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41 PLAYERS REMAIN IN MAJOR LEAGUE SPRING CAMP

 JUPITER, Fla., March 25, 2017 – The St. Louis Cardinals announced this morning that they have optioned outfielder Tommy Pham to the Memphis Redbirds (AAA) roster.

This morning’s transaction reduced the number of players in the team’s Major League spring training camp to 41, including 11 non-roster invitees.

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Follow-up to Metacritic’s 2016 PC Game of the Year features a new Challenge Mode, Online Profiles and Leaderboards, real 2017 major and minor league rosters, historic Negro League teams, improved 3D mode, new tournaments, and much more

Out of the Park Developments, an official licensee of MLB.com, the MLBPA, and MiLB.com, today announced that Out of the Park Baseball 18 is now available worldwide. The follow-up to the acclaimed Metacritic 2016 PC Game of the Year includes several exciting new features and a treasure trove of deep improvements to its award-winning gameplay.

Out of the Park Baseball 18 sells for $39.99 and is available on Steam and through the company’s website at these links:

http://store.steampowered.com/app/465650/

http://www.ootpdevelopments.com/out-of-the-park-baseball/

For the first time, Out of the Park Baseball 18 introduces an all-new Challenge Mode. This allows series newcomers to enjoy a powerful way to learn the intricacies of this deep strategy title, while driving community engagement for all users via the creation of online profiles to share accomplishments on new leaderboards. The Challenge Mode is just the beginning of an all-new, long-term expansion of OOTP’s online platform — more will be unveiled during the course of the 2017 baseball season.

Out of the Park Baseball 18 also includes:

  • 2017 roster sets with all Opening Day MLB rosters, as well as the complete minor league system from Triple-A down to rookie leagues and the Arizona Fall League. All major league (and over a thousand minor league) player ratings are based on the popular ZiPS player projection system. The 8 international leagues, as well as independent minor leagues in the US, also return this year with accurate rosters.

  • Historical Negro League clubs, thanks to a partnership with OOTP’s acclaimed historical database experts and Seamheads.com. This feature allows baseball fans to explore the rich history of a bygone era, create compelling what-if scenarios, pit major league clubs against their Negro League counterparts, and much more.

  • Improvements to 3D mode, including: Even more ballpark detail; better on-field player models and enhanced on-field decisions; and the ability to save all 3D highlights and watch a highlight reel, whether the game was played out or simulated.

  • Custom and real world tournaments for all the teams included in the game. National and international tournaments are a breeze to create, as is the ability to import historical teams.

  • Extensive AI improvements, including roster management, trades, and in-game decision-making.

  • A redesigned injury system that features detailed injury histories for all players, little nagging long-term injuries, and more.

  • Many more improvements, including:

    • A beautiful new interface

    • Improved game recaps

    • An upgraded player morale/team chemistry system

    • Enhanced play-by-play text and league news

    • A sophisticated system for team relegation and promotion between leagues

    • The ability to retain player salaries in trades

    • The incorporation of many 2017 CBA (Collective Bargaining Agreement) rule changes

    • Faster import speeds of historical minor league seasons

OOTP 18 runs on PC/Mac/Linux and, like last year, it features the American League and National League logos, the World Series trophy, official logos and jerseys for all 30 MLB teams, over 150 Minor League Baseball league and team logos, and historical MLB logos.

“Fans have been overwhelmingly positive about Out of the Park Baseball 18 since it was announced in January,” said lead developer, lifelong baseball fan, and Out of the Park Developments CEO Markus Heinsohn. “We’re thrilled to deliver a game that will allow us to dramatically expand our online community and delight a new generation of fans.”

“Out of the Park Baseball has been setting the bar high for sports management games over the past 18 years, and this year’s edition is no different,” said Out of the Park Developments CMO Richard Grisham. “Every time I think they can’t top last year’s version, they do it again. I tip my cap to the hardest-working development team in video games.”

About Out of the Park Developments

Out of the Park Developments is the developer of the award-winning OOTP and MLB Manager series of baseball management simulations, Franchise Hockey Manager, and Beyond the Sideline Football. German-based OOTP Developments was founded by Markus Heinsohn and Andreas Raht in 1999. OOTP Developments has consistently produced games that have met with critical acclaim, including winning Metacritic’s coveted “PC Game of the Year” for the 2016 version of OOTP and “Game of the Year” for the 2007 edition of OOTP, which remains the second highest-rated PC game on Metacritic of all time. Further information on the company and its games is available from the OOTP Developments website, http://www.ootpdevelopments.com

About MLB.com

Established in June 2000 following a unanimous vote by the 30 Major League Baseball club owners to centralize all of Baseball’s Internet operations, MLB Advanced Media LP (MLBAM) is the interactive media and internet company of Major League Baseball. MLBAM manages the official league site, MLB.com,and each of the 30 individual Club sites to create the most comprehensive Major League Baseball resource on the Internet. MLB.com offers fans the most complete baseball information and interactivity across computers and mobile devices, including up-to-date statistics, game previews and summaries, extensive historical information, online ticket sales, baseball merchandise, authenticated memorabilia and collectibles, fantasy games, live full-game video streaming and in-progress and on-demand highlights, live and archived audio broadcasts, Gameday pitch-by-pitch application, Statcast tracking technology, around-the-clock hosted and specialty video programming, complete blogging capabilities, console and mobile video games and the award-winning At Bat and Ballpark mobile applications. MLBAM powers more live events across the Internet than any other company in the world.

Major League Baseball Players Association

The Major League Baseball Players Association (www.MLBPLAYERS.com ) is the collective bargaining representative for all professional baseball players of the thirty Major League Baseball teams and serves as the exclusive group licensing agent for commercial and licensing activities involving active Major League baseball players. On behalf of its members, it operates the Players Choice licensing program and the Players Choice Awards, which benefit the needy through the Major League Baseball Players Trust, a charitable foundation established and run entirely by Major League baseball players. Follow: @MLB_Players; @MLBPAClubhouse; @MLBPlayersTrust

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Portion of Each Theme Ticket Sold Will Be Donated to The BackStoppers, Inc.

Presented by The Hartford in Honor of the Company’s Junior Fire Marshal Program

ST. LOUIS, Mo., March 24, 2017 – Today the St. Louis Cardinals announced the addition of Firefighter Appreciation Night to the 2017 Theme Ticket schedule.  The Cardinals will partner with The Hartford and the company’s Junior Fire Marshal program to celebrate our brave men and women in uniform when the Redbirds take on the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday, May 3 at 7:15 p.m.

Fans who purchase the special theme ticket will receive a unique Cardinals firefighter t-shirt and a portion of each theme ticket purchased will be donated to The BackStoppers, Inc.  Children who visit The Hartford’s Junior Fire Marshal booths inside Busch Stadium will receive a free Junior Fire Marshal helmet and fire safety educational materials.  In addition, during a pregame ceremony, children will be encouraged to take part in the Junior Fire Marshal pledge about fire safety.  For more information, visit cardinals.com/firefighters.

The Hartford has deputized more than 110 million children since the company’s Junior Fire Marshal program started in 1947.  The company’s signature red fire helmets have been proudly displayed by generations of children who have learned the basics of fire safety through this innovative and educational program.  The program teaches lifesaving lessons such as Stop, Drop and Roll, Go Low in Smoke and Draw a Home Fire Escape Plan.  These lessons along with other fun, engaging and educational activities allow parents and teachers to have meaningful and vital fire safety conversations with children and students. More information about the program can be found at thehartford.com/jfm.

Fans can purchase tickets for Firefighter Appreciation Night and view the remaining 2017 theme ticket schedule at cardinals.com/theme.

 

About The BackStoppers

Started in 1959, The BackStoppers provides needed financial assistance and support to the spouses and dependent children of all police officers, firefighters and volunteer firefighters, and publicly-funded paramedics and EMTs in our coverage area who have lost their lives or suffered a catastrophic injury performing their duty.  The BackStoppers currently assists 81 families with 66 dependent children and has supported 160 families since 1959.

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Live one-hour special will include traditional appearances by the Clydesdales, Hall of Famers and player motorcade

FOX Sports Midwest will televise the Cardinals’ 2017 Opening Day pregame ceremony live to fans throughout the region on Sunday, April 2. The one-hour special will begin at 6:30 p.m. CT.

The Cardinals’ opener against the Chicago Cubs that night at 7:30 p.m. will be carried exclusively by ESPN as part of Major League Baseball’s national TV package.

Dan McLaughlin and Rick Horton will anchor pregame ceremony coverage from FOX Sports Midwest’s studio in Ballpark Village, while Jim Hayes will report from inside Busch Stadium. The tradition-filled ceremony (#OpeningDaySTL) will include appearances by the Budweiser Clydesdales, Cardinals Hall of Famers and introduction of the 2017 team.  Cardinals coverage will be preceded by the Blues’ 3 p.m. game vs. the Nashville Predators at Scottrade Center, part of a jam-packed sports day on Clark Street in downtown St. Louis.

The pregame ceremony will also be streamed live on FOX Sports GO, available to customers of participating pay-TV providers.

“Cardinals fans, young and old, understand that Opening Day is a special day in St. Louis, said Dan Farrell, Cardinals Vice President of Sales and Marketing.  “The pregame ceremonies are an important part of the day and we are excited that FOX Sports Midwest will be able to broadcast the ceremonies to our fans throughout Cardinal Nation.”

“Opening Day is one of the marquee events on the St. Louis sports calendar,” said FOX Sports Midwest General Manager and Senior Vice President Jack Donovan. “When ESPN picked up the opener, we began working with the Cardinals to ensure that fans throughout the region will be able to watch the ceremony live Sunday night.”

FOX Sports Midwest, the television home of the Cardinals, will carry the first of its 147 regular-season games on Tuesday, April 4.

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42 PLAYERS REMAIN IN MAJOR LEAGUE SPRING CAMP

JUPITER, Fla., March 22, 2017 – Following their win this afternoon, the St. Louis Cardinals announced that they had optioned right-handed pitcher Sam Tuivailala to the Memphis Redbirds (AAA) roster.

Today’s transaction reduced the number of players in the team’s Major League camp to 42, including 11 non-roster invitees.

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‘Cardinals Ballpark Pass’ Allows Fans to Attend Cardinals Home Games for Monthly Fee

ST. LOUIS, Mo., March 22, 2017 – The St. Louis Cardinals announced the launch of the Cardinals Ballpark Pass, a new ticket subscription service that gives fans the opportunity to attend as many Cardinals home games as they want each month, for a monthly fee of $29.99.  On sale now at cardinals.com/pass, the Cardinals Ballpark Pass covers all Cardinals home games except Opening Day (April 2) and will be utilized in conjunction with the MLB.com Ballpark mobile app.

On each game date, Cardinals Ballpark Pass subscribers will receive a Standing Room ticket delivered digitally to their smartphone through the Ballpark app.

“The Cardinals Ballpark Pass gives our fans another flexible and affordable option to take in a Cardinals game at their leisure,” said Joe Strohm, Vice President of Ticket Sales.  “We believe this ticket subscription service is a perfect fit for millennials and young professionals that may be a bit more spontaneous in planning their visits to Busch Stadium.”

With a Standing Room ticket, fans can enjoy the game, pregame activities and ballpark atmosphere from the Budweiser Bowtie Bar in the Left Field Porch, the Ford Plaza in Centerfield, the Perficient Perch in the Infield Pavilion or Riverview Corner in the Right Field Pavilion, among other areas.

Additionally, fans entering Busch Stadium with the digital Standing Room ticket are eligible to receive promotional giveaway items at the gate for each game (provided they are eligible based on that giveaway’s posted age and quantity restrictions).

The Cardinals Ballpark Pass will automatically renew each month for customers who purchase the pass.  For more information about the ticket subscription service, or to make a purchase, visit cardinals.com/pass.

About MLB.com Ballpark App

The MLB.com Ballpark app is your mobile companion when visiting your favorite Major League Baseball ballparks.  The official MLB ballpark application perfectly complements and personalizes your trip with mobile check-in, social media, offers, rewards and exclusive content.  Check in automatically with iBeacon technology at select ballparks to unlock exclusive offers and in-game features.  Available on iPhone and Android phones, the MLB.com Ballpark app can be downloaded via the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.

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Proceeds from Sale of Each Shirt Will Directly Benefit Big League Impact & Cardinals Care

ST. LOUIS, Mo., March 21, 2017 – The St. Louis Cardinals and pitcher Adam Wainwright, in cooperation with Wainwright’s charitable organization, Big League Impact, announced today that the Official Cardinals Team Store at Busch Stadium will be the exclusive brick and mortar retailer of Adam’s recently launched “Waino’s World” t-shirt.  The soft, stretchy, pre-shrunk shirt is being produced by St. Louis based baseball apparel company, 108 Stitches.

“We approached Adam with the idea to create something fun for the fans to wear on days he pitches,” said Eric Ross, Vice President of 108 Stitches.  “Adam loved the idea and decided that this would be a great way to give back to the St. Louis community and raise money for Big League Impact’s global efforts.”

Available for men and women, the comfortable, tri-blend (50% polyester, 25% cotton, 25% rayon) tee will retail for $36 at the Busch Stadium Team Store.  For every shirt sold, 108 Stitches will donate a portion of the proceeds to Big League Impact and Cardinals Care.  The club is encouraging fans to show their appreciation for Adam by wearing the “Waino’s World” shirt at Busch Stadium on days that he pitches.

“We have the best fans in baseball right here in St. Louis and it fires me up to know that when I pitch they will be wearing these shirts,” said Wainwright. “Not only will they be firing me up, they will be saving and improving lives in St. Louis and around the world.”

Wainwright has spent his entire 12-year major league career in St. Louis and ranks second among the Cardinals all-time strikeout leaders with 1487, trailing only Bob Gibson.  A three-time All-Star, Adam enters the season tied with Dizzy Dean for sixth place in career wins for Cardinals pitchers (134) and last year combined with Yadier Molina to surpass Gibson and Tim McCarver for most career starts as Cardinals battery mates (217).  Wainwright also ranks third among all active MLB pitchers in career ERA (3.17) behind only Clayton Kershaw and Felix Hernandez.

The Official Cardinals Team Store at Busch Stadium is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.  On MondayThursday game days, the store is closed to the public 30 minutes prior to game time.  On FridaySunday game days, the store is open to the public up to 45 minutes after the game.  Fans can order merchandise over the phone at 800-421-3263 and can also email STL_TeamStoreMailOrder@delawarenorth.com to order merchandise.

About The Official Cardinals Team Store at Busch Stadium

Shop the Official Cardinals Team Store at Busch Stadium for officially licensed merchandise, apparel and gifts.  The Team Store offers the largest variety of merchandise from the St. Louis Cardinals including official MLB licensed jerseys, t-shirts, outerwear, hats, one of kind collections and other apparel so you are completely outfitted for the game.  With exclusive collections and special offers throughout the season, the Official Cardinals Team Store at Busch Stadium is the ultimate place to shop for the latest and greatest in Cardinals themed merchandise.

About Big League Impact

Big League Impact, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with the mission of helping to meet basic human needs in an effort to restore dignity and hope to people in local communities and around the globe.  Founded in 2013 by St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright and his brother Trey Wainwright under the name “Waino’s World,” the organization has since grown to include other professional baseball players hosting Big League Impact charity events all across the country.  For more information, visit bigleagueimpact.org

About Cardinals Care

Cardinals Care was established to give fans a way of teaming up with Cardinals players and the organization to help children in our community—both on and off the baseball field.  Established in 1997, Cardinals Care has invested over $22 million to support St. Louis area children and built or renovated 22 youth ball fields in local under-resourced neighborhoods.  Most recently, the Cardinals dedicated Adam Wainwright Field at Bob Russell Park in August 2016.  This season will mark the 14th year of Cardinals Care’s innovative Redbird Rookies program, a free baseball league for kids who otherwise might not have the opportunity to play.  In addition to providing all the uniforms, gloves, bats, balls and other equipment needed for each team, Redbird Rookies also provides extensive off-field support in the areas of health, education, mentoring and the cultural arts for each of the nearly 4,500 kids who participate in the program each year.

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Menu Includes 10 Entrée Selections with Ballpark Staples & New Recipes

Located at 8th & Walnut on Game Days and Available for Lunch Service around Metro Area

ST. LOUIS, Mo., March 21, 2017 – The St. Louis Cardinals have announced the arrival of the Cardinals Nation Food Truck.  Serving a combination of ballpark fare and unique culinary creations, the #CardsFoodTruck will be located at 8th and Walnut St. on game days, available for corporate and social events and catering and be a part of the Cardinals outreach throughout the St. Louis community.

“The Cardinals Nation Food Truck gives us the opportunity to add to the game day experience around Busch Stadium,” said Bill DeWitt III, President of the St. Louis Cardinals.  “It also allows us to take Cardinals Nation Restaurant on the road and bring the ballpark atmosphere to our fans around the region.”

The food truck menu consists of 10 entrée offerings including fan favorites from the Cardinals Nation Restaurant like the Cardinals Nation Nachos and Four Cheese Mac & Cheese, along with fun new selections such as Bacon Ribs and the Twisted Cheddar Brat.  In addition to taking part in local fairs and festivals, Cardinals fans will even see the truck on streets around the city for lunch service.

“We are using a lot of local products to put together our menu,” said Nate Green, Cardinals Nation Director of Operations, who will oversee the Cardinals Nation Food Truck. “Products like G&W sausages and hot dogs, Companion Bread Co., and A Different Twist Pretzel Company really help make these fun menu choices a reality.”

The idea for the food truck began last year as a way of extending the Cardinals Nation Restaurant brand.  The food truck started as a 20-foot diesel truck from Degel Truck Center in Hazelwood, Mo. and then made its way to Schantz Manufacturing in Highland, Ill. for a custom box kitchen build.

“As a local company working with our local team, we are proud to have the opportunity to build the Cardinals Nation Food Truck for the St. Louis Cardinals organization and think it will be the best food truck in the industry,” said Mike Schantz, President of Schantz Manufacturing.

Fans can follow the #CardsFoodTruck on Twitter @CardsFoodTruck, on the Cardinals website at cardinals.com/foodtruck and on the Cardinals Nation Facebook page at facebook.com/cardinalsnation for weekly truck location announcements.  Booking opportunities are available by calling 314.345.9880 or emailing foodtruck@cardinals.com.

About Cardinals Nation

Cardinals Nation is a first-of-its-kind venue, totaling more than 30,000-square-feet on three levels in Ballpark Village.  The experience features a signature two-story restaurant and bar, the St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum presented by Edward Jones, a Cardinals Authentics retail store and the AT&T Rooftop, a VIP all-inclusive area that is activated for Cardinals home games or special events and features a luxurious interior space on the third floor with 330+ seats on an exterior two-level deck that offers a great view of the game unlike anything else in baseball today. Cardinals Nation is the official headquarters for Cardinals fans who want to stay connected to the team year-round.

About Schantz Manufacturing

For 60+ years the Schantz family has been the leader in the Mobile Kitchen industry.  Founded in St. Louis by Socrates Schantz, continued on by his son Raymond, and now under third generation ownership in Mike Schantz, we are defined by our innovation, engineering, design and quality.  Our Food Trucks and Concession Trailers can be found at the largest events in the country and major markets.

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TWO PLAYERS OPTIONED, TWO RE-ASSIGNED FOLLOWING TODAY’S GAME

Orlando, Fla., March 19, 2017 – The St. Louis Cardinals announced that following this afternoon’s 5-2 win at Champion Stadium vs. Atlanta, they have optioned outfielder Anthony Garcia and right-handed pitcher Rowan Wick to the Memphis Redbirds (AAA) roster and re-assigned right-handed pitcher Josh Lucas and left-handed pitcher Zach Phillips to their minor league camp.

These transactions reduce the number of players in the team’s Major League camp to 47, including 14 non-roster invitees.

 

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PITCHERS WEAVER & HARRIS SENT TO MINOR LEAGUE CAMP

 JUPITER, Fla., March 18, 2017 – The St. Louis Cardinals announced this morning that they have optioned right-handed pitcher Luke Weaver to the Memphis Redbirds (AAA) roster and re-assigned right-handed pitcher Mitch Harris to their minor league camp.

This morning’s transactions reduced the number of players in the team’s Major League camp to 51, including 16 non-roster invitees.

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Initiatives Include 8 Spanish Language Audio Broadcasts & Launch of Spanish Language Facebook Page

Club to Celebrate Hispanic Heritage with Return of ‘Fiesta Cardenales’ Theme Day on June 11

ST. LOUIS, Mo., March 16, 2017 – The St. Louis Cardinals announced a number of new Spanish language initiatives in a continuing effort to better reach the team’s rapidly growing domestic and international fan base.

The Cardinals will stream eight Spanish language home audio broadcasts via cardinals.com and the MLB.com At Bat mobile app.  The club will produce the broadcasts in cooperation with La Ke Buena Spanish internet radio to provide game play-by-play from announcer Polo Ascencio and color commentary from former Cardinals Assistant Hitting Coach Bengie Molina on Opening Day (April 2), April 4 & 9, May 2-3 and May 29-31.

“We’re proud to once again partner with the St. Louis Cardinals to produce eight Spanish home audio broadcasts,” said Brenda Garcia, Owner of La Ke Buena.  “We received tremendous feedback after the Cardinals’ first-ever Spanish home radio broadcasts last September and we look forward to streaming more Spanish broadcast games this year on cardinals.com.”

In addition to the Spanish audio broadcasts, the Cardinals have added Fiesta Cardenales to the 2017 theme ticket schedule.  The team welcomes all members of the Latino and Hispanic community to Busch Stadium for a cultural celebration on Sunday, June 11 when the Redbirds take on the Philadelphia Phillies at 1:15 p.m.  Fans who purchase the special Fiesta Cardenales theme ticket will receive a one-of-a-kind Cardenales cap.  Guests will be able to enjoy a pregame event featuring current Cardinals players and music in Riverview Corner.  Additionally, a portion of each ticket sold will benefit the Hispanic Educational Cultural & Scholarship Fund.  Fans can visit cardinals.com/theme to purchase tickets for Fiesta Cardenales or for more information.

The team has also recently launched a Spanish language Facebook page at facebook.com/stlcardenales to continue providing Hispanic and Latino fans with social content in their native language.  2016 saw engagement on existing Spanish language accounts grow by 244% on Facebook alone.  Mexico accounts for over 4.5 million Facebook fans across all MLB and team accounts.

Last season, the Cardinals launched @cardenales, a Spanish language Twitter account.  The account has amassed over 3,300 followers.  In addition to the @cardenales Twitter account, the Cardinals also established Los Cardenales, a video topic page on cardinals.com to house Spanish-language video features the Cardinals are producing as part of their expanding video brand journalism efforts.  The Los Cardenales video page can be found at cardinals.com/loscardenales.

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LEFT-HANDER WILL HAVE PROCEDURE THIS COMING FRIDAY, MARCH 17

 JUPITER, Fla., March 14, 2017 – St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Jordan Schafer underwent an MRI exam of his left elbow yesterday (March 13) afternoon, and after a review by the team’s medical team, and after speaking with Cardinals’ Sr. Vice President/General Manager John Mozeliak, he has decided that surgery intervention is his best course of action.

Schafer, 30, a non-roster invitee to the Cardinals Spring Training camp, is scheduled to have surgery this coming Friday, March 17, at which time Dr. George Paletta will determine if the injury requires a ligament repair or a complete reconstruction.

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