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Cardinals Telecast to Troops Set for Wednesday, June 15

FOX Sports Midwest release

What:

FOX Sports Midwest presents This One’s For You, its annual St. Louis Cardinals telecast to troops. FOX Sports Midwest will conduct live interviews with soldiers from the Missouri Air National Guard’s 157th Air Operations Group deployed to Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar, during the Cardinals game against the Houston Astros. Family members and supporters of the deployed Airmen will be at Busch Stadium.

Who:

A number of Citizen-Airmen from the Missouri Air National Guard’s 157th Air Operations Group out of Jefferson Barracks will watch the game at Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar on American Forces Network. Family members and supporters will be at Busch, and Cardinals fans throughout the region will watch at home.

When:

Wednesday, June 15. Pregame coverage starts at 5:30 p.m. CT, and the game broadcast of Cardinals-Astros from Busch Stadium begins at 6 p.m. CT — that’s 2 a.m. at Al Udeid Air Base.

Where:

Live on FOX Sports Midwest to Cardinals fans throughout the region. Live on American Forces Network to U.S. forces throughout the world. From Busch Stadium in St. Louis and Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar.

Details:

This is FOX Sports Midwest’s ninth Cardinals telecast to troops, the first coming in 2005. This One’s For You is presented in coordination with FOX Sports Supports, a nationwide effort that supports our military. It is made possible through the assistance of the Cardinals, Missouri National Guard and American Forces Network.

Dan McLaughlin (play-by-play), Rick Horton (analyst) and Jim Hayes (reporter) will call the game on FOX Sports Midwest, with Scott Warmann and Al Hrabosky hosting pregame and postgame.

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39 Responses to “Cardinals Telecast to Troops Set for Wednesday, June 15”

  1. blingboy says:

    Brian, I would like to send Delvin a gift certificate to Golden Corral. Could you make that happen?

  2. JumboShrimp says:

    Draft day 1, the Cards played it conservatively. Some reporters see it otherwise, revealing their lack of insight.

    The Cards value investing in shortstops. Tyler Greene 2005, super Pete 07, mercado 2013, diaz from Cuba 2013, Sosa and another lad from panama, and now Perez 2016. Diaz worked out wonderfully. Others may as well. We got lucky Perez got tagged with PEDs, so he fell in the draft and we gobbled him up. Yum. Since Ronan is his agent, we may not be able to save much bonus budget.

    One way to economize is to draft a college senior like morales or James Ramsey. A lesser known way to save bonus budget is to elevate a kid who is lower ranked and pay him less than the budget for his slot. Covey may be an example of this. He is a good sized switch hitter. For those begging for power, what’s not to like?

    Hudson and Jones are solid value college juniors. We are likely to bonus them full value of their picks.

    A good nights work.

  3. blingboy says:

    Maybe a gift certificate to IHOP as well. They have food in PR, do they not?

  4. JumboShrimp says:

    So far normalcy is reigning in the cards draft. No budgetary jujitsu and contortions in pursuit of hard to define gains. We are trying to get back to common sense. Randy is bringing things back to earth.
    Thru round 8, plenty of college juniors. These are normal. exceptions are a stud SS, switch hitter, and first baseman who swings left and has a good arm. Reasonable gambles. We gamble on some hitters.
    Fourth and seventh round catchers. Yadier was a fourth, as was Bryan Anderson plus Cody Stanley. We like picking catchers in this round. It’s a useful position to load up on.
    Tommy John gamble in the 8th, good.
    Stanford 2b in sixth, we can try him at SS. Eckstein made this shift.
    So far, no college seniors high in draft and probably no extra pricey high schoolers. Good.

  5. JumboShrimp says:

    Robert stock matriculated at USC. We go back to USC for Jeremy Martinez. Staying in our comfort zine

    • Brian Walton says:

      Uh, Stock was drafted seven years ago. The Cards have drafted almost 300 players since.

      • JumboShrimp says:

        Uh, how many catchers in top 4 rounds? Comparisons to round 30 outfielders are unpersuaive. But you knew that and just want to be provocative and cute

        • Brian Walton says:

          Those two dots are a major reach to try to connect other than as a coincidence. The Cards take a catcher on Day 2 pretty much every year. Nothing magical about fourth round vs. fifth or seventh, for example. Not to mention the fact that most of the relevant players in the Cardinals draft process have changed (in some cases several times) since 2009 and then there is the key point – Stock was a major bust, so why would anyone place anything about that pick in a “comfort zone”?

  6. blingboy says:

    Fun fact: If the regular season ended now we would make post as the second wild card.

    • JumboShrimp says:

      We have Wong back at Memphis to find his groove. Let’s say he finds it. We could then promote him to take over in CF and send Grichuk down.
      This team has some pretty good pieces to work with, we just have to make adjustments.

      • Brian Walton says:

        So a second baseman who makes great plays and bungles easy ones can magically play center field in the majors with no experience at the position whatsoever? MLB isn’t a video game.

        • JumboShrimp says:

          Please allow me to explain. Wong played CF one year for U of Hawaii. Skip Schumacher moved from CF to 2b, at the ML level. Tommy Pham went from SS to CF. Whether you approve or not, players do move from middle infield to CF.

          The cause is the rise of Diaz. He bumped Peralta to 3b. Carp was bumped to 2b. Wong bumped to Memphis in the chain reaction. If Wong gets his coconut screwed on tighter, one way for him to get back to the Show would be to bump Grichuk, because he has a woeful batting average. Matheny likes to play warm bats. He has a flexible mind.

          • Brian Walton says:

            If the Cards wanted to try Wong in CF, it should be done at Memphis, not St. Louis. To do that would mean both Pham and Tilson would have to play elsewhere. Not impossible, but also not probable, IMO.

            • JumboShrimp says:

              I see your point. Otoh, Tilson is a AAA rookie and can shift to make room for a guy on a mL contract. Pham too can play where assigned. It would make some sense to play Wong in CF at Memphis. Provides more flexibility and competition.

            • JumboShrimp says:

              Wong is playing CF tonight for Memphis

              • Brian Walton says:

                Pushed aside by Dean Anna. 😉

                Tilson in left and Pham in right. Should be able to cover a lot of ground.

                Your idea was just slightly ahead of its time. I hope it works. On the other hand, Grichuk is probably stabbing pins in his Wong voodoo doll.

              • JumboShrimp says:

                Without an opening due to injury, wong is stuck at Memphis.
                But if he moves to CF, Wongcould replace either Hazelbaker or Grichuk.

  7. JumboShrimp says:

    In Dakota and Walker, we picked the top two out of Mississippi.

    Dylan Carlson was the third high school outfielder selected out of California.

    Fiedler in the 9th may be a budget saver.

    • JumboShrimp says:

      Having fun day 3. Mo is loving this draft.

      • JumboShrimp says:

        42 selections. 20 are third year collegiates, 13 more are seniors. 1 junior college kid and 8 high schoolers. Big tilt back to normalcy.
        When the cards went young, it was with intent. 8 of 9 were position players. Only one high school pitcher.
        Of the 8 position players, six swing left or switch hit. We are trying to nab some good hitters before they reach college and soar high in the draft.

      • JumboShrimp says:

        20 pitchers, 22 position players.

        Two fun picks are 14 and 16. Vincent Jackson is a senior from univ of Tennessee. Good size, left swinger, improving numbers as a senior. Trying to become a Matt carpenter type success. Tyler Lancaster is a Matt Adams wannabe. Big body left swinging catcher. Move him to first and let’s see what he can do.

      • JumboShrimp says:

        Candidates for some extra bonus are LHP oil harems round 11. And switch hitting Ss round 12.

        Five harder signs are cabbiness in round 21, Canadian RHP Burgmann at 30, 2b murders at 31, bond at 30, ydens at 40.

        Fewer unsignables than last year and simpler negotiations for the cards.

        • JumboShrimp says:

          Ydens signed with UCLA. Burgmann with univ of Washington.
          Love stud left swinging Aaron bond from south bend indiana. Show him some money!

          Last years stud Kep brown got passed over in this draft. He suffered a partially torn labrum this spring. If brown gets healthy, he can go far in baseball. Good luck to him.

          We nabbed his teammate in Lancaster. Same school attended by springfields Caldwell.

  8. JumboShrimp says:

    Aaron Bond is an awesome name for baseball. Calls to mind Hank Aaron. And the Bonds, Barry and father.

  9. JumboShrimp says:

    Since 2012 began the era of constrained singing bonuses and associated financial contortions, the cards have aimed discretionary dollars at a select few. In 2012 there was chunky prep southpaw max foody who suffered injuries and quit. In 2013 there was a short prep righty who we handed $700k. In 14, dobzanski collected this. We mostly struck out in 2015 though handed a pile of moola to a prep southpaw in the 8th round.
    The payoff of baseball results from all the contortions is not yet clear. Did we land any super talent from this? Arguably we did land Carson kelly and he could become terrific.

    Still it’s welcome the cards ladled out $130k to sign a Baylor southpaw in the 19th. Spread out the wealth on more players in lieu of spending all our discretionary dough on one or two bonus babies.

  10. JumboShrimp says:

    Covey
    Robbins
    Cabbinesse
    Bond

    A system low on hitters goes repeatedly after the same kind of prospect, young, left swinger, corner OF, unsmall.

  11. JumboShrimp says:

    It’s not often a team will go over budget for a draft slot on behalf of a college junior. This has happened with Jeremy Martinez 4th round catcher who we bonused like a third rounder.
    Typically teams go over budget for a high school athlete or someone with other opportunities. They seldom would be motivated to go over budget for a college junior, because these guys are usually going to be offered less money as seniors so why bid up?
    But we did this with Martinez. It’s probably because we wanted him so much, we were willing to be more generous than normal.
    So even though we could pass on the Clemson catcher okey, we ponied up extra bucks for another catcher.

    • JumboShrimp says:

      Our optimism regarding Martinez is further indicated by assignment to State College. According to Brian’s matrix. Preceding USC catcher stock was assigned lower, to Johnson city, perhaps because younger and because he also pitched. Martinez caught USC pitchers for three years, so he has a strong foundation of experience.

      Martinez was part of 2013’s class of top high school prospects, along with SS Mercado, LHP Kaminsky and McKinney, and SS/C Chris Rivera, now a teammate at state college. Going into 2013, mercado ranked 11th, Kaminsky 12, Conner Jones 36, and Martinez in between at 31. So he has been followed closely by scouts for at least five years. He did not pop up out of nowhere.

      During a 2014 USC telecast versus Stanford, the broadcaster asked martinez if he tried to copy his hitting style after Pujols. The answer was yes.

  12. JumboShrimp says:

    I feel like there is reduced uncertainty in this draft in terms of bonus expectations. In 2013, there was RHP Trevor M in the third. he hemmed and hawed off to the cape cod league and the cards had to end negotiations to get after other signings. Teams like as many quick decisions as possible so as to get people playing and to clarify discretionary dollars available for the tough signs. It feels like they have more clarity this year about signings, illustrated by giving some extra bucks to the Baylor lefty. We knew what it would take and did not have to wait around wondering if there was budget.

  13. JumboShrimp says:

    Today was Perez signing news day. He was going to sign. Who turns down $2mm to play a game?

    I am more interested in who will sign next. I expect at least 35.

    Like the UDFAs too. Good to load up on hurlers.

  14. JumboShrimp says:

    One guy who is not going to sign is Clemson southpaw reliever Pat Krall. He must like it there. Coach told he can be a starting pitcher for Clemson next spring.
    This can happen with college juniors at lower rounds. He probably will get less bonus money next June, but that’s not everything in life. Good to work on a degree, in case baseball goes away, as it does for many.

  15. JumboShrimp says:

    RHP Jackson Lamb could be difficult to sign.
    Back in 2013, he got awards as player of the year for Michigan. He wanted more than third round money from teams, so his bonus expectation was up over $500k, and he rejected a bit less.
    He plays OF as a freshman, switches to mound as sophmore and suffers an injury. He returned to the mound this spring and threw a few innings. He is right now an injured reliever gamble. I might offer him $45k to turn pro. Seems like a lot for where he is at.
    Since he turned down ten times this much coming out of high school, it might be tough now to be realistic and sign. Michigan is strong academically. He can work on a degree that can help him post baseball.
    Is he going to command less bonus next June? Probably will be lucky to get $10k as a senior, but abonus is not everything in life.

    • JumboShrimp says:

      kilchowski inked for just $200k.
      What a nice contrast to Foody, farinaro, Kep brown, and the New Jersey wrestler diverted from Louisville. We did not need to put a high percentage of our discretionary budget into one just one costly amateur. Good to have more ponies in the race.

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