St. Louis Cardinals MLB Notebook: Week of January 1-7

photo: Joaquin Andujar (Getty Images)

Cardinals announce minors coaches

Jason Isringhausen (Getty Images)

Significant changes to the St. Louis Cardinals minor league coaching staff for 2018 were announced on Thursday.    A new coach for each of the nine affiliates were included in the changes.  The realignment includes six new pitching coaches and seven new hitting coach assignments.  Seven of the nine affiliates will have returning managers. The Cardinals have added a second team in the Dominican Summer League for 2018.

The promotion of Bryan Eversgerd from Memphis pitching coach to St. Louis bullpen coach and the resignation of Springfield pitching coach Jason Simontacchi necessitated the changes on the pitching side.  New additions to the Cardinals minor league coaching staff include the hiring of Jason Isringhausen and Ryan Ludwick as minor league pitching and hitting instructor, respectively.

The full breakdown of the coaching assignments can be found here.

Trade and Acquisition Rumors

Bruce Levine of CBS Chicago writes that the Cardinals have shown interest in free agent RHP Jake Arrieta.  Levine reports that the Cardinals and Cubs have shown the most interest in Arrieta.

Jon Morosi of MLB.com reports via twitter that the Cardinals “remain involved” in a pursuit of Eric Hosmer.

Transactions

1/5/18 The Cardinals signed RHP Preston Guilmet to a minor league deal with an invitation to Spring Training.

Injury Report

There is no injury news to report.

Looking Ahead

The Cardinals annual Winter Warm-Up is scheduled for January 13-15 in St. Louis at the Hyatt Regency Hotel.  The annual Baseball Writers’ Dinner is scheduled for Sunday evening the 14th at the Union Station Hotel in downtown St. Louis.  Admission and autograph tickets for the Winter Warm-Up are on sale now either online at Cardinals.com or at the Busch Stadium Box Office.  Admission tickets are $40 for the three day event.

The annual Cardinals Caravan is scheduled in conjunction with the Winter Warm-Up.  The Caravan will take place January 12-15 with six caravans scheduled.  Caravans will traverse six states: Missouri, Illinois, Arkansas, Indiana, Kentucky, and Tennessee. Details can be found at https://www.mlb.com/cardinals/community/caravan .

January brings arbitration season.  The deadline for teams and arbitration eligible players to submit salary figures is January 13.  Any arbitration hearings will be scheduled during the first several weeks of February.  The Cardinals arbitration-eligible players are Michael Wacha, Tyler Lyons, Randal Grichuk, and the newly acquired Marcell Ozuna.

Blast from the Past

This week’s history segment features the 1984 Cardinals.  The 1984 season was the 103rd season of the franchise and the 93rd season in the National League.  The decade of the 1980s included one World Series Championship in 1982, and World Series appearances in 1985 and 1987.

The ‘84 Cardinals finished the season with a record of 84-78, which placed them third in the National League East, 12.5 games behind the Chicago Cubs.  The manager was Whitey Herzog and the GM was Joe McDonald.  The Cardinals were owned by Gussie Busch.

The Opening Day lineup was Lonnie Smith (LF), Ken Oberkfell (3B), Tom Herr (2B), George Hendrick (RF), Art Howe (1B), Willie McGee (CF), Darrell Porter (C), Ozzie Smith (SS), and Dave LaPoint (SP).

The longest losing streak was seven games, from April 18-24.  The longest winning streak was six games, from July 7-Aug 1.  The highest winning margin was a 12-2 defeat of the Mets on Sept 4.  The worst loss was an 11-0 loss to the Giants on April 7.  Home/Road splits were 44-37 at home and 40-41 on the road.

The top starting pitcher was Joaquin Andujar, who had a record of 20-14 with an ERA of 3.34.  Andujar led the National League in wins (20), innings pitched (261) and shutouts (four).  On offense, first baseman David Green hit 15 home runs and drove in 65.  Willie McGee hit .291 with a full season of plate appearances, while Terry Pendleton batted .324 in about a half season of action.

One notable transaction was the trade of Ken Oberkfell in June to the Braves for Ken Dayley and Mike Jorgensen.

Andujar and shortstop Ozzie Smith each won Gold Gloves in 1984.  Relief pitcher Bruce Sutter set the NL saves record of 45 saves. (Coincidentally, Sutter celebrates his 65th birthday on January 8.)

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