March 7, 1961: Red Schoendienst turns down other offers to return to St. Louis

The Los Angeles Angels offered a starting job in a new franchise. In Milwaukee, where he had won the World Series in 1957, there was an offer to join the coaching staff. At age 38, however, Red Schoendienst was eager to return home to St. Louis. After receiving his unconditional release from Milwaukee and turningContinue reading “March 7, 1961: Red Schoendienst turns down other offers to return to St. Louis”

March 13, 2008: Cardinals sign Kyle Lohse

With less than three weeks remaining before their March 31 season opener, the 2008 Cardinals were quickly running out of healthy starting pitchers. Mark Mulder was rehabbing from shoulder surgery. Chris Carpenter was working his way back from elbow surgery. Joel Pineiro was questionable with shoulder stiffness and Matt Clement had yet to pitch sinceContinue reading “March 13, 2008: Cardinals sign Kyle Lohse”

March 8, 2013: Cardinals sign Allen Craig to a five-year extension

When Allen Craig signed a five-year, $31 million contract extension with the Cardinals ahead of the 2013 season, he appeared primed for a long career in the middle of the St. Louis lineup. Less than 17 months later, Craig was playing for the Red Sox and searching for a batting stroke he never was ableContinue reading “March 8, 2013: Cardinals sign Allen Craig to a five-year extension”

March 4, 1948: Stan Musial ends brief spring training holdout

In the days before free agency, the reserve clause gave baseball teams all the leverage in determining each player’s salary. Even the greatest Cardinal of them all, Stan Musial, wasn’t immune. On March 4, 1948, Musial ended a brief spring training holdout in which the two-time National League MVP sought a $5,000 raise from hisContinue reading “March 4, 1948: Stan Musial ends brief spring training holdout”

March 1, 2012: Cardinals and Yadier Molina agree to a five-year contract extension

Less than three months after the Cardinals lost Albert Pujols to free agency, they ensured that Yadier Molina remained a franchise cornerstone with a five-year, $75 million contract. “I’m happy to be a Cardinal for 5-6 more years,” Molina said. “This is a great organization. I grew up here, I feel good here. It wasContinue reading “March 1, 2012: Cardinals and Yadier Molina agree to a five-year contract extension”