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Viva El Birdos 3 hours ago

Hunt and Peck: Links of the Week

A toast to Oscar Taveras *raises glass He had the smile of a goofy, young kid, those adorably slightly-crooked, pearly white teeth grinning at you. It was a smile that seemed to light up its owner's whole face. It was a smile that would light up its recipient's face. The best part about that smile, though, was that you didn't have to be in front of him. You could have been watching miles away through your television screen and you could see it and feel it. And soon, you would realize you are smiling, too. My favorite Oscar Taveras moment did not take place on a ball field, at least, not...
Viva El Birdos 6 hours ago

Future St. Louis Cardinals reflect on the life, impact of Oscar Taveras

Exploring the impact of the late Oscar Taveras. As made clear by his nickname ("El Fenomeno"), Oscar Taveras was destined for greatness. Based on the memorial currently outside of Busch Stadium, the tremendous showing at his funeral, and the following reflections from ex-teammates, Oscar achieved greatness. Tyrell Jenkins, RHP OT was a guy you wanted on your team, in your clubhouse, and representing your organization. The guy had all the talent in the world, but better yet, he was the funniest guy around! Words cannot explain what he meant to me and the millions of people he affected....
Viva El Birdos 7 hours ago

Five St. Louis Cardinals became free agents on Thursday morning

Five of the 121 MLB-wide free agents played for the Cardinals in 2014. Under the current collective bargaining agreement (CBA) governing Major League Baseball labor relations, the morning after the final out of the World Series, the contracts between players and the clubs who employ them expire. Those ballplayers who have accrued six or more years of MLB service time become free agents, but they aren't yet able to negotiate the terms of contracts for 2015 and beyond or sign with any team they want. That's because the CBA imposes a five-day "quiet period" following the end of the World...
The Cardinal Nation 22 hours ago

Cardinals 2015 World Series Odds Open at 2014 Worst Point

The first cut of an oddsmaker puts the St. Louis Cardinals 2015 World Series odds as long as at any point during 2014.
Viva El Birdos Oct 30, 2014

Remembering Oscar Taveras

Oscar Taveras: 1992-2014 There will come a time when I will write again about contract extensions, trade targets and free agents, but I'm not ready. Many pieces have been written, here and elsewhere, many of them incredibly moving, trying to grasp for meaning, explain the unexplainable and strive for perspective, but I'm not done. I'm not done dreaming about a player I was convinced would be the next Cardinals' great. A player whose struggles, and the substantial criticism that came with it, only strengthened my resolve to support him. I'm not done thinking about this tragedy, not done...
Viva El Birdos Oct 29, 2014

Rest in peace, Oscar Taveras

St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Oscar Taveras was killed in a car accident at the age of 22. As the Royals and Giants squared off in World Series Game 5 Sunday night, tweets began to surface about the death of St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Oscar Taveras. They were couched in the distancing language of "according to reports" and "rumors" which allowed one to hold out hope that they were false—one of those false Twitter viral events that gets spread the world round before the truth comes out. Then Dionisio Soldevila, who works for the AP and ESPN Deportes, confirmed the reports and proved...
Viva El Birdos Oct 29, 2014

On an Athlete, Dying Young.

The time you swung and brought the rain, The lines lined up to chant your name; The red-clad faithful, cheering all, And came the roar, the curtain call. The Cardinals turned on the right field bank of lights last night for Oscar Taveras. ******* I was only a child when I first saw The Natural, it should be said. And while I was certainly a baseball fan in the mid-80s, I was a baseball fan in the way children are fans of things they don't understand; the way prom night sex is enjoyed, desperate and sweaty and ravenous, rushing blindly toward ecstasy, with none of the awe at the...
Viva El Birdos Oct 28, 2014

Bench coach Mike Aldrete accepts similar position with the Oakland Athletics

Coaching changes happen every offseason, this one makes about as much sense as any of them. In the past 15 years Cardinals fans have been spoiled a bit in terms of coaching changes at the big league level, in that there haven't been very many. Tony LaRussa retired, Dave Duncan went with him, and Mike Matheny took over with just a few small changes to the overall staff.  There just hasn't been a lot of movement in an out of the organization in the coaching ranks. The one big coaching change over that time was Mark McGwire's return to baseball in 2010 and all the steroid admitting and...
Viva El Birdos Oct 28, 2014
In the wake of Oscar's passing, Mike Matheny is exactly who the Cardinals need

In the wake of Oscar's passing, Mike Matheny is exactly who the Cardinals need

Rest in peace, Oscar Taveras. On June 22, 2014, the twelve year anniversary of Darryl Kile's sudden and tragic death, I found myself in a Busch Stadium conference room, surrounded by forty or so members of the Cardinals blogging community. General manager John Mozeliak and team president Bill DeWitt III had made themselves available for a handful of questions prior to the team's Sunday afternoon contest against the Philadelphia Phillies. Fortunately, I was able to ask one of Mr. Mozeliak, one of the best, most straight-forward GMs in the league. Little did we know at the time, but the...
The Cardinal Nation Oct 28, 2014

Cardinal Talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: Remembering Oscar

Brian Walton’s and Pat Parris’ discussion about Oscar Taveras of the St. Louis Cardinals with Ken Miller of KXnO FOX Sports Radio 1460 in Des Moines.
Viva El Birdos Oct 27, 2014
Reaction from around the league over tragic passing of Oscar Taveras

Reaction from around the league over tragic passing of Oscar Taveras

Oscar Taveras and his girlfriend, Edilia Arvelo, were killed in a car accident October 26, 2014 in the Dominican Republic. Cardinal Nation and baseball fans everywhere collectively mourned. "Of all sad words of tongue and pen, the saddest are these, 'It might have been.'"- John Whittier Everything I think of to say just seems meaningless and insignificant, so I shall just let Whittier say it for me. Oscar Taveras was an outstanding baseball talent, a person's whose career many of us were looking forward to. But more importantly, he was a son, a father, a friend, and a teammate. He was...
The Cardinal Nation Oct 26, 2014

Astros Lure Away Cardinals Scout Charlie Gonzalez

The Houston Astros will make St. Louis Cardinals area scout Charlie Gonzalez a special assistant.
Viva El Birdos Oct 26, 2014

St. Louis Cardinals' statement on the death of Oscar Taveras

The St. Louis Cardinals have released a statement on the death of Oscar Taveras: The St. Louis Cardinals offer condolences to the family of Oscar Taveras, the 22 year old Cardinals Outfielder, who was killed earlier today in an automobile accident in the Dominican Republic. "We are all stunned and deeply saddened by the tragic loss of one of the youngest members of the Cardinals family," Cardinals Chairman Bill DeWitt Jr. said. "Oscar was an amazing talent with a bright future who was taken from us well before his time. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends tonight." "I...
Viva El Birdos Oct 26, 2014
Should the St. Louis Cardinals fire Mike Matheny and hire Joe Maddon?

Should the St. Louis Cardinals fire Mike Matheny and hire Joe Maddon?

Major-leadge managers tend to get too much credit and blame. A favorite pastime of baseball fans is to second guess the manager. While a manager has an impact, players win or lose games and, by extension, postseason series. The role a manager has on a team's record is hard to pin down because most of his managing occurs away from fans' view. It involves managing personalities and thus is difficult if not impossible to assess. The indefinable nature of a manager's effect on a team at once benefits and hurts (at least in fans' eyes) St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny. 2014 was a tough...
Viva El Birdos Oct 25, 2014

The St. Louis Cardinals' handling of Adam Wainwright's arm surgery raises questions

Are the player and team on the same page regarding treatment? You may have heard that St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Adam Wainwright underwent surgery Friday on his throwing arm. MLB clubs are typically rather vague when discussing a player's health. The Cardinals are no exception. So let's review the evolution of Wainwright's right arm troubles this year. On June 11, Wainwright left the Cardinals while they are playing in Tampa to return to St. Louis for an MRI on his right arm. The MRI revealed no structural damage. General Manager John Mozeliak likened Wainwright's condition...
The Cardinal Nation Oct 24, 2014

Cardinal Talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: Looking Ahead

Brian Walton’s weekly discussion about the St. Louis Cardinals with Ken Miller of KXnO FOX Sports Radio 1460 in Des Moines.
Viva El Birdos Oct 24, 2014

World Series game 3 open thread

Jeremy Guthrie & Tim Hudson Today's Lineups KANSAS CITY ROYALS SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS Alcides Escobar - SS Gregor Blanco - CF Alex Gordon - LF Joe Panik - 2B Lorenzo Cain - RF Buster Posey - C Eric Hosmer - 1B Pablo Sandoval - 3B Mike Moustakas - 3B Hunter Pence - RF Omar Infante - 2B Brandon Belt - 1B Salvador Perez - C Travis Ishikawa - LF Jarrod Dyson - CF Brandon Crawford - SS Jeremy Guthrie - RHP Tim Hudson - RHP
Viva El Birdos Oct 24, 2014
Report: St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright undergoes surgery on throwing arm

Report: St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright undergoes surgery on throwing arm

Contrary to general manager John Mozeliak's Monday statement, Adam Wainwright's injured throwing arm will require offseason corrective surgery. On Monday, St. Louis Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak and manager Mike Matheny held a joint press conference at Busch Stadium. After the Cardinals' ace, Adam Wainwright, battled through an injury-plagued season with concern about his health most recently expressed by Matheny during the playoffs (before the organization walked back the manager's statements), one of the topics of discussion was the fitness of the righthander's throwing...
Viva El Birdos Oct 24, 2014

Hunt and Peck: Links of the Week

It has been a Sharks versus Jets style feud around here. On Monday, John Mozeliak and Mike Matheny sat down for a press conference to dicuss the season. During that conference they appointed Jon Jay as the starter in center field for 2015. Seeing as the season just ended nearly eighty-four hours earlier this sort of announcement caught most of us by surprise. Viva el Birdos went into a tizzy. Jay supporters on one side, Peter Bourjos supporters on the other. It wasn't pretty. What side are you on? - Jon Jay is a problem and apparently always will be.- Jon Jay is not a problem. what...
Viva El Birdos Oct 24, 2014
Jon Jay is not a problem

Jon Jay is not a problem

"In a year that the Cardinals didn't count on him, he basically said, 'Hold on, I can still play and I'll prove it.'" -- Alex Cora On Wednesday, the red baron published a thought-provoking, very well-received article titled, "Jon Jay is a Problem, and Apparently Always Will Be." If you have not yet read it, I suggest you do so because it will be referenced a few times in this post. Per usual, I thoroughly enjoyed the construction of RB's article because, in my opinion, he is one of the best writers on the planet. However, if you follow me on Twitter or generally know where I stand on the...

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