St. Louis Cardinals MLB Notebook – Week of March 15-21

photo: Kwang-Hyun Kim via Zoom (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

Spring Training Game Recaps

Monday, March 15 – Cardinals 4, Nationals 2

The St. Louis Cardinals were the victors over the Nationals 4-2 on Monday at Roger Dean Stadium.   Right hander John Gant made the start and tossed 4 2/3 innings, giving up two runs on four hits.  He struck out three and walked two.

John Gant

Gant was followed by Kodi Whitley, Andrew Miller, Tyler Webb, Genesis Cabrera and Alex Reyes. Whitley got the final out of the fifth, and Miller, Webb, Cabrera and Reyes each pitched a scoreless inning.

The Cardinals offense put up four runs on nine hits.  Nolan Arenado and Tyler O’Neill both went 2-for-3.    Three of the four runs scored in the fifth inning on Dylan Carlson’s triple, Nolan Gorman’s double, and an RBI single by Nolan Arenado.  Ednundo Sosa scored on a wild pitch in the eighth.

Paul Goldschmidt and Harrison Bader each singled and Sosa doubled.

Tuesday, March 16 – Off day

Wednesday, March 17 – Cardinals 4 at Astros 4

The Cardinals’ trip to play the Astros at the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches ended in a 4-4 tie.  St. Louis scored in the first inning on a two-run long ball from Paul Goldschmidt.

Paul Goldschmidt

The offense did not score again until the eighth inning. Max Moroff led off with a double and John Nogowski followed with a walk.  Jose Rondon hit into a fielder’s choice and Moroff scored on a throwing error by the Astros shortstop. With Nogowski on third, Austin Dean’s sac fly plated the fourth run.  The Cardinals had seven hits in total, with Tommy Edman going 3-for-3.

Starter Adam Wainwright pitched 4 2/3 innings and allowed two runs on five hits. He fanned four and walked one.  Angel Rondon got the final out of the fifth inning.  Jordan Hicks started the sixth and gave up one run before leaving with two outs.  Jesus Cruz finished the inning.  Jake Woodford followed with 1 2/3 innings in which he surrendered a run.  Seth Elledge and Kodi Whitley combined for the final 1 1/3 scoreless innings.

Tyler O’Neill and Edman each stole a base – O’Neill’s first and Edman’s second of the spring.  Edman and Dylan Carlson were picked off, Edman off second base and Carlson off first.  Hicks made a fielding error.

Thursday, March 18 – Cardinals 7, Marlins 5

The Cardinals were the home team at Roger Dean Stadium as they took on the Marlins, who they defeated 7-5.   Daniel Ponce de Leon took the mound to start and the right hander hurled five innings.  He surrendered four runs on four hits, struck out four and walked three.

Tyler Webb and Genesis Cabrera tossed a scoreless sixth and seventh, respectively.  Alex Reyes gave up a run in the eighth, his first of the spring, and was replaced with two outs by Roel Ramirez. Zack Thompson added a scoreless ninth.

Paul DeJong

The Redbirds offense scored seven runs on 13 hits. Paul DeJong, Justin Williams, and Austin Dean each went 2-for-3. Nolan Gorman was 2-for-2.  DeJong hit his first spring home run in the first inning to put the Cardinals on the board.  It was a two-run shot.

Dean plated a run on a single in the fourth.  In the eighth, Jose Rondon drew a bases loaded walk and Gorman doubled to clear the bases for three final runs.

Williams had an outfield assist at home plate.

Friday, March 19 – Cardinals 5 at Mets 8

The Cardinals were defeated by the Mets in Port St. Lucie by the score of 8-5.  St. Louis’ offense was held scoreless until the sixth inning when they finally got to Mets pitching for three runs.  Max Moroff blasted a two-run home run to right field following a walk by John Nogowski. Dylan Carlson singled and Evan Mendoza drove him home on a double.

The Cardinals scored again in the eighth when Nogowski singled and Scott Hurst thumped a two-run home run to right center field.  In addition to the two home runs and the Mendoza double, Delvin Perez doubled.

Carlos Martinez made the start for St. Loius.  The right hander pitched three innings and gave up five runs on five hits while striking out one and walking two.  Evan Kruczynski and Tommy Parsons combined for the fourth inning.  Parsons surrendered two runs in his 2/3-inning outing. Andrew Miller and Giovanny Gallegos followed with a scoreless inning each.  Matthew Liberatore tossed 1 2/3 innings and allowed one run. Jesus Cruz secured the final out of the eighth.

The Cardinals committed one error, a throwing error by third baseman Mendoza to second sacker Nolan Gorman.

Saturday, March 20 – Cardinals 5, Astros 2

The Cardinals played the Astros for the second time in the week and were the victors by the score of 5-2.   John Gant tossed five innings and gave up one run on three hits.

Ryan Helsley surrendered one run in the sixth. Jordan Hicks and Jake Woodford each tossed a scoreless inning.  Kodi Whitley pitched a scoreless ninth.

Dylan Carlson

Dylan Carlson hit his first spring home run, a two-run shot in the second inning to get the Cardinals on the board.  The Astros tied the game with runs in the third and sixth inning.  In the bottom of the seventh, Carlson singled and Harrison Bader drew a walk.  Both later scored on a single by John Nogowksi to give the Redbirds the 4-2 lead.  In the eighth, Lane Thomas’ sac fly plated the final run.

Bader had an outfield assist at third base.

Sunday, March 21 – Off day

News and Notes from Spring Training

  • Kwang-Hyun Kim is ahead of schedule in his recovery from back tightness. He will throw in a sim game on Monday, followed by a stadium game later in the week. Nevertheless it will be close in terms of his readiness for the regular season.
  • Mike Shildt says the Cardinals will carry 13 or 14 pitchers (of the 26 total allowed) to start the season based on team need.
  • Shildt says he doesn’t expect to split Goldschmidt and Arenado in the batting order. The manager further said he likes the look of Goldschmidt batting second.
  • Adam Wainwright is a strong possibility to pitch the home opener according to Mike Shildt.
  • Sunday was an off day and there was no baseball activity. Camp was closed.

For more

For recaps of manager Mike Shildt’s daily remarks with the media, check out the Spring Training News thread at The Cardinal Nation’s free forum.

Trade and Acquisition Rumors

There are no trade or acquisition rumors to report.

Transactions

  • 3/20 The Cardinals optioned RHP Angel Rondon, RHP Seth Elledge, and C Ali Sanchez to Memphis Redbirds.
  • 3/20 The Cardinals optioned C Ivan Herrera to Springfield Cardinals.
  • 3/20 The Cardinals reassigned RHP Roel Ramirez, C Aaron Antonini, 3B Evan Mendoza, SS Delvin Perez, OF Scott Hurst, and OF Conner Capel to minor league camp.

Injury Report

Kwang-Hyun Kim

  • LHP Kwang-Hyun Kim (back tightness) has been throwing bullpen sessions and will pitch in a sim game before returning to one spring appearance before the end of camp. Whether Kim will be available for his first turn in the rotation when the season begins is yet to be determined.
  • RHP Miles Mikolas (shoulder) had been shut down from throwing for 7-10 days. The right hander was recovering from surgery on his right flexor tendon and has had issues with a sore shoulder while throwing.  An MRI showed no structural issues.  Mikolas resumed playing catch on Wednesday.  He remains very unlikely to be available for opening day. John Gant and Daniel Ponce de Leon have been starting in place of Mikolas and Kim.
  • OF Matt Szczur (quad) has returned to play in spring games but seems behind other outfield candidates.

Looking Ahead

The final full week of Spring Training games begins on Monday when the Cardinals as the visiting team play the Marlins as the home team at Roger Dean Stadium.  Jack Flaherty is scheduled to make the start.

The Cardinals remain in Jupiter on Tuesday to take on the Nationals. On Wednesday the Mets come to Jupiter.

The team travels to Palm Beach to play the Astros on Thursday.  After a Friday off day, the Cardinals are will again appdear at Roger Dean Stadium to play the Marlins.  The Cardinals will be the home team.

On Sunday, the Cardinals return to Palm Beach to play the Nationals.

The Spring Training game schedule can be found here.  The Cardinals are playing only the four teams on the east coast of Florida to minimize travel.  Those teams are the Marlins, Mets, Astros and Nationals. The Cardinals have a 24-game schedule of six games each against the four teams, with four days on, then one off.

The last spring training game will be on March 29 against the Mets at Roger Dean Stadium, game time 11:05 am CT.  The Cardinals regular season begins on April 1 in Cincinnati in the Reds home opener.  Game time is 3:10 pm CT.

Blast from the Past

The third installment in the Cardinals Hall of Fame candidacy series features the only woman in our top tier of those  considered.  She was neither a player nor a coach, but an owner.

Helene Hathaway Robison Britton was born on January 30, 1879 in Cleveland, Ohio to Frank DeHass Robison and Sarah Carver Hathaway.  Frank Robison was the owner of the Cleveland Spiders along with his brother Stanley.  They also were the joint owners of a streetcar business in Cleveland.  Helene was encouraged by her parents to become familiar with sports and she of course developed a particular interest in baseball due to her father and uncle’s ownership of the Spiders.

The Spiders folded after the 1899 season and Frank and Stanley purchased the St. Louis Brown Stockings that same year.  Helene frequently traveled on road trips with the team. The team name was changed from the Brown Stockings to the Perfectos and in 1900 to the Cardinals.

In 1901, Helene married Schuyler Pearson Britton.  Helene’s father died in 1908 and her uncle Stanley became the sole owner of the team.  Stanley died three years later and bequeathed controlling interest in the team to Helene. The remaining shares went to Helene’s mother.  “Lady Bee” thus became the first woman to own a major league baseball team.

Helene received much pressure to sell the team as many felt a woman could not successfully run a major league franchise.  She would attend National League owners meetings where the pressure to sell was even greater.  She did not relent.

Helene “Lady Bee” Britton

While Helene originally got along well with Cardinals manager Roger Bresnahan, the goodwill did not last.  In her second season of ownership, Helene and Bresnahan clashed and he made repeated offers to buy the team but she refused to sell.  At the end of the 1912 season, Helene fired Bresnahan after he angrily told her that he would not listen to a woman telling him how to run a ball game.

In 1913, Helene left Cleveland and moved her family to St. Louis to a mansion on Lindell Boulevard.  That year her husband was elected President of the Cardinals.  Though Schuyler would attend the men’s only owners meetings, Helene controlled the operation.  One of her ideas was to hold a “Ladies Day” to lure women to attend the games.  It was considered unladylike for women to attend games unescorted so to encourage women to attend she would admit women who came with male escorts for free.

Helene encountered many obstacles in her ownership, including a lack of funds to renovate the ballpark.  Despite all the issues, she held on to her ownership in the wake of continued demands that she sell.  In 1914, the team rose to third place, the highest position by the team since her father and uncle bought the franchise.  She divorced her husband in 1917, claiming he was an alcoholic and he abused her.  He was removed as president of the Cardinals.

Helene finally relented and sold the Cardinals to Sam Breadon, who held a minority interest in the team, in 1917.  Her fortune had been depleted by her husband, who she claimed squandered her money.  Helene would state years later that she regretted her decision to sell because she loved baseball and loved the team.

Helene remarried in 1918 and passed away at the age of 70 on January 8, 1950.

While Helene’s ownership of the Cardinals was of a short duration, she did everything she could to progress the franchise, despite all odds.  She was a pioneer for women in baseball at a time when a woman running a major league team was unheard of.  If one looks at the pros and cons of her consideration to the Cardinals Hall of Fame, her history making ownership in and of itself is definitely a pro.  The cons of course would be that she never had a championship team and never had higher than a third-place finish.  Had she taken ownership at a much later time perhaps things might have been different.  Despite all that she should be considered for the Cardinals Hall of Fame strictly on the significance of her achievements in the context of her time.


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