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Where to get in-depth Cardinals prospect news fast

Some people have questioned why they need to come to The Cardinal Nation at and check this site, The Cardinal Nation blog, when they think they can get the same information elsewhere.

Here is a good example looking at how four main sources rolled out the news this week of the St. Louis Cardinals prospects selected to play in the Arizona Fall League.

Note the times and dates of the articles as well as the number of words devoted to Cardinals prospects. Articles are listed in time sequence of posting.

Tuesday, August 25
: 1:00 p.m. (CDT)

Strasburg, top picks highlight AFL

0 words (general AFL article did not mention any Cardinals, but rosters were posted elsewhere on site)

The Cardinal Nation
: 1:28 p.m. (with a 2:30 p.m. update with individual capsules on all eight players)

Jones Leads Eight Cards to Arizona Fall League

1330 words

Future Redbirds blog
: 1:48 p.m.

Arizona Fall League 2009

87 words

Wednesday, August 26

: 10:16 a.m.

DG’s 10@10: The Cardinals’ Three-Headed Monster

228 words (item number six in a multi-subject blog post)

The Cardinal Nation blog
: 2:28 p.m.

Cardinals early Arizona Fall League leftovers

908 words

: 3:11 p.m.

Eight Cardinals prospects to go to Arizona

169 words (article)

Cardinals AFL coverage Tuesday words Wednesday words Total words 0 0 0
The Cardinal Nation/TCN blog 1330 908 2238
Future Redbirds 87 0 87
Post-Dispatch 0 397 397

So, there you have it. If you haven’t already, click on the article titles and check them out. Are they all equal in timing and depth of Cardinals-related content delivered?

Further, which one will be reporting live from Arizona for the seventh year in a row and which ones will be following box scores? And don’t forget our best-of-breed Cardinals Minor League Notebook, provided free seven days a week.

Sure, some articles on are subscriber-only (the ones referenced here were not), but sometimes, you get what you pay for.

Think about it.

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