2023 Baseball Hall of Fame ballot: Stark’s 5 things to watch — Scott Rolen, Carlos Beltrán, 3 risers

I could tell, just by all the layers of clothing I had to throw on Monday to bring in my Amazon delivery, that it wasn’t baseball season anymore. But at least it was the next best thing, by which I mean … The first day of Hall of Fame voting season. You won’t find anyone … Read more

Rosenthal: What I’m hearing about MLB free agency with Justin Verlander, Anthony Rizzo and more

What I’m hearing: • The market for free-agent starting pitchers is quite active, and the early asks from the three biggest names — Jacob deGrom, Justin Verlander and Carlos Rodón— are, to no one’s surprise, quite high. Rangers general manager Chris Young, who already traded for Jake Odorizzi and extended a qualifying offer to Martín … Read more

Nolan Arenado opting in to remainder of five-year contract with Cardinals

Daniel Guerrero, Derrick Goold The Cardinals will have their star third baseman Nolan Arenado back for 2023 and for every season after that through 2027. Arenado — a seven-time All-Star and nine-time Gold Glover — notified the Cardinals that he is opting into the remainder of his five-year contract. “I love the organization, I love … Read more

Cardinals’ Nolan Arenado opting into remainder of contract: Source

Cardinals third baseman Nolan Arenado has informed the organization he will be opting into the remainder of his five-year, $144 million contract, a league source told The Athletic on Saturday. Arenado, who was traded to St. Louis from Colorado prior to the 2021 season, was facing his second and final opt-out clause in the deal. … Read more

Back with Cardinals, Adam Wainwright says 2023 season will be his last

St. Louis Cardinals president of operations John Mozeliak on Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2022 talks about the return of Adam Wainwright for another season with the team. That final walk off the field and into the offseason was longer than usual this season for Adam Wainwright, who had to come all the way … Read more

Skip Schumaker named Marlins new manager, starting changes to Cardinals’ coaching staff

After a year in the position that has become a steppingstone from the Cardinals dugout to a promotion, Skip Schumaker was named the Miami Marlins’ new manager Tuesday, and his departure offers a glimpse into what could be several changes coming to Oliver Marmol’s staff in St louis. Schumaker is the fourth consecutive Cardinals bench … Read more

Law’s Arizona Fall League takeaways: From Jackson Merrill to Matt Mervis, everything I saw in 12 games

I’m back from my six-night, 12-game run through the Arizona Fall League, so I’m emptying the notebook to finish off what I started in last week’s post. I saw every team at least three times, so I’ve got notes on almost everyone on the rosters, barring a few starting pitchers, although in some cases I … Read more

Cardinals relief ace Bruce Sutter, who clinched 1982 World Series, dies at 69

Bruce Sutter played for the St. Louis Cardinals from 1981 to 1984 and helped the team clinch the 1982 World Series. He passed away on Friday, Oct. 14, 2022. Bruce Sutter, who threw the final pitch of the 1982 World Series to clinch the Cardinals’ first championship in 15 years, died at … Read more

Mariners, Guardians deliver a day of historic comebacks, scoreless innings: Stark’s Weird and Wild on MLB playoffs

Have you heard the October tale about the team that made a seven-run deficit disappear? What about the story of an unreal game in Cleveland in which nearly five hours went by without anybody scoring a run? Maybe you were lucky enough to see those games. But maybe you were busy running errands, hitting golf … Read more

Poof! Cardinals’ ‘magic’ season vanishes in sweep. Their next trick is up to new core

As he walked to the plate with a chance to push the game one hit deeper into the night, the season one game further into the weekend, and his career one day longer into October, Yadier Molina paused and whispered a prayer. He refused to be the last out of his last game. “I was … Read more