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Archive for January, 2012

Topps: Rally Squirrel card does not replace Schumaker

Despite reports to the contrary, the Topps Rally Squirrel baseball card does not replace Skip Schumaker’s regular 2012 card.

Union holding up expanded MLB playoffs

One month remains for Major League Baseball owners and players to agree whether or not to add a second Wild Card per league in 2012.

St. Louis Cardinals open virtual museum

The St. Louis Cardinals have a new online museum designed to help fill the gap until the physical one is re-opened someday.

Former Cardinals prospect McCormick attempts controversial comeback

In an attempt to revitalize his pitching career, a former top draft pick of the St. Louis Cardinals is undergoing a procedure illegal in the US.

Roy Oswalt and Cardinals number 44

If pitcher Roy Oswalt signs with the St. Louis Cardinals, will his familiar number 44 be available?

Finalizing the fans’ contract offer to Yadier Molina

Readers can vote for salary and number of years making up their best contract offer to St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina.

Pujols to be ESPN The Magazine’s cover boy

Now we can learn the inside story of Albert Pujols’ signing from the perspective of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

What if Albert Pujols isn’t Albert Pujols?

Should Albert Pujols be kept out of the Hall of Fame if he was found to have lied about his age and identity?

Cardinals organization roster matrix: 2012 spring training

The St. Louis Cardinals full system view reflects rosters for 2012 spring training with all organization players listed by level and position.

Video: David Freese takes Babe Ruth Award

St. Louis Cardinals third baseman David Freese was recognized again for his 2011 post-season, this time by the New York chapter of the BBWAA.

Who cares about a face of the Cardinals franchise?

Some apparently believe the St. Louis Cardinals need a clear leader to replace Albert Pujols. I am not one of them.

Where’s Molina? Playing softball with Pujols

St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina and shortstop Rafael Furcal are with their ex-teammate Albert Pujols in the Dominican Republic.

Buy your St. Louis Cardinals spring training tickets now

St. Louis Cardinals 2012 Spring Training single game tickets go on sale to the public today, Saturday, January 21.

How much should the Cardinals offer Yadier Molina?

Readers can vote for their salary and number of years limits in their hypothetical offers for St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina.

Yadier Molina and Walker Cooper

What might we learn from a time in history when the St. Louis Cardinals got rid of the best catcher in the National League instead of paying him what he deserved?

Cardinals 2012 Winter Warm-Up leftovers

Some final thoughts from this past weekend’s annual St. Louis Cardinals fan festival.

Cardinals Winter Warm-Up photos: Monday, 1/16

St. Louis Cardinals photos from Monday’s third and final session of the 2012 Winter Warm-Up at St. Louis’ Hyatt Regency at the Arch.

Cardinals Winter Warm-Up photos: Sunday, 1/15

St. Louis Cardinals photos from Sunday’s second session of the 2012 Winter Warm-Up at St. Louis’ Hyatt Regency at the Arch.

Cardinals Winter Warm-Up photos: Saturday, 1/14

Selected St. Louis Cardinals player photos from Saturday’s first day of the 2011 Winter Warm-Up at St. Louis’ Hyatt Regency at the Arch. Two executives are also included.

Cardinals invite 19 NRIs to major league camp

19 St. Louis Cardinals players have been invited to major league spring training camp as non-roster invitees.

Cardinals Winter Warm-Up shows on FOX Sports Midwest

FOX Sports Midwest will produce two 30-minute shows from the 2012 Cardinals Winter Warm-Up.

Cardinals pitcher Romero settles tainted supplement lawsuit

Left-handed pitcher J.C. Romero believes justice has been served by his lawsuit against several drug companies being settled out of court.

Predicting the Cardinals non-roster invitees

Readers can guess which non-roster players will be invited to St. Louis Cardinals spring training camp.

Cardinals players on Twitter – January 2012 update

A regular update of St. Louis Cardinals major and minor league players on Twitter.

Off-the-wall Cardinals story ideas for 2012

Seven lower-odds storylines possibly ahead for the 2012 St. Louis Cardinals. Or not.

Cardinals planning White House visit

The World Champion St. Louis Cardinals are reportedly making plans to visit the White House on January 17.

Cardinals at the 2007 All-Star Game: Who remains?

Of the seven members of the St. Louis Cardinals pictured at the 2007 All-Star Game, not a one remains in his job today. A potential partial reunion in 2012 could be odd, to say the least.

TCN Blog reader top Cardinals stories of 2011

Readers vote to select their top stories of the year for the 2011 St. Louis Cardinals.

Projected top five St. Louis Cardinals stories of 2012

A look ahead to the top projected stories across the Cardinal Nation in 2012.

Reviewing the predictions: TCN Blog’s top five Cardinals stories of 2011

A look back at the top projected stories across the Cardinal Nation in 2011 from one year ago.

The Cardinal Nation Blog 2011 top story #1: 11th World Championship

In 2011, the underdog St. Louis Cardinals won their 11th championship of Major League Baseball.

The Cardinal Nation Blog 2011 top story #2: Pujols leaves

St. Louis Cardinals’ superstar first baseman Albert Pujols left behind his only home as a professional for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

The Cardinal Nation Blog 2011 top story #3: La Russa retires

The St. Louis Cardinals’ managerial stability has ended with the retirement of Tony La Russa.

The Cardinal Nation Blog 2011 top story #4: Historic regular season comeback

No team in history overcame a Wild Card deficit of 10 or more games to win the World Series – until the 2011 St. Louis Cardinals did it.