Posted on January 30, 2013 at 5:09 PM
In a move that will have the wisecrackers going nuts with pigs flying
and other similar jokes, there is a definite date for the groundbreaking on Ballpark Village. It appears that a few punch lines are in danger of being outdated.
CARDINALS AND CORDISH TO BREAK GROUND ON BALLPARK VILLAGE
Development Team Closes Financing Today. Groundbreaking Ceremony Slated for Friday February 8th.
ST. LOUIS (January 30, 2013)
- The St. Louis Cardinals and their development partner the Cordish Companies announced that they closed today on the financing for the construction of the $100 million first phase of Ballpark Village. While preliminary site work began today, the team announced that a formal groundbreaking ceremony will be held on Friday, February 8th at 11 am on the construction site.
The $100 million first phase of Ballpark Village, which is anticipated to be completed by Opening Day 2014, will include the construction of 100,000 sq. feet of retail and entertainment space along Clark Street next to Busch Stadium. The first phase also includes all of the streets, parking and site infrastructure to support the future phases of the seven-block $700 million mixed use project.
The initial phase will be anchored by Cardinals Nation, Budweiser Brew House, and Live! at Ballpark Village. Cardinals Nation will be a first-of-its kind venue totaling over 30,000 square feet on three levels. Cardinals Nation includes a two story restaurant, a Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum, and a 300-plus seat seating deck with views into Busch Stadium. A second building will house a 20,000 square foot two-story Anheuser-Busch venue with a festive rooftop party deck offering views into Busch Stadium. The two signature structures will be joined by Live at Ballpark Village!, an indoor market place with a retractable canopy covering the event space designed to be a vibrant gathering space throughout the year. The Cardinals and the Cordish Companies will announce additional details at the groundbreaking ceremony next week.
Ballpark Village (#bpv)
The construction of Ballpark Village represents the next step in the Cardinals vision for their investment in downtown St. Louis that began with the opening of the privately financed, $411 Busch Stadium in 2006. Ballpark Village is an approximately $550 million mixed-use retail, entertainment, office, and residential district being developed in partnership by the St. Louis Cardinals and the Cordish Companies. Spanning seven city blocks on the 10-acre site just north of Busch Stadium, Ballpark Village will be the country's first fully integrated mixed-use development designed to deliver the excitement and energy of the game day experience to a new neighborhood outside the stadium walls.
The Cordish Companies
For generations, the Cordish family has grown The Cordish Companies into one of the world's leading real estate development companies and a diverse group of successful entertainment-operating businesses. Cordish Companies' entertainment and mixed use projects include the Kansas City Power & Light District, Louisville Fourth Street Live, and The Power Plant & Pier IV in Baltimore.
Posted on January 29, 2013 at 1:52 PM
I'm not sure what this means in relation to player health. As you can see, Dr. Panetta will still be around the team and, as the person who has much of the ire of the fanbase directed at him, that would seem unlikely to be affected. Still, you'd have to think on the whole, it's a good thing.
MERCY STEPS TO THE PLATE AS 'OFFICIAL MEDICAL PROVIDER' FOR CARDINALS
Mercy will manage sports medicine needs and medical services during the multi-year partnership
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (January 29, 2013)
- St. Louis-based Mercy has entered into a long-term partnership to serve as Official Medical Provider of the St. Louis Cardinals. The collaboration means that Mercy will manage the team's orthopedic and sports medicine needs, as well as provide other medical services including internal medicine.
"We are very excited that this long-term agreement with Mercy will provide the Cardinals with access to some of the best physicians and facilities in medicine today," said John Mozeliak, Cardinals Sr. Vice President & General Manager. "The Cardinals will now have access to a nationally recognized hospital, as well as receive an increased level of comprehensive, advanced care that is only possible from one of the leading health systems."
Long-time team physicians Dr. George Paletta and Dr. Lyndon Gross will continue to provide orthopedic care for the Cardinals, as members of the Mercy medical team. Other leaders of the Cardinals care team are Mercy Clinic Sports Medicine specialist Dr. Brian Mahaffey and Internist Dr. Jason Hand. Beyond orthopedics, Mercy has a corps of more than 550 St. Louis-area primary care and specialty physicians available to Cardinals players, office staff and their families.
Mercy Regional President Donn Sorensen explains that the long-term deal with the Cardinals advances Mercy's initiatives of growth and service.
"We intend to develop a sports medicine center that is a national destination for both orthopedics and sports medicine. This is a great step toward realizing that goal," Sorensen says. "Partnering with the St. Louis Cardinals means that Mercy is stepping up to the plate in a very meaningful, very substantial way."
Mercy has a deep well of experience in quality sports medicine services including surgery, sports-focused primary care, physical therapy and trainers that serve high schools and universities. Mercy's collaboration with the Cardinals in St. Louis mirrors a long-term partnership it has had as team physicians for the Springfield Cardinals, the Double-A affiliate of the St. Louis club.
Mercy is one of Missouri's largest employers, with 23,000 co-workers serving 1.8 Missourians annually. Statewide, Mercy has 10 hospitals, with two in the St. Louis metro area and a third in Jefferson County coming on board January 31. A fourth facility, Mercy Rehabilitation Hospital, is located in Chesterfield. The organization's physician group, Mercy Clinic, includes 550 primary care and specialty physicians, working in nearly 140 locations throughout the metropolitan area.
"Our partnership with the Cardinals goes well beyond orthopedics and internal medicine. This is about Mercy offering coordinated, integrated health care across the board to the Cardinals, from players to office personnel and their families," Sorensen says. "The entire St. Louis Cardinals organization can look to us for advanced, clinically excellent care, just like the rest of Cardinal Nation."
Mercy is the sixth largest Catholic health care system in the U.S. and serves more than 3 million people annually. Mercy includes 31 hospitals, 300 outpatient facilities, 38,000 co-workers and 1,700 integrated physicians in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Mercy also has outreach ministries in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. In Mercy's east Missouri region, Mercy's services include a 979-bed hospital in St. Louis, 187-bed hospital in Washington, and Mercy Clinic, a 550-member multispecialty physician organization. For more about Mercy, visit www.mercy.net.
Posted on January 29, 2013 at 7:05 AM
Seriously, I'm not a jinx. I've made bad predictions, had things blow up in my face, but I don't think I'm a jinx. Barret Browning
might disagree with me, however.
Less than 24 hours after my interview with him
hit the internet, Browning was designated for assignment yesterday when the Cardinals needed to make some room on the 40-man roster. While this doesn't necessarily end Browning's time with the Cards, it doesn't help matters any.
Now, obviously I'm biased as I was a fan of Browning, but it seems to me essentially trading him
for Ronny Cedeno
isn't a move I'd normally make. I think bgh over at Viva El Birdos
may have said it best when he said this signing meant the Cardinals "wanted an established mediocrity as an insurance policy as opposed to up-and-coming mediocrities Pete Kozma
and Ryan Jackson
." I sincerely hope that John Mozeliak was just uttering soothing platitudes when he said that he could picture both Cedeno and Kozma being kept as backups. One thing the Cardinals really haven't done is find a good hitter for the bench (though Ty Wigginton
does have a little pop) and keeping both of those players would be a disaster from that point of view.
I know, I know, In Mo We Trust and there's not exactly this huge pool of free agent shortstop types out there, but it still seems to me to be a move that wasn't necessary. I guess he's probably better than Kozma so you've upgraded slightly, but if you give me two pennies my financial situation has upgraded slightly as well, but it's not exactly noticeable.
As for Browning, I think that being that he finally got an offseason to rest is going to pay dividends for someone. I'd like to think he's going to get grabbed up by another major league team, but if not I hope he signs a minor league deal with Memphis and stays in the organization. Even though there are a few lefties around, it never hurts to have another. My best wishes to Barret wherever the baseball road takes him.
Posted on January 28, 2013 at 9:12 AM
If you've read this blog very long, you know about the United Cardinal Bloggers
. It's an incredible bunch of writers and people that love the Cards and like to express their opinions about them. We do various projects, spend a lot of time on Twitter, and generally have a good time.
This season, we've gone and written up an annual publication and put it up on Amazon to see if people will buy it. They should, because there's a lot of great things in there. Whether it's a sabermetric look at Mike Matheny's bunting or the adventures of the Amazing Whacker Guy, you'll find it in our newest ebook. (Don't have a Kindle? Read the press release to find out you aren't out of luck!)
Anyway, head over there and buy it. You'll be supporting some great bloggers as well as getting some quality reading material!
PART 2012. PART 2013. ALL CARDINALS.
THE 2013 UNITED CARDINAL BLOGGERS ANNUAL: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY
Compiled and Edited by Christine Coleman (Aaron Miles' Fastball) and Daniel Shoptaw (C70 At The Bat)
Foreword by Will LeitchThe 2012 St. Louis Cardinals was a team that was hard to figure. Playing without their Hall-of-Fame manager and longtime first baseman, expectations for the squad were mixed. However, Mike Matheny led his charges into October and then, via a playoff road never before traveled, within one game of repeating as National League Champions.Throughout the year, the team was covered by the intrepid band of Internet writers known as the United Cardinal Bloggers and, with that season in the books and a new one about to begin, the UCB has put together a look at what happened during the season from their unique points of view.With a foreword by Will Leitch, founder of Deadspin and now a columnist at Sports On Earth and New York Magazine, The 2013 United Cardinal Bloggers Annual recaps not only the regular season but every round of the playoffs as well as providing features on such players such as Chris Carpenter, Yadier Molina and Adam Wainwright.Along with the player profiles, there are other examinations of the season including the work of the bullpen and Matheny's bunting habits as well as a summary of the minor league season for each level of the Cardinals' farm system. The annual also includes a tribute to St. Louis icon Stan Musial.Contributors include Drew Silva, known for his work at NBC Sports' Hardball Talk blog; Matt Philip from Fungoes, a part of ESPN's Sweetspot blog network; Bill Ivie from I70 Baseball, which covers both of Missouri's professional baseball teams; and a host of other Redbird writers.The 2013 United Cardinal Bloggers Annual brings you work from 18 Cardinal bloggers and also includes a capsule for every player who wore the Birds on the Bat in 2012 with their projected role for the next season, as well as an overall look ahead at the 2013 season. No stone is left unturned by this group of writers!The 2013 United Cardinal Bloggers Annual is available as an e-book at the Amazon Kindle store for $4.99. The book can be read on any of the devices in the Kindle family as well as by downloading Amazon's free reading apps for your computer, tablet or smartphone.About the AuthorsThe United Cardinal Bloggers was founded in 2007 as a way to foster communication and collaboration among the many Cardinal blogs. Members participate in various blogging projects throughout the year as well as interact via Twitter and email. The UCB also produces UCB Radio Hour, a one-hour weekly look at the Cardinals on Blog Talk Radio, maintains a website at www.unitedcardinalbloggers.com and can be found on Twitter at @utdcardbloggers.Christine Coleman is the senior writer at Aaron Miles' Fastball, part of the Aerys Sports blog network. While Christine started life as a Cub fan, she eventually saw the light and now is fully immersed in Cardinal Nation. She can be found on Twitter at @ccoleman802.Daniel Shoptaw is the author of C70 At The Bat, part of the Blogs By Fans blog network. Daniel is also the founder and leader of the United Cardinal Bloggers as well as the founder and past president of the Baseball Bloggers Alliance. He can be found on Twitter at @C70.
Posted on January 25, 2013 at 10:36 AM
Our friends at Fox Sports Midwest have passed the below along. Beyond this, I believe the funeral will be streaming at MLB.com and various local radio outlets will be having it as well.
Saturday's funeral and memorial service for Cardinals legend Stan Musial will be televised live on FOX Sports Midwest. Coverage will air from 10:30 a.m. CT to approximately 1:30 p.m. It will be distributed in the entire FOX Sports Midwest footprint. The proceedings will also be streamed at FoxSportsMidwest.com.
FOX Sports Midwest will also replay its two-hour remembrance of Musial on Sunday, Jan. 27 at 9:30 p.m. CT and Tuesday, Jan. 29 at 9 p.m. CT.
Posted on January 23, 2013 at 10:13 PM
As I've often noted, as a blogger I'm often gifted with baseball books by the publishers. It's a wonderful perk of the gig and I really enjoy reading all of these tomes.
The problem is, they tend to pile up after I've read them if I don't get them reviewed quickly enough. Right now there are 6-8 books just waiting for me to write a little bit about them. However, given recent events, it seemed the right time to dig one of those out and talk about it a bit. That book would be Stan The Man: The Life and Times of Stan Musial
by Wayne Stewart.
Most people know that there was a recent bio of Musial written by George Vecsey
, but Stewart's writeup of The Man seems to have been a bit overlooked, though it came out in 2010. Stewart has an interesting focus for his biography, since he also hails from Donora, Pennsylvania. While Stewart doesn't make a big deal of this in the book--I'm honestly not sure I knew about it until I read the book flap or the "about the author" in the back--you can easily see that the focus is about how Donora shaped Stan and how people there remembered him.
I don't think that Stewart got a chance to talk to Stan or anyone in the immediate family. Musial's comments and quotes seem to come from newspaper accounts or other media outlets as well as some of the stories and quotes from players that played with him. However, while Stewart did interview some of the players that were Musial's contemporaries, what sets this biography apart is the Donora connection.
Stewart talks to a lot of people who knew Stan and the Musial family throughout most of his life, even after he took off for St. Louis. Beyond recording the events of Stan's career, which he does very thoroughly, he talks about Stan's visits to Donora and the esteem he was held back in his hometown.
Of course, as the Bible says, a prophet is not without honor except in his hometown. Stewart records indirect grumbling from townspeople who thought Musial could have done more back in his old stomping grounds. Granted, these complaints are relayed through people that basically can't believe that others are griping, meaning they are a small minority, but it just goes to show that even The Man couldn't please everyone all the time.
There's a section of pictures in the middle of the book, as is pretty standard in a book like this. Most are well-known, but there are some from Stan's high school days on the basketball team and some from the locals of Musial around town. There are some wonderful pictures of Stan and his wife Lil in there as well.
Right now, the book is out of stock at Amazon, though the Kindle version is available. It's well worth picking up and getting a bit of a different look at the St. Louis icon. If you pair this with the Vecsey book you'll get a very complete picture of the player and the person we called Stan The Man.
Posted on January 23, 2013 at 11:51 AM
I truly, truly wish that I was in the area to go to this. Anyone that does and would like to share their story, drop me an email.
Musial Public Visitation Details
Public Visitation Will Be Thursday 2PM - 8PM at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis
ST. LOUIS, January 23, 2013
- The Archdiocese of St. Louis announced details regarding the public visitation for Cardinals Hall of Famer Stan Musial that will take place Thursday, January 24th from 2 P.M. to 8 P.M. at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis located at 4431 Lindell Boulevard in St. Louis.
The visitation is open to the public and provides fans the opportunity to offer prayers and condolences in memory of Stan Musial. Visitors are asked to enter the Cathedral Basilica through the main doors on Lindell. The Musial family has requested that no photos be taken inside of Church and that any mementos be left at the Stan Musial Statue at Busch Stadium. Please do not bring mementos to the Cathedral Basilica.
Lindell Boulevard will remain open on Thursday, while the Noon Mass is cancelled and both Rosati-Kain High School and St. Louis the King School at the Cathedral will be closed. The St. Louis Police Department will assist with 45 degree angled parking on Lindell between Newstead and Taylor. To accommodate media coverage, the Archdiocese has set aside an area on the East side of the Cathedral Basilica Plaza. In this section only, media will be able to take photos and conduct interviews of visitors entering the Cathedral Basilica.
Saturday's funeral is private. Additional details regarding the funeral will be provided later.
In lieu of flowers, the Musial family has requested that donations be made to Covenant House-Missouri or a charity of the fan's choice in the name of Stan Musial. Fans may offer messages of condolence to the family at www.cardinals.com/stan
Posted on January 23, 2013 at 7:12 AM
While Stan Musial
is still strongly in our thoughts (and more links about him in a bit), the Cardinals have started to move on with preparations for the 2013 season. Yesterday, that meant making sure there was some stability in the back of the bullpen, signing Jason Motte to a two-year contract worth $12 million
I think the best way to look at this is to take the If You Give A Mouse A Cookie
approach. If you give Motte a one-year deal or settle in arbitration, he's probably going to have a good year. If he has a good year, his price will probably go up. If his price goes up, you have some tough decisions to make next offseason, whether to sign him long-term or again go through the arbitration process. If you go through the arbitration process, chances are he's going to cost you more than $6 million.
I'm not sold on Motte being a long-term closer, but I do think that like most closers, he's got about a three year window where he'll be pretty effective. The Cards just purchased what would be the end of that window, meaning that after this contract they can likely let him go as a free agent and fill that role internally (if they haven't already by that time). With so many young arms in the system, you know that one of them could likely take the ninth if necessary.
On the whole, I think it was an acceptable deal for the Cards, paying a bit more this year to get what should be a discount for next season. When you factor in the increase in national TV money that will be coming their way, this probably wasn't a terribly painful thing for the Cards to sign.
I really wonder what Freese's standing is in the organization Obviously he's a solid player that, when healthy, can do a lot for a club. That said, he is almost 30, he has had an injury history, and you wonder how things like this winter's car accident play into the calculations. He has a lot of local cache, of course, and the uproar among casual fans, at least, would be immense if he left the Cards, but with Matt Carpenter
available, Mo might be waiting for the right deal to come along.
Still, Freese is going to be a Cardinal come Opening Day, there seems little chance of that not happening. Freese asked for $3.75 million and the club countered with $2.4, so there's not much chance of a midpoint deal, I wouldn't think, at least not without a lot of work. I don't remember the last time the Cards were so far apart on their numbers with the player, really. Which again may give you insight on how they value Freese. This will be interesting to watch over the next month or so.
Keep an eye out later this week, because I'm hopeful that we'll have the 2013 UCB annual up for purchase at Amazon as a Kindle book. It's got a lot of great writing in it and I think will be a bargain if you want to read about last season and the upcoming one. More later on that!
Posted on January 22, 2013 at 10:13 AM
Most of you have seen this by now in various places, not the least the excellent FSMW broadcast last night. However, in case you haven't or wanted to refer to it, here are the arrangements for laying Stan the Man to rest.
Musial Funeral Arrangements Announced
Public Visitation Will Be Thursday and the Funeral Mass Saturday at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis
ST. LOUIS, January 21, 2013
- The St. Louis Cardinals announced that the family of Stan Musial has made the following funeral and public visitation arrangements for the Cardinals Hall of Famer.
A public visitation is planned for Thursday, January 24th from 2 P.M. to 8 P.M. at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis located at 4431 Lindell Boulevard in St. Louis. The public visitation is the opportunity for fans to pay their respects.
The funeral mass will be held at the Cathedral on Saturday, January 26th at 11 A.M. His Eminence, Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York and long-time friend of the Musial family, will join the Most Reverend Robert J. Carlson, Archbishop of St. Louis, and Bishop Richard Stika in celebrating the Mass.
Immediately following the mass, the funeral procession will make its way to Busch Stadium where the family will lay a wreath at the base of the statute of Stan Musial as part of a prayer ceremony before proceeding to a private burial. Additional details, including the procession route, will be provided at a later time.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Covenant House or charity of the fan's choice in the name of Stan Musial. The Cardinals have set up a memorial site around the Musial Statute at Gate 3 at Busch Stadium, which will remain in place until a date yet determined. The team has also set up a web page (cardinals.com/stan
) to pay tribute to Stan and allow fans to offer condolences to the family.
Posted on January 21, 2013 at 11:57 AM
Beltran spent a few minutes with the media before his scheduled autograph session at Winter Warm-Up today. It didn't take long for the conversation to turn to his contract year and potential future plans.
"Honestly, what is ahead," Beltran said, "Only God knows what is ahead. They (the Cardinals) don't really have to come to me and explain it to me, but it depends on how this year goes. We'll see what happens."
He then took the opportunity to express his feelings about his time with the Redbirds.
"I really love playing here, there's no doubt about that. I've been playing a long time...Good clubhouse, so many good people. Playing in front of these fans, they really support you when you do well or you do terrible. It's a great feeling.
"Playing in a city like this makes everything easy. My wife really loves it. Love the town. We'll see...we'll see what happens."
But it's not just the city or the fans that are responsible for wooing the Beltran family. Having played in multiple environments for multiple teams, Carlos can't help but compare this Cardinals clubhouse to previous clubhouses in New York, Houston, and even Kansas City.
"Distraction-wise, a lot better," he said. "Teammate-wise, the (previous) clubhouses...we had good teammates, but in this clubhouse...everyone really gets along well. There were no distractions at all (in 2012), the whole season."
Put it all together - the fans, the city, the clubhouse, and especially the chance to play for championships year to year - and Beltran also can't help but hope the St. Louis organization finds a place for him beyond 2013.
"I would love to (hear from them), but I gotta say I understand the business of this game. This is not the first time that I've been in this situation. I understand the team is going to do what is best for the organization."
As for his part, he's content to focus on this season and enjoy his time with the Cardinals.
"I'm happy. I'm thinking about this year. I'm looking forward to this year. I don't have a timetable at all. When they approach me is fine. I'm not gonna' try to force things. I'm just gonna' let things happen."
- Kevin Reynolds
A BIT MORE:
- Beltran said he feels "great," which is more or less the norm for baseball players, but what was interesting was his specific comparison to last offseason. He said last year, with his knee, he was limited in what he could do while training. This year, however, the limitation, for the most part, seems to be gone, and this year he's doing those things he couldn't do last year.
- He said the WBC is part of the process when it comes to getting ready for the regular season. This is a sentiment echoed by players like Molina as well. Players don't seem to be expecting to be 100% ready for the WBC but rather see it as part of their work to get prepared for April.
- Book Review: Stan The Man [Posted on January 23, 2013 at 10:13 PM]
- Keeping You Informed: Musial Visitation Details [Posted on January 23, 2013 at 11:51 AM]
- Settling Accounts [Posted on January 23, 2013 at 7:12 AM]
- Keeping You Informed: Musial Funeral Arrangements [Posted on January 22, 2013 at 10:13 AM]
- Carlos Beltran REALLY likes playing in St. Louis... [Posted on January 21, 2013 at 11:57 AM]
- A Quick Minute with Daniel Descalso... [Posted on January 21, 2013 at 9:34 AM]
- Michael Wacha: Sometimes we forget... [Posted on January 20, 2013 at 2:01 PM]
- Baseball's Perfect Knight [Posted on January 19, 2013 at 7:53 PM]
- Checkin' in from Winter Warm-Up in the STL... [Posted on January 19, 2013 at 2:13 PM]
- Keeping You Informed: WWU On FSMW [Posted on January 18, 2013 at 3:41 PM]
- Keeping You Informed: 2013 WWU Details [Posted on January 18, 2013 at 8:50 AM]
- Gotta Write Something [Posted on January 15, 2013 at 7:08 AM]
- Keeping You Informed: Gloves 4 Troops [Posted on January 14, 2013 at 11:11 AM]
- Keeping You Informed: 2013 Promotional Schedule [Posted on January 8, 2013 at 10:13 AM]
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