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St. Louis Cardinals: 10 Things About Opening Night

Ladies and gents, the vacation is over and it’s time to get down to business. The offseason is nearly a memory and the 162 game six month grind is staring us down as we breathe. Are you ready? Have you stocked up on soda, chips, liquor, meds and coffee? Baseball is known and loved for many things but most of all the sport is respected for its endurance requirement. Like the players...
Via Cardinals Farm
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Countdown to Cardinals: 30

Days until Opening Night, Cardinals vs. Cubs on ESPN: 30 First player/coach to wear #30: Syl Johnson (1933) Last player/coach to wear #30: Jason Motte Player/coach to wear #30 in the most seasons: Five with five Number of players/coaches to wear #30: 43 Last time not worn: 2004 Other interesting names tied to #30: John Tudor (1985-88, 90), Mark Mulder (2005-08), Orlando Cepeda (1967...
Via The Cardinal Conclave
March 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Poll Results: Which former Cardinal will be missed the most?

For this week’s question, I wanted to look at former Cardinals and what their departure from the club would mean for the 2015 team. As I mentioned in the poll post, the Cardinals did not lose any offensive pieces, it all came from pitching where they lost Shelby Miller, Jason Motte, and Pat Neshek.Here are the results from the poll: Take Our PollI am somewhat surprised by these...
Via Cardinals Farm
February 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Past Predictions: TCN Blog’s Top Five Cardinals Stories of 2014

Last January, I published my predictions of the topics I thought could evolve into the top five stories across the Cardinals Nation for the then-coming year of 2014. Today, with the benefit of full hindsight, including the top 20 stories of 2014 countdown now on the books, it is time to take my annual look back at my initial forecast. After all, anyone can make predictions, but how...
Via The Cardinal Nation blog
January 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Sports Illustrated: Cubs Made The Best Offseason Move

The Cubs front office has been extremely busy since the end of the World Series, accessing the teams needs, meeting with potential targets, and signing Jason Hammel, Miguel Montero, David Ross, Jason Motte, Tommy La Stella, and Jon Lester. This has certainly been an extremely busy hot stove season so far, but a recent article by Sports Illustrated says the Chicago Cubs have the best...
Via Sports Mockery
December 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Cubs, reliever Motte finalize $4.5 million, 1-year contract

  Reliever Jason Motte and the Chicago Cubs finalized a $4.5 million, one-year contract that allows the former St. Louis closer to earn $2.5 million more in performance bonuses. Motte was one of baseball's top closers in 2012, when he had 42 saves in 49 chances and helped St. Louis reach the NL Championship Series. The right-hander had elbow-ligament replacement surgery in May 2013...
Via AP on Fox
December 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Cubs, Motte finalize $4.5 million, 1-year contract

CHICAGO (AP) Reliever Jason Motte and the Chicago Cubs have finalized a $4.5 million, one-year contract that allows the former St. Louis closer to earn $2.5 million more in performance bonuses. Motte was one of baseball's top closers in 2012, when he had 42 saves in 49 chances and helped St. Louis reach the NL championship series. The right-hander had elbow-ligament replacement...
Via AP on Fox
December 19, 2014  |  Discuss

New Cub Jason Motte has something to say to Cardinals Nation

ST. LOUIS -- Even as a member of the Cubs, it will be hard for Cardinals fans to root against Jason Motte.  The former Cardinals closer is leaving St. Louis for a one-year, $4.5 million deal with Chicago, but right-hander made sure to show his appreciation on the way out for the only organization he's ever known since being drafted in the 19th round in 2003.   
Via Fox Sports Midwest
December 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Ex-Cardinal Motte agrees to one-year, $4.5M deal with Cubs

CHICAGO -- Jason Motte is moving to the other side of one of baseball's best rivalries. The veteran reliever is leaving St. Louis for a $4.5 million, one-year contract with the Chicago Cubs, according to a person with direct knowledge of the deal. Motte made his major league debut with the Cardinals in 2008 and had spent his entire career with the team that selected him in the 19th...
Via AP on Fox
December 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Ex-Cardinal Motte agrees to one-year, $4.5M deal with Cubs

CHICAGO -- Jason Motte is moving to the other side of one of baseball's best rivalries. The veteran reliever is leaving St. Louis for a $4.5 million, one-year contract with the Chicago Cubs, according to a person with direct knowledge of the deal. Motte made his major league debut with the Cardinals in 2008 and had spent his entire career with the team that selected him in the 19th...
Via Fox Sports Midwest
December 15, 2014  |  Discuss

MLB News: Lowrie, Anderson, Motte and Rios have new clubs

Four relatively big free-agents have found new homes today, as Jed Lowie, Brett Anderson, Jason Motte and Alex Rios all were signed by new ball clubs. Lowrie, 30, is going to the Houston Astros, on a three-year/$23 million deal with an option for a fourth year. He hit for a .249 batting average with six homers and 50 RBIs last season with the Oakland A’s. The Astros now seemingly...
Via Universal Takeover Sports Network
December 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Report: Cubs, RHP Motte agree to one-year deal

  A person with direct knowledge of the deal says veteran reliever Jason Motte has agreed to a $4.5 million, one-year contract with the Chicago Cubs. The person spoke to The Associated Press on Monday night on condition of anonymity because the team had not announced the agreement. The contract is pending a physical and includes bonuses that could increase the value to $7 million...
Via AP on Fox
December 15, 2014  |  Discuss

AP source: Cubs, Motte agree to 1-year deal

CHICAGO (AP) A person with direct knowledge of the deal says veteran reliever Jason Motte has agreed to a $4.5 million, one-year contract with the Chicago Cubs. The person spoke to The Associated Press on Monday night on condition of anonymity because the team had not announced the agreement. The contract is pending a physical and includes bonuses that could increase the value to...
Via AP on Fox
December 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Motte Gets The Best of Both Worlds

By signing with the Chicago Cubs, Jason Motte gets the best of both worlds. He gets to compete for a potential winning franchise and stay very close to his favorite city of St. Louis at the same time. Be happy for the guy. Upon hearing the news this afternoon, Cardinal fans were either hurt or mad at [...]
Via The Cardinal Conclave
December 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs Sign Jason Motte To One-Year Deal

According to Bruce Levine of WSCR, the Chicago Cubs have agreed to a one-year deal with relief pitcher Jason Motte. Source-Breaking news -Chicago Cubs sign pitcher Jason Motte to 1 year deal pending physical . — Bruce Levine (@MLBBruceLevine) December 15, 2014 If Motte can get anywhere close to the way he pitched in 2011 and 2012, he could be a valuable addition to the Cubs...
Via Baseball Essential
December 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Cubs Sign Motte

The Cubs have signed reliever Jason Motte to a one-year deal for $4.5M with a games finished incentive. Motte hasn't pitched a full season since 2012, but did have a helluva nice run out of the Cardinals bullpen from 2010-2012, including being their closer in 2012 where he knocked out 42 saves with a 2.75 ERA thanks to a 10.1 K/9 rate, 2.1 BB/9 rate and 0.917 WHIP that season.. He...
Via Cub Reporter
December 15, 2014  |  Discuss

What is the long-term (and short-term) impact of the Cardinals acquisition of Jason Heyward from the Braves.

In case you missed it, the Cardinals made a big move today, acquiring Jason Heyward and reliever Jordan Walden from the Braves in exchange for Shelby Miller and prospect Tyrell Jenkins.GM John Mozeliak let it be known that the Cards were looking to find an upgrade for their right field spot, after the loss of Oscar Taveras left them with Randal Grichuk and Stephen Piscotty as their...
Via Cardinals Fan in Cubs Land
November 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Cardinals organization roster matrix: 2014-2015 off-season

With the 2014 World Series complete and players considering free agency, it is time for another refresh of the St. Louis Cardinals system roster matrix. This version will reflect the changes made from the conclusion of the 2014 post-season until the start of spring training 2015. The previous matrix reflects the rosters from the start of short-season ball in mid-June through the...
Via The Cardinal Nation blog
November 05, 2014  |  Discuss

The Cardinals Free-Agents: Coming Back?

On November 6th, the following Cardinals players will officially become free agents: Mark Ellis Pat Neshek Justin Masterson Jason Motte A.J. Pierzynski None of these players received a qualifying offer from the Cardinals, meaning that there will be no extra draft picks for the team if they are singed by another team. VEB has stated that letting all 5 walk will save the Cardinals...
Via Cardinals Diaspora
November 01, 2014  |  Discuss

St. Louis Cardinals: A look at the offseason schedule, free agents, and arbitration eligible players

This is a post that I was hoping would not be written until late October or early November after the World Series. The Cardinals’ “early” exit pushes this post up a week or so. I use “early” in quotes because sometimes I have to remember how lucky Cards’ fans are to witness their team making 4 straight NLCS’. There are several key events in the offseason from qualifying...
Via Cardinals Farm
October 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Jason Motte Nominated For Roberto Clemente Award

The Cardinals have nominated Jason Motte for the Roberto Clemente Award. The Roberto Clemente Award is given annually to the Major League Baseball (MLB) player who “best exemplifies the game of baseball, sportsmanship, community involvement and the individual’s contribution to his team”, as voted on by baseball fans and members of the media. It is named for Hall of Fame outfielder...
Via Cardinals Diaspora
September 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Bigger than the game: Cardinals' Motte is out to help anyone he can

ST. LOUIS -- Jason Motte's return from Tommy John surgery has not been easy. Pitching without his high-90 mph heat has led to inconsistency on the mound and an undefined role in the Cardinals' bullpen. With the postseason approaching, he could find himself without a spot on the roster. And with his contract expiring at season's end, he could find himself spending the winter looking...
Via Fox Sports Midwest
September 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Jason Motte Named Cardinals Nominee For the 2014 Roberto Clemente Award Presented By Chevrolet

Beginning tomorrow on Roberto Clemente Day, fans can vote on ChevyBaseball.com for the national recipient and register for a chance to win a trip to the 2014 World Series ST. LOUIS, MO (September 16, 2014) – Major League Baseball and Chevrolet, the official vehicle of MLB, today announced that Jason Motte was named the Cardinals’ 2014 [...]
Via The Cardinal Conclave
September 16, 2014  |  Discuss

The Tortoise and the Hare: NL Central Edition

You might be familiar with one of Aesop’s Fables, entitled “The Tortoise and the Hare.” Either way, let’s take a journey, if you will, back to a magical time that Milwaukee Brewers fans called “June.” At the end of that mysterious, wonderful month, the Brewers held a 6.5 game lead in the National League Central, after taking three of four in a midseason series with the...
Via Midwest Sports Fans
September 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Analyzing Sam Tuivailala’s Debut

The Cardinals are no strangers to converting strong-armed position players to the mound when their bats can’t keep up with their arms. The most storied case, of course, is Jason Motte. Motte went from a 19th-round catcher with a cannon arm with a career .188 batting average to dominant closer who ended the 2011 World Series. David Carpenter is another former catcher from the Cardinals’...
Via Cardinals Farm
September 11, 2014  |  Discuss
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