St. Louis Cardinals

Adam Allington, STL Public Radio

Baseball-mad St. Louis is welcoming the Cardinals for the first home game of the year.

After starting the season with six road games, the Cardinals host the Cincinnati Reds this afternoon.

The usually festive occasion in St. Louis is a little melancholy this season. Monday's game is the first Cardinals home game since the death of Stan Musial.

The Hall of Famer died in January at age 92. His absence was notable before the game as the team's other members of the Hall of Fame circled the Busch Stadium warning track in Mustangs.

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The Sunlight Foundation has released a report on political donations made by all major league baseball organizations in the 2012 elections. So, which political players got money from Cardinals employees?

At a glance, here are a few takeaways (you can explore the full dataset yourself below):

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The St. Louis Cardinals will wear a patch on their left sleeve this season to honor the memory of Stan Musial.

The Hall of Famer widely considered the greatest Cardinal player ever died in January. To honor his memory, the Cardinals will debut the patch in the season opener Sunday at Arizona.

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We know the question, unquestionably, in many Cardinals fans' heads right now is something like this:

"What? Number FIVE? We're number one!"

Well, Cardinals pride aside, the Redbirds' home turf has been rated as the number 5 best ballpark in America by TripAdvisor.

The site lists Busch between Fenway Park in Boston and Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia. The number one spot for major league baseball in the country? PNC Park in Pittsburgh.

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Updated at 12:40 p.m. with quotes from Mozeliak, Matheny and DeWitt.

Calling continuity important to a winning baseball team, the St. Louis Cardinals have announced contract extensions for the teams' manager and general manager.

GM John Mozeliak will remain in that role until 2016. The team also picked up the 2014 option for manager Mike Matheny, who is in his second season. Terms of the deals were not disclosed.

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Ever the competitor, Cardinals right-handed pitcher Chris Carpenter isn't entirely ruling out returning to the mound this season.

Carpenter, 37, is battling recurring pain and numbness in his throwing shoulder, as well as discoloration in his hand. The team announced last week that he's unlikely to pitch in 2013.

"I can't pitch with the way that I feel right now," Carpenter said. "It's not fair to anyone."

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After years of delays, work on Ballpark Village in St. Louis is finally under way.

The St. Louis Cardinals broke ground on Friday on the $100 million first phase of the project that will be developed on the site of the old Busch Stadium, next to the new stadium.

Ballpark Village was part of the development agreement between the city and the Cardinals when planning for the new stadium began back in 1999.  As it stands the team says phase one will be accessible to fans as of Opening Day 2014.

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Updated at 3 p.m. with quotes from Matheny, Mozeliak, and at 4:20 p.m. to correct typographical errors.

For the third year in the row, the St. Louis Cardinals will go into spring training missing an ace pitcher.

The team announced this morning that Chris Carpenter is "unlikely to pitch" in the 2013 season, and quite possibly for longer.

General manager John Mozeliak says the 37-year-old is experiencing the same numbness and pain in his neck, shoulder and arm that led him to miss almost all of the 2012 season and undergo surgery in July.

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Updated at 7:50 a.m with details about Stan Musial's funeral

The Archdiocese of St. Louis has released further details on Stan Musial's funeral, which will take place tomorrow morning at 11 a.m. 

The funeral is to be held at the Cathedral Basillica of St. Louis, located at 4431 Lindell Boulevard. Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York and long time friend of the Musial family, will join Archbishop of St. Louis, Robert J. Carlson, in presiding over the Mass. 

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Cardinal Nation will have one last chance Thursday to say goodbye to "Stan the Man."

The visitation for Musial, who died Saturday at the age of 92, will be Thursday from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Cathedral Basilica at 4431 Lindell Blvd. in the Central West End. Here are the details:

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Funeral arrangements are set for Cardinals great Stan Musial.

A public visitation will be held Thursday at the Cathedral Basilica in the Central West End from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. The funeral Mass will be Saturday at 11 a.m., also at the Basilica. New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan is expected to help officiate.

Following the Mass, the funeral procession will travel to Busch Stadium where the family will lay a wreath at the base of the Musial statue. Burial will be private.

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Updated at 1 p.m. with a statement from the St. Louis Blues.

Updated at 11:40 with additional information.

A long-time fixture at Busch Stadium has died.

Organist Ernie Hays passed away last night after collapsing at a Halloween party. Family members say the 77-year-old's health had been failing for some time.

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It's not a World Series ring, but Yadier Molina is collecting baseball hardware. 

The St. Louis Cardinals' catcher won his fifth Rawlings Gold Glove award, which is decided by managers and and coaches. He is the first Cardinals catcher to win the award five times, and the first Cardinal since Jim Edmonds to take home five Gold Gloves in a row.

Molina is also considered a contender for the National League's Most Valuable Player, which will be announced Nov. 15.

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Baseball bets are not usually something we cover much of here at St. Louis Public Radio (except when we make it to the World Series and make a chart of all the bets).

However, we thought we'd make an exception today to highlight something happening in the nation's capitol.

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Hunter Pence hit a bizarre, two-run double, Matt Cain pitched his second clincher of October and the San Francisco Giants won their record-tying sixth elimination game of the postseason, beating the defending World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals 9-0 in Game 7 of the NL championship series Monday night.
Marco Scutaro matched an LCS record with 14 hits in the series and Pablo Sandoval drove in a run for his fifth straight game. The Giants returned to the World Series two years after winning it all, getting the final out in a downpour.

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Ryan Vogelsong struck out a career-best nine in another postseason gem and the San Francisco Giants forced a decisive Game 7 in the NL championship series with a 6-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday night.
Marco Scutaro hit a two-run double and Buster Posey drove in his first run of the series with a groundout in the first inning as San Francisco struck early to support Vogelsong.
Matt Cain will start for the Giants against Kyle Lohse in Game 7 on Monday night. Lohse won their Game 3 matchup.

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Adam Wainwright threw seven innings of four-hit ball and the St. Louis Cardinals roughed up Tim Lincecum and the San Francisco Giants in an 8-3 rout Thursday night that gave them a 3-1 lead in the NL championship series.

Matt Holliday, Jon Jay and Yadier Molina had two RBIs apiece to lead a 12-hit outburst by a team that batted just .198 through the first three games of the series.

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Matt Carpenter always tries to stay ready, keeping an assortment of gloves nearby. That's his job.

The St. Louis Cardinals' utilityman took on a new role in Game 3 of the NL championship series: game-changer.

Carpenter hit a two-run homer after subbing for Carlos Beltran and the Cardinals chased Matt Cain before a 3 1/2-hour rain delay in the seventh inning of a 3-1 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday night for a 2-1 series lead.


Oct 9, 2012
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Updated at 4 p.m.

Major League Baseball has announced that the Cardinals' game vs. Atlanta on Friday will start at 4:07 p.m. It will be televised by TBS.

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