Aldrete headed to Oakland

St. Louis Cardinals’ bench coach Mike Aldrete will be headed to the Oakland Athletics to serve as their new bench coach under his old skipper Bob Melvin. The position opened up when former A’s bench coach Chip Hale took the managerial job for Tony La Russa in Arizona. This is a move home for Aldrete as he has deep roots in northern California. He graduated from Stanford, played for both the … Continue reading

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Oscar Taveras, 1992-2014

A baseball team is a family. We learned this through the reaction in July to the trade of Allen Craig and Joe Kelly. It perhaps hits a team like the Cardinals a little harder than most because of the “build from within” philosophy as these players all developed through the minor leagues together. Now we’re reminded of that again. Except this time he won’t be coming around every so often … Continue reading

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Exit Interview: Shane Robinson

2014 Major League Stats: .150/.227/.200, 0 HR, 4 RBI in 47 G 2014 Minor League Stats: .304/.380/.398, 2 HR, 16 RBI in 53 G in AAA 2015 Role: Bench for St. Louis When Shane Robinson was demoted in July, I said to myself, “There’s no reason Shane sees St. Louis again before September.” Then he was up in August again, called up after the John Lackey trade to balance out the … Continue reading

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Exit Interview: Justin Masterson

2014 Major League Stats: 5.88 ERA, 28 G, 128.2 IP, 1.63 WHIP 2014 Minor League Stats: 5.40 ERA, 2 G, 11.2 IP, 1.46 WHIP in AAA 2015 Role: Starting Pitcher in the Majors You can chalk Justin Masterson up on the list of failed John Mozeliak trades. Received in July for outfield prospect James Ramsey, Masterson was just coming off a knee injury and a rough first half in Cleveland. The idea was … Continue reading

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Exit Interview: Pete Kozma

2014 Major League Stats: .304/.385/.435, 0 HR, 0 RBI in 14 G 2014 Minor League Stats: .248/.330/.372, 8 HR, 54 RBI in 117 G in AAA 2015 Role: Bench for St. Louis It might have sucked a little bit to be Pete Kozma this year. After being the starting shortstop for the Cardinals all last season, Kozma was relegated to Triple-A Memphis after the signing of Jhonny Peralta. It could have been easy … Continue reading

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