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Archive for 2013

Cardinal Talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: Bucs just ahead

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.

Schedule works against Cardinals September national television coverage

The St. Louis Cardinals are assured of appearing on FOX Network, ESPN and MLB Network just three times during September, though more games may be picked up later.

Cardinals on more national mid-season prospect lists

Looking at the placement of four St. Louis Cardinals prospects on six national prospect lists.

Gonzalez is the Cardinals’ first 2013 drug suspension – sort of

The St. Louis Cardinals went almost 12 months between drug suspension announcements, but signed two already-suspended players in the interim.

A wildlife weekend

This blog is about baseball, but it is Sunday and my story is related to baseball – kind of.

Cardinal Talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: Big stretch underway

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 tale of two Cardinals seasons remaining

The St. Louis Cardinals are entering a 2 ½ week stretch of games against playoff clubs that could shape their post-season plans.

Musial memorabilia auction set for October

Hundreds of Stan the Man’s baseball-related treasures are going up for auction.

Memphis Redbirds leaving Omaha and Iowa behind in 2014

The Pacific Coast League is re-aligning for 2014, with the St. Louis Cardinals’ top affiliate changing divisions.

Talking Kolten Wong’s MLB debut on ESPN 1420 Honolulu

Brian Walton’s discussion about the newest St. Louis Cardinal, second baseman Kolten Wong, with “Sports Animals” Chris Hart and Gary Dickson of ESPN 1420 Radio in Honolulu.

Cardinal Talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: Better Bucs outcome

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.

Kozma is what we thought he is

The offense from St. Louis Cardinals shortstop Pete Kozma has been on a free fall since his surprising September of 2012.

Johnson City remains top market in Cardinals system

According to new rankings from SportsBusiness Journal, Johnson City, Tennessee is the 35th-best market in minor league sports.

Puig pulls ahead of Miller in NL Rookie of Year odds

According to Bovada, St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Shelby Miller is no longer the gamblers’ favorite to win the National League Rookie of the Year Award, as Yasiel Puig is staking his claim.

Cardinal Talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: Turnaround vs. Cubs?

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.

Poll: Which reliever should the Cardinals add?

Vote on which Triple-A reliever you think the St. Louis Cardinals should call up on Thursday.

How Major League Baseball odds have shifted in-season

Looking at how the odds to win the six Major League Baseball divisions, the two pennants and the World Series have shifted since April.

FOX Sports Midwest test driving Phantom Cam

New super slow-motion relay camera system to be used during this week’s Dodgers-Cardinals series

Cardinal Talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: Redemption?

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 to be featured nationally 15 times during August

The St. Louis Cardinals will appear on FOX Network, ESPN and MLB Network 15 times during August.

How rough is the Cardinals current stretch historically?

The St. Louis Cardinals have lost seven in a row, including four straight at Pittsburgh, with run scoring at a premium. Just how bad is it?

Final Cardinals trivia question to win 2011 World Series Game 6 discs

Relive the St. Louis Cardinals’ biggest victory in years in a giveaway to commemorate new MLB programming available on iTunes.

Another Cardinals trivia question to win 2011 World Series Game 6 discs

Relive the St. Louis Cardinals’ biggest victory in years in a giveaway to commemorate new MLB programming available on iTunes.

New Cardinals trivia question to win 2011 World Series Game 6 discs

Relive the St. Louis Cardinals’ biggest victory in years in a giveaway to commemorate new MLB programming available on iTunes.

Cardinal Talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: Huge road trip

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.

Answer Cardinals trivia question to win 2011 World Series Game 6 discs

Relive the St. Louis Cardinals’ biggest victory in years in a giveaway to commemorate new MLB programming available on iTunes.

FOX Sports Midwest second in 2013 first-half MLB TV ratings

The television home of the St. Louis Cardinals moved up to number two in MLB ratings in the first half of 2013 after finishing in third in 2012.

Win 2011 World Series Game 6 discs to celebrate MLB Productions Films on iTunes

Relive the St. Louis Cardinals’ biggest victory in years in a giveaway to commemorate new MLB programming available on iTunes.

Setting up the Cardinals second half on Springfield television

My Saturday/Sunday appearance on Springfield’s KOLR-TV to set up the second half of the St. Louis Cardinals season.

Red, Brock Peterson, Mike Ryba and George Watkins

On Saturday night, Brock Peterson became the oldest St. Louis Cardinal to collect an RBI in his first MLB at-bat since at least 1935.

Cardinal Talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: Second-half opening

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 on national mid-season prospect lists

Looking at the placement of four St. Louis Cardinals prospects on four national prospect lists.

Forbes: Memphis Redbirds is eighth-most valuable MiLB franchise

A new Forbes report pegs the St. Louis Cardinals Triple-A franchise as being worth $29 million.

AutoZone Park among nominees for Best Minor League Ballpark

Readers can vote for their Best Minor League Ballpark, with Memphis’ AutoZone Park among the nominees.

Improving Uecker-level seating – at a price

A new capability allows fans to upgrade their seats while sporting events are underway.

Siegrist hits the record books before allowing a run

Left-handed pitcher Kevin Siegrist set a St. Louis Cardinals record and placed on the MLB top 10 all-time list for scoreless appearances to open a career.

How does nine winning Cardinals starting pitchers compare?

Through 91 games, the St. Louis Cardinals have collected wins from nine different starting pitchers 12 different times, including this season.

Cardinal Talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: First-half closing

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.

Charting Chris Carpenter’s comeback

How might St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Chris Carpenter’s path to return to the majors be scheduled?

PED/Biogenesis suspensions, integrity of the game and Jhonny Peralta

A guest column from blingboy asking a nagging question about how players should react to suspensions.

Workload worries for Beltran, Molina and Wainwright

Looking at how season-to-date at-bats and innings pitched could end for three key St. Louis Cardinals All-Stars.

Cardinals place four in mid-season top 50 prospect rankings

Four St. Louis Cardinals farmhands have placed in mid-season national top 50 prospect lists.

Cardinals to be featured nationally seven times during July

The St. Louis Cardinals will appear on FOX Network and ESPN twice during July and MLB Network three times.

Cardinal Talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: All-Star Game approaching

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.

America helping Americans: “The American Way”

FOX Sports Midwest showcases efforts to help Oklahoma tornado victims in July 4 feature.

Oscar Taveras speaks

The St. Louis Cardinals’ top hitting prospect, currently with Triple-A Memphis, discusses his game.

Yadier Molina joins New Balance team

St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina will be endorsing New Balance athletic shoes.

Marco Gonzales can do more than pitch

The St. Louis Cardinals top draft pick received recognition as college baseball’s top two-way player in 2013.

Candidates to replace Taveras in the Futures Game

Who might represent the St. Louis Cardinals on the World roster in the MLB Futures Game if Oscar Taveras cannot play?

Cardinal Talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: Heading West

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 are Taveras and Wong in the Futures Game?

Considering possible reasons for the St. Louis Cardinals to repeat their 2012 All-Star Futures Game participants.

LockerDome is on the rise

A growing social media site is bringing athletes and fans together – using one technique that irritates me.

Why I owe my life to baseball

In this guest column by Paul Ivice, he explains why the game of baseball means everything to him.

Cleto lost via waivers – expect more of the same

In what I see as an expected element of ongoing improvement, the St. Louis Cardinals lost another player via waivers on Sunday, pitcher Maikel Cleto.

Cardinal Talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: 2011 World Series rematch

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

Cardinals organization roster matrix: 2013 short-season

The St. Louis Cardinals system view reflects rosters for 2013 short-season play with all organization players listed by level and position.

Cardinals World Championship odds improve

The odds of the St. Louis Cardinals winning the World Series have improved from 16/1 to 8/1 since the start of the season, according to bookmakers.

Shelby Miller leads NL Rookie of Year odds

According to Bovada, St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Shelby Miller is the favorite to win the National League Rookie of the Year Award, but Yasiel Puig is making a move.

Pete Kozma, Michael Wacha and the . . . Play of the Decade?

One play can make a difference in the career of a young and promising pitcher.

Cardinal Talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: Goin’ Fishin’

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.

Matheny’s distaste with pitching up and in

St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny discusses his concern over pitchers throwing near batters’ heads.

Reviewing the Cardinals draft with Rob Rains

Brian Walton and Rob Rains of StLSportsPage.com break down the St. Louis Cardinals 2013 draft.

Greenwood absorbs odd double-whammy on Monday

St. Louis Cardinals minor league left-handed pitcher Nick Greenwood absorbed a double-whammy on Monday, with losses at two different levels of play, in two different roles.

Very special Musial tribute jerseys coming to Springfield

The Springfield Cardinals will wear, then auction off commemorative Stan Musial jerseys on Sunday, June 16.

Cardinal Talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: Big Cincy set

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

Re-checking the St. Louis Cardinals odds

Looking at changes in the odds for the Major League Baseball clubs in 2013.

Carpenter sets a painful St. Louis Cardinals record

Matt Carpenter has taken the lead on an unenviable St. Louis Cardinals career list – most hit by pitches in a game. We look back at other oft-plunked Cardinals.

Changes to St. Louis Cardinals June broadcast schedule

A quick look at network and time changes for a handful of June games of the St. Louis Cardinals.

Play like a Cardinal, Play like an MVP

In a very controversial move, St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina was ejected on Sunday. It wasn’t the first time.

Matheny to manage first double-header

A look back at St. Louis Cardinals double-headers since 1996.

Cardinal Talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: Late end vs. KC, late start vs. SF

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.

What should the Cardinals do with Mitchell Boggs?

One of MLB’s top set up men in 2012 is struggling badly in 2013. What should be done about it?

Will Michael Wacha meet or exceed Joe Magrane?

The career WAR of fast-risers to St. Louis points to Joe Magrane as closest to average. Will new arrival Michael Wacha meet or exceed Magrane’s results?

Wacha to join Carpenter and Drew as Cardinals’ fastest risers

A look at the players who reached the St. Louis Cardinals the soonest after being drafted.

Cardinal Talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: Wacha time nearing

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.

Baseball and Memorial Day – a time to remember

Memorial Day is a time to remember those who have protected our freedom. Baseball plays a part.

MLB national blackouts are not going away

Major League Baseball Saturday and Sunday blackout windows frustrate out of market viewers, but don’t expect the situation to change.

Tyler Lyons, Andy Rincon and Dizzy Dean

Looking at effective first-game starters in St. Louis Cardinals history who also collected a hit.

Peoria Chiefs, Caterpillar unveil Dozer Park logo

The St. Louis Cardinals Class-A affiliate’s newly-re-named stadium now has its graphic representation.

The cowardice of Twitter users claims another

Former St. Louis Cardinals reliever Chris Perez was forced to delete his Twitter account due to angry Cleveland Indians fans.

Poll: Which Cardinals pitcher is most likely to get sent down?

The St. Louis Cardinals will apparently have to option out a pitcher on Wednesday. Who do you think it will be?

Who should start for St. Louis in Garcia’s spot?

Reviewing various starting pitching options for the St. Louis Cardinals in Jaime Garcia’s absence.

Cardinal Talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: Rocking and rolling

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

St. Louis Cardinals records through May 15

Checking the relative early season performance of recent St. Louis Cardinals clubs.

Miller, Wainwright with best pair of Cards starts in over 50 years

Game scores put recent St. Louis Cardinals pitching dominance of Shelby Miller and Adam Wainwright into historical perspective.

The price of National League first basemen

Comparing recent contracts of Allen Craig, Paul Goldschmidt and Anthony Rizzo.

The Shelby Miller lists

Comparing Shelby Miller’s almost-perfect game to others in St. Louis Cardinals team and Major League Baseball history.

Cardinal Talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: Homestand is here

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.

Reviewing Cardinals Prospects with Rob Rains

Brian Walton and Rob Rains of StLSportsPage.com break down a number of top prospects in the St. Louis Cardinals minor league system

MLB’s Bud-induced hangover

Can Major League Baseball owners live without Bud Selig? Are they ever going to try?

Will 2013 be the last of Mujica?

The current closer of the St. Louis Cardinals, Edward Mujica, is eligible to become a free agent following this season.

Talking St. Louis Cardinals prospects on WGEM

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

Is State funding the answer to Grapefruit League woes?

Florida legislators have passed local subsidies to encourage MLB clubs to not move to Arizona. Prior results have been spotty.

Cardinal Talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: Battle of the brews

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

Cardinals Rosenthal being ridden hard in early action

Trevor Rosenthal is on pace for 92 mound appearances for the St. Louis Cardinals in his first full season in the major leagues.

Peoria Chiefs bailout plan approved by City Council

The St. Louis Cardinals’ Midwest League affiliate will receive an additional $7.35 million to remain afloat.

Checking the 2013 MLB odds lines

Who are the leaders among the oddsmakers to win (or be fired) across Major League Baseball in 2013?

Will Seth Maness be another Brad Thompson?

Is it a bad thing for some to compare new St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Seth Maness with another former Cardinals hurler, Brad Thompson?

St. Louis Cardinals starters pitch counts

A look at how deeply St. Louis Cardinals starting pitchers are going into their games based on pitch counts.

Cardinal Talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: Progressing nicely

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