Tewes, & Francis Ventura

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Phillies Signed Drew Storen To Minors Deal With MLB Spring Invite

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Cardinals Winter League Notebook 1-21-20: Evan MacLane Strikes Out Four Over Five Scoreless Innings For The Win; Cesar Valera Singles, Walks, & Drives In Two Runs; Ramon Urias Triples & Knocks In One Run

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From Bill DeWitt's Payroll Pronouncement To Mike Shildt's Pledge, Cardinals Coverage Just Warming Up

Ever since Mark McGwire reappeared in St. Louis through a double door used mostly as a thoroughfare for food trays and caused the media to sardine into a narrow hallway just to ask him questions — what the late Joe Strauss called "The Riot at the Hyatt" — there has been less chaos and more control for the Cardinals at Winter Warm-Up.


Here Are MLB's Top Ten Third Base Prospects For 2020

Each of the top-three-ranked players on last year’s Top 10 third base prospects list graduated to the Major Leagues in 2019, though none arrived with as much hype as Blue Jays phenom Vladimir Guerrero Jr.

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Monday, January 20, 2020

Jeff Bridich Kills Nolan Arenado Trade Rumors - For Nearly Two Whole Hours

Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in.


Long-Awaited, Needed UpgradeTo Spring Training Complex Gains Momentum, Eventually; Matt Carpenter 'It's A Huge Advantage'; Extra Bases

The Cardinals’ years and years of wanting the financing and approval to bring their spring training complex up to date has received a boost for what is expected to be a $108 million renovation at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Florida.


After His 'Least-Consistent Year,' Paul Goldschmidt Needs A Mike Schmidt Year In 2020

For the Cardinals to make the playoffs in 2020, the guy in 2019 who had 34 homers with an .821 OPS must hit better.


Adam Wainwright & Yadier Molina Ready For Another Round Against Father Time

Buzz. Declined. Buzz. Declined. Buzz.


Matt Carpenter Determined To Have Bounce-Back Year

At the end of every season, Matt Carpenter reflects on what did and did not go well the previous season. It helps him craft a game plan for the offseason to focus on the improvements he’d like to make.
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When Lance Berkman saw his former Cardinals teammate Matt Carpenter at a Christian conference for pro athletes this offseason, he approached with a question and offered a promise as Carpenter recalled Monday.

Matt Carpenter hit below .230, with fewer than 20 home runs and 50 RBI last year in what was his worst offensive year of his career. He told media at St. Louis Cardinals Winter Warm-Up that he feels like he hasn't found his identity yet as a hitter.

For more than 20 minutes on Monday, a candid Matt Carpenter stood in a small hotel meeting room and talked about what went wrong for him offensively last season and how he is motivated to prove to Cardinals fans and teammates that he can still be an effective hitter.

As Long As Yadier Molina Plays Like "Yadi," The Cardinals Should Keep Paying Hime

Yadier Molina is a productive Major League Baseball player who continues to evolve.


Yadier Molina: Cardinal For Life Or 'That's It For Me'; Miles Mikolas Working On Finding As Effective Slider Again; Cardinals, Marlins Finalize Deal For Improvements To Spring Training Complex

Yadier Molina wants to be a Cardinal for life, he confirmed on Monday.

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Video: John Brebbia Wonder Why People Want His Autograph 1-20-2020

Kansas City Signed Dylan Tice For 2020 Season

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Andrew Miller Talks About Facing 2018 Astros, New MLB Three-Batter Rule

Alex Bregman was on first, Jose Altuve on second.


Bill DeWitt: Cardinals' Payroll Unlikely To Increase Much

If the opportunity arises for the Cardinals to upgrade their current roster, Cardinals ownership would take a sincere look, but chairman Bill DeWitt Jr. said on Monday that he doesn’t see a significant addition to the roster coming this offseason -- or that the team was “actively seeking” an impact trade.
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The opportunity to add an upgrade or outfit the roster with more depth would be enough for Cardinals ownership to consider a larger payroll, but chairman Bill DeWitt Jr. stressed Monday that he did not expect a "significant" addition or did he think it would be wise for the team's "model."

The year 2020 will mark the 25th season of stewardship for the Cardinals’ ownership group headed by chairman Bill DeWitt Jr.

Cardinals Caravan Has Become A Family Tradition

The day will probably come when my 11-year-old son Sully is too cool for the Cardinals Caravan, but as long as he’s not, Sully and I will be at the Decatur stop every year.

Herald Review

Cardinals Winter Warm-Up: In Their Own Words 1-20-2020

The closing day of the 2020 St. Louis Cardinals Winter Warm-Up charity event at the Hyatt Regency at the Arch arrived on Monday with the final group of presentations and autograph signings scheduled.

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Videos: Adam Wainwright On Proving People Wrong In 2020 & Cardinals' Rotation 1-20-2020

Pirates Signed Nik Turley To Minors Deal Witn MLB Spring Invite

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Yadier Molina Wants To Play Several More Years For Cardinals, & If Not Them 'That's It For Me'

At almost the same place and in the same room where he stood and said his current contract would likely be his last contract, Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina grinned, bounced a bit, and bent his knees.

Cardinals fans won't see the last of Yadier Molina donning the birds on the bat in 2020, if the veteran catcher has his way.

When Yadier Molina signed his contract extension two years ago, he said he thought that might be it. At the end of the three-year deal, which expires at the end of the upcoming 2020 season, Molina figure, at the time, that he might retire.

Video: Yadier Molina On Contract Situation 1-20-2020

Video: Kolten Wong On Winning His First Gold Glove 1-20-2020

Video: Paul Goldschmidt On 2020 Cardinals 1-20-2020

Matt Carpenter Explains Why Sign Stealing Astros Now Carry Asterick

Matt Carpenter pulled zero punches Monday as he recapped his career-worst 2019 season.


Video: Kolten Wong On Winning First Gold Glove 1-20-2020

Adam Wainwright Uses Doubt As Fuel, Aiming To Compete One Last Ride With Cardinals

Every year, Adam Wainwright walks into the media room and tries to defer to the past instead of the long term future, something he prefers to leave out ahead undiscovered. Be that as it may, the veteran Cardinals pitcher knows it's a foolhardy task with the local media needing a story to tell their readers.


Astros To Interview Eduardo Perez For Managerial Job

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Audio: Randy Flores On Analytics With Dan McLaughlin 1-20-2020

Randy Flores was named the Cardinals Director of Scouting in August of 2015. He was a part of the Cardinals 2006 World Series Championship team and spent eight seasons in the Majors. The left-hander pitched for St. Louis from 2004-2008.

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Video: Adam Wainwright On What Keeps Him Going 1-20-2020

Video: Matt Carpenter On His Struggles Last Season 1-20-2020

Video: Dexter Fowler On Upcoming Season 1-20-2020

Videos: Miles Mikolas On Cardinals' Pitching Staff, Jack Flaherty, & Jim Hayes 1-20-2020

Cardinals Can't & Won't Let Tommy Edman's Value Go To Waste

Cardinals president of baseball operations John Mozeliak caused a bit of a Twitter firestorm (for some) this weekend when he said during his annual Winter Warm-Up Q&A that — gasp! — the Cardinals, like every other team in baseball, are no longer clinging to batting average as the best and only way to evaluate a hitter.


Cardinals Winter League Notebook 1-20-20: Anthony Garcia Named To 2019-20 LBPRC All-Star Team; Ramon Urias Doubled & Walked; Gabriel Lino Doubled

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Cardinals Caravan Returns To Hannibal, Long-Time Bradcaster Honored

Cardinals Hall of Famer Rogers Hornsby once said, "People ask me what I do in the winter when there's no baseball." He replied saying he stares out the window, waiting for spring.


'We're Not Going To Win This Way': Mike Shildt, Cardinals Draw Line On Unsavory Sign Stealing

It wasn’t as obvious or loud as, say, the banging on a trash can coming from the opposing dugout, but the shockwaves that rippled through baseball, exposed sign-stealing cheats and cost three managers their jobs were not new to Mike Shildt’s ears.


Coming Off Elite 2019, Jack Flaherty Looks For Even More Consistency

Jack Flaherty went from elite prospect to merely elite in one season — and really only in one half season. The Cardinals right-hander was 8-9 as a rookie in 2018 and then 11-8 this past season, but those totals tell nothing of the story.


During A Slow & Steady Recovey, Jordan Hicks Speeds Toward Spring Feeling 'Really Strong'; Nolan Gorman Goes For 'Upgrade'; Tyler Webb On Three-Batter Minimum; Marcell Ozuna, Etc

Cardinals closer Jordan Hicks, his overheated fastball having spent the past six months cooling as he recovered from elbow surgery, has read the comments on social media and he definitely heard the questions while meeting fans on this weekend’s caravan.


Sunday, January 19, 2020

Humble & Hungry, Dylan Carlson Visited St. Louis For Weekend

Some arrived with a Sharpie, others wanted a selfie. Some told him they have him pegged for left field, others for right.


Cardinals Caravan Makes Annual Stop At ISU

The Saint Louis Cardinals stopped by USI on Sunday for their annual caravan tour stop.

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Video: Ted Simmons Received The Red Medal Award 1-19-2020

Video: John Mozeliak On Cardinals Organization 1-19-2020

Video: Paul Goldschmidt Received Darryl Kile Award 1-19-2020

Video: Kolten Wong Received Gold Glove Award 1-19-2020

Derrick Goold Received Medal Of Merit From Boy Scouts

106 Or Bust? Jordan Hicks Will Settle For Return To Health; Dylan Carlson Has Chance To Compete For A Roster Spot; Austin Gomber Looking Toward A Healthy 2020; Worth Noting

Cardinals closer Jordan Hicks on Sunday showed off his full right arm extension -- and added in a left arm extension, just for good measure -- demonstrating the health he feels about six months after he had Tommy John surgery.

St. Louis Official Site

Will Clark Received Nostalgia Award & Talks About Trade To Cardinals

Mark DeJohn On His 33 Years In The Cardinals Organization

Videos; Jordan Hicks On Rehabbing From Tommy John Surgery 1-19-2020

Dexter Fowler Received Physical Comeback Of The Year Award

Cardinals Winter Warm-Up: In Their Own Words 1/19/2020

Sunday’s Day 2 of the 2019 St. Louis Cardinals Winter Warm-Up charity event at the Hyatt Regency at the Arch arrived with a return to sub-freezing temperatures and brisk winds – but nothing that would keep the throngs of Cardinals fans away.

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Audio Mike Shildt Talks About Love For Baseball, Beiung Stewards, & Offseason 1-19-2020

Video: Jack Flaherty Winter Warm-Up "Gets You Itching To Get Back Out There" 1-19-2020

Nolan Gorman, Matthew Liberatore Enjoying Reunion As Cardinals

Matthew Liberatore tried hard to get his friend Nolan Gorman on the phone, but Gorman was busy. He was in the middle of winning a mini golf tournament.

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Video: Paul DeJong On Working Out & Ice Fishing In Northern Wisconsin 1-19-2020

Dylan Carlson Humbled By Fans, Veteran Players Desire To Help

Dylan Carlson says he's the type of player who enjoys just watching veterans get their work in and says he has learned just by being in the presence of some St. Louis Cardinals veterans. But Paul Goldschmidt and Matt Carpenter have taken it a step further at Spring Training last season, spending time with Carlson at in the cages, at lunch and in the video room.

When you are the number one prospect in the organization, a healthy amount of pressure comes with the territory as the media stands in front of you.

Does It Matter That The Cardinals Don't Really Have A Closer?

In conversations with Cardinals relief pitchers at this weekend’s Winter Warm-Up, a natural question persists.


Videos: Lane Thomas Is Comfortable Filling A Variety Of Different Roles & Talks Injury 1-19-2020

Few Signs (Or Mentions) Of Marcell Ozuna At Cardinals Winter Warmp-Up; Cardinals Keep Coming To Bat For Jeff Albert; Can We Drop The Closer Drama?

Greetings from Cardinals Winter Warm-Up. Here are three quick thoughts from day two. Hope to see everyone at the Baseball Writers' Dinner tonight.


Audio: John Brebbia Talks About His Love For Baseball & Coffee Scene 1-19-2020

Jack Flaherty Plans To Follow Bob Gibson's Advice & 'Be On The Attack Constantly' In 2020

St. Louis Cardinals starter Jack Flaherty plans to continue following the advice Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Gibson gave him.

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'A Human Red Bull': Jose Martinez Leaves Large Shoes To Fill With Cardinals

Players come and go. It's part of the game of baseball, going back as long as the sport has been a beacon of popularity for fans, and dissected by the media.


Mike Shildt: Dylan Carlson 'Can Compete' For Outfield Spot; Jordan Hicks Starts Throwing, Eyes July; Nolan Gorman, 2.0

Mike Shildt still thinks of Marcell Ozuna as one of his guys — “In my head he’s still here,” the Cardinals manager said Sunday at Winter Warm-Up.

Cardinal Beat

Video: Tommy Edman Is Willing To Play "Wherever On The Field I'm Needed" 1-19-2020

For Mike Shildt, Offseason Has Been Hectic Both Personally & Professionally

On both a personal and professional level, this off-season has been a hectic one for Cardinals manager Mike Shildt.


Video: Dylan Carlson "I Just Try On Getting Better Each & Every Day" 1-19-2020

Video: Mike Shildt Talks Lineup & Marcell Ozuna 1-19-2020

Video: Mike Shildt "I Love The Experience We Have In Every Area" 1-19-2020

Nolan Gorman May Wish To Emulate David Wright, But Is Open To Playing Wherever Cardinals Need Him

Ever since he was drafted in 2018, St. Louis Cardinals' prospect Nolan Gorman has been ranked in the top three on the organization's prospects ranking list.


Michael Girsch Says Cardinals Have No Signings To Announce

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Video: John Brebbia On John Gant's Beard 1-19-2020

Video: Matthew Liberatore Talks Trade, Getting To Call Nolan Gorman 1-19-2020

Video: John Gant On His Expectations 1-19-2020

Video: Tommy Edman Says He's Expecting To Fill A Lof Of Different Roles 1-19-2020

Video: Nolan Gorman On Matthew Liberatore 1-19-2020

Cardinals Signed Matt Wieters To One-Year/$2M Deal

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You Must Find Artist Steve Walden At The Winter Warmp-Up

Steve Walden is the guy painting on the main stage at the Cardinals Care Winter Warm-Up. Throughout the weekend there have been various speakers come and go, including Mike Shildt on Sunday afternoon, but all the while Walden is painting pictures.

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Audio: John Mozeliak On Trading For Matthew Liberatore 1-19-2020

Cardinals Winter League Notebook 1-19-20: Hector Hernandez Strikes Out One, Induces 12 Ground Outs, & Allows One Run Over Five & Two-Thirds Innings For The Win; Rangel Ravelo Singles, Walks Twice, & Drives In One Run; Yariel Gonzalez Knocks In One Run

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John Mozeliak Explains Global Perspective Of Cardinals

The Cardinals continue to span the globe for talent.


Cardinals Doc Celebrates Fun, Wild Whiteyball Era

If Cardinals fans of the 1980s think they were entertained by the product that was on the field, the players putting that product out there were just as entertained, if not more.

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Cardinals Winter Warmup - Day One - 1/18/2020

Day One at the annual Cardinals Winter Warmup featured big crowds and Carlos Martinez. The Cardinals right handed pitcher declared himself healthy and ready to win a spot in the 2020 Cardinals starting pitching rotation.


With Guidance From Tommy Pham, Harrison Bader Is Confident About 2020

In the summer of 2018, the Cardinals traded center fielder Tommy Pham to create playing time for Harrison Bader.


Carlos Martinez Remains On Target, So Far, To Be A Cardinals Starter Again

Oft-injured Cardinals right-hander Carlos Martinez said Saturday that his right arm felt “100 percent” this offseason and that he had been cleared to throw his first bullpen session of the new year on Tuesday at the Cardinals’ complex in Jupiter, Fla.