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Ex-Cardinal Mark Hamilton finishes medical school, set to fight virus

On Friday, under an accelerated schedule prompted by dire circumstances, the former big leaguer is set to graduate a month early from medical school on Long Island.

Next stop for the rookie doc, the firsthand fight against the coronavirus pandemic in one of the world’s hardest-hit areas.

“I could get the call tomorrow, that it’s time to go in,” Hamilton stated this week. “I have had an incredible journey to becoming a doctor over the last four years, and not once did I think that I would find myself entering the field in a time like this.”

“Over both my careers, it’s the same thing. You’ve got a job to do, you’re needed, do them to the best of your ability,” he said.

The 35-year-old Hamilton spent the first half of the 2011 campaign with the Cardinals. He subbed for slugger Albert Pujols a few times and even got a winning hit that ultimately helped St. Louis squeeze into the playoffs by one game.

The left-handed hitter who played 47 games in the majors will join another lineup once he leaves the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell.

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“That’s a great story, what Mark’s done. That’ll be a high point at this period,” said Hall of Famer Tony La Russa, Hamilton’s manager with the Cards.

Hamilton comes from a family that has accomplished success on and off the field.

His brother played soccer in college, his sister is a top equestrian. His grandfather was a basketball star in the forerunner of the NBA.

Hamilton’s father, Stanley, was the longtime head of pathology and laboratory medicine at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. He presently holds the same position at the City of Hope center in Southern California.

“My dad jokes that the athletic ability skipped a generation,” Hamilton said.

A 6-foot-4 power hitter, Hamilton helped Tulane reach the 2005 College World Series. The next year, he was a second-round draft pick by the Cardinals.

“Good size, live bat, good pop,” La Russa remembered. “Good intelligence. He knew what was going on.”

In September 2010, Hamilton got the call to the majors and posted his first two hits. In 2011, he stayed with St. Louis almost all the way to the All-Star break, mostly as a pinch hitter.

Hamilton’s highlight came on July 4 before a big crowd at Busch Stadium. Batting for ace Chris Carpenter with two outs and a runner on third in the eighth inning of a scoreless match, his infield single off Johnny Cueto gave the Cardinals a 1-0 victory over Cincinnati.

After nine productive pro seasons that included over 100 home runs in the minors, he was released in July 2014, three days before his 30th birthday.

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Arizona Cardinals’ trade for DeAndre Hopkins will be official by draft

No, the DeAndre Hopkins trade to the Cardinals isn’t yet finalized, with physicals for the players involved remaining a holdup for now in this world turned sideways by the coronavirus.

But Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury, during a Zoom press conference Tuesday morning, said he is not concerned that the trade wouldn’t be completed before the April 23 draft.

With 2020 draft picks being swapped as part of the agreement, reaching a conclusion to the trade is important.

“Those (moves) aren’t official as far as I know at this point, but we’ll get it done,” Kingsbury said. “There is obviously the medical (part) and medical personnel have much bigger fish to fry at this point, so it’s been slower than it would be, but I have no doubts it will be done before the draft.”

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The trade, which has been approved by both the Cardinals and Texans pending those physicals, will send Hopkins and a 2020 fourth-round pick to the Cardinals for running back David Johnson, a 2020 second-round pick and a 2021 fourth-round pick.

Both Hopkins and Johnson need to pass physicals for the trade to be officially finalized. That remains an expectation of when and not if.

“I don’t want to get too far into it because it’s not official yet,” Kingsbury stated in a session after he gave blood at State Farm Stadium. “But obviously, (Hopkins) is a tremendous player, been healthy, played at a high level for a long time. We’re all excited about it.”

The Cardinals and Texans agreed to the trade on March 16, two days before free agency started. The deal came together quickly, Kingsbury said.

“Steve [Keim, the team’s general manager] called me down to his office and said we had something in the works,” Kingsbury added, “and they worked through it and got it done.”

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MLB cancels Cubs-Cardinals London series in June

Major League Baseball has canceled its London Series between the St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The teams were set to play two matches at West Ham’s Olympic Stadium, on June 13 and 14.

Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred made the statement in a memorandum sent to MLB employees last Wednesday.

“We made the decision because it was unlikely the events would go forward, and timely cancellation allowed us to preserve important financial resources,” Manfred wrote. “We also have canceled agreements with service providers and delayed projects that involve large capital expenditures.”

MLB played in Europe for the first time last June 29-30, when the New York Yankees swept a pair of matches from the Boston Red Sox in London.

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The Cardinals won the National League Central last season. The Cubs made a push late but then faded to conclude third.

Opening Day was to have been March 26, but MLB has delayed the start of its campaign until mid-May at the earliest. The NBA, NHL and all other major sports leagues are presently on hold. Like the United States, Great Britain has been hard hit by the virus.

MLB had already canceled two series programmed for this season, in Mexico City and San Juan, Puerto Rico.

The San Diego Padres had been scheduled to play the Arizona Diamondbacks on April 18-19 in Mexico City, and the New York Mets were supposed to play the Miami Marlins on April 28-30 in San Juan. The games will be reprogrammed for the home teams’ sites in Arizona and Miami, MLB said.

Manfred also referenced last week’s agreement with the players’ association in which teams agreed to provide $170 million in advance pay and the union agreed not to make claims for additional pay. As part of the deal, if the season is scrapped, players would receive service time for 2020 matching what they received in 2019.

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