World Baseball Classic – The St. Louis Cardinals will have several players in the World Baseball Classic but, only one playing for the US. Mitchell Boggs, who avoided arbitration by signing a one year contract, is on the provisional roster. The Cards have other players but, they’ll be playing for their respective countries. One player, Jaime Garcia, has opted not to participate due to rehab of his shoulder. Probably a good decision in light of the past couple years.
Arbitration – I think most of the Cards filing for salary arbitration are in line for a healthy bump in the current salary. Mitchell Boggs has already been signed, along with Edward Mujica. Others include David Freese, Marc Rzepczynski and Jason Motte. I’m sorry but, all except for “Scrabble” deserve a pay raise. “Scrabble” would have to take me to arbitration.
Sign of Things to Come – Oscar Tavares was named Dominican League Rookie of the year. He hit .316 with an OBP of .379 and a slugging percentage of .507. He had 5 homeruns and 17 RBIs in 39 games for team Aguilas.
Cards Bullpen – I think you’ll see exciting things from the Cardinals bullpen in the coming season. In fact, don’t be surprised if you see the bullpen as one of the best in the NL. With closer Motte being supported by Boggs, and fireball thrower Trevor Rosenthal, the only question is; how much better will they be this year.
Not Cards baseball but.. – Can someone, anyone, please explain to me what the heck is the big deal about the fake girlfriend and the Notre Dame football player? How and why is it a national news story. It seems like a hoax, plain and simple. And in the “ ..you can’t please everybody department”, now that Lance Armstrong has confessed; now people are complaining that he waited too long?! Please, baseball, hurry and get here!
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