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

Archive for 2017

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Walton on the Air Twice on Friday

Joining The Press Box show on St. Louis’ KFNS 590 The Fan to discuss St. Louis Cardinals prospects and later in the day with the Marty and Miller Show on Mediacom and Sirius XM to cover the big-league club.

Cardinals Organization Roster Matrix: 2017 Short Season

The St. Louis Cardinals’ full system view by position and level reflects all transactions during short season play in 2017.

Cardinals Fantasy Talk on SiriusXM

Brian Walton joined SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio to discuss multiple fantasy baseball topics including the 2017 St. Louis Cardinals.

Talking Cardinals 2017 Draftees

Saturday morning St. Louis Cardinals minor league talk with radio host DJ Cleary in Paducah, Kentucky.

Talking Cardinals Baseball on WGEM

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

Talking Cardinals Baseball with Marty and Miller – 6/5/17

St. Louis Cardinals talk with Marty Tirrell and Ken Miller of the Marty and Miller Show on Mediacom and Sirius XM.

Cardinals’ Odds Remain Second in Division, but With Progress

The St. Louis Cardinals have the sixth-lowest odds to win National League and still trail the Chicago Cubs in the Central Division, but are making up ground – at least in the odds.

Talking Cardinals and Braves with Bill Shanks

St. Louis Cardinals, Atlanta Braves and Matt Adams talk with the host of the Bill Shanks Show in Macon, Georgia.

Talking Cardinals Baseball with Ken Miller – 5/15/17

St. Louis Cardinals talk with Ken Miller of the Marty and Miller Show on Mediacom and Sirius XM.

Cardinals Fantasy Talk on SiriusXM

Brian Walton joined SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio to discuss multiple fantasy baseball topics including the 2017 St. Louis Cardinals outfield.

Talking Cardinals Prospects on Derby Day

Saturday morning St. Louis Cardinals minor league talk with host DJ Cleary in Paducah, Kentucky.

The Case Against a 30-Man MLB Roster

If Major League Baseball managers were given five more active players, would the additional flexibility be worth the expense?

Cardinals Hall of Fame Class of 2017 to be Announced Friday

2017 St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame induction class to be announced in pregame special Friday on FOX Sports Midwest.

Talking Cardinals Prospects on KFNS

Brian Walton joined The Press Box show on St. Louis’ KFNS 590 The Fan to discuss St. Louis Cardinals prospects close to the majors.

Talking Cardinals Baseball with Ken Miller – April 17

St. Louis Cardinals talk with Ken Miller of the Marty and Miller Show on Mediacom and Sirius XM.

Revisiting the WBC and Cardinals Spring Attendance

Looking into external factors that may have contributed to the almost-20 percent decline in St. Louis Cardinals spring training attendance in 2017.

Cardinals Organization Roster Matrix: 2017 Regular Season

The St. Louis Cardinals’ full system view by position and level reflects all transactions during regular season 2017.

Talking Cardinals Regular Season on WGEM

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

Cardinals Opening Day Ceremony on FOX Sports Midwest

Live one-hour special from Busch Stadium will include traditional appearances by the Clydesdales, St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Famers and player motorcade.

Cardinals Minor League Spring Training Notebook: 03/29/17

Highlights from Wednesday’s St. Louis Cardinals minor league spring training games from Jupiter, Florida. Ian Oxnevad and Bruce Caldwell are our Pitcher and Hitter of the Day.

Heavy Hitting on the Cardinals – March 28, 2017

I joined host Matt Berger on the evening radio show, The Heavy Hitters, to discuss a variety of St. Louis Cardinals topics.

Matheny Says His Words Could Put His Players at Risk

St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny admires how Bill Belichick deals with the media, but would that be addressing the right problem?

Over/Under Props on Individual Cardinals Results in 2017

Bovada’s overs/unders on various St. Louis Cardinals pitchers’ and hitters’ results during the upcoming 2017 season.

Cardinals Minor League Spring Training Notebook: 03/27/17

Highlights from Monday’s St. Louis Cardinals minor league spring training games from Jupiter, Florida. Jacob Evans and Casey Grayson are our Pitcher and Hitter of the Day.

Cardinals Minor League Spring Training Notebook: 3/26/2017

Highlights from Sunday’s St. Louis Cardinals minor league spring training games from Jupiter, Florida. Brian Dobzanski and Nick Plummer are our Pitcher and Hitter of the Day.

Cardinals Minor League Spring Training Notebook: 03/25/17

Highlights from Saturday’s St. Louis Cardinals minor league spring training games from Jupiter, Florida. Jack Flaherty and Carlos Rodriguez are our Pitcher and Hitter of the Day.

Cardinals Minor League Spring Training Notebook: 03/24/17

Highlights from Friday’s St. Louis Cardinals minor league spring training games from Jupiter, Florida. Jordan Hicks and Edmundo Sosa are our Pitcher and Hitter of the Day.

Cardinals Minor League Spring Training Notebook: 3/22/17

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

Cardinals Minor League Spring Training Notebook: 3/20/2017

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

Cardinals Minor League Spring Training Notebook: 3/19/17

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

Cardinals Minor League Spring Training Notebook: 3/18/17

Highlights from Saturday’s St. Louis Cardinals minor league spring training games from Jupiter, Florida.

Cardinals Minor League Spring Training Notebook: 03/17/17

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

Cardinals Minor League Spring Training Notebook: 03/16/17

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

Cardinals Organization Roster Matrix: 2017 Spring Training

The St. Louis Cardinals’ full system view by position and level reflects all transactions during spring training 2017.

Talking NL LABR Draft with USA TODAY’s Steve Gardner

I am again participating in the LABR National League fantasy baseball competition against some of the toughest players and brightest analysts in the industry. We review the 2017 NL- and AL-only drafts.

Heavy Hitting on the Cardinals – March 9, 2017

I joined hosts Dan Buffa and Matt Berger on their evening radio show, The Heavy Hitters, to discuss a variety of St. Louis Cardinals topics.

Cardinals Remain Sixth in NL Odds, Second in Division

The St. Louis Cardinals have the sixth-lowest odds to win National League and trail the Chicago Cubs in the Central Division.

Over-Under on 2017 Cardinals Wins at 84 ½

The St. Louis Cardinals have the sixth-highest over-under of National League squads, a total that would likely not be enough for them to make the playoffs.

What is Really Behind the Move to Shorten MLB Games?

The subject of shortening Major League Baseball games was addressed several times during the St. Louis Cardinals’ season-opening telecast.

Cardinals Double Up on Spring Training #98

The lack of other options apparently led the St. Louis Cardinals to assign the same number to two players in spring training camp.

Cardinals Reyes Talk on InsideSTL Radio 590 The Fan

Brian Walton joined The Press Box show on InsideStLcom and Radio 590 The Fan in St. Louis to discuss the ramifications of the injury to St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Alex Reyes.

New World Series Odds Suggest Cardinals to Miss Playoffs Again

The St. Louis Cardinals have the sixth-best odds of National League squads to win the World Series in a playoff format that includes just five teams per league.

2017 Cardinals Spring Training Number Assignments

The St. Louis Cardinals are just about out of numbers to assign players in spring training.

Reliving Two Low Moments in Cardinals World Series History

14 new postings of classic radio broadcasts include a pair of St. Louis Cardinals World Series losses – one close and one blowout.

The Comprehensive Cardinals Correa Chronicle on Houston Hacking

A detailed timeline of 47 events from when Chris Correa was hired by the St. Louis Cardinals through MLB commissioner Rob Manfred’s recent public statement.

A Daybreak Dose of Walton on the Cardinals

I joined host Dan Buffa on his morning radio show, Daybreak Dose, to discuss a variety of St. Louis Cardinals topics.

Revisiting Correa’s Time Table of Cooperation

It seems that former St. Louis Cardinals scouting director Chris Correa’s willingness to cooperate with investigators had its limits.

Revenue Increase and MLB Hard Cap Could Aid Cardinals

What is essentially a hard cap in the new CBA is already limiting MLB team spending. Clubs with payroll flexibility and financial muscle could prosper – like the St. Louis Cardinals.

Early 2017 Cardinals Spring Training Broadcast Schedule

The major part of the St. Louis Cardinals spring training television plans have not been disclosed, but we have some early-announced games.

Thumbs Up for New Memphis Redbirds Logos

The St. Louis Cardinals’ Triple-A affiliate has introduced a new brand identity that hits the mark.

Cardinals Winter Warm-Up Photos: Monday, 1/16/17

St. Louis Cardinals photos from Monday’s final session of the 2017 Winter Warm-Up at St. Louis’ Hyatt Regency at the Arch.

Cardinals Winter Warm-Up Photos: Sunday, 1/15/17

Selected St. Louis Cardinals player and executive photos from Sunday’s first day of the 2017 Winter Warm-Up at St. Louis’ Hyatt Regency at the Arch.

Projected Top St. Louis Cardinals Stories of 2017

A look ahead to what may be the top stories surrounding the St. Louis Cardinals in 2017.

Past Predictions: TCN Blog’s Top Five Cardinals Stories of 2016

A look back at the top projected stories across the St. Louis Cardinals world in 2016 from last January.

Changes in Cardinals Winter Warm-Up Autograph Prices for 2017

Our annual view of autograph prices for the St. Louis Cardinals’ annual winter fan charity event. and changes from year to year.