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Archive for December, 2014

TCN Blog 2014 Top Story #2: Oscar Taveras’ Death Not About Baseball

St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Oscar Taveras died in October in his native Dominican Republic. His girlfriend also was killed in an automobile accident due to his drunken driving.

TCN Blog 2014 Top Story #3: Giants Squash Cardinals

The St. Louis Cardinals were again eliminated from MLB’s post-season by the eventual champion San Francisco Giants.

TCN Blog 2014 Top Story #4: Dodgers Dispatched in DS

The St. Louis Cardinals once again eliminated the Los Angeles Dodgers from MLB’s post-season as Matt Carpenter starred with the bat and Yasiel Puig wore the black hat.

TCN Blog 2014 Top Story #5: Quick Move to Add Heyward

The St. Louis Cardinals addressed their right field need by acquiring Jason Heyward from the Atlanta Braves.

TCN Blog 2014 Top Story #6: Peralta’s Positives

Through year one of Jhonny Peralta’s four-year contract, the risk taken by the St. Louis Cardinals in bringing in the controversial veteran shortstop paid off.

TCN Blog 2014 Top Story #7: The Lackey Trade

At the July 31 deadline, the St. Louis Cardinals added pitcher John Lackey and a minor leaguer for pitcher Joe Kelly and 1B/OF Allen Craig.

TCN Blog 2014 Top Story #8: Wong Perseveres

Rookie second baseman Kolten Wong persevered through demotion, injury and post-season benching to post a very strong rookie season for the St. Louis Cardinals.

TCN Blog 2014 Top Story #9: Another Cy Miss

Once again, St. Louis Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright was a top candidate for the National League Cy Young Award, but again fell short in 2014.

TCN Blog 2014 Top Story #10: Right Field Rub

The St. Louis Cardinals received painfully little offense from the important right field position in 2014.

TCN Blog 2014 Top Story #11: Losing 2/5 of the Rotation

The St. Louis Cardinals had to make a series of adjustments to their rotation, including two trades, due to major injuries to Michael Wacha and Jaime Garcia.

Christmas Day Cardinals Marathon on FOX Sports Midwest

On Christmas Day, FOX Sports Midwest will replay five of the most memorable regular-season Cardinals games of 2014.

TCN Blog 2014 Top Story #12: Losing the Most Valuable Asset

Somehow, the St. Louis Cardinals managed to remain in the playoff race for almost two months while Yadier Molina was injured.

Cardinals Confidential: Inside the Winter Meetings on FOX Sports Midwest

New special takes viewers behind the scenes at the Winter Meetings with St. Louis Cardinals executives.

TCN Blog 2014 Top Story #13: La Russa Enters Cooperstown

The long-time manager of the St. Louis Cardinals, Oakland A’s and Chicago White Sox, Tony La Russa, was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in July.

New World Series Odds Reflect Cubs Optimism While Cardinals Fall

The Chicago Cubs now have better odds than the St. Louis Cardinals to win the 2015 World Series.

TCN Blog 2014 Top Story #14: Centerfield Consistency

Prior to the season, if anyone had forecast consistency in centerfield for the 2014 St. Louis Cardinals, they probably would have been referring to Peter Bourjos, not Jon Jay.

TCN Blog 2014 Top Story #15: Four National League All-Stars

The 2014 St. Louis Cardinals had four National League All-Stars, plus their manager. The only two to appear in the game had a rough night.

TCN Blog 2014 Top Story #16: Carpenter’s Cardinals Commitment

St. Louis Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter inked a six-year contract this past spring, but his results were down in 2014.

Scherzer-Cardinals Speculation is All In a Word

Changing one small word turned a “run of the mill” off-season speculation article into major rumor news. Too bad it is apparently erroneous.

TCN Blog 2014 Top Story #17: Rosenthal’s Rocky Road

St. Louis Cardinals closer Trevor Rosenthal usually got the job done in 2014, but it was often a wild ride.

2015 Scoring Job Opportunity at Busch Stadium

MLB.com needs stats stringers for next season at a number of locations, including St. Louis.

TCN Blog 2014 Top Story #18: Change in Scouting Director

The St. Louis Cardinals remained in-house to replace Dan Kantrovitz as director of scouting with Chris Correa.

TCN Blog 2014 Top Story #19: Cardinals Hall of Fame Introduced

The St. Louis Cardinals finally implemented a team Hall of Fame, with 26 individuals already inducted.

TCN Blog 2014 Top Story #20: Ballpark Village Opens

A major enhancement to the Busch Stadium experience finally came to life in April.

The Cardinal Nation Blog’s Top 20 Stories of 2014 Countdown

Annual series looking back at the top news items affecting the St. Louis Cardinals over the previous 12 months.