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

Archive for 2011

Cardinals rotation: 2012 question marks

With news of Adam Wainwright’s elbow injury, how does the St. Louis Cardinals rotation look for 2012?

Could Pujols’ situation end up like Jeter’s?

Bad feelings remain in New York even after a new deal with Derek Jeter was done. Could the same thing happen in St. Louis with Albert Pujols?

Build your winning bid for Albert Pujols

Readers can select the components of their best contract offer to soon-to-be free agent Albert Pujols.

Cardinals World Series odds slipping

Once at 14/1 odds of winning the 2011 World Series, the St. Louis Cardinals are now at 20/1.

Pujols and the 2004 wayback machine

Looking back at three big Albert Pujols stories from seven years ago.

Seven years ago today: Announcing Pujols’ new contract

On February 18, 2004, I broke the story of an event that was unprecedented in Major League Baseball.

Pujols and the money: What to believe?

Differing reports on the specifics of the Albert Pujols contract negotiations leave no clear answers.

Walton on FOX Sports Radio Network Thursday morning

Brian Walton joins Zakk and Jack morning show on FOX Sports Radio Network to discuss Albert Pujols.

Pujols’ contract remarks from spring 2009 and 2010

What did St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols say about his contract in spring training camps during the most recent two springs?

Cardinals Spring Training Updates on

Catch all the new St. Louis Cardinals articles, videos and more from spring training, posted on FOX Sports Midwest’s website daily.

Pujols’ shadow means 10 more months of winter

Once Albert Pujols saw his shadow, his contract saga was assured of continuing for months.

Stacking Pujols up against other career Cardinals

Putting Albert Pujols’ opportunity to remain a life-long St. Louis Cardinal into games-played context.

Stand for Stan Day remembered

Selected photos from the St. Louis Cardinals’ Stand for Stan Day, last October 2.

Who controls the Memphis Redbirds and AutoZone Park?

A New York-based private equity firm took over control of the St. Louis Cardinals’ Triple-A franchise as well as their ballpark.

February 16 Pujols-Cardinals media scenarios

How might the story unfold if the St. Louis Cardinals and Albert Pujols are unable to come to contract terms by the reported deadline of February 16?

A fantasy baseball diversion

Taking a brief journey into some of my current fantasy baseball-related endeavors.

Rochester group cuts Batavia losses but says 2011 is it

The Batavia Muckdogs are attracting interest and are expected to be sold this year. Where they will play in 2012 remains an open question.

2/15 Musial White House ceremony to be streamed live

Stan Musial’s Medal of Freedom presentation can be seen by all over the internet.

Balancing top prospects and winning baseball

Having well-liked prospects is good for an organization, but minor league teams still need to be competitive.

Cardinals spring television telecasts up to nine

Almost one in every three 2011 St. Louis Cardinals spring training games may be available on television.

Still flipping out over Flip

The St. Louis Cardinals risked a small missed opportunity cost in releasing infielder Felipe Lopez in September. It looks like it didn’t matter.

A look inside St. Louis Cardinals finances

St. Louis Cardinals President Bill DeWitt III outlines team finances and specifically those surrounding new Busch Stadium.

Catch Cardinals in the Caribbean Series

The annual Caribbean Series begins today with two St. Louis Cardinals players playing prominent roles.

More local TV revenue won’t cover Pujols’ contract

The St. Louis Cardinals’ local television contract has as many more years to run, seven, as the possible duration of Albert Pujols’ next contract.

KMOX announces Cardinals spring radio schedule

St. Louis Cardinals baseball will be back on the airwaves starting March 1.

Why are some surprised by the Pujols no-trade rumor?

The national media and a segment of St. Louis Cardinals fans reacted strongly to a rumor that Albert Pujols would veto any trades. Why were they surprised?

Pujols’ endorsement earnings grew four-fold last year

St. Louis Cardinals Albert Pujols’ endorsement earnings have grown to about half his baseball salary, but the first baseman still dropped in the 2011 Power 100.

Tony La Russa roast to first air Friday on FOX Sports Midwest

Video highlights of the Baseball Writers’ dinner roast are also posted at

Photos from Cardinals Legends Camp

Link to Ricky Horton’s photos from St. Louis Cardinals Legends Camp, underway in Jupiter, FL.

Why do Pujols’ age questions persist?

A reminder that suspicions about Albert Pujols’ age remain, ten years after he first became a major leaguer.

The Cardinal Nation Blog:’s Blog of the Day again!

Dynamic ticket pricing story and association with Yardbarker leads to repeat national exposure for St. Louis Cardinals-oriented blog.

Joey Bombs prepares for new life with the Atlanta Braves

Former St. Louis Cardinals infielder/outfielder Joe Mather discusses his move to the Atlanta Braves.

Cardinals new dynamic ticket pricing plans set

The St. Louis Cardinals have selected the vendor for their new dynamic ticket pricing starting in 2011.

Cardinals lease trouble in Jupiter?

Palm Beach County Florida officials are holding Roger Dean Stadium improvements hostage until the St. Louis Cardinals and Florida Marlins agree to stay beyond 2017.

Vote for top Cardinals games of 2010 at

Help select five of the best St. Louis Cardinals games from last season to be replayed on FOX Sports Midwest.

Projected top five St. Louis Cardinals stories of 2011

A look ahead to the top projected stories across the Cardinal Nation in 2011.

Failing to clarify La Russa’s 2011 batting order

With the best of intentions, I tried to clear up lineup questions with the 2011 St. Louis Cardinals by asking the manager himself.

Pujols and the Cardinals: Is it a matter of trust?

Thoughts about why the Albert Pujols contract negotiations with the St. Louis Cardinals appear to be moving so slowly.

Cardinals Winter Warm-Up Sunday and Monday photos

St. Louis Cardinals player and executive photos from Sunday and Monday’s final two sessions of the 2011 Winter Warm-Up

Tony La Russa Roasted

Quotes from the Tony La Russa roast in St. Louis on Monday night as Billy Bob Thornton, Steve Kline and Bobby Knight levied shots at the long-time St. Louis Cardinals manager.

Cardinals Winter Warm-Up Saturday player photos

The title says it all. St. Louis Cardinals player photos from Saturday’s first day of the 2011 Winter Warm-Up.

Cardinals Caravan stop in Champaign

Photos from the St. Louis Cardinals Caravan visit to Champaign, IL on Friday

TCN blog reader top ten stories of 2010: The results

The top stories of the year for the 2010 St. Louis Cardinals as selected by the readers of this blog.

Walton on RotoWire Fantasy Sports Today show on Sirius/XM

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 Thursday.

Batavia Muckdogs sign 2011 stadium lease

Will 2011 be the last year professional baseball is played in Batavia, New York’s Dwyer Stadium?

Reviewing the predictions: TCN Blog’s top five Cardinals stories of 2010

A look back at the top projected stories across the Cardinal Nation in 2010 from one year ago.

The Steroids Era Hall of Fame Matrix

An approach to frame consideration of steroids era players for the Baseball Hall of Fame.

TCN blog reader top stories of 2010: Final voting

Readers complete their selection of top stories of the year for the 2010 St. Louis Cardinals.

TCN blog reader top stories of 2010: Voting for #5

Readers select their top stories of the year for the 2010 St. Louis Cardinals.

Some Hall voters lash out at others, peers

Some baseball writers criticize their award-voting peers while others attack those who critique them.

TCN blog reader top stories of 2010: Voting for #4

Readers select their top stories of the year for the 2010 St. Louis Cardinals.

TCN blog reader top stories of 2010: Voting for #3

Readers select their top stories of the year for the 2010 St. Louis Cardinals.

Why McGwire’s Hall of Fame vote total dropped

Former St. Louis Cardinals slugger Mark McGwire is losing ground in his Hall of Fame candidacy.

TCN blog reader top stories of 2010: Voting for #2

Readers select their top stories of the year for the 2010 St. Louis Cardinals.

15 Cardinals games televised nationally in 2011

The first slate of national television broadcasts has been announced with 15 St. Louis Cardinals contests included.

TCN blog reader top stories of 2010: Voting for #1

Readers select their top stories of the year for the 2010 St. Louis Cardinals.

The Cardinal Nation Blog top stories of 2010 #1: The collapse

The St. Louis Cardinals were expected to repeat as division-winners in 2010. Instead, they missed the playoffs entirely.

The Cardinal Nation Blog top stories of 2010 #2: Holliday’s signing

Though agent Scott Boras took Matt Holliday into free agency one year ago, the outfielder returned to the St. Louis Cardinals via the biggest contract team history.

The Cardinal Nation Blog top stories of 2010 #3: The big trade

The Ryan Ludwick for Jake Westbrook trade was one of the biggest and arguably the most surprising story of the St. Louis Cardinals’ 2010 season.