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Our 9 Best Guesses on What the Cardinals 'Big Announcement' Could Be

Using the best reporting instincts in the business, here's what we think the announcement could be.

November 13, 2018 - 11:08 am

What in the world are the St. Louis Cardinals up to? If you haven't seen the news on social media, there's a "big announcement" coming next Monday, November 19 at Ballpark Village. To preface this, we do not have the slightest idea of what it could be. But starting harmless rumors sounded like a lot of fun, so...

Here's what we know: Dan McLaughlin, TV broadcaster for the Cardinals will be hosting the event. On stage at Ballpark Village will be president of baseball operations John Mozeliak, president Bill DeWitt III, Hall of Famer shortstop Ozzie Smith, current center fielder Harrison Bader, and former Cardinals outfielder and St. Louis native Kerry Robinson. 

And after the event, fans will get giveaways and can enjoy 25% discounted lunch at Cardinals Nation Restaurant. 

With that info, here's our best guesses: 

Ozzie Smith will be in the Cardinals dugout next season: Yes, this would absolutely make fans flip. And who better to continue to mold the future double-play combo of Kolten Wong and Paul DeJong than a Hall of Fame short stop? Although, the Cardinals coaching staff is officially full with the promotion of Stubby Clapp as first base coach and hiring of Jeff Albert as hitting coach

Powder blue jerseys will return: We can see it now ... Ozzie, Bader and Robinson all walk out wearing the fan-favorite jersey of the 70's and 80's. And the Cardinals would sport those classics at multiple Sunday home games throughout the 2019 season.

Cards introduce multiple throwback jerseys: Maybe St. Louis will take a page out of the Cincinnati Reds' book and bring the powder blue, a pinstripe hat, t-shirt jerseys, retro Cardinals logos and more. The Reds will wear 15 different uniforms in 2019, to honor it's 150th year in the MLB.

Harrison Bader has learned the back flip: Bader will borrow the shortstop's signature move as he exits the dugout and heads to center field. The BPV stage will be the public unveiling of his new trick. We know he's athletic enough to do it...

As long as he doesn't get hurt.

Bader will become a tenant at the new Ballpark Village apartments, Ozzie will be his neighbor: Maybe this is the start of a new Cardinals tradition when 1 Cardinal Way opens in 2020. A young member of the Cardinals big league roster will room with or live next to a former Cardinals player like Smith or Robinson. A later announcement will come that Jack Flaherty will room with Bob Gibson.

Cardinals past and present will be guest bartenders at BPV: The Wizard might be shaking your martini, mixing your margarita and pouring your beer on Friday nights. Brett Hull of the St. Louis Blues and former Cardinals pitcher Al Hrabosky have been celebrity bartenders at BPV in the past, so maybe now it will be more common to see your favorite Cardinals player bartending on his off day. 

New Cardinals youth baseball clinic: Kids around the St. Louis area can learn how to play ball from the pros. The Cards would hold weekly group training sessions with former pros like Smith and Robinson, with special cameos by the current players. We already know Bader is good with kids, so he'll be a great coach.

New restaurant opening at BPV: It's the food deal at the end of the even that has us thinking, maybe the Cardinals want everyone to come hungry so they can try some new grub. We've told you about the new Shark Bar that will be coming to replace Howl at the Moon in Ballpark Village. But what's next?


Which of these guesses would you want it to be? Or if you have an idea of what it might be, let us know on Twitter.