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Archive for 2012

TCN Blog 2012 top story #9: Carp’s injury and comeback

The St. Louis Cardinals relied heavily on Chris Carpenter in 2011, but the veteran right-hander was unavailable for much of 2012.

TCN Blog 2012 top story #10: Five in the first round

St. Louis Cardinals had five selections in the first round of the 2012 draft, their most in over two decades.

TCN Blog 2012 top story #11: All-star Lynn wins 18 games

In his first year in the St. Louis Cardinals’ rotation, second-year pitcher Lance Lynn led his team in victories.

ESPN’s Bowden wants Cards to pay heavy CarGo fee

Former general manager Jim Bowden thinks the St. Louis Cardinals should trade their two best pitching prospects plus Jon Jay to the Colorado Rockies for Carlos Gonzalez.

TCN Blog 2012 top story #12: Motte logs every save

The St. Louis Cardinals ninth-inning relief situation changed 180 degrees between 2011 and 2012.

TCN Blog 2012 top Cardinals story #13: Mujica’s mound magic

The 2012 St. Louis Cardinals made an under-the-radar trade at the deadline that met their needs perfectly, adding reliever Edward Mujica.

TCN Blog 2012 top story #14: Kozma’s surprising September

The 2012 St. Louis Cardinals had a surprise standout at shortstop during the final weeks of the season – former first-rounder Pete Kozma.

Will Mo play the prospect market this winter?

The St. Louis Cardinals are well-stocked in an in-demand commodity this off-season, but will they exploit their advantage?

TCN Blog 2012 top story #15: Rosenthal’s rise

The hard-throwing right-hander made the unusual move from Double-A to the majors before settling into the 2012 St. Louis Cardinals bullpen.

Jackson and other eight-team pitchers have a common thread

New Chicago Cub Edwin Jackson and four other well-traveled starting pitchers share one prior fact – they are all former St. Louis Cardinals.

TCN Blog 2012 top story #16: Kelly steps in and delivers

Twice, rookie right-hander Joe Kelly moved into the rotation for others and delivered for the 2012 St. Louis Cardinals.

FOX Sports Midwest’s Cardinals Christmas Day marathon

Special takes fans inside the Winter Meetings and five of the best St. Louis Cardinals regular season games of 2012 will be replayed.

Comparing Cardinals Winter Warm-Up autograph prices

Autograph prices at the St. Louis Cardinals fan event, Winter Warm-Up, are flat for 2013, though there will be many fewer freebies.

TCN Blog 2012 top story #17: Miller’s time finally arrives

The St. Louis Cardinals’ top prospect made his major league debut in September.

TCN Blog 2012 top story #18: McGwire leaves St. Louis for LA

The St. Louis Cardinals’ hitting coach and former star left one home for another with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

TCN Blog 2012 top story #19: Texas League Champs in Springfield

The St. Louis Cardinals’ Double-A affiliate in Springfield, MO took home its first Texas League title.

TCN Blog 2012 top story #20: Returning to Peoria and State College

The St. Louis Cardinals changed two Class-A affiliates for the 2013 and 2014 seasons, returning to familiar locations.

Counting down The Cardinal Nation Blog’s top 20 stories of 2012

Annual series looking back at the top news items affecting the St. Louis Cardinals over the previous 12 months.

Cardinals number 12s on 12/12/12

A look back at some prominent St. Louis Cardinals to have worn the number 12 jersey.

Former Cardinals: Where are they now? Gary Gaetti

A former St. Louis Cardinals third baseman is living in the Houston area and managing a nearby independent league club.

Will Greinke create opportunity for Miller and Rosenthal?

The hot market for free agent pitching could improve the rotation bids of young St. Louis Cardinals starting pitchers.

Ex-Cardinal Oberkfell lands in Lincoln

Former St. Louis Cardinals infielder Ken Oberkfell keeps managing in independent ball.

Molina’s Foundation 4 short four teammates for benefit

Four St. Louis Cardinals players will not be participating in catcher Yadier Molina’s charity events in Daytona Beach this weekend as expected.

Cardinals Keough wins Scout of Year award

Long-time St. Louis Cardinals professional scout Marty Keough has received another industry honor, recognized as Baseball’s top West Coast scout.

Cardinals and ex-Cardinals committing to 2013 WBC

Three current St. Louis Cardinals may play and two popular former Cardinals will be coaching in the 2013 World Baseball Classic.

Cardinals Breadon, Marion fall far short of Hall of Fame

Two prominent St. Louis Cardinals figures from the last Century were not elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in voting results announced Monday.

Ozzie Smith’s memorabilia sale nets a cool million-plus

Hall of Fame shortstop Ozzie Smith auctioned off much of his memorabilia, with a seven-digit take.

Cardinals Top 40 prospect countdown begins Monday, 12/3

The Cardinal Nation’s top prospect list for 2013 will be unveiled over the next 40 days.

Don’t assume quiet ahead because no Cardinals non-tenders

The St. Louis Cardinals could look to arbitration-eligible players not offered contracts by their present teams.

Molina charity softball benefit to feature Cardinals stars

Catcher Yadier Molina is assembling family and St. Louis Cardinals teammates for a charity softball game in Daytona Beach.

La Russa video game funding strikes out

An initial attempt to raise cash for a new generation of Tony La Russa-branded Baseball video games has failed.

Hal Chase, the Highlanders and the Polo Grounds

This is a guest column by blingboy, inspired by Tuesday’s discussion of left-handed throwing shortstops and Hal Chase, specifically.

Musial faced MLB’s last left-handed shortstop – sort of

A left-handed thrower designated as shortstop appeared in the field in 1954 as part of a unique attempt to retire Stan Musial at the plate.

Mets return to GCL a positive for the Cardinals

The St. Louis Cardinals should again have a fourth Gulf Coast League opponent in 2013 with the New York Mets returning to the rookie-level league.

Should the September active 40-man be limited?

MLB is considering making equal numbers and potentially fewer players available in September games. Good idea or bad?

Should Freese offer the public an explanation?

St. Louis Cardinals third baseman David Freese was involved in a Thursday afternoon automobile accident. Should any explanation be provided?

Will MLB offering changes mean higher prices to viewers?

MLB is considering combining its pay television and internet offerings, but would such a move be good for consumers?

2013 Cardinals spring training schedule update #2

17 St. Louis Cardinals games during 2013 spring training have been announced by their opponents.

2013 Cardinals Legends Camp accepting enrollments

Registration is open to the 2013 St. Louis Cardinals Legends Camp, to be held in Jupiter, Fla. in January.

What is your opinion of the Cardinals uniform changes?

A simple vote on the new alternate uniform to be worn by the 2013 St. Louis Cardinals and other minor changes.

Making one contender from two non-contenders

A tale of two cities, Miami and Toronto, and how Bud Selig saved their Major League Baseball.

Should we share the Cardinals’ optimism for Garcia and Furcal?

The St. Louis Cardinals are pleased with the progress shown by two injured players, but does that mean the club should stop looking for alternatives?

New York writer’s idea of Beltran to Yankees shot down

An unrealistic trade proposal sending Carlos Beltran to the New York Yankees apparently cooked up by a New York Post writer was rejected by the St. Louis Cardinals.

Bruce’s Silver Slugger should have gone to Holliday or Beltran

A look at the numbers indicates a 2012 National League Silver Slugger Award was given to the wrong outfielder.

First three 2013 Cardinals spring training games announced

The St. Louis Cardinals will continue to play the AL-bound Houston Astros in 2013 – including during spring training.

Should the Cardinals trade starting pitching for a shortstop?

If you were running the St. Louis Cardinals, would you be willing to give up one of your top pitching prospects for a shortstop? Would you have a choice?

Not exactly Runnin’ Redbirds, but improvement in 2012

The 2012 St. Louis Cardinals stole the most bases in eight seasons with the best success rate in nine years.

Ex-Cardinals greats Marion and Breadon on Hall of Fame ballot

A former owner and shortstop behind some very successful St. Louis Cardinals clubs of the past will soon receive another chance at induction to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Should pitcher Rick Ankiel and the Cardinals re-unite?

Rick Ankiel is reportedly considering a return to the mound. Does he owe St. Louis rights of refusal? Should the Cardinals consider him?

Cardinals organization roster matrix: 2012-2013 off-season

The St. Louis Cardinals full system view reflects rosters for the 2012-2013 off-season.

La Russa favors post-series handshakes

MLB special assistant Tony La Russa would like to see greater sportsmanship exhibited by players as post-season series conclude.

Cardinals open at 14/1 to win 2013 World Series

Six teams are viewed to have a better chance to take next year’s World Series ahead of the St. Louis Cardinals.

The unfortunate case of Mark Trentacosta

A drafted player came to terms with the St. Louis Cardinals but was sent home without signing his contract, and ended up losing his collegiate eligibility in the process.

“Dropping” into Memphis’ AutoZone Park

The St. Louis Cardinals Triple-A Memphis Redbirds club tried a sticky ticket promotion.

Long Cardinals post-season run-scoring droughts

While scoring one run in their final 28 innings set a new post-season futility mark for the St. Louis Cardinals, similar problems occurred previously.

Cardinal talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: Setting up the off-season

Brian Walton’s regular discussion about the St. Louis Cardinals with Joe Quinn and Jim Brinson of KXnO FOX Sports Radio 1460 in Des Moines.

2012 Cardinals unearned post-season runs in historical context

How does the St. Louis Cardinals 12 unearned post-season runs allowed compare to past clubs?

Cardinal talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: Another elimination game

Brian Walton’s regular discussion about the St. Louis Cardinals with Joe Quinn and Jim Brinson of KXnO FOX Sports Radio 1460 in Des Moines.

Unearned runs killing Cardinals in post-season

Over 25 percent of the runs allowed by the St. Louis Cardinals in this post-season have been unearned.

Most feast-or-famine offense in Cardinals post-season history

Never before did the St. Louis Cardinals log such a big difference between run scoring in playoff wins versus losses as in 2012.

Cardinal talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: Avoiding (an unhappy) flight

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

Is Ozzie Smith wrong to sell off his memorabilia?

Hall of Fame shortstop Ozzie Smith announced plans to sell much of his memorabilia and plans the throw out the first pitch for NLCS Game 4 Thursday night.

Cardinal talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: More than the slide

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

Fewer Cardinals quality starts but more quality relief

Solid bullpen work has helped the St. Louis Cardinals win a dozen games in the last two post-seasons when their starter left early.

Better Cardinals drafts mean fewer free agents

The construction of the last five St. Louis Cardinals National League Championship Series rosters indicates a major change driven by home-grown talent.

Cardinal talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: All the marbles

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

Cardinals held to three hits twice in NLDS

The St. Louis Cardinals had three or fewer hits just 12 times in 205 prior post-season games, but now it has happened twice in four NLDS contests.

On this date in Cardinals history: October 10

The St. Louis Cardinals won their first World Series on this date in 1926 behind a most unlikely hero – Grover Cleveland Alexander.

Cardinal talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: Pivotal Game 3

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

How would you replace Jaime Garcia?

Considering the St. Louis Cardinals’ roster alternatives if Jaime Garcia is out.

Cardinals first-ever playoff loss with 10-strikeout starter

Adam Wainwright struck out 10 Washington Nationals, but his St. Louis Cardinals lost on Sunday.

Cardinals NLDS pre-game schedules and highlights

Planned activities prior to Sunday’s and Monday’s National League Division Series Games 1 and 2 in St. Louis.

Looking at the Cardinals playoff path ahead

The post-season schedule for the St. Louis Cardinals if they are able to win Friday’s wild card game.

Why Cardinals game 162 may still matter

The St. Louis Cardinals and Cincinnati Reds have already clinched, but NLDS matchups are not yet set.

Second wild card update – Tuesday, 10/2

A quick glance at the race between the St. Louis Cardinals and Los Angeles Dodgers for the second National League wild card after game #160.

Switch-hitting Beltran’s unusual feat

St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Carlos Beltran hit a home run from each side of the plate on Sunday, a rare occurrence.

Second wild card update – Monday, 10/1

A quick glance at the race between the St. Louis Cardinals and Los Angeles Dodgers for the second National League wild card.

The most damaging loss of the Cardinals season?

The St. Louis Cardinals final West Coast road trip (and a non-winning record in their final four games) may lead to a grueling travel schedule this coming week.

On this date in Cardinals history: September 29

On this date in 1963, the greatest St. Louis Cardinal player of all time, Stan Musial, played in his final game.

Wainwright calls wild card win while Chipper shrugs

If St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright is looking ahead to the National League Division Series, Atlanta third baseman Chipper Jones doesn’t appear concerned about it.

Cardinal talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: Winning when it counts

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

Lance Lynn a throwback to Ernie Broglio

Lance Lynn has done something no other St. Louis Cardinals pitcher has accomplished since 1960.

Jason Motte nearing a very unusual record

Jason Motte has every one of the St. Louis Cardinals saves in 2012 and is on track to become only the sixth closer ever to do so.

Molina becomes 2012 Cardinals’ fifth 70-RBI man

The 2012 St. Louis Cardinals reached another offensive balance milestone on Saturday, this one in run production.

Cardinal talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: Wrigley opener

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

Are expectations for Carpenter too high?

Vote on what you think would be an acceptable result from St. Louis Cardinals Chris Carpenter’s 2012 debut.

Molina, Simmons and Cardinals 20 home run hitters

Five 2012 St. Louis Cardinals have 20 or more home runs, but one, catcher Yadier Molina, really stands out.

Will Lohse’s win rate translate into Cy Young success?

Looking at the top winning pitchers in recent seasons to evaluate one aspect of Kyle Lohse’s 2012 Cy Young Award candidacy.

Musial’s career numbers being chased

Looking at several records set by Hall of Famer Stan Musial being approached by today’s MLB stars.

On this date in Cardinals history: September 16

This date in 1924 was arguably the biggest day in Hall of Famer Jim Bottomley’s career.

Cardinals may soon have first-ever five 20-home run hitters

The St. Louis Cardinals have three hitters with 20 or more home runs and two more with 19. We look at how that distribution stacks up in team history.

Vote now for your 2013 Cardinals top prospects

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

Cardinal talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: Road trip ugly

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

St. Louis Cardinals “catcher’s ERAs”

Looking at runs scored against the St. Louis Cardinals by the catcher then behind the plate.

On Jason Motte and home run balls

Looking into St. Louis Cardinal Jason Motte’s numbers compared to other MLB closers.

On McGwire and Berkman – at second base?

Why couldn’t the 2012 St. Louis Cardinals re-use a lineup trick first deployed by Tony La Russa in September 2000?

Cardinal talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: Don’t overlook Milwaukee and San Diego

Brian Walton’s Friday discussion about the St. Louis Cardinals with Ken Miller and Jim Brinson of KXnO FOX Sports Radio 1460 in Des Moines.

2012 St. Louis Cardinals reach historic heights at second base

The identity of the tallest men to ever play second base for the St. Louis Cardinals may be very surprising. We’ve seen three this season alone.

Troy Tulowitzki versus Chris Carpenter?

Could minor league fans see two recovering MLB heavyweights meet in Springfield on Saturday?

Carpenter, Miller and playoff-race piggybacking

Will Chris Carpenter return to starting in September for the St. Louis Cardinals? Who might his pitching partner be?