Bringing the ‘Village’ to Ballpark Village–St. Louis Cardinals Release Plans for $220 Million Phase Two Construction Project With Support from Community Leaders


The St. Louis Cardinals announced plans for the second phase of Ballpark Village. The $220 million proposed project is five times the scale of the first phase, and will include 550,000 square feet of development.

Bill DeWitt III, President of the St. Louis Cardinals, says this part of the project brings the ‘village’ to the name, Ballpark Village.

“In phase two, we’re going to have residential apartments, where people can live,” DeWitt III said. “We’re going to have an office building. You can live, and work and go to Cardinal game and play here. It’s really live, work, and play in Ballpark Village phase two.”

The residential portion of the phase two includes a 29-story, 230 foot tall luxury high-rise apartment building at the corner of Clark and Broadway.

Chase Martin, Development Director for Ballpark Village, believes bringing a ‘live, work and play’ new, walkable urbanism project to downtown St. Louis will expand upon the already successful economic model of Busch Stadium III and Ballpark Village phase one.

“I think creating this neighborhood in the middle of St. Louis is going to be really exciting for people,” Martin said. “To have a place where they can live, and work, in the middle of downtown, in a place that they love so much, next to a team that they love so much, is going be unbelievable.”

Martin calls phase one a model for other cities. “Sports teams, and city planners from all over the world have been visiting us, and are truly admiring what’s been created here.” Martin said.

Additional retail, restaurants and structured parking are planned for the portion of the project next to Clark and 8th streets that includes the office building, which would be the first Class-A space built in downtown in more than a generation.

“The office portion of this is going to be the single, greatest thing to happen to downtown from an economic development standpoint in a long time,” said Missy Kelley, President and CEO of DowntownSTL Inc., “because there has not been new development for so long.”

For how long? Not since the Metropolitan Square building opened in 1989, which, to put it in Cardinals perspective–not since Whitey Herzog was manager.

To make the office part of the development happen, DeWitt III said the Cardinals will ask the city of St. Louis to amend the development agreement.

“Everybody’s excited about doing the amendment so we can do a bigger and better project than we otherwise could with the existing development agreement.”

The St. Louis Cardinals, along with the Cordish Companies, introduced a measure to the St. Louis Board of Aldermen this week. The amendment to the original agreements, sponsored by Alderman Jack Coatar, whose 7th ward includes Ballpark Village, seeks to use a portion of new tax revenue generated by the project to underwrite infrastructure investments. It would also impose a 1% TDD sales tax on the developers. Under their proposal, only taxes generated by the project and private investments from the Cardinals and Cordish Companies would be used to fund the expansion.

“I think we all have to make serious investments to make things happen,” said Jeff Aboussie, Executive Secretary-Treasurer North America’s Building Trades Unions. On amending the development agreement, he added, “This isn’t new to our town, we see value, because long-term, it generates growth, it creates jobs, it gives people careers.”

The potential for job growth is something that Michael Holmes, Executive Director of the St. Louis Agency on Training and Employment (SLATE), says he’s looking forward to in phase two.

“When we do a study and analyze our data,” Holmes said, “we see people being hired from the entire region coming down to Ballpark Village, that makes us proud because we are saying, we are all doing this together. I think it’s going to be a tremendous success.”

And, of those being hired, DeWitt III said they plan, as they did with phase one, to set high goals for minority hiring and women-owned businesses in the construction phase.

To support this effort, the five-page legislation includes additional provisions consistent with voluntary efforts implemented in phase one that raise the standards for racial and gender equity in local construction.

“All of these things will create a sense of pride for local St. Louisans and a sense of ownership and buy-in from everybody working on this project,” DeWitt III said.

For more information on the Cardinals plans for Ballpark Village phase two, visit

Kyle McClellan Talks About “Brace For Impact”

Former Cardinals pitcher Kyle McClellan helps orphans in Haiti through his non-profit organization “Brace For Impact”. The non-profit provides funds for food, clean water, and shelter for the island’s children in need. Hear how Kyle’s work in Haiti is putting smiles on kids faces, and roofs over their heads. See how you can help at

How The First Spanish Radio Broadcast Made History for the Cardinals and Memories for the Molina Family


This season, the Cardinals made radio history.

“There’s been 20,492 games played by the Cardinals, September the 29th was the first time where people can hear Cardinals baseball in Spanish,” said Polo Ascencio, play-by-play announcer for the broadcast. “That is what we’re doing to make history.”

This is the first time the Cardinals produced a home radio broadcast in Spanish. Made possible through a partnership with La Ke Buena internet radio, listeners all over the world could hear the game online at Locally, they could tune in over the air to KMOX’s sister station, 98.1 HD3. The broadcast coincided with a two-day Hispanic Heritage “Fiesta Cardenales” celebration at Busch Stadium.

Fill-in radio host for the Los Angeles Dodgers Polo Ascencio provided the play-by-play, and the color analyst was a familiar face-Yadier Molina’s big brother, Bengie, who also happens to be a World Champion catcher.

Bengie Molina and Polo Ascencio

Bengie Molina (color analyst) and Polo Ascencio (play-by-play announcer) pose for a photo in the broadcast booth ahead of the first Spanish-language broadcast at Busch Stadium. Photo Credit: Bill Greenblatt / St. Louis Cardinals

“We’re trying to take the game out to the houses,” Bengie said, “out to the living rooms and make sure that they understand what we’re going through in our own language, in this case, Spanish.”

And what an incredible night for Bengie Molina and Polo Ascencio to be making radio history at Busch Stadium. The evening turned out to be an exciting night on the field for Bengie’s little brother, Yadi, who had one home run, as well as the game-winning RBI in one of the craziest walk-off wins of the season.

For Bengie, seeing his little brother light up the stadium with two, huge at-bats made him proud, but, as Yadi’s older brother, he has a different perspective.

“When you guys see Yadi, you guys see, the ‘captain,’ you guys see the man,” Molina said. “When I see Yadi, I see that little boy running around in the house, or just playing little league ball…and now he’s here. For me, it was very special. I felt proud.”

In the video below, hear Spanish-radio calls for the two, big plays by Yadier Molina from the September 29th, 2016 game versus the Cincinnati Reds.

You’ll want to watch the last 60 seconds over and over…

Jill Falk is Multimedia Video Communications Manager for the St. Louis Cardinals.

‘You did all this not knowing why that milk was important to us.’ Mother who wrote viral blog post returns to Busch Stadium, thanks usher in person


Amy Thompson holds her son while he high fives Busch Stadium usher, Scott Brandon.

When local blogger Amy Thompson wrote a post thanking an usher at Busch Stadium for helping her son find milk, she wasn’t expecting what happened next.

Her post went viral…catching the attention of local and national media.

Cardinals Insider invited Amy and her family back to Busch Stadium to sit in the same section as usher, Scott Brandon. This time, she was able to thank him in person for his kindness on that hot day in August.

Ben Holtmeyer is a Freelance Multimedia Journalist for the St. Louis Cardinals.

Sidelined by injury this season, Lance Lynn is ready for 2017

Photo Credit: Bill Greenblatt/ St. Louis Cardinals

Long before it ever began, Lance Lynn lost the 2016 season to injury. However, recovering from Tommy John surgery wouldn’t be the hardest part of his rehab process. Lynn would have to find patience- something the right-handed starter admittedly doesn’t have much of.

In this week’s Inside Access with Cardinals Magazine, Senior Staff Writer Stan McNeal sat down with the 29-year-old Lynn to see how he survived the year sidelined by injury and if his preparations would be enough for 2017.


Lindsey Weber is the Video Communications Production Coordinator for the St. Louis Cardinals. 

70th Anniversary of Enos Slaughter’s famous 1946 “Mad Dash”


Brian Finch, manager of Stadium Tours and Museum Outreach for the St. Louis Cardinals, talks about the 70th Anniversary of Enos Slaughter’s unforgettable 1946 World Series winning ‘Mad Dash.’

Keith Burghardt is a Multimedia Video Specialist for the St. Louis Cardinals.

Ask A Cardinal: Carson Kelly

Photo Credit: Scott Rovak/ St. Louis Cardinals

Selected by the Cardinals in the second round (86th overall) of the 2012 first-year player draft, catcher Carson Kelly was originally drafted as a third baseman out of Westview High School in Portland Oregon.

It wasn’t until 2014 when the former infielder was converted to a catcher and received a Spring Training invitation at the age of 19. Since then, Kelly has excelled offensively and defensively at the position, taking home the 2015 Rawlings Gold Glove for best defensive catcher in Minor League Baseball.

This season, Kelly earned a ticket to the Majors making his big league debut on September 5 at Pittsburgh where he doubled in his first at bat.

In this week’s Ask a Cardinal, we talked to Kelly about his introduction to the game of baseball and how he’s enjoying his time in the Majors.




Lindsey Weber is the Video Communications Production Coordinator for the St. Louis Cardinals. 

Cardinals Host Family Fun Day


Family Fun Day outside Busch Stadium, held on Sunday, October 9, 2016

Family Fun Day at Busch Stadium provided a great day for a crowd of all ages. From unmissable deals on Cardinals gear to of fun activities for the kids, the day had something for everyone.

Stephen Matejka is a Freelance Multimedia Journalist for the St. Louis Cardinals.

Cardinals Offer Free “Doin’ it Right” School Program

The season may be over, but you can still catch the Cardinals out in the community all year long thanks to programs like the “Doin’ It Right” school program presented by FOX Sports Midwest.

During the school year, the Cardinals offer a free 50-minute educational program that entertains students and reminds them of three important life goals:

  1. Don’t do drugs
  2. Stay in school
  3. Participate in sports

The assembly-style program, designed for grades K- 6, features a former Cardinal player or broadcaster and the one-and-only Fredbird. Together, they teach important messages with student and teacher participation and give all kids the chance to win prizes.

To learn more about the program, watch the below video featuring former Cardinal and St. Louis native, Kyle McClellan, or visit



Lindsey Weber is the Video Communications Production Coordinator for the St. Louis Cardinals. 

Kids Club Day at the Ballpark

Ask any Cardinals fan when they started loving baseball, and they’ll probably tell you they were born wearing the Birds on the Bat. Cardinals pride runs deep.

That childhood enthusiasm was on full display at the recent Kids Club Day at the Ballpark – an exclusive party for Cardinals Kids Club members complete with bounce houses, face painting, snacks, activities, Fredbird,  a Q&A with Manager Mike Matheny and more. And to top it all off, members had the opportunity to get autographs from some of their favorite Cardinals players!

And as if the Day at the Ballpark wasn’t exciting enough, Kids Club members get a ton of yearlong perks like free tickets to a Cardinals home game, exclusive promotional items, early access to “Kids Run the Bases” and special discount offers; it’s a great deal!

Check out what happened at this year’s Kids Club party in the video below, and learn more about membership at




Lindsey Weber is the Video Communications Production Coordinator for the St. Louis Cardinals.