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Brian Walton's news and commentary on the St. Louis Cardinals (TM) and their minor league system

Archive for June, 2009

Bob Gibson: “Who will buy my memories?”

Former St. Louis Cardinals great Bob Gibson is selling his baseball memorabilia at auction.

Cards and their fans get “Super Freaked”

On Monday night, the Giants’ Tim Lincecum dominated the Cardinals – again.

DSL Cardinals Report: June 29, 2009

Josh Jones’ weekly report on the 2009 Dominican Summer League Cardinals.

Walton on Monday Fantasy Focus show

Brian Walton joins Rotowire.com’s Jeff Erickson on Fantasy Focus on Blog Talk Radio Monday at 12:30 p.m. Eastern time.

Cardinals in-season trades since 1964

Going back to Lou Brock for Ernie Broglio (and others), we have St. Louis Cardinals trades made during the season.

VSL Cardinals Report: June 28, 2009

Josh Jones’ weekly report on the 2009 Venezuelan Summer League Cardinals.

Pujols’ Saturday Duos

Albert Pujols hit two home runs and was also walked twice as the Cards thumped the Twins at Busch.

“The Cardinal Nation” blog Sunday on KSDK Channel 5

This blog will be a part of a Albert Pujols segment on Channel 5 this Sunday.

Cards’ ninth-rounder McCully to sign

The St. Louis Cardinals have come to terms with their ninth-round draft pick, pitcher Nick McCully, reportedly assigning him to Quad Cities.

Cardinals vs. Twins – Regular season history

The St. Louis Cardinals and Minnesota Twins have met 15 times in the regular season prior to this weekend. Kyle Lohse had the last start for the Twins – in 2001.

Carpenter dominates, but needs more help

St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Chris Carpenter has failed to secure a win twice in the last month despite his continued mound excellence.

Thursday live blogging with FOX Sports Midwest

I will be a panelist on FOX Sports Midwest’s live blog during Thursday afternoon’s game. Join in the discussion!

Carpenter doesn’t own the Mets

Chris Carpenter is facing the New York Mets for only the fifth time in his career and third as a St. Louis Cardinal.

Jason Stidham to sign with Cardinals

The St. Louis Cardinals’ eighth-rounder’s coach says his junior infielder is turning pro.

The Cardinals organization roster matrix: Short-season update

The St. Louis Cardinals system rosters are refreshed to reflect the three US-based short-season clubs: Batavia, Johnson City and the Gulf Coast League Cardinals.

Don’t pitch to Pujols – especially with the bases loaded

St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols is even more deadly at the plate with the sacks jammed.

Pineiro delivers career-best outing

St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Joel Pineiro shut out the New York Mets on two hits Tuesday.

Gulf Coast League Cardinals opening roster

The 2009 season-opening roster for the Gulf Coast League Cardinals.

Cardinals New York minutes – 06/23/09

Reporting from the new Citi Field in New York as the Cardinals visit the Mets.

Walton on KXnO FOX Sports Radio Tuesday

Catch Brian Walton live on KXnO FOX Sports Radio Des Moines at 5:30 P.M. Central today, Tuesday.

Batavia Muckdogs opening roster

The 2009 season-opening roster for the Batavia Muckdogs of the New York-Penn League.

Johnson City Cardinals opening roster

The 2009 season-opening roster for the Johnson City Cardinals of the Appalachian League.

DSL Cardinals Report: June 22, 2009

Josh Jones’ weekly report on the 2009 Dominican Summer League Cardinals.

Cardinals weekend hitting feats

Albert Pujols led the way in the St. Louis Cardinals’ weekend sweep of Kansas City.

VSL Cardinals Report: June 21, 2009

Josh Jones’ weekly report on the 2009 Venezuelan Summer League Cardinals.

Pujols extends Cards two-RBI game lead

Albert Pujols has 285 two-or-more RBI games this decade, the most by any Cardinal.

Carpenter extends stingy streak

St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Chris Carpenter has gone ten games and counting without allowing more than six hits or three runs.

First Cards home run trifecta in almost two years

Until Friday, the St. Louis Cardinals hadn’t hit three home runs in an inning since July of 2007.

Rasmus among youngest Cards with four hits in a game

With four hits on Friday, Colby Rasmus is only the 15th youngest Cardinal since 1954 to accomplish the feat.

K. Greene, Kinney up, Walters and Stavinoha down

The St. Louis Cardinals recalled Khalil Greene and Josh Kinney from Memphis with P.J. Walters and Nick Stavinoha heading back to Triple-A.

Pujols: one-man home run band

Albert Pujols tied the second-longest home run streak for the St. Louis Cardinals since 1954 until broken on Tuesday.

Stock, Kelly, Jackson come to terms

The St. Louis Cardinals officially announced the signing of three top 2009 draft picks.

Cardinals draft yield – the Luhnow years

Percentage of St. Louis Cardinals draftees signed in recent years.

Productive Cardinals Balks

St. Louis Cardinals runners have scored as a result of each of their last three balks received.

Tentative Batavia opening roster

The initial roster for the 2009 New York-Penn League Batavia Muckdogs.

Cardinals sign 32 of 50 2009 draft picks

The St. Louis Cardinals’ sixth-round selection Virgil Hill among 32 players from last week’s 50-round MLB Draft to agree to terms.

Cardinals Monday transactions: Niko, Luis DLC down

The St. Louis Cardinals made three roster moves from A-Advanced Palm Beach down to short-season Batavia.

DSL Cardinals Report: June 15, 2009

Josh Jones’ weekly report on the 2009 Dominican Summer League Cardinals.

Cardinals weekend transactions

The St. Louis Cardinals made three roster moves from A-Advanced Palm Beach up through Triple-A Memphis.

Pujols approaching Cards consecutive home run mark

On Saturday, Albert Pujols slammed consecutive home runs for his 27th time as a Cardinal.

VSL Cardinals Report: June 14, 2009

Josh Jones’ weekly report on the 2009 Venezuelan Summer League Cardinals.

David Kopp: Coming back soon

The Springfield Cardinals starter is improving and should return to action shortly

Cards high-walk games occurring at record pace

The 2009 St. Louis Cardinals pitching staff is issuing walks in large groups with high frequency.

Cardinals Friday transactions

The St. Louis Cardinals made at least eight roster moves from A-Advanced Palm Beach up through St. Louis on Friday.

Cards add 20 more to close out draft

The St. Louis Cardinals took 20 players on the third and final day of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft

Cardinals select 27 on draft day two

The St. Louis Cardinals took 27 players on the second day of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft.

Cardinals select three in day one of draft

The St. Louis Cardinals selected two pitchers and a catcher/pitcher in the first day of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft.

The Dominican Summer League Cardinals Report: June 8, 2009

Josh Jones’ weekly report on the 2009 Dominican Summer League Cardinals.

The Cardinals organization roster matrix: DSL update

The St. Louis Cardinals system rosters are refreshed to reflect the start of the regular season of the Dominican Summer League.

VSL Cardinals Report: June 7, 2009

Josh Jones’ weekly report on the 2009 Venezuelan Summer League Cardinals.

Cardinals starters keeping the ball in the park

St. Louis Cardinals starters lead the National League in ERA and in fewest home runs allowed.

Pujols the on-base machine: part two

Albert Pujols’ rate of reaching base is approaching historic proportions.

Pujols the on-base machine

Even as the rest of the St. Louis Cardinals’ offense sputters, Albert Pujols keeps getting on base – one way or another.

Cards’ sixth starters are delivering

The St. Louis Cardinals have called on their sixth starter six times this season. The fill-ins have yet to take a loss and have delivered an ERA comparable to the top five.

Cardinals Minor Matters: June 2

A collection of recent St. Louis Cardinals-related links of interest with a little commentary mixed in.

Is Waino’s hook an illusion?

The St. Louis Cardinals and Adam Wainwright took a disappointing loss on Sunday as the starter’s trademark curveball wasn’t working. An academic theory is offered as to why.