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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.

Was Boston’s Lester loading up baseballs?

Photo and video of Wednesday’s World Series Game 1 Boston starter Jon Lester suggest the possibility of a foreign substance in his glove.

On Michael Wacha and Steve Carlton

Two high-profile 22-year-old pitchers for the St. Louis Cardinals faced the Boston Red Sox in the World Series – 46 years apart.

Wacha boldly goes where no man has gone before

St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Michael Wacha has put his name in the post-season record books.

Poll: Who are your Cardinals NLCS starting pitchers?

Who should start for the St. Louis Cardinals in Games 1 and 2 of the NLCS in St. Louis this weekend?

Lou Brock-related St. Louis Cardinals trivia

With Hall of Famer Lou Brock throwing out the ceremonial first pitch prior to Wednesday night’s Game 5 of the National League Division Series, researcher Tom Orf offers up a quick and timely bit of trivia.

Will the Cardinals’ momentum carry into the post-season?

Looking at past St. Louis Cardinals season-ending results and comparing them to post-season outcomes.

MLB updates 2013 post-season schedule

Schedules for Major League Baseball post-season games through Friday, October 4 have been announced.

Why the Cardinals should keep winning

Brian Walton’s thinking behind the optimal path for the Cardinals to take to and through the post-season.

Cardinals September hitting equals Kozma’s season

Halfway through September, the St. Louis Cardinals are on their way to their worst final month in terms of batting average in team history.

MLB announces 2013 post-season schedule

On Tuesday, Major League Baseball announced the schedule for the 2013 Postseason, with coverage shared by TBS, MLB Network and FOX Network.

Who was the best minor league acquisition in Cardinals history?

The St. Louis Cardinals have acquired many players over time, but which minor league addition became the best as a major leaguer?

Schedule works against Cardinals September national television coverage

The St. Louis Cardinals are assured of appearing on FOX Network, ESPN and MLB Network just three times during September, though more games may be picked up later.

Cardinals to be featured nationally 15 times during August

The St. Louis Cardinals will appear on FOX Network, ESPN and MLB Network 15 times during August.

How rough is the Cardinals current stretch historically?

The St. Louis Cardinals have lost seven in a row, including four straight at Pittsburgh, with run scoring at a premium. Just how bad is it?

Final Cardinals trivia question to win 2011 World Series Game 6 discs

Relive the St. Louis Cardinals’ biggest victory in years in a giveaway to commemorate new MLB programming available on iTunes.

Another Cardinals trivia question to win 2011 World Series Game 6 discs

Relive the St. Louis Cardinals’ biggest victory in years in a giveaway to commemorate new MLB programming available on iTunes.

New Cardinals trivia question to win 2011 World Series Game 6 discs

Relive the St. Louis Cardinals’ biggest victory in years in a giveaway to commemorate new MLB programming available on iTunes.

Answer Cardinals trivia question to win 2011 World Series Game 6 discs

Relive the St. Louis Cardinals’ biggest victory in years in a giveaway to commemorate new MLB programming available on iTunes.

FOX Sports Midwest second in 2013 first-half MLB TV ratings

The television home of the St. Louis Cardinals moved up to number two in MLB ratings in the first half of 2013 after finishing in third in 2012.

Win 2011 World Series Game 6 discs to celebrate MLB Productions Films on iTunes

Relive the St. Louis Cardinals’ biggest victory in years in a giveaway to commemorate new MLB programming available on iTunes.

Red, Brock Peterson, Mike Ryba and George Watkins

On Saturday night, Brock Peterson became the oldest St. Louis Cardinal to collect an RBI in his first MLB at-bat since at least 1935.

Forbes: Memphis Redbirds is eighth-most valuable MiLB franchise

A new Forbes report pegs the St. Louis Cardinals Triple-A franchise as being worth $29 million.

Improving Uecker-level seating – at a price

A new capability allows fans to upgrade their seats while sporting events are underway.

Siegrist hits the record books before allowing a run

Left-handed pitcher Kevin Siegrist set a St. Louis Cardinals record and placed on the MLB top 10 all-time list for scoreless appearances to open a career.

How does nine winning Cardinals starting pitchers compare?

Through 91 games, the St. Louis Cardinals have collected wins from nine different starting pitchers 12 different times, including this season.

Cardinals to be featured nationally seven times during July

The St. Louis Cardinals will appear on FOX Network and ESPN twice during July and MLB Network three times.

Yadier Molina joins New Balance team

St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina will be endorsing New Balance athletic shoes.

Reviewing the Cardinals draft with Rob Rains

Brian Walton and Rob Rains of StLSportsPage.com break down the St. Louis Cardinals 2013 draft.

Re-checking the St. Louis Cardinals odds

Looking at changes in the odds for the Major League Baseball clubs in 2013.

Carpenter sets a painful St. Louis Cardinals record

Matt Carpenter has taken the lead on an unenviable St. Louis Cardinals career list – most hit by pitches in a game. We look back at other oft-plunked Cardinals.

Changes to St. Louis Cardinals June broadcast schedule

A quick look at network and time changes for a handful of June games of the St. Louis Cardinals.

Matheny to manage first double-header

A look back at St. Louis Cardinals double-headers since 1996.

Will Michael Wacha meet or exceed Joe Magrane?

The career WAR of fast-risers to St. Louis points to Joe Magrane as closest to average. Will new arrival Michael Wacha meet or exceed Magrane’s results?

Wacha to join Carpenter and Drew as Cardinals’ fastest risers

A look at the players who reached the St. Louis Cardinals the soonest after being drafted.

Baseball and Memorial Day – a time to remember

Memorial Day is a time to remember those who have protected our freedom. Baseball plays a part.

MLB national blackouts are not going away

Major League Baseball Saturday and Sunday blackout windows frustrate out of market viewers, but don’t expect the situation to change.

Tyler Lyons, Andy Rincon and Dizzy Dean

Looking at effective first-game starters in St. Louis Cardinals history who also collected a hit.

Miller, Wainwright with best pair of Cards starts in over 50 years

Game scores put recent St. Louis Cardinals pitching dominance of Shelby Miller and Adam Wainwright into historical perspective.

The Shelby Miller lists

Comparing Shelby Miller’s almost-perfect game to others in St. Louis Cardinals team and Major League Baseball history.

Will 2013 be the last of Mujica?

The current closer of the St. Louis Cardinals, Edward Mujica, is eligible to become a free agent following this season.

Is State funding the answer to Grapefruit League woes?

Florida legislators have passed local subsidies to encourage MLB clubs to not move to Arizona. Prior results have been spotty.

Peoria Chiefs bailout plan approved by City Council

The St. Louis Cardinals’ Midwest League affiliate will receive an additional $7.35 million to remain afloat.