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Archive for January, 2013

Players Union should follow Holliday’s lead on PED penalties

St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday doesn’t believe current penalties for performance enhancing drugs are strict enough.

ESPN to televise two Cardinals spring training games

The first two televised St. Louis Cardinals spring training contests for 2013 have been announced by ESPN.

Is the Cardinals’ window of opportunity closing?

Could 2013 offer the St. Louis Cardinals’ best chance in the near future of going all the way again?

Baseball Hall of Fame to partially recognize scouts

A new scouting exhibit planned for Cooperstown is a nice step, but more should be done.

Will the Cardinals ride the Ronny Cedeno rollercoaster?

A new rumor has the St. Louis Cardinals among teams interested in inconsistent free agent infielder Ronny Cedeno.

Catch Musial special Thursday evening on MLB Network

Bob Costas and Tom Verducci host a one-hour program to remember Stan “the Man” Musial.

Stan Musial special to re-air twice on FOX Sports Midwest

FOX Sports Midwest is scheduled to re-air the tribute to Stan Musial, “Remembering Stan Musial” twice in the upcoming weeks.

Recalling Stan Musial on Springfield television

My Sunday appearance on Springfield’s KOLR-TV to discuss “The Man”

Cardinals Winter Warm-Up photos: Monday, 1/21/13

St. Louis Cardinals photos from Monday’s third and final session of the 2013 Winter Warm-Up at St. Louis’ Hyatt Regency at the Arch.

Cardinals Winter Warm-Up photos: Sunday, 1/20/13

Selected St. Louis Cardinals player photos from Sunday’s second day of the 2013 Winter Warm-Up at St. Louis’ Hyatt Regency at the Arch.

Remembering Stan Musial on WFAN Radio

I joined host Lori Rubinson on WFAN Radio in New York to discuss the life of the late Stan Musial.

Cardinals Winter Warm-Up photos: Saturday, 1/19/13

Selected St. Louis Cardinals player and executive photos from Saturday’s first day of the 2013 Winter Warm-Up at St. Louis’ Hyatt Regency at the Arch.

Arbitration filing amounts by Cardinals Freese, Rzepczynski and Motte

The St. Louis Cardinals exchanged arbitration figures with David Freese, Marc Rzepczynski and Jason Motte on Friday.

2013 Cardinals Winter Warm-Up shows on FOX Sports Midwest

FOX Sports Midwest will produce two 30-minute shows from the 2013 Cardinals Winter Warm-Up.

Projected top five St. Louis Cardinals stories of 2013

A look ahead to the top projected stories across the Cardinal Nation in 2013.

10 Cardinals games to reach bigger audience

FOX Network and ESPN schedules for 2013 involving the St. Louis Cardinals have been announced.

Cardinals, arbitration-eligible five prepare to exchange salary amounts

The St. Louis Cardinals have five players eligible for salary arbitration in 2013. Two key milestones in the process occur this week.

Don’t blame the BBWAA or the Hall for the steroid era

Baseball writers and the Hall of Fame itself take the heat for a problem that was not of their own making. MLB needs to step in and demonstrate leadership in dealing with the legacies of players from the steroid era.

Help young Cardinals by being a host family in Peoria

The St. Louis Cardinals’ Class-A Midwest League club in Peoria is looking for families to open up their homes to players this coming summer.

Is Lohse’s delay the system or a price-demand mismatch?

Kyle Lohse is part of a subset of qualifying free agents still looking for a contract. Is the problem the system or his price?

Reviewing predictions: TCN Blog’s top five Cardinals stories of 2012

A look back at the top projected stories across the Cardinal Nation in 2012 from one year ago.

TCN Blog 2012 top story #1: NLDS comeback over Washington

In the 2012 National League Division Series, the St. Louis Cardinals came back to defeat the favored Washington Nationals.

TCN Blog 2012 Cardinals top story #2: The NLCS collapse

Needing just one win to return to the World Series, the St. Louis Cardinals lost three straight to San Francisco in the National League Championship Series.

TCN Blog 2012 Cardinals top story #3: Wild Card win in Atlanta

In the first-ever National League Wild Card game, the St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Atlanta Braves on the road.

TCN Blog 2012 Cardinals top story #4: Molina, team MVP

Veteran St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina continues to improve each season. 2012 was no exception.

TCN Blog 2012 Cardinals top story #5: Lohse’s contract year

Veteran right-hander Kyle Lohse made what appears to be his final St. Louis Cardinals season a memorable one.

Cardinals initiate action to protect “Rally Squirrel” mark

The St. Louis Cardinals want to stop a company’s application to trademark the term “Rally Squirrel.”

ESPN offers yet another bad Cardinals trade idea

Two weeks bring two ridiculously one-sided trade ideas from the world-wide leader in which the St. Louis Cardinals would play the victim.

TCN Blog 2012 top story #6: Matheny’s managerial rookie year

On November 13, 2011, Mike Matheny was named as the new manager of the St. Louis Cardinals, replacing retired Tony La Russa. While his club was unable to repeat as World Champions, the 42-year-old had a solid first season in the job. Prior to his hire, Matheny had been a special assistant to general manager […]

TCN Blog 2012 Cardinals top story #7: The Class of 2006

Two young St. Louis Cardinals players assumed major roles for the 2012 playoff-bound club, centerfielder Jon Jay and first baseman Allen Craig.

TCN Blog 2012 Cardinals top story #8: Berkman’s fade

Another major contributor to the St. Louis Cardinals 2011 World Championship missed most of 2012 due to a series of injuries.