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Archive for December, 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.