Monday, October 20, 2014

Will Kang Jung-Ho Be A Success In Major League Baseball?

Baseball fans in Korea are likely seeing the last of Kang Jung-ho. In the coming months, the Nexen Heroes’ shortstop is expected to become the first Korean position player to make the jump from the Korean Baseball Organization to Major League Baseball.

Korea Realtime

Video: Breaking Down Cardinals' Injuries Going Into 2015


Tim McCarver: 'Quasi-Retirement Could Not Have Worked Out Any Better'

Tim McCarver wanted to make one thing clear in what was thought to be his retirement conference call: He wasn’t retiring.

NY Post

Cardinals Prioritize Upgrading Bench, Bullpen

Describing the organization's offseason strategy as opportunistic, general manager John Mozeliak is expected to seek bullpen and bench depth this offseason, while relying on returning players to fill the rotation and starting position player spots.
St. Louis Official Site

Needs for the Cardinals last offseason were quite clear. They wanted upgrades at shortstop and center field and, though in very different ways, they found them.
Fox Sports Midwest

With Right Field Unsettled, Cardinals Think Oscar Taveras Can Step Up

The only truly unsettled spot as the Cardinals begin to project their eight starting position players for next spring is right field, though it is also a position that the organization believes can be filled internally.
St. Louis Official Site

The Cardinals were clear in their off-season agenda a year ago in identifying shortstop and center field as the two positions where they thought they could improve offensively.
STL Sports Page

Big Offensive Upgrade May Not Come Soon - If At All

The Cardinals ranked 23rd in Major League Baseball in runs scored during the 2014 regular season with 619. They were 23rd in slugging percentage (.369) and 14th in batting average (.253). If you’re looking for an area for the team to improve before the 2015 season offense would certainly be the appropriate place to start.


John Mozeliak Postseason Press Conference At Busch Stadium 10-20-14

The Cardinals view returning center fielder Jon Jay as their starter at the position for 2015, and they expect him to be healthy and ready for spring training after having surgery on his left wrist this week.

Cardinal Beat

Cardinals Expect Full Coaching Staff Return

Unless any of manager Mike Matheny's coaches choose to take a position elsewhere, the Cardinals anticipate retaining their full coaching staff for 2015. Most members of the staff are already under contract for next season, and general manager John Mozeliak indicated on Monday that any who aren't will be offered an opportunity to return.

St. Louis Official Site

Video: What Does The Cardinals' Pitching Staff Look Like In 2015?


Jon Jay To Have Wrist Surgery; Yadier Molina, Adam Wainwright Prescribed Rest

The Cardinals intend to tender Jon Jay, a second-year arbitration-eligible player, a contract this winter and have him open the season as the team's starting center fielder. But before any of that happens, Jay will have his left wrist scoped in order to address an injury that occurred about three months ago.
St. Louis Official Site

An examination of Adam Wainwright's right elbow on Friday showed no need for a cleanup surgery. The results of the last MRI on right-hander Michael Wacha came back so positive that even doctors were surprised how clean the results looked. Rest was all that was prescribed for catcher Yadier Molina, whose season ended with a left oblique strain.
Fox Sports Midwest

With the Cardinals headed into the offseason, manager Mike Matheny and GM John Mozeliak met with the press Monday at Busch Stadium to wrap down the season and discuss future plans.

It should be a relatively normal offseason injury-wise for the St. Louis Cardinals as General Manager John Mozeliak delivered an overall good report Monday morning.
STL Baseball Weekly (Audio)

Two Agents, Several Players Leave MVP To Join Startup Ballengee

Player agents Jeff Randazzo and Scott Lonergan, who left the MVP baseball agency, have taken several young major leaguers and prospects with them to a startup agency, the Ballengee Group, which has been formed by Texas oil magnate James Ballengee.

CBS Sports

Final Grades: Examining The Cardinals' Outfield

The St. Louis outfield wasn’t a model of consistency in 2014. While Matt Holliday manned his familiar spot in left field all season, five other outfielders were deployed in a mix-and-match concoction to find the right formula in center and right.


Cardinals Winter League Notebook 10-20-14: Jacob Wilson Leads AFL In Doubles; Ronny Cedeno Singles, Doubles, & Drives In Two Runs; Hector Luna Being Loaned To Venezuela

Cardinals Winter League

Jim Edmonds Was Dandy For Cardinals In 2004 NLCS

Teetering on the brink of another letdown in their bid to end a pennant drought, the Cardinals got the matchup they sought against the Astros in Game 6 of the 2004 National League Championship Series. Jim Edmonds provided the desired result.


Sunday, October 19, 2014

Kolten Wong May Hold Key To Cardinals' Improvement

A year before, it was Cardinals righthanded rookie Michael Wacha who burst into the national spotlight in October. To a lesser degree, rookie second baseman Kolten Wong had his own breakout October this year.


Final Grades: Examining Mike Matheny

Grading a manager is tricky business. Heaping praise on winners is common, but, as veteran coaches say, sometimes you bring the horses and sometimes the horses bring you, meaning sometimes managers succeed because of their guile and sometimes they are swept along by the talent they have.


Rex Hudler Doesn't Think Long Layoff Will Affect Royals

By the time James Shields delivers the first pitch of the 2014 World Series on Tuesday night (6:30 p.m. CT air time on FOX, 7:07 p.m. first pitch), his Kansas City Royals will have had five full days of rest since Greg Holland delivered the final pitch of the American League Championship Series.

Kansas City Official Site

Dan McLaughlin & John Mozeliak On Sports On A Sunday 10-19-14

Cardinals broadcaster Dan McLaughlin talks about the Cardinals early exit in the NLCS and an outlook at the upcoming offseason.


Final Grades: Examining The Pitching Staff

To be polite, the season stats for the St. Louis Cardinal pitching staff does not read like those of a division champion. Pittsburgh had a better ERA. Cincinnati had a lower batting average against and both Cincinnati and Milwaukee had more quality starts.


Cardinals Winter League Notebook 10-19-14: Shane Peterson Triples Twice & Drives In Three Runs; Luis Garcia Hits A Two-Run Homer; Brian Broderick Strikes Out Two Over One & Two-Thirds Innings For The Save

Cardinals Winter League

Mark McGwire Could Be On His Way Out; Justin Masterson Has Surgery & Feels He Will Be Ready For Free Agency

Justin Masterson, RHP, free agent — Masterson feels he’s going to be healthy by the time free agency rolls around. He’ll likely be signed to a three-year deal and come off as a bargain. He dealt with three injuries (rib cage, knee, and shoulder impingement) and though he was removed from the rotation for the playoffs by the Cardinals (after a 7.04 ERA), he is recovered from all three injuries with no surgery required. Noted Phoenix-based physical therapist Brett Fischer worked out the scar tissue in his rib cage, which had restricted him. The injuries hurt Masterson’s numbers, but teams such as the Red Sox may take the leap that Masterson, 29, will be very good again.

Boston Globe

Bill DeWitt Expects 'Significant' Rise In Payroll In Coming Years

As the Cardinals over the past decade have turned increasingly to an internal funnel of talent, one built to develop cost-controlled youth and groom core players, they still planned for one of baseball’s inevitabilities: production does not come cheap forever.


Lance Berkman Returns To Alma Mater Rice

A silver Porsche sedan pulls into the parking lot next to Reckling Park.

Washington Times

Chart To Go With Cardinals///Free Agents

The Cardinals’ roster has five players who will be free agents in the week following the end of the World Series. The club is not expected to immediately pursue any of them and it’s likely not one will be back with the Cardinals. No qualifying offers will be forth coming from the Cardinals. The five free to go:


Decisions By Mike Matheny Have Fans Red-Faced

Allow me to get this out the way: Mike Matheny had a bad week.


Expect Change But Mike Matheny Certainly Will Stay Put

As the Cardinals’ thinkers prepare for the offseason, GM John Mozeliak is in a solid position. His team just made it to the National League championship series for the fourth consecutive season. The roster is composed in a way that most baseball people prefer: a mixture of a strong veteran core and a flock of talented young players with considerable upside.

Bernie Bytes

Cardinals Were Able To Grind Their Way Into Playoffs

For most of this past summer, the Cardinals insisted they were more than their record, more than their statistics, and could expect more from their roster. They then ended the season at less than their best.


Saturday, October 18, 2014

Mike Matheny Needs Help In Dugout

If you watch the movies, you're familiar with Cole Trickle and Roy McAvoy.

Springfield News-Leader

Managing Expectations: Ned Yost Develops Winner's Mindset

Despite winning eight straight postseason games, despite being in the World Series for the first time as a manager, Ned Yost is still waking up at 3 o'clock in the morning.

Kansas City Official Site

What Now For The Cardinals?

As the Cardinals left the field late Thursday night, with their dreams of a Game 6 sailing into the right field stands at AT&T Park, there was a part of me that breathed a sigh of relief.


Final Grades: Examining The Cardinals Infield

The St. Louis Cardinals found themselves with a new-look infield in 2014. Matt Adams took over first base on a full-time basis, Kolten Wong emerged as the second baseman of the future, Jhonny Peralta signed on at shortstop and Matt Carpenter made the transition back to third base.


2014 Red Sox Report Card: Edward Mujica

The Red Sox signed Mujica to a two-year, $9.5 million deal last winter to bolster their bullpen and serve as insurance for Koji Uehara in the 9th inning. He saved 37 games the previous year for the St. Louis Cardinals and was named to the NL All-Star team, indicating he had the necessary experience to take over that role if anything were to happen to their 39-year old closer.


Audio: Jon Jay Reflects On 2014

“That’s just the way it goes, it didn’t go our way,” summed up Jon Jay after his St. Louis Cardinals were eliminated in from the National League Championship Series with a Game 5 loss to San Francisco on Thursday night.

STL Baseball Weekly

Audio: Adam Wainwright Hopeful For Quiet

Over the course of the season, St. Louis Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright dealt with elbow tendinitis, a prolonged bout with “dead-arm”, and all of the other aches and pains that go with throwing 238.2 innings.

STL Baseball Weekly

Cardinals Winter League Notebook 10-18-14: Kender Villegas Strikes Out Five Over Four Scoreless Innings; Anderson Gerdel Strikes Out Three Over Three Scoreless Innings; Jose Gomez Making Move From Behind The Plate To Mound

Cardinals Winter League

Phillies Release Trey Williams

Baseball America

How Red Schoendienst Became Cardinals Manager

With the Cardinals in need of a public relations boost, Stan Musial went to bat for Red Schoendienst.