News, Notes and Historical Information on the St. Louis Cardinals
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Shelby Miller was in some exclusive company as he was picked as the fifth best prospect in baseball in MLB.com. He had solid stints for both the Texas League and the Florida State League last year and he finished with 170 strikeouts in 139 2/3 innings.
So far, he’s avoided a lot of home runs despite being a fly ball pitcher. His walk rate is also a little high but he’s still young and will be working on that as he moves up the ladder. The Cardinals got this kid at number 19 in 2009 and it’s looking like a solid steal at that pick.
The 2012 St. Louis Cardinals schedule is up and fans are on the hunt for those Cardinals Busch Stadium tickets. The defending World Series champions are about to face an interesting 2012 season, as they experience the first manager change-up since 1995. Albert Pujols is also up in the air as a free agent and Cards fans are biting their nails as he makes his big decision. Whatever the case, the Cardinals will undoubtedly make something work and will continue to represent the National League as one of the greatest MLB teams around. I mean, they made it into the Playoffs by just a hair and ended up claiming the World Series title, didn’t they? Not many teams can say that… Go Cards!
The Cardinals made some changes to their 40 man roster with the deadline to protect players from the Rule 5 draft on the horizon. Sam Freeman, Adam Ottavino and Chuckie Fick were all to the 40 man roster. The Cardinals had plenty of room and they head into the deadline with four open spots still.
None of these guys were on the Baseball America Top Ten Cardinals prospects but that still doesn’t mean we have to just give them away. Freeman is a left and coming off surgery in 2010 so he could have some upside. Fick put up decent numbers at Memphis and he could see some time as a call up reliever.
With the Cards coming off of a World Series, you wonder what Cardinals tickets are going to be like this year. I’d bet they sell out quick so you need to get what you can when you can.
Well, it was his last one and Tony LaRussa came in third place in the Manager of Year voting. He was only one of three managers to get a first place vote but he was well behind the favorite for the award, Kirk Gibson. Ron Roenicke of the Brewers came in second place.
I thought with the last season run, LaRussa might get some more votes but everyone had Gibson and the way he turned around the Diamondbacks well out in front. Gibson picked up 28 first place votes and if he wasn’t in first, he was in second place. Roenicke was named on 30 of 32 ballots and he picked up three first place votes, 25 second place votes and two third place votes. The only other manager other then the top three to get a second place vote was Charlie Manuel.
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