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St. Louis Cardinals players reported to Jupiter, Fla., last week to kick off spring training 2013, but that first week was full of contract talk instead of baseball talk, an unfortunate situation that has become the norm at Cardinals camp in recent years.
The Cardinals even went bigger than usual in the first week this year by having three contract announcements, but at least two of those were positive announcements. The organization picked up the option on manager Mike Matheny’s contract for the 2014 season, and it signed general manager John Mozeliak to a three-year extension.
The other announcement wasn’t so joyful. Adam Wainwright and the team said contract negotiations with the pitcher are not active at the moment, and there is not a timetable for when that situation will be put to rest.
All of these are necessary procedures for a Major League Baseball organization, but it takes away from the excitement of spring training and shifts the focus away from what we all want to enjo...
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With the 2013 major league spring training camp now open, it is time for another refresh of the St. Louis Cardinals system roster matrix. This version will reflect the changes made from the start of 2013 spring training until the start of the regular season. The previous matrix reflects the rosters as they evolved from the conclusion of the 2012 season until spring training 2013...
Back on January 22, Tom Verducci issued his annual "Year-After Effect" column. Dubbed the "Verducci Effect" by Will Carroll, the theory is that pitchers who are under the age of 25 and see a 30+ innings pitched increase over the prior year are at risk for a decline in performance or even injury.
However, the Verducci effect has been disproven time, after time...
As Derrick Gould recently pointed out, the Cardinals lineup is old. The average age of the starting lineup is 30.5 (30.6 if Matt Carpenter replaced Daniel Descalso at second). This puts the Cards lineup as the 4th oldest in the majors.
The projected starting lineup and age, is as follows:
John Jay, CF - 28
Carlos Beltran, RF - 35
Matt Holliday, LF - 33
Allen Craig, 1B - 28...
With spring training underway, many of the St. Louis Cardinals' top prospects are intermingled with veterans as the team gets ready for the 2013 season. Spring training is always a good time for young players to prove their worth, gain exposure and raise their stock.
Continuing our rankings of the top prospects in the St. Louis Cardinals organization, prospect number five on...
JUPITER, Fla. - Already dressed in his home white jersey and Cardinals cap for a required autograph session a short time later, Cardinals rookie Trevor Rosenthal chats about his experience in the big leagues a season ago and his expectations for 2013.
Rosenthal and fellow youngsters Joe Kelly and Shelby Miller set the bar high with their impressive contributions down the stretch...
JUPITER, Fla. Veteran Carlos Beltran has a theory for how to handle his nagging injuries as he enters his 16th year in the big leagues.
"I told my wife that I don't pay attention to my waist down," Beltran joked. "If something hurts, I ignore it and continue to move forward because it's part of baseball."
Beltran's first year with the Cardinals...
This week, the United Cardinals Bloggers kicked off their annual spring roundtable. There will be a series of 15 questions with 20 Cardinals Bloggers providing their answers to each. The questions will be posted daily on the blog of the person asking the question. The schedule is as follows:
Tuesday, February 19: Bill, I70 Baseball
Wednesday, February 20: Kevin, Cards...
Our friends over at InsideSTL spent last week hanging out at a picnic table, and eventually under a tent, in Jupiter, Florida and talking with any Cardinal players that came by and were willing to sit down for a few minutes.
What resulted were some great candid shots of the guys as well as a very candid interview with Adam Wainwright about his contract situation.
The images below...
Head shots of 26 St. Louis Cardinals hurlers and five coaches from the team’s annual photo day.
Head shots of 27 St. Louis Cardinals position players and four coaches from the team’s annual photo day.
Last Thursday, the Cardinals ensured that perhaps the most crucial brick its foundation would remain in place. The club reached an agreement with general manager John Mozeliak to a three-year contract extension that will carry him through the 2016 season, which will be his ninth serving the team in his current capacity.
During those nine years, he has guided the team through two...
When 10 future major leaguers developed by the St. Louis Cardinals first appeared on top 40 prospect lists – ours and theirs.
John Morris played for the Cardinals from 1986-1990 (274 games to be exact) and had a nice little career for himself.
I had forgotten about John Morris until I fell down the YouTube rabbit hole and ended up on Morris doing an impression of Kirk Gibson's famous 1988 World Series home run.
At some point, every moment ever will be on YouTube.
The biggest signing in the history of the Angels, Albert Pujols career as a Halo got off to one of the rockiest starts in the history of rocky starts. While he repaired much of the damage by season's end, questions remain as to whether or not Albert's best days are already well behind him.
2012 Stats: 670 PA, .285 AVG, .343 OBP, .516 SLG, 85 R, 30 HR, 105 RBI, 8 SB, 1...