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Students Can Compete For Chance To Produce A Video Starring Ozzie Smith & Fredbird At Their School

ST. LOUIS, Mo., December 13, 2017 – The St. Louis Cardinals have launched the third annual Cardinals High School Student Video Challenge, a youth engagement initiative that offers St. Louis area high school students a unique opportunity to compete for the chance to write, create and produce a video featuring Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith and Fredbird with the team at the students’ school.

“Our High School Student Video Challenge offers us the chance to team up with students and tap into their imagination and creativity to celebrate the Cardinals in a unique, educational way,” said Ron Watermon, Vice President of Communications. “We want students to have fun while learning and show off their school spirit and passion for the St. Louis Cardinals using a technology that is literally transforming how we connect with one another.”

Students are asked to create and develop an original video, no longer than three minutes in length, which promotes the St. Louis Cardinals and the students’ high school, and includes roles for both Ozzie & Fredbird.

The competition is open to students in grades 9-12 that are enrolled in public or private high schools in the St. Louis metropolitan area.  To enter, students must work in teams and be sponsored by a teacher from their high school.  There is no limit to the number of student teams from a single high school, but each submission must be made by a teacher on behalf of the student team.

High school students interested in participating in the challenge have until Friday, February 23, 2018 to assemble their team, write a script, produce a rough cut of their video using someone from the school standing in for Ozzie and Fredbirdand have a teacher submit the video and script to the Cardinals on behalf of the student team.  All of the student video submissions will be showcased on the club’s website.

A team of judges comprised of Cardinals Front Office staff will select challenge finalists.  Fans will then be able to vote online to select the winning entry.  The winner will be announced on Opening Day in St. Louis (April 5).  The Cardinals will come to the winning high school with Ozzie, Fredbird and a production crew on a mutually agreeable date to work directly with the students to produce the final feature video.

In addition to being showcased on the team’s website and social media accounts, a portion of the final feature video will be shared at Busch Stadium during an on-field pre-game ceremony.  Students interested in participating in the challenge can learn more at

The Cardinals High School Student Video Challenge is one of several #CardsFanFlix fan engagement initiatives the team has undertaken to encourage fans to create videos that celebrate the St. Louis Cardinals.  Fans can learn more about the different #CardsFanFlix video engagement initiatives at


All Autograph Tickets Available Online at & Busch Stadium Box Office

ST. LOUIS, Mo., December 8, 2017 – Autograph tickets for the 22nd annual Cardinals Care Winter Warm-Up will go on sale Monday, December 11 at 12:00 p.m. CT at and the Busch Stadium Box Office.  A Winter Warm-Up admission ticket is required to obtain player autographs at the event.

The 2018 Winter Warm-Up event will be held January 13-15 at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch.  Returning members of the St. Louis Cardinals, including Yadier Molina, Carlos Martínez, Matt Carpenter, Adam Wainwright, Tommy Pham, Stephen Piscotty, Paul DeJong, Randal Grichuk, Kolten Wong, Michael Wacha, Jedd Gyorko, Luke Weaver, José Martínez, Greg Garcia, Luke Voit, Brett Cecil, Tyler Lyons, Matt Bowman, Sam Tuivailala and John Brebbia are scheduled to appear at the event.  Top prospects Alex Reyes, Jack Flaherty, Carson Kelly, Sandy Alcantara, Tyler O’Neill, Magneuris Sierra, Harrison Bader and Dakota Hudson are also scheduled to attend along with Hall of Famers Whitey Herzog and Tony La Russa.  In total, more than 60 players, coaches and alumni will be on hand for the event.  Player availability is subject to change.

“We are so excited to be celebrating the 22nd year of Winter Warm-Up and helping kids in the St. Louis community,” said Michael Hall, Executive Director of Cardinals Care and Vice President of Community Relations. “The autograph sessions are a great opportunity for fans to meet their favorite past, present and future Cardinals players and gear up for the 2018 season.”

Player autograph sessions are one of the most popular attractions of the Warm-Up.  While some autographs tickets are available to obtain for free, others autograph tickets require a specific additional donation.  Every dollar donated for autograph tickets—as well as all proceeds from the Winter Warm-Up weekend—will benefit Redbird Rookies and charitable grants to other non-profit organization that help kids.

For players signing free autographs at the Winter Warm-Up, a limited supply of autograph tickets will be available online and at the Busch Stadium Box Office on a first-come, first-served basis.  Fans can obtain up to two free autograph tickets per player and up to five free player autograph tickets per transaction.  A full list and schedule of free player autograph signing dates can be found at

All autograph tickets will be sold online through Thursday, January 11 at 12:00 p.m. CT.  Remaining autograph tickets not sold online will be available at the Winter Warm-Up.  Those who order their autograph tickets online by noon on January 4 will receive their tickets in the mail.  Fans who order after January 4 can pick up their autograph tickets at the Busch Stadium Box Office during regular box office hours or at the Ticket Booth and autograph ticket kiosks at the Winter Warm-Up.  Autograph tickets are the sole responsibility of the ticket purchaser and cannot be reissued, reprinted or refunded.  Free autograph tickets are not for resale.

For complete up-to-date details about player autograph dates, signing times, donation amounts and frequently asked questions, or to purchase admission or autograph tickets, visit


Authenticated, Game-Used Seat Pairs Available Now at

ST. LOUIS, Mo., December 8, 2017 – The St. Louis Cardinals are offering fans a chance to own a piece of Busch Stadium III history.  For the first time, a limited number of pairs of seats from Busch Stadium III are available for purchase with two types of seat pairs available.

Premium Seat pairs have a die-cut Cardinals logo and matching row number on each end.  Only 50 Premium seat pairs will be sold and are priced at $750.  Standard Seat pairs come with the standard arms and mounting brackets with instructions for mounting installation.  Only 250 pairs of Standard Seat pairs are available and are priced at $500.  All seat pairs are authenticated with an MLB hologram.

The seats were used during the 2006 and 2011 World Series championship seasons, the 2009 MLB All-Star Game and the 2017 NHL Winter Classic Game between the St. Louis Blues and Chicago Blackhawks.

All seats purchased must be picked up in person at Busch Stadium on either Friday, December 22, between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. or Saturday, December 23, between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.  Shipping will not be available and all sales will be final with no refunds or exchanges.

For more information or to purchase seats, visit




 St. Louis, Mo., December 7, 2017St. Louis Cardinals President of Baseball Operations John Mozeliak today announced numerous staff changes and promotions within the team’s Baseball Operations group, including the Front Office, Amateur Scouting and International Operations.

The following promotions and staff assignments will take place in the team’s Front Office, with Luis Morales promoted to Director of International Operations and Administration; Matt Slater named Special Assistant to the General Manager, Player Procurement; Matt Bayer promoted to Manager of Scouting Analytics; Tyler Hadzinsky named Amateur Scouting Coordinator/Analyst and Emily Wiebe promoted to Baseball Operations Analyst.

Changes and new hires within the Cardinals Amateur Scouting staff include the following:  Sean Moran promoted to National Cross Checker; Zach Mortimer promoted to Northeast Regional Cross Checker; Stacey Pettis hired as Area Scout of Northern California; Jim Negrych hired as Northeast Area Scout and Chris Rodriguez hired as Pacific Northwest Area Scout.

The Cardinals also announced that Joe Almaraz has been promoted to International Cross Checker, Jose Leger has been hired as the team’s Latin American Field and Academy Development Coordinator, Alix Martinez has been hired as Dominican Republic Area Scout, Damaso Espino will serve as Latin American Cross Checker and Jose Gonzalez Maestre has been named Venezuela Scouting Supervisor.



 St. Louis, Mo., December 5, 2017 The St. Louis Cardinals announced today that they have signed free-agent right-handed pitcher Miles Mikolas (pronounced MIY-koh-lahs) to a two-year deal (2018-19).   Financial terms were not disclosed.

Mikolas, 29, has starred the past three seasons (2015-17) in the Japanese Nippon Professional Baseball League, going a combined 31-13 with a 2.18 ERA in 62 starts for the Yomiuri Giants of the Japan Central League.  Mikolas went 14-8 with a 2.25 ERA in 27 starts for the Giants this past season, posting career highs for innings pitched (188.0) and strikeouts (187) and he issued only 23 walks.

The 6-5, 220-pound native of Jupiter, Fla. was drafted by the San Diego Padres in the 7th round of the June, 2009 draft out of Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla, and he made his Major League debut with the Friars in 2012.   Mikolas was a combined 4-6 with a 5.32 ERA in 37 games (10 starts) in the majors with San Diego (2012-13) and Texas (2014).

Upon joining the Yomiuri club in 2015, his career took off, as he went 13-3 with a 1.92 ERA in 21 starts, completing four games, including two shutouts.   In 2016, Mikolas was 4-2 with a 2.45 ERA in 14 starts for the Giants.

Mikolas won Central League MVP of the Month awards in June of 2015 and August of 2017, becoming the first foreign-born pitcher in Yomiuri Giants franchise history to win the MVP of the Month award multiple times.

Between his 2015 and 2016 seasons, Mikolas posted a 13-game win streak, becoming the first foreign pitcher to accomplish such a feat in the Central League.

Mikolas was errorless in his three years with the Giants, handling 92 chances flawlessly and he also belted a pair of home runs for Yomiuri.

Today’s signing of Mikolas puts the Cardinals Major League roster at 39 players.


Variety of Five, Six & Ten-Game Packs Available For As Low As $48 at

ST. LOUIS, Mo., November 28, 2017 – Ticket sales for the 2018 Cardinals season begin this Friday, December 1, at 10:00 a.m. CT.  Fans can purchase single-game All-Inclusive Tickets or choose from a variety of five, six and ten-game holiday packs centered around popular promotional items and key matchups.

Four ten-game packs are available for the 2018 season including the perennially popular Opening Day Pack which includes a ticket to Opening Day, the final game of the season and several great weekend promos.  The Jerseys & More Pack features seven weekend games, including four jersey giveaway dates and rivalry matchups with the Cubs and Royals. Two different Value Packs offer fans a variety of mid-week games at a discounted price.

New for 2018 is the six-game T-Shirt Pack featuring games against premier teams such as the Dodgers, Nationals, Indians and Rockies and include all of the new “T-Shirt of the Month” promotional giveaways.  Fans will vote on the special designs for each t-shirt throughout the season via social media.  T-Shirt Packs start as low as $48.

A total of five five-game packs are also available this season which feature the year’s best promotional giveaways.  The Bobblehead Pack gives fans first access to highly-anticipated promotional games featuring five weekend bobblehead giveaway dates.  The Cubs Pack gives fans the opportunity to catch baseball’s best rivalry on five weekend dates.  Additional five-game packs include the Friday Pack, Weekend Pack and Sunday Pack.  Five-game packs start as low as $79.

For a limited time, fans can upgrade to a Premium Pack which guarantees receipt of each promotional item by mail from their pack of choice.

Value is the key element of All-Inclusive Tickets, where complimentary food and beverages are included in the price of each ticket.  Friday is the first opportunity for fans to purchase 2018 single-game tickets in the UMB Champions Club, Bank of America Club, Perficient Red Jacket Club, Commissioner’s Box, Legends Club, Coca-Cola Scoreboard Patio/Rooftop Deck, Powerade Bridge, Homer’s Landing, Left Field Landing and Scott Credit Union MVP Deck inside Busch Stadium, as well as the AT&T Rooftop, Cardinals Nation Balcony and Branch Rickey Room inside Cardinals Nation at Ballpark Village.  All-Inclusive Tickets start at just $55.

Tickets can be purchased online at, via phone at 314-345-9000 or at the Busch Stadium Box Office.


All Proceeds From The 22nd Annual Cardinals Care Event To Support Local Children

ST. LOUIS, Mo., November 21, 2017 – Cardinals Care, the charitable foundation of the St. Louis Cardinals, has announced that admission tickets for the 22nd annual Winter Warm-Up will be available on Friday, November 24, at 10:00 a.m. CT.  The largest fundraising effort organized by Cardinals Care, Winter Warm-Up will take place Saturday, January 13, through Monday, January 15 (Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day), at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch.  Event times are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, and 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Monday.

Beginning Friday morning, fans can purchase admission tickets for the three-day Winter Warm-Up online at and at the Busch Stadium Box Office.  Those who order online by noon on January 4 will receive their tickets in the mail.  Fans who order after January 4 can pick up their admission tickets at the Busch Stadium Box Office during regular box office hours, weekdays from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., from Friday, January 5 through Thursday, January 11 (box office closed on weekends).  Winter Warm-Up Will Call opens on Friday, January 12, at the Hyatt Regency at noon until 7:00 p.m.

The prices for admission tickets, which are valid for all three days of the Warm-Up, will remain the same as previous years; $40 for fans age 16 and over, $10 for children age 5 to 15.  Kids under 5 years old are admitted free of charge.  Members of the military, police and fire departments with an active ID can receive one free adult admission ticket which must be obtained in person at the Busch Stadium Box Office, during regular box office hours, from November 27-January 11 or at the event.  Please note the Busch Stadium Box Office will be closed November 24, December 25-30, January 1 and on weekends.

Winter Warm-Up provides fans with countless unique opportunities while raising money for Cardinals Care, the team’s charitable fund whose mission is caring for kids in the Cardinals community.  Fans can meet their favorite players at autograph sessions, play interactive games, share memories with Hall of Famers, take photos with Fredbird, find collectible memorabilia, bid on one-of-a-kind items at live and silent auctions, experience live presentations and ask tough questions of players, owners, scouts, broadcasters and officials at Q&A sessions.

“The Winter Warm-Up is our premier offseason event where fans can engage with our players and team personnel while helping kids in our community,” said Michael Hall, Executive Director of Cardinals Care and Vice President of Community Relations.  “It’s always exciting to witness the passion and enthusiasm our fans bring to the Winter Warm-Up every year.”

Many players’ autographs are free with an admission ticket, while others require an autograph ticket available through a specific additional donation.  All autograph tickets will be sold online and at the Busch Stadium Box Office beginning Monday, December 11 at 12:00 p.m. CT through Thursday, January 11 at 12:00 p.m. CT.  Any remaining autograph tickets will be sold at the event.  Fans can visit in December for details, including player autograph dates, times and, if required, additional donation amounts.  Any remaining autograph tickets not sold online will be available at the Winter Warm-Up.

For complete event details, schedule and frequently asked questions, visit  #CardsWarmUp


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 23 youth ball fields in local under-resourced neighborhoods.  Most recently, the Cardinals dedicated Dexter Fowler Field at Hess Park in Decatur, Ill. in July 2017.  This season marked 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 3,000 kids who participate in the program each year.  #CardsCare



          ST. LOUIS, Mo., November 20, 2017 – The St. Louis Cardinals announced today that they have purchased the contracts of left-hander pitcher Austin Gomber, right-handed pitcher Derian Gonzalez and outfielders Oscar Mercado and Tyler O’Neill. All four players have been added to the team’s 40-man Major League roster which currently stands at 39.

Gomber, who turns 24 later this week, was the Cardinals 4th round (135th player overall) draft selection in 2014 out of Florida Atlantic University and was named the Cardinals Minor League co-Pitcher of the Year in 2015 when he led the Midwest League (A) with 15 wins while pitching for Peoria. The 6-5, 228-pound lefty paced the Springfield Cardinals (AA) in wins (10), ERA (3.34), strikeouts (140), innings pitched (143.0) and games started (26) this past season.   He finished 2nd among Texas League leaders in strikeouts, was 3rd in ERA and T5th in wins.

Gonzalez, 22 and a native of Santa Barbara del Zulia, Venezuela, was signed by the Cardinals as an international free-agent in September of 2012.   The 6-3, 190-pound Gonzalez completed his 3rd season in the States this year, and went 4-7 with a 4.33 ERA in 18 games (15 starts) for the Palm Beach Cardinals (A) who were co-champions of the Florida State League.  Gonzalez has allowed only seven home runs in 330.1 career innings pitched, five of those coming during this past season with Palm Beach.

Mercado, 22, was drafted by the Cardinals in the 2nd round (57th player overall) in 2013 out of Tampa’s Gaither High School as a shortstop and he was converted to a full-time outfielder this past season, putting together an All-Star season as the centerfielder for the Springfield Cardinals (AA).  The 6-2, 190-pound Mercado batted .287 with 13 home runs, and 46 RBI in 120 games for Springfield this season with a team-high 137 hits, 76 runs scored, four triples and a Texas League-best 38 stolen bases.  Mercado, who has 159 career stolen bases in the minors, also led the Appalachian League in steals (26) in 2014 and the Midwest League with 50 in 2015.  The right-handed hitting Mercado just completed a 22-game stint with Surprise in the prospect-rich Arizona Fall League, batting .264 with six steals in six attempts.

O’Neill, 22, was acquired by the Cardinals in a July trade from Seattle in exchange for pitcher Marco Gonzales and hit .246 with 31 HR’s and 95 RBI in 130 combined games between triple-A Tacoma and Memphis, helping the Redbirds to the Pacific Coast League title.  The 5-11, 210-pound O’Neill, a native of British Columbia, Canada, has cracked 101 homers in 455 games in the minors, including 32 with Bakersfield of the class-A California League in 2015 and 24 for Jackson of the double-A Southern League in 2016.  The right-handed hitting O’Neill, who owns a career .508 slugging pct., ranked 4th among PCL leaders in both home runs & RBI in 2017 and ranked 5th in total bases (247).


Fans Asked To Donate New, Unwrapped Toys or Gift Cards Outside Busch Stadium on December 6

ST. LOUIS, Mo., November 20, 2017 – The St. Louis Cardinals Front Office and Cardinals Care are teaming up with the American Red Cross, KMOV, Rawlings Sporting Goods, Fontbonne University, Companion Bakery, The Cup and the St. Louis Blues to provide holiday gifts to area youth in need and children of military families at Scott Air Force Base.  Special thanks go out to Papa John’s Pizza and the new “Magic of Lights” display at Gateway Motorsports Park for their support of this year’s holiday gift drive as well.

In the sixth year of the annual holiday event, the club is asking fans to support a gift drive for local children of all ages on Wednesday, December 6, by dropping off new, unwrapped toys or gift cards at the Gate 4 entrance to Busch Stadium along Clark Street.  Fredbird and volunteers from each partnering organization will be outside Gate 4 to collect gifts from 6:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.  Fans who make a donation will receive a token of appreciation from the Cardinals and a complimentary hot chocolate from Delaware North Sportservice.

Last year alone, the organization collected, wrapped and distributed over 2,000 toys for kids in the St. Louis area.  Additionally, fans have dropped off over 6,000 toys and gift cards at Busch Stadium since the event’s inception.

“The outpour of donations during our annual gift drive over the past few years has been tremendous,” said Michael Hall, Vice President of Community Relations and Executive Director of Cardinals Care.  “Not only do the gifts bring joy to a child’s holiday season, but it shows the children that the entire St. Louis community cares about them.”

A portion of the toys and gift cards will be given out by Fredbird during Breakfast with Santa at Scott Air Force Base, hosted by the American Red Cross, on December 9.  The remaining gifts will be distributed to select Cardinals Care partner agencies throughout the holiday season.

Fans can learn more about the gift drive at  #Gifts4Kids


“Goodwill through Baseball: Cardinals Across the Pacific” Opens November 17; Runs Through 2018 Season

ST. LOUIS, Mo., November 16, 2017 – The St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum will open its new special exhibit entitled “Goodwill through Baseball: Cardinals Across the Pacific” on Friday, November 17.  The exhibit, which replaces last year’s special exhibition “Women in Baseball: How They Made History”, examines how the Cardinals and MLB’s baseball goodwill tours across the Pacific have helped pave the way for players to join leagues in the United States and Japan.

“The artifacts we have gathered for this special exhibit are some of the most unique items from our collection, and also include important pieces and images on loan from the National Baseball Hall of Fame and other collectors around the world,” said Paula Homan, Cardinals Museum Curator.  “It really enables us to tell the story of how baseball has spread from the United States to Japan to the point where the game is celebrated throughout many Asian nations, just as it is here.”

“Goodwill through Baseball” features over 80 artifacts relating to the history of Major League Baseball on tour in Japan, including John McGraw’s 1913-14 World Tour of Baseball uniform; a 1934 All-American Tour program featuring Babe Ruth on the cover; and a baseball cap and sweater worn by 1934 All-American Tour participant Moe Berg, who later became a spy for the U.S. during World Word II.

Additionally, the exhibit highlights artifacts from the Museum’s collection related to the Cardinals 1958 tour with Stan Musial and the club’s 1968 tour featuring Bob Gibson and Lou Brock, including lapel pins, official itineraries and programs, along with Manager Red Schoendienst’s specially presented happi coat.  In recognition of the club’s first Japanese and Korean players, So Taguchi and Seung Hwan Oh’s international and Cardinals jerseys are also on display.

The Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. during the offseason.  The special exhibit will be open to the public through the conclusion of the 2018 baseball season and is included with admission to the museum.  To purchase Cardinals Museum tickets or learn more about museum membership, visit


Weekly Wednesday programming starts tomorrow with Cardinals Warmup

 Cardinals Rewind looks back at best games of 2017; premieres Nov. 22

FOX Sports Midwest will produce an expanded lineup of St. Louis Cardinals programming this offseason, starting tomorrow with the debut of Cardinals Warmup, a 30-minute show featuring discussion of the latest Hot Stove news around the Cardinals and Major League Baseball. Cardinals programming will air every Wednesday on FOX Sports Midwest from November through early February.

Scott Warmann, Al Hrabosky and Rick Horton host the first episode of Cardinals Warmup tomorrow (Wednesday, Nov. 15) at 5:30 and 9 p.m. on FOX Sports Midwest. The show also includes Jim Hayes’ recent interview with Cardinals president of baseball operations John Mozeliak.

Cardinals Rewind, a one-hour look at the most memorable games of the 2017 season, premieres Wednesday, Nov. 22. The first episode takes fans through the Cardinals’ Sept. 4 win vs. the San Diego Padres, Carlos Martinez’ second complete game shutout of the season. Dan McLaughlin, Jim Edmonds and Brad Thompson take fans through the key moments and break down the game.

FOX Sports Midwest is also scheduled to produce its annual special on the Baseball Winter Meetings and its Christmas Day marathon of the best games of the year. Coverage of spring training games starts in late February.




           ST. LOUIS, MO, November 6, 2017 – The St. Louis Cardinals announced today that the team has outrighted infielder Alex Mejia and catcher Alberto Rosario off the team’s 40-man Major League roster and gave right-handed pitcher Trevor Rosenthal his unconditional release.   Mejia will be assigned to the triple-A Memphis roster and Rosario is now eligible to become a minor league free-agent.

The Cardinals also announced today that they have tendered a qualifying offer to free-agent pitcher Lance Lynn.

Following today’s moves, the Cardinals Major League roster currently stands at 35 players.




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