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In a jesting comment made here at The Cardinal Nation blog, reader blingboy wondered if the St. Louis Cardinals medical staff must have looked at the wrong elbow of shortstop Rafael Furcal when recently proclaiming him to be completely healed.
That led me to wonder about the identity of the last left-handed thrower to take the field as a shortstop in a Major League Baseball game. With the help of Baseball Reference’s Play Index, we can chase down the answer – or at least an answer.
While Mark Ryal of the Angels in 1987 is the most recent to appear in a box score and receive an at-bat while assigned to the position, he never played defense. Same with Tom Chism of Baltimore in 1979. Prior to them, Baltimore’s Royle Stillman made six starts at short in September 1975. He batted in the top of the first inning each time and then was replaced by light-hitting shortstop Mark Belanger.
On May 22, 1954, it did happen – though not exactly and not for long. In the bottom of the eighth inn...
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A deer, supposedly without a red nose, nearly ruined Christmas for David Freese, the St. Louis Cardinals and their fans.
Freese crashed into a tree Friday afternoon near St. Louis after he swerved to avoid a deer on the road. Folks in the St. Louis area know how prevalent deer are in the area, especially during this time of the year, and many probably know someone who has hit a...
ST. LOUIS Bidding is nearing an end for the online auction featuring several personal trophies and items from Cardinals Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith.
The leading item, his career set of 13 Gold Glove Award trophies, is currently going for a mere 113,932 dollars. Other top items include his World Series rings from the St. Louis Cardinals championships in 2011 and 2006, which are currently...
When Scott, our prospect writer, gave out his awards for 2012, he gave Oscar Taveras the minor league break-out hitter award, saying this in September, “Taveras spent the entire year at Double-A Springfield after skipping the High-A level over the off-season. The 20-year-old is being touted as the best pure hitter in the minors after hitting .321/.380/.572 and winning the Texas...
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Each year, the United Cardinal Bloggers vote for various awards associated with the Cardinals. Here is the ballot for the Cardinal Blogger Awards.
For Player of the Year, I wholeheartedly agree with those who even considered Yadier Molina as NL MVP. While Posey won deservedly so, it is a testament to Yadi’s amazing 2012 season that he garnered significant NL MVP voting. He was...
For some reason, they haven't kicked Cards Diaspora out of the UCB (United Cardinals Bloggers) yet. So we're going to go ahead and take a stab at the post season awards ballot.
You can also vote: LINK HERE
Let's get to work.
Player of the Year:
Pitcher of the Year:
Kyle Lohse. You know, there was a point in time where Kyle...
In a cost-cutting move made last fall, the New York Mets exited from the rookie-level Gulf Coast League (GCL), while maintaining their presence in the Appalachian League, the next rung up in the rookie-level food chain.
The organization recently announced that their hiatus from the GCL was just one season in duration, with the Mets set to compete in both leagues in 2013.
Gary LaRocque is taking an increased role in directing the St. Louis Cardinals player development function. What does it mean?