Brandon Dickson

The games are over, but the roster games are just beginning. There has been activity surrounding the Cardinals’ 40-man roster in recent days, with Kyle Lohse and Lance Berkman filing for free agency, Lohse receiving a one-year qualifying offer from the club, and others being shuffled around in preparation for December’s Rule 5 draft. Kyle [...]

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Carp Season Over

by on July 3, 2012 · 5 comments

Chris Carpenter will have season-ending surgery which means that he will not throw a truly meaningful pitch in the 2012 season.  Lesser men might call it quits.  Lesser men do not throw a masterpiece together for game 5 of the NLDS while facing Roy Halladay and the Phillies.  Lesser men do not have postseason records [...]

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In this crazy world of ours, where nuclear war could break out at any moment, one must be ready for the worst at all times. Baseball is no different, and if any team should be doing as many duck-and-cover drills as infield drills, it’s the Cardinals. This is part of the deal when you stock [...]

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It’s not personal.  It’s business.  The St. Louis Cardinals do not need Roy Oswalt right now.  They may need him sometime down the road, but they really don’t need him right at this very moment.  Some people would have you believe otherwise, but it’s always easier when spending other people’s money.  Consider the pitchers that [...]

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The Cardinals’ release of veteran non-roster invitees Alex Cora and Koyie Hill on Sunday wasn’t the type of transaction that jumps off the computer screen at you, but it was another signal of how the organization has changed in recent years. Five years ago, and perhaps even more recently, Cora and/or Hill probably would have [...]

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If you are interested in a time-consuming yet meaningless exercise involving baseball and geeky numbers, then you have come to the right place.  If you are interested in silly Photoshop artwork involving baseball players, media members, and sometimes farm animals, you have also come to the right place.  For the latter, you may need to [...]

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WWU: On Deck for Sunday

by on January 14, 2012 · 0 comments

Much more to come from Saturday’s goings on at the Hyatt, but looking forward to Sunday, here is some of the Winter Warm-Up lineup for day two: Autographs 9am – David Green, JC Romero, Chris Duncan, Danny Cox, Curt Ford, Chuck Diering 10am – Red Schoendienst, Shelby Miller, Matt Adams, Jim Donohue 11am – Tony [...]

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A Quick Nine

by on September 6, 2011 · 5 comments

I had the unfortunate displeasure last night of sitting through almost an entire game at Busch Stadium with a loud, obnoxious know-it-all “fan” blathering on and on right behind me.  The man looked to be in his early to mid 70′s, and he seemed harmless enough until he claimed that Brandon Dickson had just made his [...]

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Riverboat Gambler

by on March 7, 2011 · 11 comments

“You got to know when to hold ‘em, know when to fold ‘em Know when to walk away and know when to run” ~Kenny Rogers (The Gambler) Those words of wisdom probably apply just as well to free agency as they do to poker, and there are certainly some parallels to be drawn.  You can’t win every [...]

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Getting This Party Started

by on August 26, 2009 · 1 comment

After such a warm welcome, I figured out the best way to introduce myself again to the three loyal readers of PH8. I’m going to talk entirely about another person. Erin Bolen has resumed her pinch-hitting role down in Springfield and shares with us that she has the inside track to take over the beat full-time. [...]

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