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Stephen Piscotty Hears Call For Power

Stephen Piscotty’s time is coming soon. Everyone in camp will tell you that. He’s a major-league hitter. Look at his impeccable mechanics, his stillness in the box, his smooth swing. It’s the form you’d show in an instructional video on ...

Former Cardinals Playing In MLB Spring Training 3-12-15: Alex Castellanos Hits A Two-Run Homer; Albert Pujols Collects Two Singles & Two RBIs; Bryan Anderson & Jamie Romak Each Double & Drive In One Run

Colby Rasmus (former St. Louis-Houston) started in centerfield and batted seventh.  0-for-1 with two walks. Pat Neshek (former St. Louis-Houston) entered in the fourth and pitched one inning.  He allowed no hits or runs, and struck two out.  (g/f:0-...

Former Cardinals Playing In MLB Spring Training 3-11-15: Carlos Beltran Singles & Drives In One Run; Adron Chambers, Shane Peterson, & David Freese Each Knock In One Run; Adam Ottavino Strikes Out Two Over One Scoreless Inning

Allen Craig (former St. Louis-Boston) started as designated hitter and batted fourth.  1-for-4 with one strikeout. Joe Kelly (former St. Louis-Boston) started and pitched three innings.  He allowed three hits, two earned runs, one walk, and struck fo...

Hope About Phenoms Is A Baseball Rite of Spring

Phenoms are to spring training what cliff swallows are to San Juan Capistrano. Post-Dispatch

Albert Pujols Talks Retirement

Angels fans love to groan about Albert Pujols contract. They blame the recent free agent spending moratorium on the contract they’ve nicknamed the “Albertross”. I for one hate to look at contracts and think more of the production a player ...

Getting The Most From Matt Adams

Good afternoon to the BFIB. Here's the latest entry in my series of season previews for members of the 2015 Cardinals Bernie Bytes

Allen Craig & Justin Masterson Say They Are Healthy & Ready To Go

In addition, several Red Sox players who have been dealing with injuries in recent years all report they're feeling fine. Many aim to be at spring training well ahead of the reporting dates next month. Dustin Pedroia, Allen Craig, Mike ...

Angels Expectations by Position: First Base

When people think of the Angels at first base they think of an anchor of a contract. They are overpaying for first base, but fans shouldn’t be so quick to get negative. The production they get from the position is ...

The Way-Too-Early Hall of Fame Debate

The recent Baseball Hall of Fame election has led to debate over which active players and managers are building a case for induction in Cooperstown. CBS Sports baseball writer Matt Snyder has sparked an interesting debate this week with two ...

Angels Players Offseason Habits

Many of us are have been enjoying some time off these past two weeks. Ball players are not only paid much better than us but they receive months off of their day job. We can only imagine what we’d do ...

Are Cardinals’ Minor-League Awards Indicators Of Future Success?

For a particularly vitriolic stretch of time on Twitter last Thursday, the question seemed innocent enough given the Cardinals announcement that afternoon. It was a reasonable insinuation the fan made about the club's player and pitcher of the year awa...

2014 GIBBY Awards Preview

The Greatness in Baseball Yearly Awards, known as the GIBBY’s, honor the best from around baseball. The voting is comprised of fans, MLB alumni, front-office personnel, and the media. The Awards will be handed live on MLB Network Saturday December ...

Albert Pujols: 2014 Year in Review

The Angels lured Albert Pujols away from the St. Louis Cardinals with a massive 10-year deal worth 240 million in the winter of 2011. The signing was met with jubilation amongst the Halo faithful, as Pujols is considered one of the ...

Albert Pujols, Kole Calhoun fall short for Rawlings Gold Glove’s

Rawlings Gold Gloves were handed out on Tuesday night and Los Angeles Angels’ finalists Albert Pujols and Kole Calhoun both came up empty. Managers and coaches make up 75 percent of the vote while 25 percent comes from sabermetrics. Pujols ...

Tough Love For Young Oscar Taveras

Hours before almost every home game in the second half, manager Mike Matheny and many Cardinals players would gather behind second base in a large cluster, sometimes ready to dispense judgment. Matheny described how being on the field made the ...

Albert Pujols and Kole Calhoun named finalists to win AL Rawlings Gold Glove

Angels first baseman Albert Pujols and right fielder Kole Calhoun were named finalists for the American League Rawlings Gold Glove Award on Thursday. The award will be announced on Tuesday, November 4 at 7 p.m. EST, 4 p.m. pacific on ...

Cardinals Pack Their Bags; Randy Choate To Japan, Briefly; Winter Ball Beckons; Wrestling Can Wait

More than a handful of Cardinals came to Busch Stadium on Friday afternoon for the final rite of any season – the inglorious packing of their stuff. Bags were lined up dutifully in front of the lockers in the clubhouse, ...

Who Will Be The Next Carlos Beltran?

The players shared the same agent so it wasn't a surprise that the Cardinals had already considered Carlos Beltran as their alternative should three-time MVP and Face o' the Franchise Albert Pujols walk for riches elsewhere. And so it was ...

Angels Will Beat Royals With Experience and Common Sense

For all the shortcomings Kansas City endured before the All-Star break, a stellar second half reminded a home run-thirsty audience what small-ball can do. The Royals can run. They can push a bunt. They can hit for average (only Detroit was ...

Former Cardinals Playing In MLB Action 9-23-14: Maikel Cleto Strikes Out Three Of Four Batters Faced; David Carpenter Strikes Out Two & Holds One Inherited Runner On Base Over One & A Third Hitless/Scoreless; Blaine Boyer Pitches One Scoreless Inning

Rich Hill (former Memphis-New York-A) entered in the sixth and pitched to two batters.  He allowed one hit and no runs.  (p-s:7-4)(g/f:1-0)(ir-s:1-0) Baltimore beat New York-A 5-4 Maikel Cleto (former St. Louis-Chicago-A) entered in the eighth and...

Former Cardinals Playing In MLB Action 9-22-14: Albert Pujols Hits A Three-Run Homer; Dan Haren Strikes Out Seven & Allows Two Runs Over Seven Innings; Luke Gregerson Pitches On Scoreless Inning

Rich Hill (former Memphis-New York-A) entered in the ninth and pitched to two batters.  He allowed no hits or runs, one walk, and struck one out.  (p-s:9-4) New York-A beat Baltimore 5-0 Marc Rzepczynski (former St. Louis-Cleveland) entered in the...

Former Cardinals Playing In MLB Action 9-19-14: Edward Mujica Pitches One Scoreless Inning For The Save; Jamey Wright Strikes Out Two Over One Scoreless Inning; Jon Edward Strikes Out Two Over One Scoreless Inning

Jamey Wright (former St. Louis-Los Angeles) entered in the sixth and pitched one inning.  He allowed one hit, no runs, and struck two out.  (p-s:12-11)(g/f:1-0) Edwin Jackson (former St. Louis-Chicago-N) started and pitched to seven batters.  He al...

Mariners Offense Continues To Struggle, Fall Further Behind

This is a fine time for a cold snap. The Seattle Mariners are 8-10 over their last 18 games and are falling further behind the surging Kansas City Royals for the final playoff spot. And not only is the Mariners ...

Cole Hamels, Agent Will Put Together New 20-Team No Trade List In Offseason

John Boggs, the agent for Cole Hamels, said he will sit down with the lefthander and put together a new 20-team no-trade list by Nov. 1. According to Boggs, the Red Sox were on Hamels’s 2014 no-trade list and the ...

Angels Offense Clicking at the Right Time

A red October is right around the corner for the Los Angeles Angels. With a record of 92-55 entering Saturday, the team’s magic number is five games to clinch the American League West. They haven’t earned a division title since ...

Former Cardinal Playing In MLB Action 9-10-14: Albert Pujols Singles, Doubles, Triples, & Drives In One Run; Ryan Ludwick Hits A Solo Home Run; Dan Haren Strikes Out Five Over Seven Scoreless Innings For The Win

Allen Craig (former St. Louis-Boston) started at first base and batted fifth.  0-for-3 with one run, one walk, and two strikeouts. Edward Mujica (former St. Louis-Boston) entered in the ninth and pitched one inning.  He allowed four hits, two earned ...

Lance Lynn, Oscar Taveras power St. Louis Cardinals in 5-3 win

Lance Lynn and Oscar Taveras powered the St. Louis Cardinals in 5-3 win over the Milwaukee Brewers to regain their four game lead in the National League Central Division. Taveras’ third home run of the season proved to be the ...

Book Review: Wild Pitches by Jayson Stark

Earlier this year, ESPN senior baseball writer Jayson Stark published his newest book, Wild Pitches: Rumblings, Grumblings, and Reflections on the Game I Love (Triumph Books). Stark has always been fascinated with America’s national pastime. When he was in middle ...

Former Cardinals Playing In MLB Action 8-28-14: Coco Crisp Collects Two Singles & One RBI; Maikel Cleto Strikes Out Two Over One Scoreless Inning; Fernando Salas Strikes Out One Over One Hitless/Scoreless Inning For The Win

Skip Schumaker (former St. Louis-Cincinnati) 0-for-4 with one strikeout. Ryan Ludwick (former St. Louis-Cincinnati) entered late in the game as a pinch hitter and batted ninth.  0-for-1 at the plate. Cincinnati beat Chiacgo-N 7-2 Carlos Beltran (fo...

Tony LaRussa Sees Diamondbacks As Winning Team Next Year; Jon Jay Ranks With Center Field Greats; The Colorado Connection; Toronto Tailspin

Tony La Russa has been at the top of the Arizona Diamondbacks’ baseball operation for some three months now and he still calls them “they” almost as often as he calls them “we.” But that is changing daily and should ...

Matt Adams Not Interested In Batting Race; Catching Carouel; Offense In High Gear

The Cardinals haven’t had a league batting champion since Albert Pujols hit .359 in 2003. Current first baseman Matt Adams started Friday night’s game with the Philadelphia Phillies some 50 points below that figure but in the year of the ...

Oscar Taveras Is A Work In Progress

The Cardinals moved all-in on Oscar Taveras on July 31. They strongly suspect he will grow into something special but right now would settle for merely good. Post-Dispatch

Late Error Lifts Angels Over Red Sox in Series Opener

Boston left 12 men in scoring position, C.J. Wilson earned his 10th win, and Mike Trout notched his first multi-hit game since August 9 as the Angels edged the Red Sox 4-2 Monday night. Trout carried a 1-for-19 slump into ...

Former Cardinals Playing In MLB Action 8-12-14: Donovan Solano Hits A Two-Run Homer; David Freese Doubles & Drives In Two Runs; Fernando Salas Strikes Out Three Over Two Hitless/Scoreless Innings

Joe Kelly (former St. Louis-Boston) started and pitched six innings.  He allowed five hits, two earned runs, three walks, and struck four out.  1-for-2 with one stolen base.  (p-s:103-57)(g/f:6-3) Edward Mujica (former St. Louis-Boston) entered in t...

Angels Stumble Through Freeway Series, Homestand

Record: 68-49 overall (1-3 vs. Dodgers, 1-2 vs. Red Sox last week) Highlights: Garrett Richards and Albert Pujols were silver lining in a bleak seven-game stretch. Richards earned his first career complete game shutout last Monday, limiting the Dodgers to ...

Angels, Red Sox Wrap Up Series Following 19 Inning Marathon

Six hours and 31 minutes after the longest game in franchise history began, Albert Pujols launched a walk-off solo home run to lift the Angels over the Red Sox, 5-4. Understandably forgotten in the 19-inning affair was Garrett Richards and ...

Former Cardinals Playing In MLB Action 8-9-14: David Peralta Singles, Doubles, Homers, & Drives In Five Runs; Albert Pujols Doubles, Homers, & Knocks In Three Runs; Max Scherzer Strikes Out Eleven & Allows One Run Over Eight Innings

Carlos Beltran (former St. Louis-New York-A) started as designated hitter and batted fourth.  0-for-4 with two strikeouts. Rich Hill (former Memphis-New York-A) entered in the seventh and pitched to two batters.  He allowed one hit and no runs.  (p-...

Albert Pujols Plays Third Base For The First Time Since 2012

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Former Cardinals Playing In MLB Action 8-3-14: David Freese Singles & Drives In Two Runs; Ryan Ludwick Doubles & Knocks In One Run; Edwin Jackson Strikes Out Six, Allows Two Runs, Collects A Single & A Double Over Six Innings For The Win

John Axford (former St. Louis-Cleveland) entered in the eighth and pitched to two batters.  He allowed no hits or runs, and struck one out.  (p-s:5-4)(g/f:1-0)(ir-s:2-0) Marc Rzepczynski (former St. Louis-Cleveland) entered in the ninth and pitched o...

Angels Blank Orioles in Extras, Avoid Series Sweep

The Los Angeles Angels’ bullpen is no longer a weakness. Six Halo relievers combined to shut out Baltimore through 8 1/3 innings Thursday night en route to a hard-fought 1-0 victory. They yielded one run in the three-game series while ...

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