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Archive for May, 2012

Varied Cardinals weekend ahead in New York

In a series changing daily, the St. Louis Cardinals will be visiting the New York Mets for four games starting Friday.

Cardinals to appear on MLB Network four times in June

Out-of-market St. Louis Cardinals fans will have four additional opportunities to see their club on television during June.

Tony La Russa, future oil baron?

The former St. Louis Cardinals manager is seemingly everywhere – including North Dakota oil fields.

Has Salas hit The Verducci Effect?

An ineffective Fernando Salas has been sent down to Triple-A Memphis. Was his increased workload in 2011 a factor?

Cardinal talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: Under .500 in May

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.

Friday’s Cardinals telecast to feature soldiers in Afghanistan

FOX Sports Midwest’s annual “This One’s For You” telecast will be seen by troops across the world on American Forces Network.

Beltran’s big May continues

Carlos Beltran is approaching one of the 10 most productive Mays in recent St. Louis Cardinals history.

Which Cardinals injury will prove to be worst?

Vote for which player injuries will have the greatest impact on the 2012 St. Louis Cardinals.

Talking Cardinals changes on WGEM

St. Louis Cardinals talk with WGEM Sportscenter on ESPN 1440 radio in Quincy, Ill.

Walton on RotoWire Fantasy Sports Monday on Sirius/XM

Brian Walton joined Jeff Erickson and Chris Liss on RotoWire’s Fantasy Sports Today on Sirius 211 / XM 147 at noon Central on Monday.

Walk-off walks: a Cardinals history

Since 1952, the St. Louis Cardinals have been involved in 43 games that ended with a base on balls.

Cardinal talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: Reeling on the coast

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.

More Cardinals World Series replica ring promotions coming

Five more chances coming to pick up your copy of the 2011 St. Louis Cardinals World Series ring.

What’s with all the helmet throwing, anyway?

A specific epidemic of bad behavior toward umpires has hit baseball this week.

A progression of Cardinals left-handed relievers

Looking back at St. Louis Cardinals’ season-opening left-handed relief pitchers since 1996.

Should Cardinals #5 be retired alongside #10?

The St. Louis Cardinals have retired Tony La Russa’s number 10. Should Albert Pujols be similarly honored in the not-too-distant future?

On this day in Cardinals history: May 13, 1958

St. Louis Cardinals star Stan Musial collected his 3,000th hit 54 years ago today, on May 13, 1958, at Chicago’s Wrigley Field.

Cardinal talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: TLR’s time

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.

Walton with Rains radio duo on Cardinals minors

Brian Walton’s St. Louis Cardinals minor league segment with Rob and B.J. Rains on St. Louis Sports Radio 1380.

Interview with Cardinals Hall of Fame shortstop Ozzie Smith

Exclusive interview with the Hall of Fame shortstop in which we discuss St. Louis Cardinals past and present.

The first five Cardinals in the order again go deep

Monday was the second time in St. Louis Cardinals’ history that their first five hitters launched home runs.

Batavia game gets Pettitted-out

A Sunday Triple-A game has been moved for the second time, with the most recent reason being most unusual.

Cardinal talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: Hitting the road

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.

17 strikeouts one off Cardinals worst outing ever

St. Louis Cardinals hitters had an unusually futile day with strikeouts on Thursday.

How rare is a stolen base by a Cardinals pitcher?

Jake Westbrook did something Thursday that has occurred only 64 times prior – a St. Louis Cardinals pitcher stealing a base.

MLB schedule changes could limit I-70 Series

As a part of MLB schedule changes starting in 2013, the St. Louis Cardinals and Kansas City Royals may no longer play six times annually.

Women in media: good and bad examples

The title says it all. Two cases from this past weekend illustrate the problems of women in media roles.