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

Archive for February, 2011

Cardinals declines from second place

Looking back at when the St. Louis Cardinals declined from second place one year to a poorer finish the next.

Cardinals seasons going from second place to first

Looking back at when the St. Louis Cardinals improved from second place one year to first place the next.

Losing 20-game winners have not been kind to the Cardinals

While the St. Louis Cardinals have twice experienced the loss of a 20-game winner for the entire next season, neither case turned out well.

Cardinals organization roster matrix: 2011 spring training

The St. Louis Cardinals full system roster view reflects rosters for 2011 spring training.

Gomes-Wainwright and anger displacement

Many in the Cardinal Nation are upset over Adam Wainwright’s injury. Should they be angry at the Reds’ Jonny Gomes, too?

Cardinals rotation: 2012 question marks

With news of Adam Wainwright’s elbow injury, how does the St. Louis Cardinals rotation look for 2012?

Could Pujols’ situation end up like Jeter’s?

Bad feelings remain in New York even after a new deal with Derek Jeter was done. Could the same thing happen in St. Louis with Albert Pujols?

Build your winning bid for Albert Pujols

Readers can select the components of their best contract offer to soon-to-be free agent Albert Pujols.

Cardinals World Series odds slipping

Once at 14/1 odds of winning the 2011 World Series, the St. Louis Cardinals are now at 20/1.

Pujols and the 2004 wayback machine

Looking back at three big Albert Pujols stories from seven years ago.

Seven years ago today: Announcing Pujols’ new contract

On February 18, 2004, I broke the story of an event that was unprecedented in Major League Baseball.

Pujols and the money: What to believe?

Differing reports on the specifics of the Albert Pujols contract negotiations leave no clear answers.

Walton on FOX Sports Radio Network Thursday morning

Brian Walton joins Zakk and Jack morning show on FOX Sports Radio Network to discuss Albert Pujols.

Pujols’ contract remarks from spring 2009 and 2010

What did St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols say about his contract in spring training camps during the most recent two springs?

Cardinals Spring Training Updates on

Catch all the new St. Louis Cardinals articles, videos and more from spring training, posted on FOX Sports Midwest’s website daily.

Pujols’ shadow means 10 more months of winter

Once Albert Pujols saw his shadow, his contract saga was assured of continuing for months.

Stacking Pujols up against other career Cardinals

Putting Albert Pujols’ opportunity to remain a life-long St. Louis Cardinal into games-played context.

Stand for Stan Day remembered

Selected photos from the St. Louis Cardinals’ Stand for Stan Day, last October 2.

Who controls the Memphis Redbirds and AutoZone Park?

A New York-based private equity firm took over control of the St. Louis Cardinals’ Triple-A franchise as well as their ballpark.

February 16 Pujols-Cardinals media scenarios

How might the story unfold if the St. Louis Cardinals and Albert Pujols are unable to come to contract terms by the reported deadline of February 16?

A fantasy baseball diversion

Taking a brief journey into some of my current fantasy baseball-related endeavors.

Rochester group cuts Batavia losses but says 2011 is it

The Batavia Muckdogs are attracting interest and are expected to be sold this year. Where they will play in 2012 remains an open question.

2/15 Musial White House ceremony to be streamed live

Stan Musial’s Medal of Freedom presentation can be seen by all over the internet.

Balancing top prospects and winning baseball

Having well-liked prospects is good for an organization, but minor league teams still need to be competitive.

Cardinals spring television telecasts up to nine

Almost one in every three 2011 St. Louis Cardinals spring training games may be available on television.

Still flipping out over Flip

The St. Louis Cardinals risked a small missed opportunity cost in releasing infielder Felipe Lopez in September. It looks like it didn’t matter.

A look inside St. Louis Cardinals finances

St. Louis Cardinals President Bill DeWitt III outlines team finances and specifically those surrounding new Busch Stadium.

Catch Cardinals in the Caribbean Series

The annual Caribbean Series begins today with two St. Louis Cardinals players playing prominent roles.

More local TV revenue won’t cover Pujols’ contract

The St. Louis Cardinals’ local television contract has as many more years to run, seven, as the possible duration of Albert Pujols’ next contract.