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Hamilton calls last game; will return for a single sign-off

Milo Hamilton, one of the great broadcasters in baseball, called his last game for the Houston Astros last night, culminating a 67-year career in baseball. The 85-year-old Hamilton has been behind the Astros mike for the last 28 years, the last stint in a career that began broadcasting minor-league games in the Quad Cities and included stops […]

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Chiefs, Cards sign four-year PDC

Another change on the affiliation front: the St. Louis Cardinals and the Peoria Chiefs (Low Class A; Midwest League) have signed a new player-development contract, through 2016. The Cardinals had been affiliated with the Quad Cities River Bandits (Low Class A; Midwest League); the Chiefs are coming off a long-term relationship with the Chicago Cubs. […]

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State bonds approved for Cards’ Ballpark Village; construction begins in November

The Ballpark Village development from the St. Louis Cardinals, to be located next to Busch Stadium, is a go after the Missouri Development Finance Board approved $17 million in tax incentives. The board’s vote, taken this morning, was 11-1. Construction will begin in November, as the rest of the financing of the $89-million project is all […]

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Cards back to State College for 2013-2014

The St. Louis Cardinals are returning to the State College Spikes (short season A; NY-Penn League) in the first major shift in the affiliation arrangements for 2013-2014, according to a published report. It’s no secret there were tensions between the Spikes and former parent Pittsburgh Pirates this past season, with Spikes management complaining about the […]

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Eugene, Padres extend PDC; other shifts upcoming in affiliate dance

The Eugene Emeralds (short season A; Northwest League) and the San Diego Padres have extended their PDC through 2014, but the real action is beginning on the affiliation front. The Emeralds have been affiliated with the Padres since 2001. This will be the first player-development contract between the Ems and the new ownership of the […]

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Redbirds, Cardinals renew affiliation

The Memphis Redbirds (Class AAA; Pacific Coast League) and the St. Louis Cardinals renewed their affiliation for two more years, through the end of the 2014 season. “We are very pleased to have extended our relationship with the Redbirds organization and the city of Memphis for an additional two years,” said John Mozeliak, Cardinals’ Senior […]

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The Week That Was: August 12

New homes for the Oakland A’s and Tampa Bay Rays, 8-bit follies, a laser pointer at Busch Stadium and new-ballpark efforts in Wilmington and Hillsboro. The most popular stories of the past week on Ballpark Digest, measured by page views. MLB committee meets with Oakland, San Jose officials about future of A’s Fan arrested at […]

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