Blog: Off season 2014-15

November 17, 2014. Today's trade that brings Jason Heyward and Jordan Walden presents some interesting number-related questions. Heyward has worn only one number in the majors, #22, which currently is donned by manager Mike Matheny. Back in 2000, Matheny gave up his #22 when Will Clark joined the team. Will he be willing to do it again now that he's a manager? Or will Heyward take Allen Craig's vacated #21? Heyward seems pretty attached to #22; even his Twitter handle is "jheytwotwo." As for Walden, he's worn two numbers -- #51 (not happening) and #52, which is currently worn by Wacha. I assume either Walden or Wacha will assume Shelby Miller's #40.

November 24, 2014. Jason Heyward will, indeed, wear #22. Mike Matheny agreed to give it up because of Heyward's strong attachment to it. When Matheny gave up #22 in 2000, he opted for #44. That number is currently assigned to Carlos Martinez, but there is speculation he may change to #18 to honor his close friend, Oscar Taveras. Stay tuned.

December 17, 2014. A week after the team made it official that Carlos Martinez will honor his late friend, Oscar Taveras, by wearing #18 in 2015, Mike Matheny announced today that he will wear #26 to honor his friends' son. Trevor Rosenthal, who has been #26, will take Martinez's former #44... Recent acquisition Mark Reynolds has worn numbers 27, 12, 39 and 7 during his career. Peralta and Holliday own 27 and 7; bullpen catcher Jamie Pogue has #39; but #12 is available with the departure of A.J. Pierzynski. So, I'm guessing we'll see #12 on Reynolds' back.

January 20, 2015. At the Winter Warm Up this past weekend, I had discussions with a couple different people about uniform numbers, specifically regarding when the team might take a few unused -- but not retired -- numbers off the shelf. Well, we learned today, courtesy of the Cardinals Nation Blog, that #25 will have a new owner in 2015. Bench coach David Bell will be switching from #23 to Mark McGwire's old #25... In that same article, Brian Walton writes that Mark Reynolds will wear #12; Matt Belisle will don #37; and Jordan Walden will be #53.

February 10, 2015. Here's everything you wanted to know about 2015 spring training number assignments, courtesy of our friend Brian Walton at the Cardinal Nation blog.

March 2, 2015. Does anyone recall another instance of a Cardinals player with a modified mask on his batting helmet? Will Jason Heyward be the first?

March 9, 2015. Voting is open for the fan segment of the Cardinals Hall of Fame. The eight candidates this year include Steve Carlton, Bob Forsch, Keith Hernandez, Mark McGwire, Matt Morris, Edgar Renteria, Ted Simmons and Joe Torre. I encourage you to vote early and often -- especially if you're voting for Ted Simmons. The guy belongs in Cooperstown, yet he didn't even make the team HOF in his first season of eligibility. With Willie McGee and Jim Edmonds out of the way, let's hope the Millennials casting the votes realize how great Simmons was. For the record, my second vote goes to Bob Forsch, who ranks highly in almost every team career pitching category... I've updated my bat "want list." If you can help me complete my 1926, 1964, 1967, 1982, 2006 and 2011 team sets, I'd love to hear from you!