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

Archive for October, 2009

The Pujols Hardware Count – 2008/2009

How many awards will Albert Pujols take home this season?

Cardinals September call-up results

How much playing time did those called up from Memphis to St. Louis actually receive in the final days of the 2009 season?

McGwire, Motives and Money

Why might Bud Selig be looking at Mark McGwire differently than he does at Barry Bonds and Alex Rodriguez?

Cardinals fans – Watch the World Series and be thankful

Two former Cleveland stars face off Wednesday night for other teams while the Cardinals’ aces are under contract at least three more seasons.

Mark McGwire: A polarizing figure

Summarizing the trenches dug over the return of Mark McGwire.

Was McGwire good for Holliday?

Matt Holliday’s Oakland results following Mark McGwire’s winter instruction leave some major questions as to its effectiveness.

Can the Cardinals carry an 800-pound hitting coach?

Will Mark McGwire become the next St. Louis Cardinals’ hitting coach? Could he do it without shedding his considerable personal baggage first?

Cardinals Minor Matters: October 25

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

Cards no better than #6 in Holliday chase?

It looks like a number of big money teams will get in on the Matt Holliday chase. Every one decreases the Cardinals’ dwindling chances of retaining him.

McGwire, Pujols and “30 million-plus”

Comparing and contrasting Mark McGwire’s recent comments about Albert Pujols’ value with a famous 2001 interview critical of escalating MLB player salaries.

Ex-Cardinals: Where are they now? Tom Nieto and Floyd Rayford

Two former Cardinals take new jobs a bit closer to their ex-home.

Cardinals passing up comp draft picks

The St. Louis Cardinals have passed up the potential opportunity for 16 additional draft picks the last four seasons.

Checking Cardinals early draft pick return

A review of the St. Louis Cardinals early draft picks over the last six years, with special focus on regular versus compensatory selections.

More on La Russa’s future

A San Francisco article offers additional insight into Tony La Russa’s future plans.

On Holliday’s protection of Pujols

Some doubt the presence of Matt Holliday in the Cardinals lineup benefited teammate Albert Pujols.

How aggressive have Cardinals minor league player movements really been?

A comprehensive look at multi-year in-season roster changes across the Cardinals minor league system leads to conclusions that may differ from prevailing perception.

Might the Cardinals let Holliday and Boras pull a “Drew” on them?

A long-term contract with a two-year out for Matt Holliday might not be as crazy as it first may sound.

Walton on Wednesday Talking Baseball Live show

Brian Walton joins’s Lenny Melnick and Paul Greco on their weekly Talking Baseball Live show on Blog Talk Radio Wednesday at 8:15 p.m. Eastern time.

After Ankiel hit the wall, is it now time to hit the road?

St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Rick Ankiel will become a free agent. It may be best for all involved for the 30-year-old to move on.

MLB spinmasters at work on down attendance news

As the old saying goes, figures never lie and liars never figure. Have it your way – 2009 is the fifth highest total attendance in history or the biggest single-season loss since Harry Truman was president.

Cardinals 2009 closing time opens 2010 offseason

To kick off the off-season, a quick look at those who may have played their last game as St. Louis Cardinals.

Cardinals NLDS optimism and pessimism

Two perspectives on the Cardinals chances of coming back against the Dodgers based on past League Division Series.

Walton on KXnO FOX Sports Radio Friday

Catch Brian Walton talking Cardinals baseball with Matt Perrault and Ken Miller on KXnO FOX Sports Radio 1460 in Des Moines today (Friday) at 6:05 p.m. Central.

Holliday isn’t Denkinger or Buckner

Matt Holliday’s error did not end the 2009 NLDS, yet the blueprint for the blame game has been in place for a long time.

Reheating Cardinals NLDS game one leftovers

Historically-based factoids from the Cardinals’ NLDS game one loss Wednesday night.

Smoltz and Lohse: Different post-season bullpen histories

Now available in relief, two veteran Cardinals starters have been there before.

Meet the Cards-Dodgers NLDS umpiring crew

Dana DeMuth and his crew of five umpires have been assigned to work the St. Louis-Los Angeles NLDS.

Can the lefties stop Cardinal killer Thome?

How might Cardinals relievers Dennys Reyes and Trever Miller fare against the Dodgers’ Jim Thome in the NLDS?

Considering Carpenter’s Cy Case

Is Chris Carpenter’s NL-leading 2.24 ERA enough to win the 2009 Cy Young Award?

Walton on Monday Fantasy Focus show

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

Cardinals Futures Game history uneven

An in-depth look at St. Louis Cardinals participation in the mid-summer prospect showcase shows strong representation from the 2005 draft class.

Muckdogs to remain in Batavia for third season in 2010

Rochester group will continue to try to stem continued financial losses in management of Cardinals New York-Penn League affiliate.

Don’t blame McClellan for blowing Wainwright’s 20th win

St. Louis’ ugly and costly loss on Friday night has to be hung on the manager.

Wainwright’s rare triple milestone performance

Adam Wainwright is on his way to the seventh-best pitching season in MLB this decade.

Carpenter’s record-setting grand slam and six RBI

Injured at the plate while swinging earlier this season, Chris Carpenter instead put a hurt on the Reds Thursday with his bat.

Waino, Carp and pray for the tarp

Is the Cardinals problem Bronson Arroyo, messed up baseballs or something else entirely?