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Archive for January, 2014

Cardinals are cost-efficient, but not the best

A look at wins versus player payroll spending might lead to an unexpected conclusion about the recent success of the St. Louis Cardinals.

Ozzie and Gibson discuss their most memorable games

Two St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Famers to recount their most unforgettable games on MLB Network.

2014 Cardinals spring training number assignments

You know who wears number 4 for the St. Louis Cardinals, but who is that guy wearing number 91 in spring training?

Counting down to Cardinals Truck Day

If you can’t wait for pitchers and catchers to report to spring training, here is an even shorter countdown to follow.

Could the Verducci Effect turn Wacha from rescuer to rescued?

Will the increase in St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Michael Wacha’s workload in 2013 lead to 2014 problems?

Pierce makes third Cardinals suspension since August

In the last five months, three St. Louis Cardinals minor leaguers have failed drug tests.

The Hall of Fame is not up for taking a stand

The National Baseball Hall of Fame has not stepped forward when tough decisions needed to be made.

TLR’s best fit may be a dual-president alignment

Tony La Russa wants to be a baseball team executive. Here is how it might best work out.

Cardinals Winter Warm-Up photos: Monday, 1/20/14

St. Louis Cardinals photos from Monday’s third and final session of the 2014 Winter Warm-Up at St. Louis’ Hyatt Regency at the Arch.

Cardinals Winter Warm-Up photos: Sunday, 1/19/14

Selected St. Louis Cardinals player photos from Sunday’s second day of the 2014 Winter Warm-Up at St. Louis’ Hyatt Regency at the Arch.

Cardinals Winter Warm-Up photos: Saturday, 1/18/14

Selected St. Louis Cardinals player and executive photos from Saturday’s first day of the 2014 Winter Warm-Up at St. Louis’ Hyatt Regency at the Arch.

Proposed Astros-Blue Jays Florida complex hits a snag

The proposed southeast Florida location for the new spring training home of the Houston Astros and Toronto Blue Jays is off the table and the St. Louis Cardinals could be indirectly impacted.

Of course, three eligible Cardinals filed for arbitration

St. Louis Cardinals Peter Bourjos, Jon Jay and Daniel Descalso are following the defined process to establish their 2014 salaries via MLB’s arbitration process.

Cardinals to appear on ESPN at least seven times

The St. Louis Cardinals will appear on ESPN twice during spring training and at least five times during the regular season through July.

How Motte could help Martinez become 2014’s Wacha

Returning reliever Jason Motte could enable Carlos Martinez to become a key late-season boost to the 2014 St. Louis Cardinals rotation.

NLCS managers leverage success into security

Both skippers from the 2013 NLCS, Don Mattingly of the Dodgers and Mike Matheny of the Cardinals, have since scored multi-year contract extensions.

2014 Cardinals home and away spring broadcast schedule

Partial spring training television and radio plans from the St. Louis Cardinals and their opponents.

Are the Reds and Cardinals heading in opposite directions?

The Cincinnati Reds are having trouble finding the money to keep key players, unlike their divisional rival from St. Louis.

Guest opinion: Why not two Cardinals Triple-A teams?

One of our regular readers has a suggestion for how the St. Louis Cardinals could create more playing time for their top prospects.

Projected top five St. Louis Cardinals stories of 2014

A look ahead to what may be the top stories surrounding the St. Louis Cardinals in 2014.

Past predictions: TCN blog’s top five Cardinals stories of 2013

A look back at the top projected stories across the St. Louis Cardinal nation in 2013 from last January.

Young Cardinals hometown pride

Year-end articles from emerging St. Louis Cardinals players’ hometown papers.

TCN blog 2013 top story #1: Stan Musial’s passing

On January 20, the greatest St. Louis Cardinals player of all time died.