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Archive for 2011

Cardinals announce Tiebreaker Game and NLDS ticket sales

Tickets go on sale Monday for St. Louis Cardinals’ potential Thursday game with Atlanta and first-round series against Atlanta.

Carpenter’s lack of support includes more double plays

No NL pitcher has more no-decisions in 2011 than St. Louis Cardinal Chris Carpenter. The offense is hitting into more double plays and scoring fewer runs when he takes the mound.

Will the Phillies determine their playoff opponent?

Whether or not the Philadelphia Phillies have a wild card preference, they may have a major hand in its selection.

Cardinal Talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: Can they do it?

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.

Molina joins top four doubles-hitting Cardinals catchers of all time

St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina is only the fourth catcher in team history to collect 30 doubles in a season.

Vote now for your Cardinals top prospect list

Join in reader voting on top St. Louis Cardinals prospects on The Cardinal Nation message board.

Can the Cardinals break “The Curse of Octavio Dotel”?

The St. Louis Cardinals’ well-traveled reliever previously joined four teams in pennant races. None of the them reached the playoffs.

Milwaukee cleaned up when St. Louis could not

Looking at the splits to help understand why Milwaukee is leading the National League Central and St. Louis is not.

Cardinal Talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: Ready for Philly

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.

Jocketty-TLR-Pujols in Cubbie blue?

Could the St. Louis Cardinals’ 2006 World Champion GM-manager-star trio be lured to Chicago’s North Side?

Ex-Cardinal Andy Benes points to team’s problems

A former St. Louis Cardinals pitcher says the Pujols contract situation and lack of vocal leadership has affected the current team’s results.

Chris Carpenter’s contract extension: Pro and con

The St. Louis Cardinals and pitcher Chris Carpenter have reportedly agreed to continue their long marriage for two more years. Is it good or bad news?

Before Rzepczynski came Mierkowicz

The St. Louis Cardinals’ current Scrabble point champion tied a former player from 1950.

Rochester to wait another year for Batavia sale

If the St. Louis Cardinals’ New York-Penn League affiliate is not sold over the winter, Rochester Community Baseball will be back to operate the Batavia Muckdogs for a fifth year.

Cardinal Talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: Looking at call ups

Brian Walton’s weekly discussion about the 2011 St. Louis Cardinals with Jim Brinson of KXnO FOX Sports Radio 1460 in Des Moines.

Eck joins Pepsi MAX Field of Dreams roster

Former Cardinals closer and Hall of Famer Dennis Eckersley is voted onto 11-man dream team.

Cardinals shadowy complaints reflect badly

Apparently legitimate concerns over late afternoon shadows making play dangerous could have been handled more discreetly by the St. Louis Cardinals.

Scoring the Cardinals’ “Scrabble”

In Scrabble scoring, how does Marc Rzepczynski stack up compared to others in the St. Louis Cardinals organization?

What course will the Cardinals chart next?

With declining attendance and the future of Albert Pujols to be determined, how will the St. Louis Cardinals approach this off-season?

Cardinals Broadcast to the Troops is Friday night

FOX Sports Midwest This One’s For You telecast will connect Missouri National Guard troops in Afghanistan with home.

Walton with Rains duo on radio Thursday

Replay of St. Louis Cardinals minor league talk on St. Louis Sports Radio 1380 from Thursday afternoon.

Cardinal Talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: Wednesday shift

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.

Cardinals join MLB in offering tickets to emergency personnel

The St. Louis Cardinals are making a free ticket offer on 9/11/11 to emergency first responders.

Cardinals attendance lagging behind MLB again

The St. Louis Cardinals are on track for their lowest attendance total since 2004 and biggest year-to-year decline in at least that long, with four straight years of greater percentage declines than MLB.

La Russa film company partner in legal trouble

A venture capital firm in partnership with Tony La Russa’s Red Bird Cinema may be forced into bankruptcy

Cardinal Talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: Bucs weekend

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.

La Russa-Duncan and 40-year-old hurlers

Looking back at the St. Louis Cardinals’ use of aged pitchers since 1996.

Cardinals past fast finishes

During their long history, the St. Louis Cardinals have come back from some large deficits to take over first place.

Bid on Memphis Organ Donor Night Jerseys

One of the Memphis Redbirds’ Organ Donor Night Jerseys could be yours!

Cardinal Talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: Cubs weekend

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.

What is the biggest problem with the 2011 Cardinals?

Vote for what you believe has been the biggest inhibitor to the St. Louis Cardinals’ 2011 season.

Carpenter’s support ranks among MLB’s worst

St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Chris Carpenter could present a strong case if he chose to sue his teammates over lack of support.

Win free pairs of tickets to Cardinals Social Media Night

The Cardinal Nation is giving away two pairs of tickets to a special evening at Busch Stadium.

When the Cardinals said goodbye to first place

A look at when Tony La Russa’s St. Louis Cardinals clubs let go of first place for the last time.

Memphis Redbirds Organ Donor Night jerseys

The Triple-A Memphis Redbirds held Organ Donor Night at AutoZone Park on Saturday, August 13. We have the proof!

Cardinal Talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: Rockies weekend

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.

Who is this former St. Louis Cardinal?

Help is needed to identify a one-time St. Louis Cardinals player.

Umpire Gibson’s Cardinals run-ins continue

Greg Gibson has ejected Tony La Russa three times in the last four years and been involved in other controversial plays affecting the St. Louis Cardinals.

Cardinals-Brewers factoids

The St. Louis Cardinals are stranding twice as many runners when playing Milwaukee than against their other opponents.

Memphis’ organ-themed jerseys – the real thing

As Memphis’ Organ Donor Night nears, the artist mockups of the special jerseys to be worn have been supplanted by the real thing.

Cardinals fail to register long winning streak

The St. Louis Cardinals have not been able to win five consecutive games this season. Not cracking off a long streak has not served them well in the past.

Torre calls Molina act disrespectful

MLB’s head for on-field matters wants players to show more respect for the game while supporting umpires in his remarks.

Cardinal Talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: Marlins weekend

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.

Jackson joins Cardinals double-digit runs yielded list

New St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Edwin Jackson was roughed up for ten runs against first-place Milwaukee on Wednesday.

La Russa still in general manager mode

St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa covets left-handed reliever Arthur Rhodes and made it known to everyone.

Ejections rise with temperatures

A recent study shows tempers are shorter in Major League Baseball when the heat is on.

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.

Carpenter throws most pitches since 1998

St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Chris Carpenter is being asked to do more, much more, and so far, is responding. Can the 36-year-old keep it up?

Relief for Cardinals relief

Two St. Louis Cardinals relievers did their jobs Tuesday night, but one once again did not.

Cardinals players hearing it from fans

A guest editorial on direct observations of the decline in decorum from St. Louis Cardinals fans.

Walton joins Rains duo on radio Monday

St. Louis Cardinals minor league talk on St. Louis Sports Radio 1380 at 2 P.M. CDT Monday

Is Pujols worth 20 wins per season?

Comparing the St. Louis Cardinals’ record with and without Albert Pujols.

Cardinals organization roster matrix: 2011 short season

The St. Louis Cardinals full system view reflects rosters for the 2011 regular season and short-season clubs.

Men, not machines

A reminder that player criticism should always have its bounds.

What’s in a name?

Trying to get the little things right – including first names of St. Louis Cardinals’ minor leaguers.

Walton on RotoWire Fantasy Sports Tuesday on Sirius/XM

Brian Walton joins Jeff Erickson and Chris Liss on RotoWire’s Fantasy Sports Today on Sirius 211 / XM 147 at 12:00 p.m. Central on Tuesday.

Baseball by Positions: A great resource

An introduction to a new site that offers a different look at baseball from a historical perspective.

Happy Father’s Day – Do as I say

A non-baseball message for a very special day.

Carpenter and Pujols need to party like it is 2005

The St. Louis Cardinals badly need a major dosage of the Chris Carpenter and Albert Pujols of old.

Cardinals minors first half all-stars: 2011 versus 2010

Looking at St. Louis Cardinals mid-season minor league all-stars at three levels from last season and this.

What about baseball’s realignment?

Recapping some of the key elements of the rumored MLB realignment proposals with a chance to express your opinion.

The Cardinal Nation post-draft minor league activity

The Cardinal Nation site has been an especially busy place since the draft.

Blogger blogging about Rasmus reader comments at another blog

Background for those arriving here looking for comments by Tony Rasmus about his son, St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Colby Rasmus.

Walton joins Rains on KTRS Sunday

Brian Walton joins B.J. Rains on KTRS Radio on Sunday morning for Cardinals minor league talk.

Berkman: Cardinals have winning culture that Houston lost

Former Houston Astros star Lance Berkman compares his old club to his new home in St. Louis.

Theriot’s chase of Rajah, The Man and The Machine ends

The 20-game hitting streak of St. Louis Cardinals shortstop Ryan Theriot ended on Wednesday night, short of past team greats.

How rare is Fernando Salas’ 44-pitch save?

Very few St. Louis Cardinals pitchers have thrown more pitches in securing a save than did Fernando Salas on Tuesday night.

The Cardinal Nation Blog featured on FOXSports.com again!

Pujols consecutive walkoffs article with Yardbarker leads to repeat national exposure for St. Louis Cardinals-oriented blog.

Pujols consecutive walkoff homers in extras a rare feat

Sinking the Chicago Cubs with walkoff home runs in extra innings on Saturday and Sunday put St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols in select company.

Heat turned up in Wrigleyville

The Cubs’ general manager may be in trouble and the team is floundering under his choice as skipper.

Dual six-RBI night elicits memories of “The Sandberg Game”

Colby Rasmus and Aubrey Huff both had six RBI on Thursday night. It was only the third time in history a St. Louis Cardinal and opponent did it in the same game.

Lance Lynn’s non-day of rest

A quick look at new St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Lance Lynn’s recent usage history.

Salas: Fastest Cardinal to 10-for-10 in saves

No St. Louis Cardinals closer has ever logged his first ten saves without a blown opportunity faster than Fernando Salas in 2011.

Twitter and Shelby Miller’s promotion

What may be the St. Louis Cardinals’ biggest minor league promotion of the year was announced by the player himself – via Twitter.