Posted on 04 October 2011.
National League Division Series To Generate
Nearly $5.2 Million Per Game To St. Louis Region
ST. LOUIS — With the Cardinals in the first round of the National League playoffs, St. Louisans can eagerly anticipate both the national attention and the measurable economic benefits that post-season play will bring to the St. Louis region.
The St. Louis Regional Chamber and Growth Association’s (RCGA) Chief Economist Ruth Sergenian noted that the total economic impact of the Cardinals playoffs depends upon the number of games played here in St. Louis. If all possible games are played through the World Series, the impact would approach the impact of the All Star’s week in 2009 at over $56 million. Any added economic benefits to the region from the playoffs are above and beyond the $313.6 million impact of the 2011 Cardinals regular season.
Sergenian calculates that the economic impact of the Cardinals appearing in the Divisional Playoffs would approach $5.2 million per game. This estimate is based on the assumption that the games would draw 46,200 attendees per game. Historically, out of town visitors constitute some 40% of Cardinals attendance. The playoff’s will bring increasing attendance from the out of town visitors, as well as the media, and the MLB. Direct visitor spending is expected to reach $1.5 million per game for the division series.
In addition to direct spending by visitors, operations at Busch Stadium will boost total new direct expenditures to $2.6 million pergame. There are approximately 3,000 day-of-game employees at Busch Stadium. The total direct expenditures will ripple through the local economy to generate nearly another $2.6 million in indirect and induced expenditures, to reach the total impact of almost $5.2 million. The RCGA uses an economic model called IMPLAN to develop these estimates.
“RCGA economist Ruth Sergenian’s projected economic impact of $5.2 million per National League Division Playoff game at Busch underscores the fact that not only do the Cardinals mean great baseball, but they also mean great economics for the City and region.”
The RCGA is the chamber of commerce and economic development organization for the 16-county, bi-state region. With nearly 4,000 member companies, RCGA members constitute 40% of the regional work force. The mission of the RCGA is to unite the region’s business community, and to engage dynamic business and civic leadership to develop and sustain a world-class economy and community.
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Posted on 13 August 2011.
The Royals are probably thankful that they no longer have to travel to the east coast to play again this season after this week. They did not do so hot in Boston or New York this year but during the four-game set in Tampa Bay probably was the icing on the cake.
The Royals came into Tampa Bay after a .500 home stand against Baltimore and Detroit. They released Kyle Davies, their worst performer in the rotation after going 0-8 in his last ten starts. This freed up a roster spot to call up catcher, Salvador Perez from Omaha. The Royals also were able to welcome back Brayan Pena who just returned from the birth of his second child. If there was not enough news about the Royals’ catchers, Matt Treanor is scheduled for a series of tests that could clear him to play on Sunday.
The young Royals infield continues to struggle to produce consistency on the offensive side of the ball. During the past seven games, they are a combined 24-98 (.245) with 19 strikeouts and only six walks. Not bad considering one player, Alcides Escobar is known chiefly for his defensive contributions to the team.
This talented outfield continues to amaze fans and finally caught some national attention with their arms. Dare I say one of the best defensive units in the entire league? Jeff Francoeur is featured in an ESPN expose about one of his throws from the outfield. According to a written report, he threw the ball 95 M.P.H. to gun a runner out 242 feet away. This feat in and of itself is incredible. Not to be outdone, Alex Gordon is still hitting at or above .300 and set a franchise record with eighteen assists and counting.
What has been a solid core for the Royals this year in the bullpen was not this week. Joakim Soria, Blake Wood and Aaron Crow had poor outings. All three gave up at least one earned run per outing and an opponent’s batting average well over .400. Hochevar continues to improve and Bruce Chen posted two solid outings, including win number seven against the White Sox on Friday night.
After this weekend in Chicago, the Royals are home for a week against two teams that have spent most of the year chasing each other in the American League East. The Yankees come into Kansas City first, with all the many reasons to like them or hate them. They bring on their tails the Boston Red Sox, who currently have a lead on the Yankees by 1.5 games. Both teams are hoping for two things to happen. One they want to sweep the Royals. Second, they want the Royals to sweep the other team.
This would allow the Yankees to reclaim the division lead or Boston to expand their slim lead. However, I believe that the Royals are capable of disappointing both teams. (Disclosure: I do not do this often) I believe the Royals are going to disappoint both teams, not only preventing a sweep, but by actually winning one of the series next week. This would be a huge boost in confidence to this entire team. Especially for the pitching staff who for the most part have been one of the laughing stocks of baseball in terms of effectiveness and talent.
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Posted on 28 August 2010.
Weight: 155 lbs
Signed by the Cardinals as a non-drafted free agent in 2005
|Just like every Saturday here on i70baseball, the Cardinal Farm Report spotlights one of the prized Cardinal minor leaguers. This week, it is Eduardo Sanchez, one of the best relief prospects in the Minors.Watching the late innings of a Memphis Redbirds game can be exciting these days.
Depending on the score, you could see two of the top relief pitching prospects in the minor leagues. Eduardo Sanchez and Francisco Samuel are both top prospects in the Cardinals system, and both are with the Redbirds.
About a year ago, Samuel was Springfield’s pride and joy when it came to closing out games. Samuel, not Sanchez, played in the Futures Game in St. Louis. Samuel, not Sanchez, was the one getting all of the national attention.
Nevertheless, Sanchez was given the closing role in the second half of the 2009 season and held on to all the attention that came with it. All of a sudden, everybody was talking about this 5’11” 20-year-old kid with a 100 mph fastball.
Sanchez had a really good 2008 season in Quad Cities coming out of the bullpen, but it was in August of last year when he really caught some eyes. When the 2009 campaign finally came to a close, Eduardo Sanchez had compiled 28 saves in Palm Beach and Springfield. In 75 innings he had stuck out 82 batters while sporting a 2.28 ERA. Naturally, he was starting to get the hype he deserved.
The guy is labeled as St. Louis’ “closer of the future” and there is no doubt that he is on that track. His high-90′s fastball is what he is known for, but he also has a very good slider and a knee-buckling curve that he can throw consistently for strikes. His control is above-average, and is actually pretty impressive considering how young he is and how hard he throws. He also doesn’t give up any home runs. This season, his HR/9 rate is sitting at a pretty amazing 0.7.
The thing I like about him most is this number right here: 78
That is the percentage of batters he faces that either strikeout or groundnut. 78% of batters he faces strikeout or groundnut. That is ridiculous. When it comes to upside and potential, the Cardinals haven’t seen a prospect reliever like this in a long, long time.
At the start of this season, Sanchez was still in AA but was quickly promoted after an injury. He wasted no time showing people that he is for real. So far in Memphis, Eduardo rocks a 2.12 ERA with three saves in 22 innings out of the ‘pen.
Make no mistake about it, people. Sanchez has “closer” written all over him. Just ask the radar gun in Springfield that clocked him at 103 last season as a 20-year-old.
A minor league scout actually compared Sanchez to the Texas Rangers phenom closer Neftali Feliz and said, “Eduardo has very similar stuff. Neftali’s fastball may have more tail, but I would say Sanchez’s breaking pitchers are a notch better.”
John Mozeliak has been interviewed on 101 ESPN in St. Louis saying that he “wouldn’t be afraid to bring him up” if he thought he could help the club out.
Sanchez may not be a September call-up in a few days, but look for him to be on the 40-man roster next season, and don’t be surprised if he takes the mound at Busch in 2011.
|MiLB WEEKLY ROUNDUP
|Record to date: 75-59, second place in the PCL American North, 1.5 games behind Iowa … This past week: 5-2, including a 2-2 series split with our I-70 friends in Omaha …Transactions: LHP Tyler Norrick assigned to Memphis Redbirds from Springfield Cardinals, RHP Jason Motte assigned to Memphis Redbirds, LHP Ryan Kulik assigned to Springfield Cardinals from Memphis Redbirds, LHP Nate Robertson filed for free agency, St. Louis Cardinals recalled RHP Fernando Salas from Memphis Redbirds, RHP Matthew Scherer assigned to Memphis Redbirds from Palm Beach Cardinals …Coming up: The Redbirds will play games four and five of the long Round Rock series before finishing up the homestand with New Orleans.
|Record to date: 33-27 in the second half (71-59 overall), second place in the TEX North, 3 games behind NW Arkansas … This past week: 3-4, won the San Antonio series 2-1, and lost the NW series 3-1 …Transactions: Springfield Cardinals activated RHP Scott Gorgen from the 7-Day disabled list, LHP Tyler Norrick assigned to Memphis Redbirds from Springfield Cardinals, Arquimedes Nieto assigned to Palm Beach Cardinals from Springfield Cardinals, LHP Ryan Kulik assigned to Springfield Cardinals from Memphis Redbirds … Coming up: The Cardinals will take on Arkansas for three games at home before they head to Tulsa for a four-game set.
|Record to date: 33-29 in the second half (72-56 overall), second place in the FSL South, 1 game behind Bradenton … This past week: 2-6, including a five-game losing streak …Transactions: Palm Beach Cardinals activated LHP George Brown from the 7-Day disabled list, Kevin Moscatel assigned to GCL Cardinals from Palm Beach Cardinals, Arquimedes Nieto assigned to Palm Beach Cardinals from Springfield Cardinals, Matthew Scherer assigned to Memphis Redbirds from Palm Beach Cardinals, C Roberto Espinoza assigned to Palm Beach Cardinals from Batavia Muckdogs … Coming up: The Baby Birds will finish up the Jupiter series before taking on Fort Myers on the road.
|POSITION PLAYER OF THE WEEK
|Joe Mather, OF, Memphis
|.500 AVG (14-for-28), .577 OBP, .562 SLG, 5 runs, 1 RBI, 2 walks
|This wasn’t a great offensive week down on the farm, but Mather was the exception. He’s been on a tear recently and could get the call up if Holliday misses time. On the season, Joey Bombs is hitting .272/.347/.432 with 49 runs, 14 doubles, nine home runs, and 38 RBI in 294 at bats.
|PITCHER OF THE WEEK
|Brian Broderick, SP, Springfield
|W, 9 innings pitched, 5 hits, 2 runs, 0 walks, 5 strikeouts
|You don’t see complete games very often in the Minors, but Broderick accomplished the feat on Wednesday night. In 24 games at Palm Beach and Springfield this season, Broderick is 12-7 with a 3.94 ERA and 86 SO in 137 innings.
Justin Hulsey covers the Cardinals for i70baseball and his blogs, Cardinals Front Office and Rising Redbirds, that are also dedicated to Cardinals baseball and their minor league system.You may follow him on Twitter @JayHulsey by clicking here.
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