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Archive for 2012

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.

St. Louis Cardinals checkup: April 2012

Looking back at how the National League Central leaders performed in April and ahead to their May schedule.

Cardinal talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: Returning home

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

Third and fourth chances for World Champs ring coming

Another chance to receive a free World Championship replica ring is coming in both St. Louis and Springfield.

Cardinals to appear on MLB Network five times in May

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

Should MLB players and social media mix?

Can professional athletes and fans get too close to one another for their own good?

To err is human, but the 2012 Cardinals do it rarely

Through the first 17 games, the St. Louis Cardinals are playing much improved defense.

Where would the Cardinals be without Lohse and Westbrook?

Two starters some fans wanted the St. Louis Cardinals to get rid of are leading the staff in the early going in 2012.

Humber surpasses Wainwright – for one day at least

Philip “Perfect Game” Humber entered baseball’s history books on Saturday. Like Adam Wainwright, he is a Tommy John survivor, but one who took a long route to success.

Cardinal talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: Heading into Steel City

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.

Where is Matt Adams, already?

Despite the current injury situation of the St. Louis Cardinals, their top first base prospect remains at Triple-A. I believe that is the right way to go – at least for now.

2012 Cardinals tied for best start in modern era

With a 9-3 record through the first 12 games of the season, the 2012 St. Louis Cardinals have tied the club-record best start since 1900.

Cardinals World Series 8-disc set trivia: “Minors up the middle”

Correctly answer a multi-part St. Louis Cardinals-related trivia question and win a free 2011 World Series Champions Collectors Edition DVD Set from The Cardinal Nation Blog and A+E Networks Home Entertainment/MLB Productions.

Second chance for replica Cardinals World Series ring

2,000 Springfield Cardinals fans will receive their own collectible version of the major league club’s World Series rings on Thursday.

Cardinals World Series Game 6 DVD Set trivia: “Mo’s beginnings”

Correctly answer a multi-part St. Louis Cardinals-related trivia question and win a free Baseball’s Greatest Games: 2011 World Series, Game 6 DVD Set from The Cardinal Nation Blog and A+E Networks Home Entertainment/MLB Productions.

Cardinals World Series 8-disc set trivia: “No Mr. 30-30”

Correctly answer a multi-part St. Louis Cardinals-related trivia question and win a free 2011 World Series Champions Collectors Edition DVD Set from The Cardinal Nation Blog and A+E Networks Home Entertainment/MLB Productions.

Cardinals World Series Game 6 DVD Set trivia: “RBI kings”

Correctly answer a multi-part St. Louis Cardinals-related trivia question and win a free Baseball’s Greatest Games: 2011 World Series, Game 6 DVD Set from The Cardinal Nation Blog and A+E Networks Home Entertainment/MLB Productions.

AT&T U-verse resolves Cardinals game dispute with FS Midwest

Major cable carrier comes to agreement with St. Louis Cardinals television provider to pick up entire remaining slate of games in 2012.

Cardinal talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: Home 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.

Friday Cardinals home opener festivities

All the details behind the St. Louis Cardinals 2012 home opener this Friday, April 13.

Cardinals World Series 8-disc set trivia: “Chicks dug me early”

Correctly answer a multi-part St. Louis Cardinals-related trivia question and win a free 2011 World Series Champions Collectors Edition DVD Set from The Cardinal Nation Blog and A+E Networks Home Entertainment/MLB Productions.

Walton with Rains radio duo on Cardinals minors

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

Cards World Series Game 6 DVD Set trivia: “We’ll see you tomorrow night!”

Correctly answer a multi-part St. Louis Cardinals-related trivia question and win a free Baseball’s Greatest Games: 2011 World Series, Game 6 DVD Set from The Cardinal Nation Blog and A+E Networks Home Entertainment/MLB Productions.

AT&T U-verse to miss first of 20 Cards games Monday and Tuesday

A fee-based dispute means many St. Louis-area Cardinals fans will miss 20 games on television this season, including three this coming week.

Win more Cardinals World Series DVD sets at The Cardinal Nation Blog

An even bigger giveaway than last time! Pre-registration to answer St. Louis Cardinals-related trivia questions is required.

Cardinal talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: Opening week

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.

Furcal, the other Greene and why March doesn’t matter

An Opening Day reminder that spring training results aren’t worth much of anything.

Cardinals all-time Scrabble leaders by decade

The top Scrabble-scoring names by decade in St. Louis Cardinals team history.

Looking through Rosenthal-colored glasses

No first-time player in St. Louis Cardinals major league camp this spring was talked about more than right-handed pitcher Trevor Rosenthal.

Cardinals organization roster matrix: 2012 full-season

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

Cardinals minor league spring training notebook: 04/01

Highlights from Sunday’s final St. Louis Cardinals minor league spring training games from Jupiter, Florida.

Cardinals minor league spring training notebook: 03/31

Highlights from Saturday’s St. Louis Cardinals minor league spring training games in Jupiter, Florida.

Cardinals minor league spring training notebook: 03/30

Highlights from Friday’s St. Louis Cardinals minor league spring training games in Jupiter and Port St. Lucie, Florida.

Cardinals minor league spring training notebook: 03/29

Highlights from Thursday’s St. Louis Cardinals minor league spring training games in Jupiter, Florida.

Cardinals minor league spring training notebook: 03/28

Highlights from Wednesday’s St. Louis Cardinals minor league spring training games in Jupiter, Florida.

Cardinal talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: Camp concluding

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

Cardinals log of minor league suspensions grows

Cody Stanley is the 24th name on the St. Louis Cardinals minor league drug suspension list since 2005.

Cardinals minor league spring training notebook: 03/27

Highlights from Tuesday’s St. Louis Cardinals minor league spring training games in Jupiter, Florida.

Cardinals minor league spring training notebook: 03/26

Highlights from Monday’s St. Louis Cardinals minor league spring training games in Jupiter and Port St. Lucie, Florida.

Cardinals minor league spring training notebook: 03/25

Highlights from Sunday’s St. Louis Cardinals minor league spring training games in Jupiter, Florida.

Cardinals minor league spring training notebook: 03/24

Highlights from Saturday’s St. Louis Cardinals minor league spring training games in Jupiter and Port St. Lucie, Florida.

Cardinals minor league spring training notebook: 03/23

Highlights from Friday’s St. Louis Cardinals minor league spring training games from Jupiter, Florida.

Cardinals minor league spring training notebook: 03/22

Highlights from Thursday’s St. Louis Cardinals minor league spring training games from Jupiter, Florida.

Post-Dispatch parent to charge for some online access

The parent of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Lee Enterprises, has announced intent to implement subscriptions for online access before the end of this year in most markets.

Cardinals minor league spring training notebook: 03/20

Highlights from Tuesday’s St. Louis Cardinals minor league spring training games from Jupiter, Florida.

Cardinals minor league spring training notebook: 03/19

Highlights from Monday’s St. Louis Cardinals minor league spring training games from Jupiter, Florida.

Cardinals minor league spring training notebook: 03/18

Highlights from Sunday’s St. Louis Cardinals minor league spring training games from Jupiter, Florida.

Cardinals minor league spring training notebook: 03/17

Highlights from Saturday’s St. Louis Cardinals minor league spring training games from Jupiter and Port St. Lucie, Florida.

Cardinals minor league spring training notebook: 03/16

Highlights from Friday’s St. Louis Cardinals minor league spring training games from Jupiter, Florida.

MLB social media policy answers some questions, opens others

Major League Baseball has defined its Social Media Policy. The nation’s labor-management arbitrators may be getting more work as a result.

TLR may bleed Dodger blue if Cohen has enough green

Reports have Tony La Russa becoming an executive with the Los Angeles Dodgers if Steve Cohen is the winning bidder.

Comparing Pujols and Adams in the AFL

Excitement about St. Louis Cardinals prospect Matt Adams sent me back to the records to compare his Arizona Fall League results with Albert Pujols’ 11 years earlier.

Cardinals sixth starter, what took you so long?

On Monday, the St. Louis Cardinals moved Lance Lynn from relieving to starting. Why did they wait for an injury to another?

Potential buyer for AutoZone Park kicking the tires

The city of Memphis is looking into purchasing the home of the Triple-A Memphis Redbirds.

Boras and La Russa together – eight nights only

A top player agent and a World Series-winning manager will appear on a Sunday evening television program

Cardinals spring phenom named Matt will return to earth

For the second consecutive spring, the St. Louis Cardinals top minor league hitter is standing out in major league camp. Let’s not get carried away, though.

Milwaukee’s Melvin still crying in his beer

Breaking down complaints from Milwaukee GM Doug Melvin about the impact of September roster sizes on the St. Louis Cardinals making the 2011 post-season.

Red, Whitey, TLR to be honored in Cooperstown

Title-winning St. Louis Cardinals managers Red Schoendienst, Whitey Herzog and Tony La Russa will be honored together at the National Baseball Hall of Fame on July 21.

40-plus Cardinals players, 30-plus articles

Looking for spring training articles for every player on the St. Louis Cardinals roster.

Review of a review: Sloan Sports Analytics Conference

A recommendation to read a summary of an important event covering off-field aspects of sports, especially baseball.

Brock named to College Baseball Hall of Fame

Lou Brock to join yet another Hall of Fame, this one for the collegiate game.

Brock opens Cardinals museum exhibit in Little Rock

The new exhibit of St. Louis Cardinals memorabilia at the Clinton Library in Little Rock has opened.

The Molina contract: What the writers are saying

A scan of national and local sportswriters’ opinions on the Yadier Molina contract and its potential impact on other impending free agent catchers.

St. Louis Cardinals all-time All-Scrabble team

The top Scrabble-scoring names by position in St. Louis Cardinals team history.

Molina’s contract extension – How do you feel?

If you were running the St. Louis Cardinals, would you have given catcher Yadier Molina a five-year, $75 million contract extension?

Memphis Redbirds adding jumbo HD video board

The St. Louis Cardinals’ Triple-A club in Memphis will be featured on a new scoreboard, the largest in minor league baseball.

Eighth Cardinals spring telecast added

MLB Network’s spring slate of St. Louis Cardinals games includes one incremental telecast and seven alternate broadcasts.

How many games will the 2012 Cardinals win?

The gamblers have established opening betting lines on how many games each MLB club will win this coming season. Do you agree or disagree?

Talking Cardinals spring training baseball on WGEM

St. Louis Cardinals spring training talk on WGEM ESPN 1440 in Quincy, Ill.

Time to stand down on Molina’s contract

Why not let Yadier Molina and the St. Louis Cardinals work on a new deal without such a high level of sensitivity?

Oquendo is right where he belongs

Long-time St. Louis Cardinals third base coach Jose Oquendo explains why be once asked out as the club’s bench coach.

2012 Cardinals finding unexpected motivation

The many questions about recovering from significant off-season losses seem to be strengthening the 2012 St. Louis Cardinals’ resolve.

Cardinal talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: Camp opens

Brian Walton begins another season of discussions about the St. Louis Cardinals with Ken Miller and Jim Brinson of KXnO FOX Sports Radio 1460 in Des Moines.

Cardinals pitchers helping pitchers

Pitching veterans on the St. Louis Cardinals are working alongside prospects in spring training.

Sorting out Cardinals spring uniform numbers

Who is wearing what uniform number in 2012 St. Louis Cardinals spring training camp?

Roles of social media and the media itself continue to evolve

A look around the changing intersection of St. Louis Cardinals major and minor league baseball, Twitter and Facebook.

23 of 28 Cardinals 2012 spring games on TV or radio

If one is flexible, broadcasts of 23 of 28 St. Louis Cardinals spring training games in 2012 can be found.

Poll: When will Shelby Miller arrive in St. Louis?

Vote on when you think the St. Louis Cardinals’ top prospect will make his major league debut.

Musial and Pujols: Deferred money and personal services

Former St. Louis Cardinals greats Stan Musial and Albert Pujols had some off-field financial similarities in their contracts.

The Angels tweak the Cardinals again

A new Albert Pujols-related tempest has ensued over billboards in California.

Fewer Cardinals spring training telecasts in 2012

Current plans for total television broadcasts of St. Louis Cardinals spring training games are down – from almost one-third of the games last year to just 25 percent in 2012.

Ira is not just Mrs. Bill DeWitt III

The wife of the president of the St. Louis Cardinals runs an urban music label.

Defending Yadier Molina

Followers of the St. Louis Cardinals had differing views of catcher Yadier Molina’s update on his contract situation upon his reporting to spring training.

Cardinals where are they now? – LaPoint and Ryde

The paths of a St. Louis Cardinals pitching star from the 1980s and a failed big-bonus outfield signing from 2007 have come together in Rockland County, New York.

The St. Louis Cardinals Canadian MVP

Which Canadian-born player contributed the most to the St. Louis Cardinals?

Ex-Cardinal Cormier to enter Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame

Former St. Louis Cardinals left-handed pitcher Rheal Cormier is a new Canadian Baseball Hall of Famer.

Cardinals exhibit coming to Clinton Museum

A St. Louis Cardinals-themed exhibit is coming to President Bill Clinton’s museum in Little Rock.

No long-term solution for substandard Johnson City ballpark

There is little money to undertake long-postponed, but needed repairs to the home of the Johnson City Cardinals of the rookie-level Appalachian League.

A rookie manager and the media

First-year St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny will be dealing with the media in a more intense manner than ever before. How will both sides react?

Red Schoendienst celebrates his 89th birthday

St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Famer Red Schoendienst is still in uniform after 70 seasons in professional baseball.

St. Louis Cardinals winter topic fatigue

Vote on which recent St. Louis Cardinals-related topic has been most beaten to death in your opinion.

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?