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Archive for 2015

TCN Blog 2015 Top Story #7: Lackey the Interim Ace

With ace Adam Wainwright missing most of the 2015 season for the St. Louis Cardinals, veteran John Lackey stepped into the void.

TCN Blog 2015 Top Story #8: Overcoming Pitching Injuries

The 2015 St. Louis Cardinals led MLB in WAR lost due to injury, yet posted a historically-low team ERA.

TCN Blog 2015 Top Story #9: Carpenter’s Consistency

Despite a fatigue scare, St. Louis Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter paced his 100-win team’s offense in 2015.

MLB.tv to Offer Single-Team Out-of-Market Streams in 2016

Details are sketchy, but Major League Baseball appears to be ready to offer more streaming subscription options this coming season.

TCN Blog 2015 Top Story #10: Rosenthal Steps Up

St. Louis Cardinals closer Trevor Rosenthal upped his game in 2015, setting the new franchise single-season saves record.

TCN Blog 2015 Top Story #11: Outfield Churn

Expected to be stable in 2015, instead the St. Louis Cardinals outfield turned into a major area of churn with uneven performance, especially in center.

Changes in Cardinals Winter Warm-Up Autograph Prices for 2016

Preliminary autograph details for the 2016 St. Louis Cardinals Winter Warm-Up have been posted on the team’s official website.

TCN Blog 2015 Top Story #12: Fatigue Sets In

Key players who were overworked may have been a major factor in the St. Louis Cardinals’ quick playoff exit in 2015.

TCN Blog 2015 Top Story #13: Cardinals Hall of Fame Inductees

Four individuals joined the St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame during 2015 – Ted Simmons, Bob Forsch, Curt Flood and George Kissell.

Christmas Eve Cardinals Marathon on FOX Sports Midwest

FOX Sports Midwest will run its annual St. Louis Cardinals marathon on Christmas Eve.

TCN Blog 2015 Top Story #14: Mike Leake Signing

Right-handed pitcher Mike Leake has become the newest member of the St. Louis Cardinals rotation.

TCN Blog 2015 Top Story #15: Jaime Garcia’s Comeback

Left-handed pitcher Jaime Garcia led the 2015 St. Louis Cardinals rotation in ERA and number of doubters.

TCN Blog 2015 Top Story #16: Carlos Martinez’ Breakout

23-year-old Carlos Martinez stepped forward to become one of the most effective starters in the St. Louis Cardinals rotation.

TCN Blog 2015 Top Story #17: Billion Dollar TV Contract

The St. Louis Cardinals agreed to a new 15-year television deal with FOX Sports Midwest running through 2032.

TCN Blog 2015 Top Story #18: Alex Reyes’ Suspension

The St. Louis Cardinals’ top prospect made a second blunder with marijuana use, slowing his impressive march toward the majors.

TCN Blog 2015 Top Story #19: First Base (Mis) Fortune

The St. Louis Cardinals had especially discouraging offensive results from their collection of first basemen in 2015.

Cardinals Confidential: Inside the Winter Meetings on FOX Sports Midwest

A new special on FOX Sports Midwest takes fans inside the St. Louis Cardinals’ work at the Winter Meetings.

TCN Blog 2015 Top Story #20: The Bench Turns Over

The St. Louis Cardinals will have a completely different group of bench players in 2016.

The Cardinal Nation Blog’s Top 20 Stories of 2015 Countdown

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

Molina Mourns Trades, Criticizes Management

St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina is already missing traded teammates Tony Cruz and Jon Jay while asserting his team only cares about business.

Bye-Bye to the Berm at Roger Dean

The most unique feature of seating at the St. Louis Cardinals spring training home is being changed dramatically.

TCN’s 2016 Cardinals Top 40 Prospect Countdown Begins Monday, 11/30

Our combined vote to select our top prospects in the St. Louis Cardinals minor league system is back for an 11th year.

Matt Adams and The Hammer

Similarity between two slugging first basemen 20 years apart was predicted by a scout five years ago.

Cardinals Hot Stove Show Returns on FOX Sports Midwest

Cardinals Hot Stove returns to FOX Sports Midwest on Wednesday, Nov. 25

Grichuk Makes Topps MLB All-Star Rookie Team

Randal Grichuk of the St. Louis Cardinals is one of the three outfielders included among the 12-man Topps MLB All-Star Rookie Team for 2015.

Who to Believe on the Freddie Freeman Rumors?

Reports conflict as to whether the Atlanta Braves looked into trading first baseman Freddie Freeman.

Could Andrelton Simmons Become Another Ozzie Smith?

There are similarities between the age 26 trades of Ozzie Smith in late 1981 and Andrelton Simmons this week.

Cardinals Organization Roster Matrix: 2015-2016 Off-Season

The St. Louis Cardinals’ full system view by position and level incorporates free agency and reflects rosters during the 2015-2016 off-season.

Talking Cardinals Prospects from Arizona Fall League

Brian Walton went on Brian Stull’s St. Louis Baseball Weekly radio show to discuss St. Louis Cardinals prospects competing in the Arizona Fall League.

Molina’s Mansions

St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina and his family recently moved into larger quarters.

How the Cardinals Could Fix their Bench in 2016

Overworking key players during the 2015 regular season appears to have been a factor in the St. Louis Cardinals’ early playoff exit. Here are some ideas how to address that for 2016.

What Good is a Cardinals Bench that Isn’t Used?

Getting more rest for key players was a stated objective of the 2015 St. Louis Cardinals. Their inability to carry through became painfully evident in September and October.

Randal Grichuk’s Powerful 2015 in a Historical View

By several measures, Randal Grichuk’s rookie season was among the best by a young high-strikeout power hitter in MLB history.

Ex-Cardinals Still Coaching for Houston in 2016

Six of eight former St. Louis Cardinals coaches working for the Astros will be back with Houston next season.

Disconnecting Pete Kozma and Aledmys Diaz

Expanding on a Twitter discussion with a person who wanted Pete Kozma off the St. Louis Cardinals during the season.

Cardinals Yearbook Digs into Uniform Numbers

A review of the 2015 St. Louis Cardinals Yearbook, which focuses on the history of the team’s use of uniform numbers.

Cardinals Ratings on FOX Sports Midwest at All-time High

The St. Louis Cardinals finish in MLB’s top three in television ratings for the 16th consecutive season.

Cardinals New NL Favorite as Jays Lead in World Series Odds

The St. Louis Cardinals have the shortest odds to win the 2015 National League but based on betting lines, Toronto is favored to win it all.

2015 National League Post-Season Schedule

Dates, times, locations, television coverage plans for all National League playoff clubs through the 2015 World Series.

Cardinals Pitching Sets MLB Single-Game Stinginess Record

No team in Major League Baseball history has held more opponents to one or no runs than the 2015 St. Louis Cardinals.

Piscotty’s First 60 Games Among Best in Cardinals History

St. Louis Cardinals outfielder/first baseman Stephen Piscotty has tied for the sixth-most doubles by any player in team history through their first 60 MLB games.

Cardinals Among NL Favorites as Jays Lead in World Series Odds

As the 2015 regular season winds down, the St. Louis Cardinals’ odds to win the 2015 National League are the same the other two division leaders.

Cardinals Very Good and Bad in SABR Defensive Index

How the St. Louis Cardinals stack up in the most recent National League defensive rankings.

Reclaiming St. Louis Cardinals Uniform Numbers

The uniform numbers of former St. Louis Cardinals who left the club in 2014 have all been reissued.

The Cardinal Nation’s Season Recaps and Top Players of 2015

For the 10th consecutive year, we roll out The Cardinal Nation’s choices as the top players at each level of the St. Louis Cardinals system from the summer, following season recaps by affiliate. The series runs each day from September 14 through the month of October.

A History of Cardinals Substance Suspensions

Catcher Cody Stanley’s second suspension is the 32nd affecting the St. Louis Cardinals since 2005.

Vote Now for Your 2016 Cardinals Top Prospects

Join in reader voting for top St. Louis Cardinals prospects on The Cardinal Nation message board.

The Sky Did Not Fall on the Cardinals on the West Coast

Despite dire predictions from some fans, the St. Louis Cardinals completed a successful West Coast road trip at 7-3.

Stacking up Stephen Piscotty’s First 30 Games in Cardinals History

St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Stephen Piscotty has tied for the fourth-most extra-base hits of any player in team history through their first 30 MLB games.

Territory Rights Continue to Block Fan Game Access

Why can’t all Major League Baseball fans subscribe to a service at a fair price to see their favorite team’s games?

In-Market Streaming Nice, but Not the Big Problem

If you can see games through your FOX regional network, you will soon be able watch them on your mobile devices as well.

Cardinals Hall of Fame Induction to Air on FOX Sports Midwest

One-hour, tape-delayed special recapping the St. Louis Cardinals 2015 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremonies premieres Monday, August 17.

Carpenter’s Hot Streak Silences Craig Comparisons

Many of those comparing Matt Carpenter to Allen Craig are singing a different tune now that the third baseman is out of his earlier slump.

Cardinals Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Details

George Kissell, Curt Flood, Bob Forsch and Ted Simmons to be honored at Enshrinement Ceremony. Free, non-ticketed ceremony takes place at 2 p.m. on August 15th at Fox Sports Midwest Live! in Ballpark Village.

Talking Young St. Louis Cardinals Players on WGEM

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

Scout.com Cardinals Fantasy Talk on SiriusXM

Brian Walton joined Scout.com’s nightly show on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio to discuss the 2015 St. Louis Cardinals from a fantasy point of view.

Catch the Five Best Cardinals First Half Games on Replay

FOX Sports Midwest will replay five of the best Cardinals games of the first half of the season this Thursday, July 16.

Cardinals Fans All-Star Grumblings Unwarranted

I do not see merit in several common complaints being aired by some St. Louis Cardinals fans about the 2015 All-Star Game.

Why No St. Louis Cardinals Trades?

Tough weekend losses by the bullpen have more St. Louis Cardinals fans demanding a trade to help the offense.

Why Isn’t Stephen Piscotty a First Baseman?

The St. Louis Cardinals backed off on an earlier plan to see if Stephen Piscotty can handle first base, but now they could really use him there.

Nielsen Tops Reyes and Kaminsky at Palm Beach

The Palm Beach Cardinals starter with the best ERA isn’t who you think.

Cardinals Rumored to be on Two July 2nd Signees

The St. Louis Cardinals may be in the lead to sign two top 40 international prospects.

Cardinals Organization Roster Matrix: 2015 Draft and Short Season

The St. Louis Cardinals’ full system view by position and level incorporates the 2015 Draft and reflects rosters for 2015 short season play.

Matt Carpenter on his July Youth Camp, His Dad and His Future

St. Louis Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter discusses his post-playing aspirations, his July Youth Camp in Wildwood, Missouri and the impact of his father, Rick.

Get Six Months for Price of One at The Cardinal Nation

Raising awareness about a special one-day only membership deal that is the best we’ve ever offered.

MLB Network Streaming Announcement Helps, A Little

The popular MLB Network can now be streamed to mobile devices, but only if you qualify.

Book Review: If These Walls Could Talk: St. Louis Cardinals

Veteran writer Stan McNeal has penned an entertaining new book about the St. Louis Cardinals.

Cardinals Low-Hit Games Piling Up

The 2015 St. Louis Cardinals managed just four hits Tuesday night, the eighth time this season their offense has struggled to that extent.

Cardinals Stingy Staff on Record Pace

The St. Louis Cardinals have never allowed two or fewer runs as often through 57 games as has the 2015 staff.

Cardinals Odds Shorten in NLC but Lengthen for World Series

After two months of the 2015 regular season, the St. Louis Cardinals odds to win the 2015 National League Central are down to 1/3.

WHO News Talk Radio: 50 Cardinals Games In

Brian Walton’s discussion about the St. Louis Cardinals with Chuck Reed and Jim Walden of WHO News Talk Radio 1040 in Des Moines.

Bumping into Boras

My chance encounter with famed agent Scott Boras in the Dallas airport on Friday.

Holliday Enters New Top 10 On-Base List

St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday has reached base in 45 consecutive games, tied for 10th all-time for the team.

Cardinals Memorial Day Pregame to Include Special Features

FOX Sports Midwest’s Memorial Day plans include tributes to those who have served our country.

Scout.com Cardinals Fantasy Talk on SiriusXM

Brian Walton joined Scout.com’s nightly show on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio to discuss the 2015 St. Louis Cardinals from a fantasy point of view.

Peoria’s Dozer Park Going National

Three nationally-televised Minor League Baseball games in June should hold special interest to St. Louis Cardinals fans.

AutoZone Park Ranked Second in all of MiLB

According to a new survey, the Memphis Redbirds’ home is second among all minor league baseball venues.

Talking Young St. Louis Cardinals Pitchers on WGEM

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

Catching Up with The Cardinal Nation Blog

What the owner of this blog has been doing in recent days.

Cardinals World Series Odds Shorten to Second in MLB

After a month of the 2015 regular season, only the Los Angeles Dodgers have shorter odds than the St. Louis Cardinals to win the 2015 World Series.

Seven Consecutive Wins is Cardinals’ Best under Matheny

Since Mike Matheny became manager, the St. Louis Cardinals had lost seven straight, but never won seven in a row until now.

Holliday’s Season-Opening On-Base Streak in Cardinals Top 15

Matt Holliday has reached base in all 23 St. Louis Cardinals games in which he has played in 2015.

2015 Cardinals Hall of Fame Announcement on FOX Sports Midwest

The identities of the four former St. Louis Cardinals greats to be inducted into the team’s Hall of Fame will be announced on Monday on FOX Sports Midwest.

Carpenter’s Early Doubles Pace Would be Historic

A major difference in Matt Carpenter last season was a drop in two-base hits. They are back in the early going in 2015.

KXnO FOX Sports Radio: Wainwright’s Injury Aftermath

Brian Walton discusses Adam Wainwright’s injury and the St. Louis Cardinals with Ross Peterson and Chris Williams of KXnO FOX Sports Radio 1460 in Des Moines.

Memphis Redbirds Going National Again in 2015

CBS Sports Network’s slate of 10 national Minor League games will include one Memphis Redbirds contest.

Friday’s Cardinals game to air on FOX Sports Midwest Plus in St. Louis

The Cardinals’ game at Milwaukee on Friday, April 24, will be televised on FOX Sports Midwest Plus in the St. Louis market.

Wednesday’s Cardinals game to air on FOX Sports Midwest Plus in St. Louis

The Cardinals’ game at Washington on Wednesday, April 22, will be televised on FOX Sports Midwest Plus in the St. Louis market and on AT&T U-verse, DirecTV and Dish.

Kaminsky Bests Moya in Top Prospect Showdown

Two top-three prospects in the St. Louis Cardinals and Detroit Tigers systems faced off on Thursday night.

Cubs Odds Lengthen to Third in Division

The Chicago Cubs are now looking up at both the St. Louis Cardinals and Pittsburgh Pirates in odds to win the 2015 National League Central.

Cardinals Organization Roster Matrix: 2015 Regular Season

The St. Louis Cardinals’ full system view by position and level reflects rosters for the 2015 regular season.

Biggest Cost Increase to Attend a Cardinals Game Since 2008

The St. Louis Cardinals rank sixth in the 2015 MLB Fan Cost Index with a 3.5 percent increase compared to 2014.

St. Louis Cardinals 2015 Opening Night Feats

A list of factoids from the St. Louis Cardinals’ Opening Night win over the Chicago Cubs.

Cardinals Minor League Spring Training Notebook: 04/03/15

Highlights from Friday’s St. Louis Cardinals minor league spring training games from Florida.

Cardinals Minor League Spring Training Notebook: 04/02/15

Highlights from Thursday’s St. Louis Cardinals minor league spring training games from Florida.

Cardinals Minor League Spring Training Notebook: 04/01/15

Highlights from Wednesday’s St. Louis Cardinals minor league spring training games from Florida.

Cardinals Minor League Spring Training Notebook: 03/31/15

Highlights from Tuesday’s St. Louis Cardinals minor league spring training games from Florida.

Scout.com Spring Cardinals Fantasy Talk on SiriusXM

Brian Walton joined Scout.com’s nightly show on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio to discuss the 2015 St. Louis Cardinals from a fantasy point of view.

Cardinals Minor League Spring Training Notebook: 03/30/15

Highlights from Monday’s St. Louis Cardinals minor league spring training games from Florida.

Cardinals Minor League Spring Training Notebook: 03/29/15

Highlights from Sunday’s St. Louis Cardinals minor league spring training games from Florida.