The Cardinal Nation blog

Brian Walton's news and commentary on the St. Louis Cardinals (TM) and their minor league system

Archive for December, 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.