"La Russa forecast: Cards, Cubs will manage well in '06"
by Gregory Shriver, Des Moines Register
From the January 22nd edition of the Quad-City Times -
Now that's a caravan Just about everyone was disappointed in the contingent of "celebrities'' the St. Louis Cardinals sent to the Quad-Cities for the annual Cardinals Caravan last week. In case you'd forgotten, the forgettable lineup included Ricky Horton, Tom Lawless, Alan Benes, John Rodriguez and Larry Bigbie. It becomes all the more disappointing when you see who the Chicago Cubs sent to Peoria for their caravan stop there — Ryne Sandberg, Jody Davis, Michael Barrett, Bob Howry, Michael Wuertz, Jim Hendry, Chris Speier and Pat Hughes. They got a Hall of Fame second baseman, the general manager, the play-by-play man, the starting catcher, the third-base coach and two solid relief pitchers. We got three has-beens and two never-will-bes.
"Trifecta: Morris, Winn, Finley chat online"
- MLB (from January 20th)
At the Birdhouse
"The Sunday Night Hot Stove League Report"
by Ray Mileur
"Why Not Colombia?"
by Brian Walton
AAA - Memphis Redbirds
From the January 22nd edition of the Kansas City Star -
Mark Nussbeck, a graduate of O'Hara High School in Kansas City who was drafted in the 29th round by the Cardinals in 1996, is coming home, sort of. Nussbeck signed up to be a pitcher/coach for St. Joseph (Mo.) of the American Association independent league. This is St. Joseph's first season in the league. Nussbeck, who also went to Longview Community College, pitched 10 years in the minor leagues in the Cardinals and Orioles organizations. Last season he split time between Memphis and Springfield in the Cardinals' organization.
Elsewhere in Baseball
"Breaking down the potential Coco Crisp trade"
by Ken Rosenthal, Fox Sports
"Bonds doesn't intend to bat second, plans to speak to Alou"
by Sportsline wire reports
"Baseball briefs: January 22"
compiled by Knoxville News Sentinel staff
"Catcher Molina no longer on radar"
by Tony Jackson, Los Angeles Daily News
"Weaver's price is simply exorbitant"
by Lynn Henning, Detroit News