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Viva El Birdos 3 hours ago
How does Yadier Molina compare to 2017’s Hall of Fame ballot catchers?

How does Yadier Molina compare to 2017’s Hall of Fame ballot catchers?

Yadier Molina’s Hall case will surely be divisive, but can 2017’s ballot results give us some idea of how he will fare? How do you explain an entity that you experienced first-hand, that you think is great, but where any quantifiable data suggests that it was not as great as your mind’s eye remembers it? The thing may very well be as great as you think it is, but if your only way of expressing its greatness is just saying over and over how great it is, it’s going to be an uphill battle. The Wire is regarded as perhaps the greatest television series ever, but it received fairly...
Viva El Birdos 5 hours ago
Cardinals news and notes: Wong/Diaz, HOF, offseason

Cardinals news and notes: Wong/Diaz, HOF, offseason

Carson Kelly rated as #1 catching prospect by MLB (plus news and notes) Jim Callis of MLB.com revealed his top-ten catching prospects yesterday and a familiar name came in at the top spot. Here’s what Callis had to say about Carson Kelly: St. Louis has had one of the game's top catchers for years and has a worthy successor -- assuming Yadier Molina ever slows down -- in Kelly. He has the arm, receiving ability and leadership skills to win Gold Gloves, and his offensive game is coming around nicely as he gets more accustomed to working behind the plate. Life after Yadi will likely sneak up...
Viva El Birdos 18 hours ago
The Cardinals have not been complacent this winter

The Cardinals have not been complacent this winter

The Cards have been one of the biggest spenders in an underwhelming market The Cardinals have received quite a bit of criticism this off-season. Despite filling there only real hole on the position players side with Dexter Fowler, as well as spending for a luxury of sorts in Brett Cecil, many fans wanted to see more, and bigger moves. Maybe you wanted Justin Turner. Maybe you wanted Edwin Encarnacion, or his former teammate Jose Bautista. Maybe you wanted to trade for Chris Archer, Evan Longoria, or Kevin Kiermaier (or all three), though they never seemed to be available. Maybe you wanted...
Viva El Birdos 23 hours ago
Carlos Martínez is back in St. Louis - A Hunt and Peck

Carlos Martínez is back in St. Louis - A Hunt and Peck

We missed him! A little bit ago it was reported that Carlos Martínez hoped to be a career Cardinals. In an Instagram post this week, he showed his appreciation for the city of St. Louis. #usssss #blessed here again #stl A photo posted by Carlos Martinez (@tsunamy0327) on Jan 13, 2017 at 2:46pm PST Glad to have you back, Carlos! what else is going on in baseball... Class of 2017 awaits call from Hall of Fame | MLB.com Jose Bautista signs 1-year deal with Blue Jays | MLB.com 10 teams counting on injury comebacks | MLB.com White Sox take an early lead in 'Best 2017...
Viva El Birdos Jan 19, 2017
Lesser known facts about the Cardinals and the Hall of Fame

Lesser known facts about the Cardinals and the Hall of Fame

The stuff you won’t read in the history books The Hall of Fame results for the 2017 class were unveiled yesterday and Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines, and Ivan Rodriguez will be the new inductees. Not since Bruce Sutter’s induction in 2006 has anyone been enshrined in Cooperstown with the STL on his cap. (Remember: Tony La Russa went in wearing a blank cap on his plaque along with an expression suggesting he just watched Steve Kline blow a game.) And it might not happen again until years down the road when Albert Pujols hears his number called. That’s unfortunate, but consider this lull a...
Viva El Birdos Jan 19, 2017
Offseason updates on Kolten Wong, Aledmys Diaz

Offseason updates on Kolten Wong, Aledmys Diaz

If all goes as planned, Wong and Diaz will be turning many double-plays together in 2017. Let’s check in on some of their respective offseason updates. The first official spring training workout for the Cardinals occurs 29 days from now on February 17th. As usual, pitchers and catchers report four days earlier, but in all honesty, most of the spring training invites — position players included — will already be down in Jupiter well ahead of the start date. The Winter Warm-up — which took place last weekend — has long been considered the unofficial start of the Cardinals season....
Viva El Birdos Jan 19, 2017
Cardinals news & notes: Podcast, Mike Matheny, Luke Voit, Scott Rolen

Cardinals news & notes: Podcast, Mike Matheny, Luke Voit, Scott Rolen

Taking a look back at Wednesday’s stories. Here’s a quick look back at the action at Viva El Birdos from Wednesday, John Mozeliak’s 48th birthday: Viva El Birdos Podcast: Episode 68 — With John Fleming and Lil_Scooter along with Dan Szymborski, the trio discussed several topics, including Carlos Martinez, Michael Wacha, the ZiPS projections, and more. Mike Matheny’s presser: A forensic analysis — In his weekly tale, Ben Godar captivated some of the Cardinals skipper’s most questionable quotes. A Not-Top-Prospect Closer Look: Luke Voit — In wake of his top prospect list, the...
Viva El Birdos Jan 18, 2017
The far-too-early Hall of Fame case of Scott Rolen

The far-too-early Hall of Fame case of Scott Rolen

Scott Rolen will be a candidate for the Hall of Fame in 2018. He may face an uphill climb, but he warrants serious consideration. Leading up to the unveiling of the inductees for the National Baseball Hall of Fame for 2016, many at Viva El Birdos, notably Craig Edwards, advocated for former St. Louis Cardinals center fielder Jim Edmonds to make it into Cooperstown. Although the arguments were compelling and he almost certainly deserved a closer look than he actually received, Edmonds was listed on just 2.5% of Hall of Fame ballots, receiving just half of the votes necessary just to remain...
The Cardinal Nation Jan 18, 2017

Thumbs Up for New Memphis Redbirds Logos

The St. Louis Cardinals’ Triple-A affiliate has introduced a new brand identity that hits the mark.
Viva El Birdos Jan 18, 2017
Mike Matheny’s presser: A forensic analysis

Mike Matheny’s presser: A forensic analysis

The man paid to manage the St. Louis baseball club has made some odd statements. Should we take them at face value? When it comes to the inner-workings of the St. Louis Cardinals, we are - all of us who don’t collect a paycheck directly from the club - outsiders looking in. We push our noses to the glass, eager for whatever we can see inside. We’re perverts, basically. This recent Rick Hummel piece offered just such a peep, by way of Mike Matheny’s comments at the Winter Warm-Up. You may have become aware of it - as I first did - through the consternation of Cardinals...
Viva El Birdos Jan 18, 2017
Cards News and Notes: Hall of Fame, Waino, Wacha

Cards News and Notes: Hall of Fame, Waino, Wacha

Yesterday’s VEB Here’s everything you missed yesterday: My Hall of Fame ballot: Craig reveals and explains which players he would vote into the Hall of Fame. Waino charity event a success: Your daily Hunt and Peck So what is Wacha’s role this year: Alex on the confusion over Michael Wacha’s role on the 2017 team. I vote bullpen. He’s decent when healthy but not enough to hold back Alex Reyes.
Viva El Birdos Jan 17, 2017
So what’s Michael Wacha’s role this year?

So what’s Michael Wacha’s role this year?

Not this again. The assumption, I think, shared by most of us is that Michael Wacha will be banished to the pen in 2017. Not a huge surprise there. First, there was the shoulder injury in 2014, which has nagged him ever since (and nagged all of us, too, if we want to be completely selfish about it). He was ineffective down the stretch in 2015, and was worse last year for the duration of the season. For the five Cardinals starters who threw at least 100 innings in 2016, Wacha had the worst ERA (5.09) of the bunch, which is pretty telling since only Carlos Martinez came in under 4.62. Like...
Viva El Birdos Jan 17, 2017
Adam Wainwright helps raise $40K with charity karaoke event - A Hunt and Peck

Adam Wainwright helps raise $40K with charity karaoke event - A Hunt and Peck

Waino even takes the stage himself. Per MLB.com’s Jenifer Langosh, Adam Wainwright raised an estimated $40,000 dollars for his charity, Big League Impact. After saying he was willing to do almost anything for donations, the veteran righty took the stage himself. If you're not at Adam Wainwright's @BigLeagueImpact karaoke charity night, this is what you're missing: https://t.co/3N5tFyk005 — Jenifer Langosch (@LangoschMLB) January 17, 2017 Because who wouldn't want to see Adam Wainwright sing some more... https://t.co/r1zolQGFWW — Jenifer Langosch (@LangoschMLB) January 17,...
Viva El Birdos Jan 17, 2017
Cardinals news and notes: K/BB, Carlos Martinez, Magneuris Sierra, Randal Grichuk

Cardinals news and notes: K/BB, Carlos Martinez, Magneuris Sierra, Randal Grichuk

Taking a look back at Monday’s stories. Here’s a rundown of Monday’s action at Viva El Birdos: Cardinals' strikeout and walk rates over the years — Alex Crisafulli led off Monday with an insightful story regarding the strikeout and walk rates of Cardinals hurlers over the years, going as back as 1962 in his extensive research. On going to an arbitration hearing with Carlos Martinez — Joe Schwarz gave his always-respectable take on the Cardinals going to arbitration with All-Star starter Carlos Martinez. Checking in on Magneuris Sierra — I took a look at Cardinals outfield...
Viva El Birdos Jan 16, 2017
Randal Grichuk’s surgery a reminder of the value of depth

Randal Grichuk’s surgery a reminder of the value of depth

The team’s outfield situation continues to be an area of risk. If you missed it, news broke yesterday that Randal Grichuk had knee surgery at the end of last season, removing loose cartilage that had been bothering him since April. The outfielder said he wasn’t sure if the soreness, irritation, and clicking he experienced since then had limited his movements in the outfield, but it’s easy to imagine it had. The lower body is very important to hitting too, and it might partially explain his troubles throughout 2016 at the plate as well. While indications are Grichuk should be able to...
The Cardinal Nation Jan 16, 2017

Cardinals Winter Warm-Up Photos: Monday, 1/16/17

St. Louis Cardinals photos from Monday’s final session of the 2017 Winter Warm-Up at St. Louis’ Hyatt Regency at the Arch.
Viva El Birdos Jan 16, 2017
Carlos Martínez wants to be a career Cardinal - A Hunt and Peck

Carlos Martínez wants to be a career Cardinal - A Hunt and Peck

And I want the Cardinals to make this dream closer to reality. Before signing autographs for the Cardinals annual Winter Warm-Up, Carlos Martínez was asked a few questions. With it recently announced that the Cardinals will go to arbitration with Martínez, along with pitcher Michael Wacha, the status of the contract extension talks with Carlos was one of the first topics discussed. Carlos Martinez on if he wants a one-year deal or multi-year extension w the #STLCards, "I want to spend my entire career w/ the Cardinals." — Derek Shore (@D_Shore23) January 15, 2017 Of course,...
Viva El Birdos Jan 16, 2017
Checking in on Magneuris Sierra

Checking in on Magneuris Sierra

He struggled in 2015 and dazzled in 2016; now, the Cardinals’ prospect could make a powerful statement in 2017. In wake of an inferior 2015 performance in the batter’s box, Cardinals outfield prospect Magneuris Sierra overrode his struggles with a superior year in 2016, a campaign that the left-handed hitter will look to build upon in a 2017 season that figures to be salient. The 20-year-old Sierra, who ranks as the sixth-best Cardinals prospect on MLB.com, exhibited several struggles in 2015, particularly during his stint at the Class-A level to begin the season. After spending 2014 at...
Viva El Birdos Jan 16, 2017
On going to an arbitration hearing with Carlos Martinez

On going to an arbitration hearing with Carlos Martinez

As first reported by Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch, general manager John Mozeliak and the Cardinals will enter arbitration hearings on both Carlos Martinez and Michael Wacha (given the uncertainty of Wacha’s future role, I at least understand the decision on his case). For some necessary context, from the indispensable Brian Walton, these will be the Cardinals’ first arbitration hearings since 1999, and they haven’t “lost” one since Gregg Jefferies way back in 1994. Well, as tweeted out by Jon Heyman, the Cardinals filed at $3.9 million, as compared to $4.25 million...
Viva El Birdos Jan 16, 2017
Cardinals’ strikeout and walk rates over the years

Cardinals’ strikeout and walk rates over the years

Historically, the Cardinals don’t strike out a lot of batters but they don’t give a lot of free trips to first base either. Last Thursday I took a look at some of the best Cardinals teams by various traditional statistics dating back to 1962 when the National League first started playing a 162-game schedule. One part that stood out was how little Cardinals pitchers have relied on the strikeout going back these last 55 seasons. From the article: Even in the last five years though, [the Cardinals] ranked in the bottom half of the league in strikeouts more often than not. The Cardinals...

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