Time for another intermittent Viva El Birdos feature, as time and my RSS reader permit: VEB Monitor, a collection of Cardinals and baseball news around the internet. (I believe this makes us the 300th and final SB Nation blog to do a[n ir]regular link dump and the second to name it after a failed old-time radio experiment, thanks to Fish Stripes's "Fibber McGee and Marlins Links.") Today's edition: Lou-Brock-related sleuthing, Adrian Beltre's Hall of Fame candidacy, and Ronny Cedeno as the next Juan Encarnacion.
(If you have a link you think would be of interest to VEB readers—yours or someone else's—and you're not selling anything, feel free to send me an e-mail. If you're a VEB regular who thinks collating a semi-regular link-dump sounds like a good time, also feel free to send me an e-mail.)
Hardball Times: A baseball card mystery: Lou Brock and the unknown Pirate
At Hardball Times, Bruce Markusen attempts to ID the photograph on a Lou Brock baseball card, which is significantly more interesting than it sounds...
Hardball Times: Red Schoendienst's 90th Birthday
... while Chris Jaffe celebrates Red Schoendienst's 90th birthday.
FanGraphs: Adrian Beltre on the Hall of Fame Path
We were just talking about Scott Rolen's Hall of Fame case. Meanwhile, among third basemen with two working shoulders, Jack Moore talks up Adrian Beltre. WAR suggests he's basically there already—he's at 61 or 62, depending on where you look—but even if you're a skeptic he's at 2227 hits as a 34-year-old coming off three of his four best seasons. It's nice to start early.
RetroSimba: How Ronny Cedeno punished Cardinals pitching
Ronny Cedeno joins Juan Encarnacion on the list of middling players acquired after a long career of punishing the Cardinals.
Daily RFT: A Goodbye to Stan the Man
the red baron is insufficiently careerist to link himself here, but now I finally have the chance to do it myself: Here's a funny, moving—that is, red-baronian—tribute to Stan Musial, featuring the line "Stan Musial should have died in the mid 1950s, saving Earth from destruction... using a baseball bat carved from the femur of a palette-swapped Bonus Boss version of a Tyrannosaurus Rex."