Typically, the commissioner of MLB saying one city is better than all the rest isn’t the wisest move. It’s like a father telling one of his children he or she is the favorite. But Bud Selig — baseball’s outgoing commish — proclaimed Sunday night that St. Louis was, in fact, the best baseball city. Selig was either caught up in his impending freedom, drunk off St. Louis ribs or overcome by getting the first ever Schoendienst Medal from the St. Louis chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America. So Selig hit the stage and let this rip: Selig to St. Louis fans: “I visit all 30 cities, and you are the best baseball city.” pic.twitter.com/oKyTBaBZoU — St. Louis BBWAA (@StLouisBBWAA) January 19, 2015 Of course, St. Louis baseball fans are legit. They know the game, support their team and, despite having a good number of bozos amongst their online fans , seem like decent people when you’re out at Busch Stadium . You can say the same for other fanbases too. But Selig’s proclamation is troubling for one simple reason: St. Louis baseball fans already deem themselves the “best fans in baseball” and have no trouble reminding others about that. Now they’re going to be feeling themselves extra hard. Many baseball fans in other parts of the country will tell you Selig’s opinion doesn’t mean much and he can kick rocks come Jan. 25 when new commish Rob Manfred takes over . Cardinals fans, however, will have no problem reminding us of Selig’s parting gift for years to come. Brace yourself, people in every other MLB city.  More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: – - – - – - – Mike Oz is an editor for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at mikeozstew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @MikeOz

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When Carlos Martinez tries for a spot in the St. Louis Cardinals’ rotation, the 23-year-old righty will be proudly wearing the number of a fallen teammate. Martinez was close friends with fellow Dominican Republic countryman Oscar Taveras, the promising rookie outfielder who died in a car crash last October after St. Louis was eliminated by the Giants in the NL Championship Series. Martinez switched to jersey No. 18 to honor Taveras, and says he’ll wear it the rest of his career. This tragedy, of course, affected me.” Cardinals uniforms will feature patches with Taveras’ number and initials, and a decal will be placed inside the stadium, much like the ones memorializing the late Darryl Kile and Josh Hancock.

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The St. Louis Cardinals organization suffered an unimaginable loss when prospect and postseason hero Oscar Taveras and his girlfriend were killed in an auto accident on Oct. 26 in the Dominican Republic . In the weeks and months that have followed, the Cardinals have had to continue dealing with the sad reality of losing a 22-year-old man on a personal level, and also on a professional level, as the team’s offseason plans were clearly altered as a direct result. Life goes on, as they say, and so does the game of baseball. It’s a harsh truth, but we can’t heal and move forward without something to look forward.  With that in mind, the Cardinals intend to move forward in 2015, but they won’t be leaving Oscar Taveras’ memory behind. Instead, they will continue honoring his legacy with two very special gestures. The first, as it was announced at the Cardinals caravan event on Saturday, will be the construction of a youth baseball field in Taveras’ hometown, which will be funded in part by the team’s charity. Here are more details courtesy of CBS in St. Louis .  Team owner Bill DeWitt Jr. says some of the money raised during this weekend’s Cardinals Care Winter Warm Up will be spent by the team’s charity arm on a youth ball field in Taveras’ hometown of Sosua in the Dominican Republic, “He was a real hero in that area. A lot of young boys dream of making it to the Major Leagues, and we want them to try to fulfill their dreams.” DeWitt Jr. told the fans gathered at the Winter Warm Up on Saturday that the team felt building Oscar Taveras Field would be a great way to honor his legacy. That would be an understatement. In his all too short life, Taveras had already made a remarkable connection with young fans in his home country, which was clearly evident in their overpowering and moving response following his death.

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After undergoing yet another MRI exam on top of countless X-rays and CT scans, Michael Wacha joked that if there were many more medical tests in his immediate future his body might start to glow. The right-hander, a top-of-the-rotation talent when healthy, is the St. Louis Cardinals’ biggest offseason question mark on the pitching staff because of unknowns that come with an unusual injury called a stress reaction. He’s not the only one, with ace Adam Wainwright coming off what the team terms minor elbow surgery and lefty Jaime Garcia iffy coming off unproven thoracic outlet surgery to relieve nerve compression. General manager John Mozeliak and team chairman Bill DeWitt both said at the team’s Winter Warm-Up fan festival this weekend that they’re not in the market for a high-dollar addition such as Max Scherzer or Cole Hamels.

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Despite a known common interest, it appears that St. Louis Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak is content moving forward without making a push for prized free agent Max Scherzer. In fact, Mozeliak indicated on Saturday that the Cardinals are out of the big pitcher market all together, which would seemingly eliminate James Shields as an option as well. “At this point, we are not actively shopping,” Mozeliak asserts (really repeats) his starting pitching stance to media at Warmup #cardinals — Derrick Goold (@dgoold) January 17, 2015 First question from fans to Mozeliak is one word and shouted by many: “Scherzer?!” Mo: “We are out of the big pitcher market.” #cardinals — Derrick Goold (@dgoold) January 17, 2015 So throw out Cole Hamels too? Bill DeWitt said it’s a long shot they add a pitcher. Mozeliak adds, “I’d say longer shot. Unlikely at this point.” #cardinals #stlcards — Derrick Goold (@dgoold) January 17, 2015 That seems to be the inference, so it looks like the Cardinals will move forward with what they have unless a workable deal is presented. Focusing on the biggest fish in the pond, rumblings of Scherzer going to the Cardinals never actually progressed to a headline-grabbing rumor. The connection made sense considering that Scherzer grew up in the St. Louis suburb of Chesterfield, but movement toward an agreement never picked up steam because of the hefty contract demands.  On the other hand, Shields figures to land a more manageable deal. However, the Cardinals were only loosely connected early in the offseason and seem to have steered clear of that market all together in recent weeks. As for Hamels, the Cardinals were still considered a primary suitor on Thursday. However, Saturday’s declaration likely means the Philadelphia Phillies asking price is out of their range.  So what does that leave manager Mike Matheny with for starting options?

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Though he hadn’t appeared in a major or minor game since 2011, veteran reliever Arthur Rhodes quietly held on to a remarkable career that spanned 20 big league seasons. According to MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon though, that changed on Friday as the now 45-year-old left-hander just as quietly made his retirement from baseball official. Arthur Rhodes, 45, hasn’t pitched in big leagues since 2011. But I heard that he officially retired today. Was All-Star for #reds in 2010. — Mark Sheldon (@m_sheldon) January 17, 2015 Like most pitchers who hang around through two decades, Rhodes was well-traveled. After debuting with the Baltimore Orioles in 1991 and spending his first nine big league seasons there, he changed uniforms nine times in 11 seasons, including stints with the Seattle Mariners (twice), Oakland A’s, Cleveland Indians, Philadelphia Phillies, Florida Marlins, Cincinnati Reds, Texas Rangers and St. Louis Cardinals. It wasn’t because he wasn’t good. For his career, Rhodes went 87-70 with a 4.08 ERA over exactly 900 appearances (61 starts and 839 relief appearances) and 1,187.2 innings. It’s just the life of a reliever, and Rhodes was one teams coveted because they knew he could get big outs in big situations. Case in point, Rhodes posted 25 scoreless relief appearances out of 29 in the postseason. That includes a perfect 8-for-8 scoreless in his final season for the World Series champion Cardinals. Excellent credentials to be sure, but it’s Rhodes durability and longevity that were most impressive. They also helped propel into some rare company on more than one occasion. Check out these facts. • Rhodes is one of only 24 pitchers to record 900 appearances in MLB history. • Of those 24, Rhodes is one of only six left-handers. Side-arming lefty Jesse Orosco holds the record with 1.252 appearances.

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Despite a known common interest, it appears that St. Louis Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak is content moving forward without making a push for prized free agent Max Scherzer. In fact, Mozeliak indicated on Saturday that the Cardinals are out of the big pitcher market all together, which would seemingly eliminate James Shields as an option as well. “At this point, we are not actively shopping,” Mozeliak asserts (really repeats) his starting pitching stance to media at Warmup #cardinals — Derrick Goold (@dgoold) January 17, 2015 First question from fans to Mozeliak is one word and shouted by many: “Scherzer?!” Mo: “We are out of the big pitcher market.” #cardinals — Derrick Goold (@dgoold) January 17, 2015 So throw out Cole Hamels too? Bill DeWitt said it’s a long shot they add a pitcher. Mozeliak adds, “I’d say longer shot. Unlikely at this point.” #cardinals #stlcards — Derrick Goold (@dgoold) January 17, 2015 That seems to be the inference, so it looks like the Cardinals will move forward with what they have unless a workable deal is presented. Focusing on the biggest fish in the pond, rumblings of Scherzer going to the Cardinals never actually progressed to a headline-grabbing rumor. The connection made sense considering that Scherzer grew up in the St. Louis suburb of Chesterfield, but movement toward an agreement never picked up steam because of the hefty contract demands.  On the other hand, Shields figures to land a more manageable deal. However, the Cardinals were only loosely connected early in the offseason and seem to have steered clear of that market all together in recent weeks. As for Hamels, the Cardinals were still considered a primary suitor on Thursday. However, Saturday’s declaration likely means the Philadelphia Phillies asking price is out of their range.  So what does that leave manager Mike Matheny with for starting options?

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The St. Louis Cardinals organization suffered an unimaginable loss when prospect and postseason hero Oscar Taveras and his girlfriend were killed in an auto accident on Oct. 26 in the Dominican Republic . In the weeks and months that have followed, the Cardinals have had to continue dealing with the sad reality of losing a 22-year-old man on a personal level, and also on a professional level, as the team’s offseason plans were clearly altered as a direct result. Life goes on, as they say, and so does the game of baseball. It’s a harsh truth, but we can’t heal and move forward without something to look forward.  With that in mind, the Cardinals intend to move forward in 2015, but they won’t be leaving Oscar Taveras’ memory behind. Instead, they will continue honoring his legacy with two very special gestures. The first, as it was announced at the Cardinals caravan event on Saturday, will be the construction of a youth baseball field in Taveras’ hometown, which will be funded in part by the team’s charity. Here are more details courtesy of CBS in St. Louis .  Team owner Bill DeWitt Jr. says some of the money raised during this weekend’s Cardinals Care Winter Warm Up will be spent by the team’s charity arm on a youth ball field in Taveras’ hometown of Sosua in the Dominican Republic, “He was a real hero in that area. A lot of young boys dream of making it to the Major Leagues, and we want them to try to fulfill their dreams.” DeWitt Jr. told the fans gathered at the Winter Warm Up on Saturday that the team felt building Oscar Taveras Field would be a great way to honor his legacy. That would be an understatement. In his all too short life, Taveras had already made a remarkable connection with young fans in his home country, which was clearly evident in their overpowering and moving response following his death.

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NEW YORK (AP) — St. Louis pitcher Lance Lynn was among 21 players who avoided salary arbitration by agreeing to contracts Thursday, reaching a $22 million, three-year deal with the Cardinals.

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Pitcher Lance Lynn and the St. Louis Cardinals have agreed to a $22 million, three-year contract. Lynn gets $7 million this year and $7.5 million in each of the following two seasons.

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