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Show Me State swap: Royals acquire Cruz from Cardinals

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Royals have acquired backup catcher Tony Cruz from the St. Louis Cardinals for minor-league infielder Jose Martinez while designating catcher Francisco Pena for assignment.The teams announced the trade Wednesday.Cruz hit .204 with two homers and 11 RBI in 69 games for the Cardinals in 2015. The 29-year-old, who can also play third base, could compete with...
Via Associated Press
December 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Cardinals sign Brayan Pena; Is Tony Cruz out?

Jordan Zimmerman’s signing with the Tigers yesterday, might have been the match to light the Hot Stove for this offseason. The St. Louis Cardinals have signed catcher Brayan Pena to a two year deal. The contract is worth a total of $5 million. From what it looks like, Tony Cruz is officially out as the Cardinals back up catcher. However, Mike Matheny has had three catchers on...
Via isportsweb.com
November 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Cardinals: The surprising efficiency of Tony Cruz

When Yadier Molina went down in Chicago, St. Louis Cardinals fans collectively groaned and for good reason. Molina is the heart and soul of this team, and he affects them in many ways. Part of that sadness comes from the fact that the team doesn’t employ an exciting backup option. There are no rock n’ roll lead singers ready to rock the back of the plate for this team any time...
Via STLSportsMinute
October 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Let’s Try Something New With Kozma And Cruz

The Cardinals sport the best record in baseball and will be playing games in October because, you know, that’s what they do. Meanwhile, 29 other teams are in fights of varying winability for postseason positions. Unfortunately, not everyone can make the tournament. Some franchises are worse than others when it comes to competing for championships. To wit… The following teams...
Via Cardinals Diaspora
August 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Why are Tony Cruz and Pete Kozma still on the Cardinals?

Excuse me while I complain about the team with the best record in baseball(and fans for that matter, according to popular opinion and Deadspin). The St. Louis Cardinals have won a lot of games(63 to be exact) and when a writer picks at that shiny emblem of greatness, he can be scolded. As I wrote a couple of weeks ago via KSDK, John Mozeliak’s roster management is troubling at...
Via STLSportsMinute
July 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Cardinals put catcher Tony Cruz on paternity leave

CINCINNATI -- Cardinals reserve catcher Tony Cruz has been placed on paternity leave before the first game in a series against the Cincinnati Reds. The Cardinals called up catcher Ed Easley from Triple-A Memphis on Friday for his major league debut. Easley, 29, has played 646 games in the minors since making his professional debut in 2007. He batted .296 in 80 games for the Redbirds...
Via Associated Press
April 10, 2015  |  Discuss

About Tony Cruz and Bob Uecker

Mark Tomasik of retrosimba.com, a great place to read about St. Louis Cardinals history, tweeted birthday greetings to Bob Uecker this morning. “Mr. Baseball” is celebrating his 80th today, January 26th. Tomasik noted the former reserve catcher’s highlight as a player was when he batted .198 with 24 strikeouts and 21 hits for the 1964 World Champion Cardinals. As I read Tomasik’s...
Via The Cardinal Nation blog
January 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Cardinals will suffer with A.J. Pierzynski and Tony Cruz at catcher

When Yadier Molina bent over in pain at home plate after taking a swing in the sixth inning of Sunday’s NLCS Game 2, it appeared that the St. Louis Cardinals’ chances of winning went down with him. No player is more vital to the Cards than their catcher, widely viewed as the best at his position in MLB. Soon after Molina left Game 2 with what was diagnosed as a strained oblique...
Via The Outside Corner
October 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Tony Cruz is a hero again as Cardinals hit three homers to beat Reds

ST. LOUIS -- Tony Cruz hit a three-run homer and the St. Louis Cardinals connected three times, beating the Cincinnati Reds, 8-4, on Saturday night and moving closer to their fourth straight playoff berth. The Cardinals cut their magic number to one for clinching a postseason berth. The magic number is six for their second NL Central title in a row. Kolten Wong and Randal Grichuk...
Via Associated Press
September 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Cardinals Catcher Uses ‘Wolf Of Wall Street’ Scene As Walk-Up Song (Video)

Tony Cruz doesn’t get the chance to hit very often, but when he does, he certainly makes the most of it. Cruz is the backup catcher to St. Louis Cardinals All-Star Yadier Molina, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list on July 10 with an injured thumb. Molina’s injury has allowed Cruz to see some extended time, which is great news for sports fans everywhere, because it has...
Via NESN.com
July 23, 2014  |  Discuss
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