St. Louis Cardinals MLB Notebook: Week of February 5-11

Trade and Acquisition Rumors

There are no trade or acquisition rumors to report.

Transactions

2/7 The Cardinals invited 23 non-roster players to Spring Training.  They are RHPs Preston Guilmet, Arturo Reyes, Ryan Helsley, Jordan Hicks, Dakota Hudson, Hector Mendoza, Daniel Poncedeleon, and Jake Woodford, LHPs Sean Gilmartin and Jordan Schafer, OFs Adolis Garcia and Randy Arozarena, SSs Alex Mejia, Wilfredo Tovar and Tommy Edman, 1B Rangel Ravelo, 2B Max Schrock, 3B Patrick Wisdom, and Cs Francisco Pena, Steven Baron, Jeremy Martinez, Dennis Ortega, and Andrew Knizner.

More details here.

Injury Report

There is no injury news to report.

Looking Ahead

Pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report on February 13, with first workout scheduled on February 14.  Position players are scheduled to report on February 18 with first workout on February 19.  The first Spring Training game will be played on February 23 against the Marlins at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, FL.  Spring Training information, including the schedule, can be found here.

Blast from the Past

This week’s history segment features the 1930 St. Louis Cardinals.  The 1930 season was the 49th of the franchise and the 39th in the National League.

Chick Hafey

The Cardinals of 1930 finished with a record of 92-62, which earned them in first place in the National League.  They played the Philadelphia Athletics in the World Series but lost in six games.  The manager was Gabby Street, the general manager was Branch Rickey, and the owner was Sam Breadon.

The Opening Day lineup against the Chicago Cubs was Taylor Douthit (CF), Sparky Adams (2B), Frankie Frisch (3B), Jim Bottomley (1B), Chick Hafey (LF), Showboat Fisher (RF), Charlie Gelbert (SS), Jimmie Wilson (C) and Flint Rhem (SP).

The longest losing streak was seven games, from May 27-June 2.  The longest winning streak was nine games, twice, from May 7-16, and Aug 20-28.  The highest winning margin was a 16-3 defeat of the Cubs on May 20.  The worst loss was also to the Cubs, by a score of 16-4, on August 30.  Splits were 53-24 at home and 39-38 on the road.

Burleigh Grimes

The top starting pitcher was Burleigh Grimes, with a record of 13-6 and an ERA of 3.01.  The best offensive performance was from Chick Hafey, who hit .336/.407/.652, with 26 home runs and 107 RBI.

In 1930, every Cardinal player with over 300 at-bats had a batting average over .300.  This is the only time in history this has occurred.

In Game 5 of the World Series, starter Grimes kept the Athletics from scoring through eight innings.  The score was 0-0.  In the top of the ninth, Grimes gave up a two run home run to Jimmie Foxx to give the Athletics the win.  Grimes was reported to have said, “He hit it so hard I couldn’t feel sorry for myself”.

The Cardinals had led the league in runs scored and averaged six runs per game in the regular season.  In the World Series, the Cardinals managed only two runs per game.

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