Winter Warm Up Kicks Off With Descalso

Daniel Descalso exited the 2013 season without knowing what his position for the upcoming season would be.  That didn’t stop him from preparing in the same manner as he has every winter.  He didn’t mind the short offseason, which was a result of reaching Game 6 of the World Series.

imageedit_1_5272206909“I’ll take a short offseason every year.   Making the playoffs is the ultimate goal.  You take a few weeks off and get back into it.”

When asked about his spot on the club this upcoming season, Descalso didn’t hesitate before saying he was ready to simply compete.

“You bring in great players like Ellis and Peralta, and we will just see where I fit.  I did the same kind of prep that I usually do.  Put in work at all three infield spots and see what comes in February.”

Every athlete has a regime that has them hit the field and get their work in.  Descalso has a group of 20 players including some minor league guys that get together In San Francisco to train.

“I have worked for the last 4 or 5 years with a group of 20 guys and we get ourselves ready with strength and stamina.  We have trainers there.”

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Stay Tuned for Winter Warm-Up Coverage

It’s another step closer to the 2014 season beginning this weekend, with the Cardinals Winter Warm-Up taking place at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch from tomorrow through Monday.

a-craigWhether you’re able to attend or not, you’ll be able to find out what all the players had to say courtesy of Dan Buffa from Dose of Buffa, who is covering the Warm-Up for us here at Aaron Miles’ Fastball. Dan will be there all weekend, in the media sessions and checking out the Warm-Up overall, so check back often for his reports (and follow us on Twitter and like our Facebook page for the latest too).

You can find the entire Winter Warm-Up schedule here, as well as the autograph schedule here. Many autograph tickets are already sold out, not surprisingly, but there are still some players who you will be able to purchase autograph tickets for at the Warm-Up, such as Daniel Descalso, Lance Lynn and the just-added Carlos Martinez.

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Catching Up With The Cardinals: Friday Edition

Friday at last, of a seemingly very long week — guess the polar vortex and snow will do that. And, with just over a month until Cardinals pitchers and catchers report to Jupiter on Feb. 12, baseball still seems far away.

saint_louis_cardinals_logoNot that there hasn’t been baseball in the news this week, with the results of the Hall of Fame voting revealed on Wednesday (and all the moralizing and lecturing and pomposity from too many of those who voted spewing out both before and after). Ahead of that, though, Graham Womack at Baseball Past and Present on Monday unveiled his fourth edition of the 50 best baseball players not in the Hall of Fame. It’s a long and great read, well worth the time for the information on each player (although three listed now are Hall of Famers — congratulations to Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Frank Thomas). There are several Cardinals on the list, including Ted Simmons at No. 26, Joe Torre at No. 34 (as a player, since he’ll be inducted as a manager in July) and Ken Boyer at No. 40 (and I was privileged to write about him for the project).

Speaking of Simmons, if you haven’t read The Sin of Being Second to the Best Ever by Derrick Goold yet, read it now.

Also, check out Legendary Cardinals Instructor George Kissell Deserves a Spot in the Hall of Fame from Stan McNeal at Fox Sports Midwest. Definitely would be a deserving honor for a man who did have, still has and will continue to have such an impact on the Cardinals and all those who have played for the team.

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Winter Warm-Up Autograph Tickets On Sale Monday

Ah, yes, it’s almost Winter Warm-Up time now — autograph tickets go on sale this Monday, Jan. 6, at 9 a.m. Central Time.

Photo from 2012 Winter Warm-Up by Nicole

Photo from 2012 Winter Warm-Up by Nicole

I’ll admit I love seeing the pricing for the autograph tickets when they go on sale each year — whose is the most expensive (no surprise that it’s Yadi, at $100), whose seems ridiculously low ($5 for Pete Kozma and Shane Robinson) and what the prices are for new guys (Jhonny Peralta’s is $25, Peter Bourjos is $20 and Mark Ellis is in the previous category at $5). I also am extremely curious as to who decides on these prices and how — particularly when it comes to the new guys. How is it determined an autograph from Peralta should be the same fee as that of Shelby Miller? And how is Trevor Rosenthal’s more than Shelby’s, at $35? Also, since he’s pictured above, Jason Motte’s is $30 (and the complete list is below).

But enough with the Winter Warm-Up autograph price mysteries. Here are the details directly from the Cardinals …

Cardinals Care, the charitable foundation of the St. Louis Cardinals, announced that fans may begin purchasing autograph tickets for the 18th annual Winter Warm-Up on the team’s website,, at 9 a.m. Central Time on Monday, Jan. 6

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2014 Winter Warm-Up Tickets On Sale Friday

Cardinals Care, the charitable foundation of the St. Louis Cardinals, announced today that tickets for the 18th annual Winter Warm-Up (#WWU) will be available starting Friday, Nov. 29, at 9 a.m. Central Time.

saint_louis_cardinals_logoOne of the most popular fan events in baseball, Winter Warm-Up takes place Saturday, Jan. 18, through Monday, Jan. 20 (Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day), at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch. The event times are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday.

Fans can purchase admission passes for the three-day Winter Warm-Up online at, in the official Cardinals Team Store at Busch Stadium and at Cardinals Clubhouse stores located around St. Louis.

The prices for admission passes, which are valid for all three days of the Warm-Up, will remain the same as the last few years – $40 for fans age 16 and over, $10 for children age 5 to 15. Kids under 5 are admitted free of charge. Members of the military, police and fire departments with an active ID can receive one free adult pass which must be obtained in person at the Official Cardinals Team Store at Busch Stadium or at the event.

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