August 1, 2015

Cardinals Ultimate Fan Broadcaster Video Contest announced

ST. LOUIS, July 31, 2015 – The St. Louis Cardinals have launched the Ultimate Fan Broadcaster Video Contest challenging fans of all ages to make a video demonstrating that they have what it takes to go behind the microphone in the Cardinals radio or television booth.  In addition to having at least a portion of their video shown on the Cardinals telecast and heard on the team’s radio broadcast, one talented winner will receive a special, once-in-a-lifetime, VIP experience that includes tickets in the President’s box, and an exclusive behind-the-scenes visit to the FOX Sports Midwest and KMOX broadcast booths.
“This contest is ideal for fans who have dreamed about being in the Cardinals broadcast booth calling the winning play live in a World Series Championship game,” said Ron Watermon, Vice President of Communications.  “We are encouraging fans to have some fun, show us their talent and help us celebrate the great legacy of Cardinals broadcasters past, present and, maybe…if all goes well…even future.”
Fans who participate in the Cardinals Ultimate Fan Broadcaster Video Contest are asked to create a video up to two minutes in length that demonstrates that fans’ unique talent.  Fans can show the team they have what it takes to do play-by-play, share the color of the game, or even serve as the team’s post-game analyst.  Fans are encouraged to either show the team their serious chops as a broadcaster, or offer a tribute to one the Cardinals’ many great team broadcasters – current or past – by sharing their imitation of that broadcaster.    Fans who opt to imitate their favorite broadcaster must keep it in good taste and good fun, while remembering that imitation is the highest form of flattery.    
 The Cardinals Ultimate Fan Broadcaster Video Contest is one of several #CardsFanFlix promotions the team has undertaken this season to encourage fans to create videos that celebrate the St. Louis Cardinals.    More than seventy fans submitted videos to the Ultimate Fan Video Contest in March, with Rev. Robbie Sondag of Fort Wayne Indiana being crowned the winner with this video.  More than forty fans submitted music videos in the Take Me Out to The Ballgame Music Video Talent contest, with Germantown Elementary School being crowned champions with this video  after more than 11,000 votes were cast in fan balloting.   Other #CardsFanFlix initiatives included the team’s 2015 All-Star Campaign Video the Vote promotion, as well as the team’s season-long celebration of Red Schoendienst, #LoveRed2, where fans are encouraged to share via social media (using the hashtag #LoveRed2) congratulatory video messages to the beloved Hall of Famer who is celebrating 70 seasons and counting in an MLB uniform.  
Through the #CardsFanFlix fan engagement initiative, the team hopes to tap into the increasing trend of user-generated video content made possible by advances with mobile technology and social media.  Social media platforms such as Facebook, Vine, Instagram and Twitter have all seen increased video content.  YouTube estimates that approximately 300 hours of video is uploaded to YouTube every minute.  
Fans can learn more about the Cardinals Ultimate Fan Broadcaster Contest at and #CardsFanFlix at cardinals.com/fanflix.  Fans can join the conversation by using #CardsFanFlix and #CardsFanCaster.

Cards offense not so "rockie" this time

ST. LOUIS--The St. Louis Cardinals' offense came to life in a much bigger way than it had been during the recent home stand, shutting out the Colorado Rockies Friday, 7-0.

Michael Wacha earned his 12th victory against four losses.

Matt Carpenter clouted a solo homer early, his third in the last two games.

The Cards continue their four-game series with the Rockies Saturday.

July 31, 2015

Cards acquire veteran reliever Jonathan Broxton

TEAM SENDS MINOR LEAGUE OUTFIELDER MALIK COLLYMORE TO MILWAUKEE

ST. LOUIS, Mo., July 31, 2015 – The St. Louis Cardinals announced today that they have acquired right-handed reliever Jonathan Broxton and cash considerations from the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for minor league outfielder Malik Collymore.
Broxton, 31, a two time (2009-10) All-Star with the Los Angeles Dodgers, is 36-32 career with a 3.25 ERA and 118 saves (18th among active players).   He’s 1-2 with a 5.89 ERA in 40 games (36.2 IP) with the Brewers this season, including 11 Holds.   The 6-4, 305-pound Broxton is unscored upon in his last seven appearances.  He’s struck out 37 and walked just 10 this season, averaging 9.1 strikeouts/9 IP.
Broxton, who had a career-high 36 saves for the Dodgers in 2009, has appeared in 582 games with the Dodgers (2005-11), Kansas City (2012), Cincinnati (2012-14) and Milwaukee (2014-15).
Collymore was a 10th round draft selection by the Cardinals in 2013 who has been playing for rookie-level Johnson City this season.

Cardinals Hall of Fame induction ceremony details announced

George Kissell, Curt Flood, Bob Forsch, and Ted Simmons to be Honored at Enshrinement Ceremony
Free, Non-Ticketed Ceremony takes place at 2PM on August 15th at Fox Sports Midwest Live! in Ballpark Village

  ST. LOUIS, MO (July 31, 2015) – The St. Louis Cardinals announced details today about the 2015 Cardinals Hall of Fame induction ceremony, presented by Edward Jones, that will take place on Saturday, August 15th at 2PM at Fox Sports Midwest Live! in Ballpark Village.  The free event is open to fans of all ages. 
                The 2015 Cardinals Hall of Fame Induction Class of Ted Simmons, Bob Forsch, Curt Flood and George Kissell will be honored during the special enshrinement ceremony. This is the second induction class since the team dedicated the Cardinals Hall of Fame with an Inaugural Class on Opening Day in St. Louis in 2014. The 2015 Induction Class was selected via a formal process which includes fans, baseball experts and the team.
                “We look forward to celebrating the achievements of these remarkable Cardinals as they permanently join the greatest names in Cardinals history within our Hall of Fame,” said Bill DeWitt Jr., Cardinals Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “Fans won’t want to miss being part of this truly special celebration.”
                KMOX will air a one-hour Hall of Fame Special hosted by Tom Ackerman at 4 p.m. Saturday.   FOX Sports Midwest will air a one-hour special on the Hall of Fame ceremony on Monday, Aug. 17. An encore presentation of last year’s Hall of Fame ceremony will air that day at 4 p.m., followed by a replay of the May unveiling of this year’s inductees. The 2015 Hall of Fame ceremony special will premiere at 5:30 p.m. Coverage of that night’s Cardinals-Giants contest at Busch follows at 6:30 p.m.
The St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame was established as a way to recognize the exceptional careers and significant achievements of the greatest players in Cardinals history, as well as those who have made exceptional contributions to the organization. To be eligible, players must have played for the Cardinals for at least three seasons and must be retired as a player from Major League Baseball for at least three years. The eligible pool of players is divided into two categories, ‘modern players’ and ‘veteran players.’ If a player retired more than 40 years prior to the induction year, he is classified as a veteran player.  
Each member of the Cardinals Hall of Fame is permanently enshrined in the new Cardinals Hall of Fame Gallery presented by Edward Jones that is located on the second floor of Cardinals Nation in Ballpark Village, just outside the entrance to the team’s new museum. The Hall of Fame Gallery is free and open to the public.
Chosen by the fans, Simmons and Forsch were the top two vote-getters in the online Cardinals Hall of Fame balloting presented by Edward Jones.  The ballot, which also included Cardinals legends Steve Carlton, Keith Hernandez, Mark McGwire, Matt Morris, Edgar Renteria, and Joe Torre was selected by a Red Ribbon Panel of Cardinals baseball experts through a secret ballot process. More than 45,000 votes were cast by Cardinals fans over the six-week voting period.
                In addition to nominating modern players for fan balloting, the Red Ribbon Panel of Cardinals baseball experts also elected legendary outfielder Curt Flood, a veteran player, for induction using a secret ballot process.  Flood was a standout defensive center fielder who helped the Cardinals to three World Series appearances and two World Series Championships in his twelve seasons with the club. In addition to his amazing career on the field, Flood’s refusal to accept a trade following the 1969 season played a historic role in paving the way toward modern player free agency.    
                Independent of the Red Ribbon Panel selection process, the Cardinals organization retains the right to annually induct an individual who has been an important figure in Cardinals history. This year’s selection is George Kissell, a lifetime Cardinal, who spent 66 seasons in the organization as a player, coach, scout and instructor.  Kissell’s techniques and methods made an impact at every level of the organization and defined what is now known as “The Cardinal Way.”   Following is a description of each Inductee’s career as a Cardinal:

Ted Simmons (Modern Era Player – Fan Selection)
Years: 1968 – 1980                           .298 AVG, 172 HR, 929 RBIs
Ted Simmons played 13 seasons with the Cardinals, making his Major League debut at 18-years old in 1968.  He was a six-time All-Star and won the Silver Slugger in 1980.  In 1975, Simmons set the National League record for hits by a catcher with 188.  He posted six seasons of 20 or more home runs and 10 consecutive seasons from 1971-80 with 75 or more RBI.  His 172 HR rank 9th and 929 RBI are 7th all-time in Cardinals franchise history.

Bob Forsch (Modern Era Player – Fan Selection)
Years: 1974 – 1988                           163-127, 3.67 ERA, 1079 K’s
Bob Forsch played 15 seasons with the Cardinals, making 401 starts, ranking 2nd all-time to franchise history.  He threw two no-hitters, coming in 1978 and again in 1983, becoming the only pitcher in Cardinals history to throw two.  He played in three World Series (1982, 1985 & 1987), winning in 1982, a year in which he threw a three-hit shutout in the Cardinals first ever NLCS game.  The two-time Silver Slugger Award winner won 163 games for the Cardinals, ranking third in franchise history.

Curt Flood (Veteran Era Player – Red Ribbon Panel Selection)
Years: 1958 – 1969                                           .293 AVG, 85 HR, 636 RBI
Curt Flood was a standout defensive center fielder who helped the Cardinals to three World Series appearances (1964, 1967 & 1968) and two World Championships (1964 & 1967) during his 12 season in St. Louis.  Flood won seven consecutive Rawlings Gold Glove awards and was named to the NL All-Star team three times.  Flood’s refusal to accept a trade following the 1969 season led to a lawsuit against MLB challenging the reserve clause, which allowed owners to renew players’ contracts in perpetuity.  While Flood’s case was unsuccessful, it paved the way for other players to unify and ultimately defeat the reserve clause, leading to free agency.

George Kissell (Team Selection)
Years: 1940 – 1942, 1946 - 2008
A lifetime Cardinal, Kissell spent 66 seasons in the organization as a player, coach, scout and instructor.  Kissell’s only time away from the team was when he served in the United States Navy.  Kissell’s techniques and methods made an impact at every level of the organization and defined what is now known as “the Cardinal Way.”  Kissell’s knowledge of the game’s fundamentals, innovative drills to reinforce skills and techniques, and his down-to-earth demeanor transformed the careers of many players.

The Cardinals Hall of Fame Members
Jim Bottomley, Ken Boyer, Lou Brock, Jack Buck, August A. “Gussie” Busch Jr., Dizzy Dean, Jim Edmonds, Frank Frisch, Bob Gibson, Chick Hafey, Jesse Haines, Whitey Herzog, Rogers Hornsby, Tony La Russa, Marty Marion, Willie McGee, Joe Medwick, Johnny Mize, Stan Musial, Branch Rickey, Red Schoendienst, Mike Shannon, Enos Slaughter, Ozzie Smith, Billy Southworth and Bruce Sutter.

The 2015 Cardinals Hall of Fame “Red Ribbon” Selection Panel
Tom Ackerman,  Frank Cusumano,  Derrick Goold, Whitey Herzog, Rick Hummel, Randy Karraker,  Martin Kilcoyne, Jenifer Langosch,  Tony La Russa, Bernie Miklasz, Joe Ostermeier, Rob Rains, Red Schoendienst, Joe Strauss and Brian Walton.

Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum (#CardsMuseum)
The 8,000 square foot state-of-the art St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum, which is on the second floor of Cardinals Nation in Ballpark Village, celebrates the rich history of baseball in St. Louis and the legacy of one of baseball’s most storied franchises. The Cardinals’ museum collection is the largest team-held collection in baseball and is second only to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in terms of size with over 20,000 memorabilia items and hundreds of thousands of archival photographs. Fans can learn more about the museum, hours of operation and admission at cardinals.com/museum.

The St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame, presented by Edward Jones
The St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame was established as a way to recognize the exceptional careers and significant achievements of the greatest players in Cardinals history, as well as those who have made exceptional contributions to the organization. Each member of the Cardinals Hall of Fame is permanently enshrined in the new Cardinals Hall of Fame Gallery presented by Edward Jones that is located on the second floor of Cardinals Nation in Ballpark Village, just outside the entrance to the team’s new museum. The Hall of Fame Gallery is free and open to the public. On Opening Day 2014, the Cardinals dedicated the Hall of Fame with an Inaugural Class, consisting of 22 Cardinals who are either enshrined in the National Baseball Hall of Fame as Cardinals or whose number has been retired by the club. Last August, the 2014 Induction Class of Jim Edmonds, Willie McGee, Mike Shannon and Marty Marion was the first class to be inducted into the new Hall of Fame that was selected via a formal process which includes fans, baseball experts and the team.  Fans can learn more by visiting www.cardinals.com/hof.