Monday, March 21, 2016
Michael Lance Lynn (born May 12, 1987) is an American professional baseball starting pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals of Major League Baseball (MLB). The Cardinals selected him in the first round of the 2008 MLB Draft from the University of Mississippi. He made his MLB debut on June 2, 2011, was a member of the Cardinals' World Series championship team that year and a National League All-Star in 2012. The Cardinals have made the playoffs in each of Lynn's major league seasons, and he has participated each time. On May 27, 2014, Lynn pitched his first career complete game and shutout, earned his 500th career strikeout three weeks later, and 50th career win April 15, 2015. Through 2015 he was the Cardinals' all-time franchise leader in career strikeouts per 9 innings pitched with 8.7. After undergoing Tommy John surgery, Lynn is expected to miss the entire 2016 season. He is currently signed through 2017. Currently Lance Lynn is in process of recovery but he will be out for the remaining 2016 season.
Monday, March 14, 2016
Michael Scott Matheny (born September 22, 1970) is an American former professional baseball catcher and the current manager of the St. Louis Cardinals of Major League Baseball (MLB) a position he has held since 2012. A product of the University of Michigan, Matheny was selected by the Milwaukee Brewers in the eighth round of the 1991 MLB Draft. He made his MLB debut for the Brewers in 1994 and retired in 2006 with the San Francisco Giants. He also played for the Toronto Blue Jays and Cardinals during his thirteen year catching career. After his playing career, Matheny coached Little League Baseball. The Cardinals hired him to manage following the 2011 season in spite of having no previous professional experience. Matheny grew up in Reynoldsburg, Ohio, just minutes from the city of Columbus. He graduated from Reynoldsburg High School, where he captained the baseball and football teams. Receiving little attention from nearby Ohio State University, University of Michigan coach Bud Middaugh offered him a scholarship to attend UM.
Wednesday, March 9, 2016
Matthew James Adams, born on August 31, 1988, is an American Professional Baseball First Baseman for the St. Louis Cardinals. Matt Adams grew up in Philipsburg, Centre County, Pennsylvania. The St. Louis Cardinals drafted Matt Adams in the 23rd round of the 2009 Major League Baseball Draft. At each level he played in the minor leagues Adams displayed unbelievable hitting ability. His first full-season assignment came in 2010 with the Quad Cities River Bandits of the Class A Midwest League. In 2011, Adams was named the Cardinals Minor League Player of the Year and the Texas League Most Valuable Player (MVP) after hitting .300, a .357 on-base percentage (OBP) and .566 SLG with 32 HR and 101 RBI in 115 games. He set club records in home runs and RBI including eclipsing the mark of 29 HR Colby Rasmus set in 2007. After the season Adams played in the Arizona Fall League (AFL) and he was selected to represent the Cardinals in the AFL Rising Stars Game.