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Archive for December, 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.