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  • Another One Bites the Dust

    Huh. If I didn't know any better, I'd say the rats are jumping ship...This year must be gonna SUCK...

    Lamping resigns from Cards, takes job in New York
    By Bernie Miklasz
    ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
    03/13/2008

    Mark Lamping
    (James A. Finley/AP)

    After an active, ambitious and highly successful 13-year run as the Cardinals’ team president, a tenure highlighted by the opening of the new Busch Stadium and the franchise’s 10th World Series championship, Mark Lamping is heading to New York and New Jersey to pursue a new dream job.
    Lamping has resigned from the Cardinals to become CEO of the New Meadowlands Stadium Company. Lamping will supervise all facets of a $1.4 billion stadium project that will house two NFL teams, the New York Giants and the New York Jets.
    Lamping will be succeeded as president by Bill DeWitt III, the 40-year-old son of Cardinals chairman Bill DeWitt Jr.
    DeWitt III is currently the team’s senior vice president for business development, and is leading the task to get the downtown Ballpark Village real-estate project off the ground. (Lamping hasn’t been involved in the Ballpark Village planning).
    Both DeWitts were unavailable for comment Thursday, but will attend a noon news conference Friday to discuss the changes.
    As a kid, Lamping slept on a sidewalk outside old Busch Stadium to be among the first in line for tickets to the 1968 World Series. To Lamping, the Cardinals were an essential part of his St. Louis childhood experience.

    “And in 1994, when I was asked to interview for the job of Cardinal team president, I thought it was a cruel joke,” Lamping said. “I never imagined that I’d be given such an opportunity. This baseball team was an important part of my summers. And to be given the chance to serve as the team president well, that’s too big of a dream for somebody like me to have.”
    Lamping, a graduate of Vianney High School, said he wasn’t looking to leave St. Louis. But he was drawn to the opportunity to coordinate the Giants-Jets joint stadium venture. The facility is scheduled to open for the 2010 NFL season.
    “This was a very tough decision,” Lamping said. “And not only because of my love for the franchise and the city, but also for how well I was treated by everyone. The owners of the Cardinals, and the team’s employees, and most importantly, how the fans treated me. I could not have been in a better situation.”
    So what changed? Lamping, and his wife, Cheryl, have three children, ages 19, 23 and 26. Now that they’ve grown up, Lamping felt free to take on a new challenge.
    “I’m at the stage of my life and career where leaving St. Louis is something we can consider,” he said. “We could not and would not consider it in the past when our kids were still in high school. And professionally, I still want to grow and develop. It’s not that the Cardinals’ job isn’t challenging, because it is.
    “But this is a chance to do something different. What’s happening at the Meadowlands is a once-in-a-lifetime project. I’ll be able to hire my own staff and put an organization together. I’m the first employee hired, and you don’t get the opportunity to build things from scratch, particularly on this prominent of a stage.”
    Lamping was approached in November, went through a multiple-stage interview process, and was offered the job last week in New York.
    After a career as prominent sports-marketing executive at Anheuser-Busch, Lamping was hired as Cardinals president on Sept. 1, 1994.
    It was a troubling time for the franchise. The 1994 Major League Baseball season was shut down because of a labor disagreement, and the Cardinals were slumping on the field.
    Lamping played a substantial role in the Cardinals’ reversal of fortune. In 1995, Lamping hired Walt Jocketty as general manager, and Jocketty soon hired Tony La Russa as manager. That partnership was responsible for seven trips to the postseason over a 12-year stretch, and the prizes included the 2004 National League pennant and the 2006 World Series title.
    Lamping helped with the smooth transition of the franchise when Anheuser-Busch sold the Cardinals to DeWitt’s group in the winter of 1995.
    The new Busch opened in 2006 to positive reviews. And with Lamping as president, the Cardinals drew 3 million or more fans in a season nine times. And the team will top 3 million in home attendance again this season.
    But the job wasn’t easy.
    Lamping played a major role in the team’s decision to move the team’s radio broadcasts from KMOX to KTRS drew criticism.
    And Lamping took an aggressive tact in trying to secure public financing for the new Busch Stadium at one point having discussions with Illinois officials to build a new stadium in Metro East.
    Lamping’s goal of getting a taxpayer-funded stadium in St. Louis was rejected by the Missouri legislature, and DeWitt and partners ultimately bankrolled much of the facility with their own money. Lamping called the quest the most difficult challenge of his Cardinals career.
    “In the end, we were able to get the ballpark built,” he said. “And for me, the opening of Busch in April 2006 is right there with winning the 2006 World Series. I’m very proud that we took the franchise from where it was in 1994, to what it’s been the past 10 years.”
    Last edited by sportschick; 03-13-2008, 08:10 PM.
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  • #2
    Wow.
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    • #3
      Unsurprised
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      • #4
        As a kid, Lamping slept on a sidewalk outside old Busch Stadium to be among the first in line for tickets to the 1968 World Series. To Lamping, the Cardinals were an essential part of his St. Louis childhood experience.
        I did the same exact thing. My mom, me and a neighbor kid stayed up all night to get tickets to the 6th and 7th games. They lost both.
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        • #5
          Conference is tomorrow at 12pm in St. Louis.

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          • #6
            The Faction gets another one.

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            • #7
              When does the club go up for sale?
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              • #8
                This year will be historically bad for the Cards.

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                • #9
                  I don't really know what to think about this. I wonder if the dewitts are like the bidwells.
                  Sometimes elections have positive consequences!

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Blues Fan in SF View Post
                    This year will be historically bad for the Cards.

                    You read it here first.
                    I don't understand how this could affect what happens on the field this year one way or the other.

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                    • #11
                      Owner's kid takes over huh....anyone smell a push out?
                      Go Cards ...12 in 13.


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                      • #12
                        Lamping is a dick. When Joe Torre thinks you're a dick, then you're a dick.

                        Moon

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Moon Man View Post
                          Lamping is a dick. When Joe Torre thinks you're a dick, then you're a dick.

                          Moon
                          Lamping is a business man. Nothing more, nothing less. That is obvious. Not just now... You can judge that as you see fit.


                          We will see how Torre does in LA.
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by chazzz View Post
                            I don't understand how this could affect what happens on the field this year one way or the other.
                            He's a drama queen...let him have his moment

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                            • #15
                              Speaking of "biting the dust", so it appears withe Centene and Ball Park Village.

                              http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/bus...4?OpenDocument

                              Status uncertain on Centene's plan to move downtown
                              By Riddhi Trivedi-St. Clair
                              ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
                              03/14/2008

                              A deal to bring Centene Corp.'s $250 million headquarters to downtown St. Louis is on shaky ground.

                              None of the four players in the project would say Thursday whether the deal to move the health care management firm's headquarters from Clayton will take place. But none said it was dead either.

                              Centene's development is supposed to be inside Ballpark Village, a seven-block entertainment and retail district that city leaders hope will be a cornerstone of downtown revitalization. It's also uncertain when construction will begin on the $387 million first phase of Ballpark Village, co-developed by the St. Louis Cardinals.

                              What's clear is that frustrations have been rising among the key parties since it became evident that Ballpark Village would not be substantially complete by July 2009 for Major League Baseball's All Star Game, as originally intended. Advertisement

                              In January, the Cardinals co-developer, Baltimore-based Cordish Co., acknowledged that the project would be delayed. The

                              company attributed the hold-up to difficulty working Centene into the development.

                              But on his blog, Mayor Francis Slay pointed the finger at Cordish.

                              "Cordish has had four months to complete the negotiations and finish the development agreement," Slay wrote. "Like everyone else, I am growing impatient. I want to see construction start soon."

                              On Thursday, Barbara Geisman, deputy mayor for development, cast doubt on the future of the Centene project, which had been considered a sure thing.

                              The Centene deal "will either happen or not happen in the next couple of weeks," Geisman said.

                              She refused to elaborate.

                              A spokesman for Centene said there was "nothing new" to talk about.

                              "We have consistently indicated that we have been working to try to finalize some important elements of the project and we are continuing to do so," Ken Fields said. "That's our focus."

                              A joint e-mail statement by the Cardinals and Cordish did little to clarify the situation.

                              "We expect the Centene deal to be resolved quickly one way or the other," the statement said.

                              The developers said they have been ready to break ground since last fall, but cited "several complications."

                              — Negotiating "a business deal to incorporate" Centene into Ballpark Village.

                              — Redesigning the Ballpark Village plan "to accommodate Centene's office and parking needs."

                              — Reworking agreements with the city to incorporate Centene into Ballpark Village.

                              Meanwhile, delays are mounting, and no date has been set for a groundbreaking.

                              "No one is more frustrated by the delay than the Cardinals and the Cordish Co.," the co-developers stated.

                              When completed, Ballpark Village will have 324,000 square feet of retail, restaurant and entertainment space; 100,000 square feet of office space; and 1,200 parking spaces. Developers also are expected to invest a minimum of $15 million in infrastructure improvements.

                              The development will receive more than $115 million in tax incentives.

                              The city has a development agreement with the Cardinals for Ballpark Village, but none with Cordish. A second development agreement that would be binding on all parties was approved by the city's Board of Aldermen a year ago, but hasn't been signed.

                              The Centene deal was announced in September amid much fanfare, as well as a pledge of $78 million in tax incentives. The project is supposed to include two buildings — including a 27-story skyscraper — with up to 1.2 million square feet of office space, 50,000 to 75,000 square feet of retail and 1,750 parking spaces. It is supposed to bring 1,200 jobs to downtown.

                              Few details have been forthcoming about the deal since September.

                              After a decision is reached on Centene, "We look forward to the city taking the necessary steps which enable us to break ground (on Ballpark Village)," the Cardinals and Cordish stated. "The city is aware that we have been working with the utmost urgency to resolve the issues related to the Centene project."

                              Geisman said even if the Centene deal falls apart, "we certainly expect the rest of Ballpark Village to go forward."
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