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Archive for 2013

TCN blog 2013 top story #2: Back on top of the National League

The 2013 St Louis Cardinals recaptured the National League Central Division crown for the first time since 2009 and tied for the best record in Major League Baseball.

TCN blog 2013 top story #3: Molina’s MVP bid

The days when some pundits trashed the St. Louis Cardinals for signing catcher Yadier Molina for a five-year, $75 million contract have long passed.

TCN blog 2013 top story #4: Matt Carpenter’s rise

All Matt Carpenter did in 2013 was learn a new position and serve as the National League champion’s leadoff hitter, amassing the most hits and runs scored in the league.

TCN blog 2013 top story #5: Wainwright’s continuing leadership

Adam Wainwright began the year with the news that he would have to lead the St. Louis Cardinals rotation without mentor Chris Carpenter. He carried a heavy load, leading MLB in innings pitched and tying for the National League wins with 19.

TCN blog 2013 top story #6: La Russa’s unanimous Hall selection

16-year, now-retired manager of the St. Louis Cardinals, Tony La Russa, will be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

2014 Cardinals Winter Warm-Up autograph prices

Some autograph prices at the St. Louis Cardinals fan event, Winter Warm-Up, are slightly up for 2014, though there will more freebies.

TCN blog 2013 top story #7: Miller’s puzzling rookie year

The St. Louis Cardinals relied on a rookie starter in the post-season, but it wasn’t the one most people expected. Still, the Cards would not have made it that far without Shelby Miller.

TCN blog 2013 top story #8: Wacha’s emergence

The St. Louis Cardinals ended up relying on a rookie starter in the post-season, but it wasn’t the one most people expected.

TCN blog 2013 top story #9: Chris Carpenter finally gives in

The 2013 St. Louis Cardinals did not have their veteran ace for the second consecutive year. Following the season, with his contract up, Chris Carpenter decided to retire.

TCN blog 2013 top story #10: Seamless closer transition

The St. Louis Cardinals unexpectedly replaced their closer multiple times during 2013 – and did so without much turbulence.

TCN blog 2013 top story #11: Young bullpen guns

The St. Louis Cardinals had to place unexpected responsibility on a trio of bullpen rookies in 2013 – and they answered.

TCN blog 2013 top story #12: The Freese-Bourjos trade

Following the 2013 season, the St. Louis Cardinals traded away two top 2011 contributors in an attempt to improve their 2014 play in centerfield.

TCN blog 2013 top story #13: Steady, unsteady rotation middle

Looking into the 2013 seasons of four members from the middle of the St. Louis Cardinals rotation.

TCN blog 2013 top story #14: Peralta, PEDs and penalties

The St. Louis Cardinals added a new shortstop but the size of the contract given a previously-suspended PED user alarmed some across the game.

TCN blog 2013 top story #15: The Craig-Adams two-step

The St. Louis Cardinals’ cleanup hitter went down in early August, but a rookie stepped up to help fill the void.

TCN blog 2013 top story #16: Missing Motte

The St. Louis Cardinals’ closer sat out the entire 2013 season, but the team thrived anyway.

TCN blog 2013 top story #17: Eventful external minor league ownership

The St. Louis Cardinals’ minor league clubs not owned by them have been in the news during 2013.

Don Mattingly on St. Louis Cardinals sign stealing

Apparently, bad blood remains from the 2013 National League Championship Series.

Mark Mulder, Jim Palmer and unretiring

Former St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Mark Mulder is attempting a comeback, something Hall of Famer Jim Palmer once tried, too.

What might be next for the Memphis Redbirds and AutoZone Park?

If the current sale proposal unravels, what could happen to the Memphis Redbirds and AutoZone Park?

TCN blog 2013 top story #18: Beltran walks again

The St. Louis Cardinals’ top home run hitter in 2012 and 2013 has left the club as a free agent.

The Mariners can only hope for Cardinals-like stability

The Seattle Mariners have been in the MLB headlines this week, but not always for the right reasons.

TCN blog 2013 top story #19: Oscar’s ongoing ouchie

One in the top handful of prospects in all of baseball did not make his major league debut for the 2013 St. Louis Cardinals due to injury.

TCN blog 2013 top story #20: Matheny’s extension

The St. Louis Cardinals gave their young and successful manager a contract extension this fall.

Counting down The Cardinal Nation blog’s top 20 stories of 2013

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

Cardinals Hot Stove Report debuts Wednesday on FOX Sports Midwest

New off-season show focused on the St. Louis Cardinals will run through mid-January.

Annual Cardinals Top 40 prospect countdown underway

The Cardinal Nation’s top prospect list for 2014 is being unveiled over the next 40 days.

2014 Cardinals tender/non-tender predictions

Three eligible St. Louis Cardinals should receive contract offers for 2014, but one may not.

Cardinals bring home extra holiday cash in postseason shares

A postseason share for the 2013 National League Champion St. Louis Cardinals totaled over $228,000.

It is easy to cry “foul” over prospering cheaters

It will be interesting to see if Major League Baseball and its players’ union could develop new penalties that would limit lucrative free agent contracts given to previously-suspended PED users.

“What’s with the name, Jhonny?”

Questions about the spelling of his first name have followed new St. Louis Cardinals shortstop Jhonny Peralta for over a decade.

Jhonny Peralta pros and cons for the Cardinals

Rumors have a deal between free agent shortstop Jhonny Peralta and the St. Louis Cardinals close. Early views from fans have been mixed.

Could the Memphis Mets be in the future?

New news from Memphis indicates another Major League club has expressed interest in acquiring the Triple-A Redbirds and AutoZone Park.

DeWitt deservedly among St. Louis Sports Hall inductees

St. Louis Cardinals principal owner Bill DeWitt Jr. is among 16 St. Louis Sports Hall of Fame inductees.

La Russa managing tree dying out

Tony La Russa will almost surely enter the Hall of Fame in 2014, but he did not groom many coaches to be future MLB managers.

Join The Cardinal Nation and Peoria Chiefs in support of Illinois tornado relief

Donate to tornado relief in person at Peoria’s Dozer Park or via a special online auction that includes a one-year subscription to The Cardinal Nation.

First partial view of 2014 Cardinals spring training schedule

The last of the Major League Baseball awards for 2013 have been announced, celebrated and debated. As the Arizona Fall League has come to its close, winter ball will be the only live baseball activity to keep us going until spring. The good news is that spring, as defined by players reporting to camp, is […]

Key players in the proposed Memphis baseball sale

Looking at the impending sale of the Memphis Redbirds and AutoZone Park from the perspective of key participants.

Musial family looking for Texas poet

A search is underway for the author of a poem written about Stan Musial and left at his grave.

Stan Musial online auction nets $1.2 million

Stan the Man’s personal memorabilia generated strong bidding via a recently-completed online auction.

Why didn’t we take Wacha?

Checking with other clubs being asked by fans and media why they passed on Michael Wacha in the 2012 draft.

Stan Musial Collection auction underway

The online auction of Stan Musial’s memorabilia runs through Saturday, November 9.

Why the Cardinals could afford Tulowitzki and Ellsbury

The 2014 St. Louis Cardinals seem to have room to take on payroll and build what could be an unstoppable lineup.

Cardinals organization roster matrix: 2013-2014 off-season

The St. Louis Cardinals full system view reflects rosters for the 2013-2014 off-season.

La Russa’s age accelerates his Hall chances

Retired St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa will appear on his first Hall of Fame ballot next month.

AutoZone Park sale plan “fairly close”

A plan to clear the major hurdle in the proposed sale of AutoZone Park and the Memphis Redbirds is almost ready.

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

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

Cardinals open at 10/1 odds to win 2014 World Series

Initial odds for next year’s World Series indicate two new favorites.

Cardinal Talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: World Series elimination time near

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

Cardinals’ Lynn just misses out on big Super 2 payout

St. Louis Cardinals right-hander Lance Lynn fell short of arbitration eligibility by three days.

Cardinals rank eighth in one view of system rankings

Baseball America has used a formula to order minor league organizations based on top prospects by league.

Why do foreign substances have to be a gray area?

Major League Baseball’s rule on the use of foreign substances by pitchers is clear. Enforcement is not.

The obstruction rule and call

Game 3 of the 2013 World Series ended on a very unusual play that the umpires got right.

Cardinal Talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: World Series knotted

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.

The Red Sox already knew Baby Pedro well

The Boston Red Sox originally signed pitcher Carlos Martinez but the St. Louis Cardinals picked him up after his original contract was voided.

Was Boston’s Lester loading up baseballs?

Photo and video of Wednesday’s World Series Game 1 Boston starter Jon Lester suggest the possibility of a foreign substance in his glove.

Cardinals and Red Sox World Series odds

Looking the odds associated with the 2013 World Series.

Help the United Way and win World Series Game 3 tickets

The United Way of Greater St. Louis is raffling off prime tickets for Saturday’s World Series Game 3 at Busch Stadium.

On Michael Wacha and Steve Carlton

Two high-profile 22-year-old pitchers for the St. Louis Cardinals faced the Boston Red Sox in the World Series – 46 years apart.

Wacha boldly goes where no man has gone before

St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Michael Wacha has put his name in the post-season record books.

Cardinal Talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: Closing down the NLCS

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

Talking Cardinals NLCS on CBS Sports Radio 920 in St. Louis

St. Louis Cardinals post-season and prospect talk with Rene Knott and Joe Roderick on CBS Sports Radio 920 in St. Louis.

Summarizing Baseball America’s top Cardinals prospects by league

12 St. Louis Cardinals players are listed 13 times among Baseball America’s top prospects by league.

Agent says Chris Carpenter will retire

According to his agent, St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Chris Carpenter will retire as an active player.

Cardinals have longest odds among MLB’s final four

Looking at how the odds to win the two pennants and the World Series have shifted since April. As the LCS opened, the St. Louis Cardinals had the longest odds of the final four.

Cardinal Talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: Setting up the NLCS

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.

Parabola Power: Field Geometry Helps the Cardinals Win

Could the power of the parabola be a contributor to the success of the St. Louis Cardinals?

Help the United Way and win NLCS Games 1/2 tickets

The United Way of Greater St. Louis is raffling off prime tickets for Friday and Saturday’s NLCS Games 1 and 2 at Busch Stadium.

Poll: Who are your Cardinals NLCS starting pitchers?

Who should start for the St. Louis Cardinals in Games 1 and 2 of the NLCS in St. Louis this weekend?

Lou Brock-related St. Louis Cardinals trivia

With Hall of Famer Lou Brock throwing out the ceremonial first pitch prior to Wednesday night’s Game 5 of the National League Division Series, researcher Tom Orf offers up a quick and timely bit of trivia.

Talking St. Louis Cardinals NLDS on WGEM

St. Louis Cardinals post-season talk with Josh Houchins of WGEM Sportscenter on ESPN 1440 radio in Quincy, Ill.

Remember why Wacha is with St. Louis and be thankful

Simply put, the St. Louis Cardinals have Michael Wacha because they don’t have Albert Pujols. This gift is set to keep on giving for many years to come, but even in 2013, it has been a good deal.

Counting out the Cardinals Kelly is not new, but still a bad idea

The St. Louis Cardinals are starting Joe Kelly on Sunday against Pittsburgh’s Francisco Liriano. Many chalked up a Pirates’ win in advance. I am not so sure.

Cardinal Talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: Trying to keep the Jolly Roger down

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 improve again in Major League Baseball odds

Looking at how the odds to win the two pennants and the World Series have shifted since April. For the St. Louis Cardinals, the odds are continuing to move in the right direction.

Help the United Way and win NLDS Game 2 tickets

The United Way of Greater St. Louis is raffling off two pairs of prime tickets for Friday’s NLDS Game 2 at Busch Stadium.

Will the Cardinals’ momentum carry into the post-season?

Looking at past St. Louis Cardinals season-ending results and comparing them to post-season outcomes.

MLB updates 2013 post-season schedule

Schedules for Major League Baseball post-season games through Friday, October 4 have been announced.

Memphis, Springfield, Peoria schedules for 2014

Three of the top four minor league affiliates of the St. Louis Cardinals have released their 2014 schedules.

Cardinal Talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: Division ready to be taken

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.

Why the Cardinals should keep winning

Brian Walton’s thinking behind the optimal path for the Cardinals to take to and through the post-season.

Wacha joins other Cardinals ever so close to a no-hitter

Instead of Michael Wacha joining Bud Smith and Jose Jimenez as St. Louis Cardinals rookies who threw no-hitters, he stands with Alan Benes and Rick Wise among those who lost a no-hit bid in the ninth inning.

Soriano joins two Cardinals in pair of 50-RBI stops in same season

Only five players in MLB history have driven in 50 runs for two different clubs in the same season and two of them are St. Louis Cardinals.

Still say “no” to seven years, $134 million of Tulo

The rumors linking Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitski and the St. Louis Cardinals are getting stoked up early this year, but the same red flags remain.

Cardinal Talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: Just nine games remaining

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-Brewers, Reds-Pirates probable pitchers

Weekend pitching matchups for key games in the National League Central race.

Cardinals improving in Major League Baseball odds

Looking at how the odds to win the NL Central, two pennants and the World Series have shifted since April. For the St. Louis Cardinals, the odds have turned back in the right direction.

Matt Holliday, Mr. 30/20

Outfielder Matt Holliday reached the 30 doubles, 20 home runs plateau for the eighth season, four-plus times with the St. Louis Cardinals.

Vote now for your 2014 Cardinals top prospects

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

Cardinals September hitting equals Kozma’s season

Halfway through September, the St. Louis Cardinals are on their way to their worst final month in terms of batting average in team history.

Cardinal Talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: NLC schedule-watching

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.

Yadier Molina’s four seasons in one

Considering the potential impact of Yadier Molina’s knee problems on him, his MVP hopes and his team’s won-loss record.

Cardinals sliding in September Major League Baseball odds

Looking at how the odds to win the two pennants and the World Series have shifted since April. For the St. Louis Cardinals, the odds are heading in the wrong direction.

2014 St. Louis Cardinals schedule PDF

Single-page version of the St. Louis Cardinals 2014 schedule.

Comparing Cardinals, Reds, Pirates schedules

How the three National League Central Division combatants’ schedules line up based on results to date.

Carpenter helps keep Cardinals triples alive

Matt Carpenter is on pace to accrue the most triples by a St. Louis Cardinals hitter since at least 2001.

Cardinal Talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: Bucs just ahead (again)

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.

Talking Cardinals minor leaguers on 101 ESPN

Brian Walton’s discussion about St. Louis Cardinals minor league prospects with Brian Stull of 101 ESPN in St. Louis.

MLB announces 2013 post-season schedule

On Tuesday, Major League Baseball announced the schedule for the 2013 Postseason, with coverage shared by TBS, MLB Network and FOX Network.

Who was the best minor league acquisition in Cardinals history?

The St. Louis Cardinals have acquired many players over time, but which minor league addition became the best as a major leaguer?