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

Archive for November, 2010

Cardinals hot stove update: 11/30/10

A series of quick updates on St. Louis Cardinals subjects currently in the news.

WAR efficiency by NL team and Cardinals roster

Identifying how efficient each team had to be with its money to reach the playoffs and the cost efficiency of individual St. Louis Cardinals players.

Could Jeter be the missing link or another Tino?

One columnist suggests the St. Louis Cardinals should sign Derek Jeter to replace Albert Pujols.

Using WAR to identify Cardinals bargains and busts in 2010

Looking at WAR and player salaries to determine which players helped and hurt the 2010 St. Louis Cardinals.

How efficient was National League spending in 2010?

Looking at WAR and player payrolls to determine which clubs got their money’s worth.

Carpenter takes 2010 Vicente Palacios Award

Intended only in fun, this award honors the highest level of hitting futility by a St. Louis Cardinals pitcher in a season.

Flipping Lopez for a comp pick

The Boston Red Sox shrewdly saw a compensation draft pick in a player the St. Louis Cardinals simply wanted to be rid of.

Cardinals add second-most players to 40-man

The St. Louis Cardinals placed seven prospects on their 40-man roster to protect them from the Rule 5 draft, more than 27 organizations. Does it mean anything?

Wainwright repeats as Allen Watson Award winner

Adam Wainwright again takes our annual recognition for the top hitting performance by a St. Louis Cardinals pitcher.

Ranking among top sports bloggers on Twitter

Relative newcomer to social media rates among top independent sports bloggers using Twitter.

Cardinals organization roster matrix: 2010-11 off-season

The St. Louis Cardinals full system roster view reflects changes made during the entire 2010-11 off-season.

Extra wild cards, expanded playoffs shelved

Major League Baseball’s plan to add two wild cards may be off the table for 2011, but is far from dead.

Rasmus for Uggla? Really?

According to a media report, the Florida Marlins expected Colby Rasmus from the St. Louis Cardinals in return for Dan Uggla.

Cardinals hot stove update: 11/16/10

A series of quick updates on St. Louis Cardinals subjects currently in the news.

Could Dan Uggla become another Fernando Vina?

Even considering a trade for Florida’s Dan Uggla would require a major change in strategy for the St. Louis Cardinals, but it has been done before.

Ex-Cardinals Oberkfell and Oquendo competing for Mets job

Two former St. Louis Cardinals infielders with ties to the Mets are among the candidates for the open New York managerial job. Do they have a chance?

A happy home for Rasmus?

It is big news when Cardinals outfielder Colby Rasmus buys a new house – simply because it is in St. Louis!

A decade of Cardinals Gold Glove and Silver Slugger excellence

With 21 Gold Glove Awards over the last ten years, the St. Louis Cardinals almost doubled the next closest team and added another 13 Sliver Slugger Awards.

Cardinals choosing Skip over Brendan

The St. Louis Cardinals look to upgrade at shortstop over second base for 2011.

The Cardinals and minor league free agents

The St. Louis Cardinals have only six minor league free agents this year. What might that tell us?

St. Louis returns to Springfield for spring exhibition

The St. Louis Cardinals will be taking on their Double-A club in Springfield, MO on March 29.

Has Pujols’ negotiating stance changed?

St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols now says he wants to get a new contract done before the 2011 season begins.

Sparky Anderson’s days as a Cardinal

A quick look back at the brief time one of baseball’s greatest managers spent in the St. Louis Cardinals organization.

Pujols’ odds of signing slipping under 50 percent?

Could the St. Louis Cardinals’ chance of keeping Albert Pujols beyond 2011 be heading south?

Are Titanium necklaces valuable?

Do the colorful necklaces worn by professional athletes meet their manufacturer’s claims?

Cardinals “dry powder”: Use it or lose it?

Is it better for a team to spend its entire payroll budget early or hold some in reserve?

Elias twist: Lopez tops Cardinals’ free agents

The top-ranked free agent from the St. Louis Cardinals has already been released.

New Rasmania over for-sale signs unwarranted

Word that St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Colby Rasmus is selling his St. Louis-area home fans trade speculation flames for some.