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Ortiz: Plea to consider 'character' alters Hall of Fame vote

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 06:30:00 -0600

Esteemed Hall of Famer Joe Morgan pleaded this Tuesday with veteran members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America to deny steroid cheats a place among the game’s immortals.

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Goold: Braves' punishment frees up 'phenom' prospect Cardinals could chase

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 14:55:00 -0600

Kevin Maitan, a switch-hitting infielder, has been scouted by the Cardinals since he was 13, and reportedly is now a free agent.

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Making the case for Stanton to play in St. Louis

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 12:40:00 -0600

Columnist Jesus Ortiz writes: After spending eight years playing in arguably the worst baseball market in America, Giancarlo Stanton would have an opportunity to finish his career in the ultimate baseball town.

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Cards keep one power-hitting prospect, let another go; Stanton trade talks continue

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 10:55:00 -0600

Outfielder Tyler O'Neill and third baseman Patrick Wisdom each hit 31 homers for Triple-A teams in 2017. On Monday, O'Neill was among four prospects the Cardinals added to their 40-man roster, and Wisdom was left unprotected for the Rule 5…

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Cardinals cleared roster space for Monday's prospect protection deadline

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 16:10:00 -0600

UPDATED: Outfielders Tyler O'Neill and Oscar Mercado, and pitchers Austin Gomber and Derian Gonzalez, were added to the Cardinals' 40-man roster Monday.

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Cardinals search for star power that could guide their return to playoffs

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 08:30:00 -0600

Derrick Goold writes: The Cardinals aim to improve an offense that lagged behind the league and, in turn, halt any flagging interest from their fan base.

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Hochman: This offseason is do or die for Cards' identity

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 05:00:00 -0600

These next 11 months aren’t just about the team returning to the playoffs, it’s about the brand returning to a status.

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BenFred: If winning is Stanton's top priority, he can't prematurely dismiss St. Louis

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 07:30:00 -0600

Much of the Stanton speculation seems to stem from where he does and doesn't want to live. What about the team that gives him the best chance to win big?

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MVP Stanton sees his future as 'pretty wide open'

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 12:45:00 -0600

The Cardinals and San Francisco Giants are believed by some in the industry the most likely to make the best pitch for the 28-year-old Miami Marlins slugger. Whether Stanton, a southern California native, would want to go to either destination…

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Goold: Scherzer credits college ball at Mizzou for his staying power

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 12:30:00 -0600

ORLANDO, Fla. • At a ballpark in Nebraska, way back in 2005, a year before he was a first-rounder and 12 before he won his third Cy Young Award, Max Scherzer finished the seventh inning of a tense college game…

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'All teams have plenty of money,' says expensive MVP Stanton

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 19:58:00 -0600

Marlins slugger, who is in Cardinals' sights, edges Votto for NL honor. Pham finishes 11th.

Jose Martinez hits his way into the mix with Cards

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 15:20:00 -0600

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. • While Cardinals Chairman Bill DeWitt Jr. awaits updates from top executives John Mozeliak and Michael Girsch on how they feel to best improve his club, he has an open mind on some of his current…

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Goold: Will Marlins' pain be Cardinals' gain?

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 14:30:00 -0600

Described by a rival executive as 'ready and positioned as well as anyone' to make a deal for Giancarlo Stanton or another Miami outfielder, the Cardinals had talks with the cash-strapped Marlins before and during the GM meetings, and they…

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BenFred's 5: Examining CarGo as a potential Cardinals free-agent option

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 14:20:00 -0600

Corner outfielder has been linked to the Cardinals off and on for some time before a down season hurt his free-agent value headed into 2018.

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Goold: Super-agent Boras on Holliday, Rosenthal, Hosmer and 'Playoffville'

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 14:15:00 -0600

During a scrum with baseball writers at the GM meetings, Scott Boras riffs on revenues, the Cubs, tanking teams and a gated community for big-spending teams that he calls 'Playoffville.' He also offers updates on clients of interest to Cardinals…

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Cardinals prepare Fowler for possible move to corner outfield position

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 15:45:00 -0600

Mozeliak travels to Las Vegas for face-to-face meeting, assuring Fowler that the team has no interest in trading him. But the veteran center fielder also was told that, come spring training, he should be prepared for a possible move to…

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Baseball has mid-January deadline for pace of play change

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 13:11:00 -0600

Executives, players have exchanged proposals to speed up games which are going past three hours, on average.

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Cardinals not in the market for starting pitching

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 12:50:00 -0600

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. • The quest to acquire starting pitching is “not a huge focus for us,” Cardinals president of baseball operations John Mozeliak said Tuesday.

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Prospects pushing Cardinals to create room by moving outfielders

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 05:00:00 -0600

With 14 outfielders log-jammed at the team's highest levels, the Cardinals are looking to deal Randal Grichuk and others to create roster space. Here's Derrick Goold's audit of the 14 players vying for the nine starting spots at the top…

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Cardinals tell Carpenter to prepare for a super-utility everyday role

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 17:10:00 -0600

Club suggested that Matt Carpenter spend the offseason prepping to play all over in 2018 — from third base to second to first, to even perhaps some corner outfield.

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Reyes might begin season on May 1 — and in Cards' bullpen

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 17:05:00 -0600

Cardinals plan ultimately on starting hard-throwing righthander, who missed 2017 after elbow surgery. Mozeliak said acquiring another starter not a 'huge focus for us.'

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No-trade clause gives Stanton 'all the power' as trade talks continue

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 06:25:00 -0600

Derrick Goold reports: The Cardinals are one of several teams talking to the Marlins about a trade for MVP-caliber slugger Giancarlo Stanton. But it's Stanton — with his no-trade clause — who has the ultimate say in where he goes,…

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DeJong finishes second in rookie voting; Cards shop for relief

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 18:06:00 -0600

At the GM meetings in Florida, Cardinals president of baseball operations John Mozeliak met with the representatives of relievers Brandon Morrow and Addison Reed, two options for their late-inning openings.

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Cardinals 'need to get better' — a process that begins at GM meetings

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 10:10:00 -0600

Derrick Goold writes: The Cardinals have had discussions already with Miami about trading for Giancarlo Stanton, the biggest name and brawniest hitter available this winter. Other Miami players also intrigue the Cardinals, described by one source as “determined” in their…

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Ortiz: Cardinals can't fix their problems by acquiring just one player

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 09:15:00 -0600

Nobody who watched the playoffs can possibly compare the Cardinals favorably to the World Series champion Astros, NL champion Dodgers or the rosters that carried the Cubs, Nats, Yankees and five other teams into the postseason.

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BenFred: Memphis not in Luke Voit's plans for next season

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 12:15:00 -0600

As every Cardinal waits to find out what moves the front office will make, homegrown slugger Luke Voit is focused on what he can control. He hopes to evolve his game to the point that it’s worthy of a roster…

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Silver Slugger an award Wainwright's 'been hunting for a while'

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 11:50:00 -0600

A year after his record 18 RBIs, pitcher scores offensive award with a .452 slugging percentage and a league-best .262 batting average.

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Hochman: Cardinals need to find a way to land a slugger like Stanton

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 13:15:00 -0600

Everything lines up for the Cards to make their most aggressive, most astounding trade offer in recent years — assuming, of course, they work out that one minor detail of getting Miami to eat a percentage of Stanton’s stupid contract.

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Goold: Halladay, Carp, one anaconda and an Amazon adventure

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 10:05:00 -0600

During a memorable NLDS, Roy Halladay invited friend and rival Chris Carpenter on an 'exotic fishing trip,' that would involve an anaconda and a stubbed toe.

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Keeping Rosenthal less attractive to Cards than opening a roster spot

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 10:35:00 -0600

Derrick Goold writes: The Cardinals had to weigh the former All-Star closer's 2018 salary and having him under contract for 2019 against creating an opening on the 40-man roster that they could use in the coming weeks. They sided with…

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Cardinals release Rosenthal, allow All-Star closer to become free agent

Mon, 06 Nov 2017 17:30:00 -0600

Series of roster moves Monday also include removing Mejia and Rosario from the 40-man roster and extending a qualifying offer to Lance Lynn — who will reject it.

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Cardinals start free agency looking for how they'll finish games

Mon, 06 Nov 2017 07:50:00 -0600

Derrick Goold writes: The Cardinals intend to chase a closer, such as Colorado’s Greg Holland, and could keep going, adding a setup man like Juan Nicasio, Anthony Swarzak, Bryan Shaw, or any of the legit relievers available as free agents.

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Cards had no substantial talks with Lynn; he'll reject qualifying offer

Fri, 03 Nov 2017 16:40:00 -0500

The Cardinals had informal talks with agents for reliever Juan Nicasio, but he'll see what offers surface through free agency. Club will target relief additions this winter, chasing after a ninth-inning answer, such as free-agent closer Greg Holland.

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Ortiz: Astros' owner was first inspired as Cardinals fan

Fri, 03 Nov 2017 12:45:00 -0500

Raised in St. Louis, Crane says, 'I’ve got some Cardinals blood in me, and now it’s going Astros orange'

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Lynn, Oh, two other Cardinals declared free agents

Thu, 02 Nov 2017 16:05:00 -0500

The bidding can begin next week — after the five-day window when teams have an exclusive chance to negotiate with their free agents.

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Cardinals open spring training Valentine's Day, start games Feb. 23

Thu, 02 Nov 2017 15:55:00 -0500

Matheny's team will have its first full-squad workout on Feb. 19, and it is scheduled to play 30 exhibition games in Florida.

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From Freese to Enos: Winning moments that swung Cardinals to Game 7 success

Wed, 01 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0500

As Los Angeles readies to host its first ever World Series Game 7 at Dodger Stadium, a look at eight Game 7s in Cardinals history and winning moments.

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Knizner, Alcantara, Mercado making their case for Cardinals in Arizona

Tue, 31 Oct 2017 10:10:00 -0500

Each Cardinals prospect went to the Arizona Fall League with different motivations. Derrick Goold takes a look at their performance, and their purpose.

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Cardinals' new pitching coach blends old and new

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 12:20:00 -0500

Mike Maddux is the Cardinals’ third pitching coach in 23 seasons, and he is the first from outside the organization since Dave Duncan arrived in October 1995.

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Cardinals' hiring of Mike Maddux earns raves

Fri, 27 Oct 2017 14:30:00 -0500

Derrick Goold writes: In the same week they augmented their coaching staff with two additions that have strong reputations around the organization, the Cardinals landed a seasoned pitching coach who is highly regarded throughout baseball for his manner, his wisdom,…

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BenFred: As winning managers fall, pressure rises for Cardinals' Matheny

Fri, 27 Oct 2017 05:30:00 -0500

A look around the major leagues shows managers of clubs with high expectations are increasingly living in a what-have-you-done-for-me-lately kind of world.

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Cardinals hire Mike Maddux as pitching coach, promote Eversgerd

Thu, 26 Oct 2017 15:10:00 -0500

Maddux had not been a name connected to the Cardinals, and had not been pursued by the team in the past, especially as he piloted rival teams. Eversgerd arrives from Memphis to serve as bullpen coach.

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Latest prospect rankings show how Cardinals' talent has pooled at top levels

Thu, 26 Oct 2017 12:45:00 -0500

Derrick Goold writes: The Cardinals believe that their farm system hasn’t been this 'robust' in many years, and Baseball America's league rankings — especially at the top two levels — reflect this.

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Tapping into tradition: Cards coax Oquendo to return, add McGee to coaching staff

Tue, 24 Oct 2017 11:15:00 -0500

Longtime Cardinal Jose Oquendo is returning to the major-league team as third-base coach, and Willie McGee, the much-beloved former batting champ and MVP, will also join the dugout as a coach.

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Willie McGee says time is right for return to Cardinals

Tue, 24 Oct 2017 10:10:00 -0500

Ozzie Smith, one of the most popular players in Cardinals history, weighed in enthusiastically Monday on the hiring as coaches of two more of the top dozen or so ever to wear the birds on bat.

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The 'Secret Weapon' returns as Oquendo, McGee join Matheny's staff

Mon, 23 Oct 2017 21:30:00 -0500

Oquendo took a leave of absence before the 2016 season and had declined invitations to return as something other than 3rd-base coach.

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Cards, Cubs will compete for coveted pitching coach candidate

Mon, 23 Oct 2017 11:00:00 -0500

Chicago fired its longtime pitching coach over the weekend and appears poised to chase Jim Hickey, one of the Cardinals’ top candidates to replace Derek Lilliquist.

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Bench coach Bell leaves for San Francisco

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 23:05:00 -0500

Before the Cardinals had addressed two vacancies on manager Mike Matheny’s coaching staff a third opened Friday, giving the club a chance to retool its dugout by choice, and now necessity.

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With food, water and hugs, Molina delivers help to Puerto Rico

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 23:35:00 -0500

Cardinals catcher, with help from his older brother Jose and his wife, leads Fundacion 4 into neighborhoods devastated by Hurricane Maria.

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BenFred: The pros and cons of Greg Holland for the Cardinals

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 13:40:00 -0500

Colorado Rockies closer Greg Holland is reportedly headed for free agency. Would he make sense for Redbirds?

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BenFred: Postseason points out Cardinals' lack of elite reliever

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 09:50:00 -0500

Watch a few postseason games, and you begin to feel uneasy about the Cardinals' current available options for closer

World Series primer: Cards still have NL lead in championships

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 11:13:00 -0500

Yankees, Dodgers have played 11 times, covering 66 games. Yankees are 8-3 against Dodgers, 2-3 against Cardinals.

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Ortiz: Mozeliak must find players who embrace the Cardinal Way

Mon, 09 Oct 2017 11:55:00 -0500

President of baseball operations owes it to his manager and Cardinals fans to find players who understand and embrace the philosophy and its standards — or at least bring in guys who don’t mind being among the first at the…

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Will Gyorko be a piece of Cards' power puzzle?

Mon, 09 Oct 2017 10:55:00 -0500

Third baseman Jedd Gyorko hits homers — 50 over the past two seasons — but doesn’t know what his role will be going forward. Or whether he will even stay with the Cardinals.

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Cardinals focus on adding talent, not rebuilding

Mon, 09 Oct 2017 06:15:00 -0500

The Cardinals enter what should be their most revealing offseason since 2011, when a Hall of Fame manager and three-time MVP left the team that had just won a World Series. That winter was defined by departures. This one must…

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Time for baseball to name an award for Musial?

Sat, 07 Oct 2017 00:30:00 -0500

This October, Major League Baseball will present its first Willie Mays World Series MVP Award. Here are some trophies fit for The Man.

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Ortiz: Cardinals can't ignore rotation in offseason shopping

Fri, 06 Oct 2017 10:45:00 -0500

As the front office makes its shopping list for the offseason, the most crucial void that needs to be filled might be in the starting rotation.

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Cecil wants to be 'the guy' in Cardinals bullpen

Fri, 06 Oct 2017 04:45:00 -0500

Whenever a problem arose in the Cardinals’ bullpen this season — and there were more than a few — either Trevor Rosenthal or Brett Cecil seemed to receive the lion’s share of blame from agitated fans.

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Pham thinks he can be faster, better — and Cards should keep him

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 15:40:00 -0500

Tommy Pham became the first player in 126 seasons of Cardinals baseball to bat better than .300, steal at least 20 bases, and hit at least 20 homers. His reaction? 'I’m only going to get better. I know that for…

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Mozeliak: Catcher is Cardinals' only set position

Wed, 04 Oct 2017 12:30:00 -0500

President of baseball operations John Mozeliak said Tuesday that everything was on the table this offseason for trying to improve the Cardinals, who missed the playoffs for the second straight season.

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Lynn, Nicasio, Oh, Duke will be free agents

Wed, 04 Oct 2017 12:25:00 -0500

Righthanded pitchers Lance Lynn, Juan Nicasio, Seung Hwan Oh and Zach Duke all will be free agents among those who finished the season on the Cardinals’ staff.

Cards expected to add sluggers Wisdom, O'Neill to 40-man roster

Wed, 04 Oct 2017 12:20:00 -0500

Cardinals general manager Michael Girsch said Memphis third baseman Patrick Wisdom, who had 31 homers this season, would be among those strongly considered to be added to the 40-man winter roster, rather than being exposed to the December draft.

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Ortiz: Cardinals know they need an All-Star hitter

Wed, 04 Oct 2017 05:00:00 -0500

A year ago, the Cardinals erroneously believed they were merely a center fielder away from returning to the postseason. Now that they’ve missed the postseason for two years in a row, though, they realize they’re not just one or even…

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Lilliquist out as Cards seek pitching coach with 'modern' focus

Wed, 04 Oct 2017 00:55:00 -0500

By the time Cardinals manager Mike Matheny has left the dugout behind to make a move to the bullpen, he has already sifted through a stack of cards with influential statistics – left vs. right splits, groundball vs. strikeout rates,…

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Goodbye to an ordinary Cardinals team, hello to a defining offseason

Mon, 02 Oct 2017 12:40:00 -0500

Sunday provided one last glimpse of the way things hopefully were, not are — acknowledging a gargantuan addition must bolster the middle of the lineup, as well as a need for changes in the bullpen and, possibly, the middle of…

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Wainwright set for surgery

Mon, 02 Oct 2017 12:35:00 -0500

Procedure will remove a cartilage flap in his right elbow that contributed to a painful bone bruise. He says he’ll be ready — and ready to be a starter — by spring training.

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Fowler laments games he missed

Mon, 02 Oct 2017 12:30:00 -0500

Although he didn’t finish the season in the standings or in the lineup where he expected, Dexter Fowler pointed to another unexpected twist that defined his first summer with the Cardinals.

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Molina headed to Puerto Rico with supplies, help, and hope

Mon, 02 Oct 2017 09:13:00 -0500

Catcher's GoFundMe account raised nearly $140,000, and he has organized a trip this week to deliver goods to his hometown.

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Cards' underachieving season ends with little fanfare, fewer runs

Mon, 02 Oct 2017 05:00:00 -0500

When he rounded the bases Sunday for the Cardinals’ lonely run, Randal Grichuk never slowed down to consider it could be for the final time.

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