"Mabry knows baseball's business side all too well"
by Joe Strauss, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"Q & A with Derrick Goold"
- St. Louis Post-Dispatch
by Ken Rosenthal, Special to the Sporting News
From today's edition of the Contra Costa Times -
Flood, McGee to be honored
• Willie McGee and the late Curt Flood, East Bay high school baseball stars who went on to further fame as center fielders for the St. Louis Cardinals, will be inducted into the African-American/Ethnic Sports Hall of Fame at the Hyatt Regency in San Jose on Feb. 10. Festivities begin at 6:30 p.m. with dinner at 7:30. Flood, who died in 1997 at 59, challenged baseball's reserve clause in 1970. McGee, who also played for the A's, Giants and Red Sox, has served as an assistant coach at Contra Costa College, and with a childhood friend started the Willie McGee Foundation, which provides scholarships and community outreach to a variety of athletic, educational and cultural programs. Other inductees will be NFL lineman Lincoln Kennedy, NFL Hall of Famer John Henry Johnson, tennis champion Don Johnson, track and field stars Gene Johnson and Irene Obera and San Jose State boxing and judo coaches Julius Menendez and Hoshihiro Uchida. Seven community service awards also will be presented. Among the recipients will be longtime basketball coach Ben Tapscott. For tickets or information, contact LaNiece Jones at 510-568-5899 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Or visit afrosportshall.com. Seating is limited and early ticket purchase is suggested.
"New Busch Stadium is a homer for minority firms"
by Jeffrey Tomich, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"Redbirds connect with baseball fans"
by Jessica MacIntosh, The Chart (Great quote on Gibby by The Zamboni Machine)
"Jimmy Ripple: Export's major leaguer"
by Bob Cupp, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (Scroll down just below mid-article for a great story on Dizzy Dean)
At the Birdhouse
"Clean Sweep - All 162 Cards Games to be on TV"
- St. Louis Cardinals press release
"Own An Authentic Replica of the New Stadium"
by Ray Mileur
High-A – Palm Beach Cardinals
"Robbie the Redbird Joins Myspace.com"
- Palm Beach Cardinals press release
Short-A – State College Spikes
"Spikes Owners Making Headlines"
- State College Spikes website
Other Minor League News
"J.R. House signs with Astros"
by The Associated Press/USA Today
"Drafted baseballers have big plans for team"
by Derek Weinbrenner, OUDaily (Both McCutchen and Rohlinger were drafted by the Cardinals in the '05 draft)
Elsewhere in Baseball
"Rules announced for inaugural WBC"
by Tom Singer, MLB
"What are the chances of these '06 milestones?"
by Dayn Perry, Fox Sports
"McLane, plain and simple, wants to save Bags full of cash"
by Richard Justice, Special to Sportsline
"Source: Odds of Crisp going to Boston decreasing"
by Jayson Stark, ESPN
"Fear factor: Who's afraid of the WBC? Not Damon, Teixeira"
by John Donovan, SI
"Gagne Wants to Close Deal"
by Bill Plaschke, Los Angeles Times
"Pitching Runs Created Again"
by David Gassko, The Hardball Times
"Hatred, Bile and Invective"
by John Brattain, The Hardball Times