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May 18, 2016. The Cardinals Authentics store received its first batch of 2016 broken bats from the clubhouse and sent collectors an email today with costs and descriptions. If these prices were set by the Mariners or Rockies, I might understand; after all, weed is legal in their states. But, more than $500 for Moss and Gyorko? More than $300 for Tejada and Fryer? More than $2,500 for a Piscotty because he hit a random home run with it? I'm being serious here -- if you buy a bat from this list, I'd love to hear which one and why. Because I just can't understand the rationale behind this pricing in a world where Ozzie Smith bats can be had for $500, Ted Simmons bats are $350 and Willie McGee sells for $200. I was fretting this past weekend because I splurged for a late-'60s game-used and signed Curt Flood bat. After seeing that Piscotty bat, I feel like I got a bargain on the Flood.

May 15, 2016. Yesterday and today, players on the Cardinals and across baseball sported temporary "Play Ball" patches on their jerseys. It was part of a marketing campaign by MLB to engage young fans.

May 14, 2016. Dean Kiekhefer made his MLB debut today wearing #60.

May 8, 2016. Once upon a time, not so long ago, a game on Mother's Day meant a few guys would use pink bats. This year, it meant special jerseys and caps, along with a variety of personal touches. I wasn't able to see the entire game, but here's what I did see. Players using pink bats included Piscotty (Max), Hazelbaker (Old Hickory), Wong (unknown), Gyorko (Marucci) and Grichuk (Max). Nearly everyone, with the notable exception of Molina, wore pink undershirts. Guys with pink cleats included Carpenter, Piscotty, Holliday, Moss and Wacha, while Hazelbaker's shoes had a flower pattern to match his wristbands. Wong also had flowered wristbands and batting gloves. Pink wristbands were worn by Carpenter, Molina and Grichuk. Gyorko and Holliday had pink batting gloves. Molina had a pink elbow guard.

April 30, 2016. Congratulations to the Cardinals Hall of Fame 2016 class. Nobody was shocked that Chris Carpenter breezed in during his first year of eligibility, but I was pleasantly surprised that Joe Torre was also selected by fans. If you've read my tweets the past few weeks, you know I was voting for Torre and Keith Hernandez. Also pleased to see Terry Moore and Sam Breadon earn admission. Moore was Jim Edmonds before Edmonds, and Breadon was the team's president for nine pennants and six world championships. A solid class... Aledmys Diaz is still using bats from spring training; his spring #73, though crossed out, is still visible on his bat knobs.

April 19, 2016. Ruben Tejada made his Redbirds debut tonight wearing Jon Jay's old #19. He swung a natural Louisville Slugger, becoming the second position player on this year's team to use a LS. The 131-year-old bat maker has a new logo this season, but so far, only Leake's bats have featured the updated center brand... The bases on the field tonight during pregame BP honored Cardinals Hall of Famer Lou Brock.

April 18, 2016. Just a reminder: Voting for this year's Cardinals Hall of Fame ends at 11:59 p.m. on April 20. Recognizing that Chris Carpenter will run away with the top spot, I'm voting for Joe Torre and Keith Hernandez in hopes one of them can grab second place... Wong has switched bats again. This one has a black handle and brown barrel. Don't know if it's the Max Bat he's already used this year, or another brand.

April 17, 2016. Eric Fryer is definitely using a Phoenix bat, and he's using it well, going 6-6 so far this season.

April 15, 2016. For the 10th season, MLB celebrated Jackie Robinson day and the Cardinals all wore #42 in Robinson's honor.

April 14, 2016. Wong was swinging a Victus bat with a cherry handle and black barrel.

April 13, 2016. Today, MLB unveiled the special event caps and jerseys that will be worn in 2016. These are truly awful. At the risk of sounding like a grumpy old man, I miss the days when teams wore white at home, gray on the road and had one cap... Adams swung a matte black Marucci bat.

April 11, 2016. Opening day at Busch... I was pleasantly surprised to see no patch was added to jerseys to commemorate the 10-year anniversary of Busch Stadium III. Personally, I think 10 years in a ballpark is a lame milestone to mark; fine for marketing and in-stadium entertainment, but it doesn't need to be acknowledged on the uniform. Kudos to the Cards for choosing class over a crass marketing opportunity... Around the fifth inning, balls used early in the game were brought out and sold at the Authentics Store. Common balls with the opening day logo were $100. Hit balls were more. I saw one that was more than $200. Diaz's 2nd inning double was $160... My favorite purchase of the day--two grip sticks (different colors) the players use on their bats, just $5 each...Wong was swinging a Rawlings with a black barrel and matte black handle... Fryer batted again, and again I could not make out the logo. I think it could be a Phoenix bat.

April 10, 2016. Noticed Holliday swinging a Gwynn-finished Marucci... Thanks to a 9th inning rally, Rosenthal--who entered the game in the 8th as part of a double switch--made his first plate appearance. He was using a black Max Bat with #15 on the knob, so it almost surely was Grichuk's bat.

April 9, 2016. Carlos Martinez used a natural Marucci bat. He's the last pitcher on the opening day roster to appear in a game. On the offensive side, the final bat on the bench, Eric Fryer, made his debut as a pinch runner and defensive substitute wearing #59. A 9th inning rally allowed him to get to the plate, where he promptly broke his bat on the first pitch. I couldn't see the brand, but it was a natural-finished bat... Moss used a black Louisville Slugger.

April 8, 2016. The Cardinals established a Major League record tonight with three pinch-hit home runs. Hazelbaker tied the game in the 7th (black Old Hickory), Diaz put the Cards on top in the 8th (Gwynn Old Hickory) and Greg Garcia added insurance in the 9th (black Marucci)... Jaime Garcia swung a Nnywg-finished Marucci.

April 6, 2016. Mike Leake is a rare bird. Not many pitchers opt to wear a single digit, but by donning #8 tonight, Leake joined a small club. He also is among a decreasing number of Cardinals swinging a Louisville Slugger (his has the brown/Hornsby finish). Three games into the season, Wainwright is the only other Redbird batter to use a LS... Greg Garcia used a black Marucci... Matt Bowman made his MLB debut wearing #67.

April 5, 2016. Two changes to the Cardinals uniform to note this season. First, Cool Base jerseys have been abandoned in favor of Flexbase jerseys. The new style features a side panel that runs from the armpit all the way to the bottom hem (note Wainwright's jersey, while Yadi appears to still wear knit jerseys). Eagle-eyed fans will note a new Majestic logo on the left sleeve. Though not visible when jerseys are tucked in, the Flexbase shirts also have a vented rear flap. The second change involves the pants, where the MLB logo is now included on the back belt loop. It will henceforth be known as the MLB tramp stamp... Moss switched to a Nnwyg-finished B45 bat... Aledmys Dias made his MLB debut wearing #36 and swinging a Gwynn Old Hickory... Wacha went to the plate with a natural Marucci bat.

April 3, 2016. And we're back. Opening day! The website has certainly been on the back burner since I landed my current job, but I'm going to try harder to update it more often... The uniform number database has been updated to include today's game... I've also created a new bat use page for 2016... From what I could tell, Carpenter was swinging his typical Gwynn-finished Marucci. Pham used a Gwynn bat in his one appearance; I think it was a Victus, but am not sure. Holliday is still using Old Hickory, but today's bat was brown. Grichuk and Wong both had black Max Bats, but Wong's appeared to have two shades of black. Piscotty also swung Max Bat, but it had a Walker finish. Molina is back to using Nnwyg Marucci bats after using axe-handled Victus bats in the postseason last year. His bat today had a yellow grip. Gyorko used natural Maruccis. Wainwright was swinging a flame-finished Louisville Slugger with white graphics. I believe Adams was using a Nnwyg Dinger bat. Hazelbaker used a black Old Hickory in his debut. And Moss swung a Gwynn Marucci.


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