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Could Molina Follow Pujols’ Path Out of St. Louis?

One to two years ahead of potential free agency, Yadier Molina’s agent plans to discuss the catcher’s long-term future with the St. Louis Cardinals.

2017 Cardinals Spring Schedule – November 7 Version

17 St. Louis Cardinals spring training games have been tentatively scheduled, including 15 in the Grapefruit League.

How to Shorten the MLB Schedule

How to condense the MLB regular season schedule, increase the playoffs, but still finish play in October.

Partial Unofficial Look at 2017 Cardinals Spring Schedule

10 St. Louis Cardinals spring training games have been tentatively scheduled, including eight in the Grapefruit League.

Gambling Suspension Hampers Cardinals Seung-hwan Oh

South Korea’s best reliever, Seung-hwan Oh, has not been invited to pitch for his country in the 2017 World Baseball Classic.

Cardinals Downturn Reflected in Attendance, TV Ratings

The 2016 St. Louis Cardinals missed the playoffs while experiencing fewer fans in attendance and lower television ratings compared to 2015.

Cardinals Post First Losing Home Record in 17 Years

The 2016 St. Louis Cardinals are assured of just the second losing home schedule since current ownership took over in 1996 and first since 1999.

Cardinals 2016-2017 International Bonus Update

Which July 2nd players have been signed by the St. Louis Cardinals, how much did they receive and how much will it cost the team overall?

Final Look at 2016 Cardinals Draft Spending

The St. Louis Cardinals spent over $9.5 million on top talent acquired in the 2016 First-Year Player Draft.

How Good is Matt Carpenter’s .500 June OBP?

Putting St. Louis Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter’s June on-base mark into historical context.

Cardinals 2016 Draft Signing Bonus Update

The St. Louis Cardinals are done with their heavy lifting from the 2016 Draft, with over a half-million dollars to use on tougher signs from the latter rounds.

Wainwright On Pace for Cardinals Pitching RBI Record

St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright already has 10 RBI through his club’s first 61 games in 2016, a historic pace.

Carpenter Chasing Musial’s Four-Hit Record

St. Louis Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter is trying for his third straight four-hit game at Milwaukee on Wednesday.

Dave Duncan for Cardinals Hall of Fame

Making Cooperstown is going to take time for former St. Louis Cardinals pitching coach Dave Duncan, but there is no reason he could not be inducted into the team’s Hall of Fame as soon as 2017.

Cardinals Long Ball Heroics in Historic Context

How the St. Louis Cardinals’ single-game home run prowess in 2016 stacks up in team history.

Fryer Passes Altman for Cardinals Initial Consecutive Hits Record

Catcher Eric Fryer’s six hits in his first six at-bats as a St. Louis Cardinal breaks a mark set in 1963.

Cardinals Hitters Still Received their Spring At-Bats

Almost all key hitters on the 2016 St. Louis Cardinals did not take fewer at-bats this spring compared to 2015.

Cardinals Team Payroll in MLB Top 10 for Second Time Since 2005

The St. Louis Cardinals’ player payroll grew by $22.8 million over last season, placing them ninth overall in MLB.

Cardinals Minor League Spring Training Notebook: 03/31/16

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

Cardinals Minor League Spring Training Notebook: 03/30/16

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

Cardinals Minor League Spring Training Notebook: 03/28/16

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

Cardinals Minor League Spring Training Notebook: 03/27/16

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

Cardinals Minor League Spring Training Notebook: 03/26/16

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

Cardinals Minor League Spring Training Notebook: 03/25/16

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

Cardinals Minor League Spring Training Notebook: 03/24/16

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

Cardinals Minor League Spring Training Notebook: 03/23/16

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

Cardinals Minor League Spring Training Notebook: 03/20/16

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

Cardinals Minor League Spring Training Notebook: 03/19/16

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

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

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

Talking Cardinals Spring Training on WGEM

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

2016 Cardinals Hall of Fame Balloting Begins

Fan voting for two modern era players to enter the St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame in 2016 has opened.

A Brief Cactus League Stop – March 6

Brian Walton’s Sunday notes from early 2016 Spring Training action in Arizona.

A Brief Cactus League Stop – March 5

Brian Walton’s Saturday notes from early 2016 Spring Training action in Arizona.

A Brief Cactus League Stop – March 4

Brian Walton’s Friday notes from early 2016 Spring Training action in Arizona.

A Brief Cactus League Stop – March 3

Brian Walton’s notes from early 2016 Spring Training action in Arizona.

Vintage 1959 Cardinals-Dodgers Game Telecast

Rare game footage of Stan Musial and other St. Louis Cardinals taking on the 1959 Los Angeles Dodgers.

Braves Could Balance Florida’s East Coast

If the Atlanta Braves move to Palm Beach, six area clubs would make a more convenient operation for all.

The Saturday Evening Post’s Baseball, The Glory Years!

A new collector’s edition magazine celebrates nearly 200 years of America’s favorite pastime with illustrations, rare photos and original stories.

A Different Bender Becomes a Hall of Famer

Jack Bender, a very successful town ball pitcher who turned down the St. Louis Cardinals, has been named to the Nebraska Baseball Hall of Fame.

2016 Cardinals Spring Training Number Assignments

The St. Louis Cardinals have a new arrival wearing number 3, the lowest number for spring training. Many other changes from 2015 to 2016 are all noted here.

Expanding 2016 Cardinals Spring Training Broadcast Schedule

A major part of the St. Louis Cardinals spring training television plans have been disclosed, but there is still more ahead.

TCN Blog 2015 Top Story #2: Losing to the Cubs

The Central Division Champion St. Louis Cardinals fell to the Wild Card Chicago Cubs in the National League Division Series.

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.

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 #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 #17: Billion Dollar TV Contract

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

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

MLB Network Streaming Announcement Helps, A Little

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

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.

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.

Peoria’s Dozer Park Going National

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

Catching Up with The Cardinal Nation Blog

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

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.

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.

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.

Cardinals Minor League Spring Training Notebook: 03/28/15

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

Cardinals Minor League Spring Training Notebook: 03/27/15

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

Cardinals Minor League Spring Training Notebook: 03/26/15

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

Cardinals Minor League Spring Training Notebook: 03/25/15

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

Cardinals Minor League Spring Training Notebook: 03/24/15

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

Cardinals Minor League Spring Training Notebook: 03/23/15

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

Cardinals Minor League Spring Training Notebook: 03/22/15

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

Cardinals Minor League Spring Training Notebook: 03/21/15

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

Cardinals Minor League Spring Training Notebook: 03/20/15

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

Cardinals Minor League Spring Training Notebook: 03/19/15

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

Grichuk vs. Pham vs. Kelly for Cardinals Final Bench Spot

The St. Louis Cardinals have three very different players as apparent competitors for the final spot among its season-opening reserves.

On Pham, Kelly, Roster Cuts and the Cardinals Disabled List

Like all MLB clubs, the St. Louis Cardinals must keep one eye on the rule book while managing the spring training roster.

Saying Final Goodbyes to 2014 Cardinals Free Agents

Updating the status of 18 members of the St. Louis Cardinals system in 2014 who became free agents.

Former Cardinal Faszholz Named Concordia Hall of Famer

Though Jack Faszholz was only briefly a St. Louis Cardinal, he had a very successful career as an educator and coach.

15 Cardinals Spring Training Games on MLB Network

15 St. Louis Cardinals spring training games will be shown on MLB Network – three live and 12 on a delayed basis.

MLB Needs to Get Selling on Pace of Game

Pace of game could be an issue with a future generation of baseball fans, but if so, MLB needs to explain before the idea is taken down from within.

2015 Cardinals Spring Training Number Assignments

You know who wears number 4 for the St. Louis Cardinals, but who has been assigned the highest number for spring training?

Al Michaels Sounds Off On 1987 World Series Sound Level

National broadcaster accuses the Minnesota Twins of pumping in artificial noise during the 1987 World Series.

Banks, Musial, McGee Among Never Ejected MLBers

The late Hall of Famers Ernie Banks and Stan Musial are joined by Willie McGee in the top 20 of MLB’s greatest gentlemen on the field of play.

Cardinals, Jay Running Out of Contract Time

An arbitration hearing will be held this month if outfielder Jon Jay and the St. Louis Cardinals cannot agree on the amount for his 2015 contract.

Two Dodgers Respect and Target Cardinals

Los Angeles Dodgers Yasier Puig and Clayton Kershaw each made recent comments noting their club’s failures to eliminate the St. Louis Cardinals in the post-season.

Interview: Stan Musial Biographer Joseph Stanton

Exclusive interview with Stan Musial biographer Joseph Stanton.

Keith Hernandez Should Not Be Considered a Met Only

Consider a player’s team Hall of Fame credentials rather than discarding his candidacy because he starred for another team, too.

Former Cardinals Broadcaster Jerry Gross Passed Away

A versatile San Diego-based broadcaster who once called St. Louis Cardinals games has died at 81.

About Tony Cruz and Bob Uecker

Thinking about two St. Louis Cardinals reserve catchers a half-century apart.

Poet Joseph Stanton on Cardinal Points

Interview with the author of a fun book on St. Louis Cardinals history, told via verse.

Evolving 2015 Cardinals Spring Training Broadcast Schedule

A major part of the St. Louis Cardinals spring training television and radio plans have been disclosed, but there is a lot more ahead.