Pitchers Hit Eighth

MLB is reportedly collecting balls and examining those balls for substances that do not belong on those balls.  That means that at least one person is sitting in a laboratory setting going through ball after ball after ball after ball.  That makes that person the John Gant of scientific investigators. The MLB ball checker(s) will [...]

The Angels released Albert Pujols just 9.18 seasons into a 10-year deal worth nearly a quarter of a billion dollars.  It’s a rather abrupt and unceremonious end to his time with the California Los Anaheim Angels of America, but it’s probably overdue.  Fine.  The Angels could have at least held the door open as they [...]

But as everyone knows, he might not be the answer we deserve. Getting John Gant to trend on Twitter should have been the first clue. The Cardinals with their almost always faithful fan base (see Carpenter, Matt) do many things well including constant attempts at keeping social media more happy. I left nearly every account [...]

Today is a special day! It has been 14 very long years since I could have multiple reasons to celebrate the day of my birth landing on a much better Holiday. I was deployed during the 2006 World Series run and was fortunate enough to be able to see the final victories. Then the baseball [...]

Black Friday

We made it! In honor of my wife having to share my attention for at least the next 6 or 7 months, I rewarded the occasion by wearing all black to work. Because try as everything did, baseball starts back this weekend and honestly no better words have been spoken after the year that was. [...]

Trusting the System

Things got real before any of us even had a chance to know just what the St. Louis brass was about to pull off. It started around the time that Adam Wainwright came home for another season but in all reality, the Winter Warm-Up should have been the first clue. I never got around to [...]

Waino for the Booth

Whether it was listening to Daniel and Tara on Gateway to Baseball Heaven or the Broadcaster roundtable at the Winter Warm-Up, two thoughts stuck out in my head. As much as I enjoy listening to the St. Louis broadcasts, that would not be the case with all Horton all the time, but I also think [...]

One of the limitations to the Winter Warm-Up has been the time constraints. For good or bad, keeping the presentations to an hour really leaves it up to the host on how the the show flows. This was on prime display for both of the afternoon sessions on Sunday but also perfectly explained how the [...]

While it was always obvious that this edition of the Winter Warm-Up would be different, the virtual event couldn’t explain why something just felt off. First it was the Infielder session yesterday followed by the Bullpen group this morning. Separate hosts handled the festivities so it wasn’t intentional but what finally hit me was how [...]

Warming Up

It figures that my phone woke me up with snow this morning. Nothing says welcome to winter quite like a fresh dusting but at least the last year taught us that some things will not be stopped! And with that I welcome you to the Winter Warm-Up for 2021. No one outside of maybe Lance [...]

Running on Empty

Today normally would be one of the high points in a baseball season. Besides the Draft and sometimes the Winter Meetings, I look forward to trade deadline day for any number of reasons. No one needs to hear me say this is anything close to a normal campaign and honestly, the Cardinals want something not [...]

  Attending Winter Warm-Up as a fan?  Good stuff.  Attending Winter Warm-Up as a member of the media?  Not so much.  Consider this both a primer for people getting credentialed for the first time and a cautionary tale about the drawbacks of actually being a somewhat responsible media adult. The Cardinals are kind enough to [...]

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NL Central Standings

TeamWLPct.GB
Cubs3930.565 -
Brewers3831.5511.0
Reds3532.5223.0
Cardinals3534.5074.0
Pirates2344.34315.0

Last updated: 06/18/2021

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