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

Archive for December, 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

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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

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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

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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.