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CARDINALS RUMORS & GOSSIP

St. Louis Cardinals Manager Mike Matheny Does Something Cool.

As detailed here in an article by Derrick Goold, Mike Matheny did something cool. I admit, I’m not Matheny’s biggest fan, and have been very critical in the past, especially the preference he seems to have of playing veterans or “his guys” over rookies or trade acquisitions. I’ll probably be critical of him in the upcoming season [...]
Via The Cardinal Conclave
1 hour ago  |  Discuss

Countdown To Cardinals: 37

  Days until Opening Night, Cardinals vs. Cubs on ESPN: 37 First player/coach to wear #37:  Ray Blades (1939, coach) Last player/coach to wear #37:  Pat Neshek  (2014) Player/coach to wear #37 in the most seasons: Ray Sadeki (eight years; seven in one stint, then again in 1975) Number of players/coaches to wear #37: 33 Last time not worn: 1996 Other interesting names [...]
Via The Cardinal Conclave
4 hours ago  |  Discuss

St Louis Cardinals: Adam Wainwright has abdominal strain

The St. Louis Cardinals got a bit of good news, as Adam Wainwright’s injury this week revealed to be an abdominal strain. There was a bit of worry when it was revealed earlier this week that he was going back to St. Louis to see a specialist, but this injury is now not expected to keep him out any significant amount of time. While Wainwright was only prescribed to take it easy...
Via isportsweb.com
16 hours ago  |  Discuss

A look at the second base depth in the St. Louis Cardinals minor league system

As we continue our Spring Training look at the depth within the St. Louis Cardinals organization, we are going to hit a position that has some solid depth. Unlike catcher and first base, second base has a couple legit major league prospects and they are scattered throughout the system eliminating the gap we find at other positions. The second base position is not a position of need...
Via Cardinals Farm
18 hours ago  |  Discuss

Cardinals’ Adam Wainwright Diagnosed with Ab Strain

Adam Wainwright is going to start 2015 how he ended 2014, battling injury. Luckily for Cardinal fans though, it isn’t the elbow that Wainwright had October surgery on that’s bothering him. Earlier this week, Wainwright flew home from the team’s Spring Training facility to St. Louis to have a “precautionary” look at the pitcher’s abdomen, which had been bothering him since...
Via Baseball Essential
19 hours ago  |  Discuss

Adam Wainwright’s injury not serious

Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright visited a St. Louis-specialist Thursday in fear he suffered a sports hernia or more serious injury.  But after a visit with Dr. Michael Brunt, Wainwright learned that he just has an abdominal strain that should not keep him from being ready for the season opener on April 5. Wainwright is cleared to continue throwing while he allows the abdominal area...
Via Sports-Glory
19 hours ago  |  Discuss

Saying Final Goodbyes to 2014 Cardinals Free Agents

By the time minor league camp begins on Monday, March 9, I will post a refresh of the Roster Matrix here at The Cardinal Nation blog. A by-product is that last fall’s free agents will drop off the charts for the final time. Before that happens, I thought I would recap the action from this winter by those mostly now ex-Cardinals. St. Louis had 18 players become free agents following...
Via The Cardinal Nation blog
21 hours ago  |  Discuss

Cardinals Announce Lineup and Changes To Popular ‘Budweiser Bash’ Promotion

2015 series moves to Tuesday nights and features members of the 1985 National League Champion Cardinals ST. LOUIS, February 26, 2015 – The popular fan-favorite promotion, Budweiser Bash (#BudBash), is back and better than ever for the 2015 season. This season, the event series is incorporated into the Theme Ticket schedule giving fans the opportunity [...]
Via The Cardinal Conclave
1 day ago  |  Discuss

St. Louis Cardinals Honor Oscar Taveras by Helping Current Players

The St. Louis Cardinals are set to launch full-squad workouts in Florida as spring training commences. Yet, they cannot seem to escape the biggest story of their offseason: the tragic death of Oscar Taveras. The team is not trying to hide from it, though. When one of baseball’s top prospects does something as careless as operating a vehicle while reportedly intoxicated, it is...
Via i70baseball
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Spring Training: Vince Coleman & The Chicago White Sox

Vince Coleman & Adam Eaton The guy who some readers might remember for throwing a lit firecracker into a crowd of baseball fans that were waiting for autographs in the Dodger Stadium parking lot in July of 1993… is back in baseball. Vince Coleman is now a baserunning instructor for the Chicago White Sox. Oh yeah, Vince also stole 752 bases during his 13 year playing career...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
1 day ago  |  Discuss

St. Louis Cardinals’ Andrew Sohn Ready To Compete Again

One of the toughest challenges for a young athlete is recovering from a serious injury, and even though you never want to see a player suffer an injury that will keep them out of action for an extended period of time, it’s part of the game. When the player returns, you can only hope they are the same. St. Louis Cardinals fans are hoping that’s the case for shortstop prospect...
Via Baseball Essential
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Why The St. Louis Cardinals need Cole Hamels

As the St. Louis Cardinals gear up for yet another run at the World Series, it seems as though they are missing one critical piece to compete with other National League powerhouses: A legitimate number two option. The Los Angeles Dodgers have Zach Greinke, The San Francisco Giants have Matt Cain, and the Washington Nationals have an entire rotation of number one or two starters....
Via isportsweb.com
1 day ago  |  Discuss

St. Louis Cardinals Prospect Profile: Marco Gonzales

The St. Louis Cardinals started practice in the Grapefruit League this week, and among their numbers is a 23 year old prospect, Marco Gonzales. A left handed pitcher, Gonzales was drafted by the Cardinals back in 2013. Starting in 2013, Marco completed the year with 8 games, a 2.70 ERA. He allowed only 18 hits in 23.1 innings, for a total of 8 runs. Fast forward to 2014 and Gonzales...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Matt Holliday, 2015 Fantasy Schmohawk

Players are going to play, play, play, play, play, play. The haters are going to hate, hate, hate, hate, hate, hate. And Grey's going to hate Matt Holliday. Shake it off! I've been waiting for years to write this post. Just biding my time, rubbing my fingers together like an animated villain. If you look at me real fast, twirling my mustache, plotting Holliday's schmohawk post...
Via Razzball
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Should St. Louis Cardinals fans be worried about Adam Wainwright?

In recent years, it seems like St. Louis Cardinals fans are forced to process some sort of injury news every single spring training. Some instances are worse than others, but without fail, we consistently hear about bad things happening to the St. Louis Cardinals down in Jupiter, Florida. And it’s usually something to do with the pitching staff. So how deep does this rabbit...
Via isportsweb.com
2 days ago  |  Discuss

St. Louis Cardinals: Don’t Overreact To Wainwright Setback

Spring training games haven’t even started and a Cardinals pitcher is hurt. According to St. Louis Post Dispatch Cardinals beat writer Derrick Goold, Adam Wainwright is heading back to St. Louis for exams regarding abdominal soreness. The first thing that comes to my mind is oblique strains and the longevity of a severe strain. The next thing that comes to my mind is the fact keyboard...
Via Cardinals Farm
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Why Not a Minor League Taxi Squad?

I am in the process of unveiling my annual pre-camp predictions for the season-opening rosters for the St. Louis Cardinals and their four full-season minor league affiliates. (To date, St. Louis (free) and Memphis (The Cardinal Nation members only) have been published, with Springfield, Palm Beach and Peoria coming soon.) Another related item on my work schedule for the next two...
Via The Cardinal Nation blog
3 days ago  |  Discuss

What if Jaime Garcia Is Healthy?

I want to take a moment and use my platform here at Cardinals Farm to indulge in my own personal fantasy. If you will, suspend your disbelief and imagine that the Cardinals’ pitching staff has made it all the way through spring training without an injury.That’s right: in our fantasy world the throwing arms of Adam Wainwright, Michael Wacha, John Lackey, Lance Lynn, Carlos Martinez...
Via Cardinals Farm
3 days ago  |  Discuss

More mature Martinez ready to win Cardinals' rotation spot

JUPITER, Fla. -- It seems as if everyone in St. Louis Cardinals' camp is noticing the difference in pitcher Carlos Martinez. And it has nothing to do with his 100-mph fastball. "A year ago you'd just see a kid bounding around here. It's amazing the transformation," St. Louis manager Mike Matheny said Monday. "In general there's a whole different demeanor to him." The Cardinals are...
Via Fox Sports Midwest
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Cardinals starting pitchers 'set the tone' with early wakeup call

JUPITER, Fla. – Michael Wacha was late for work Sunday morning. Well, not technically late, but late according to a new routine introduced by Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright -- and late enough that pitching coach Derek Lilliquist noticed Wacha speeding to the team’s training complex on Military Trail, a nearby road. Wacha arrived at 6:17 a.m. “Oh,” Lilliquist told him later...
Via Fox Sports
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Wacha holds key that could turn Cardinals rotation from good to great

ST. LOUIS -- Matt Holliday needs to hit more than 20 homers, Adam Wainwright needs to win 20 games and Trevor Rosenthal needs to cut the 45 walks by about half. Matt Adams needs to hit more than 15 homers, Lance Lynn needs to pitch more than 200 innings and Jordan Walden needs to make the Cardinals forget about Pat Neshek. And Yadier Molina needs to stay healthy, Jon Jay needs a...
Via Fox Sports Midwest
3 days ago  |  Discuss

The Week That Was In Cardinals Spring Training

The news is coming fast and furious from Jupiter, Florida. Why don’t we take a look at the news that made news this past week in Cardinals baseball. Story: Kozma is going to catch. #HOTTake: I wonder if Peter dreams about being a 5M/yr SS in a place like Houston or Minnesota when he goes to bed at night. You know, where he can just play ball be left alone. Poor guy is the Milton...
Via Cardinals Diaspora
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Jason Heyward Is Looking For Power

Despite all the gains advanced stats have made in gaining public acceptance over the years, there’s always going to be some cases that seem inexplicable to one side or the other. Jason Heyward is generally a good example of that, because if you still rely on traditional stats, you see a right fielder who hit […]
Via Fangraphs
4 days ago  |  Discuss

St. Louis Cardinals: 5 Potential Breakout Candidates to Watch in Spring Training

The St. Louis Cardinals enter spring training as a perennial playoff contender. The team has found success building from within and making smart choices outside of the organization. They enter the 2015 season with very few question marks on their roster. That’s not to say that some players will not have the ability to incite some excitement over the next six weeks. There are numerous...
Via i70baseball
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Pete Kozma Might Be the Super-Sub the St. Louis Cardinals Need

Pete Kozma‘s name doesn’t come up a whole lot in St. Louis these days. Once the starting shortstop for the St. Louis Cardinals, Kozma finds himself fighting for a roster spot for the second spring in a row. The odds may be in his favor this time. Kozma is a player who seems to have everything figured out on defense. Unfortunately, it is not always enough to overcome his shortcomings...
Via i70baseball
9 days ago  |  Discuss
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