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The Sports Hub: Carpenter, Mabry, Freese, MVC, Illini & Ben Bishop

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David Freese walks to the batting cage while managing partner and chairman Bill DeWitt, Jr. is on a phone call at Roger Dean Stadium on the morning of Tuesday, February 28, 2012. KMOX/Kevin Wheeler.

David Freese walks to the batting cage while managing partner and chairman Bill DeWitt, Jr. is on a phone call at Roger Dean Stadium on the morning of Tuesday, February 28, 2012. KMOX/Kevin Wheeler.

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Scott Warmann and Mike Claiborne open this edition of the show with their ‘1-2 Punches’. They also discuss the St. Louis Blues ownership issues, and how the ongoing situation caused management to miss out on potential opportunities at the trade deadline.

Mike Claiborne catches up with St. Louis Cardinals ace Chris Carpenter.  He is coming off-season in which he pitched a career-high 237.1 innings, plus an additional 36 innings during the Redbird’s historical postseason run.  Mike finds out how the former Cy Young award winner is feeling at spring training.

The Sports Hub gentlemen give their Power Rankings.  This time of the year, college basketball rankings are the most important with the NCAA Tournament approaching in March.  #7 Missouri and SLU look to be on their way, but what about other area teams?

Arch Madness, also known as the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament, invades St. Louis this week.  The first games are slated for Thursday and the action runs through Sunday. Doug Elgin, Missouri Valley Conference Commissioner, joins the show to talk about the excitement, especially having two ranked teams in Wichita State and Creighton.

The Illinois Fighting Illini are going through a season that’s not been seen in Champaign for some time.  Sitting  at 17-12 overall plus 6-10 in the Big Ten Conference and with head coach Bruce Weber on the hot seat, there’s plenty to discuss with Stu Durando, Illini beat writer for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

One new coach on manager Mike Matheny’s new staff includes former first baseman/outfielder John Mabry, who is now the Cardinals assistant hitting coach.  Being his first spring training as an official coach, Mike Claiborne finds out how the new job is going.

Brendan Burke, voice of the Peoria Rivermen, talks with the Ottawa Senators’ newest goalie  Ben Bishop.  The St. Louis Blues made a trade last Sunday acquiring a second round draft pick in the 2013 NHL Draft.  A native of St. Louis and a graduate of Chaminade, the AHL All-Star was due to be a free agent at the end of the season.

Kevin Wheeler got the opportunity to talk with 2011 World Series MVP David Freese.  The St. Louis native, who even talks new Blues antics, has been working to make the ball club (his words), but Cardinal Nation is hoping the 28-year-old third baseman can stay healthy an entire season after posting a .397 batting average, 5 home runs, and 21 RBI’s during the postseason last October.

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