The baseball world mourned the unexpected deaths of Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura and third baseman Andy Marte on Sunday. Ventura, 25, died in a car crash in the Dominican Republic on Sunday. Marte, 33, also died in a separate car crash Sunday in the Dominican Republic.
The annual topic of Yadier Molina's playing time -- and the question about whether this is the year the Cardinals rein it in -- predictably arose on the final day of the Cardinals' Winter Warm-Up. This time, though, manager Mike Matheny came with a bold and changed response.
Following a season in which he lost his everyday job and found himself back, albeit briefly, in the Minors, Kolten Wong spent his offseason assessing what went wrong while also listening to the Cardinals repeatedly affirm their intentions to open the 2017 season with him as their starting second baseman.
It's been nearly two years since the Cardinals first learned they were under investigation by the FBI and Justice Department for unauthorized access of the Astros' database, but the organization expects to learn what punishment Major League Baseball will hand down before the start of Spring Training.
These days, there may be more value placed on defense and certainly more time spent on evaluating and quantifying it than ever before. When MLBPipeline.com surveyed front-officials as to which prospects stood out most for their glovework, there was no shortage of candidates for out 2017 All-Defense Team.
After 17 straight years of avoiding arbitration hearings, the Cardinals are now preparing to engage in two after changing their organizational approach to negotiating with arbitration-eligible players.
Marco Gonzales and Mitch Harris, a pair of pitchers who had their 2016 seasons scrapped due to injury, are both positioned to be at or near the end of their rehab programs when the Cardinals open Spring Training next month.
Once fixtures together on the left side of the infield, Matt Carpenter and Jhonny Peralta are now projected to anchor the Cardinals from the corner spots. It's part of a shifting look to the Cardinals' infield, which, in the last 10 months, has unexpectedly evolved.
Despite the frigid temperatures throughout many big league cities, Major League Baseball's announcement Tuesday of the first workout dates of Spring Training should be enough to warm the hearts of baseball fans everywhere.
Two more members of the Cardinals' organization are poised to play in the World Baseball Classic, as infielder Matt Carpenter (USA) and top prospect Alex Reyes (Dominican Republic} both recently accepted invitations to join as first-time WBC participants.
With pitchers and catchers scheduled to report to Spring Training in less than six weeks, it's not too early to begin dissecting the Cardinals' 2017 roster. This is the first of a six-part Around the Horn series that will take a position-by-position look at the team's projected starters and backup options heading into next season. Up first: Catchers.
The club's winter priorities were addressed early with free-agent signings in November (Brett Cecil) and December (Dexter Fowler). That doesn't mean, however, that the Cardinals' offseason work is done.
Three months before the Cardinals open the 2017 season with a primetime home game against the rival Cubs, Busch Stadium served as the epicenter for another St. Louis-Chicago showdown on Monday afternoon.
Whether the roster changes and additions of Dexter Fowler and Brett Cecil will be enough to close the 17 1/2-game gap in the National League Central is unknown. But the Cardinals' pursuit to return to the postseason stage will, in large part, be dictated by the answers to these five pressing questions.