Friday, October 24, 2014

Derrick Goold On The Home Stretch 10-24-14

Inside STL

Oscar Taveras The Key To Cardinals Present, Future Offense

Sports has turned more into dealing with pressure and hype than it has pretty much anything else over the last decade or two. There are a whole lot of athletes out there – young and old – who have an obscene amount of talent.


Adam Wainwright Has Cartilage Trimmed From Elbow

After pitching through on-and-off right elbow discomfort this season, Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright had a piece of cartilage trimmed from the elbow on Friday. The procedure is not expected to affect his readiness for Spring Training, as Wainwright should be able to resume throwing in eight weeks, after six weeks of physical therapy.
St. Louis Official Site

St. Louis Cardinals All-Star pitcher Adam Wainwright underwent a minor arthroscopic procedure earlier today to trim a small piece of cartilage from his right elbow.
St. Louis Official Site

That irritation that Adam Wainwright had throughout most of the season behind his right elbow and sometimes led him to "manipulate" the back of the joint to feel more comfortable on the mound has been addressed.

According to the St. Louis Cardinals, pitcher Adam Wainwright underwent a minor arthroscopic procedure earlier today to trim a small piece of cartilage from his right elbow.

Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright had elbow surgery to "trim" a small piece of cartilage from his right elbow, the team announced in a news release Friday.

St. Louis Baseball Weekly has confirmed from multiple sources that pitcher Adam Wainwright underwent surgery today to remove bone chips in his right elbow. The news was first reported by Bob Ramsey of CBS Sports 920.
STL Baseball Weekly

Audio: Mike Matheny, Not Joe Maddon

Yes, Joe Maddon grew up a St. Louis Cardinals fan.

STL Baseball Weekly

With Phillies Needing To Retool, Cole Hamels Could Hit Trade Block

Phillies ace Cole Hamels could hit the trade market this winter, competing teams are saying.

CBS Sports

River City Placed Joe Cuda On The Retired List

Frontier League Official Site

Small Tweaks All The Cardinals Need This Offseason

The Cardinals will open the 2015 season as the two-time defending National League champions and are likely to look fairly similar to the club that captured the most recent of those titles.

St. Louis Official Site

Cardinals Should Consider Trading Shelby Miller

The St. Louis Cardinals pride themselves on building a team filled with pitching, and it has been what keeps them consistently competitive. A solid rotation with great depth and a good bullpen helped them advance to the NLCS this season. Once again, heading into 2015, the Cardinals have great pitching depth, but this time is so abundant that the Cardinals have ability to trade a starter and acquire a bat.

Rant Sports

Astros Add Charlie Gonzalez As Special Assistant

The Astros have poached another Bird.

Ultimate Astros

Joe Strauss On The Press Box 10-24-14

Inside STL

Teams To Monitor Chase Utley This Offseason

Buster Olney Twitter

Cardinals Winter League Notebook 10-24-14: Jose Godoy Walks & Hits A Two-Run Homer; Jhohan Acevedo Collects Three Singles & One RBI; Xavier Scruggs Doubles & Drives In One Run

Cardinals Winter League

How The Cardinals' Top Five Prospects Stack Up

The annual ranking of the Cardinals’ top prospects is going to need a rewrite after several of the top talents graduated this year to the majors. A look back at the top five prospects in the Cardinals’ system, according to trade publication Baseball America, and how they did in 2014 and where they fit for 2015:


Thursday, October 23, 2014

Tough Love For Young Oscar Taveras

Hours before almost every home game in the second half, manager Mike Matheny and many Cardinals players would gather behind second base in a large cluster, sometimes ready to dispense judgment. Matheny described how being on the field made the formal, stuffy accountability meetings usually held in the clubhouse feel “a little more lax.”


Seven Problems The Cardinals Must Solve In The Preseason

Every major league baseball team has offseason issues to resolve. The Cardinals less so but the ones they have cannot be ignored. Front office past performance would indicate they will not be. But sometimes even obvious problems have no obvious solutions.


All-Pro Linebacker John "Bull" Bramlett Dies At 71

John “Bull” Bramlett, a former professional football and baseball player who was nicknamed the “Meanest Man in Football,” has died. He was 73.

Washington Times

World Series Ratings Bottom Out; So Did Cardinals In NLCS

World Series ratings sink

Media Views

Joe Strauss On The Home Stretch 10-23-14

Inside STL

Brewers Name Darnell Coles New Hitting Coach

Today, the Milwaukee Brewers announced that Darnell Coles, who spent the 2014 season as the assistant hitting coach for the Detroit Tigers, would be the Brewers' new hitting coach. Coles replaces former hitting coach Johnny Narron, who was fired back on Oct. 10.

On Milwaukee

Yadier Molina, Adam Wainwright Finalists To Be Repeat Gold Glove Winners

Catcher Yadier Molina and pitcher Adam Wainwright, both Gold Glove winners in the National League last season, have again been named finalists for the annual defensive award. Rawlings announced the three league finalists at each position on Thursday, and among Cardinals players, only Molina and Wainwright made the cut.
St. Louis Official Site

Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina missed seven weeks of the previous season recovering from thumb surgery.
Cardinal Beat

Yadier Molina is in the running for his 7th career Gold Glove Award, for top defensive skills at his position.

Both Yadier Molina and Adam Wainwright will look to defend their honors as the St. Louis Cardinals battery are among the finalists for the Rawlings Gold Glove Awards, which will be announced Tuesday, November 4th. Molina and Wainwright won the award for their respective positions last year.
STL Baseball Weekly

Yadier Molina and Adam Wainwright were named as finalists for the National League Gold Glove awards on Thursday but will have to wait until Nov. 4 to find out if they have to make room for a new trophy on their mantel.
STL Sports Page

One Less Draft Pick

Over the last two seasons, the St. Louis Cardinals have gained an extra pick in the amateur draft as compensation for the loss of a free agent–Kyle Lohse in 2012 and Carlos Beltran in 2013.

STL Baseball Weekly

Vince Coleman Wants To Come Back Home & Work For Cardinals

Vince Coleman wants to come back home

STL Sports Page

Tyrell Jenkins Rising, Jhonny Peralta Honored

It’s that time of year where the past is present and the prospects are foremost.

Bird Land

Royals Are Tougher Matchup Than Cardinals

Hello again... A few sips of the Morning Brew, the World Series flavor:

Bernie Bits

Cardinals Winter League Notebook 10-23-14: Carlos Torres Doubles & Drives In One Run; Xavier Scruggs Singles & Knocks In One Run; David Bell Arrives In The Dominican

Cardinals Winter League

Cardinals Should Learn Lesson From Jose Cruz Mistake

Unable to supplant either Lou Brock, Bake McBride or Reggie Smith as an outfield starter, Jose Cruz left the Cardinals in 1974 and fulfilled his potential with the Astros. Forty years later, there appears to be parallels between Cruz and a highly touted 2014 Cardinals outfield prospect, Oscar Taveras.


Cardinals Have More Answers Than Questions

As expected, Cardinals owner Bill DeWitt Jr. and general John Mozeliak plan to stay their highly successful course.


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Michael Cuddyer Is A Perfect Free Agent Fit For Mets, Who Like Him

The Mets are highly reluctant to trade any of their young pitchers this winter, despite an urgent need to upgrade the offense. It’s not impossible to imagine Zack Wheeler, Noah Syndergaard, Jacob deGrom and to some extent Rafael Montero playing for different teams next year, but it’s close.

NY Daily News

Mitch Harris Finally Pursuing MLB Dream

For five years, Mitch Harris sailed around the world and watched his dreams of playing professional baseball grow even more remote than the exotic locales he visited.

St. Louis Official Site

Bernie Miklasz On if Matt Adams Can Thrive As An Everyday Player

Can the Cardinals turn Matt Adams into a viable everyday player? Bernie Miklasz explains.

101 ESPN

John Mozeliak On The Jim Edmonds, Tim McKernan, & T.J. Moe Show 10-22-14

Inside STL

Dan Haren Has Surgery

Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Dan Haren underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left shoulder Wednesday afternoon, the club said. The procedure, which lasted 30 minutes, cleaned out bursitis and the AC joint in his non-throwing arm.

Pitcher Dan Haren underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left (non-throwing) A/C shoulder joint Wednesday and is expected to be ready for Spring Training.
Los Angeles Official Site

Phillies, Red Sox, & Padres Scouting Chihiro Kaneko

The 22nd, ace pitcher Chihiro Kaneko of ORIX (30) was found that was top secret travel to the US view to major Transfers off now. Was advertised as (FA) domestic players free agent, but according to baseball officials, the measure has emerged in choice, to visit the World Series in the field. If you want to transfer to major, must team admits use posting system (bidding system), the trend of the right arm is noted.  (Translated)

Yahoo Japan

Brent Strom Setting The Standards For Astros Pitchers At All levels

Only two days after his 66th birthday, Astros pitching coach Brent Strom was back in Houston last week. He spent two days in meetings with the Astros’ front office preparing for 2015 and way beyond.

Ultimate Astros

Jhonny Peralta Named To 2014 Sporting News All-Star Team

Sporting News

Torii Hunter Likely To Continue Baseball Career In 2015: 'I Really Want To Play With The Tigers'

Torii Hunter is spending a lot of his time right now watching his sons play college football, so he hasn't made a final decision regarding the 2015 season. But he is leaning toward another year of baseball.


Cedric The Entertainer Joins Brian Stull 10-22-14

Cedric the Entertainer returns to his hometown this Saturday night to host his gala fund-raiser “An Evening with Cedric The Entertainer and Friends” at The Peabody Opera House. Cedric and his special guest, Grammy Award winning artist Jill Scott, will headline the big night in celebration of the new women’s pavilion being built at SSM St. Mary’s Health Center and named in honor of Cedric’s mother, The Rosetta Boyce Kyles Women’s Pavilion.

STL Baseball Weekly

Cardinals Must Avoid Complacency

Good afternoon to the BFIB.

Bernie Bytes

Despite Roster-Rattling Injuries, Cardinals Exceeded Expectations In 2014

In so many ways, this wasn't the kind of season the Cardinals were supposed to have. They scored 164 fewer runs this season than last. Their batting average with runners in scoring position dropped from a historic .330 to .254. They finished last in the National League with 95 homers.

Fox Sports Midwest

Jenifer Langosch On The Press Box 10-22-14

Inside STL

Cardinals Winter League Notebook 10-22-14: Sam Tuivailala Strikes Out One Over One Scoreless Inning; Ronnierd Garcia Singles, Walks, & Drives In One Run In Two Games; Kender Villegas Strikes Out Five & Allows Three Runs Over Five Innings

Cardinals Winter League

Padres Fire Phil Plantier As Hitting Coach

Corey Borck Twitter

The Padres, who ranked last in the Major Leagues in several offensive categories this past season, relieved Phil Plantier of his hitting-coach duties on Wednesday.
San Diego Official Site

Joe Strauss On The Morning After 10-22-14

Inside STL

Scouts Gather To View Prospects Starling Heredia, Franklin Reyes, & Others In Dominican Prospect League Showcase

The Dominican Prospect League showcase event, which features several young Dominican players who are expected to receive bonuses from big-league teams, including outfielders Starling Heredia and Franklin Reyes and infielders Fernando Tatis Jr. and Wander Javier, wraps up Wednesday at Fort Lauderdale Stadium after three days of workouts and games before dozens of major-league scouts.

CBS Sports

Who Is Yasmani Torres, & Who Will Sign Him?

Spending on Cuban talent has become the trendy way for a baseball team to try to improve quickly. We all know about Yasiel Puig, the most interesting man in baseball, and Jose Abreu is about to win a rookie of the year award for the White Sox.

NY Daily News

Mason Katz Trying To Accelerate His Climb Up Professional Baseball Ladder

Over the course of four memorable seasons at LSU, Mason Katz got into the habit of checking and sometimes double-checking where he might be slotted in the lineup on any given day. That's what being one of the more versatile players in college baseball will do for you.

The Times-Picayune

Andy Ibanez Establishes Residency In Dominican Republic, Jose Miguel Fernandez & Lazaro Herrera Believed To Be In Mexico

As outbreaks arriving unannounced Cuban players still appear in third nations of the Caribbean region as a transit point towards a dream of Major League Baseball and the documentation to allow them to come to America.  (Translated)

 El Nuevo Herald

Mike Matheny, John Mozeliak Keep Lines Open

For much of the first half of Monday morning’s 58-minute exit news conference at Busch Stadium, Cardinals manager Mike Matheny sat impassively next to general manager John Mozeliak. Matheny dressed casual. Mo arrived in suit and bow tie. Mo handled most of the heavy talking while his manager maintained a stern visage and flat cadence.