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Archive for July, 2011

Holliday’s hard slide aok with Byrd

Chicago Cubs outfielder Marlon Byrd supports a slide by St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday that took out his teammate Starlin Castro on Saturday.

Cardinal Talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: Cubs 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.

White Sox avoid Rasmus to clear way for La Russa?

Chicago Tribune columnist Phil Rogers sees Wednesday’s trade centering on Colby Rasmus and Edwin Jackson much differently than others.

Colby Rasmus trade: What he and others are saying

The St. Louis Cardinals dealt centerfielder Colby Rasmus to the Toronto Blue Jays in an eight-player deal on Wednesday.

La Russa: Rasmus still not listening to coaches

In a Tuesday afternoon video, the manager of the St. Louis Cardinals expresses continued concern over his centerfielder Colby Rasmus.

Silent Colby Rasmus?

Like a St. Louis Cardinals outfield predecessor from 30 years ago, Colby Rasmus has chosen not to speak with the media.

Cardinals walk off losses on record pace

With over two months of play remaining, the 2011 St. Louis Cardinals have already taken as many walk off losses as in 13 of Tony La Russa’s 15 full seasons as manager.

Cardinal Talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: Pirates 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.

Checking back on Cardinals releases

Auditing an earlier estimate of 2011 player churn across the St. Louis Cardinals system.

Memphis Redbirds to play their guts out

The St. Louis Cardinals’ Triple-A affiliate is planning a most unique promotion on August 13.

More Cardinals baseball talk on The Sports Zone Show

St. Louis Cardinals baseball talk on St. Louis Sports Radio 1380 on Wednesday.

Talking Cardinals Baseball on WGEM

St. Louis Cardinals talk from New York on WGEM ESPN 1440 in Quincy, Ill.

Cardinals minor league talk on “The High Road”

Joining Allen Vaughan’s show on Springfield’s Jock 98.7 radio to discuss St. Louis Cardinals minor leaguers

Tony Rasmus is not acting alone

The father of St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Colby Rasmus is not the player’s only outside source of hitting instruction.

La Russa’s last reliever standing

The St. Louis Cardinals used their entire bullpen in Friday night’s loss to Cincinnati. It is a rarer occurrence than you might think.

Cardinal Talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: 07/15

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.

Eckersley on closing and the Cardinals

Exclusive interview with Hall of Fame closer Dennis Eckersley in which we discuss closing, the St. Louis Cardinals’ pitching, the manager’s tenure and more.

Keith Hernandez and his overbearing father/hitting coach

An earlier St. Louis Cardinals hitting star relied on his father for regular hitting instruction, like Colby Rasmus is today.

Tony La Russa on Colby Rasmus’ outside help

The manager of the St. Louis Cardinals discusses challenges facing his struggling centerfielder Colby Rasmus as well as where he sees the responsibility resides

Pujols chasing hit milestones, too

St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols is moving up career hit lists while improving his 2011 totals as well.

Where would the 2011 Cardinals be without Berkman?

Once thought to be washed up, Lance Berkman has been a savior for the St. Louis Cardinals.

Pujols, Cardinals continue historically high double play rate

Both Albert Pujols and his St. Louis Cardinals team lead the National League in an unenviable category.

Opening up a Cardinals 40-man roster spot

What move might the St. Louis Cardinals make to clear space on their 40-man roster for a fresh pitcher?

Cardinals players on Twitter

More and more major and minor league players across the St. Louis Cardinals organization are using Twitter to share news.

Bitter blogger Chass rips another Hall of Famer Gibson

Upcoming Curt Flood HBO special serves as Trojan horse for a writer’s attack on an ex-star player.

Cardinals-Reds match-up means Fourth of July fireworks ahead

On Monday, Chris Carpenter and Johnny Cueto take each other on once again.

What I am working on (instead of a blog post)

What Brian Walton will be writing about over the holiday weekend.