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2013 Cardinals spring training schedule update #2

11/30 update: The full spring training schedule is posted here.

While the St. Louis Cardinals have not yet announced their 2013 spring training schedule, several other clubs that play nearby in Florida have.

Clubs having released schedules include the Houston Astros, Washington Nationals and Atlanta Braves, joined on Monday by the New York Mets. The only other club likely to face St. Louis more than a couple of times is their Roger Dean Stadium cohabitant, the Miami Marlins. Like St. Louis, the Fish have yet to release their spring slate of games.

Updates:  A pair of February games against Boston – home and away – were also announced Monday, with a pair with Minnesota were disclosed Tuesday.

As a result of the disclosures to date, we can piece together over half of the Cardinals schedule – 20 games as follows.

As always, check back here for additional information as it is made available, including opponents’ announcements plus spring radio and television plans from the Cardinals and their Grapefruit League rivals.

St. Louis Cardinals still-tentative spring training schedule, 2013

Day Date Opponent Location Local Time TV Radio
Sat 23-Feb
Sun 24-Feb Red Sox Jupiter
Mon 25-Feb Astros Jupiter
Tue 26-Feb Red Sox Ft. Myers
Wed 27-Feb Mets Port St. Lucie
Thu 28-Feb
Fri 1-Mar Astros Kissimmee
Sat 2-Mar Nationals Jupiter
Sun 3-Mar Nationals Viera
Mon 4-Mar Twins Jupiter
Tue 5-Mar
Wed 6-Mar
Thu 7-Mar
Fri 8-Mar Nationals Viera
Sat 9-Mar
Sun 10-Mar Mets Jupiter
Mon 11-Mar
Tue 12-Mar Braves Lake Buena Vista
Wed 13-Mar
Thu 14-Mar Braves Jupiter
Fri 15-Mar Nationals Jupiter
Sat 16-Mar
Sun 17-Mar
Mon 18-Mar Mets Jupiter
Tue 19-Mar
Wed 20-Mar
Thu 21-Mar Mets Port St. Lucie
Fri 22-Mar Astros Kissimmee
Sat 23-Mar
Sun 24-Mar Mets Jupiter
Mon 25-Mar Twins Ft. Myers
Tue 26-Mar Mets Port St. Lucie
Wed 27-Mar Nationals Jupiter
Thu 28-Mar
Fri 29-Mar
Sat 30-Mar
Sun 31-Mar
Regular season opener
Mon 1-Apr D-backs Phoenix

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20 Responses to “2013 Cardinals spring training schedule update #2”

  1. crdswmn says:

    The Blue Jays rehired John Gibbons as manager. I got quite a laugh over that.

    I may watch some Blue Jays games in 2013 just for the dugout entertainment. Anybody want to take bets on who will be the first player Gibbons will want to take a swing at? 🙂

    • Brian Walton says:

      There has been quite a series of head-scratching managerial decisions made over the last couple of winters. Any one who used to be a catcher seems to have a leg up.

      Gibbons won’t have long to start winning. It will be very interesting if a roster that looks strong on paper will meld into a team fast enough for him to keep his job. The 2012 Dodgers found it wasn’t an instant answer as did a number of past Yankees clubs.

  2. crdswmn says:

    Well, the Cards protected two of your picks, Brian. Butler I sort of get, but Blazek? Any idea why Blazek?

    Guess the Cards figured they didn’t need Audry Perez when they have Rob Johnson.

    • Nutlaw says:

      Yeah, I don’t get it with Blazek. Admittedly, I have nothing other than stats to work with here, but how does he stand out in any way? Why would anyone have taken him in the draft?

      • CariocaCardinal says:

        Blazek’s stats as a reliever where pretty darn good but I wouldn’t have protected him – most likely wouldn’t have been lost and even if he was not the end of the world.

      • JumboShrimp says:

        Brian publishes a list of the minor league protectees. This can be revealing information because uninfluenced by spin and clarifying about who is eligible for the draft.
        I was concerned about losing OF Anthony Garcia, in case a noncompetitive team like the Astros could carry him on the ML roster for a year. But it turns out, Garcia is not even eligible for the draft.
        We put Steven Hill on the AA roster. This hurts Memphis, where Hill could provide a strong bat, but if we do not think he can ever reach St Louis defensively, its player positive to offer him an opportunity with another employer.
        Blazek and Butler are not massive prospects, but close to being able to contribute as relievers, should there be a ML opening.

  3. blingboy says:

    I don’t see any chance of Perez staying on anyone’s MLB roster all season.

  4. blingboy says:

    The Twins signed PJ Walters to a minor league contract with invite.

  5. blingboy says:

    Happy birthday Stan the Man.

  6. blingboy says:

    I read somewhere that the Marlins might consider trading Escobar, which made me think about Zack Cox. What happens if Cox’s MLB contract runs out after 2013 with him never having appeared in an MLB game? Is he then a major league free agent, or what?

    • Brian Walton says:

      Off the top of my head… When he is out of options, he would either have to stick in the majors or be passed through outright waivers. Likely he would be unclaimed and sign a minor league deal to remain employed. He isn’t eligible for free agency until he has six years.

      Interesting that after the trade, Cox hit worse in Double-A than he had with Memphis.

      • blingboy says:

        I remember a Marlins exec on “The Franchise” saying they got a potential starting third baseman for an “F-ing” 7th inning guy. I think they are not over burdened with keen baseball intellect in Miami. But then, the Cards made him a 1st rounder and gave him an MLB contract.

        I believe we loaded up with 3rd base prospects this past draft. More Coxesand Wallaces probably. We should just trade declining outfielders for them once they start to pan out. Some guys never learn.

        • JumboShrimp says:

          Keith Wisdom and the kid from an Oregon high school are not like Cox or Wallace. Wallace was dubious defensively at 3B, but an advanced bat. He may emerge as an effective ML hitter, because he has been rushed through the minors.
          Cox is probably ok defensively for 3B. He only had 2 seasons in the minors, after just 2 years in college. In time, he may become an accomplished hitter. This is the gamble by the Marlins. Just because we trade somebody, it does not mean they will not become a good ML player in time (as have Chris Perez and Dan Haren).

        • Brian Walton says:

          An amusing spoof letter to Marlins’ season ticket holders… link to CBS Sports

          Jumbo, that’s Patrick Wisdom and Carson Kelly.

  7. Brian Walton says:

    I have the Cardinals full spring schedule posted on the main site. I will continue to provide updates here as spring radio and television broadcast info begin to trickle out.

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