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

Archive for October, 2010

Tejada is far from a no-brainer for the Cardinals

There is a lot of buzz about soon-to-be free agent infielder Miguel Tejada possibly heading to St. Louis. No one is talking about a major fly in the ointment, however.

Rumor: Sox offering a joyless Ludwick for Rasmus?

Word is that the White Sox are targeting St. Louis Cardinals centerfielder Colby Rasmus in trade, with Chicago offering a player with a very familiar profile and red flags attached.

What is behind the Cardinals’ minor league issues?

Questioning reasons assigned to focus areas for the St. Louis Cardinals minor league system.

Limbo in Batavia continues

Rochester is back to manage the still-for-sale Batavia Muckdogs for 2011, but none of the underlying financial problems have changed.

Pujols in Boston and La Russa 2.0

Calling out a pair of interesting articles about the St. Louis Cardinals star player and his former teammate (along with his current manager, sort of).

Feast or famine: The 2010 Cardinals increased run-scoring

Looking at when the 2010 St. Louis Cardinals’ offense scored their runs indicates an increased number of blowouts compared to 2009.

As the Duncan (re-)turns?

The indefinite waiting to learn of future plans has moved from the manager of St. Louis Cardinals to pitching coach Dave Duncan.

You too can be a Bandit!

News from the St. Louis Cardinals Class A affiliate in the Quad Cities includes a key job opening and release of their 2011 schedule.

Cardinals offense year-to-year: Part two

Comparing the year-to-year change in the St. Louis Cardinals offensive results from 2009 to 2010 to the National League as a whole.

Was McGwire worth six more runs in 2010?

Comparing Mark McGwire’s 2010 St. Louis Cardinals offense to Hal McRae’s 2009 version shows six more runs scored but a 6% drop in home runs.

Where will the Cardinals coaching carousel stop?

The St. Louis Cardinals have decided upon their manager for 2011, but three coaching positions remain unsettled.

Marty Mason’s on-field scorecard

Performance of his relief pitchers was not the reason the St. Louis Cardinals fired bullpen coach Marty Mason.

An exit strategy for Big Mac?

A signal from the St. Louis Cardinals camp that hitting coach Mark McGwire may not return in 2011.

Revamping MLB’s post-season format

A quick look at two proposals to expand Major League Baseball’s Wild Cards.

Differing views on Tony La Russa’s contract

One theory suggests Tony La Russa should not sign a one-year contract to return to the St. Louis Cardinals. I disagree with the logic.

Jaime Garcia and arbitration eligibility

An apparent typo in a service time date has led to an incorrect conclusion on several prominent sites.

Original contracts from Cards Hall of Famers to be auctioned

A group of 36 contracts to go on the block includes ones signed by seven St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Famers.

Is Oquendo on the managerial carousel?

Is St. Louis Cardinals third base coach Jose Oquendo a good candidate to move up?

Will the Cardinals’ young outfielder play every day?

Another talented outfielder from the past was traded away by the St. Louis Cardinals.

St. Louis ranked #26 on Best Sports City list

Sporting News magazine has taken on the task of ranking cities based on sporting success.

The need for expanded instant replay made obvious

A rash of managerial ejections highlights poor umpiring decisions helping to decide MLB playoff games.

Rasmus and the Cardinals: Managing the Market?

Wondering from where and why the recent trade rumors about St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Colby Rasmus originated.

Another waiver claim for Hoffpauir

Former Memphis and St. Louis second baseman Jarrett Hoffpauir has moved from Toronto to San Diego.

Why wasn’t Descalso better prepared?

In a surprise, second baseman Daniel Descalso became the late-season third baseman for the St. Louis Cardinals.

2011 Cardinals schedule check

Links to four St. Louis Cardinals major and minor league schedules already released for 2011.

Pujols’ 2010 quick hits and misses

Some statistical highlights and just-misses in another stellar season for St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols.

Another in a line of Holliday game-winners

On Saturday, St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday hit his sixth last at-bat game-winning hit since August 2009.

Pags’ squeeze a rare play

Friday night’s suicide squeeze by Matt Pagnozzi was the St. Louis Cardinals’ first in three years.

Carpenter’s complete game an increasingly-rare event

St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Chris Carpenter collected his 17th complete game for the club, the most over the last decade, but few compared to past greats.