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

Archive for December, 2016

TCN Blog 2016 Top Story #1: Taking October Off

Coming off the expectations that followed a 100-win 2015, the St. Louis Cardinals had a disappointing 2016.

TCN Blog 2016 Top Story #2: Free Agent Fowler Finalized

The St. Louis Cardinals stepped out of their comfort zone, committing to center fielder Dexter Fowler for the next five years.

TCN Blog 2016 Top Story #3: International Shopping Spree

The St. Louis Cardinals have spent over $16 million in an unprecedented shopping spree on international free agents – and they may not be done.

TCN Blog 2016 Top Story #4: Oh Saves Season

The seamless closer transition from Trevor Rosenthal to Seung-hwan Oh may have been the most unheralded factor in the St. Louis Cardinals’ ability to remain in the 2016 Wild Card race until the end.

TCN Blog 2016 Top Story #5: Martinez Means Ace

The mantle of the ace of the St. Louis Cardinals has been passed from Adam Wainwright to Carlos Martinez.

TCN Blog 2016 Top Story #6: Molina Defies “Aging Core” Label

Yadier Molina of the St. Louis Cardinals not only caught a career-high innings in 2016, he had a very good season at the plate.

FOX Sports Midwest’s Annual Cardinals Christmas Marathon Returns

Yearly look back features five of the best St. Louis Cardinals games of 2016.

TCN Blog 2016 Top Story #7: Diaz’ Emergence

The St. Louis Cardinals’ third choice at shortstop, Aledmys Diaz, went on to a very solid and unexpected rookie campaign.

TCN Blog 2016 Top Story #8: Holliday’s St. Louis Finale

The St. Louis Cardinals decided to part ways with a long-time anchor of their lineup, outfielder Matt Holliday.

Buchholz Trade Makes Garcia Take Look Better

Comparing two recent trades of veteran starting pitchers with a year remaining on their contracts seem to come out in favor of the St. Louis Cardinals over the Boston Red Sox.

TCN Blog 2016 Top Story #9: Correa Convicted, No Cardinals Closure

A former St. Louis Cardinals executive is in prison for illegal access into Houston Astros’ systems, but months later, the club awaits its punishment.

TCN Blog 2016 Top Story #10: More Matheny

Weeks after his first playoff miss in five years, St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny received a three-year contract extension.

The Cardinal Nation Blog’s Top 10 Stories of 2016 Countdown

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

Inside Cardinals at Winter Meetings on FOX Sports Midwest

FOX Sports Midwest takes fans inside the Winter Meetings with Cardinals Confidential special.

Why Allen Cordoba Will Not Follow Jabari Blash

Considering a recent example to project the San Diego future of Rule 5 pick Allen Cordoba from the St. Louis Cardinals.

Can Austin Wilson Become Luke Voit?

The St. Louis Cardinals added a once-hot prospect in the Rule 5 Draft, but is he even as good as their current Double-A first baseman?

Another View to Make the Cardinals Competitive for 2017

There are multiple paths the St. Louis Cardinals could take to try to close the gap with the Chicago Cubs. Some are more dramatic and risky than others.

One Big Rea$on Why Carson Kelly Should Open 2017 in the Minors

Other than obvious experiential benefits, the St. Louis Cardinals have financial incentive to delay the permanent arrival of catcher Carson Kelly.