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Cardinals Coach In Super Bowl Ad

Phillip Wellman, the hitting coach of the Springfield Cardinals, once had a monumental tirade on a baseball field.


That tirade has made it’s rounds on the internet and television for many, many years.  It resurfaced around the Cardinal corner of the internet a few years ago when Wellman was named the hitting coach for the Double A franchise.

Not sure what I am talking about?  Here you go:

Fast forward a few years and, thanks to Volkswagen and a Super Bowl Ad, and Wellman has found new life for an old tirade.

The following commercial ran during the 2013 Super Bowl.  At the :20 mark, we see a brief clip of the above “highlight” and by the 1:08 mark, he’s tossing bases around the grassy hill.

Don’t worry, I will always keep a look out for a little Cardinal baseball, even during the Super Bowl.

Bill Ivie is the editor here at I-70 Baseball
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2012 Roster Set for Springfield

Springfield, MO – The St. Louis Cardinals have announced the Springfield Cardinals roster for the upcoming season.

New Manager Mike Shildt and returning Hitting Coach Phillip Wellman and Pitching Coach Bryan Eversgerd will be well stocked heading into the 2012 season.

Returning to the roster are 15 players who appeared in a Springfield uniform last year, including Texas League All-Star Pitchers Michael Blazek and Scott Gorgen.  Blazek led the Cardinals with 11 wins and finished second in the Texas League in strikeouts (128).  Gorgen, coming off of Tommy John Surgery that made his miss the 2011 season, was 5-1 with a 1.26 ERA for Springfield in 2010.

The starting staff will feature Gorgen, #17 prospect John Gast (9-8, 4.02 ERA), #11 Prospect Trevor Rosenthal (7-7, 4.11 ERA), Michael Blazek (11-6, 5.45 ERA) and lefty Tyler Lyons (9-4, 4.50 ERA Several other familiar names from the mound will be at Hammons Field in 2012 as starter John Gast and relievers Sam Freeman, Deryk Hooker Jorge Rondon, Scott Schneider, Jesse Simpson and Kevin Thomas return to Springfield.  New to Springfield bullpen are right handers Keith Butler (1-1, 1.23 ERA with Quad Cities and Palm Beach) and Eric Fornataro (7-13, 3.67 ERA with Palm Beach as a starter) and lefty Justin Wright (5-1, 1.26 ERA with Quad Cities and 0-0, 0.57 ERA with Palm Beach).

Leading the infield at second base is newcomer Kolten Wong, a 2011 1st round pick out of the University of Hawaii and the 5th best prospect in the organization.  Xavier Scruggs returns to Springfield after slugging 21 homers in Palm Beach and Jose Garcia (.318 and 19 steals) will be Wong’s double play partner.  Niko Vasquez also makes his return to the hot corner.  Fellow University of Hawaii product Greg Garcia will make if Double-A debut this year.

Number three Prospect Oscar Taveras will patrol the Hammons Field outfield after skipping Palm Beach entirely to make his Texas League debut in 2012.  Taveras batted .386 with eight homeruns and 62 RBI in only 78 games for Quad Cities last season.  Tommy Pham returns to Springfield after an injury plagued 2011 season and will be joined by newcomers Adam Melker, Raniel Rosario and Jake Shaffer, who was signed by the Cardinals out of the Mariners organization on March 31st.

The team arrived on Sunday and hosted the defending world champion St. Louis Cardinals Monday in a 3-2 defeat. They start the season against the Frisco RoughRiders tonight and 7:08pm! Scott Gorgen is scheduled to pitch for the Cardinals against Justin Grimm of the RoughRiders. All games in 2012 can be heard live on JOCK 98.7 FM as well as online at springfieldcardinals.com with play-by-play voice Jeff Levering.

Opening Night will feature 5,000 fans receiving a Great Southern 2012 Magnet Schedule/Picture Frames, the first of nine “Buck a Brat” $1 Johnson Bratwurst nights and everyone will enjoy a post-game Fireworks Spectacular thanks to AM Pyrotechnics.  Tickets are available by visiting the Hammons Field Ticket Office, online at www.springfieldcardinals.com or by calling (417) 863-2143.

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New Manager To Wear The Birds On The Bat In Springfield

Springfield, MO – With the recent announcement of Mike Matheny taking over as the head man in St. Louis and naming former Springfield manager Chris “Hammer” Maloney as the first basecoach, the Cardinals will now have three new managers at their top three levels within the organization.

Mike Shildt will take over the reins as Manager of the Springfield Cardinals. He is coming off of back-to-back Appalachian League (Short Season Rookie League) championships in 2010 and 2011 with the Johnson City Cardinals. In his three year stint as the skipper with the Cardinals, he amassed a .617 winning percentage going 124-77. Shildt has also been the minor league spring training coordinator since 2008.

The 43-year-old native of Matthews, North Carolina was a 1991 graduate of UNC-Asheville where he played baseball for three seasons and earned his degree in business.

Ron “Pop” Warner has been promoted to Triple-A Memphis as their new manager and holds the franchise lead in career victories with 358 during his five year tenure at the helm in Springfield.

“We are very excited to welcome Mike into the Springfield Family,” Vice President / General Manager Matt Gifford said. “The player development staff has said great things about our new manager, and we look forward to seeing him continue to guide the future of Cardinals baseball on their way to St. Louis. I would like to congratulate ‘Pop’ on his promotion to Triple-A and thank him for the last five season in Springfield. In addition, we wish ‘Hammer’ all the best in St. Louis as the Cardinals prepare to defend their 2011 World Series Championship.”

Fans will see familiar faces in the dugout as Bryan Eversgerd will return as the Springfield pitching coach, Phillip Wellman will continue to be the hitting coach and Jason Hall will again serve as the Athletic Trainer.

Bryan Eversgerd continues as the pitching coach in Springfield where his staff finished 6th in the Texas League in strikeouts last season. A former major leaguer with the Cardinals, Rangers and Expos, Eversgerd won the only game he started in his career in 1994 against the Marlins. 2012 will be Eversgerd’s fourth in Springfield and 10th overall in the Cardinals Organization.

Springfield will also welcome back hitting coach Phillip Wellman. The Cardinals offense ranked 1st in the Texas league in team batting average (.278), homeruns (166), slugging percentage (.443) and finished second in runs scored. A former minor leaguer with the Braves, Twins and Pirates, Wellman has 24 years of coaching experience including 15 years a manager in the Reds and Braves organizations.

Rounding out the 2012 Field Staff will be Athletic Trainer, Jason Hall. Jason previously worked with the Chicago Cubs before joining the Springfield Cardinals in 2011. Hall was with the Cubs for two seasons and was also a strength and conditioning intern with the Florida Marlins.

The Springfield Cardinals will host the St. Louis Cardinals in an exhibition game April 2nd at 6:08pm at Hammons Field before beginning the regular season on April 5th at home. For information about the best ways to catch a game at Hammons Field, please call the Springfield Cardinals Front Office at (417) 863-0395 or visit www.springfieldcardinals.com.

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Season Ticket Holder Appreciation TONIGHT At Hammons Field

April 5th, 2011

Springfield, MO – With the season starting in two just days, the Springfield Cardinals would like to remind all Season Ticket Holders that TONIGHT is Season Ticket Holder Appreciation Night at Hammons Field beginning at 6pm.

Season Ticket Holders will have the chance to get a “sneak peek” at the 2011 Springfield Cardinals players as they prepare for the upcoming season. Players and coaches will also be available for autographs once the workout is over. Complimentary food and Coca-Cola products will be available on the main concourse throughout the event.

Players expected to be in attendance are 2010 Texas League All-Stars Steven Hill and Aaron Luna, pitchers Nick Additon, Kevin Thomas, Scott Schneider and, former Missouri State Bear, Matt Frevert, Prospects Matt Adams, Ryan Jackson, Niko Vasquez, Tommy Pham and the coaching staff including Manager “Pop” Warner, Hitting Coach Phillip Wellman, New Pitching Coach Bryan Eversgerd and many more!

The Springfield squad will leave Wednesday to begin the season on the road in Frisco, TX against the RoughRiders at 7:05pm Thursday night. The Cardinals will return home on the 14th and open up their home schedule against Frisco at Hammons Field. Great Southern Magnet Schedule/Picture Frames will be given away on Opening Night, Steve Carlton will be on hand to throw out the first pitch, “Buck a Brat” $1 Johnsonville Bratwurst will make their season debut and the night will be capped off with an AM Pyrotechnics Fireworks display!

For ticket information call the Cardinals ticket office (417) 863-2143 or go to www.springfieldcardinals.com.

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Never A Dull Moment In The World Of Cardinals Hitting Coaches

The latest addition to the Cardinals’ organization comes in the form of former minor league manager, Phillip Wellman. Wellman will be the Springfield Cardinals’ (St. Louis’ double A affiliate) new hitting coach for the 2011 season. Why is that significant?

Because Phil Wellman is someone we all know. He’s that song that you do not recognize by name, but you know it when you hear it.

In June of 2007, Wellman went down in history as the minor-league manager who went absolutely nuts at an umpire. He uprooted bases, threw them across the field, and buried home plate with dirt. But it was his pretend ejection of the umpire, army-crawl across the infield, and his use of the rosin bag as a makeshift hand grenade that put his tirade above all the others in baseball history. Heck, in 2009, Sportscenter ranked his escapade as the #1 blowup of all time.

Of course, Wellman isn’t the first hitting coach in the Cardinals’ organization to raise eyebrows. Just last year, the media created a mini-circus around Mark McGwire’s return to baseball after nearly a decade in self-imposed exile. But that circus quickly died down, and Wellman’s arrival won’t even create one with his new minor league contract. Nevertheless, the arrival of Wellman should be interesting. The Braves did keep him in their organization for another three seasons following that seemingly career-ending moment on the diamond. Perhaps he will have a positive impact on the young hitters in the Cardinals’ organization moving forward. And who knows, McGwire’s tenure with the ball club seems to be linked to Tony La Russa’s, and La Russa will likely be retiring soon.

…And wouldn’t that be something if you-know-who got promoted. Then there might just be another circus.

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