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September 18, 2014. Tony Cruz was using a Gwynn-finished Chandler bat tonight.

September 12, 2014. The team returned home from Cincinnati today and, though 9/11 was yesterday, players again wore flags on their caps.

September 11, 2014. Holliday used a Nnywg Marucci bat in his last plate appearance today; a close-up look revealed it was a Descalso model... The team wore flags on their navy caps above the left ear.

September 10, 2014. Tyler Lyons, who doesn't bat that much, is up to his third brand. Tonight, he was using a black Tucci Lumber bat.

September 9, 2014. Two MLB debuts tonight. Sam Tuivailala is wearing #64, while Tommy Pham is the proud owner of #60. Pham, whose NOB jersey letters featured some unusual spacing, swung a black Max Bat... Taveras was swinging a Nnywg-finished Marucci with Carlos Martinez's name on the barrel.

September 8, 2014. Well, add another Nnywg-finished bat to Matt Adam's arsenal. He's now swinging a Dinger bat. That makes eight different brands he's used this season, and seven had the Nnywg finish.

September 7, 2014. Taveras was swinging a natural Louisville Slugger. It was his personal model.

September 4, 2014. Xavier Scruggs made his MLB debut tonight wearing the #59 that was abandoned by George Kottaras when he was released. Scruggs started at first base and swung a Nnywg-finished Old Hickory bat with criss-crossing white tape that extended far up the handle. It's interesting the guy Scruggs replaced tonight, Matt Adams, has used Nnywg-finished bats made by just about everyone except Old Hickory (and Louisville Slugger)... Scruggs later used a black Old Hickory with the same tape job... Pierzynski swung a black Marucci bat tonight... A Cardinals Care source told reader Jason Vahling that jerseys were, indeed, ordered for a jersey-off-the-back day on Monday, but the promotion was canceled due to the late arrival of the uniform tops. The source also says the jerseys have been signed -- unworn, I assume -- and will be auctioned in coming weeks and at the Winter Warm Up in January... If you're in the market for game-used Matt Adams bats, cleats or batting gloves, let me know. I might be able to hook you up.

September 2, 2014. Thanks to MLB auctions, we know that Jon Jay has used Daniel Descalso bats, while A.J. Pierzynski used a Red Sox-branded bat against his former mates... The Cards called up five players from the minor leagues now that rosters can be expanded, but all have already played at the major league level this season, so no changes needed for the uniform number database... A reminder -- if you have a 1998 Mark McGwire bat, I need photos and information for the project I'm working on. Thanks!

September 1, 2014. Lance Lynn had consistently used a black LS bat this season, but today, he switched to a Nnywg-finished LS... The Cardinals were supposed to have a "jersey-off-the-back" game today, but for some reason, it was not held. Rumor had it that instead of employing scratch-off raffle tickets, as they've done before for Labor Day games, there was going to be a silent auction this year. In the end, neither happened. I'll try to get an explanation from the team, but I'm sure it will provide little solace to a few collectors who traveled many miles for the game, just so they could bid on a game-used jersey.

August 31, 2014. I've started work on a new project, trying to capture as much information as possible about every 1998 Mark McGwire bat that's known to exist in the collector's market. I already have catalogued more than 50 bats that have been offered at auction or are owned in private collections. For the record, most of those are sketchy; very few possess the legit characteristics one would expect to see on a Mac gamer. If you have a 1998 McGwire bat, please contact me. I'd love to see photos and get your bat's specs for my database/project... Pete Kozma is back with a different bat -- a Gwynn-finished Sam Bat.

August 30, 2014. Matt Adams had used six different brands before tonight's second game of the double-header, but all had the same Nnywg finish. Perhaps in search of a slump buster, he tried something new -- Shelby Miller's black Tucci Lumber bat... Tyler Lyons swung a natural Old Hickory.

August 25, 2014. Lackey was swinging his third different bat during his short time in St. Louis, a black Marucci.

August 23, 2014. Shane Robinson used something other than a natural Marucci bat -- same brand, but black.

August 22, 2014. While it's not a new model or finish, I did note tonight that the flame finish on the barrel of Wainwright's bat was so dark, it almost looked brown.


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