While I was out…
Seems little changed while I was over in Thailand for a few weeks. Snow still covers the ground and temperatures remain in the teens. Just brutal. But in an effort to brighten your day, let me remind you that in less than a week, the Cardinals will be holding their first pitchers/catchers workout of Spring Training. Yes, despite how it may look outside your window, spring is coming.
I’ll be headed down to Jupiter on Tuesday, where I’ll be stationed for the duration of camp, bringing you daily updates leading up to the regular season. More on those plans early next week and some exciting new additions to the coverage plan. For now, I wanted to recap the past two weeks to make sure nothing went missed while I was overseas. I did leave behind a lot of content, which I hope you read on cardinals.com during my absence.
Here are some specific items of note:
- Daniel Descalso and the Cardinals settled their arbitration case, which ensures the Cardinals of again avoiding any hearing. Descalso was the last unsigned arbitration-eligible player the Cardinals had.
- MLB and fans bid adieu to Lance Berkman, who will be remembered as an Astro but always have a ring from St. Louis. He’s headed for a career in coaching, though Berkman would also do quite well in the broadcast world if he so desires to try that track.
- MLB.com unveiled its top 100 prospect list, and it included Oscar Taveras as No. 3.
- The organization added another player to its non-roster invitee list in signing right-handed reliever Pat Neshek to a Minor League deal. He is also on Twitter @PatNeshek.
- The Cardinals packed their pair of tractor trailers and sent them off to Jupiter, where unloading will commence on Monday.
- Cardinals.com posted features on new assistant hitting coach David Bell, 2013 Draft pick Rob Kaminsky and the organization’s Minor League STEP camp. Also, there were new Around-the-Horn installments looking at the outfield, rotation and bullpen situations.
- It was announced that Tony La Russa will not go into the Hall of Fame as a Cardinal, but that instead the cap on his plaque will be without logo.
- ESPN announced that it has chosen yet another Cardinals game (May 4, at Chicago) to be featured as the Sunday Night game of the week. That brings the number up to four (and counting): May 4, May 11 (at Pittsburgh), May 25 (at Cincinnati), July 20 (vs. Dodgers).
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