UPDATE: Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the Cardinals have released Wigginton, meaning they paid $5 million for 63 terrible plate appearances.
St. Louis signing Ty Wigginton to a two-year, $5 million deal was one of the bigger head-scratchers of the offseason, because the Cardinals are normally really smart and … well, Wigginton has been pretty awful for a while now.
He’s barely played all season, logging just 63 total plate appearances, but Wigginton has hit .158 and Derrick Gould of the St. Louis Post Dispatchwrites that the Cardinals are already regretting the signing to the point that they’re thinking about cutting bait on the 35-year-old veteran.
Combined during the past five seasons Wigginton has hit .247 with a .311 on-base percentage and .397 slugging percentage, all while being a sub par defender anywhere but first base. And yet he’s gotten nearly 2,000 plate appearances during that time…
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The Flyers’ hunt for a goalie to replace Ilya Bryzgalov is about to heat up.
Tim Panaccio of CSNPhilly.com reports the team is interested in St. Louis Blues netminder Jaroslav Halak. According to his source, the price to get him won’t be a killer.
“The Flyers have been told it’s going to take a very good player, but it won’t take one of their top guys, which Philadelphia was worried about,” the source said. “He could be their No. 1.”
Halak’s season in St. Louis ended quietly as Brian Elliott took over for them in the postseason. There was a report about a confrontation between Halak and coach Ken Hitchcock towards the end of the season, but inside sources have told PHT no such thing occurred.
Nonetheless, Blues GM Doug Armstrong has called the Blues situation in goal “cloudy” as Halak would be in competition with Elliott and youngster Jake…
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Oh how soon we forget
With the trade deadline looming, fans and columnists alike are once again clamoring for Mozeliak to make a big move. This time involving the home town kid David Freese.
This season David Freese is hitting .282 with 5 HRs and 26 RBI’s. He is nearing the end of arbitration and could fetch above average value on the market.
I get it.
But am I just supposed to forget 2011? Am I supposed to forget that he was an All-Star last season? David Freese single handily won a world championship in 2011. This is a new to me. I haven’t seen the fans pick on Freese until now. Apparently he got a rain check last year, but now the fans want more. Like Holliday, David has been able to avoid major scrutiny this season because of the large offensive success. Some fans are arguing that there is no room now that Kolten Wong is ready to take over the 2nd base job. That would mean the Cards move Matt Carpenter to 3rd and play a light infield.
I will always believe that the Cardinal’s would rather have power at the corner infield spots. I love Matt Carpenter, but I love him at 2nd base not 3rd.
Let’s take a deep breath here and think about it.
Can the Cardinals go light in the middle infield?
Maybe but the Cardinals rank 25th in HRs this season. They ranked 17th last year and without Freese’s 20 they would have ranked 22nd. Power can bail you out when nothing else is going for you one night. But the fans see Cliff Lee and start salivating.
The REAL argument would be the internal 3rd base options in the organization right now:
Stephen Piscotty: Just promoted to Springfield, I haven’t gotten a chance to see him play. He had 9 HR in 264 AB at Palm Beach this season and shows some real raw power potential. A Stanford product, Stephen has always had a high average and that stems from his quick bat. He was a plus arm as a former pitcher. His defensive foot work needs improvement in the hot corner and there is some plate discipline issues. It will all ride on his power potential and if he figures out how to drive the ball more, then he could become an above average starter for years to come.
Carson Kelly: Maybe the most exciting 2 way player in the organization, Kelly has settled in at 3rd base playing for Quad Cities. Kelly is very young and represents the farthest from the big leagues on this list. However he has a PLUS PLUS arm, once again coming from his pitching talent. He is a very steady defender and could develop into a plus one. He has a very strong, compact frame and also has good raw power potential. It’s too early to tell where he’ll project but he’s off to a good start.
Patrick Wisdom: Playing in Peoria, Patrick is by far the best defender on this list. He projects as a plus plus defender with a great arm. Patrick is perhaps the highest rated 3rd base prospect in the organization. He has the highest power potential out of the 3 but has batting average concerns and is hitting only .224 this season. If he can figure it out, then he could become something special.
So there you have it, 3 options for the Cardinals to consider. Are any of these the answer? None of them jump out to me as nationally ranked prospects but no doubt all these guys have good potential. With these cost controlled players on the way, it is THIS that represents a problem for Freese and the organization.
On that October night in 2011, Freese was married to this organization and it would be difficult to see him leave. I think the fans need to calm down about his stats this season and just remember who we are talking about here.
Baseball America and Baseball Reference
Perhaps you saw the mention in Sunday’s Sports section about the Christian iconography on the mound at Busch Stadium. Apparently, somebody on the grounds crew etches a cross into the dirt. Perhaps that’s appropriate. This is a Christian team, and the Christianity leans toward the evangelical side.
…Still, I look at the photos of that cross etched on the mound and I get an uneasy feeling … Now there’s a cross etched on to the mound at Busch Stadium. Certainly, the players don’t seem bothered by it. Adam Wainwright told the Post-Dispatch’s Derrick Goold that the cross, and a looping figure said to represent Stan Musial’s number 6, had been there for all his starts. The tribute to Musial seems harmless. Not so the cross. Does religion need to be that prominent in a baseball game? I’m not pretending it’s a big deal. But…
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When I was in fourth grade, we had to come up with an invention. Sugar-obsessed, I created a bottle of scented air that would perfume a bakery with fresh-baked smells, such as chocolate chip cookies, enticing people to enter. At 10, I was big on ideas but short on financing and research.
Two decades and thousands of scents later, a company called ScentAir is using the same approach and has more than 2,000 scents in its library, from the obscure (dinosaur breath) to the delectable (caramel apple).
In addition to theme parks, retail stores and hotel chains, the company also has an unlikely client: a professional football team. That’s because the St. Louis Rams believe in the sweet smell of success.
“One of the first things we wanted to do here was to look at all the ways we can improve the game-day experience for families,” says Brian…
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