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

Finding The Cardinal Nation on Thursday

Though the St. Louis Cardinals have a day off on Thursday as they travel between San Diego and Denver, The Cardinal Nation and The Cardinal Nation Blog (and their leader), will be very busy.

Here is where to find me.

WGEM ESPN 1440 Radio

On Thursday morning at 8:20 A.M. CT, I will be joining Josh Houchins on WGEM ESPN 1440 Radio to talk St. Louis Cardinals baseball and specifically some of the younger players contributing this season.

Josh is the host of WGEM SportsCenter, the only sports talk show in the Quincy, Ill. Area, from 7:00–9:00 A.M. every morning. You can learn more at and follow the show on Twitter at @wgemesc and on Facebook.

Sister station WGEM 105.1 FM is a member of the Cardinals radio network, broadcasting both spring training and regular season games. If you live in the Tri-State area, make sure you tune in all season long.

Sports Radio 1380

On Thursday afternoon at 1:25 P.M. CT (corrected), I will be joining the father and son team of Rob Rains and B.J. Rains on The Sports Zone Show on Sports Radio 1380 AM in St. Louis.

The focus will be the Cardinals minor league system and specifically the Quad Cities River Bandits, who play the Kane County Cougars at St. Louis’ Busch Stadium on Thursday evening.

In addition to their weekday show from 1:00 to 3:00 P.M., also catch Rob’s writings at and B.J.’s daily beat coverage of the St. Louis Cardinals at

The Cardinal Nation at FOX Sports Midwest

Speaking of Quad Cities, my weekly “The Farm Report” column, which appears every Thursday at, includes short capsules for the players in my projected lineup for the River Bandits Thursday evening.

The main focus of the article is the amazing transformation of a former third baseman taken in the 26th round of the draft who two years after converting to catching full time is now a major leaguer. I am talking about Tony Cruz.

The link to that story is here.

Memphis Redbirds Notebook: 2011 Week 7

It has been a very eventful week for the Cardinals’ Triple-A affiliate, with a number of comings and goings as well as role changes, especially on the pitching side. Mitchell Boggs, Jess Todd, Brian Broderick, Jason Buursma are among the names in the news.

As I do every Thursday for The Cardinal Nation subscribers, I will break down the past week for the Pacific Coast League club and look ahead to next in my Memphis Redbirds Notebook.

This subscriber-only article will be posted late this morning at the main site,, with the link here.

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Brian Walton runs The Cardinal Nation and The Cardinal Nation Blog, covering the St. Louis Cardinals and minor league system.
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