June 6th (6/6) -Should Be Stan Musial Day Every Year in St. Louis
Editor’s Note: The following article is written by Daniel Shoptaw, founder and our leader at the United Cardinal Bloggers. Daniel has an awesome blog at C70 at the Bat. Be sure to check it out. This idea is fantastic and I believe it should create unabashed enthusiasm every year as it rolls around.
6/6. Stan Musial Day. Every year.
I am probably not the first to come up with this idea, but I don’t think I’ve seen it anywhere else. I think this would be an incredible way to honor a player that was more in tune with the fabric of his city than any other. There’s never been any doubt that Stan was one of the greatest to ever play and one of the greatest off the field as well. This combination needs to be recognized in perpetuity. Because the generation that saw Musial play regularly is getting older, and there will come a time when the generation that just knew Musial as a legend, a red jacket on Opening Day, will pass as well. Musial deserves to be immortalized so that generations to come will stop and realize just who he was and what he meant to this city and this organization.
Of course, besides the stance and perhaps the harmonica, nothing is more tied to Stan than his number. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that when the marketing campaign for Mobil On The Run came along, they selected six to be their serious number. Six is embedded into the organization because of The Man that wore it last and best.
Which means that June 6–6/6, of course–is the perfect day to have a perpetual Stan Musial Day. Like the Jackie Robinson tribute comes around every April 15 and we honor him for what he did in breaking the color barrier in baseball, so should June 6 come to be the day everyone stops and remembers that left-handed swing or the humble man who fashioned it. (I’m not saying that everyone on the team should wear 6 as their jersey that day, don’t get me wrong. Let’s leave the number on the wall where it belongs.)
What would this entail? I envision that every year, the Cardinals would wear a jersey from Stan’s career. Maybe they go with the 1942 version one year to celebrate that World Series team, maybe they’d go with 1963 one year to honor his retirement. I think they could mix it up–there are, after all, 23 different years to choose from.
There should be a Stan Musial giveaway of some sort. The Cards are doing that already this year, with a poster giveaway against the Diamondbacks. Maybe one year it’s a pennant, one year it’s a baseball card, one year they bring back the harmonicas. Something that ties to Stan in some way.
Normally, the first pitch should be thrown out by a member of Stan’s family. Child, grandchild, great-grandchild, someone who has the Musial blood in their veins. However, if the club was to start this in 2013, being that the Musial family has already thrown out first pitches this season, I would suggest that Stan’s long-time teammate and friend Red Schoendienst get the honors. He might not have been physically related to the Musials, but I expect he was considered family anyway.
If the team is at home, a portion of the proceeds of the game should be dedicated to a charity that either Stan personally supported or one that would seem to fit his spirit. For instance, there’s a Stan Musial Scholarship Fund, which would work, or Covenant House Missouri, where people were directed in lieu of flowers at his passing. If the team is away, a fixed amount should be donated instead.
Which brings me to my last suggestion. I believe the Cardinals should petition Major League Baseball to instruct the schedule makers to always have the Cards in St. Louis on June 6. It’s not an unheard of request–the Red Sox always play at home on Patriot Day, for instance–but it is unique enough to honor The Man in a special way. It’s not a requirement–save for the giveaways and the first pitch, the Cards could celebrate Stan Musial Day on the road as well, just using special road jerseys–but it would seem to mean more if it could always be held in front of the fanbase that cheered Musial on and in the city where he meant so much.
I encourage the Cardinals to implement this. Save for the jerseys (which, I expect, would take longer than two weeks to arrange), all aspects of this could be handled this year. As noted, there’s already a Stan giveaway for that day. Let’s give Stan that holiday on the baseball calendar he’s always deserved!
LAFF (Looking Around Fan Forums)
They have a new whipping boy in Detroit by the name of Brayan Villareal. Here are some samples of what they are discussing at MotownSports.com .
#1- He’s faced 16 batters. Of those batters he gotten 5 — less than 1/3 of them — out. He’s given up 6 hits and walked 5 batters. Consider this… last night he faced just two batters. He got one out, and gave up a home run ending the game. His ERA for this game is: 26.95! 26.95 is a VERY larger number. And yet with outing he actually LOWERED his season ERA by about 5 and half points. Now, in defense of him we’re talking a very small sample size. 16 batters faced is not very many. So while his hugely high season ERA is 48.60, if he pitches just one scoreless inning he drops that to 30.38. If he can work things out he’s got plenty of time to get the stats back under control. But if he doesn’t work it out soon I’m guessing he’s headed to Toledo.
#2- Problem is, Villarreal has never been good, so the odds of him turning it around are very slim. He needs to go away or Leyland will just keep using him.
#3- Part of the problem is Jim Leyland’s horrible managing. Using the wrong guy out of the pen last night was just one sample. Leaving a reliever in the other day (same guy) after he walks two guys is just inexcusable. Relievers can’t afford to walk guys. Sitting two .400 hitters against the hottest team in the AL last night was just plain stupid. It’s April, the weather is cool, Tori and Omar are in fantastic shape, they are hitting everything in sight and setting up the big fellas. Why do they need rest. It’s ridiculous. Foolish over-managing. Kelly, Tui and Santiago should almost never start games.
#4- I hate Villarreal right now too but must get my rant out.
#5- The Tigers would have won in 9 had Maxwell Scherzer not thrown the ball into left field as Crisp was trying to steal 3rd base. Max is old enough where he needs to learn how to handle the pressure of the game. Verlander & Fister make all the plays. Max strikes out 11 but stinks at throwing to 1st base or making a simple throw to Cabrera which would have won the game. The A’s made the bonehead of play of running Crisp into an out in a dumb steal attempt and Max couldn’t make the easy play. I think Verlander and the coaches need to talk with Max and tell him he needs to relax and let the game slow down. Come on. I keep thinking Verlander never makes a mistake in the field – he just reacts when he gets the ball. If we can get Max on board with holding runners and throwing to bases we have 3 of the best starters in baseball.
#6- I wonder if Villarreal is healthy – remember he was shut down during the winter with elbow soreness, though he seemed ok in ST. While his control wasn’t great last season, he was tough to hit – only 38 in 54 2/3 innings. With last year’s sample size and his age, it doesn’t seem reasonable that he’d flame out like this if he’s healthy.
#7- Next time he takes the mound, I hope it’s as a Mud Hen.
There you have it, folks! The Tiger fans are not particularly happy with some of the pitching and some are not enamored with Jim Leyland. Such is life.
The fans in the city of Brotherly Love are concerned about the lack of consistent pitching from Roy Halladay and seem to be seething about their GM’s (Ruben Amaro)comments:
“Roy has earned the right to tell us how he feels, and how he wants to go about certain things when it comes to his routine and his pitching and things like that,” Manuel added. “We never once thought about shutting him down or nothing. I can tell you that. You know something else? Shutting him down ain’t the right way, either. I don’t see no way in the world, if he’s healthy and everything like that, we shut him down.”
Here are some comments from PhilliesPhans.
I will not be naming the posters but they can be found at the URL listed above…
#1- I was and am of the view that they never should have brought him north with them. He was laboring during the stretch run 2011 although he came back to have a great playoff performance. Then the disaster of 2012. There is something wrong with him that is not just mental. It is time for “tough love” with Roy. He is not so important that you drag down the whole team with him. And I strongly believe that when you have a guy struggling like t his and you continue to send him out to get slaughtered, it drags down the morale of the whole team knowing that they are certain to lose every fifth game. When you can’t throw the ball over the the corners of the plate, you get sent down to work on your game. Period. Even if you are Roy Halladay. Durbin? He is a joke. He should be cut immediately. The management of this team had to take decisive action quickly. They can’t just sit around watching the season go down the toilet in April “wishing” that New Roy will magically transform into Old Roy.
#2- Halladay cannot be allowed to continue to figure this out during the season. He had most of last year, the off season, and ST to “figure this out.” If it’s not age then there’s something seriously wrong (physically or mentally) or he’s forgotten how to pitch.
#3- Halladay doesn’t have forever, but he has at least a month, mainly because Amaro doesn’t really have a better option. Halladay has been a great pitcher, but, as a person, he drops a notch in my book for trying to blame his problems on Kratz. That was unprofessional. I can believe that Ruiz is a hugely important part of this team and that his absence has hurt all of the pitchers to varying degrees. However, Halladay now has quite a long period of not pitching well, while Ruiz was catching him. It was silly and selfish for Halladay to leave the impression that he would fare better with Quintero as his receiver. Sort of karma that he fell flat on his face in his last start.
#4- It’s too early to write Halladay off, but they should have left him in Florida for a couple weeks, using his illness as the excuse.
Blanton had a horrendous April a few years ago, and a great rest of season.
So it may be just rebuilding strength and getting his mechanics down – or the end.
We should have a pretty good idea by May.
Hamels is a bigger concern, he’s the future and he’s getting rocked.
Some of the Phillies Fans (Phans) have some concerns about their pitching staff. Today may tell some of that as Halladay is their starting pitcher.
Characters of the Game Vol 1
Dizzy Dean: A Brash Ballplayer
“Dizzy” Dean was born Jay Hanna Dean in Lucas, Arkansas on January 16, 1910. He was best known in baseball for being a colorful member of the St Louis Cardinals Gashouse Gang but he .also played for the Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Browns. He made his major league debut on September 28, 1930.
“Dizzy” was a brash player and went into broadcasting after retiring from baseball. He asked for, and was granted a one day comeback as he was already broadcasting games but wanted the retirement on his debut date. At age 37, Dean pitched four innings, allowing no runs, and rapped a single in his only at-bat. Rounding first base, he pulled his hamstring. Returning to the broadcast booth at the end of the game, he said, “I said I can pitch better than nine of the ten guys on the staff, and I can. But I’m done. Talking’s my game now, and I’m just glad that muscle I pulled wasn’t in my throat.”
Three years earlier he was cocky and arrogant as he made a prediction about himself and his brother Paul Dean, “Me an’ Paul are gonna win 45 games.” On September 21,1934,Dizzy pitched a three-hit shutout in the first game of a doubleheader for this 27th win of the year and his brother went to the mound for game two and threw a no-hitter for his 18th win which matched his early-season prediction of winning 45 games. But Dizzy went on to say, “Gee, Paul, if I’d a-known you was gonna throw a no-hitter, I’d a-thrown one too!”
Dizzy Dean was always confident in his abilities to pitch. He bet some players that he could strike out Vince DiMaggio four times in one game. The first three at bat DiMaggio fanned. On the fourth at bat he popped one up to the catcher in foul territory and Dean screamed at the catcher, “Drop it, Drop it!” The catcher did as instructed and Dizzy Dean proceeds to win the bet by striking out DiMaggio a fourth time in the game.
Jay Hanna Dean lived up to his nickname of “Dizzy” in the 1934 World Series when they faced the Detroit Tigers. He was sent in to pinch run in Game 4. The next batter hit a potential double play ball and Dean wanted to break it up. “Dizzy” throws himself in front of the relay toss to first base and is struck on the head and knocked unconscious. It was reportedly written in the sports section the next day, “X-ray of Dean’s head reveals nothing.” Dean recovered to pitch the following day and also in Game 7 to propel the Cardinals to win the Series.
As mentioned earlier, Dean went to the broadcast booth after his playing days and his antics didn’t stop. He worked for several networks and teams from 1941 to 1965 in the booth. It was his crazy style and homespun demeanor that made him a success in this lifestyle. Dizzy knew he wasn’t the flashiest announcer as he would tell folks, “The Good Lord was good to me. He gave me a strong right arm, a good body, and a weak mind.”
He was chided for his incorrect English by people that listened to his game many times. He once saw Browns’ outfielder Al Zarilla slide into a base, and said, “Zarilla slud into third!” “Slud” instead of “slid” became a frequently-used Dean expression or once, describing a player who had struck out, Dean said, “he nonchalantly walks back to the dugout in disgust.”
Once he had a broadcast for CBS and uttered over an open microphone, “I don’t know why they’re calling this the Game of the Week. There’s a much better game, Dodgers and Giants, over on NBC.” Many times he would sign-off the air by saying, “Don’t fail to miss tomorrow’s game!” Dean in the broadcast booth made it easier for other former players to work there after their playing days.
Finally an English teacher sent him a letter and complained he shouldn’t use the word “ain’t” while on the air as he was a bad example for people and particularly the children. When he got back on the air after this letter he was heard to say, “A lot of folks who ain’t sayin’ ‘ain’t,’ ain’t eatin’. So, Teach, you learn ‘em English, and I’ll learn ‘em baseball.”
“Dizzy” Dean is a Character of the Game.
- Win–Loss record 150–83
- Earned run average 3.02
- Strikeouts 1,163
Career highlights and awards
- 4× All-Star selection (1934, 1935, 1936, 1937)
- World Series champion (1934)
- 1934 NL MVP
- St. Louis Cardinals #17 retired
Characters of the Game will appear here every weekend with a different player highlighted.
Next week: Mark “The Bird” Fidrych
Today I yield to another blogger, Jamie Shoemaker and the charities that he supports along with a great interview with umpire Mike DiMuro….
Here is a snippet and for the rest of it check out Through the Fence Baseball
Through The Fence Baseball recently sat down with Mike Di Muro. Mike worked the home plate during Roy Halladay’s perfect game last year and most importantly, he chats with us about the UMPS CARE Charities auction that starts March 8th! Mike comes from a family of MLB umpires and we are glad to help UMPS CARE Charities on their upcoming auction. Click here to visit the auction! Help a cause!
As always we are helping the charity as well, 50% of all donations to the site will go toward UMPS CARE Charities! Look over at the right hand side of the page for details.
So we sat down with Mike Di Muro….
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Some random notes now that the pigskin is put away and the gloves and bats are in the bag.
Let’s not get in a tither and let the Pujols contract negotiations drive us to hysteria. It is not time to jump off the bridge. Remember, there is still a negotiations time period until 5 days after the completion of the World Series. If Albert doesn’t sign before Spring Training then the media has an entire summer at each stop along the way to fill sports columns with how he would look in THEIR uniform.
I asked on twitter to Strauss how so many people had information on the status of the negotiations since this was announced as a closed affair and nothing would be made public. Of course, no surprise, that he didn’t answer my question. I don’t know about him but some writers, I am convinced, just make stuff up to have a column….. and they site privileged information as their source.
As I prepare for my Spring Training trip. I am considering taking in games at Viera and Orlando Florida for a bit of a side session. Pitchers and catchers are getting it cranked up in about a week and that will bring a baseball sports flurry to the news cycle.
The great moment last night when the camera caught Cameron Diaz feeding Alex Rodriguez popcorn was so funny. It is like AROD to expect to be fed. I would have been hilarious if they had been Doritos after watching a few of the sucking the fingers commercials just before that moment. Joe Buck knows how to get under the skin of Yankees fans:
“I’m sure Alex is thrilled we just put the camera on him at that moment.”
In his blog today, RumBunter has a quote from Pirates manager Clint Hurdle that is a head scratcher.
this quote about Pittsburgh Pirates OF Jose Tabata putting on some muscle this off-season is pure magic. Hurdle said that he hoped Tabata would bulk up, but not to the point of losing flexibility or speed. Then he dropped it…
“It’s like a tube of toothpaste. If you want a big blast of power right now, you squeeze hard from the middle. We’re going to squeeze from the bottom, though, to make sure we get everything we can out of him.”
Today we find Cubs Billy Goat Blog lamenting his beloved Cubs have had an uninspiring off-season:
With pitchers and catchers schedule to report for Spring Training on February 14, the Hot Stove season is nearly over. And while Cub fans may have been hoping for a big move to instantly put the Cubs into contention, the reality is that bloated contracts and budget constraints led to an uninspiring offseason (and little for me to write about).
Beginning today the United Cardinal Bloggers start their February Roundtable. This is where the participating bloggers each have a day assigned to them and they ask the group a question. Each member responds to it and then the questioner puts the answers on his/her website blog the next day. It becomes fun and actually you learn many things. Plus, the answers are thought provoking and allow you to think in a different vein every once in a while. Be sure to check it out ALL month long at the following bloggers. Here is this weeks schedule.
Monday, February 7 CardinalsGM
Tuesday, February 8 i70 Baseball
Wednesday, February 9 RetroSimba
Thursday, February 10 Aaron Miles’ Fastball
Friday, February 11 Stan Musial’s Stance
Impending snow of 16-20 inches approaches. I am not going outside once it starts. What am I to do? I am a blogger so I could blog. The creative juices dry up quickly and then I draw a blank. So I will read blogs and more blogs. But I said to myself, ” self, why be selfish. Share those blogs with the world.” So I will.
- Arizona: Venom Strikes
- Atlanta: Tomahawk Take
- Baltimore: Birds Watcher
- Baltimore: Camden Crazies
- Baltimore: Eutaw Street Hooligans
- Baltimore: Oriole Post
- Boston: BoSox Injection
- Boston: Boston Red Thoughts
- Boston: The Bottom Line
- Boston: FenwayNationWorld
- Boston: Fire Brand of the American League
- Boston: Inside The Monster
- Boston: The Joy of Sox
- Boston: Sox and Dawgs
- Boston: Sox #1 Fan
- Boston: Toeing the Rubber
- Chicago (NL): Another Cubs Blog
- Chicago (NL): Bullpen Brian
- Chicago (NL): Clark-Addison Cubs Fan Blog
- Chicago (NL): Cubs Billy Goat Blog
- Chicago (NL): A Diehard Cubs Fan Speaks Out
- Chicago (NL): The Outfield Ivy
- Chicago (NL): Prose and Ivy
- Cincinnati: Blog Red Machine
- Cincinnati: Cincinnati Reds Blog
- Cincinnati: Red Reporter
- Cincinnati: Reds Fan Central
- Cincinnati: Reds Net Live
- Cincinnati: Welcome To Reds Country
- Cincinnati: WhackReds
- Cleveland: The B-List Indians Blog
- Cleveland: Deep Left Field
- Cleveland: Indians Prospect Insider
- Cleveland: TribeScribe
- Cleveland: The Tribe Daily
- Colorado: Inside the Humidor
- Colorado: Rockies Review
- Colorado: The Rocky Mountain Way
- Detroit: Detroit Tigers Scorecard Blog
- Detroit: Motor City Bengals
- Detroit: Old English D
- Detroit: Switch Hitting Pitchers
- Detroit: Tigers Amateur Analysis
- Detroit: The Tigers Den
- Florida: Marlin Maniac
- Florida: Marlins Die-Hards
- Houston: Appy Astros
- Houston: Astros County
- Houston: Astros Daily
- Houston: Farmstros
- Kansas City: Broken Bat Single
- Kansas City: i70 Baseball
- Kansas City: Kings of Kauffman
- Kansas City: One Royal Way
- Kansas City: Royalscentricity
- Kansas City: Royals Kingdom
- Kansas City: Royals On Radio Etc.
- Los Angeles (AL): AngelsWin.com
- Los Angeles (AL): Go Halos
- Los Angeles (AL): Monkey With A Halo
- Los Angeles (AL): True Grich
- Los Angeles (NL): Dodgerfan.net
- Los Angeles (NL): Feeling Dodger Blue
- Milwaukee: Bernie’s Crew
- Milwaukee: The Brewers Bar
- Milwaukee: Quevedo At The Buffet
- Minnesota: North Dakota Twins Fan
- Minnesota: Over The Baggy
- Minnesota: Puckett’s Pond
- Minnesota: Seth Speaks
- Minnesota: Twinkie Talk
- Minnesota: Twins Target
- Minnesota: Twins Trivia
- New York (AL): Bronx Baseball Daily
- New York (AL): Bronx Bombers Beat
- New York (AL): The Captain’s Blog
- New York (AL): The Chuck Knoblog
- New York (AL): Double G Sports
- New York (AL): It’s About The Money
- New York (AL): Lady At The Bat
- New York (AL): Lady Loves Pinstripes
- New York (AL): lenNY’s Yankees
- New York (AL): Pending Pinstripes
- New York (AL): Sliding Into Home
- New York (AL): Subway Squawkers
- New York (AL): Why I Like Baseball
- New York (AL): Yanks Go Yard
- New York (NL): 213 Miles From Shea
- New York (NL): 24 Hours From Suicide
- New York (NL): Citi Slickers
- New York (NL): Disgruntled Mets Fan
- New York (NL): The Eddie Kranepool Society
- New York (NL): Flushing’s Finest
- New York (NL): Hoops Approved
- New York (NL): It’s Outta Here!
- New York (NL): Long Live Shea Stadium
- New York (NL): Mets a Mets
- New York (NL): Mets Fan Forever
- New York (NL): Mets Fans For Life
- New York (NL): Mets Gazette
- New York (NL): Mets KoolAid
- New York (NL): Mets Public Record
- New York (NL): The Mets Report
- New York (NL): Middle Aged Sports Guys
- New York (NL): NYB Blogs
- New York (NL): On The Black
- New York (NL): Paul’s Random Baseball Stuff
- New York (NL): Subway Squawkers
- Oakland: Contract Year
- Oakland: Junkball
- Philadelphia: Crashburn Alley
- Philadelphia: Dugger’s Corner
- Philadelphia: Fightin Phillies
- Philadelphia: Fire Eric Bruntlett
- Philadelphia: The MLB Blog
- Philadelphia: Phighting On
- Philadelphia: Phils Baseball
- Philadelphia: That Ball’s Outta Here
- Pittsburgh: Hands Off My Pirates Booty
- Pittsburgh: North Side Notch
- Pittsburgh: Raise the Jolly Roger!
- Pittsburgh: Rum Bunter
- Pittsburgh: Where Have You Gone, Andy Van Slyke?
- St. Louis: C70 At The Bat
- St. Louis: CardinalsGM
- St. Louis: El Maquino
- St. Louis: Fungoes
- St. Louis: I70 Baseball
- St. Louis: The Outfield Ivy
- St. Louis: Pitchers Hit Eighth
- St. Louis: RetroSimba
- St. Louis: Stan Musial’s Stance
- St. Louis: Throatwarbler’s Blog
- San Diego: Avenging Jack Murphy
- San Diego: Friar Forecast
- San Diego: The Friarhood
- San Diego: RJ’s Fro
- San Diego: The Sacrifice Bunt
- San Diego: Websoulsurfer
- San Francisco: 22gigantes
- San Francisco: Bay City Ball
- San Francisco: The Crazy Crabbers
- San Francisco: Croix De Candlestick
- San Francisco: El Lefty Malo
- San Francisco: The Giants Report
- San Francisco: PaapFly.com
- San Francisco: Ranting On
- San Francisco: Seed Spitters
- San Francisco: Splashing Pumpkins
- Seattle: Far From Port
- Seattle: Jeff’s Mariners Fan Blog
- Seattle: Mariner Log
- Seattle: North and South of Royal Brougham
- Seattle: Seattle Sports Insider
- Seattle: SoDo Mojo
- Tampa Bay: Rise of the Rays
- Tampa Bay: Tampa Bay Rays Fan
- Tampa Bay: Tampa Bay Rays News
- Texas: Baseball Addict
- Texas: Baseball Is My Boyfriend
- Texas: Chicken Fried Baseball
- Texas: The Newberg Report
- Texas: World Series 41, Rangers Fan 1
- Toronto: 500 Level Fan
- Toronto: The Blue Jay Hunter
- Toronto: The Glory Jays
- Toronto: Hum and Chuck
- Toronto: Infield Fly
- Toronto: Jays Journal
- Toronto: John McDonald’s Cabinet
- Toronto: Sports and the City
- Toronto: The Tao of Stieb
- Washington: Hendo’s Hutch
- Washington: History’s Perspective (Nationals Pride)
- Washington: Nationals News Network
- Washington: The Nats Blog
- Washington: The Stinger Steve Ray
- Washington: We Love DC
Ok, I didnt read them all. I am a member of the Baseball Bloggers Alliance. This is the list of members blogs. Take your time a peruse them and don’t look outside (if you live in the Midwest) because it is Snowmageddon 2011, Snowpocolypes, Snowverkill, Snowzilla, The Big Dump all those things.
Enjoy baseball today.
Many teams have had their winter caravans and warm-up conventions. Not much going on many places right now. In St. Louis, all the ink is going towards the impending free agent/contract signing of Albert Pujols. So let’s all relax, let them do their job and it will get done. Maybe not to your satisfaction but it will get a resolution. Which brings me to a song by the Rolling Stones.
No, you can’t always get what you want
You can’t always get what you want
You can’t always get what you want
And if you try sometime you find
You get what you need
Several bloggers from other teams sent in their 2011 Power Rankings and they have been tabulated into one list at MLBBlogBuzz. You may want to take a look at them and then look at mine a few days ago.
Let me take a quick look around the United Cardinal Bloggers and see what they have on their mind.
Bird Brained looks at the two latest signings which is Miguel Batista and Ian Snell.
The Godfather of the UCB, Daniel, is worried about whether the Cardinals can sign Pujols at his C70 blog.
At i70 Baseball they have a shocking review of the Chicago Cubs.
The Tyler Greene Project is the focus of the blog at Pitchers Hit Eighth.
At the Redbird Report he talks about the Night of Memories.
RetroSimba dives into some impressive numbers about Ramon Vazquez that the Cardinals could need.
Matt Holliday will play left field according to LaRussa as explained by the McBrayer-Baseball Report.
Check out some of our Cardinals History on the right sidebar for a nostalgic review of the Cardinals.
Bloggers around the country are sitting back and just waiting for the snowstorms, rain and generally disagreeable weather pass by. They search and search for topics to write about in the off-season. This writer included. What I do on Tuesday is look around at National League blog members of the Baseball Bloggers Alliance to see what is on their mind and then I share some of them with you.
- The Nats Blog investigates the lefty/righty splits of the Nationals outfielders.
- At Splashing Pumpkins, this Giants blogger admits how hard it is to make the 2011 MLB Power Rankings.
- The Jason Bartlett two-year contract with the Padres is detailed at The Friarhood.
- In St Louis, Pitchers Hit Eighth previews the 2011 Hall of Fame Ballot.
- Ranking the Farm Systems is what you will find at Where Have You Gone, Andy VanSlyke.
- Phils Baseball begins the off-season process of giving the Phillies players their report cards.
- Could Jeff Francis or Chris Young be signing with the Mets writes Citi Slickers.
- Astros Daily takes a look at players getting closer to arbitration.
- The Marlins have a few options at third base according to Marlin Maniac.
- Rocky Mountain Way looks at the State of the NL West.
- Blog Red Machine contemplates if Aroldis Chapman will take over former Reds Arthur Rhodes duties.
- A comprehensive list of 2011 potential Free Agents can be found at Bullpen Brian.
Cardinal News: This next weekend is the Winter Warm-Up in St Louis and also some of the lesser known players and former players hit the road for the Cardinals Caravan. I will be attending the one in East Peoria, Illinois.
Love baseball on the radio? Catch the Tony LaRussa roast on KMOX on Sunday evening.
Tomorrow night at 9:30PM CST is the United Cardinal Bloggers Radio Hour. You can listen to archives of past shows or listen and call-in LIVE at Blog Talk Radio. CLICK HERE.