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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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 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.


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