The Sunday Night Hot Stove Report

FSN Midwest presents three hours of Cardinals interviews and Winter Warm-Up Coverage in Cardinals Hot Stove Special.

Coming Up Monday, the Final Day of the St. Louis Cardinals Winter Warm Up.

The Birdhouse's Minor League Editor, Jason Scott and Publisher, Ray Mileur will be working at the Fox Sports Booth, in front of the main stage, all day Monday, answering fans' questions about the 2006 Cardinals and their minor league affiliates.

FSN Midwest warms up winter with three hours of interviews with St. Louis Cardinals past and present and off-season baseball talk in the CARDINALS HOT STOVE SPECIAL. The show, to be taped throughout this weekend at the Cardinals Winter Warm-up event, airs Monday, Jan. 16 at 12:00 PM and replays Tuesday, Jan. 17 at 7:00 PM on FSN Midwest.

Pat Parris hosts, with reporters Jim Hayes and Joel Goldberg, from FSN's set at the Winter Warm-up in downtown St. Louis.

The show consists primarily of interviews that FSN Midwest conducts with current and former Cardinals players and management throughout Winter Warm-up weekend, plus features on and analysis of the team's off-season moves.

FSN Midwest will also have coverage of the St. Louis Baseball Writers' dinner next week on the Midwest Sports Report.


WHERE: Taped throughout the weekend at the Cardinals Winter Warm-up

WHEN: Airing Monday, Jan. 16 at 12:00 PM and Tuesday, Jan. 17 at 7:00 PM CT

WHO: Hosted by Pat Parris, with reports from Jim Hayes and Joel Goldberg; featuring interviews with current and former Cardinals

FSN Midwest is home to extensive Cardinals coverage, including 112 game telecasts and nightly news on the Midwest Sports Report.




Cardinals' General Manager & VP, Walt Jocketty has indicated that a deal for another reliever is in the works and an announcement could come as early as this week.

We reported last Sunday, that the Cardinals remain interested in adding a righthanded reliever to their bullpen, an alternative being been righthander Felix Rodriguez.

Rodriguez has the stuff to be a closer, but has never taken to that role. His future, then, is as an eighth-inning setup reliever, or middle reliever.

Brian Walton, reported earlier, that for some weeks now, the Cardinals rumor mill, with little new velocity to spin its wheel these days, has sporadically thrown out the name of former San Francisco Giants starter Kirk Rueter.

Rueter, 35, had spent his entire career with the Giants as a steady but unspectacular left-handed starting pitcher. He won double digits in games seven consecutive years from 1997 through 2003. Overall, his career record is 130-92 with a 4.27 ERA.

The Cardinals could use another right-hander in the bullpen, so I would think they would sign Rodriguez ahead of Rueter. But Jocketty described the signing of the pitcher like this, "It would be a luxury, more than a necessity," Jocketty said.

Reading between the lines, I'd say it looks like Rueter will most likely reach a deal with the Cardinals this week.


Talking Baseball Ray Mileur sits down with Fred Gibbs, President of the BigHitter Baseball and Fastpitch Academy, one of the premier training facilities in St. Louis and talks about the training and development of young ballplayers.

Own An Authentic Piece of the New Stadium! Ray Mileur talks with brothers Steve & Gabe Drueke, owners of WISHSTONE chisel & mallet, inc. It's not too late to own collectors-edition, resin Cardinal plaques, a part of a series of 13 replicas pulled from the same molds as the 85 cast-stone medallions adorning the new Busch Stadium. We'll show you how to get yours.

Good Night Old Friend Stewart Goldstein of Stewart M. Goldstein, Inc., captures the essence of the closing of Busch Stadium in a series of photographs of the lights of the ballpark being turned off, signaling the end of an era. Don't miss these photographs and special feature, coming this week!


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