On Friday, the St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum opened its first temporary exhibit, Stan Musial: "The Man" Off the Field. The exhibit focuses on the life and contributions that Musial made outside of baseball, and it will be in place until next November.
While Cardinals manager Mike Matheny shied away from speaking publicly in the days after Oscar Taveras' accident, he has been perhaps the most active behind the scenes. Seeking to be, as he describes it, "a leader of men," Matheny recalled his initial reaction to that Sunday evening news in late October as being, "What do I have to do for my guys?" What he's done, quite simply, is try to be there.
As we speak, the most balanced, deepest and quite possibly toughest division in baseball is the National League Central. No other division can claim to have this much talent, established or youthful, spread throughout its five clubs.
With a high concentration of outfielders already projected to be on the Cardinals' Opening Day roster, Shane Robinson has been squeezed out of a roster spot and sent looking for another club to latch onto for 2015.
Though the Cardinals' offseason plans changed course substantially after Oscar Taveras' death in late October, the organization was still able to address its most glaring needs within two weeks of free agency opening. So what does that leave the Cardinals needing to do in the remaining weeks before Spring Training? Perhaps not much.
The Cardinals unveiled their 2015 Grapefruit League schedule on Tuesday. The 28-game slate includes a rare visit from the American League East champion Orioles, as well as home games against 2014 postseason participants Washington and Detroit.
When the Braves and Cardinals announced a four-player trade that featured Jason Heyward and Shelby Miller on Monday, there was reason to draw similarities to the trade these two teams made 11 years ago. Only this time, it is the Braves who are hoping to strengthen their future with a deal that allows the Cardinals to satisfy an immediate need with what could prove to be a short-term solution.
Because the Cardinals were able to land outfielder Jason Heyward and reliever Jordan Walden by dealing from their starting-pitching depth, they now project to enter Spring Training ready to host another fifth-starter competition.
In hiring their fourth assistant hitting coach in the last four seasons, the Cardinals again went outside the organization to land former batting champ and St. Louis-area native Bill Mueller. General manager John Mozeliak announced the hire at the end of a news conference he held on Monday.
This is a tremendous trade for the St. Louis Cardinals. Not because they got the best of the Atlanta Braves. Truth is, they may not have.
In fact, the Braves know exactly what they're getting, and it's plenty good. The Cardinals can't do this. They're getting a quality player. They're also taking a bigger risk, and isn't this why we love the Hot Stove League?
Needing to fill an unexpected hole in right field for 2015, the Cardinals went for a big splash, acquiring outfielder Jason Heyward from the Braves along with right-handed reliever Jordan Walden. The cost was heavy, however, as the Cardinals sent a pair of former first-round Draft picks -- right-handers Shelby Miller and Tyrell Jenkins -- to Atlanta to complete the four-player trade on Monday.
The Arizona Fall League is known as baseball's finishing school because it has graduated a ton of talent to the Major Leagues since it began play in 1992. Here are the development highlights from the AFL's 23rd season for all 30 big league organizations.
A day after arriving to Tokyo from Osaka via bullet train, Astros outfielder Dexter Fowler, Cardinals reliever Randy Choate and Angels pitcher Hector Santiago participated in a traditional Japanese tea ceremony on Friday, several hours before their game against the Japanese National Team at the Tokyo Dome.
Cardinals outfielder Oscar Taveras had a blood-alcohol content of .287 when he crashed his car into a tree on Oct. 26, according to an Associated Press report citing Tessie Sanchez, a spokeswoman for the attorney general's office in the Dominican Republic. The legal limit in the Dominican Republic is .05.
There are a lot of reasons for the rest of the National League Central to envy the Cardinals and their perennial success. However, one of the most impressive aspects of their M.O. is the track record for quickly advancing high-ceiling pitchers. St. Louis GM John Mozeliak attributed the trend to having the nerve to try it and to having the foresight to Draft the right guys to carry it out.
In a vote that unanimously selected Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw as the NL Cy Young Award recipient, Cardinals' ace Adam Wainwright came in third, also behind Cincinnati's Johnny Cueto. Of the 30 ballots cast, seven placed Wainwright second and the other 23 slotted him in third place.
The Cardinals' third annual gift drive to support children of military families at Scott Air Force Base and other area charity agencies will take place on Dec. 3, the organization announced on Wednesday.
On Tuesday, the Cardinals announced the signings of four Minor League free agents, including one, infielder Dean Anna, who has been placed on the team's 40-man roster. With that addition, the Cards have 36 players on their roster.
Trying to become the first Cardinals player to win National League Rookie of the Year honors since Albert Pujols in 2001, Kolten Wong had to settle for third in the National League voting behind winner Jacob deGrom and runner-up Billy Hamilton.
Three days after winning his seventh consecutive Gold Glove, Yadier Molina became the first three-time Platinum Glove Award winner. The Platinum Gloves, which Rawlings has been presenting since 2011, are given to the top fielders in both the National and American Leagues.