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Archive for 2009

Memphis’ emperor has no clothes

A corporate management group has taken over operations of the Memphis Redbirds and AutoZone Park. Guess what is coming next?

Walton on Thursday Fantasy Focus show

Brian Walton joins Rotowire.com’s Jeff Erickson and MLB.com’s Cory Schwartz on Fantasy Focus on Blog Talk Radio Thursday at noon Eastern time.

All-Star Game ratings: Figures never lie and …

The television ratings from Tuesday’s night’s MLB All-Star Game are open to wide interpretation.

“The Heart and Soul of St. Louis Cardinals Baseball”

Hall of Famer Stan Musial made a rare appearance at Tuesday’s MLB All-Star Game.

Pujols’ Home Run Derby flop

Albert Pujols stubbed his toe in Monday evening’s MLB Home Run Derby. I think I know why.

Cardinals Triple-A All-Star Game history

Jess Todd is the Cardinals organization’s 38th player named to the Triple-A All-Star Game since its 1988 inception.

Franklin leads Cards bullpen resurgence

Closer Ryan Franklin and the entire Cardinals bullpen are markedly improved year-to-year.

Wellemeyer’s season stacking up among worst ever

In 18 starts, Todd Wellemeyer has etched his name among the highest ERAs ever posted by a St. Louis Cardinals starter in a season.

Wellemeyer vs. Thompson as Cards’ fifth starter

Ian Walton puts forth his case as to which of the two struggling starters should remain in the St. Louis Cardinals rotation.

Pujols’ Friday Rarity

Among Albert Pujols’ feats against Chicago on Friday were a home run and one of the rarest offensive plays, a triple.

Useless Hoffpauir facts

Factoids about Cardinals second baseman Jarrett Hoffpauir that can be used to amaze your friends…

Pineiro: Quietly Effective

Joel Pineiro’s complete game three-hitter against Milwaukee on Thursday wasn’t his first such gem this season.

All-Star FanFest Free Ticket Trivia Contest Question #11

The final question for a pair of free tickets to the All-Star FanFest this weekend!

All-Star FanFest Free Ticket Trivia Contest Question #10

The second-to-last question for a pair of free tickets to the All-Star FanFest this weekend!

All-Star FanFest Free Ticket Trivia Contest Question #9

The ninth question for a pair of free tickets to the All-Star FanFest this weekend!

All-Star FanFest Free Ticket Trivia Contest Question #8

The eighth question for a pair of free tickets to the All-Star FanFest

All-Star FanFest Free Ticket Trivia Contest Question #7

The seventh in a series of questions that will earn one respondent a pair of free tickets to the All-Star FanFest

Thursday live blogging on FOX Sports Midwest

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

Win free tickets to MLB All-Star FanFest at The Cardinal Nation

Would you like to attend the Major League Baseball All-Star FanFest for free, courtesy of Wilson Sporting Goods and The Cardinal Nation?

All-Star FanFest Free Ticket Trivia Contest Question #6

The sixth in a series of questions that will earn one respondent a pair of free tickets to the All-Star FanFest

All-Star FanFest Free Ticket Trivia Contest Question #5

The fifth in a series of questions that will earn one respondent a pair of free tickets to the All-Star FanFest

All-Star FanFest Free Ticket Trivia Contest Question #4

The fourth in a series of questions that will earn one respondent a pair of free tickets to the All-Star FanFest

All-Star FanFest Free Ticket Trivia Contest Question #3

The third in a series of questions that will earn one respondent a pair of free tickets to the All-Star FanFest

All-Star FanFest Free Ticket Trivia Contest Question #2

The second in a series of questions that will earn one respondent a pair of free tickets to the All-Star FanFest

All-Star FanFest Free Ticket Trivia Contest Question #1

The first in a series of questions that will earn one respondent a pair of free tickets to the All-Star FanFest concerns Stan Musial

July is Colby Rasmus time

With three home runs in five July games and ten on the season, Cardinals outfielder Colby Rasmus is joining some elite company.

Pujols does it for the 15th time: five RBI

Albert Pujols put the St. Louis Cardinals on his back again on Friday night in Cincinnati.

MLB All-Star Game: Vote early and often for the home team

The voting process for MLB’s “Midsummer Classic” is made even more of a sham than previously.

Where have the Cardinals walk-offs gone?

After averaging eight walk-offs per season, the St. Louis Cardinals have just one here in 2009.

Time to admit there WAS “dry powder”

Despite what some think, the St. Louis Cardinals are spending money. Where is all the “DeWallet” whining now?

Carpenter’s streaks end

Chris Carpenter’s six runs on 11 hits on Tuesday broke an impressive run of pitching.

More live blogging on FOX Sports Midwest

I will be back as a panelist on FOX Sports Midwest’s live blog during Wednesday evening’s game. Join in the discussion!

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.

Venezuelan Summer League Cardinals Report: 05/31/09

Josh Jones’ second weekly report on the 2009 VSL Cardinals.

Carpenter’s current streak approaches Gibson in 1968

Chris Carpenter can tie a 41-year-old St. Louis Cardinals record with a fifth consecutive shutout start on Saturday.

Tandem starting ends early in Quad Cities

The St. Louis Cardinals are dropping their use of tandem starting pitchers in their second of two full-season affiliates where deployed.

Walton on Baseball Digest Daily’s Saturday marathon blog

Brian Walton will be participating in a live blog during Saturday night’s St. Louis Cardinals game.

Hunting the Cardinals’ precious Faberge Eggs

Some believe St. Louis Cardinals prospects are overvalued internally and are untouchable via trade. Others are reluctant to paint with such a wide brush.

Wallace and the hot seat

The St. Louis Cardinals have no plans to bring up prospect Brett Wallace to try to fix their third base problem. What are some of the key considerations?

Cards double digit strikeouts – where have they gone?

Chris Carpenter is the only active pitcher to collect ten or more strikeouts in a game for the St. Louis Cardinals. It hasn’t always been a rarity, however.

Open letter from Dr. Mike Marshall

The former Cy Young Award-winning pitcher turned doctor and pitching coach responds to recent articles related to his interaction with the St. Louis Cardinals

The Pujols “convenience fee”?

What if the St. Louis Cardinals asked fans to cover part of the cost of keeping Albert Pujols under contract?

Venezuelan Summer League Cardinals Report: 05/24/09

Josh Jones is providing weekly reports on the VSL and DSL Cardinals this season. Here is his first.

More on Cardinals stinginess streaks

Curious about the best St. Louis pitching performances over five games and more during the last 50 years? If so, it’s right here!

Cardinals inherited runners in context

The St. Louis Cardinals’ relievers are leading the world in lowest percentage of inherited runners scoring. That is good, but not the end-all.