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TCN Blog 2014 Top Story #13: La Russa Enters Cooperstown

The long-time manager of the St. Louis Cardinals, Oakland A’s and Chicago White Sox, Tony La Russa, was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in July.

New World Series Odds Reflect Cubs Optimism While Cardinals Fall

The Chicago Cubs now have better odds than the St. Louis Cardinals to win the 2015 World Series.

TCN Blog 2014 Top Story #15: Four National League All-Stars

The 2014 St. Louis Cardinals had four National League All-Stars, plus their manager. The only two to appear in the game had a rough night.

Scherzer-Cardinals Speculation is All In a Word

Changing one small word turned a “run of the mill” off-season speculation article into major rumor news. Too bad it is apparently erroneous.

TCN Blog 2014 Top Story #19: Cardinals Hall of Fame Introduced

The St. Louis Cardinals finally implemented a team Hall of Fame, with 26 individuals already inducted.

Cardinals Hot Stove Show Returns to FOX Sports Midwest

FOX Sports Midwest’s weekly off-season St. Louis Cardinals programs begin on Wednesday, November 26.

Why the Cardinals Need a “Lackey” Right Fielder

The St. Louis Cardinals need offensive help, but seem worried about potential additions blocking others.

Unofficial 2015 Cardinals Spring Training Schedule: 11/10 Update

23 of 27 expected St. Louis Cardinals spring training games have been tentatively scheduled, including 22 in the Grapefruit League.

Cardinals organization roster matrix: 2014-2015 off-season

The St. Louis Cardinals’ full system view by position and level reflects the 2014-2015 free agents with all organization players listed by level and position.

Cardinals 2015 World Series Odds Open at 2014 Worst Point

The first cut of an oddsmaker puts the St. Louis Cardinals 2015 World Series odds as long as at any point during 2014.

Partial Unofficial Look at 2015 Cardinals Spring Schedule

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

Oddsmakers Weigh in on NLCS, World Series

Courtesy of Bovada.lv, here are the most recent odds for the Major League Baseball post-season as they relate to the St. Louis Cardinals.

Wild Card Winner Batting .500 in Reaching Championship Series

The Wild Card Game winner has reached three of the six League Championship Series since Major League Baseball added the second wild card.

Cardinals on FOX Sports Midwest Ratings No. 1 in MLB

In 2014, St. Louis Cardinals broadcasts on FOX Sports Midwest scored the highest ratings in Major League Baseball.

Cardinals Fans Guide to MLB Postseason Streaming

Under certain conditions, all Major League Baseball post-season games can be watched for the first time via live streaming.

Is the Power-Laden Bench a Thing of the Past?

Did the Major League Baseball benches of olden days have greater power-hitting threats than today?

Memphis a Hit Everywhere Except the Gate

Memphis Redbirds attendance dropped 23 percent this season and is down 45 percent over the last decade.

Cardinals Hall of Fame Induction on FOX Sports Midwest

Tape-delayed special of induction ceremony debuts Sunday, August 17 after the Cardinals-Padres game.

Cardinals Make Hall of Fame Induction a Pay Event

$18 tickets for the St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame induction ceremony on August 16 are now on sale.

Cardinals Telecasts Top-Ranked in St. Louis, No. 2 in MLB

St. Louis Cardinals games on FOX Sports Midwest are the No. 1-rated programming in prime time with the second-highest ratings in Major League Baseball.

Steroids Should Have Been Put Aside on Cooperstown Sunday

As Tony La Russa entered the National Baseball Hall of Fame, some tried to drag him down on the steroids subject.

Help United Way While Helping Yourself to Cardinals Baseball

Hall of Fame induction, Chris Carpenter bobbleheads and special-price tickets make August 15-16 a great time to head to Busch Stadium for St. Louis Cardinals baseball.

Draw a Bulls Eye on Cardinals Hitters

Never before have as many St. Louis Cardinals batters been hit by opposing pitches than in 2014’s first half. The Cards also seem to retaliate less often than other clubs.

Cardinals First-Half Hitting Does Not Stand Test of Time

The St. Louis Cardinals hitting in the first half of the 2014 was among the worst in the last century.

Cardinals First-Half Pitching Compares Well

By some measures, the St. Louis Cardinals pitching in the first half of the 2014 was among the best in the last century.

On Cardinals Mulder, Garcia and Lynn

The cries of concern over the contract the St. Louis Cardinals gave injured left-hander Jaime Garcia are reminiscent of those expressed over Mark Mulder six years ago.

Cardinals SS and C Batting Fourth and Fifth is Very Rare

It has been almost a century since the first two times the St. Louis Cardinals shortstop and catcher batted fourth and fifth. Hall of Famers Rogers Hornsby and Miller Huggins were directly involved.

Cardinals Triple Plays Are Not Game Changers

Rarely if ever does a St. Louis Cardinals game change its trajectory after the defense executes a triple play.

With Perfect Night, Carpenter Joins Some Big Cardinals Names

St. Louis Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter became the 21st player in team history to reach base every time in a game with at least six plate appearances.

Three State College Spikes Games to be Televised

The St. Louis Cardinals New York-Penn League club to appear on television for the first time three times this coming season.

The Benefits of Cardinals Bunting

The St. Louis Cardinals made a major effort to add team speed in 2014. It had rarely been evident until Saturday.

Celebrating George Kissell, the Hall and The Cardinal Way

The St. Louis Cardinals’ most influential teacher ever was passed over in the organization’s 2014 Hall of Fame selections.

Cardinals to don 1929 uniforms on Sunday

The St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs will wearing throwback uniforms from 1929 on Sunday night’s nationally-televised game.

Cardinals Hall of Fame announcement Wednesday

The three or four members of the St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame Class of 2014 will be announced before Wednesday’s game.

Cardinals RBI leaders on pace for just 81

In just four of the last 45 years did the St. Louis Cardinals’ team RBI leaders through 22 games have fewer than in 2014.

Guess who is leading the Cardinals in hitting?

Who would have guessed that after three weeks, big first baseman Matt Adams would be leading the St. Louis Cardinals in batting average and multi-hit games?

Finding Cardinals broadcasts on Monday and Wednesday

This week, two of the four St. Louis Cardinals games from New York overlap with Blues hockey, so alternate broadcast arrangements have been made.

Discussing Cardinals Hall of Fame ballot and voting

With just a few days remaining in 2014 voting for the St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame, the club’s Brian Finch and I discuss the process and candidates.

A tour of FOX Sports Midwest’s Ballpark Village studio

An audio and photographic look into the new studio used for St. Louis Cardinals pre- and post-game shows on FOX Sports Midwest.

Lynn’s Milwaukee gem in historical context

Lance Lynn dominated hot-starting Milwaukee’s lineup Monday night. He has done the same kind of thing before.

Brian Finch on St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum

One of the principals of the new St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum discusses the behind-the-scenes preparation and opening the new facility.

Celebrating MLB iTunes download sale with free DVDs

Win one of five free copies of St. Louis Cardinals Baseball’s Greatest Games: 2011 World Series, Game 6 DVD/Blu-ray Combo.

Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum grand opening

Brian Walton’s first-hand photo gallery of a very important event in St. Louis on Monday.

Cardinals minor league spring training notebook: 03/30/14

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

Cardinals minor league spring training notebook: 03/29/14

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

Cardinals minor league spring training notebook: 03/28/14

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

Cardinals minor league spring training notebook: 03/27/14

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

Cardinals minor league spring training notebook: 03/26/14

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

Cardinals minor league spring training notebook: 03/25/14

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

Cardinals minor league spring training notebook: 03/24/14

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

Cardinals minor league spring training notebook: 03/23/14

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

Cardinals minor league spring training notebook: 03/22/14

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

Cardinals minor league spring training notebook: 03/21/14

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

Cardinals minor league spring training notebook: 03/20/14

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

Cardinals minor league spring training notebook: 03/19/14

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

Cardinals minor league spring training notebook: 03/18/14

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

Cardinals minor league spring training notebook: 03/17/14

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

Cardinals minor league spring training notebook: 03/16/14

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

Cardinals minor league spring training notebook: 03/15/14

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

Cardinals minor league spring training notebook: 03/13/14

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

Palm Beach County wants to move ahead on stadium deal

Keeping spring training baseball in Southeast Florida is the goal of the Palm Beach County Commission, but major hurdles remain.

I am from Missouri on Aledmys Diaz

The St. Louis Cardinals landed a top Cuban free agent middle infielder, but how good is Aledmys Diaz?

Oddsmakers handicap 2014 division races and post-season

Lowest odds for the six division races in Major League Baseball, the league championships and World Series include a number of familiar names.

Saturday 3/8 Cardinals television may be a mistake

One schedule says the Cardinals-Nationals game on Saturday, March 8 will be on MLB.tv, but another does not.

How to catch both Cardinals Friday split squad games

With two St. Louis Cardinals games being played simultaneously on Friday, here is how to ensure you can watch both.

Talking Cardinals Hall of Fame with Marilyn Green

A guy normally asking the questions has the shoe on the other foot in a Q&A session about the new St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame.

Reader poll – Which two should be Cardinals Hall of Famers?

A pre-vote for your two favorites among the eight to appear on the first St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame ballot.

Cardinals organization roster matrix: 2014 spring training

The St. Louis Cardinals’ full system view by position and level reflects rosters for 2014 spring training.

FOX Sports 1 adds Wednesday Cardinals spring telecast

New network FOX Sports 1 will be carrying selected spring training games, including three this week. The St. Louis Cardinals will be featured on Wednesday, March 5

MLB on FOX national schedule includes 10 Cardinals games

With the announcement of FOX’s schedule for 2014, 10 more St. Louis Cardinals can be watched by a national audience.

Nationals-Astros spring training plan moves to the front burner

The Toronto Blue Jays are no longer in the picture, but the Washington Nationals and Houston Astros are joining forces to try to build a new spring training complex.

Aledmys Diaz, meet Pete Kozma

Comparing results with the bat between a prospective St. Louis Cardinals shortstop and a former one.

Carlos Martinez’ starting role this spring is business as usual

St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Carlos Martinez is preparing this spring as a starting pitcher. Some may be reading more into that than they perhaps should.

How much fire is behind the Cardinals’ Aledmys Diaz smoke?

The St. Louis Cardinals appear to be “in” on a hot Cuban infield prospect. Will they get their man?

Nationals join Astros and Jays in spring training limbo

The Washington Nationals are one of at least three Major League Baseball clubs looking for a new Florida home.

Nielsen: St. Louis has the top local fan base in MLB

Newly-released report from The Nielsen Company indicates more St. Louisans watch, attend or listen to their Major League Baseball team’s games than in any other city.

Updated 2014 Cardinals home and away spring broadcast schedule

2014 spring training television and radio plans from the St. Louis Cardinals and their opponents.

Could Holliday’s own eventual free agency shape his opinion?

Matt Holliday wants to see Major League Baseball change its free agent compensation rules. In a few years, he could be in a situation to take advantage.

Holliday wants free agent compensation rules changed

St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday joins those who feel some Major League Baseball free agents are being unfairly restricted.

Minor league treatment of MiLB.TV device support

Major League Baseball Advanced Media is trumpeting MLB.TV being supported on 400 devices while their minor league offering is barely supported at all.

Cardinals are cost-efficient, but not the best

A look at wins versus player payroll spending might lead to an unexpected conclusion about the recent success of the St. Louis Cardinals.

Ozzie and Gibson discuss their most memorable games

Two St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Famers to recount their most unforgettable games on MLB Network.

2014 Cardinals spring training number assignments

You know who wears number 4 for the St. Louis Cardinals, but who is that guy wearing number 91 in spring training?

Counting down to Cardinals Truck Day

If you can’t wait for pitchers and catchers to report to spring training, here is an even shorter countdown to follow.

The Hall of Fame is not up for taking a stand

The National Baseball Hall of Fame has not stepped forward when tough decisions needed to be made.

Proposed Astros-Blue Jays Florida complex hits a snag

The proposed southeast Florida location for the new spring training home of the Houston Astros and Toronto Blue Jays is off the table and the St. Louis Cardinals could be indirectly impacted.

Of course, three eligible Cardinals filed for arbitration

St. Louis Cardinals Peter Bourjos, Jon Jay and Daniel Descalso are following the defined process to establish their 2014 salaries via MLB’s arbitration process.

Cardinals to appear on ESPN at least seven times

The St. Louis Cardinals will appear on ESPN twice during spring training and at least five times during the regular season through July.

2014 Cardinals home and away spring broadcast schedule

Partial spring training television and radio plans from the St. Louis Cardinals and their opponents.

Are the Reds and Cardinals heading in opposite directions?

The Cincinnati Reds are having trouble finding the money to keep key players, unlike their divisional rival from St. Louis.

TCN blog 2013 top story #6: La Russa’s unanimous Hall selection

16-year, now-retired manager of the St. Louis Cardinals, Tony La Russa, will be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

2014 Cardinals Winter Warm-Up autograph prices

Some autograph prices at the St. Louis Cardinals fan event, Winter Warm-Up, are slightly up for 2014, though there will more freebies.

Don Mattingly on St. Louis Cardinals sign stealing

Apparently, bad blood remains from the 2013 National League Championship Series.

2014 Cardinals tender/non-tender predictions

Three eligible St. Louis Cardinals should receive contract offers for 2014, but one may not.

Cardinals bring home extra holiday cash in postseason shares

A postseason share for the 2013 National League Champion St. Louis Cardinals totaled over $228,000.

Jhonny Peralta pros and cons for the Cardinals

Rumors have a deal between free agent shortstop Jhonny Peralta and the St. Louis Cardinals close. Early views from fans have been mixed.

First partial view of 2014 Cardinals spring training schedule

The last of the Major League Baseball awards for 2013 have been announced, celebrated and debated. As the Arizona Fall League has come to its close, winter ball will be the only live baseball activity to keep us going until spring. The good news is that spring, as defined by players reporting to camp, is [...]

La Russa’s age accelerates his Hall chances

Retired St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa will appear on his first Hall of Fame ballot next month.

Cardinals’ Lynn just misses out on big Super 2 payout

St. Louis Cardinals right-hander Lance Lynn fell short of arbitration eligibility by three days.

The obstruction rule and call

Game 3 of the 2013 World Series ended on a very unusual play that the umpires got right.