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INFIELDER RE-JOINS MAJOR LEAGUE ROSTER AFTER TAKING PART IN MEMPHIS POSTSEASON RUN

CINCINNATI, OH, September 21, 2017 – The St. Louis Cardinals announced today that they have recalled infielder Breyvic Valera (pronounced BRAY-vic VAH-lair-ah) from Memphis (AAA) and that he will join the team for tonight’s game in Cincinnati.  For Valera, it marks his second recall of the 2017 season and he becomes the 37th player on the team’s active roster.

Valera, 25, a non-drafted free agent (signed on May 13, 2010) from Montalban, Venezuela, played in 800 career minor league games over eight seasons before arriving in the Major Leagues.   He made his Major League debut on Sept. 5 at San Diego in a start at 2nd base and collected his first Major League hit with a pinch-hit single on Sept. 7 against the Padres.  He was optioned to Memphis on Sept. 11.

The switch-hitting infielder batted .314 with eight home runs, 41 RBI and 11 stolen bases and led the Redbirds in batting average, hits (133) and triples (6) during the 2017 season.

The 5-10, 184-pound Valera struck out just 34 times in his 424 at-bats this season, and led Memphis down the stretch in their record-breaking 91-win season by batting .346 with 5 HR’s & 18 RBI in 25 games in August – earning the Cardinals Minor League Player of the Month award for the month of August.

Over his 800 career minor league games, Valera has a .303 batting average including a .359 on-base percentage.  He has been named to three mid-season All-Star Games (New York-Penn League 2012, Midwest League 2013 & Florida State League 2014) and was recognized as the 2016 Venezuelan Winter League Most Valuable Player.

Valera wears uniform No. 41.

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REDBIRDS ACTIVE ROSTER NOW AT 36 PLAYERS

CINCINNATI, OH, September 20, 2017 – The St. Louis Cardinals announced today that they have recalled infielder Aledmys Diaz and right-handed pitcher Josh Lucas from Memphis (AAA).  Both players will join the Cardinals in Cincinnati for tonight’s game against the Reds, upping the team’s active roster to 36 players.

Diaz, 27, began the year with St. Louis, batting .260 with 7 home runs and 20 RBI in 71 games before being optioned to Memphis following the game on June 27.  Diaz, who still leads the Cardinals with his 19 infield hits, had 23 extra base hits among his 71 safeties at the Major League level.

In 46 games at triple-A, Diaz batted .253 with 4 home runs and 26 RBI as the Memphis club posted a franchise record 91 wins and won the Pacific Coast League Championship Series.   Diaz played 28 games at shortstop, nine at third base and six at second base for the Redbirds.

Lucas, 26, who made his Major League debut with 2.0 innings of relief at Pittsburgh on August 19, is being recalled for a second time this season.   The Cardinals 21st round draft pick in 2010 finished the season with 17 saves for Memphis (3rd in the PCL), and provided the rescue in the Redbirds pennant-clinching win on Sunday at El Paso, Texas.   Lucas fanned 68 batters in his 60.0 innings of work for the triple-A Redbirds and walked only 12.

Diaz wears uniform no. 36 and Lucas wears no. 77.

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INFIELDER BREYVIC VALERA OPTIONED TO MEMPHIS (AAA)

ST. LOUIS, Mo., September 12, 2017 – The St. Louis Cardinals announced that they have recalled outfielder Magneuris (Mag-NARE-ees) Sierra from Memphis (AAA) prior to this evening’s game against the Cincinnati Reds at Busch Stadium.  In addition, the club optioned infielder Breyvic Valera to Memphis yesterday.

Sierra, 21, has played at four levels this season (A, AA, AAA & MLB) and batted a combined .270 in 101 games with 20 steals between Palm Beach (A) and Springfield (AA) during the regular season.  Sierra was promoted to Memphis at season’s end to help during the Triple-A team’s playoff run and played in four games (.308, 4-13), making three starts in centerfield, during the Pacific Coast League American Conference championship games.  This will be Sierra’s fourth recall to St. Louis this season, having made his MLB debut on May 7 at Atlanta.  Sierra has a .365 MLB average (19-52) over 13 games with hits in all but two games and in his first nine Major League games.  Sierra wears uniform No. 43.

Valera made his MLB debut last week, on September 5 at San Diego, in a start at second base.  He was 1-5 in three games, with his first hit a pinch single last Thursday (9/9).  Valera hit .314 (133-424) in 117 games with Memphis this season and led the Redbirds in batting, hits and triples (6).

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TEAM TO OPEN 2018 SLATE MARCH 29 at METS; HOME OPENER SET FOR THU., APRIL 5 vs. ARIZONA

ST. LOUIS, Mo., September 12, 2017 – The St. Louis Cardinals, in conjunction with Major League Baseball’s league-wide release, today announced their 2018 regular season schedule.

The Cardinals will open their 2018 season on Thursday, March 29 in New York against the Mets at Citi Field as part of a season-opening six-game road trip that will also take them to Milwaukee for three games. The Redbirds will open the home portion of their 2018 campaign on Thursday, April 5 against the Arizona Diamondbacks as part of a six-game home stand with Arizona and Milwaukee.

The Cardinals will host the Chicago Cubs for three weekend series at Busch Stadium (May 4-6, June 15-17 & July 27-29).  Coming out of the Major League Baseball All-Star break, the Cardinals will play the Cubs seven times over 11 days with four games in Chicago, including a nationally-televised showcase game on Thursday, July 19 at Wrigley Field.

The season opening game against the Mets will be the Cardinals first opener at Citi Field and the team’s first in New York since 1996, when they opened against the Mets at Shea Stadium in Tony La Russa’s first season as manager of the Cardinals.  The March 29 season opener will be the earliest in franchise history, as Major League Baseball opens its season four days earlier, allowing teams three to four additional open dates in 2018.

The Cardinals 20-game interleague schedule will feature a pair of three-game home-and-home series with in-state rival Kansas City (May 21-23 at Busch Stadium & Aug. 10-12 at Kansas City) and a pair of two-game home-and-home series with the Chicago White Sox (May 1-2 at Busch Stadium & July 10-11 in Chicago) and the Minnesota Twins (May 7-8 at Busch Stadium & May 15-16 at Minnesota).  In addition, there will be a three-game home interleague series against the Cleveland Indians (June 25-27) and a three-game road series at Detroit (Sept. 7-9).

The Cardinals longest home stands of the 2018 season consist of seven games (six times) and their longest road trips are a pair of nine-gamers (July 2-11 & August 3-12).  The Cardinals will host a three-game series with Cincinnati (July13-15) prior to the July 16-18 Major League Baseball All-Star break.

The 2018 season will close with a three-game series Sept. 28-30 at Chicago against the Cubs, marking the first time the two teams have closed out the regular season at Wrigley Field since 1991.

St. Louis will be home for a total of 13 weekend series in 2018: April 5-8 vs. Arizona, April 20-22 vs. Cincinnati, May 4-6 vs. Chicago Cubs, May 17-20 vs. Philadelphia, May 31-June 3 vs. Pittsburgh, June 15-17 vs. Chicago Cubs, June 29-July 1 vs. Atlanta, July 13-15 vs. Cincinnati, July 27-29 vs. Chicago Cubs, August 17-19 vs. Milwaukee, August 31-September 2 vs. Cincinnati, September 13-16 vs. Los Angeles Dodgers and September 21-23 vs. San Francisco.

With the earlier start to the season, the Major League schedule will include 27 weekend dates in 2018 as opposed to 26 this season.

The Cardinals are scheduled to play 48 of their 81 home games before the All-Star break, playing 12 home games in April, 15 in May, 17 in June, 9 in July, 13 in August and 15 in September.   St. Louis is not scheduled to play any home games on National Holidays in 2018.

The Cardinals will make future announcements regarding game times, ticket pricing and ticket availability for the 2018 season.  To view the full 2018 regular season schedule, visit cardinals.com.

ST. LOUIS CARDINALS 2018 HOME SCHEDULE

April 5, 7-8 vs. Arizona

April 9-11 vs. Milwaukee

April 20-22 vs. Cincinnati

April 25-26 vs. NY Mets

May 1-2 vs. Chicago White Sox

May 4-6 vs. Chicago Cubs

May 7-8 vs. Minnesota

May 17-20 vs. Philadelphia

May 21-23 vs. Kansas City

May 31-June 3 vs. Pittsburgh

June 5-7 vs. Miami

June 11-13 vs. San Diego

June 15-17 vs. Chicago Cubs

June 25-27 vs. Cleveland

June 29-July 1 vs. Atlanta

July 14-15 vs. Cincinnati

July 27-29 vs. Chicago Cubs

July 30-August 2 vs. Colorado

August 13-16 vs. Washington

August 17-19 vs. Milwaukee

August 28-30 vs. Pittsburgh

August 31-September 2 vs. Cincinnati

September 10-12 vs. Pittsburgh

September 13-16 vs. Los Angeles Dodgers

September 21-23 vs. San Francisco

September 24-26 vs. Milwaukee

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$9 Tickets Available for Four-Game Weekday Series vs. Cubs on September 25-28

ST. LOUIS, Mo., September 12, 2017 – The St. Louis Cardinals and McDonald’s are teaming up to bring back Ticketfest, a special discount ticket promotion for fans to experience one of the best rivalries in all of sports.  On sale now, fans can purchase tickets for just $9 to watch the Cardinals take on National League Central Division foe, the Chicago Cubs, at Busch Stadium on September 25-28.

The $9 tickets are on sale now and are available while supplies last.  Tickets are limited to eight per customer.  To purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/mcdonalds.

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#Join4Joe Bone Marrow Drive & Grateful Dead Tribute Night Highlight Twelfth Homestand at Busch

ST. LOUIS, Mo., September 7, 2017 – The Cardinals return to Busch Stadium in the midst of a push towards the top of the N.L. Central Division and a N.L. Wild Card spot after their recent 10-game road trip.  The six-game homestand begins with a three-game weekend set against the Pittsburgh Pirates (September 8-10) and concludes with a three games versus the Cincinnati Reds (September 12-14).  The twelfth homestand of the year is highlighted by the second annual #Join4Joe Bone Marrow Donor Drive, Rally Cat Appreciation Day and Old School Wrestling Night.

Friday, September 8, 2017 — Cardinals vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (7:15 p.m.)

Gates open at 5:15 p.m.

  • Adult Kelly Green Cardinals Jersey Promotional Giveaway: 30,000 ticketed fans, ages 16 and older, will receive a unique Cardinals Kelly Green Jersey.  Presented by Cooper Tire. (#CardsPromo)
  • Country Music Theme Night: Grab your boots and head down to Busch Stadium for Country Music Night presented by Q in the Lou.  With the purchase of a special theme ticket, fans will receive one-of-a-kind country-themed Cardinals snapback hat.  Come early and enjoy a pregame concert in Riverview Corner by American Idol winner and lifelong Cardinals fan, Trent Harmon, beginning at 5:30.  Fans must present the voucher in order to receive this promotional item.  For more info, or to purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/theme.  (#CardsTheme)
  • 2017 Roberto Clemente Award Nominee: During a pregame ceremony, Adam Wainwright will be recognized as the Cardinals’ 2017 nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award.  The annual award recognizes a player from each MLB Club who best represents the game of Baseball through extraordinary character, community involvement, philanthropy and positive contributions, both on and off the field.  The league-wide winner of the Roberto Clemente Award, who will be announced during the 2017 World Series, will be selected among the group of nominees via a blue ribbon panel.  Fans can vote for the overall winner of the Roberto Clemente Award via a dedicated website.  The winner of the fan voting, which will run from October 2-6, will count as one vote among those cast by the blue ribbon panel.
  • Cardinals Museum Artifact Spotlight: Every Friday home game, the Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum highlight artifacts in the collection not currently on display during a pregame presentation inside the Museum.  Today’s featured items relate to Cardinals Hall of Fame catcher Ted Simmons.  For more information or to purchase tickets to the museum, visitcardinals.com/museum. (#CardsMuseum)
  • Trevor’s Troops: Trevor Rosenthal will host a group from the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation for tonight’s game as part of his Trevor’s Troops player ticket program.  Prior to the game, the group will get to watch batting practice from the field and meet with Trevor in the dugout to take pictures and ask questions.  Presented by Scott Credit Union.
  • Pregame Poms/Cheer/Dance Performances: Prior to the game, groups from Chesterfield Bears Cheerleading, Lindenwood University-Belleville Lynx Cheer & Dance, McKendree University Cheer & Dance and O’Faolain Academy of Irish Dance will perform in the Ford Plaza beginning around 5:30 p.m.

  • Cardinals Care 50/50 Raffle: Fans 18 and older may play the Cardinals Care 50/50 Raffle by going to any of the seven ticket kiosk locations throughout the stadium from the time gates open until the middle of the 7th inning.  One lucky fan will receive 50 percent of the gross proceeds from the game’s raffle ticket donations and the other half will benefit Cardinals Care.  For past winning raffle numbers and kiosk locations, visit cardinals.com/5050.  (#CardsCare5050)
  • Cardinals Care Stadium Auction: Fans have the unique opportunity to bid on exclusive autographed Cardinals memorabilia at the game.  The auction is a great way for fans and collectors to obtain specialty Cardinals items while helping support the programs that Cardinals Care provides to youth in the community.  Auction tables will be located by Gate 1 (Section 137), Gate 3, inside the Cardinals Club, UMB Champions Club and Redbird Club.

Saturday, September 9, 2017 — Cardinals vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (6:15 p.m.)

Gates open at 4:15 p.m.

  • Adult Quarter Zip Pullover Promotional Giveaway: 30,000 ticketed fans, ages 16 and older, will take home a Cardinals Quarter Zip Pullover, compliments of Shane Co. (#CardsPromo)
  • #Join4Joe Bone Marrow Donor Drive: For the second consecutive year, the Cardinals, in conjunction with the St. Louis Baseball Writers and Be the Match, will host the #Join4Joe bone marrow donor drive just outside the Family Pavilion in Ford Plaza from 4:15 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. to add individuals to the national registry and honor the legacy of Joe Strauss, a longtime Cardinals beat writer for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch who passed away in December 2015 at the age of 54 after a courageous battle fighting leukemia.  Volunteers will be assisting those interested in joining the national marrow registry complete the short process, which typically takes about 15 minutes.  Those unable to attend can learn more about the #Joine4Joe drive and join the national registry by requesting a donor kit anytime at cardinals.com/join4joe.
  • Saturday Signings at the Museum: Former Cardinals closer Ryan Franklin will sign autographs at the Cardinals Museum from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.  In addition to having a valid admission to the museum, fans must have an autograph line ticket, which are free and will be distributed beginning at 9:30 a.m. at the Busch II Infield outside Cardinals Nation.  Visit cardinals.com/museum for more information.  Presented by Heartland Coca-Cola Bottling Company. (#CardsMuseum)
  • Pregame Poms/Cheer/Dance Performances: Prior to the game, groups from Bordeau Dance Studio, Hillsboro High School Cheer, North County Raiderettes, O’Fallon Golden Girls Dance, Ritenour High School Cheerleading and Tammy’s Tumbling will perform in Riverview Corner beginning around 4:30 p.m.

  • Cardinals Care 50/50 Raffle: Fans 18 and older may play the Cardinals Care 50/50 Raffle by going to any of the seven ticket kiosk locations throughout the stadium from the time gates open until the middle of the 7th inning.  One lucky fan will receive 50 percent of the gross proceeds from the game’s raffle ticket donations and the other half will benefit Cardinals Care.  For past winning raffle numbers and kiosk locations, visit cardinals.com/5050.  (#CardsCare5050)
  • MLBPAA Auction: The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association will conduct a baseball-themed silent auction by Gate 1 (Section 137), Gate 3 and inside the Cardinals Club from the time gates open through the fifth inning.  All proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and the Players Alumni Association, a non-profit group that strives to preserve the game of baseball while supporting a variety of charities.

Sunday, September 10, 2017 — Cardinals vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (1:15 p.m.)

Gates open at 11:15 a.m.

  • Build-A-Bear Cardinals Pup Promotional Giveaway: 12,000 kids, ages 15 and younger entering with a ticket, will take home their very own Cardinals Pup, courtesy of Build-A-Bear Workshop.  (#CardsPromo)
  • Rally Cat Appreciation Theme Day: Celebrate everybody’s favorite new feline at Busch Stadium on Rally Cat Appreciation Day.  With the purchase of a special theme ticket, fans will receive an exclusive Rally Cat Cardinals t-shirt.  Additionally, a portion of each theme ticket sold will be donated to Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation and St. Louis Feral Cat Outreach.  Fans must present the voucher in order to receive this promotional item.  For more info, or to purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/rallycat.  (#CardsTheme)
  • Prairie Farms Kids Run the Bases: Following the game, fans ages 15 and under are invited to run the bases of Busch Stadium (weather permitting).  Presented by Prairie Farms.
  • 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).
  • Cardinals Care 50/50 Raffle: Fans 18 and older may play the Cardinals Care 50/50 Raffle by going to any of the seven ticket kiosk locations throughout the stadium from the time gates open until the middle of the 7th inning.  One lucky fan will receive 50 percent of the gross proceeds from the game’s raffle ticket donations and the other half will benefit Cardinals Care.  For past winning raffle numbers and kiosk locations, visit cardinals.com/5050. (#CardsCare5050)
  • MLBPAA Auction: The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association will conduct a baseball-themed silent auction by Gate 1 (Section 137), Gate 3 and inside the Cardinals Club from the time gates open through the fifth inning.  All proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and the Players Alumni Association, a non-profit group that strives to preserve the game of baseball while supporting a variety of charities.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017 — Cardinals vs. Cincinnati Reds (7:15 p.m.)

Gates open at 5:45 p.m.

  • Willie McGee Budweiser Bash Theme Night: Fans who purchase this special Bud Bash theme ticket receive a voucher for a limited edition Willie McGee mini bobblehead as we celebrate the 30th anniversary of the 1987 National League Championship team.  VIP ticket-holders will also have access to a pregame autograph session with Willie.  Fans must present the voucher in order to receive this promotional item.  For more info, or to purchase general tickets, visit cardinals.com/theme.  (#BudBash) (#CardsTheme)
  • Old School Wrestling Theme Night:  Grab your tag team partner and enter the ring for Old School Wrestling Night at Busch Stadium.  Fans that purchase a special theme ticket will take home a specially designed Cardinals World Championship Belt t-shirt.  Come early for a pregame autograph session and meet & greet featuring old-school legends “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan, Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat and Road Warrior Animal from 5:45-6:45! Fans must present the voucher in order to receive this promotional item.  For more information, visit cardinals.com/theme.  (#CardsTheme)
  • Tsunami Waves: Carlos Martínez will host a group from The Venezuelan Society of Missouri for tonight’s game as part of his Tsunami Waves player ticket program.  Prior to the game, the group will get to watch batting practice from the field and meet with Carlos in the dugout to take pictures and ask questions.  Presented by Scott Credit Union.
  • Suburban Journals Groom’s Cake Dive: Come witness the fun as 12 grooms-to-be dive headfirst into a multi-tiered wedding cake.  The 4th annual Suburban Journals Groom’s Cake Dive presented by St. Louis Best Bridal will take place at approximately 6:30 p.m. in Ford Plaza.  Contestants will root their way through cakes filled with special wedding-themed prizes including a honeymoon package and more.  Winners will also receive tickets to stay and enjoy the game in a party suite at Busch Stadium.
  • Pregame Poms/Cheer/Dance Performances: Prior to the game, groups from Mehlville Pantherettes, Parkway Central High School Dance, Roxana High School Dance, St. Dominic High School Cheer and Triad Middle School & High School Cheer will perform in the Ford Plaza beginning around 5:45 p.m.

  • Cardinals Care Stadium Auction: Fans have the unique opportunity to bid on exclusive autographed Cardinals memorabilia at the game.  The auction is a great way for fans and collectors to obtain specialty Cardinals items while helping support the programs that Cardinals Care provides to youth in the community.  Auction tables will be located by Gate 1 (Section 137), Gate 3, inside the Cardinals Club, UMB Champions Club and Redbird Club.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 — Cardinals vs. Cincinnati Reds (7:15 p.m.)

Gates open at 5:45 p.m.

  • Grateful Dead Tribute Theme Night: Dead Freaks Unite! Head on down to Busch Stadium for Grateful Dead Tribute Night.  Fans that purchase a special theme ticket will receive an exclusive Grateful Dead-themed Cardinals t-shirt.  Come early and enjoy a pregame concert in Riverview Corner by St. Louis’ favorite Dead tribute band, Jake’s Leg, starting at 5:45.  Fans must present the voucher in order to receive this promotional item.  For more information, visit cardinals.com/gratefuldead. (#CardsTheme)
  • Trevor’s Troops: Trevor Rosenthal will host a group from USO Missouri for tonight’s game as part of his Trevor’s Troops player ticket program.  Prior to the game, the group will get to watch batting practice from the field and meet with Trevor in the dugout to take pictures and ask questions.  Presented by Scott Credit Union.
  • Pregame Poms/Cheer/Dance Performances: Prior to the game, groups from Cardinal Ritter Spirit Squad, Natural AllStars Impact Cheer and Timberland High School Dance will perform in the Ford Plaza beginning around 6:00 p.m.

  • Purina Pet Adoption: Join us for Purina’s Better Together Pet Adoption Days at the Ballpark.  Head to Ford Plaza prior to the games to meet adoptable furry friends from the Animal Protective Association (APA) and the Belleville area Humane Society.
  • MLBPAA Auction: The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association will conduct a baseball-themed silent auction by Gate 1 (Section 137) and Gate 3 from the time gates open through the fifth inning.  All proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and the Players Alumni Association, a non-profit group that strives to preserve the game of baseball while supporting a variety of charities.

Thursday, September 14, 2017 — Cardinals vs. Cincinnati Reds (12:45 p.m.)

Gates open at 11:15 a.m.

  • Career Day Theme Event: Join the St. Louis Cardinals, FOX 2 and KPLR Channel 11 for the 13th annual Career Day at Busch Stadium presented by Westminster College.  Students and educators will enjoy a special pregame Q&A/Panel Discussion with executives from each company, focusing on careers in sports and media.  Following the presentation, students can attend an exclusive College Fair with representatives from many colleges and universities from around the Midwest.  Each $15 Career Day ticket includes access to the pregame activities, a ticket to the game, as well as a voucher for a free jumbo hot dog, soda and chips.  For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit cardinals.com/careerday.  (#CardsTheme)
  • Memphis Grizzlies Regional Caravan Tour: The Memphis Grizzlies invite fans of all ages to join them in celebrating the start of the 2017-18 NBA season from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Ford Plaza as part of their 5th annual Regional Caravan Tour.  Fans will have the chance to get autographs, take photos and participate in contests and games with team mascot Grizz, members of the Grizz Girls and the Claw Crew.
  • 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 Great Clips’ Charity Haircuts.  For a $10 donation, Great Clips—who sponsors the event every weekday afternoon game during the season—will cut your hair and donate all proceeds to Cardinals Care.
  • MLBPAA Auction: The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association will conduct a baseball-themed silent auction by Gate 1 (Section 137) and Gate 3 from the time gates open through the fifth inning.  All proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and the Players Alumni Association, a non-profit group that strives to preserve the game of baseball while supporting a variety of charities.

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#CardsRatPack Campaign Launched to Honor Whitey Herzog

On June 9, the St. Louis Cardinals formally launched #CardsRatPack to honor Hall of Fame Manager Whitey Herzog and raise money for the Whitey Herzog Youth Foundation.  The campaign will center on a pack of 24 illustrated baseball cards that come to life as part of a weekly cartoon series on the team’s digital and social media platforms designed to convey an important part of Whitey’s life, career and the pack of players he managed.

The animated series debuted on Wednesday, July 12, and new episodes will be released via the Cardinals’ social media pages each Wednesday (#WhiteyballWednesday) and Friday (#FredbirdFriday).  Additionally, the team will release a limited number of corresponding illustrated #CardsRatPack baseball cards that will be distributed at Fredbird Friday event locations.

The team is also encouraging fans to show their affection for the White Rat all season long by sharing video memories, photographs and other messages via social media using the hashtag #CardsRatPack.  As part of the #CardsRatPack campaign, the team is sponsoring a one-of-a-kind video contest asking fans to share their favorite Whiteyball memory for a chance to have their personal video transformed into a professionally animated cartoon that would punctuate the #CardsRatPack series.  Fans can learn more about the campaign and video contest at cardinals.com/ratpack.

Paper Yadi

With his recent contract extension through 2020, Yadier Molina joins an elite group of players who could play their entire career with one team.  Let Yadi know how happy you are he will be a career Cardinal by taking a photo of yourself with Paper Yadi and sharing on social with #YadiYadiYadi.  You may even see your Paper Yadi post on the club’s social media pages or on the Busch Stadium scoreboard!  Go to cardinals.com/yadi to download and print your Paper Yadi today.

Mobile Friendly Fan Food Guide

The Cardinals Fan Food Guide is available at cardinals.com/food and via the MLB.com Ballpark mobile app to help fans locate their favorite food and beverages at Busch Stadium.  In addition to showing where each concession item may be purchased, the Cardinals Fan Food Guide also includes a photo of each item, as well as its price.  Fans can browse all concession options around the stadium generally via the A-Z listing or can target specific alcoholic and non-alcohol beverages and deserts.  The Cardinals Fan Food Guide even gives fans the ability to sort offerings by Healthy Choices & Special Dietary Requests.

Fans can access the Cardinals Fan Food Guide from their mobile devices while attending a Cardinals game by using the public facing WiFi (CardinalsWiFi) that was launched at Busch Stadium earlier this season.

Pham, Whitey and Sierra Highlight New Cardinals Magazine

He’s edgy and plays with a motor that always runs full-speed, reminding Cardinals Nation of its hard-charging heroes of yesteryear.  He’s also driven and demanding of himself, never taking his spot on the roster for granted.  He’s Tommy Pham, the man providing a serious spark at the plate, on the bases and in the outfield for a Cardinals team making a push in the N.L. Central Division.  The outfielder is on the cover of the new edition of Cardinals Magazine, sliding into the spotlight with a remarkable story of perseverance across 12 years in the organization.

Another Cardinal showing off his wheels is Magneuris Sierra, the speedy outfielder who started this season in Class A and jumped all the way to the majors.  We also catch up with a Cardinals legend who knows plenty about speed—Hall of Fame Manager Whitey Herzog—as the club’s #CardsRatPack fan engagement campaign swing into high gear.  He shares stories behind some of the classic photos that defined one of the most electric eras in franchise history.

Pick up this must-read issue at retail locations throughout Busch Stadium, including from vendors inside stadium gates, team store locations, portable red merchandise carts, Majestic and Cardinals Authentics stores inside Ballpark Village and the Cardinals Authentics Shop in Ford Plaza.  Throughout metro St. Louis, the magazine is available for purchase at major retailers like Cardinals Clubhouse mall stores, Dierbergs, Schnucks, Shop ‘n Save, QuikTrip and Walgreens.

Print subscriptions are available at cardinals.com/magazine or by calling 314-345-9000.  Subscribe today and automatically receive a 20% discount on the 2017 Cardinals Yearbook.  For additional team coverage, follow Cardinals Magazine on Twitter @CardsMagazine and watch our weekly segments on the Cardinals Insider TV show. (#CardsMag25)

2017 Official Scorecard Celebrates Club’s 125th Anniversary

Featuring the cover artwork of acclaimed St. Louis illustrator Mike Right—the scorecard designer since 2003—this season’s scorecard celebrates the franchise’s 125th anniversary logo paired with 12 Cardinals utilized by the club through the decades. Inside, you’ll find a tutorial on how to keep score the “Cardinal Way,” a method practiced by club officials since the 1940s.

Purchase the scorecard individually—or with the latest edition of Cardinals Magazine for just $5—from Busch Stadium vendors inside the gates, team store locations, red merchandise carts and Cardinals Authentics. Purchase additional scorecards at cardinals.com/scorecard.

2017 Official Team Media Guide

The Cardinals official team Media Guide has long been relied upon by journalists and broadcasters who cover the team.  Containing stats, photos and biographies of every player in the Cardinals organization, along with the definitive history of the club since its inception, the 2017 Media Guide is the most comprehensive book about the Cardinals.  The 2017 Media Guide is available for $20 at the Official Cardinals Team Store, the Cardinals Authentics Shop or online at cardinals.com/mediaguide.

Cardinals Nation Restaurant and Bar

New for 2017, the Cardinals have launched the Cardinals Nation Food Truck.  Serving a combination of ballpark fare and unique culinary creations, the Cardinals Nation Food Truck will be located at 8th and Clark on game days, and will hit the streets around the city for lunch service.  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, the food truck will be available for corporate and social events, catering and will be part of the Cardinals outreach throughout the St. Louis community.  Fans can follow the #CardsFoodTruck on Twitter @CardsFoodTruck for weekly truck location announcements.  To view the full menu, fans can visit cardinals.com/foodtruck.

Cardinals Nation will continue to host the Official Pre-Game Party of the St. Louis Cardinals.  This ticketed pep-rally style party is located in the Hall of Fame Club on the second floor, two and a half hours prior to every Cardinals home game during the 2017 season.  The exclusive pre-game event includes a full buffet menu, all-inclusive bar and a DJ or live music all the way until first pitch.  Tickets for the Opening Day Official Pre-Game Party are currently sold out.  Tickets for future Pre-Game Parties can be purchased at cardinals.com/pregame, at any Busch Stadium box office or at the Cardinals Museum.

Open daily, Cardinals Nation is the year-round home to Cardinals fans offering a variety of weekly programming and special events.  This season, fans won’t want to miss the following highlights:

  • Happy Hour at Cardinals Nation: Enjoy $5 souvenir drafts and lemonades along with your choice of five different $5 appetizer selections: Buffalo Wings, Smothered Bratzel, Mini Corn Dogs, Pulled Pork Sliders and Burger Sliders every MondayFriday, excluding home game dates, from 3–7p.m.
  • $3 Thursdays: Enjoy $3 Budweiser family pints, call cocktails and house win while you take part in interactive games, trivia and giveaways with DJ Joe every Thursday, excluding home game dates, from 4–10p.m.

Ballpark Village

Ballpark Village is the premiere dining, drinking, and entertainment destination in the region.  Located in the heart of St. Louis’ central business district adjacent to Busch Stadium, Ballpark Village hosts events 365 days a year, providing patrons with a variety of entertainment, food and beverage, and on-site parking in one location.

No ticket, no problem!  Ballpark Village offers an unprecedented watch party experience with over 1,200 square feet of TVs, direct stadium feed, Budweiser Brew House Deck Parties post-game every Friday with DJ Todd Thomas and Official Cardinals Away Game Watch Parties with premium giveaways.

Cardinals Authentics

Cardinals Authentics will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1967 World Series Championship team by offering autographed pictures, baseballs and other memorabilia from Mike Shannon,Orlando Cepeda, Lou Brock, Bob Gibson and Red Schoendienst including a framed, limited edition, enlarged print of a World Series Game 4 ticket signed by all five players and a limited number (#’d to 67) of autographed and inscribed baseballs by Bob Gibson celebrating his three World Series wins.  Cardinals Authentics will also commemorate the 125th anniversary of the franchise with unique collectible items as well.

Fans can pre-order game-used bases for any game in the 2017 season by calling 314.345.9851 or emailing gameused@cardinals.com.

Fans can visit one of the two Cardinals Authentics locations inside Cardinals Nation or in the Ford Plaza to shop for authentic Cardinals gear and to take home a piece of the game.  Cardinals Authentics specializes in official, game-used, limited edition and autographed memorabilia direct from the club.  Both shops offer a great selection of current and vintage Cardinals apparel, as well as one-of-a-kind collectibles.  The Cardinals Nation location is open daily from 10:00 a.m.—8:00 p.m. (April-October) and 10:00 a.m.—6:00 p.m. (November-March).  On game nights, the Ford Plaza shop will remain open 30 minutes after last pitch while the Cardinals Nation shop will remain open one hour after the final pitch.  Visit cardinals.com/authentics or follow them on Twitter @CardsAuthentics.  (#CardsAuthentics)

Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum

The Cardinals have launched a new museum membership level for fans desiring the most premier level of benefits. Benefits of the Ultimate Cardinals Museum Membership include a bronze mini plaque engraved with the member’s name, an autographed bat and baseball from a Cardinals Hall of Famer, VIP seating for two at the Cardinals Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and much more.

The Cardinals are proud to continue to offer the Individual ($50) and Family ($85) Museum Membership options for fans in 2017.  Membership benefits include unlimited museum admission for one year, guest passes, limited edition bobbleheads of Dizzy Dean and Ted Simmons, discounts to the Cardinals Authentics Shop & Cardinals Nation Restaurant, and access to select presales and member-only events.  Visit cardinals.com/membership for a detailed list of membership benefits.

The Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum within Cardinals Nation features the largest team-held collection in baseball.  The collection is second only to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in terms of size with over 22,000 memorabilia items and hundreds of thousands of archival photographs.  Be sure to check out this year’s special gallery, Women in Baseball: How They Made History, which examines women’s involvement and contributions to St. Louis baseball and the game at large.  The Museum is open daily from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. and remains open through the 7th inning on home game nights.  Adult admission is $12, and tickets can be purchased at cardinals.com/museum (#CardsMuseum).

Cardinals Work #4AGreenerGame

For the first time in Busch Stadium’s history, the Cardinals will be purchasing enough Renewable Energy Credits from Ameren Missouri Pure Power to offset 100% of the energy consumption used at the ballpark for every regular season game in 2017.

The Cardinals Knight FM Green Team is a group of volunteers who walk down the aisles of the seating bowl in-between innings collecting recyclables from fans and promoting recycling at Busch Stadium.  In exchange for their services, volunteers are able to watch the game in standing room only sections of Busch Stadium, as collections are only done in-between innings and during pitching changes so as not to disturb fans trying to watch the game.  To volunteer or learn more, visit cardinals.com/green (#4AGreenerGame).

Cardinals in the Community

Cardinals Care (#CardsCare) 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.  Fans can view the entire list of Cardinals Care youth baseball fields at cardinals.com/youthfields.

This season marks 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.  Fans can learn how to support Cardinals Care by visiting cardinals.com/community.

Fans can support Cardinals Care by donating directly at cardinals.com/donate or in a variety of ways:

  • Cardinals Care 6K Run/Walk: Registration is now open for the eighth annual Cardinals Care 6K and One Mile Fun Run set for Sunday, September 17 at 8:06 a.m.  Those interested in participating are encouraged to register and learn more at cardinalscare.org (#CardsCare6K).
  • 50/50 Raffle: Fans 18 and older may play the Cardinals Care 50/50 Raffle by going to any of the seven ticket kiosk locations throughout the stadium from the time gates open until the middle of the 7th inning.  One lucky fan will receive 50 percent of the gross proceeds from the game’s raffle ticket donations and the other half will benefit Cardinals Care.  For past winning raffle numbers and kiosk locations, visit cardinals.com/5050.

Cardinals Insider with Ozzie Smith

Cardinals Insider, the club’s weekly half-hour new magazine television show, made its season debut on March 26 with new host Ozzie Smith.  Now in its second season, Cardinals Insider with Ozzie Smith is available within 17 television markets in eight states.  Over the offseason, a new digital newsroom was constructed within the Cardinals press box to house the team’s multimedia video unit.  Five full-time journalists were hired to provide fans with behind the scenes access and daily content for the team’s various digital and social platforms including cardinals.com, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

The show features a mix of news, player profiles, exclusive interviews, in-depth features, and a look back in team history with exclusive content from the team’s large archive and extensive museum collection.  In addition to offering fans an unprecedented view behind the scenes with the team, the show also places a strong emphasis on fan engagement and leveraging the team’s social media to enrich the viewer experience.  New episodes air locally on KSDK every Sunday at 10:00 a.m.  More information about the show, including previous episodes and a full list of affiliates and show times, can be found at cardinals.com/insider.  (#CardsInsider)

Fredbird Fridays

Every Friday, Fredbird and Team Fredbird will appear somewhere within Cardinal Nation to give away a select number of free tickets or items to lucky fans on a first come, first served basis.  Be sure to join the fun.  To find out where Fredbird will be each week, follow us on Facebook at facebook.com/cardinals and on Twitter @Cardinals, or visit cardinals.com/fredbirdfridays for more details (#FredbirdFriday).

Cardinals Fan Engagement Video Initiatives

#CardsFanFlix is the St. Louis Cardinals ongoing fan engagement initiative developed to encourage fans to create videos that celebrate the team.  Throughout the season, the Cardinals sponsor a variety of promotions, contests and campaigns under the umbrella of #CardsFanFlix asking fans to creatively use video to demonstrate their enthusiasm and support of the team while also having some fun:

  • The Second Annual Cardinals Treasure Hunt Fan Video Contest launched on August 1, encouraging fans to submit videos sharing the stories behind their most treasured piece of Cardinals memorabilia.  To participate in the contest, fans are asked to submit a video, two minutes in length or less, that creatively showcases their most valued collectible item and details the personal story behind the piece. The fan who submits the winning video will win a year-long membership to the Cardinals Museum, as well as a VIP game experience that includes four Field Box tickets and a field visit before the Cardinals game versus the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday, September 29, 2017.  The contest runs through September 15.  Fans can enter their video submission and view other video entries at cardinals.com/treasurehunt.

Follow the Cardinals on Social Media

Join the Cardinals throughout the season on a variety of social media platforms including Twitter (@Cardinals), Facebook (facebook.com/cardinals), Instagram (Cardinals), Snapchat (cardinals), Pinterest (pinterest.com/cardinalsmlb), Tumblr (stlcardinals) and Google + (St. Louis Cardinals).  Fans will get an inside look at the team, exclusive promotions and giveaways, breaking news, behind-the-scenes photos, videos and much more.  For more info, and a list of verified player twitter accounts, visit cardinals.com/connect.  Join the conversation using #STLCards.

The Cardinals have also launched a Spanish language Twitter account (@cardenales) and Facebook account (facebook.com/stlcardenales) in an effort to reach a rapidly growing segment of the team’s domestic and international fan base.  Followers will see real time updates about the Cardinals and unique Spanish language content designed to take fans behinds the scenes with the team.  Furthermore, Los Cardenales, a dedicated Spanish language video page, has been added to the team’s website at cardinals.com/loscardenales.  Join the conversation using #STLCardenales.

Prohibited Items & Bag Inspection Policy

Fans are still allowed to bring their own food and beverages into Busch Stadium for all 81 games.  However, some items will no longer be permitted to be brought through the gates.  Outside cups (e.g. fast food/gas stations cups), mugs and thermoses are prohibited.  All drinks must be factory sealed, in clear plastic bottles no larger than two (2) liters,

Multi-compartment backpacks are no longer permitted inside the ballpark.  Duffel bags, tote bags, cinch bags, diaper bags and purses no larger than 16” x 16” x 8” are still allowed.  Additionally, ice packs are prohibited unless required for a medical condition.  Fans can still bring loose ice to keep food and beverages cold.  For a full list of permitted and prohibited items, visit cardinals.com/security.

Fan-Friendly Values

  • Dynamic Deals of the Week: The Cardinals’ dynamic pricing system allows them to offer outstanding ticket savings to fans throughout the season.  Special values will be highlighted each Monday as part of the “Dynamic Deals of the Week” promotion.  Fans can view the Dynamic Deals at cardinals.com/dynamicdeal.
  • KMOX 1120 First Pitch Tickets: At 9:00 a.m. on the day of each game, the first 275 fans may purchase a voucher good for two tickets to that day’s game for just $11.20.  The voucher may be redeemed 10 minutes before the scheduled start of the game.  The tickets may be anywhere in the park, depending on availability.  Visit cardinals.com/firstpitch for full details.
  • Coca-Cola Sundays: Enjoy Sunday games in select Pavilion and Terrace level seats at a special low price.  Each ticket purchased also includes a free Coca-Cola and a Hunter hot dog. Tickets start at just $10 each!  Visit cardinals.com/cocacola to purchase tickets or for more details.
  • Phillips 66 Discount Ticket Offer: Fill up with 8 gallons or more at participating Phillips 66 and receive a voucher for up to 50% off a pair of tickets to a Cardinals game.  Visit cardinals.com/phillips66 for details.
  • Cardinals/Six Flags Double Play Combo: Each Double Play Combo includes a ticket to a 2017 Cardinals game and one single-day admission to Six Flags for just $55.  Visit cardinals.com/sixflags to purchase Double Play Combos or for more information.

For more information on Cardinals promotions and theme nights visit cardinals.com/promotions and cardinals.com/theme.

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REDBIRDS ADD RIGHTY RELIEVER JUAN NICASIO FOR STRETCH RUN

ST. LOUIS, MO, September 6, 2017 – The St. Louis Cardinals announced today that they have acquired right-handed reliever Juan Nicasio  (pronounced nih-KAH-see-oh) from the Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for minor league infielder Eliezer Alvarez.

Nicasio, 31, had joined the Phillies just last week (August 31) on a waiver claim from the Pittsburgh Pirates.  The 6-4, 250-pound Dominican native has combined to go 3-5 with a 2.79 ERA in a National League-leading 67 games between Pittsburgh (65 games) and Philadelphia (2 games) in 2017.   Nicasio, has fanned 61 batters in his 61.1 innings of work this season, walked only 18, and he’s allowed just four home runs while holding the opposition to .218 batting mark, including a .200 average vs. left-handed batters.    His 21 Holds rank T5th in the National League this season and his 1.09 WHIP is ranked 15th among all N.L. relievers.

Nicasio, who debuted with the Colorado Rockies in 2011, has appeared in 260 career games (82 starts) with the Rockies (2011-14), Los Angeles Dodgers (2015), Pittsburgh (2016-17) and Philadelphia (2017), putting together a career mark of 35-37 with a 4.60 ERA in 618.2 innings pitched.

A free-agent at season’s end, Nicasio will make every effort to join the Cardinals in San Diego for the conclusion of their road trip that includes games both tonight and tomorrow night.  He would not be eligible for postseason play should the Cardinals qualify.

Alvarez, 22, was signed by the Cardinals as a non-drafted international free-agent on July 2, 2011 out of Santiago, Dominican Republic.   The 5-11, 190-pound middle infielder batted a combined .248 with 5 HR’s and 28 RBI in 61 games between Springfield (AA) and the Gulf Coast League Cardinals (R) in 2017.

Nicasio has been assigned uniform no. 12.

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VALERA BATTED .346 with 5 HR & 18 RBI; GOMBER POSTS 5-0 MARK & 0.91 ERA IN 6 STARTS

ST. LOUIS, Mo., September 5 , 2017 The St. Louis Cardinals announced today that Memphis (AAA) infielder Breyvic Valera (pronounced BRAY-vic VAH-lair-ah) and Springfield (AA) starting pitcher Austin Gomber have been honored as the Cardinals Minor League Player and Pitcher of the Month for August for their accomplishments on the field.

Valera, 25, was signed as a non-drafted free agent in 2010 out of Montalban, Venezuela.  He batted .346 (36-104) with five home runs and 18 RBI over 25 games during the month of August.  He entered the month with two home runs and 22 RBI in the 89 games prior to August.

The switch-hitting infielder has been on a hot streak since July 4, batting .359, the 12th-highest mark in all of Minor League Baseball, while tallying 24 multi-hit games over that span including a 26-game on-base streak from July 30-August 29.  He began August by earning Pacific Coast League Player of the Week honors (July 31-August 6).

“Breyvic’s second half of the season helped lead Memphis to the PCL playoffs, highlighted by an excellent month in August,” said Gary LaRocque, St. Louis Cardinals Director of Player Development.

Gomber, 23, was the Cardinals fourth round (135th overall) draft pick out of Florida Atlantic University in 2014.  In six August starts for Springfield, Gomber was 5-0 with an 0.91 ERA covering 39.2 innings with 44 strikeouts.  His 0.91 ERA was the lowest of any starting pitcher who did not make a relief appearance in double-A during August and his 44 strikeouts ranked 3rd among double-A pitchers.

In his last start of the season vs. Arkansas on August 31, Gomber struck out a career-high 11 batters over 6.0 innings.  He did not allow more than two runs in any of his final eight starts of the season including two scoreless 7.0 inning efforts.

“In Austin’s six starts during August, over 39 2/3 innings, opposing hitters only managed 18 hits and four earned runs with 44 strikeouts,” complimented LaRocque.

This was Valera’s first Cardinals monthly honor, while this marks Gomber’s second Minor League Pitcher of the Month award as he won the honor in August 2015, the same year in which he was named Cardinals co-Minor League Pitcher of the Year.

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MEMPHIS BATTING LEADER ARRIVES IN MAJORS AFTER 800 MINOR LEAGUE GAMES

ST. LOUIS, Mo., September 5, 2017 – The St. Louis Cardinals announced today that they have recalled infielder Breyvic Valera (pronounced BRAY-vic VAH-lair-ah) from Memphis (AAA) and that he will join the team for tonight’s game in San Diego.

Valera, 25, a non-drafted free agent (signed on May 13, 2010) from Montalban, Venezuela, played in 800 career minor league games over eight seasons before arriving in the Major Leagues.

The switch-hitting infielder batted .314 with eight home runs, 41 RBI and 11 stolen bases and led the Redbirds in batting average, hits (133) and triples (6) during the 2017 season.  From July 4through the end of the season, Valera ranked 12th among all minor leaguers with a .359 average, tallying 24 multi-hit games and ran off a 26-game on-base streak from July 30-August 29, batting .366 with a .415 OBP during that stretch.  He was recognized as the Pacific Coast League Player of the Week for July 31-August 6.

The 5-10, 184-pound Valera struck out just 34 times in his 424 at-bats this season, and led Memphis down the stretch in their record-breaking 91-win season by batting .346 with 5 HR’s & 18 RBI in 25 games in August – earning the Cardinals Minor League Player of the Month award for the month of August.

Over his 800 career minor league games, Valera has a .303 batting average including a .359 on-base percentage.  He has been named to three mid-season All-Star Games (New York-Penn League 2012, Midwest League 2013 & Florida State League 2014) and was recognized as the 2016 Venezuelan Winter League Most Valuable Player.

Valera has been assigned uniform No. 41 and will become the 11th Cardinal to make his Major League debut this season.

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Pitcher Mike Leake Dealt to Seattle for Shortstop Rayder Ascanio

ST. LOUIS, MO, August 30, 2017 – The St. Louis Cardinals announced today that they have acquired minor league shortstop Rayder Ascanio from the Seattle Mariners in exchange for right-handed pitcher Mike Leake and international cap space totaling $750,000 for the current international signing period.

Ascanio, 21, was signed by the Mariners as an international free agent in 2012 at age 16 and the slick fielding infielder has compiled a career batting mark of .240 with 15 HR’s and 158 RBI in 425 games at the minor league level.

The switch-hitting Ascanio, a native of Mariara, Venezuela, was batting .217 with 9 HR’s and 44 RBI in 111 games this season between Tacoma (AAA), Clinton (A) and Modesto (A). He is expected to be assigned to the Palm Beach Cardinals (A) roster.

Today’s trade will require an addition to the Cardinals 25-man active roster. That transaction is expected to be announced tomorrow.

Leake, 29, was 7-12 with a 4.21 ERA in 26 starts for the Cardinals this season and has a career mark of 80-76, 4.02 ERA in eight seasons with Cincinnati (2010-15), San Francisco (2015) and St. Louis (2016-17). He went 16-24 with a 4.46 ERA in his 56 starts for the Cardinals after signing as a free agent in December of 2015.

The Cardinals and Mariners announced a trade last month that sent power-hitting outfielder Tyler O’Neill (28 HR’s in 2017) to the Cardinals organization in exchange for left-handed pitcher Marco Gonzales.

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Team Pledges to Match $10,000 Donation for Each Home Run Hit by Matt Carpenter

Fans May Donate to Cardinals Care’s Hurricane Harvey Children’s Relief Fund at youcaring.com/cardinalscare

ST. LOUIS, MO, August 29, 2017 – The St. Louis Cardinals announced this afternoon that the team will match Matt Carpenter’s and Adam Wainwright’s pledges to donate $10,000 each for every home run Carpenter hits between now and the end of the season for Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Texas and the entire Gulf Coast,” said Bill DeWitt Jr., Chairman and Chief Executive Officer for the St. Louis Cardinals. “We want to do our part to help those in need and were inspired by Matt’s leadership, as well as his and Adam’s spontaneous generosity.”

Shortly after news of Hurricane Harvey broke, Carpenter, a native of the Texas coastal city of Galveston, took to social media to make the pledge to help the Houston area families hurt by the devastating storm.  Shortly after, Carpenter’s teammate Wainwright pledged to match his $10,000 donation for each homerun.

Cardinals Care has established a special Hurricane Harvey Children’s Relief Fund at youcaring.com to help the many children impacted by the catastrophic storm.  Funds raised will go to the American Red Cross to help families with children rebuild their lives.  The St. Louis Cardinals will be making their donations to this special fund.  Fans are encouraged to assist with the relief efforts and can donate directly at youcaring.com/cardinalscare.   Fans can join the conversation with #HomeRunRelief.

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Lance Lynn, Matt Carpenter, Luke Weaver & Chris Pronger Among Participants Helping Raise Money for Charity

ST. LOUIS, Mo., August 23, 2017 – For the fifth consecutive year, Adam Wainwright is bringing his annual Big League Impact Fantasy Football Live Draft and its winning fundraising formula of MLB players, celebrities and fans to Busch Stadium on Friday, August 25.

As part of the event, participating fans will draft their own fantasy football team, competing against Wainwright and other big leaguers such as Lance Lynn, Matt Carpenter, Luke Weaver, St. Louis Blues Defenseman Alex Pietrangelo and Hockey Hall of Famer Chris Pronger.  Participants will manage their fantasy team throughout a 13-week, head-to-head-format season, including a head-to-head matchup against one of the celebrity participants.  Prior to the start of the event, Wainwright will lead participants on a behind-the-scenes tour of Busch Stadium before joining his teammates for a VIP fantasy football draft in the UMB Champions Club.  Participants will also get to enjoy VIP access to batting practice, party suite tickets for the evening’s game versus the San Diego Padres, weekly interaction and competition with big leaguers throughout the fantasy football season and chances to win other great, one-of-a-kind prizes.

All proceeds from Wainwright’s event at Busch Stadium will go to benefit Cardinals Care, Operation Food Search of St. Louis, Crisis Aid International and Big League Impact’s Global Initiative Fund.

Big League Impact started with a single fantasy football charity event in 2013 and has raised over one million dollars and expanded to nine MLB cities: San Francisco, New York, St. Louis, Atlanta, Cincinnati, Minneapolis, Pittsburgh, and Philadelphia.  This year’s roster of participating MLB players includes Adam Wainwright, Hunter Pence, John Smoltz, Kyle Gibson, Matt Holliday, C.C. Sabathia, Dellin Betances, Brett Gardner, David Wright, Tony Watson, Cameron Rupp and Tucker Barnhart.

“The growth we’ve seen in Big League Impact over the past four years is really exciting,” said Wainwright.  “In only a few years, we have already been able to raise over one million dollars by doing just what we were already going to do.  Play fantasy football.”

For a full listing of Big League Impact fantasy football draft day experiences, or to register for events in their cities, fans can visit bigleagueimpact.org.

Fans can learn more about Cardinals players’ community efforts at cardinals.com/playerscare.

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 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.  This year 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 4,500 kids who participate in the program each year.

About Operation Food Search

Operation Food Search is a St. Louis-based non-profit organization dedicated to ending hunger in the greater St. Louis metropolitan area.  Established in 1981, the organization is the largest distributor of free food in the bi-state region feeding an average of 190,000 people a month.  Combining their robust emergency food distribution system with education programs, Operation Food Search gives our struggling neighbors in need a range of coping mechanisms to help overcome the effects of hunger.

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