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Louis Cardinals were galvanized following a managerial change midway through last season Alex Colome Jersey , then made a spirited run toward the playoffs that came up just short.He decided a couple of pieces were all it would take to push the Cardinals over the top.Welcome to St. Louis, Paul Goldschmidt and Andrew MillerThe longtime Diamondbacks slugger arrived in one of the marquee trades of the offseason, and one of the top relievers in baseball arrived as a free agent. Together with a returning core that made huge strides under skipper Mike Shildt, the Cardinals believe they have the pieces to contend with the Chicago Cubs and Milwaukee Brewers in what should be a stacked National League Central.“In the offseason, we feel like we did the things we needed to put a successful club out on the field,” said Mozeliak, the team’s president. “We knew we just couldn’t have a stagnant offseason. We knew we had to make some changes to our club because even though we felt we had a good team last year, we still weren’t good enough.”Goldschmidt got off to a slow start last season but went on a tear in June, and he wound up with the same kind of consistently stellar numbers that he put up with the Diamondbacks.He joins a lineup that includes Marcell Ozuna, Dexter Fowler, Yadier Molina and Paul DeJong, who combined for 76 homers last season. Throw in third baseman Matt Carpenter and the Cardinals have the ability to score plenty of runs with very few swings of the bat.“I’m ready to go. Let’s do this,” said Carpenter, who is moving from first base to clear space for Goldschmidt. “I mean, I’ll play wherever to accommodate that.”The starting rotation took a hit this spring when Carlos Martinez experienced shoulder trouble that could keep him out well into the season. But with Miles Mikolas coming off a breakout year, Jack Flaherty posting huge strikeout numbers and veterans in Michael Wacha and Adam Wainwright, there is enough depth in the starting rotation to keep the Cardinals in games.Miller and the bullpen are expected to take it from there.There are plenty of questions, of course. Will outfielder Dexter Fowler bounce back, especially after a less-than-inspiring spring? Can the young arms live up to the hype? Will the Cardinals continue to respond to Shildt now that he’s in charge for a full season?The season opener is March 28 at Milwaukee.MORE ON DEXFowler is expected to start in right field, but he might be on a short leash after hitting .180 last season. He dealt with injuries and is finally healthy, but his Grapefruit League numbers hardly reflected it.“We’re clearly committed to Dex,” Shildt said. “He’s in a real good spot.”OTHER REBOUNDSOzuna arrived in St Louis on the heels of back-to-back All-Star selections, but he produced a solid if unspectacular season. He hit .280 with 23 homers and 88 RBIs, but they weren’t near the 37 homers and 124 RBIs he produced in his final season in Miami.FLAHERTY’S ARMOne of the unsung heroes of last year’s run was Flaherty, who struck out 29 percent of opposing batters during his rookie year. The only other rookies to log those kinds of numbers have been Dwight Gooden (1984), Hideo Nomo (1995) and Kerry Wood (1998). Now, can the 23-year-old Flaherty translate those numbers into wins? He was 8-9 with a 3.34 ERA in 28 starts last season.NEW FACESGoldschmidt and Miller are a pretty good place to start. Both will shoulder huge expectations, a byproduct of their track records of success. The 34-year-old Miller was an All-Star two years ago in Cleveland, and he had a 4.24 ERA in 37 appearances last season.“I think with the additions of Paul and Andrew and really thinking about the health of the club as well and the depth we have on the pitching side and our everyday club, we feel like we’re going to be competitive team,” Mozeliak said.ROOKIES TO WATCHKeep an eye on right-hander Dakota Hudson, who was solid in relief last season. The injury to Martinez coupled with Wainwright’s age could give him an opening in the rotation. Otherwise, his solid ability to induce groundballs will continue to play well out of the bullpen. We review the storied history of all 12 meetings between MLB and NPB/Samurai Japan players."The 2018 Japan All-Star Series wrapped up last week. Samurai Japan beat the MLB All-Stars, taking five out of six games in the 12th edition of this MLB/NPB clash. Marlins J.T.Realmuto and Don Mattingly couldn’t carry the rest of the team on their shoulders.Major League Baseball still comfortably leads the all-time series, 9-3. Realmuto is just one of seven players to represent the Marlins in the Far East through the years:1996 - GarySheffield, OF2000 - RyanDempster, SP 2002 - BradPenny, SP & DerrekLee, 1B 2004 - DontrelleWillis, SP & MiguelCabrera, OF/3BKey contributors to the 03’ W.S Marlins team. Miggy & D-Train rolled into Japan for the 04’ series.2018 - J.T. Realmuto http://www.marinersfanproshop.com/authentic-edgar-martinez-jersey , CDon’t forget coaches Bill Robinson (2006) and Fredi Gonz谩lez and Don Mattingly (2018).We now relive the rich history of the Japan All-Star Series with year-by-year results and notable individual performances.1986A best-of-seven series between Major League Baseball and NPB All-Star Team. The MLB team made a statement with their 6-1 advantage.MVP: Tony Pe帽a (Pittsburgh Pirates)Manager: Davey Johnson (New York Mets)Johnson led the star-studded bunch that included several future Hall of Famers. Notable players: Jack Morris, John Franco, Ryne Sandberg, Ozzie Smith, Cal Ripken Jr., Tony Gwynn, Dale Murphy, Jose Canseco1988Back-to-back! MLB wins the series again, 3-2-2. Shortstop sensation Barry Larkin claims the MVP honors.MVP: Barry Larkin (Cincinnati Reds)Manager: Sparky Anderson (Detroit Tigers)Notable players: Orel Hershiser, Greg Maddux, Benito Santiago, Andres Galarraga, Fred McGriff, Harold Reynolds, Bobby Bonilla, Paul Molitor, Rafael Palmeiro, Kirby Puckett1990The MLB All-Stars finally fall to NPB, 4-3-1. Even though Japan won this tight series, an American gets the ultimate recognition.MVP: Ken Griffey Jr. (Seattle Mariners)Manager: Don Zimmer (Chicago Cubs)Notable players: Randy Johnson, Ramon Martinez, Sandy Alomar Jr, Mike Scioscia, Julio Franco, Ozzie Guillen, Barry Bonds, Ken Griffey Sr., Ken Griffey Jr. (“The Kid”)First time the world glimpses at father & son outside the states1992MLB won, 4-2-2.MVP: Mark Grace (Chicago Cubs)Manager: Tom Kelly (Minnesota Twins)Notable players: Roger Clemens, Darren Daulton, Wade Boggs, Craig Biggio, Ozzie “The Wizard” Smith, Larry Walker, Ruben Sierra. 1994 - Cancelled due to players union strike1996MLB won, 4 -2 -2.MVP: Steve Finley Manager: Dusty Baker (San Fransisco Giants)Notable players: Pedro Martinez, Troy Percival, Hideo Nomo, Mike Piazza, Ivan Rodr铆guez, Alex Rodriguez Marcell Ozuna Jersey , Chuck Knoblauch, Brady Anderson, Gary Sheffield, Juan Gonzalez, Marquis Grissom1998MLB won, 6 -2. MVP: Sammy Sosa (Chicago Cubs)Manager: Mike Hargrove (Cleveland Indians)Notable players: Al Leiter, Kevin Millwood, Curt Schilling, Tom “Flash” Gordon, Trevor Hoffman, Ugueth Urbina, Billy Wagner, Jason Kendall, Javy Lopez, Jason Giambi, Carlos Delgado, Nomar Garciaparra, Vinny Castilla, Sammy Sosa, Manny Ramirez, Devon White, Garret Anderson, Andruw Jones2000MLB won, 5-2-1.MVP: Barry Bonds (San Fransisco Giants)Manager: Bobby Cox (Atlanta Braves)Notable players: Ryan Dempster, Livan Hernandez, Derek Lowe, Bengie Molina, Troy Glaus, Jeff Kent, Omar Vizquel, Luis Gonzalez, Shawn Green2002MLB won series, 5-3.MVP: Torii Hunter (Minnesota Twins)Manager: Art Howe (New York Mets)Notable players: Mark Buehrle, Bartolo Colon, Eric Gagne, Brad Penny, Paul LoDuca, Eric Chavez, Derrek Lee , Jimmy Rollins, Pat Burrell Miles Mikolas Jersey , Bernie Williams, Ichiro Suzuki Marlins players Lee & Penny enjoy the festivities in ‘022004MLB won series, 5-3.MVP: Vernon Wells (Toronto Blue Jays)Manager: Bruce Bochy (San Diego Padres)Notable players: Kiko Calero, Roger Clemens, Dontrelle Willis, Marcus Giles, Victor Mart铆nez, David Ortiz, Miguel Cabrera2006MLB swept the series, 5-0.MVP: Ryan Howard (Philadelphia Phillies)Manager: Bruce Bochy (San Diego Padres)Notable players: Bronson Arroyo, John Maine, David Wright, Rafael Furcal, Chase Utley, Joe MauerThe series was discontinued after that. A new deal was struck in 2014, this time with Samurai Japan as the opponent. Instead of matching up every other year, it’s every four years moving forward.2014Samurai Japan won series, 3-2.MVP: Yuki YanagitaManager: John Farrell (Boston Red Sox)Notable players: Jerry Blevins, Chris Capuano, Mark Melancon, Salvador Perez, Robinson Can贸, Jos茅 Altuve, Evan Longoria, Ben Zobrist, Yasiel Puig, Dexter Fowler2018Samurai Japan won, 5-1.MVP: TBAManager: Don Mattingly (Miami Marlins)Notable players: CollinMcHugh, ScottBarlow, YadierMolina, J.T. Realmuto, ChrisTaylor, RonaldAcu帽a Jr., JuanSoto, RhysHoskinsSure, it’s easy to say it’s been a one-sided affair with MLB leading 9-3, but nonetheless, some stars have been involved in past series and have made it for memorable experiences for fans. This series is helping increase the popularity of baseball and exposing its stars around the world.
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