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MIAMI – For all that is now quantifiable in baseball, there are still some things that cannot be measured. The effect of St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina on a pitching staff is one of them.
‘Now that I get to watch him a little bit, he’s the best,” said former major-league first baseman Carlos Delgado, Team Puerto Rico’s hitting coach in the World Baseball Classic.
“He’ll go to a pitcher and tell him, ‘Make a pitch. I’ll block it. It’s on me.’ He’ll take that responsibility,” Delgado said. “When you’ve got a younger guy on the mound, and he’s a little hesitant about bouncing a breaking ball to put a hitter away, and you’ve got the best catcher in the game that goes to the mound and says, ‘Finish your pitch. Don’t worry about it. I’ll do it. I’ll block it.’ . . . it gives pitchers that confidence that they can finish their pitches.
“They don’t even have to think. Throw what he puts down. Trust him. It takes a lot of weight off them.”
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I have been writing a series of posts that seem to take issues with how projection
systems predict certain players over the course of the 2013 season. It may seem like I
have an issue with projection systems. The fact is that I do not. When you put all of
their projections together, the margin for error is quite small. All of them pretty much
work the same way. You plug in the...
In their final outing before the Cardinals make their decision on the 5th starter spot, Joe Kelly out pitched Shelby Miller and looks to have locked up the spot.
Kelly started the game and pitched 4 innings allowing just 3 hits and, more importantly, no walks. He gave up 1 earned run while also striking out one. His sinker was in good form as he induced 6 groundouts to just...
Following are the highlights from the first minor league games of 2013. A trio of intersquad games were held on Wednesday in preparation for Thursday’s initial contests against external competition.
As he has been doing the last few seasons, Cardinals farm director John Vuch will be sharing game highlights with this site and several others with interest in Cardinals prospects....
The St. Louis Cardinals completed an agreement to keep first baseman Allen Craig in tow last week, but very well may have done much more than just that. The deal is a study in the obscure: both completely team and player friendly contract that helps both parties roughly equally. But to understand this, a grasp on the first base market, the financial position of the Cardinals and...
A recent comment by blingboy led me to ponder the question that led to this post – Who might the reserves behind the St. Louis Cardinals reserves be?
Of course, we have to begin with those projected to make up the season-opening five-man bench. My current thinking:
Catcher – Tony Cruz
Corner infield – Ty Wigginton
Middle infield – Daniel Descalso
Outfield – Shane Robinson...
As the beginning of the 2013 season draws closer, there has been plenty of talk about the contract talks surrounding ace Adam Wainwright and the fifth starter competition between young guns Joe Kellly and Shelby Miller. While those stories are intriguing, Lance Lynn and Jaime Garcia may be the two most important members of the St. Louis Cardinals starting rotation in 2013.
The St. Louis Cardinals have used three weeks of spring training to find their likely middle infielders for the upcoming season, but one big decision remains as to who will take the fifth spot in the starting rotation. Fortunately, the Cardinals should be in good shape regardless of who they choose.
Three contestants began the battle for the final starting spot at the beginning...
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The Minnesota Twins initially selected Kolten Wong in the 16th round of the 2008 MLB Amateur Draft out of Kamehameha High School in Honolulu, Hawaii after the left-handed slugger finished his senior year batting .600 and sharing the state’s Baseball Player of the Year Award. Wong chose the college route instead and enrolled at the University of Hawaii, Manoa...
The St. Louis Cardinals trimmed their spring camp roster down to 45 after Thursday’s moves.
The Oakland A's trade of Mark Mulder to the St. Louis Cardinals in December 2004 was one of the defining moments of the A's last decade. While there is only one player with the A's from that original deal, the repercussions of the deal are still resonating with the organization. Chris Biderman takes a look at the original deal and the deals that came out of it.
Editor’s note: As part of NFL’s Greatest Quarterback, fans will decide the best quarterback in team, division, conference and league history.
Paul Christman: Christman played for the Cardinals from 1945 to 1949. He led the team to an NFL Championship in 1947. The team won the NFL West in 1948 under Christman as well.
Christman was a two-time All-Pro with the Cardinals in 1946...
Kyle Lohse went through this as a free agent once before. Five years ago on Thursday, he signed a one-year, $4.25 million contract with the St. Louis Cardinals.
This time, Lohse is taking even longer to find a new team.
Lohse, 34, is working out both near his home in Arizona and at a facility operated by his agent, Scott Boras – the Boras Sports Training Institute in Aliso...
FOX Sports Tennessee and SportSouth to televise nine spring training and 124 regular season St. Louis Cardinals games in 2013.