Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Yadier Molina Does Not Want To Change Teams

It is increasingly difficult for a player to finish his career with a single team because of free agency and millionaire contracts, but Yadier Molina wants to be an exception to the rule.  (Translated)

El Nuevo Dia

Video: Jordan Schafer Hopes To Make Cardinals As Pitcher/Outfielder

Former Major League outfielder Jordan Schafer is trying to make the 2017 Cardinals roster as an outfielder and pitcher as well. Schafer took up pitching last year in the minor leagues. He has played in the majors as an outfielder with the Atlanta Braves, Houston Astros and Minnesota Twins. Fox 2 Sports reporter Zac Choate tells us Schafer's interesting story to get back to Major League Baseball.

Fox2Now

Monday, February 20, 2017

Chad Huffman Has Chance To Catch Up To Lifelong Friend Matt Caprenter

Their first meeting at the base of a chain-link fence and the still disputed tussle that ensued set the tone for a friendship that has spanned more than 20 years and now, maybe, possibly, four levels of baseball.

Post-Dispatch

Hitters Are Getting A Look At Live Pitching; Two For The Show; Jordan Schafer Switches; Extra Bases

The changeup veered right where Matt Carpenter wanted it to be but not where he wanted to see it, so he let the pitcher know.

Post-Dispatch

Video: Despite Alex Reyes Injury, Cardinals Remain Upbeat

KMOV

Cardinals 2017 Portrait Day

KMOX

Audio: More Not Less Of Dexter Fowler

Due to my travel schedule, I was unable to stick around Spring Training until the St. Louis Cardinals finished their workouts this morning and missed Dexter Fowler address his recent comments about how the travel ban for Iran affects his family–his wife was born there.

STL Baseball Weekly

Nick Additon To Pitch For CPBL Against Samurai In World Baseball Classic Warm-Up Series

Josh Inglis Twitter

Reds Signed Robert Stock To Minors Deal

Robert Stock Twitter

Orioles Re-Signed Michael Bourn To Minors Deal With MLB Spring Invite

Roch Kubatko Twitter

Gateway Named Ken Oberkfell Hitting Coach

Gateway Official Site

Expectations For Jack Flaherty & Sandy Alcantara

Two young pitching prospects and what their stats say about their future

Viva El Birdos

Jedd Gyorko Delivers Monstrous Homer Off Trevor Rosenthal; Opening Day Starter?

Infielder Jedd Gyorko kept a smile on his face as he experienced the highs and lows of live batting practice Monday morning while facing Carlos Martinez, Lance Lynn and Trevor Rosenthal.

Cardinal Beat

Mike Matheny 'Nowhere Near' Naming Opening Day Starter; Jordan Schafer Switches It Up; Kevin Siegrist Progressing; Worth Noting

Those wondering who will take the mound in the Cardinals' season opener will have to sit tight a while longer before receiving an answer.

St. Louis Official Site

Dexter Fowler Reaffirms Comments Regarding Travel Ban

Dexter Fowler said on Monday that he stands by the statement he made to ESPN.com two days ago in which he discussed the effect on his family of President Donald Trump's executive order limiting travel to and from seven Muslim-majority countries.
St. Louis Official Site

If the detractors hoped to silence Dexter Fowler with their opposition to his remarks over the weekend, they were as misguided as their narrow-minded views.
Post-Dispatch

Justin Masterson Threw For Rangers On Monday

Jeff Wilson Twitter

Luke Weaver Softens Blow Of Alex Reyes Injury For Cardinals

LOSING ALEX REYES FOR THE SEASON IS A TOUGH BLOW FOR THE CARDINALS, BUT LUKE WEAVER WILL DO JUST FINE TAKING HIS PLACE.

Cardsblog

After Frenetic Offseason, Tyrell Jenkins Settling In With Padres

In the routine-driven world of professional baseball, continuity is a coveted resource, a shortage of which can result in the loss of identity. Asked the most challenging part about being with four organizations in less than four weeks, Tyrell Jenkins revealed a knowing smirk.

San Diego Union Tribune

Four Possible Free Agent Replacements For Alex Reyes

The St. Louis Cardinals will be without top pitching prospect Alex Reyes for the 2017 season. If they which to replace him they could look at a number of available free agents.

Redbird Rants

Leo Mazzone On The Press Box 2-20-17

Cardinals received some rough news regarding Alex Reyes last week, Leo Mazzone joins to discuss what kind of pitcher Alex Reyes might be following Tommy John and how teams can try and prevent future injuries.

Inside STL

Mark Saxon Says Dexter Fowler Is A Refreshing Voice In The Cardinals Clubhouse

101 ESPN

Dexter Fowler Has The Right To Speak His Mind. And You Don't Get To Make Him 'Shut Up.'

Mark Saxon, who does a great job of covering the Cardinals on a daily basis for ESPN.com, offered this relatively minor and understated item on Dexter Fowler over the weekend:

101 ESPN

Vicente Campos Returns To Health

Vicente Campos said he is 100% fit and ready to compete for a spot in the Los Angeles Angels' rotation, according to an Orange County Register report .  (Translated)

LVBP Official Site

Sussex Signed Silfredo Garcia For 2017 Season

Can-Am League Official Twitter

Two Former California Pitchers Of Interest For Cardinals?

Two former California pitchers are attempting to make comebacks. Should the St. Louis Cardinals take interest in these reclamation cases?

Redbird Rants

Peter Bourjos Hoping To Seize White Sox Outfield Opportunity

Peter Bourjos knows there’s an opportunity to be seized in the White Sox outfield, but the 29-year-old is trying to take a relaxed approach this spring.

Chicago Tribune

Jenifer Langosch Details The Potential Bounceback Season For Jhonny Peralta For The 2017 Cardinals

Jen Langosch joined Bernie to talk about the early impact on Dexter Fowler, what it could mean for this club, Jhonny Peralta, his bounceback campaign, and players with a chance to stand out in Spring for the Cardinals

101 ESPN

National League Central Division Sleepers: Zac Gallen & Jeremy Martinez

Let’s take a shot at pegging some prospect sleepers ahead of the curve. I’m going to divide this by division, with two sleepers per team, one pitcher and one hitter. None of them have a current grade higher than C+ on our prospect lists entering 2017, but all (in my opinion) have a chance to be very good or even excellent values relative to their current ranking.

Minor League Ball

Video: Matt Adams Drops 30lbs Through Pilates & Motivation

Check out the leaner, meaner Matt Adams. He dropped 30lbs during the off season. The secret to his success? Pilates, weight training and a little motivation.

Fox2Now

Rick Ankiel On The Morning After 2-20-17

The story of Rick Ankiel, the former prodigy pitcher who turned into a Major League outfielder after his psyche crumbled one October afternoon in the 2001 playoffs, is one well-known among Cardinals fans.

Inside STL

Steve Cishek To Play Catch On Tuesday

Ryan Divish Twitter

The Top Five Managers In Cardinals History

Yeah, this list may seem random … why now, right? But there is a reason for it: consider this a bonus offering as part of our radio station’s “Salute to Coaches” (and presumably managers) on 101 ESPN.

101 ESPN

Redeeming Michael Wacha & Trevor Rosenthal Is Key For Cardinals To Recover From Loss Of Alex Reyes

As painful as the loss of top pitching prospect Alex Reyes for the 2017 season is to the St. Louis Cardinals, it’s not necessarily a fatal blow to the team’s playoff aspirations.

Cheap Seats

Facility Upgrades Exciting Bill DeWitt III

Putting a twist on the focus of Presidents Day, cardinals.com caught up with team president Bill DeWitt III and offered him the opportunity to address the fan base on a variety of topics. He chose to talk about three areas in particular:

St. Louis Official Site

Shelby Miller Expects Strong Results With Refreshed Attitude

It’s too early for regret. Well, at least, for complete regret.

Fox Sports

Stan Musial & His Shaky Cardinals Spring Training

In his first spring training as a big-league player, Stan Musial felt the pressure of high expectations, went into a slump and nearly lost a starting spot in the Cardinals outfield.

RetroSimba

David Peralta Will Seek Resurgence In 2017

The outfielder hopes to have an injury-free year and be key to Arizona  (Translated)

Lider

Yadier Molina Convinced Ruben Gotay To Play For Dorado

Gotay joined the Guardians of Dorado in the Superior Double Baseball League A.  (Translated)

Primera Hora

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Orix Considering Moving Brandon Dickson From Starting Pitcher To Closer

NPB On Reddit Twitter

'Pitching Practice' Gets Going; On The Way Back

Hitters faced pitchers for the first time this spring in Cardinals camp on Sunday. Some hitters swung and missed pitches. Some made contact. Some hitters just tracked pitches, preferring to keep lumber on shoulder.

Post-Dispatch

Sandy Alcantara Makes Strides In Minors

Sandy Alcantara was only 11 when he decided it was time to leave his home to chase his baseball dreams. At that tender age he packed a few belongings and moved in with his sister two hours away in the capital of the Dominican Republic.

Post-Dispatch

Jhonny Peralta Has Luxury Of Time This Spring

After the first surgery of his career a year ago and far too long at home watching far too many hours of other people playing baseball, veteran Jhonny Peralta found something equally unfamiliar when he returned to the Cardinals’ lineup.

Post-Dispatch

Albert Pujols Ramps Up Recovery From Surgery

Albert Pujols is almost ready to get a running start on the second half of his mega-contract with the Los Angeles Angels.

KMOX

Cardinals Spring Training Photo Gallery Day Six

Another look at some of the sights from around Spring Training with the St. Louis Cardinals in this photo gallery as Yadier Molina returned to camp and Adam Wainwright, Brett Cecil, and Seung Hwan Oh were among those on the mound for “pitching practice”…

STL Baseball Weekly

Former Cardinals Draft Selections Playing In College 2-19-17: Cadyn Grenier Singles, Triples, & Drives In One Run; Ryan Merrill Singles, Walks, & Knocks In One Run; Josh Rolette Collects One Single & One RBI



Justin Bellinger (former 2014 draft selection-Duke) entered late in the game as a pinch hitter and batted third.  One walk at the plate.

Cadyn Grenier (former 2015 draft selection-Oregon St) started at shortstop and batted ninth.  2-for-4 with one triple, one RBI, one run, and committed one error.

Oregon St beat Duke 11-2

Jackson Lamb (former 2016 draft selection-Michigan) entered in the sixth and pitched two innings.  He allowed three hits, no runs, and two walks.  (p-s:36-17)

Michigan beat Seton Hall 10-7

Ryan Merrill (former 2015 draft selection-Texas Christian) started at shortstop and batted eighth.  1-for-3 with one RBI, one walk, and one caught stealing.

Texas Christian beat Penn St 9-3

Josh Rolette (former 2015 draft selection-Kansas St) started at catcher and batted fifth.  1-for-4 with one RBI and one strikeout.

Kansas St beat Ohio St 3-2

Matt Vierling (former 2015 draft selection-Notre Dame) started in centerfield and moved to pitcher, batting third.  2-for-4 with one double, one hit by pitch, one stolen base, and one strikeout.  Pitched one hitless/scoreless inning in the eighth.  (p-s:8-5)

St. Louis beat Notre Dame 8-3

Jeremy Ydens (former 2016 draft selection-UCLA) entered late in the game in right field and batted fourth.  0-for-1 with one strikeout.

UCLA beat San Jose St 10-1

Toe Tap & All, John Gant A Versatile Asset

John Gant didn't immediately make the connection several years ago when a fellow Mets Minor Leaguer started mimicking another by playing around with a delivery that featured an added toe tap and pause.

St. Louis Official Site

Yadier Molina Returns To Camp; Pitching Practice Begins; Music Mix

Welcome back cheers greeted Yadier Molina has entered the St. Louis Cardinals clubhouse this morning. The catcher had been excused to return to Puerto Rico as his family was honored in his hometown of Dorado.

STL Baseball Weekly

Carlos Beltran Returns To Astros In Very Different Role

The last time Carlos Beltran shared a team with Houston Astros manager A.J. Hinch they were playing together with the Royals in 2002.

Muskoka Region

After Accident, Sean Rodriguez Says He Feels Grateful

Sean Rodriguez never envisioned he would introduce himself to his new Braves teammates while wearing an arm sling and staring at the likelihood of being sidelined throughout the upcoming season.

Atlanta Official Site

Jhonny Peralta Not Resting On His Laurels

With big league service that stretches back to 2003, Jhonny Peralta has lived the cycles of baseball seasons longer than anyone else in the St. Louis clubhouse. And yet, so much about the year ahead for him is cloaked in unfamiliarity

St. Louis Official Site

Dexter Fowler Criticized Donald Trump & Was Ruthlessly Attacked By Cardinals Fans

Dexter Fowler recently signed a five-year, $82.5 million contract with the St. Louis Cardinals after operating as an integral part of the 2016 World Series champion Chicago Cubs. The veteran outfielder is probably not a full-blown superstar, but Fowler is one of the best players at his position in baseball and fans of the Cardinals should be overjoyed that he elected to ink a deal with their team. However, a selection of fans had the exact opposite reaction to Fowler recently and it crossed the line in a big way.

Uproxx

Former Cardinals Playing In Puerto Rican Double-A League 2-19-17: Luis Mateo Singles Twice



Luis Mateo (former Memphis-Fajardo) 2-for-4 with one walk and one strikeout.

Loiza beat Fajardo 3-2

Charlie Blackmon Understands Why Trade Rumors Fly

Charlie Blackmon appreciated the phone call from Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich, even though he didn't think it was necessary.

Colorado Official Site

Dexter Fowler Fitting In Perfectly With Cardinals

Dexter Fowler breezes through the center of St. Louis' clubhouse leaving a trail of handshakes and hellos in his wake before landing at his locker and chatting with a handful of players about the merits of a new album.

Yahoo

Charlie Tilson Says Foot Injury 'A Very Minor Setback'

Charlie Tilson can’t seem to catch a break when it comes to injuries, but the White Sox outfielder is at least happy he caught this one before it became a serious break.

Chicago Tribune

John Gant, Jordan Schafer Impress Derek Lilliquist

Cardinals pitchers faced Cardinals hitters for the first time on Sunday and while pitching coach Derek Lilliquist said he saw all sorts of good things on Field 1 here, two items in particular caught his eye.

Cardinal Beat

Mike Matheny Spring Training Audio 2-19-17

What did Mike Matheny have to say to the media on Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017?

STL Sports Page

Ozzie Canseco In Monclova Spring Camp As Coach

The tests included approximately 30 items and were supervised by the coaching staff; Including trainers and bat boys, as well as coaches such as Cuban Ozzie Canseco, known to the fans in Monclova Rubén Aganza, among several more than enough experience in Mexican baseball.  (Translated)

MiLB Official Site

Profile For Each Of The 18 Teams Playing In The 2017 Nicaraguan Spring/Summer League

All the information you need to know about the 18 teams participating in the National Superior Baseball Championship "Germán Pomares" starting on February 24  (Translated)

La Prensa

Albert Pujols Says His First Week Has Been 'Really Good'

Nearly a week into his spring training, Albert Pujols is happy with the progress he’s making.

Orange County Register

Charlie Tilson Out Ten Days With Stress Reaction In Right Foot

Center fielder Charlie Tilson, the White Sox’ top candidate to open the season in center field, has suffered his second setback since coming to the organization from the St. Louis Cardinals.

Chicago Sun Times

Brett Gardner Glad To Be A Yankee For Tenth Season

To Brett Gardner, it still seems like yesterday that he was viewed as one of the Yankees' rising prospects, attending Spring Training with a football number on his back while wedging his belongings into a locker between Alex Rodriguez and Robinson Cano.

New York-A Official Site

Fernando Valenzuela, Others Purchase The Quintana Roo Franchise

Carlos Peralta Quintero, President of the Tigres Baseball Club of Quintana Roo announced on Sunday the sale of the team, which will remain in the entity thanks to a commercial agreement reached with the group of local investors headed by the legendary Mexican player Fernando Valenzuela.  (Translated)

XEU Deportes

Adam Wainwright Leads First Wave Of Pitchers Into 'Live BP'

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said his staff is still working through the pitching assignments for the first weekend of exhibition games.

Bird Land

Yadier Molina Participated In Opening Day Activities With Dorado On Saturday, Talks World Baseball Classic

If you ask the St. Louis Cardinals catcher, Yadier Molina, of the ninth Puerto Rican strongholds for the next World Baseball Classic (WBC), the youngest of the Molina brothers will have no qualms In saying that the team has a good mix of defense, batting and pitching that will help Puerto Rico get the championship, thus improving the performance of 2013 where runners-up came.  (Translated)

Noticel

Grapefruit League Offers Chance To Soak Up Some Baseball

The sun on your face, the crack of the bat and the sound of a ball smacking into a glove.

Daily Commercial

Will Dexter Fowler's Defense Travel To St. Louis?

One of the early storylines of the Chicago Cubs' championship season was the defensive improvement of Dexter Fowler. How did we know he was better? Metrics, of course. After a four-season stretch in which he posted an aggregate minus-43 defensive runs saved (DRS) in center field, Fowler suddenly ... was positive.

ABC

Curt Smith Homers, J.C. Sulbaran Pitches As NC Dinos Beat Netherlands 10-9

The Netherlands also lost their second warm-up game against a Korean team during training camp in Arizona. On Friday the NC Dinos prevailed 10-9 in a slugfest.

Mister Baseball

Former Cardinals Draft Selections Playing In College 2-18-17: Matt Vierling Singles, Homers, & Drives In Three Runs; Pat Krall Strikes Out Six & Allows One Run Over Six Innings For The Win; Josh Rolette Singles, Walks Twice, & Knocks In One Run



Justin Bellinger (former 2014 draft selection-Duke) started at first base and batted fifth.  0-for-4 with one strikeout.

Gonzaga beat Duke 4-1

Josh Burgmann (former 2016 draft selection-Washington) entered in the eighth and pitched to four batters.  He allowed no hits or runs, and three walks.

Santa Clara beat Washington 4-3 in game two of doubleheader

Pat Krall (former 2016 draft selection-Clemson) started and pitched six innings.  He allowed two hits, one unearned run, three walks, and struck six out for the winning decision (1-0).

Clemson beat Wright St 6-2

Josh Rolette (former 2015 draft selection-Kansas St) started at catcher and batted fifth.  1-for-3 with one walk and one passed ball.

Kansas St beat Pittsburgh 5-4 in game one of doubleheader

Josh Rolette (former 2015 draft selection-Kansas St) started as designated hitter and batted fifth.  0-for-2 with one RBI, one sac fly, and one walk.

Kansas St beat Pittsburgh 7-0 in game two doubleheader

Matt Vierling (former 2015 draft selection-Notre Dame) started in centerfield and batted third.  2-for-4 with one home run, three RBIs, one run, one sacrifice, and two strikeouts.

Notre Dame beat Incarnate Word 12-10