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Wednesday Cardinals All-Star Break Marathon on FOX Sports Midwest

Fox Sports Midwest press release

FOX Sports Midwest will replay five of the most memorable Cardinals games of the first half of 2016 on Wednesday, July 13, the day following the MLB All-Star Game. The marathon starts at 2 p.m. CT, and will also be streamed on FOX Sports GO. Each game is the original FOX Sports Midwest telecast, edited to two hours.

Wednesday, July 13

Cardinals All-Star Break Marathon on FOX Sports Midwest

2 p.m.     April 14: Brewers at Cardinals

Garcia tosses 1-hitter

4 p.m.     May 2: Phillies at Cardinals

Cards hit five home runs, including one by Wainwright

6 p.m.     May 23: Cubs at Cardinals

Grichuk wins it with walk-off home run

8 p.m.     June 10: Cardinals at Pirates

Cards score six in 12th

10 p.m.   June 22: Cardinals at Cubs

Cards beat Arrieta at Wrigley

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24 Responses to “Wednesday Cardinals All-Star Break Marathon on FOX Sports Midwest”

  1. JumboShrimp says:

    A few tea leaves….

    The cards went hard into the international market in early July, quintupling annual budget from the get go. They will incur fines and be restricted in future years. But it made sense and had to be done. There is a war for amateur talent and money rules for international talent.

    Headcount in the system is a tad over 300. This is up about 20 bodies from recent years. The one year international blowout may explain half this increase.
    The cards are feeling acquisitive. We even signed a college junior out of VCU as an UDFA. I last recall this happening in 2006 with Brandon Dickson. Brandon was a reliever at Tusculum who collected some saves in the shenendoah valley league during summer 2006. Next thing you know, the cards paid enough moola to turn pro. He was eligible for the 06 draft, was not selected, so was available to sign with anyone.
    Same with miller from vCU. If he hits a bit in the wood bat cape cod league, give him some money, get him playing, the more the merrier.

    • JumboShrimp says:

      It’s unlikely that the cards will reveal his signing bonus. He would get darn little next June as a senior. $5000 would be generous. So if he signs now, we could sweeten the offer to $15000?
      If we liked him and another team was bidding, the bonus would rise. Players love bidding wars.

    • Brian Walton says:

      Matt Davis of VCU received $75,000 to sign. The Cardinals organization never are the ones to reveal salaries or signing bonuses.

      • JumboShrimp says:

        Swing a bat, heave a pitch, or spin the wheel, Randy Flores can be more generous than Alex Trebeck and Vanna.

        • JumboShrimp says:

          Davis hit 323 and 321 for vcu as soph and junior. 5’10”, 175, swings right, not a basestealer. I can see why he did not go high in the draft.
          The good news is he made a lot more money this July than he would have received next June. I like it when the wheel of fortune is kind.

      • JumboShrimp says:

        I just put on cheaters to read my phone screen.
        Wow.
        Iam surprised davis pocketed $75k. For a guy who did not get drafted, that seems high.
        This AM I thought Brian typed $50k. Maybe I could not imagine higher?
        Could he be the next Dustin Pedroia?

  2. JumboShrimp says:

    So why recruit Davis? Last winter we inked a previously released 2bman out of Texas a and m, 5th rounder. He did not last long and quit by June. Another right swing 2bman was our 4th rounder mason Katz, who has had injuries and not found it easy to hit for average. We operate 8 minor leagues. We need employees to fill them.
    It’s good for Mo that Davis is not Cuban, or the Dodgers might have handed him $20mm.
    It’s good for the morale of our scouts to understand the cards are on the prowl to ink eligible US amateurs at any time of year. They don’t have to just file reports and wait for next June’s draft. No we will pull the trigger any time of the year.

  3. JumboShrimp says:

    The high price of veterans impacts the economics of the sport from top to bottom. It drives teams to look more aggressively for more far cheaper amateurs to input into the bottom of their systems, and this escalates their bonus value.

  4. JumboShrimp says:

    Another reason for adding Davis is the system has too few position players. Palm beach can hardly score, while The Sprinfield roster has a few guys who should be at the A level. It’s embarrassing.

  5. JumboShrimp says:

    Ryan mccarvel is second in the New York penn league in home runs with five. This may sound low, but 10 dingers in a short season league is equivalent to 20 at a higher rung.
    The cards Seem to be moving him to first base like Matt Adams and Luke Voit.
    McCarvel hit 18 homers at Howard community college in Texas as a sophmore catcher. During summer 2015 he had an ops above 800 for Johnson city. He appears to be a strong right swinger.
    McCarvel will be a help at Peoria or Palm Springs during 2017.

    • Brian Walton says:

      Have never seen or heard of your formula doubling short-season home runs in full-season ball. Please share your source.

      McCarvel is splitting time between first and catching. The Cards top college position player draftee this year, 4th rounder Jeremy Martinez, is also on the State College team and is a catcher. There is also a third catcher on the roster, first Chris Rivera and now Riley Drongesen. The latter was called by his manager the most improved player in extended spring training.

      In contrast, State College has only one other first baseman, Elier Rodriguez, an ex-catcher. He typically slides over to DH when McCarvel is at first. With 16 position players on the roster, it must be a challenge to play everyone.

      • JumboShrimp says:

        the Midwet League plays 140 ges according to a Wikipedia entry for minor league basebBall. A short season A league like the NYPa plays 76 games.
        The rosters are a bit larger, so there is more sharing of positions and fewer at bats per player.
        The Appachian league is termed rookie advanced. It may play about 70 games.
        When minor leagues games are rained out, there may be fewer made up, further shortening short seasons.

        When Rowan Wick socked 14 in a month a couple of years ago, this was amazing. He was on pace to hit 40 on.a short season team, 80 for a full season.
        As I recall, mark Hamilton reached double digits in 2006 for our NYPa affiliate. This was excellent and seldom achieved.
        McCarvel is on track to do this too.
        Jeremy Martinez and elier Rodriguez have on base percentages above 400. The Spikes have a fine offense for this league.

  6. JumboShrimp says:

    Let’s view Elier Rodriguez with three more high school position players from the 2013 draft.
    In rd 13, there was OF Ricardo Bautista. Rd 14 was switch hitting elier. Rd 15, fleet WR and CF D’andre Asbury Heath. And in rd 36, CF Anthony Ray.
    Fast forwarding to now, three are at State College. Bautista is hanging in there with a mid 600s OPS, better than last season at Johnson city. Elier Rodriguez has shifted to first and is hitting well when he gets on the field. Bautista and Elier seem ready for Peoria next year.
    Ray and Asbury-Heath need another short season to qualify for Peoria.

  7. JumboShrimp says:

    The batting average leader for the state college spikes is mick fennell. He went to California University of Pennsylvania. This is located south of Pittsburg, PA. California in this case is a town within Pennsylvania. The Mongahela River flows by it. The town is not far from Donora, where played Musial and Griffey.
    One product of this university was Pirates hurler Bruce Dal Canton, who made 83 starts in the majors. Another grad is Jack Z who used to be GM of Seattle Marinrts.

    • JumboShrimp says:

      Fennell was a two player as an amateur. Like Musial, he was a pitcher.
      Several times he was considered for an award named for Timo Martinez, for excelling at NCAA division Ii.
      The California team plays Slippery Rock, where Matt Adams matriculated.
      Fennell went to high school in butler Pa, whence RHP Matt Clement and SS Khalil Greene.

      • JumboShrimp says:

        The state that produced Musial has provided other players to the cards. John Mabry played for west Chester u. Tom Herr came from Lancaster. Matt Adams played high school and college in PA. Josh Kinney came from a north central HS.

        Now we have switch hitting Dylan Tice from west Chester up to Peoria. California Vulcan Fennell gets to show off to home state fans of the spikes. Newly signed Matt Davis prepped in mechanicsburg near Harrisburg. If Herr, Adams, and Kinney can rise from obscurity to the majors, Tice, fennell, and Davis might be able to do the same

  8. JumboShrimp says:

    The focus on Pennsylvania continues.
    The spikes are thriving this season. They recently promoted Tice and SS Martinez. The cards seem inclined to let 2016 draftees stay put. It’s nice to see a cards minor league squad pound the ball.
    Elise Rodriguez may have been injured Last summer, only getting a few at bats. This year his on base percentage is an impressive .450.
    Former Trojan Jeremy Martinez is hitting, as is SS Edman, and Mick the Stick from the Mongohela valley seeks to emulate Stan the man.

    • JumboShrimp says:

      Tice is taking to the Midwest league with 7 hits in his first 12 at bats. He has the highest ops for Peoria. Since a second baseman who switch hits and rated 5″8 tall, he reminds me of little Aaron miles.
      Some fans used to dislike miles. But he helped the cards. Given a bigger contract by the Cubs, miles had his worst year. Nice!!!.

      • Brian Walton says:

        That is because when all the short periods leveled out over time, he was still Aaron Miles – a useful utility player off the bench but probably not starting material for a championship club.

        • JumboShrimp says:

          Miles collected more than 400 plate appearances for the 2006 world champs!
          Fans want a Mike Trout clone Playing all 8 positions, so are unenthused for useful utility guys.

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