Monday, January 23, 2017

Video: Michael Wacha's Shoulder Is Feeling Good

Michael Wacha talks about his shoulder and his mindset about starting or relieving.

Fox Sports Midwest

A Hall Of Fame Case For Jim Edmonds

With the Hall of Fame voting and announcements behind us, we all know who made it in and who did not. However, not many people pay attention to the players that only get one go at it. My least favorite of the ballot rules continues to throw out really solid players.


Evaluating Sam Tuivailala's Case For A Roster Spot

The right-hander has struggled to find the zone consistently during his brief stints at the big-league level, but might a full-time role help him iron out his flaws?

Viva El Birdos

The Cardinals' Current Top Ten Prospects (Plus A Few More)

A lot of the publications that cover baseball prospects are putting out their organizational, positional and (eventually) top 100 lists at this time of year so I figured I’d join in the fun.

101 ESPN

Matt Carpenter's Hitting In 2016, Pre- And Post-Injury

Carpenter may have returned to the lineup full-time on August 5th, but did he ever fully overcome the lingering physical effects of his July 6th oblique strain?

Viva El Birdos

Cardinals Winter League Notebook 1-23-17: Jonathan Rivera Finished With A Slash Line Of .357/.379/.429 In Panama; Donovan Solano Singles Twice, Doubles, & Drives In One Run; Randy Ruiz Doubles & Knocks In One Run

Cardinals Winter League

Springfield Jobs Fair Set For Thursday, January 26th

The Springfield Cardinals are excited to host the 2017 Cardinals Job Fair on Thursday, January 26 from 4 - 7pm in the Indoor Training Facility at Hammons Field. Whether you have always dreamed of working in baseball or are looking for a fun, fast-paced way to spend the season, you won't want to miss this great opportunity.

Springfield Official Site

The Cardinals' Run Prevention Numbers Should Be Better In 2017

The fielding independent pitching (FIP) statistic helps measure what a pitcher’s ERA might look like had he been on the receiving end of league-average defense (and luck) on balls in play. As such, if a pitcher has a bad defense behind him, his ERA will likely suffer to no fault of his own. To see this in practice, in 2016 the ten worst defensively-rated teams by FanGraphs averaged an ERA (4.50) that was 17 points higher than their FIP (4.33), and well above the league-average of 4.19.

Viva El Birdos

It's Good To Be Matt Holliday These Days

The Yankees were one of the several teams that Matt Holliday considered signing with before he decided to put on the Pinstripes. Destined to be a key component in the Yankees offense this season, Holliday is in a win-win situation that offers him a new and revitalized life in baseball. Not many veterans at age 37 get a chance like this. Indeed, this one is a good baseball story.

Yanks Go Yard

Loss Of Yordano Ventura, Friend Of Oscar Taveras, Stirs Painful Memories

You learned Yordano Ventura died in a car crash, and the bottom of your stomach disappeared.


Cuban League 1-22-17

40 years of waiting were worth it so that the cast of the Alazanes de Granma, reached its first title of the Cuban National Series ball, in a unique style, completing a sweep of 4-0 over reigning holder, Ciego de Avila, after To win 3-2 in Game 4 of the Final of Cuba 2017, celebrated in an overflowed Martyrs park of Barbados, that at the end of the clash could not contain the joy of a liking that flooded the whole terrain.  (Translated)

Baseball de Cuba

Eliezer Alvarez Ranked Tenth On MLB Pipeline's 2017 Top Ten Second Baseman Prospects

He might have changed teams, but there isn't any doubt about who owns the top of this Top 10 second base prospects list.

St. Louis Official Site

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Cardinals Nation In Solidarity With Royals Fans

An all too familiar feeling swept across the St. Louis Cardinals and Cardinals Nation as the news on the passing of Kansas City Royals SP Yordano Ventura broke on Sunday.

Redbird Rants

Tim Lincecum Not Looking To Pitch Overseas

NPB On Reddit Twitter

Cardinals Greats Raise Money For Cancer Charity

Three Cardinals living legends helped the National Children’s Cancer Society raise a ton of cash on Saturday night.

CBS St. Louis

Cardinals Winter League Notebook 1-22-17: Ruben Gotay Singles, Doubles, Walks, & Drives In Two Runs; Ronny Cedeno Collects Two Singles & Two RBIs; Pedro Rodriguez & Hector Hernandez Each Strikes Out One Over One Hitless/Scoreless Inning

Cardinals Winter League

Yordano Ventura Dies In Car Accident

Royals righthander Yordano Ventura died Sunday morning in an auto accident in his home country, the Dominican Republic. He was 25.

Baseball America

Andy Marte, Former Top Prospect, Dies In Car Accident

Andy Marte, who played parts of seven seasons in the majors and was a former top prospect of the Braves and Red Sox, died in a car accident early Sunday in the Dominican Republic, his agency confirmed. He was 33.

Baseball America

Cuban League 1-21-17

A single entry needed the Alazanes de Granma, to practically place themselves on the verge of their first national title of their history, when this Saturday afternoon 10-1 Ciego de Avila, during Game 3 of the Final of Cuba'2017, Which was played in the Martyrs of Barbados park of the winners, before fans of 13,000 spectators who never tired of supporting their cast throughout the evening / night.  (Translated)

Baseball de Cuba

Aledmys Diaz Ready To Build On Rookie Success

He’s one of the best at making chicken salad out of chicken hits.


Saturday, January 21, 2017

Audio: Falcons Or Packers For Adam Wainwright??

As much as he loves football, the NFC Championship game is causing a little bit of turmoil for St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright. Over the years, he has gotten to know Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. But Wainwright is also a Georgia native, who grew up a fan of the Atlanta Falcons–although he admits being drawn to another NFL team in the mid-90’s.

STL Baseball Weekly

Jeff Luhnow Sees Pieces In Place For Astros

General manager Jeff Luhnow said he doesn't expect the Astros to make any additional moves before the start of Spring Training in 3 1/2 weeks, though they continue to monitor the market for starting pitching and left-handed relief.

Houston Official Site

Albert Pujols' Injury Status Is Driving The Angels' Recent Activity

The Angels’ pending signing of free-agent infielder Luis Valbuena is more a reflection of the uncertainty surrounding first baseman Albert Pujols than a desire to trade first baseman C.J. Cron or any other player.

Fox Sports

Bronson Arroyo Making Great Progress To Return; Cardinals Second Winningest Team Under Barack Obama Administration

The veteran is making great progress toward a return to the majors. Arroyo’s arm is all the way back and he is seeking a late February signing, with the possibility of being ready to go in April. Arroyo, who turns 40 next month, hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2014 after shoulder and elbow problems. He’s not expected to hold any workouts for teams.

Boston Globe

Astros Signed Dayan Diaz To Minors Deal With MLB Spring Invite

Jake Kaplan Twitter

Interview With Chris Chinea

Recently, I had the opportunity to do a Q&A interview with Cardinals minor leaguer, Chris Chinea. Chinea attended Louisiana State University, and was drafted in the 17th round of the 2015 MLB June Amateur Draft by the St. Louis Cardinals. Below are a few questions and answers from our interview. Enjoy!

Redbird Daily

Braves Agree To Deal With Kurt Suzuki

Suzuki joins Tyler Flowers and Anthony Recker as catchers on the Braves’ roster.

MLB Daily Dish

Cardinals Winter League Notebook 1-21-17: Malik Collymore Singles & Drives In Two Runs In Doubleheader; Evan MacLane Strikes Out Two & Allows Two Runs Over Five & Two-Thirds Innings; Richard Castillo Pitched One Scoreless Inning

Cardinals Winter League

The Breyvic Valera Discussion

In just a few days, John Nagel and I will be bringing you some of the best and extensive coverage of the Cardinals’ minor league system that you’ll find online. As we inch closer to our prospect bonanza, I’ve been trying to find ways to explain to people just how volatile it can be ranking prospects. These lists are a blast to read and even more fun to talk about, but prospect list are a roller-coaster-like-test in patience.

Redbird Daily

Matt Holliday Excited After His First "Official" Yankees Visit To New York

Matt Holliday was in New York this week to take part in a few of the Yankees' Winter Warm-Up events, and admitted it was nice to come early and get a feel for the Big Apple after spending the last seven-plus seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals.

YES Network

Rick Porcello Declined Invitation To Pitch For Team USA In World Baseball Classic

Scott Lauber Twitter

The Cardinals Should Extend Yadier Molina Before The Season Begins

The time is now to decide whether to keep Yadi around longer.

Viva El Birdos

Johnny Keane: A Man Of Quiet Dignity

After being fired from his job as Yankees manager in 1966, Johnny Keane was looking forward to rebuilding his career in 1967. The Angels had hired him to be a special assignment scout. Keane hoped that role would position him to become a big-league manager again and provide him the chance to replicate the success he had when he led the 1964 Cardinals to a World Series title.


Daryl Spencer Brought Passion, Pride, Power To Hankyu

The Baseball Bullet-In this week remembers Daryl Spencer, the former Hankyu Braves slugger who died Jan. 2 in Wichita, Kansas, at the age of 88.

Japan Times