Brian Dozier (Jesse Johnson / USA TODAY Sports Images)

A recap of St. Louis Cardinals-related news from the period of December 19-25, 2016.

Last week’s St. Louis Cardinals news includes a significant passing, outdoor hockey, a new free agent rumor and more.

Former Cardinal Phil Gagliano passes away

Infielder Phil Gagliano, who played for the St. Louis Cardinals from 1963-1970, passed away at his home in Branson, Mo on December 19 at the age of 74.

Gagliano held primarily a bench role with the Cardinals, and in eight seasons playing second base and third base had a slash line of .236/.303/.319.  The Cubs traded Gagliano at the end of the 1970 season to the Boston Red Sox and he spent two seasons in Boston before being dealt to Cincinnati in March 1973.  The infielder ended his career with the Reds, and was released at the conclusion of the 1974 season.

Visitation for Gagliano was held on Monday at the St. Louis Catholic Church.

 

NHL Winter Classic to be held at Busch Stadium

On Monday, January 2, Busch Stadium will host the ninth NHL Winter Classic.  Busch Stadium joins Wrigley Field, Fenway Park, Citizens Bank Park, and Nationals Park as a venue for the popular hockey event.

The St. Louis Blues are set to play the Chicago Blackhawks in a packed Busch Stadium at noon CT.  The Winter Classic will be accompanied by other events beginning with an Alumni Game on Saturday at 1:30 pm CT.  Former hockey stars such as Wayne Gretsky, Brett Hull, Bernie Federko, Peter Stasny, and Chris Pronger are scheduled to participate.  Prior to the alumni game, Ballpark Village will host a pre-game tailgate party from 9:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday.  Two other tailgate party events are scheduled from noon to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, and 9:00 a.m. to noon on Monday.   Monday’s event will feature St. Louis native Nelly as the headlining entertainer.

The Cardinals and Blues will team up to host a closing ceremony event to the Winter Classic called The One Nation Classic on January 8.  This event will include a skills competition among Blues players, a pick-up hockey game featuring Cardinals’ president Bill DeWitt III and Blues majority owner Bill Stillman as captains.  Also participating in the pick-up game will be Cardinals’ former outfielder Jim Edmonds and current bullpen coach Blaise Ilsley.

The Winter Classic will be televised nationally on NBC.

 

Trade and Acquisition Rumors

Minneapolis sports reporter Darren Wolfson tweeted tweeted Monday that the Cardinals are “very much in” on Twins second baseman Brian Dozier. 

http://www.scout.com/player/141871-brian-dozier?s=321

The Dodgers have been reported to be the favorite in the Dozier sweepstakes, and the Nationals and Giants remain in the dialogue.  Wolfson has reported he has no specifics on the extent of the Cardinals interest, or whether Kolten Wong would be included in a potential trade.

 

Transactions

There are no transactions to report.

 

Injury Report

There is no injury news to report.

 

Looking Ahead

As the Hot Stove season continues, there have been no solid indications that any additions to the roster are planned.  General manager John Mozeliak has not closed the door on any further acquisitions should an opportunity arise, however.  A rumor concerning the Cardinals interest in Twins second baseman Brian Dozier has surfaced, but there are no details.

The Cardinals will focus on contracts for the upcoming season with their five arbitration eligible players - Matt Adams, Michael Wacha, Carlos Martinez, Trevor Rosenthal, and Kevin Siegrist.  Look for announcements in the coming weeks concerning salary agreements with those five players.  The deadline for filing salary numbers is in mid-January.

The next Cardinals event is the annual Winter Warm-Up, scheduled for January 14-16, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency at the Arch.  Warmup passes are on sale now, and can be purchased here. Autograph tickets will go on sale on January 4. The annual Cardinals Caravan will begin during the same weekend as the Winter Warmup.  The schedule for the Caravans can be found here.

Spring Training begins in mid-February, with pitchers and catchers scheduled to report on February 14, and position players on February 17.  The first spring training game is scheduled for February 25 against the Miami Marlins. The full Spring Training schedule can be found here.

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