Blog: 2017 Season

April 2, 2017. Opening day! Two changes to the uniform this season: the New Era logo is now featured on the left side of players' caps, and batting helmets now have 3D logos... Not a single player swung a Louisville Slugger bat tonight. Man, how the game has changed. Marucci was the bat of choice for Carpenter, Peralta, Molina, Gyorko, C. Martinez and Garcia. Piscotty and Grichuk used Max Bat, while Fowler and Wong swung Chandler. Diaz wielded Old Hickory, and J. Martinez used Zinger. I'll be tracking this year's bat use here... Several guys are using Lizard Skins bat grips. The ones I could see: Fowler, Diaz, Molina, Piscotty, Grichuk, Wong and Garcia.

April 4, 2017. I was focused on players' bats Sunday and didn't notice the STL logos on some guys' socks. Have to say, I'm not a fan of logos on socks... It appears most of the guys showing their socks wear the logos on the outside. But, Brett Cecil had his logos on the insides of his ankles... Wainwright was the first Redbird to use a Louisville Slugger; it had a flame finish. Adams swung a Nnywg Dinger bat.

April 6, 2017. Lance Lynn swung a natural ash Marucci with a flame finish; it had Lizard Skins on the handle.

April 7, 2017. Leake appeared to be using an Old Hickory with a Hornsby finish.

April 8, 2017. Wacha swung a Gwynn-finished Marucci bat, while Fryer used a natural Phoenix. With Fryer's pinch-hit appearance, every member of the 25-man roster has now appeared this season.

May 5, 2017. Tommy Pham is back in the bigs, wearing his #28. He swuing a Gwynn-finished Victus bat.

May 7, 2017. Magneuris Sierra made his MLB debut wearing #43. He used a Louisville Slugger with a black handle and cherry barrel.

May 13, 2017. Mother's Day is now a two-day event, so the special unis and pink bats get double exposure. Among those using pink bats: Fowler (Chandler), Diaz (Old Hickory, 1st AB only), Carpenter, Gyorko, Molina, Greg Garcia and Carlos Martinez (Marucci). Carpenter swung his for just two ABs.

May 14, 2017. Mother's Day. Among those using pink bats: Wong and Fowler (Chandler), Grichuk (Max), Gyorko, Molina and Greg Garcia (Marucci).

May 16, 2017. Tonight and tomorrow, the Cards are donning 1967 throwbacks. A very good-looking TBTC set. The 50th anniversary patches on the sleeve and cap are huge turnoffs, but the cream color and proper characteristics (piping on the pants!) were gorgeous. My favorite feature -- the short sleeves. Don't know how many people noticed, but that was a great detail to include.

May 27, 2017. Hideous Memorial Day uniforms today and for the next couple of games. While the camo has been toned down this year, the socks just about make up for it.

May 28, 2017. Both Paul DeJong and John Brebbia made their MLB debuts today. While a debut is something to celebrate, I feel bad anytime a guy plays his first game in a nonstandard uniform. I imagine their grandkids looking at photos someday and asking, "Grandpa, why are the Cardinals on your uniform gray and your hat not red?" DeJong is wearing #11, it's first appearance on a player's back since Fernando Tatis donned it in 1998. Since then, it's been assigned to coach Jose Oquendo. Brebbia has been assigned #60... DeJong joined the short list of Redbirds to homer in their first MLB at-bats. He used a Louisvile Slugger with a cherry handle and black barrel.

May 29, 2017. The team wore the home version of its Memorial Day weekend uniform. As far as I know, it's the first time the team has worn both the home and road versions of a "special event" uniform during consecutive days. Ugh, those socks.

June 6, 2017. John Gant made his Cardinals debut tonight wearing #53.

June 8, 2017. Chad Huffman made his Cardinals debut, seven years after his last MLB appearance (for the Yankees). He's wearing #65 and using a Marucci bat with a Gwynn finish. Gant was optioned back to AAA.

June 9, 2017. All sorts of news today. Peralta was DFA'd as Wong was recalled from his injury assignment. Third base coach Chris Maloney was reassigned within the organization and Mike Shildt will assume Maloney's former duties. Assistant hitting coach Bill Mueller is taking a leave of absence and will be replaced for now by Mark Budaska; "Buda" will wear #79 once his arm is out of a sling. Maloney's spot on the coaching staff will be filled by Ron "Pop" Warner, who'll wear #75. This marks the first time both #75 and #79 have been issued by the team during the season.

June 13, 2017. After missing an entire season to injury, Marco Gonzales returned today as the "26th man" to pitch in the double-header. He is wearing the same #56 he donned in 2015.

June 16, 2017. With Peralta's release, Brett Cecil has seized the opportunity to claim and newly available #27, Cecil's old number in Toronto.

June 17, 2017. The Cards (and everyone else) are wearing special uniforms today and tomorrow for Father's Day. Here's the jersey and cap. Meh.

June 18, 2017. Father's Day uniforms again. Zzz.

June 25, 2017. St. Louis native Luke Voit made his big league debut wearing #40 and swinging a black Marucci bat.

June 29, 2017. Alex Mejia made his MLB debut wearing #54, and Mike Mayers made his first apperance of 2017 wearing the same #59 he wore last season.

July 1, 2017. It's time for the hideous Independence Day jerseys and caps again. But, instead of one or two games, we get to "enjoy" them for four straight games! This year with unmatching socks.

July 3, 2017. Luke Weaver made his 2017 debut wearing the same #62 from last year.

July 21, 2017. Zach Duke has been recalled off the 60-day DL and Carson Kelly was promoted from AAA. I expect Duke will again wear #29, while Kelly will switch from #71 to #30, which was recently vacated by Broxton.

July 25, 2017. Harrison Bader made his MLB debut tonight wearing #48. He swing a black Marucci bat.

August 9, 2017. Today, MLB announced "Player's Weekend," a three-day event (Aug. 25-27) in which players will wear "colorful, nontraditional uniforms featuring alternate designs inspired by youth-league uniforms." Many players' jerseys will have their nicknames on the back, and they can personalize a sleeve patch with the name of their mentor/inspiration. Players also will be allowed to wear and use uniquely colored and designed spikes, batting gloves, wristbands, compression sleeves, catcher's masks and bats. It should be a sight to behold. Here is what the Cardinals jersey and cap will look like, and here's a rundown of the nicknames that will be used... The Cards and Pirates will wear the uniforms for a fourth game, on Aug. 20 when they meet in Williamsport, Penn., for the MLB Little League Classic... I'm especially intrigued by Oh's jersey, which has his nickname in Korean; not sure if that's "Stone Buddha" or "The Final Boss." DeJong will not have a nickname on the back. He wanted Pauly D., but it's apparently trademarked by some radio personality. Though not pictured, Leake will wear "Sparky."

August 19, 2017. Josh Lucas made his MLB debut wearing #77.

August 25, 2017. Ryan Sherriff made his MLB debut wearing #65.

September 1, 2017. Jack Flaherty made his MLB debut wearing #32.

September 3, 2017. Sandy Alcantara made his MLB debut wearing #56.

September 5, 2017. Breyvic Valera made his MLB debut wearing #41.

September 8, 2017. Juan Nicasio made his Cardinals debut wearing #12, an unusual number for a pitcher.

September 12, 2017. Alberto Rosario made his 2017 debut wearing #68.