Cardinals Minor League Guide for the All Star Break


The All Star Game break.  Four days without meaningful baseball.  Over those four days, we can watch an ESPN Tribute to the PED era and hear more calls of “back, back, back” than in the career of a chiropractor (the Home Run Derby).   Instead, I’d rather watch Mark Scott’s series from the 1960 where the players and their egos were not nearly as inflated as they are today.

What is a Cardinals baseball fan to do with these next four days ?   Why not check out some of the action in the minor leagues.  While AAA takes the same break as the majors, there will be games throughout the remainder of the Cardinals farm system.

Note: All times referenced are in central daylight (CDT).

Monday – July 9

There is a fairly full schedule of games to choose from on Monday.  A special treat comes from Midland, who is a participant in MiLB.TV, so the Springfield game is available for those who have a subscription.  Seth Maness (5-1 2.12 ERA with SGF, 8-2 2.14 ERA overall) is the scheduled starter and he is having an amazing season, so that is a double bonus.

Another interesting choice will be Billy Hamilton’s AA debut with the Pensicola Blue Wahoos (Reds).  They will be playing the Mobile BayBears (Diamondbacks) and the game starts at 7pm.  Both Gameday audio and MiLB.tv video will be available for this one.

Level Teams Start Time Audio Video
AA Springfield at Midland 6:30pm Jock 98.7 MiLB.TV
A+ Charlotte at Palm Beach 5:35pm Gameday None
A Clinton at Quad Cities 7:00pm Gameday None
RK Lowell at Batavia 6:05pm WCAP None

Tuesday – July 10

There is just one game in the Cardinals system: Springfield at Midland.  Most of you will be watching the All Star Game, but if you get bored and want to check in on the baby birds, you can catch Springfield one more time.

Level Teams Start Time Audio Video
AA Springfield at Midland 6:30pm Jock 98.7 MiLB.TV

Wednesday – July 11

Springfield has a travel day, but there is plenty of action in the lower levels of the farm system as well as the AAA All Star Game.   Memphis will be sending just one player this year, Brandon Dickson.  Dickson will be taking the place of Barret Browning, who was just recently been called up to St. Louis.  Attending the game with Dickson will be pitching coach, Blaise Ilsley.

Level Teams Start Time Audio Video
AAA PCL All Stars at IL All Stars 6:00pm  WHBQ MLB
A+ Palm Beach at Daytona 6:05pm Gameday None
A Quad Cities at Lansing 6:05pm None None
RK Batavia at Hudson Valley 6:05pm WCAP None

Thursday – July 12

A complete slate of games await the Cardinals fan on the last day before the big club starts its second half in Cincinnati.   Lots of good choices, although those with MiLB subscriptions will certainly lean towards Memphis at Round Rock.  Even if you don’t have one, I would highly recommend listening to the Memphis audio broadcast, if for no other reason than to enjoy the old school broadcasting technique of Steve Selby – one of the best in the league.

Level Teams Start Time Audio Video
AAA Memphis at Round Rock 7:05pm WHBQ MiLB.TV
AA NW Ark at Springfield 7:08pm Jock 98.7 None
A+ Palm Beach at Daytona 6:05pm Gameday None
A Quad Cities at Lansing 6:05pm None None
RK Batavia at Hudson Valley 6:05pm WCAP None

Fans of other teams shouldn’t feel obligated to watch or listen to the baby birds, although we do appreciate it when they do.  Instead, check out the web pages of your favorite  team’s minor league affiliates and see what audio or video is available.  Audio from most minor league games is available for free, courtesy of MiLB.com.  You can find links for all minor league teams here.   If you have a MiLB.TV subscription, a monster value add-on to your MLB.tv season pass, you can find all of the available feeds  here.

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