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St. Louis Cardinals Gameday Magazine 2017 Issue 6

Cardinals Magazine provides readers with the most comprehensive, colorful look at one of baseball’s premier franchises, presenting a far-reaching package of feature stories and extraordinary photographs guaranteed to enrich your Cardinals experience. With the very best headed your way in 2018, you don’t want to miss what’s in store as we highlight the present, past and future of Cardinals baseball like no other outlet. Join the growing legion of loyal subscribers who come to know Cardinals Magazine as the best team publication in the game!

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top of the order

TIDINGS OF COMFORT AND JOY:When the news came 12 days before Christmas that he’d been traded from Miami to St. Louis, the jolt Marcell Ozuna initially felt was softened by the knowledge of his friendship with Cardinals Carlos Martinez and Yadier Molina (right, with Ozuna at the 2017 All-Star Game). “Carlos and Yadi had joked around with me, ‘We’re going to bring you to the Cardinals!’” Ozuna recalled. “They’d joke around back and forth, so the nervousness went away when I thought of those little exchanges. If I’m being traded, at least I’m being traded to (join) guys I know, (and my) anxiety and nervousness went away.” For more on Ozuna and the Cardinals’ offseason, see the coverage that starts on page 29. ■…

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tyler lyons

Favorite feature of Busch Stadium: The view from behind home plate, with the Arch, the city and Ballpark Village across the way. It’s as good as anywhere in baseball.Most treasured personal possession: The cross necklace my wife gave me when we were married. It’s engraved with our wedding date: 12-3-2016.A little thing that drives me crazy: When people on planes who are seated behind your row try to prematurely walk up the aisle to beat you out the door instead of waiting until everyone filters out in orderly fashion. And people at the grocery store who don’t take their cart to the cart return in the parking lot. They’ll just leave it anywhere, primed for the wind to blow it into a car.Subject I liked in school: Math, because there…

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the chosen ones

A collage of our shooters’ “runners-up” rates worthy of a starting lineup for any baseball photography collection.Dan Donovan St. Louis CardinalsJune 25April 2June 13July 7July 25Billy Hurst St. Louis CardinalsSept. 10April 6Aug. 9Oct. 1April 25Scott Rovak St. Louis CardinalsJuly 5May 2April 6July 29June 10Taka Yanagimoto St. Louis CardinalsAug. 20April 27May 17Sept. 14Oct. 1Bill Greenblatt United Press InternationalAug. 9Sept. 12July 24June 13Sept. 8Jeff Curry USA Today Sports ImagesApril 18May 2Aug. 26June 14July 3 (He missed it!) ■…

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bearing down

Most of the leaves had fallen, Christmas was only a couple of weeks away, and the Cardinals had yet to secure any of their top offseason priorities: impact hitter, late-innings reliever and durable starter.A truckload of coal seemed more likely, especially after the club’s bullish courtship of a certain 2017 National League MVP ended with him saying no way, no how.No problem. The Cardinals bagged a bear instead.More specifically, the man called “The Big Bear,” Marcell Ozuna.Mere days after Giancarlo Stanton said he didn’t see the Cardinals winning in 2018 and spurned them (and San Francisco) to OK a trade to the Yankees, his former Marlins teammate, Ozuna, did come to St. Louis in a deal. And he likened it to “a blessing.”“They always seem to be in position to…

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marcell ozuna

2018 Age: 27Big-League Seasons: FiveSimilar Batters Through Age 26: Ellis Valentine, Bobby Thomson, Sixto Lezcano, Ellis Burks, Dusty Baker, Bobby Murcer, Tom Tresh, Adam Jones, Carlos Lee, Steve KempScout’s take: A very aggressive righthanded hitter with excellent bat speed that results in a lot of hard contact. Crushes even high-velocity fastballs and does a lot of damage on mistake pitches. Hits to all fields. Doesn’t like to change his approach with two strikes, so he won’t hit .300 every season and will strike out 100-plus times. Has an athletic frame with a strong, accurate arm and more than adequate range for left field. Runs well enough to play center but is better suited for the corners. Benefited from hitting in the same order as Giancarlo Stanton because he was afforded…

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luke gregerson

2018 Age: 34 (on May 14)Big-League Seasons: NineSimilar Pitchers Through Age 33: Bob Howry, Joe Smith, Greg McMichael, Jeff Nelson, Eddie Watt, Chad Bradford, Bob Locker, Santiago Casilla, Enrique Romo, Scot ShieldsScout’s take: A righthander with a very repeatable delivery, which has helped make him durable and versatile in a relief role. Features a wide-breaking slider that runs away on righthanded hitters. Will back-door the slider against lefty hitters and also change its shape against lefties by getting on top of it, giving it more of a downward angle. Complements his slider with an 88- to 90-mph sinker. Has logged a lot of appearances in highly competitive situations and shown that he can finish games. Personally view him as more of a seventh-inning type, someone who can come in and…