Cardinals sign Cuban league MVP to minor league contract

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) The St. Louis Cardinals have signed Cuban outfielder Jose Adolis Garcia to a minor league contract and invited him to their big league spring training camp. Garcia, the younger brother of Atlanta Braves third baseman Adonis Garcia, was the MVP of Cuba's top professional league last year and was declared a free agent by Major League Baseball in December. Adolis...
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Cardinals set rotation for first 4 spring games

Manager Mike Matheny shut down the Cardinals' spring complex on Friday, allowing players to take the day off before returning for the start of the Grapefruit League schedule on Saturday. Luke Weaver, a darkhorse candidate for the rotation, will start for the Cardinals against Miami's Edinson Volquez.
21 hours ago

Escaping the Ordinary

Yesterday morning, the Cardinals’ camp was enlivened by the fact half the team got on a bus and took off and the manager wouldn’t say where they were going.  That’s not quite what we’re used to out of the Redbirds, is it?  I mean, if this was Arizona and we were watching Joe Maddon work a team, [...]
Via The Cardinal Conclave
1 day ago

Cardinals 'escape' spring training routine

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) About 30 minutes before the time spring training workouts usually start, about half of the Cardinals - already in uniform - boarded a bus outside the clubhouse. Most had no idea where the bus was going. ''That was the most fun part of it,'' said pitcher Adam Wainwright, one of the few who knew the destination. Wainwright's agent had taken him and three other...
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Tale of the fantasy tape: Cardinals vs. Cubs

Before the Cubs and the Cardinals write the next chapter in their storied rivalry, we can get a head start on assessing them by comparing the fantasy value of their key players for the upcoming campaign.
1 day ago

Cardinals 'escape' spring training to build clubhouse camaraderie

JUPITER, Fla. -- About 30 minutes before the time spring training workouts usually start, about half of the Cardinals -- already in uniform -- boarded a bus outside the clubhouse. Most had no idea where the bus was going. "That was the most fun part of it," said pitcher Adam Wainwright, one of the few who knew the destination. Wainwright's agent had taken him and three other players...
Via Associated Press
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Cardinals bond over aliens, pirate treasure

The Cardinals took their workouts off campus on Thursday for a team-building exercise that featured, among other things, alien abductions and pirates' treasure. It was an unexpected field trip for players, who split up into two groups and took turns loading a bus to depart for a destination unknown. When they disembarked, players found themselves thrust into an escape room challenge.
1 day ago

Cardinals Outdo Themselves With Adult Patriotic Cowboy Hat Night

Friends, I don’t know how I missed it when the ’17 promo nights for the Cardinals were announced, but the July 2nd item is perfect. That glorious Sunday afternoon game against the Nationals, thirty thousand lucky 16+ year-old sons and daughters of America will be gifted an ‘Adult Patriotic Cowboy Hat‘: Let’s take a moment to check in with Lee Greenwood. From the Cardinals...
Via Cardinals Diaspora
2 days ago

Cardinals Launch Fan Food Challenge

Fans Invited to Submit Menu Ideas They Wish to See at Busch Stadium Using #CardsFoodie Contest Winner to Receive Four 2017 Opening Day Tickets & Ultimate Bragging Rights ST. LOUIS, Mo., February 22, 2017 – The St. Louis Cardinals announced the launch of the Fan Food Challenge, a fan engagement initiative to give fans a [...]
Via The Cardinal Conclave
2 days ago

Rubbing Mud: Carlos Martinez, Tunnels, and PECOTA by Matthew Trueblood

Taking a deep dive into the Cardinals right-hander`s repertoire, sequencing, tunnels, and overall approach.
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Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr gives a passionate rebuke of ‘stick to sports’

“Stick to sports” is one of the dumbest lines in the industry, and it is usually uttered by people who don’t want to have to defend their (at times indefensible) opinions and hope sports can be a safe space from having to do so.Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr thinks that’s a bunch of nonsense, and as an outspoken advocate on social issues, he said he will continue...
Via The Comeback
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Box Score 2/21: It's trade heartbreak season

Want more news first thing in the day? Sign up for the Yardbarker Morning Bark newsletter here.Happy birthday to Terry Mickens, Steve Francis and Chad Hutchinson. On this date in 1992 Kristi Yamaguchi won the gold in figure skating at the Winter Olympics in Albertville, France. Daily brain workoutName the members of the 2000 Olympics Gold-winning USA Baseball team.YB ICYMI NBA trade...
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Rick Ankiel drank vodka before pitching in 2000 NLDS

Former St. Louis Cardinals’ pitcher Rick Ankiel has one of the more bizarre stories in MLB history. The future of one of the game’s most promising pitchers came crashing down in an instant.But prior to his infamous start in Game 1 of the 2000 NLDS against the Atlanta Braves, Ankiel actually saw his meltdown coming. He had a remedy for it, too.“Before that game…I’m scared...
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Cardinals confirm Alex Reyes will have Tommy John surgery

The St. Louis Cardinals have confirmed Alex Reyes will undergo Tommy John surgery, meaning the pitcher will miss the entire 2017 MLB season and likely at least part of 2018 as well.Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak addressed the media Wednesday morning to break the news. An MRI performed Tuesday confirmed a partial tear in Reyes’ ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow. Mozeliak’s...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Matt Adams is almost unrecognizable after weight loss

Matt Adams will enter the 2017 season visibly trimmer and slimmer than what he used to be in years past.The St. Louis Cardinals first baseman has shed nearly 30 pounds thanks to a fitness regiment of strength training, cardio work, speed and agility drills, plus an intense nutritional routine, according to a recent article in Men’s Fitness.Adams has also been working with Pilates4Pros...
Via The Sports Daily
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Do the Cardinals Deserve a Competitive-Balance Pick?

If you haven’t heard the news, the St. Louis Cardinals received their punishment from Major League Baseball this week in response to the actions of former director of amateur scouting, Chris Correa. Correa hacked the database of the Houston Astros using some variation of the password Eckstein. As Jeff Sullivan explained, the Cardinals are expected both to pay the Astros $2 million...
Via Fangraphs
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Carlos Martinez Gets Paid, Leaves Money on Table

The St. Louis Cardinals lack stars. Sure, Yadier Molina and Adam Wainwright are well known and remain solid even as they age. Sure, Matt Carpenter has developed into an important member of the club. In terms of big-time production, though, the Cardinals have few options upon which they can reasonably rely. Dan Szymborski’s ZiPS projections for the Cardinals support this observation...
Via Fangraphs
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Top 24 Prospects: St. Louis Cardinals

Below is an analysis of the prospects in the St. Louis Cardinals farm system. Scouting reports are compiled with information provided by industry sources as well as from my own observations. The KATOH statistical projections, probable-outcome graphs, and (further down) Mahalanobis comps have been provided by Chris Mitchell. For more information on thes 20-80 scouting scale by which...
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24 days ago  |  Discuss

MLB fines Cardinals $2 million, strips top two draft picks in hacking scandal

MLB has finally handed down its punishment to the St. Louis Cardinals following former scouting director Chris Correa’s hacking of the Houston Astros’ internal database. The Cardinals will be fined $2 million and will lose their first two picks (#56 and #75 overall) in June’s MLB Draft. All of those spoils will be given to the Astros as compensation. Some believe the punishment...
Via The Comeback
25 days ago  |  Discuss

MLB rules Cardinals must send two draft picks to Astros

Major League Baseball ruled on Monday that the St. Louis Cardinals must send their first two picks in the 2017 MLB Draft to the Houston Astros as a result of the team’s hacking scandal. It’s a major ruling that will help offset what the league views to be a competitive disadvantage that impacted the Astros when they were rivals of the Cardinals in the National League Central...
Via Sportsnaut
25 days ago  |  Discuss

Unsealed court docs offer new insights into Cardinals-Astros hacking scandal

Sanctions against the St. Louis Cardinals for former executive Chris Correa’s illicit hacking into the Houston Astros databases could be handed out as early as this week, according to the Houston Chronicle.Correa pled guilty to five counts of unauthorized access of a protected computer last January and was sentenced to 46 months in prison back in July. Now, a federal judge is unsealing...
Via The Comeback
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Royals close to signing Brandon Moss

The Kansas City Royals are apparently close to adding more pop to their lineup. According to ESPN’s Jim Bowden, the team is close to signing veteran Brandon Moss. Yahoo Sports’ Jeff Passan is reporting that the deal is worth $12 million over two seasons.Moss, 33, hit .225 with 28 homers and 68 RBI for the St Louis Cardinals last season. While he boasts an incredibly high strikeout...
Via Sportsnaut
26 days ago  |  Discuss

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