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No St. Louis Cardinals player can be happier to have Carlos Beltran on their side than pitcher Kyle Lohse.
The new right fielder is a .564 career hitter against Lohse with four home runs, six doubles and 12 RBIs. Add in 11 walks and the switch-hitting Beltran has a stunning .647 on-base percentage.
Lohse, a 14-game winner last year, joked at the team's Winter Warmup that Beltran was the greatest player in history.
The 34-year-old Beltran got a two-year, $26 million free agent deal after a strong comeback season with the Mets and Giants, rebounding from two injury-plagued years. The Beltran pickup helps the World Series champions move on from the loss of Albert Pujols.
The title team, minus Pujols, will be honored at the White House on Tuesday.
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Having returned from covering the St. Louis Cardinals’ annual Winter Warm-Up this past weekend, I thought I would share some miscellaneous thoughts and experiences.
Another one rides the bus (not)
After interviewing about 30 players and executives over the course of the weekend, it got to be kind of funny as the same media members tended to ask the same questions over and over...
ST. LOUIS Calling second base his spot to lose may be a little much at this point, but it appears Cardinals infielder Tyler Greene will get every opportunity to win a starting spot there this spring.
With the return of Rafael Furcal at shortstop, general manager John Mozeliak said the Cardinals plan to give the 28-year-old Greene plenty of chances to win the competition at second...
Cardinals and Pitcher Kyle McClellan Agree To Terms on One Year Deal, Avoid Arbitration
ST. LOUIS, MO., January 17, 2012 – The St. Louis Cardinals announced today that righthanded pitcher Kyle McClellan has agreed to terms on a one-year contract with the club, thus avoiding salary arbitration. Financial terms were not disclosed.
McClellan, 27, split his time between starter...
Arriving at Spring Training without a defined role is familiar territory for Skip Schumaker, whose versatility has left him shuffled around for years.
Today at the St. Louis Cardinals Winter Warm Up, a slow morning turned rapid-fire with Matt Adams, Brandon Dickson, Daniel Descalso, and J.C. Romero all taking turns in front of reporters in a short span of time.
Adams and Dickson will enter Spring Training trying to break camp with the big league club, having built reputations as important pieces of the Cardinal farm system already...
Lance Berkman did his best to put to rest concerns about his knees last spring, insisting that playing in the outfield would provide less wear and tear on his legs than he would have experienced playing first.
St. Louis Cardinals first base prospect Xavier Scruggs wraps up his reports from winter ball in Colombia.
Two familiar faces were missing when the St. Louis Cardinals paid a visit to the White House on Tuesday.
Former manager Tony La Russa and long-time Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols were not in attendance as President Barack Obama and the first lady welcomed the reigning World Series champions.
La Russa retired shortly after St. Louis topped the Texas Rangers in Game 7 of the World...
DOWNTOWN • A few nights ago, new St. Louis
Cardinals outfielder Carlos Beltran used his
official Twitter feed to take his dilemma to the masses.
Adam Wainwright shares his obsession with Tim Tebow
Press interviews from the St. Louis Cardinals Winter Warm-Up on Sunday, January 15.
I went to one of Carlos Beltran's last home games as a Met against the Cardinals and there was a large contingent of fans in right field, in fact the crowd was larger then what had become normal in June/July. Many have questioned why Jose Reyes wasn't traded at the deadline, most feel we would have received more in return from a trade then the two picks. The same rumblings...
Well, according to the fans of MetsOnline’s Facebook page, 76-86.
MetsOnline fans said anything from 55-107 to 102-60…. So, let’s just say that there was a range.
Here were the answers that we received on Facebook:
So, as I wrote earlier, the average of these answers is 76-86 or one win less than the Mets’ 2011 campaign. I think that given the amount of talent the team has...
Albert Pujols is long gone, and the St. Louis Cardinals seem just fine about defending their World Series title without him. Their fans, too. General manager John Mozeliak got a favorable reception at the team's annual Winter Warmup this weekend when he revisited the negotiations. Chairman Bill DeWitt is bullish about the moves made with the Pujols money.