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Hard-hitting first-baseman Matt Adams arrived at St. Louis Cardinals spring training camp with hopes of making the major league club as a bench bat and defensive reserve at first base.
While Adams came up with a bit of knee soreness after playing the entire first game of the spring at first base for the Cardinals on Saturday, his injury is not expected to be serious.
However, what is serious was a Sunday announcement by manager Mike Matheny that sore-kneed and aging right-fielder Carlos Beltran will likely not be used much at all in centerfield in 2013. An unspoken by-product of the decision was to eliminate the bench spot for which Adams was competing.
The logic is simple. Beltran, who turns 36 on April 24, has far greatest value to the team as an every-day hitter. Keeping him healthy and productive is most important.
As we saw in 2012, Beltran’s results dropped off in the second half and it is viewed that keeping him out of centerfield entirely will help. Of course, more freque...
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The St. Louis Cardinals have recently received numerous accolades for the outstanding minor league system general manager John Mozeliak and his team have been able to build. The Cardinals have the best minor league system in all of baseball according to Baseball America and even Keith Law of ESPN.com and the future of Cardinals' baseball is very bright.
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Each year I like to compile a composite prospect list,
taking the top prospects lists from across the web, assigning points to
each ranking and then using these points to create a composite ranking.
I do this each February for the top 100 prospects in baseball, which
can be found at my MLB Composite Prospect Index site and I also do it for each team, including my favorite,...
From FOX Sports Midwest:
The Cardinals Spring Training Report premieres Monday, Feb. 25 at 9 p.m. on FOX Sports Midwest. This 30-minute show gives fans a look at the storylines dominating the early part of Cardinals camp and at the lighter side of spring training.
The show includes:
• One-on-one interviews with John Mozeliak, Matt Holliday and David Freese
• Reports on the starting...
It’s no secret the St. Louis Cardinals are possibly the deepest team in baseball. From the big leagues down to rookie ball—there is no franchise more loaded than the redbirds going into 2013 and many other reputable baseball publishers agree. Which is why many experts are pegging the Cardinals to make their third straight … Continue reading »
Every year, at this point in the baseball season, you start hearing a number of fans worrying because their favorite baseball team is losing most of its spring training games.
These reactions are inevitably followed by many others crying out that spring training games are completely useless as a predictor of regular season records.
I decided to examine whether teams’ spring training...
JUPITER, Fla. Matt Carpenter wasn't sure how to react when he moved from second base back over to first base for the final few innings of Sunday's spring training game.
Carpenter has concentrated so hard on learning to play second base this spring that playing his more normal spot of first base almost seemed too easy.
"It's funny," Carpenter said. "...
JUPITER, Fla. Jon Jay has a message for the folks already anointing Cardinals prospect Oscar Taveras as the next Mike Trout or Bryce Harper.
"Let the kid play," Jay said Monday. "Thats my biggest thing. Let the kid play and whatever comes of it, comes. He definitely does have a great talent and you can see that, but I hate when they try to label someone as the next...
In a spring training that has included worries about contract negotiations and the health of starting pitchers, the stability of a right elbow ligament for a position player could be the St. Louis Cardinals’ biggest problem as games get underway.
Shortstop Rafael Furcal received an anti-inflammatory shot in his injured elbow Friday to help ease discomfort created by a bone spur...
Adam Wainwright made his first “start” in what could be a year full of both starts and stops. Of course he’s still over a month away from his first meaningful appearance of the year, but these days, not much he says or does is without meaning.
With the high stakes nature of his ongoing contract negotiations hanging over his 6’7” frame, the comparison machine is going crazy...
JUPITER (AP) -- Allen Craig has been prevented from playing first by a sore shoulder. The injury doesn't appear to have affected his swing, though.
Craig and Matt Holliday each hit their first homers of spring training, leading the St. Louis Cardinals to a 10-2 victory over the Houston Astros on Monday.
Craig was starting as the designated hitter. He reached base in all three...
In several recent tweets, ESPN’s Buster Olney was sharing the thoughts of a talent evaluator offering his opinions as to why Kyle Lohse is still unsigned. The following quote comes from the evaluator with the conclusion apparently Olney’s.
“When’s the last time you saw a pitcher leave St. Louis and do well elsewhere?” The Dave Duncan effect.
With the recent announcement...
Prices for half of the games start at just $5.
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (February 25, 2013) – The St. Louis Cardinals announced today that individual tickets for the 2013 season will go on sale this Friday, March 1st beginning at 10:00 a.m.
Fans who wish to purchase tickets to three (3) or more games will receive early access to take part in a special online-only “multi-game” on-sale...
Ben and Sam preview the Cardinals` season with Ken Funck, and Pete talks to St. Louis Post-Dispatch sports columnist Joe Strauss (at 18:06).