Bullpen blow up

Blow upIn the evening before my last blog post, the Cardinals fired Mike Matheny, John Mabry and Bill Mueller in an effort to change the Cardinals’ fortunes.  Mike Shildt was named the interim manager and Mark Budaska and George Greer was brought up from the Memphis club to be the hitting coaches.  Unfortunately, the Cards’ record since the firings is 4-5, thanks to the bullpen blowing games and other issues.  Further surgery needed to be performed to help the team play good baseball.

President of Operations John Mozeliak performed that surgery today in a bunch of roster moves, which are listed below:

  • Acquired right-handed minor league pitcher Seth Elledge from the Seattle Mariners in exchange for right-handed pitcher Sam Tuivailala;
  • Recalled right-handed pitcher Luke Weaver from Peoria (A);
  • Recalled left-handed pitcher Tyler Webb from Memphis (AAA);
  • Recalled right-handed pitcher Daniel Poncedeleon from Memphis (AAA);
  • Purchased right-handed pitcher Dakota Hudson from Memphis (AAA);
  • Designated left-handed pitcher Tyler Lyons for assignment;
  • Designated right-handed pitcher Greg Holland for assignment;
  • Placed left-handed pitcher Brett Cecil (right foot inflammation) on 10-day disabled list, retroactive to July 23.

The Tuivailala trade was very unexpected.  I thought Tui was pitching better in his last few appearances.  Elledge was one of the Mariners’ top 10 prospects, according to Baseball America.  Elledge is to report to the Springfield affiliate.

I was glad to see Poncedeleon brought back up.  He pitched a great game Monday night, which he unfortunately lost thanks to the bullpen.  The story of him coming back to play baseball from a life-threatening injury would make a great movie, and I am happy he has recovered fully from his injury.

The fans on Twitter were calling for Holland to be DFA’d for a long time, so Mo obliged them.  Lyons had not been pitching well this season, so his release was not unexpected. Cecil being put on the disabled list was surprising. There were fans calling for Cecil’s release as well.  Maybe it’s just a matter of time.

All of the roster moves today were for pitching .  Does Mo have any moves up his sleeve for the rest of the roster?  The trade deadline is July 31, so Mo has a few days to get some other moves done.  Hopefully all of these roster moves will right the ship and the Cardinals can field a better team.

Luke Weaver is starting tonight for the Cardinals. This weekend’s series is against the Cards’ arch-rival, the Cubs.  Will you be there?  Here are all the details on this homestand:

Friday, July 27, 2018 — Cardinals vs. Chicago Cubs (7:15 p.m.)

MLB Network Showcase National Broadcast (out-of-market only)

Gates open at 5:15 p.m.

Fireworks Night: Stay in your seat after the game to watch a dazzling fireworks display with the St. Louis Arch as the backdrop, presented by Cooper Tires.  #CardsPromo

Autograph Night: Get free autographs from current and former Cardinals players, courtesy of Academy Sports + Outdoors.  Greg Garcia will sign 100 autographs in Budweiser Terrace for fans ages 15 and younger from 5:45-6:15.  Kids must have an autograph line ticket, which are free and are distributed in Budweiser Terrace.  Former Cardinals Scott Cooper and Mike Tyson will sign autographs for fans of all ages from 6:15-7:00.  Players subject to change.

Cardinals en Español: Tonight’s game will be broadcast over the radio in Spanish by Polo Ascencio and Bengie Molina.  The Spanish broadcast will air locally on WIJR 880 AM and be streamed via cardinals.com & the MLB.com At Bat mobile app.  #STLCardenales or #SomosSTL

Artifact Spotlight: Before every Friday home game, the Cardinals Museum highlights artifacts in the collection not currently on display during a pregame presentation inside the Museum at 3:00 & 3:30.  Today’s featured item relates to the trade for Hall of Famer outfielder, Lou Brock. To purchase museum tickets, visit cardinals.com/museum.  #CardsMuseum

Flashback Friday: Before every Friday home game at 4:00 p.m., the Cardinals Museum will host a presentation about Cardinals history or a museum-related topic from one of the Museum’s staff members, a former player or a visiting author.  Today’s presentation will be led by museum staff and focus on how to care for your collectibles.  To purchase museum tickets, visit cardinals.com/museum.  #CardsMuseum

Metro Art Bus PaintingBaseball fans of all ages can help add some color to the MetroBus fleet by painting two specially designed Cardinals murals onto the Art Bus.  The event is free and will take place outside the Official Busch Stadium Team Store from 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Cardinals Care 50/50 Raffle: One lucky fan will receive 50% of the gross proceeds from tonight’s raffle ticket donations.  The other half will benefit Cardinals Care.  For more info and past winning raffle numbers, visit cardinals.com/5050.  #CardsCare5050

Cardinals Care Stadium Auction: Auction tables will be located inside the Cardinals Club, UMB Champions Club and Redbird Club for fans and collectors to obtain specialty Cardinals items while helping support the programs that Cardinals Care provides to youth in the community.  #CardsCare

MLBPAA Auction: The MLB Players Alumni Association will conduct a silent auction by Gate 1 and Gate 3 through the fifth inning.  All proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and the MLBPAA.

 Saturday, July 28, 2018 — Cardinals vs. Chicago Cubs (3:05 p.m.)

MLB on FOX Sports 1 National Broadcast

Gates open at 1:05 p.m.

 Growth Poster Giveaway: All kids, ages 15 and younger entering with a ticket, will receive a Cardinals Poster so they can track their growth alongside shortstop Paul DeJong.  Presented by MO Farmers Care.  #CardsPromo

Saturday Signings at the Museum: Former Cardinals pitcher John Stuper will sign autographs at the Cardinals Museum from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Visit cardinals.com/museum for more information.  #CardsMuseum

Cardinals en Español: Today’s game will be broadcast over the radio in Spanish by Polo Ascencio and Bengie Molina.  The Spanish broadcast will air locally on WIJR 880 AM and be streamed via cardinals.com and the MLB.com At Bat mobile app.  #STLCardenales or #SomosSTL

Cardinals Care 50/50 Raffle: One lucky fan will receive 50% of the gross proceeds from today’s raffle ticket donations.  The other half will benefit Cardinals Care.  For more info and past winning raffle numbers, visit cardinals.com/5050.  #CardsCare5050

MLBPAA Auction: The MLB Players Alumni Association will conduct a silent auction by Gate 1, Gate 3 and inside the Cardinals Club through the fifth inning.  All proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and the MLBPAA.

Sunday, July 29, 2018 — Cardinals vs. Chicago Cubs (7:05 p.m.)

ESPN Sunday Night Baseball National Broadcast

Gates open at 5:05 p.m.

Prairie Farms Ice Cream Sunday: Starting two hours prior to the game, bring the entire family to Ford Plaza for games, prizes and free North Star frozen treats (while supplies last).

Author Series: Author Gregory Wolf will be speaking about his book “Sportsman’s Park in St. Louis” inside the Cardinals Museum from 4:00-5:00 p.m.  Museum admission required and books will be available for purchase.  Visit cardinals.com/museum for more information.  #CardsMuseum

Cardinals en Español: Today’s game will be broadcast over the radio in Spanish by Polo Ascencio and Bengie Molina.  The Spanish broadcast will air locally on WIJR 880 AM and be streamed via cardinals.com & the MLB.com At Bat mobile app.  #STLCardenales or #SomosSTL

Cardinals Care 50/50 Raffle: One lucky fan will receive 50% of the gross proceeds from today’s raffle ticket donations.  The other half will benefit Cardinals Care.  For more info and past winning raffle numbers, visit cardinals.com/5050.  #CardsCare5050

MLBPAA Auction: The MLB Players Alumni Association will conduct a silent auction by Gate 1, Gate 3 and inside the Cardinals Club through the fifth inning.  All proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and the MLBPAA.

Monday, July 30, 2018 — Cardinals vs. Colorado Rockies (7:10 p.m.)

Gates open at 5:40 p.m.

Christmas In July Theme Night: It doesn’t matter if you have been naughty or nice because Christmas in July is back at the ballpark.  Fans who purchase a special Theme Ticket will receive an exclusive Santa Fredbird bobblehead.  Additionally, Santa Fredbird and other Christmas characters will be on hand for photos before the game.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/christmas.  #CardsTheme

Tha Phamily: Tommy Pham will host a group from Kingdom House for tonight’s game as part of his Tha Phamily Player Ticket Program.

MLBPAA Auction: The MLB Players Alumni Association will conduct a silent auction by Gate 1 and Gate 3 through the fifth inning.  All proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and the MLBPAA.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018 — Cardinals vs. Colorado Rockies (7:15 p.m.)

Gates open at 5:45 p.m.

T-Shirt of the Month Giveaway: In honor of one of the greatest player to ever put on a Cardinals uniform, 20,000 fans, ages 16 and older, will take home a jersey t-shirt of the late Hall of Famer, Red Schoendienst.  #CardsPromo

Larry Walker Budweiser Bash Theme EventFans who purchase a special Bud Bash Theme Ticket will receive a limited-edition Larry Walker bobblehead as we celebrate Cardinal fan favorites.  VIP ticket-holders will also have access to a pregame autograph session with Larry in the Budweiser Terrace.  VIP tickets are sold out.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/budbash.  #BudBash

Fowler’s Friends: Dexter Fowler will host a group from the Boys & Girls Club of St. Louis for tonight’s game as part of his Fowler’s Friends Player Ticket Program.

Battle at Busch: 105.7 The Point and the Cardinals welcome back the Battle at Busch concert series.  Tonight’s battle features Ashes of Snow, Dear Genre and Street Wise.  Gate 6 will open at 5:15 p.m. for the event.  Performances begin at 5:35 p.m. in Budweiser Terrace.  Tickets are available for $5 to each Battle at Busch game at cardinals.com/battleatbusch.

Cardinals Care Stadium Auction: Auction tables will be located at Gates 1 and 3, inside the Cardinals Club, UMB Champions Club and Redbird Club for fans and collectors to obtain specialty Cardinals items while helping support the programs that Cardinals Care provides to youth in the community.  #CardsCare

Wednesday, August 1, 2018 — Cardinals vs. Colorado Rockies (7:15 p.m.)

Gates open at 5:45 p.m.

Hello Kitty NightEveryone’s favorite Sanrio friend is making an appearance at the ballpark for Hello Kitty Night.  Fans who purchase this special Theme Ticket will receive a Cardinals-themed Hello Kitty bobblehead.  For tickets, visit cardinals.com/hellokitty.  #CardsTheme

Bowmaniacs: Matt Bowman will host a group from Basket of Hope for tonight’s game as part of his Bowmaniacs Player Ticket Program.

Boots at Busch: 93.7 The Bull and the Cardinals welcome back Boots at Busch—a series of home games featuring live country music in a “battle of the bands” format.  Tonight’s battle features Brushville, Feel and Kenna.  Performances begin at 5:35 p.m. in Budweiser Terrace.  Tickets are available for $5 to each Battle at Busch game at cardinals.com/bootsatbusch.

MLBPAA Auction: The MLB Players Alumni Association will conduct a silent auction by Gates 1 and 3 through the fifth inning.  All proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and the MLBPAA.

Thursday, August 2, 2018 — Cardinals vs. Colorado Rockies (12:15 p.m.)

Gates open at 10:45 a.m.

Baseball Card Pack Giveaway: 30,000 fans, entering with a ticket, will receive an exclusive pack of baseball cards, courtesy of the Topps Trading Card Company. #CardsPromo

Great Clips Charity Haircuts: During the game, fans can root for the Redbirds and shape up their roots with a visit to Ford Plaza.  For a $10 donation, Great Clips will cut your hair and donate all proceeds to Cardinals Care.

Thanks as always for reading! See you next time!

Diane

 

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Roll with the changes

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From change.org

I was going to write a blog post with the exact same title (borrowed from the REO Speedwagon song) today, but outlining the reasons why manager Mike Matheny and hitting coaches John Mabry and Bill Mueller needed to be let go.  However, the Cardinals beat me to it, firing the 3 M’s shortly after last night’s sloppy and twice rain-delayed game against the Reds.  Twitter almost exploded with the many tweets from Cardinals fans and bloggers in shock, disbelief, and finally happiness.  Bench coach Mike Shildt has been named the interim manager, and a press conference to be held this morning will probably name the interim hitting coach.

Matheny’s firing was not an unprecedented move – Joe Torre got fired mid-season in 1995, although it this was the first time that it has happened with the DeWitt ownership group.  You may also recall that some coaching changes occurred around the time of the All-Star break last year. The 3 M’s probably should have been fired after last year, in my opinion.  Last week’s article at The Athletic by Mark Saxon and the resulting media attention and fan outcry was probably the last straw, although Matheny’s lack of communication with Dexter Fowler didn’t help his cause either.  Mike lost control of his team and for someone who’s supposed to be a leader of men, that was very bad.

On a personal level, I feel bad for Matheny – being fired is a shock.  I’ve been fired/downsized from positions before and I can empathize.  However, like in the real world, if you’re not doing your job to the best of your ability, your employer has the right to fire you.  Matheny had many chances to right the ship and he did not.

The fans were also tired of very bad baseball.  A comparison could be made to the Cards’ teams of the 1970’s, who besides the stellar talents of Ted Simmons, Lou Brock and Bob Gibson, were not very good.  You may have noticed that I haven’t posted any blog posts here in a while, and I didn’t even do a post with this weekend’s homestand highlights – I was that disinterested.  It became painful to even watch the games on TV.

I and Cardinals Nation have many questions now.  Who will be the new manager?  Will the Cards bring up Stubby Clapp (now there’s a great baseball name!) from Memphis? Or will the ownership team hire someone outside the Cards’ system, like Joe Girardi?  Or will they promote Jose Oquendo? And who will be the new hitting coach?  Will the Cards bring up Mark Budaska from Memphis, or will they hire someone like Matt Holliday or Carlos Beltran?  And how soon will this all get done?  Hopefully, a timetable for all this will be presented at today’s press conference.

A new era is dawning for the Cardinals, starting with today’s 1:15 PM game against the Reds, who have done quite well since they fired their manager.  Will the Cardinals put the Matheny era behind them and start playing great baseball again?  Cardinals Nation certainly hopes so, and I do too.  It’s time for the Cardinals to play the great baseball they’re known for and not the hot mess we’ve seen so far this season. There may yet be time to right the SS. Cardinals and steam full speed ahead to the playoffs, but that starts today.

Thanks as always for reading!  See you next time!

Diane