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Hall of Famer Red Schoendienst dies at 95

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Casey Nolen of KSDK News passes along sad news that former Cardinals second baseman and manager Red Schoendienst died Wednesday evening at the age of 95.

Schoendienst played in the majors for 19 seasons between 1945-63, spending 15 of those years with the Cardinals. He hit .289/.337/.387 over 2,216 career games, making the National League All-Star roster 10 times and winning the World Series twice — once as a player in 1946 and once as a manager in 1967. He managed the Cardinals from 1965-76, helping lead them to the postseason twice. He briefly managed the club in 1980 (37 games) and in 1990 (24 games) as well.

Schoendienst was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame by the Veterans Commission in 1989. Carl Yastrzemski, Johnny Bench, and Al Barlick were also inducted into the Hall of Fame that year.

Schoendienst had been in the Cardinals’ front office as a senior special assistant to the GM.

No, the Astros aren’t being targeted for HBPs in spring training

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On Wednesday, Astros third baseman Alex Bregman was hit by Cardinals pitcher Ramon Santos. It marked the seventh time an Astros batter had been hit in spring training exhibition games thus far, the highest total among all teams. As expected, teams are exacting revenge for the Astros’ cheating ways!

Well, not quite. The pitch Santos hit Bregman with was a 3-2 breaking ball that got away. Usually, if a pitcher is going to hit a batter as an act of revenge, he’ll attempt to do it with a first-pitch fastball.

José Altuve was also hit by a pitch against the Tigers on Sunday. The pitch, which looks to be the off-speed variety, appeared to graze his uniform as opposed to hitting him flush, so it was likely unintentional on the part of pitcher Nick Ramirez.

Other Astros to have been hit in spring training thus far: Alex De Goti, Aledmys Díaz, Osvaldo Duarte, Dustin Garneau, and Jake Meyers. Not exactly a who’s-who list of Code Breaker operatives.

Will some pitchers intentionally throw at the Astros this year? Almost certainly, despite commissioner Rob Manfred’s warning. Have they been doing it from the moment exhibition games began earlier this month? Certainly not.