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

Archive for 2011

The Cardinal Nation Blog 2011 top story #5: NLDS win over Phillies

The heavy underdog St. Louis Cardinals defeated the team with baseball’s best record, the Philadelphia Phillies, in the first round of the 2011 playoffs.

The Cardinal Nation Blog 2011 top story #6: NLCS win over Brewers

The St. Louis Cardinals defeated NL Central rival and 2011 Division champion Milwaukee Brewers in the Championship Series.

The Cardinal Nation Blog 2011 top story #7: Mo’s man Matheny

The St. Louis Cardinals have a new manager and several new coaches, ushering in a new era for the defending champions.

The Cardinal Nation Blog 2011 top story #8: The Rasmus trade or the title trade?

How important was the Colby Rasmus trade in helping the 2011 St. Louis Cardinals become World Champions?

The Cardinal Nation Blog 2011 top story #9: Berkman’s rebirth

Long-time Houston Astros star Lance Berkman enjoyed a career revitalization in St. Louis in 2011.

The Cardinal Nation Blog 2011 top story #10: Freese’s fantastic finish

St. Louis Cardinals’ third baseman David Freese won the Most Valuable Player Award in both the National League Championship Series and the World Series.

The Cardinal Nation Blog 2011 top story #11: Young position players emerge

Three young position players made significant contributions along the way to the St. Louis Cardinals’ 2011 World Series title.

The Cardinal Nation Blog 2011 top story #12: Young relievers emerge

Three rookie pitchers not on the roster to open the season contributed to the St. Louis Cardinals World Championship push.

The Cardinal Nation Blog 2011 top story #13: Wainwright’s lost season

How many clubs could lose one of their top two starters for the entire season and still win the World Series? The 2011 St. Louis Cardinals could and did.

The Cardinal Nation Blog 2011 top story #14: Luhnow hired by Houston

The St. Louis Cardinals have to replace their amateur scouting and draft leader as Jeff Luhnow takes over as the general manager of the Houston Astros.

Batavia Muckdogs sale reinforced by continued Rochester losses

Another year of operating loss from the Batavia Muckdogs increases the likelihood the New York-Penn League team will be sold.

Free chances to win Cardinals spring training package

Be the winner of a dozen free entries to a St. Louis-based charitable organization’s raffle for a very appealing St. Louis Cardinals spring training package.

The Cardinal Nation Blog 2011 top story #15: Changes up the middle

The St. Louis Cardinals starting middle infielders to begin 2011 did not last the season, with more change likely for 2012.

Cardinals Winter Warm-Up autograph prices up selectively

Autograph prices at the St. Louis Cardinals fan event, Winter Warm-Up, are slightly up for 2012, though post-season heroes are up substantially.

The Cardinal Nation Blog 2011 top story #16: Out went the old in the pen

Four veteran relievers began the 2011 season with the St. Louis Cardinals but they did not perform and were soon gone, replaced by younger men.

The Cardinal Nation Blog 2011 top story #17: Closer changes

Eight different relievers collected saves and four of them lost the closers job, but the 2011 St. Louis Cardinals secured the conversions when they were needed the most.

The Cardinal Nation Blog 2011 top story #18: Molina’s best season?

The St. Louis Cardinals catcher had his top year as a hitter, though his defensive metrics were down. Oh yeah, his team won the World Series and he is heading toward free agency.

A dream Cardinals job – for the right person

MLB.com is looking to hire stats stringers, digital scorers for games, for the 2012 season for several clubs, including the St. Louis Cardinals.

The Cardinal Nation Blog 2011 top story #19: Chris Carpenter’s extension

The St. Louis Cardinals and their veteran rotation anchor have good reasons to stay together for two more seasons.

The Cardinal Nation Blog 2011 top story #20: Jaime Garcia’s extension

The St. Louis Cardinals locked up their most promising young major league pitcher for as many as six years into the future.

Counting down The Cardinal Nation Blog’s top 20 stories of 2011

Annual series looking back at the top news items affecting the St. Louis Cardinals over the previous 12 months.

Cardinals fans living the Pujols grief model

Different St. Louis Cardinals fans are handling the aftermath of Albert Pujols’ change of baseball teams much differently.

What should the Cardinals do with non-tender decisions?

The St. Louis Cardinals are faced with Monday decisions on whether or not to offer 2012 contracts to four players. What would you do?

Memphis Redbirds being prepared for sale

The St. Louis Cardinals Triple-A affiliate and its ballpark may soon be formally placed on the market.

Two years of Albert Pujols age and contract coverage

Recapping the final two years of former St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols’ tenure with the team through a series of previously-posted articles.

World Series DVD Set trivia: Dynamic doubles

Correctly answer a multi-part St. Louis Cardinals post-season-related trivia question and win a free 2011 World Series DVD Set from The Cardinal Nation Blog.

It’s ok. Just don’t insult us, Albert. It was about the money.

Former St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols is now a member of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. He says it is a matter of the heart, but all signs point to dollars.

World Series DVD Set trivia: Cleaning up at the plate

Correctly answer a multi-part St. Louis Cardinals post-season-related trivia question and win a free 2011 World Series DVD Set from The Cardinal Nation Blog.

World Series DVD Set trivia: Home-grown heroes

Correctly answer a multi-part St. Louis Cardinals post-season-related trivia question and win a free 2011 World Series DVD Set from The Cardinal Nation Blog.

World Series DVD Set trivia: Calling the pen… again and again

Correctly answer a multi-part St. Louis Cardinals post-season-related trivia question and win a free 2011 World Series DVD Set from The Cardinal Nation Blog.

World Series DVD Set trivia: Freese’s MVP Booty

Correctly answer a multi-part St. Louis Cardinals post-season-related trivia question and win a free 2011 World Series DVD Set from The Cardinal Nation Blog.

World Series DVD Set trivia: Getting the quick hook

Correctly answer a multi-part St. Louis Cardinals post-season-related trivia question and win a free 2011 World Series DVD Set from The Cardinal Nation Blog.

World Series DVD Set trivia: La Russa on the “other” career wins list

Correctly answer a two-part St. Louis Cardinals post-season-related trivia question and win a free 2011 World Series DVD Set from The Cardinal Nation Blog.

Win 2011 World Series 8-disc sets at The Cardinal Nation Blog

An even bigger giveaway than last week! Pre-registration to answer St. Louis Cardinals-related trivia questions is required.

Support cancer fight and win Cardinals spring training package

St. Louis-based charitable organization is holding a raffle for a very appealing St. Louis Cardinals-themed prize.

Reviewing the Official 2011 World Series DVDs

Highlighting complementary two- and eight-disc sets commemorating the St. Louis Cardinals 2011 World Championship.

Unusual Pujols rookie card hoard at auction

315 copies of a rare Albert Pujols rookie baseball card are up for auction as a set. Our expert weighs in on this unique collection.

Cardinals minor league home paper reports

Links to news about St. Louis Cardinals minor leaguers, primarily from their hometown papers.

A new Pujols-Cubs bromance with Theo?

Is reported interest by the Chicago Cubs in free agent Albert Pujols a new chapter of an old story?

The Binghamton Redbirds?

Several dominoes would need to fall for the St. Louis Cardinals’ New York-Penn League affiliate to end up in Binghamton, NY in 2013, but it could happen.

10 World Series DVD Set winners at The Cardinal Nation Blog

Announcing the identities of the 10 winners of the Official 2011 World Series Highlight Film 2-Disc Set.

How strong is MLB’s new HGH testing plan?

Digging into Major League Baseball’s plan to test players for human growth hormone usage uncovers a major exposure.

St. Louis Cardinals arbitration offer predictions

How many draft picks might the St. Louis Cardinals pick up by making offers of arbitration Wednesday night?

Miami sideshow leads to more Pujols age questions

The ongoing subject of Albert Pujols’ age continues to make the papers, still without any substantiation.

Reviewing the new book Wild Cards: The St. Louis Cardinals Stunning 2011 Championship Season

Reviewing the new book about the 2011 St. Louis Cardinals World Champions, penned by accomplished author Rob Rains and enhanced by dozens of full-page photos.

Previewing MLB’s new labor agreement

Preliminary details on the changes coming to Major League Baseball free agency, player salaries, draft spending, arbitration, HGH testing and more.

Win 2011 World Series DVDs at The Cardinal Nation Blog

Ten lucky readers will receive a free copy of the 2011 World Series Highlight Film 2-Disc Set.

Oquendo’s return good for Cardinals, maybe not for his managerial aspirations

Third base coach Jose Oquendo will remain on the 2012 St. Louis Cardinals staff, but may be limiting his managerial chances by doing so.

St. Louis Cardinals World Series videos: past and present

World Series video clips and holiday gift-buying ideas for St. Louis Cardinals fans.

St. Louis Cardinals tentative 2012 spring training schedule

An initial, partial and non-official look at the St. Louis Cardinals’ 2012 spring training slate of games.

Matheny is youngest, but not really youngest

New Cardinals manager Mike Matheny becomes the youngest current manager in MLB, but only 14th-youngest St. Louis skipper in the last century.

Some very different Albert Pujols splits

You thought you had seen every stat? How about hitting results based on the bat used?

On St. Louis Cardinals number 11 on 11/11/11

Jose Oquendo is the longest holder of the number 11 in St. Louis Cardinals history, but how much longer will that be?

Walton with Rains radio duo on AFL and managerial search

Replay of Brian Walton’s St. Louis Cardinals segment with Rob and B.J. Rains on St. Louis Sports Radio 1380.

Cardinals organization roster matrix: 2011-2012 off-season

The St. Louis Cardinals full system view reflects rosters for the 2011-2012 off-season.

Catching up on La Russa’s and Freese’s television appearances

Videos of recent St. Louis Cardinals World Champions television appearances.

2004 Cardinals NL Championship ring on auction

Now is your chance to bid on an authentic 2004 St. Louis Cardinals National League Championship ring and other team memorabilia.

Remembering Bob Forsch’s greatness

Several best games of the late St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Bob Forsch are remembered.

Cardinals World Series items to go on display in Cooperstown

Jerseys, spikes, caps and bats from the St. Louis Cardinals’ run to the World Championship will be displayed at the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Rains’ new book on 2011 Cardinals season now available

Accomplished St. Louisan Rob Rains has written a new book about the 2011 St. Louis Cardinals World Champions.

Cardinals playoff chances – What others said

Not surprisingly, the St. Louis Cardinals’ progression to the 2011 World Championship was not expected by the national media.

Cardinal Talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: Replacing TLR

Brian Walton’s weekly discussion about the 2011 St. Louis Cardinals with Ken Miller and Jim Brinson of KXnO FOX Sports Radio 1460 in Des Moines.

Former Cardinal P.J. Walters welcomes newborn

A new son has joined the family of ex-St. Louis Cardinals pitcher P.J. Walters.

Cards invite fans to celebrate 11th World Championship Sunday

St. Louis Cardinals World Championship celebration starts with Sunday Victory Parade. Tickets to Busch Stadium Ceremony will be available Saturday.

Cardinals World Series Game 6 and Game 7 factoids

Putting St. Louis’ 10-9 World Series Game 6 win into historical context while looking ahead to Friday’s Game 7.

Cardinal Talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: Elimination avoidance

Brian Walton’s weekly discussion about the 2011 St. Louis Cardinals with Ken Miller and Jim Brinson of KXnO FOX Sports Radio 1460 in Des Moines.

World Series Game 6 – the good and the bad

No matter how you think the 2011 World Series might end, there is history to reinforce your view.

Two of a record 65 Cardinals relief changes that did not work

The St. Louis Cardinals set a post-season record for the most pitching changes, but two of them made on Monday night did not work as intended.

More on Pujols’ World Series Game 3 hitting marks

All-time ranking of some of St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols’ hitting feats accomplished Saturday night in Game 3 of the 2011 World Series.

Pujols ties MLB greats with three-homer performance

St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols had a performance for the ages on Saturday night, hitting three home runs against the Texas Rangers in a 16-7 win in Game 3 of the 2011 World Series.

Cardinals World Series Game 2 pitching leftovers

Looking at Thursday’s pitching performances by Jaime Garcia and Jason Motte of the St. Louis Cardinals in historical context.

Cardinals World Series offensive records

Top St. Louis Cardinals World Series hitting stats in team history.

Cardinals familiar with Rangers at the Triple-A level

Many St. Louis and Texas players have faced off before – in the Triple-A Pacific Coast League.

Sports Talk with Bo Mattingly: Setting the World Series

Brian Walton’s discusses the 2011 St. Louis Cardinals’ World Series bid on Sports Talk with Arkansas sports radio’s Bo Mattingly.

Looking forward to a Cardinals designated hitter for once

After an .071 average from their designated hitters in the 2004 and 2006 World Series, the St. Louis Cardinals can look to more from Allen Craig in 2011.

MLB games drawing high levels of social media activity

St. Louis Cardinals-Philadelphia Phillies NLDS Game 5 was third-most commented upon sporting event last week.

Cardinal Talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: Anyone’s series

Brian Walton’s weekly discussion about the 2011 St. Louis Cardinals with Ken Miller and Jim Brinson of KXnO FOX Sports Radio 1460 in Des Moines.

Money will not buy the 2011 MLB title

The top nine payroll teams in Major League Baseball are at home watching the LCS, with seven of them having missed the playoffs entirely.

Carpenter ties Gibson in Cardinals post-season wins

Chris Carpenter’s seventh post-season win tied him with Hall of Famer Bob Gibson for the most in St. Louis Cardinals history.

Cardinal Talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: Carp goes again

Brian Walton’s weekly discussion about the 2011 St. Louis Cardinals with Jim Brinson of KXnO FOX Sports Radio 1460 in Des Moines.

Flap over Cardinals ticket seating to Brewers party

The St. Louis Cardinals have angered some of their visitors from Milwaukee due to their NLCS seating policy for player families and friends.

Cardinals Monday leftovers worth consuming

First baseman Albert Pujols and the St. Louis Cardinals logged a number of milestones in their NLCS Game 2 victory Monday night.

Pujols cracks top ten MLB post-season homer, RBI lists

With a huge game in NLCS Game 2 Monday night, St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols moved into the MLB career top ten in post-season home runs and RBI.

Was Carpenter’s the best clutch playoff start in Cardinals history?

Looking at the best playoff pitching performances in the history of the St. Louis Cardinals.

Walton on RotoWire Fantasy Sports Monday on Sirius/XM

Brian Walton joins Jeff Erickson on RotoWire’s Fantasy Sports Today on Sirius 211 / XM 147 at 11:30 A.M. Central on Monday.

Greinke gives Cardinals additional motivation

On the eve of NLCS Game 1, Milwaukee starter Zack Greinke ripped St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Chris Carpenter.

LCS television schedule announced

Major League Baseball has announced television plans for the 2011 League Championship Series.

Cardinal Talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: One goes home

Brian Walton’s weekly discussion about the 2011 St. Louis Cardinals with Ken Miller and Jim Brinson of KXnO FOX Sports Radio 1460 in Des Moines.

Road warriors fare well in NLDS Game 5’s

The away team has won the last three National League Division Series-deciding Game 5’s. That should be good news for the St. Louis Cardinals, right?

Freese has a night for the record books

St. Louis Cardinals third baseman David Freese drove in four runs Wednesday night. Only one player had more RBI in a post-season game in team history.

Cardinal Talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: Avoiding elimination

Brian Walton’s weekly discussion about the 2011 St. Louis Cardinals with Ken Miller and Jim Brinson of KXnO FOX Sports Radio 1460 in Des Moines.

Sizing the NLDS impact on St. Louis’ economy

According to a new report, the National League Division Series will generate $5.2 million per game to the St. Louis region.

Time to end the MLB in-game interviews

St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa criticized the umpiring on camera during Sunday’s NLDS Game 2.

Cardinals post-season roster questions

Clarifying options available to the St. Louis Cardinals in setting their 2011 NLDS roster.

Cardinals announce NLDS roster

The St. Louis Cardinals have announced their NLDS roster, consisting of 11 pitchers and 14 position players.

Vote for your Cardinals NLDS roster

The St. Louis Cardinals face a number of decisions as they set their first-round playoff roster. Who would you select and why?

Vote for your Cardinals NLDS starting pitchers

The St. Louis Cardinals have a number of choices as they set their playoff rotation. Who would you start and why?

Cardinal Talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: Game 162 (and 163?)

Brian Walton’s weekly discussion about the 2011 St. Louis Cardinals with Jim Brinson of KXnO FOX Sports Radio 1460 in Des Moines.

Walton with Rains duo on radio Tuesday

Replay of St. Louis Cardinals minor league talk on St. Louis Sports Radio 1380 from Tuesday afternoon.

Putting Cardinals double plays into perspective

How the 2011 St. Louis Cardinals’ rate of hitting into double plays compares to other teams past and present.