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Cardinal Talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: Another beginning

Weekly St. Louis Cardinals-focused chat on KXnO FOX Sports Radio 1460 in Des Moines.

Early Monday evening, I joined Ken Miller and Jim Brinson on KXnO FOX Sports Radio 1460 in Des Moines in the season-opening installment of our regular series to discuss the St. Louis Cardinals, “Cardinal Talk.” This time, we had an extended session to catch up on the Cardinals happenings during the off-season and spring training as well as a quick look around the National League.

Cardinals followers in central Iowa can again catch St. Louis Cardinals radio broadcasts on KXnO as well as my regular segment each week throughout the season, either over the air or via streaming. Or, if you miss it live, you can always catch the replay right here at The Cardinal Nation blog.

Click here for audio: Brian Walton with Ken Miller and Jim Brinson (16:07)

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8 Responses to “Cardinal Talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: Another beginning”

  1. blingboy says:

    “•The Cardinals aren’t likely to build a Carlos Beltran statue outside Busch Stadium when his career ends. But the team is willing to park a Beltran statue in right field while he is still (sort of) active. Fans can only hope his extremely limited range is the result of his ongoing recovery from a broken toe. If Monday night was an indication of his defensive ability, this team’s pitching staff is in a LOT of trouble this season. Fans are already clamoring for pitch-crushing phenom Oscar Taveras to get at least a time share in right field. The call will grow louder with each fly ball that falls out of Beltran’s reach.”

    That is kind of a lengthy clip, I know, stretching the rules of the site, but since no one would find it on stltoday unless they were interested in Ludwick’s setback, I thought I’d go ahead and post it. There are several other unsettling Cardinal observations in the article, after the Luswick stuff.

    Maybe Gordo is jumping on the Taveras bandwagon with Bernie.

    Obviously, the Cards OF is not meant for Chase field, but even so, Gordon has a pont about our corner outfielders. Beltran especially is going to give up a lot out there.

    Perhaps we will have to reconsider joining the HONF (hyperventilating Oscar now fringe).

  2. STLfan51 says:

    If Beltran dives for that ball and gets hurt, we would hear “he’s here for offense, a base hit there vs. him being out for a period of time trying to save one hit, blah blah blah”. Also it is after game 1 of a long season. Aside from ATL I’m not sure there are many NL teams with RF speedsters it would’ve taken to run that down last night. Geesh

    • blingboy says:

      I don’t really disagree with any of that, but a lack of athleticism at any position has a cost. In the case of an outfielder who cannot dive for fear of injury, and is otherwise hampered by age and injury, the cost increases. The benefit at the plate needed to balance out, and come out ahead, increases. I think there is cause for concern that the cost will be greater than the benefit. I hope not. We’ll see.

    • JumboShrimp says:

      Jon Jay is an important defender in CF, because neither RF nor LF has speedy starters. Jay has miles of ground to cover.
      The Cards may fare better with Garcia tonight, if he can keep the ball down and get strike calls from the ump.

      For 2013, I recommend focusing frustration on Old Wiggy.

  3. JumboShrimp says:

    One hopeful sign is we liberated Carlos Martinez, getting him a work visa to pitch. After 45 days delay, its great just to get Carlos in country. He could become a valuable contributor in the years ahead.

  4. JumboShrimp says:

    When Kozma and Jay sock long balls, its a good sign.

    Pete takes to the majors like a duck to water. He is determined and non-intimidated. Pete does not care if Keith Law thought the Cards made a mistake in selecting the pride of Owasso. Pete does not care about competition from Ronny Cedeno. Pete is all about making plays, driving in runs, and winning.

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