St. Louis Cardinals

St. Louis Cardinals

Remembering Darryl Kile on his 48th birthday

It’s been more than 14 years since the St. Louis Cardinals’ staff ace Darryl Kile died in his Chicago hotel room, his body discovered tucked in bed by team officials when he didn’t show up at Wrigley Field for his scheduled start against the Cubs. He would have turned 48 on Friday.

St. Louis Cardinals

Hey, folks, the Cardinals have holes. Now it’s time to fill them

What should be a busy offseason already has seen the St. Louis Cardinals already make a series of transactions, including a contract extension for manager Mike Matheny and the exercising of pitcher Jaime Garcia’s contract for 2017. But the Cardinals have much more to do, and General Manager John Mozeliak may have to be active in the free-agent and trade markets to fill the voids.

St. Louis Cardinals

Cardinals exercise option on Garcia’s 2017 contract

The St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday decided to exercise their $12-million option on left-hander Jaime Garcia, who was 10-13 with a 4.67 ERA in 32 games this season. The Cardinals could keep Garcia since he is the only left-hander in their rotation, or they could decide to trade him to fill another need at the big-league level.

St. Louis Cardinals

Ballpark Village Phase II: Apartments, restaurants, entertainment

Construction on Phase II of the St. Louis Cardinals’ Ballpark Village will begin in late 2017, the team announced Tuesday. The $220-million project will include a 29-story luxury apartment building, restaurants and entertainment next to Busch Stadium. Construction is expected to last until 2019. The project will create about 1,500 construction jobs and more than 1,000 permanent new jobs.

St. Louis Cardinals

Cardinals reliever Duke done for 2017

Left-handed reliever Zach Duke has undergone Tommy John surgery and is expected to miss the entire 2017 season. Duke, 33, also had a procedure performed on his forearm. St. Louis acquired Duke from the Chicago White Sox on July 31 for minor-league center fielder Charlie Tilson.

St. Louis Cardinals

Sorry, Cubbies, there’s no way a Cardinals fan can root for you

The Chicago Cubs and their long-suffering Wrigley Field fans have not won a World Series in 108 years, the most renown championships drought in all of sports. But as a fan of the St. Louis Cardinals, I cannot give them my sympathy or loyalty, even as they open play against the San Francisco Giants in the 2016 National League Divisional Series. This traditional Cardinals-Cubs rivalry dictates that I do not, just like Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees fans cannot root for each other. But what about you? Can you still be a St. Louis Cardinals fan and root for the Chicago Cubs in the NLDS?

St. Louis Cardinals

Cardinals to get defensive in offseason

St. Louis Cardinals General Manager John Mozeliak said Wednesday that adding a center fielder, addressing defensive shortcomings and improving the speed are among the team’s priorities as it builds toward 2017. The Cardinals (86-76) missed the playoffs by one game this season, their first absence from the postseason since 2010.

St. Louis Cardinals

Did the Cardinals make the grade in 2016? Here’s their report card

The St. Louis Cardinals tied a single-season National League record with 20 or more home runs and their 17 home runs off the bench set a Major League Baseball record. But the traditional powerhouse failed to reach the MLB playoffs for the first time in six years. Cardinals Manager Mike Matheny and General Manager John Mozeliak each get a C for their work behind the scenes. How did the rest of the St. Louis Cardinals do?

St. Louis Cardinals

Cardinals left to contemplate after first postseason miss in six years

October typically is when the St. Louis Cardinals shine. But this fall, the Cardinals are not among the elite teams in the major leagues. After a season-ending victory Sunday, made bittersweet when San Francisco defeated Los Angeles to earn the second NL wild-card spot, the Cardinals could only think about what went wrong and consider ways to make sure it doesn’t happen again in 2017.

Videos

Cardinals GM John Mozeliak and manager Mike Matheny talk season

St. Louis Cardinals General Manager John Mozeliak and manager Mike Matheny talk at the team's season-ending press conference Wednesday at Busch Stadium.
dwilhelm@bnd.com
Cardinals GM John Mozeliak and manager Mike Matheny talk season 4:13

Cardinals GM John Mozeliak and manager Mike Matheny talk season

Mike Matheny speaks after win keeps Cardinals in wild card race 3:29

Mike Matheny speaks after win keeps Cardinals in wild card race

GM John Mozeliak: Cardinals unlikely to exercise Matt Holliday's 2017 option 3:24

GM John Mozeliak: Cardinals unlikely to exercise Matt Holliday's 2017 option

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny speaks after controversial win over Reds 3:35

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny speaks after controversial win over Reds