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Archive for March, 2011

Cardinals Minor League Spring Training Notebook: 03/31

Highlights from Thursday’s St. Louis Cardinals minor league spring training games from Jupiter, Florida.

Cardinals Minor League Spring Training Notebook: 03/30

Highlights from Wednesday’s St. Louis Cardinals minor league spring training games from Jupiter and Port St. Lucie, Florida. Kyle Lohse had a day to forget.

Cardinals Minor League Spring Training Notebook: 03/29

Highlights from Tuesday’s St. Louis Cardinals minor league spring training games from Jupiter, Florida.

Nationals could pull Cardinals from Jupiter orbit

The Florida’s East Coast futures of the Washington Nationals and St. Louis Cardinals may be linked.

Cardinals Minor League Spring Training Notebook: 03/27

Highlights from Sunday’s St. Louis Cardinals minor league spring training games from Jupiter and Port St. Lucie, Florida.

Lance Berkman drops to the Mendoza Line

The St. Louis Cardinals’ new right fielder is hitting just .200 on the spring with no extra base hits since March 1.

Cardinals Minor League Spring Training Notebook: 03/26

Highlights from Saturday’s St. Louis Cardinals minor league spring training games from Jupiter, Florida.

Cardinals losing spring record not good for regular season

Only twice in 15 years did Tony La Russa’s St. Louis Cardinals leave Florida with a losing record. Neither regular season ended well.

Cardinals Minor League Spring Training Notebook: 03/25

Highlights from Friday’s St. Louis Cardinals minor league spring training games from Jupiter, Florida.

Cardinals Minor League Spring Training Notebook: 03/24

Highlights from Thursday’s St. Louis Cardinals minor league spring training games from Jupiter and Port St. Lucie, Florida.

ZiPS says Cardinals have easiest 2011 MLB schedule

Well-known projection system indicates the St. Louis Cardinals have the weakest slate of opponents in all of baseball. That may not be good news.

Forbes ranks St. Louis Cardinals #11 in team value

The St. Louis Cardinals are the 11th-most valuable team in Major League Baseball, according to Forbes Magazine.

Cardinals Minor League Spring Training Notebook: 03/23

Highlights from Wednesday’s St. Louis Cardinals minor league spring training games from Jupiter, Florida.

“The Predictalator” places Cardinals second

A mathematical modeling process pegs the 2011 St. Louis Cardinals as a second-place team.

Cardinals Minor League Spring Training Notebook: 03/22

Highlights from Tuesday’s St. Louis Cardinals minor league spring training games from Jupiter, Florida.

Cardinals Minor League Spring Training Notebook: 03/21

Highlights from Monday’s St. Louis Cardinals minor league spring training games from Jupiter, Florida.

Cardinals Minor League Spring Training Notebook: 03/20

Highlights from Sunday’s St. Louis Cardinals minor league spring training games from Jupiter, Florida.

Walton on RotoWire Fantasy Sports Today on Sirius/XM Monday

Brian Walton joins Jeff Erickson and Chris Liss on RotoWire’s Fantasy Sports Today on Sirius 211 / XM 147 at 1:00 p.m. Eastern on Monday.

Cardinals Minor League Spring Training Notebook: 03/19

Highlights from Saturday’s St. Louis Cardinals minor league spring training games from Jupiter, Florida.

Cardinals Minor League Spring Training Notebook: 03/18

Highlights from Friday’s St. Louis Cardinals minor league spring training games from Jupiter and Port St. Lucie, Florida.

John Hart and Harold Reynolds answer Cardinals questions

MLB Network analysts John Hart and Harold Reynolds answer St. Louis Cardinals questions in support of their 30 Clubs in 30 Days Cardinals segment.

Cardinals Minor League Spring Training Notebook: 03/17

Highlights from Thursday’s St. Louis Cardinals minor league spring training games from Jupiter, Florida.

Cardinals Minor League Spring Training Notebook: 03/16

Highlights from Wednesday’s St. Louis Cardinals minor league spring training games from Jupiter, Florida.

Cardinals first-game minor league lineups

Four St. Louis Cardinals minor league clubs face off Wednesday in their first official spring action.

Nationals moving interest putting pressure on Cardinals

The St. Louis Cardinals may lose another nearby spring training opponent in the Washington Nationals.

Could Daniel Descalso win a job by survival?

Comparing pros and cons of Matt Carpenter, Ramon Vazquez and Daniel Descalso, competitors for one job with the St. Louis Cardinals.

Former Cardinals hitting coach Mitchell Page dies at 59

Ex-St. Louis Cardinals hitting coach passed away in his sleep, reports former student Eduardo Perez.

64 former Cardinals in big league spring camps

Our annual spring roster census identifies 64 ex-St. Louis Cardinals players competing for roster spots on other clubs.

Can Ramon Vazquez become Abraham Nunez?

I hear all the early St. Louis Cardinals camp excitement about third baseman Matt Carpenter, but my thoughts are elsewhere, back in 2005.

How many Cardinals minor league cuts may be coming?

Like every year, the St. Louis Cardinals have more minor league players under contract than roster spots to place them. We dig into the numbers.

Will La Russa use underdog status as a motivator?

The loss of Adam Wainwright has a significant impact on the gamblers’ view of the 2011 St. Louis Cardinals.

Learning from past Cardinals minor league spring transaction dates

The timing of past St. Louis Cardinals spring minor league roster moves follow a general pattern that may occur again in 2011.

The Cardinal Nation Blog featured on FOXSports.com again!

Pujols age story and association with Yardbarker leads to repeat national exposure for St. Louis Cardinals-oriented blog.

Learning from Cardinals 2010 spring transaction dates

The timing of past St. Louis Cardinals spring roster moves follow a general pattern that may occur again in 2011.

Cardinals concerned about Albert Pujols’ age?

A national writer is quoted as saying the t. Louis Cardinals have concerns about the accuracy of their superstar’s age.

MLB Gameday Audio integrated into Gameday

Sharing a discovery of a neat new feature MLB has introduced into their online offerings.

How to find Thursday’s Cardinals split squad games

The St. Louis Cardinals are playing two games at once on Thursday afternoon. One split-squad game is on radio. The other is on TV. Here’s how to find them.

Fan optimism slipping about Pujols’ Cardinals future

Results from a series of reader polls on the subject of St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols’ contract.

Master Cardinals spring radio and television schedule

29 of 33 St. Louis Cardinals spring games can be watched or listened to if one is willing to search a bit.