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La Russa favors post-series handshakes

MLB special assistant Tony La Russa would like to see greater sportsmanship exhibited by players as post-season series conclude.

The unfortunate case of Mark Trentacosta

A drafted player came to terms with the St. Louis Cardinals but was sent home without signing his contract, and ended up losing his collegiate eligibility in the process.

2012 Cardinals unearned post-season runs in historical context

How does the St. Louis Cardinals 12 unearned post-season runs allowed compare to past clubs?

Unearned runs killing Cardinals in post-season

Over 25 percent of the runs allowed by the St. Louis Cardinals in this post-season have been unearned.

Most feast-or-famine offense in Cardinals post-season history

Never before did the St. Louis Cardinals log such a big difference between run scoring in playoff wins versus losses as in 2012.

Fewer Cardinals quality starts but more quality relief

Solid bullpen work has helped the St. Louis Cardinals win a dozen games in the last two post-seasons when their starter left early.

Better Cardinals drafts mean fewer free agents

The construction of the last five St. Louis Cardinals National League Championship Series rosters indicates a major change driven by home-grown talent.

Cardinals held to three hits twice in NLDS

The St. Louis Cardinals had three or fewer hits just 12 times in 205 prior post-season games, but now it has happened twice in four NLDS contests.

On this date in Cardinals history: October 10

The St. Louis Cardinals won their first World Series on this date in 1926 behind a most unlikely hero – Grover Cleveland Alexander.

How would you replace Jaime Garcia?

Considering the St. Louis Cardinals’ roster alternatives if Jaime Garcia is out.

Cardinals first-ever playoff loss with 10-strikeout starter

Adam Wainwright struck out 10 Washington Nationals, but his St. Louis Cardinals lost on Sunday.

Cardinals NLDS pre-game schedules and highlights

Planned activities prior to Sunday’s and Monday’s National League Division Series Games 1 and 2 in St. Louis.

Looking at the Cardinals playoff path ahead

The post-season schedule for the St. Louis Cardinals if they are able to win Friday’s wild card game.

Why Cardinals game 162 may still matter

The St. Louis Cardinals and Cincinnati Reds have already clinched, but NLDS matchups are not yet set.

Second wild card update – Tuesday, 10/2

A quick glance at the race between the St. Louis Cardinals and Los Angeles Dodgers for the second National League wild card after game #160.

Switch-hitting Beltran’s unusual feat

St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Carlos Beltran hit a home run from each side of the plate on Sunday, a rare occurrence.

Second wild card update – Monday, 10/1

A quick glance at the race between the St. Louis Cardinals and Los Angeles Dodgers for the second National League wild card.

The most damaging loss of the Cardinals season?

The St. Louis Cardinals final West Coast road trip (and a non-winning record in their final four games) may lead to a grueling travel schedule this coming week.

On this date in Cardinals history: September 29

On this date in 1963, the greatest St. Louis Cardinal player of all time, Stan Musial, played in his final game.

Wainwright calls wild card win while Chipper shrugs

If St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright is looking ahead to the National League Division Series, Atlanta third baseman Chipper Jones doesn’t appear concerned about it.

Lance Lynn a throwback to Ernie Broglio

Lance Lynn has done something no other St. Louis Cardinals pitcher has accomplished since 1960.

Molina becomes 2012 Cardinals’ fifth 70-RBI man

The 2012 St. Louis Cardinals reached another offensive balance milestone on Saturday, this one in run production.

Musial’s career numbers being chased

Looking at several records set by Hall of Famer Stan Musial being approached by today’s MLB stars.

On this date in Cardinals history: September 16

This date in 1924 was arguably the biggest day in Hall of Famer Jim Bottomley’s career.

Cardinals may soon have first-ever five 20-home run hitters

The St. Louis Cardinals have three hitters with 20 or more home runs and two more with 19. We look at how that distribution stacks up in team history.

Cardinals last four losses historically bad

The St. Louis Cardinals have been outscored by 31 runs over their last four games – one of the four worst stretches in team history.

Would you use Lohse to force an early decision from Wainwright?

The St. Louis Cardinals’ two best pitchers this season are heading for free agency this fall and next. Should the team try to lock up the second before losing the first?

Saluting Vin Scully and televised baseball

A very brief history lesson about Major League Baseball games and television – past, present and future!

Garcia joins list of five dominant Cardinals lefties

On Sunday, Jaime Garcia became the sixth left-hander in St. Louis Cardinals history to strike out at least 10 and walk no one in a game.

Cardinals lose Friday in an unusual manner

The St. Louis Cardinals lost Friday night for only the 18th time in team history when their opponent did not have a run batted in.

The cost of letting Octavio Dotel go

A look at some estimates at the costs involved in the 2012 St. Louis Cardinals keeping or not keeping reliever Octavio Dotel.

On bad Cardinals losses and making the post-season

Is one decisive defeat an isolated incident or an indication of a bigger problem?

Remembering the 1982 St. Louis Cardinals

Then and now team photos of the 1982 World Champion St. Louis Cardinals.

FOX Sports Midwest 1982 World Series Championship Reunion Weekend

Catch the televised festivities from Busch Stadium this weekend as Whitey, Ozzie, Bruce and many of the St. Louis Cardinals World Champions from 30 years ago will re-assemble.

If the Cardinals can’t keep Wainwright, what is the best consolation prize?

Considering various timing and action alternatives by the St. Louis Cardinals regarding Adam Wainwright’s contract.

MLB needs to show its Hall of Fame inductions more respect

Why does Major League Baseball continue to schedule games during their own Hall of Fame induction ceremonies?

Cardinals double their pleasure against Cubs

The St. Louis Cardinals hit nine doubles off Chicago Cubs pitching on Saturday night.

Red, Whitey and Tony to appear in Cooperstown Saturday

Hall of Famers Red Schoendienst and Whitey Herzog plus Tony La Russa to appear at Saturday Hall of Fame Awards Presentation.

MLB All-Star Final Vote process loses any credibility

The lengths to which Major League Baseball is going to generate interest in the All-Star Game have crossed the line, in my opinion.

Molina chasing Simmons for best HR season by a Cardinals catcher

Through 75 games, only one catcher in St. Louis Cardinals history had more home runs than does Yadier Molina this season.

Lance Lynn tops Dizzy Dean but still chases Bob Gibson

OK, it was just one stat over two starts, but St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Lance Lynn logged two rare high-strikeout games.

How often did the Cardinals score so few despite so many hits?

It isn’t very often that the St. Louis Cardinals manage to score no more than one run on 11 or more hits, but that is what they did on Tuesday night.

Can MLB’s television blackouts be cracked in court?

A lawsuit was filed last month, alleging antitrust violations by Major League Baseball in the area of television blackouts.

Cardinals to appear on MLB Network four times in June

Out-of-market St. Louis Cardinals fans will have four additional opportunities to see their club on television during June.

Beltran’s big May continues

Carlos Beltran is approaching one of the 10 most productive Mays in recent St. Louis Cardinals history.

Walk-off walks: a Cardinals history

Since 1952, the St. Louis Cardinals have been involved in 43 games that ended with a base on balls.

On this day in Cardinals history: May 13, 1958

St. Louis Cardinals star Stan Musial collected his 3,000th hit 54 years ago today, on May 13, 1958, at Chicago’s Wrigley Field.

The first five Cardinals in the order again go deep

Monday was the second time in St. Louis Cardinals’ history that their first five hitters launched home runs.

How rare is a stolen base by a Cardinals pitcher?

Jake Westbrook did something Thursday that has occurred only 64 times prior – a St. Louis Cardinals pitcher stealing a base.

Women in media: good and bad examples

The title says it all. Two cases from this past weekend illustrate the problems of women in media roles.

Cardinals to appear on MLB Network five times in May

Out-of-market St. Louis Cardinals fans have additional opportunities to see their club on television during May.

2012 Cardinals tied for best start in modern era

With a 9-3 record through the first 12 games of the season, the 2012 St. Louis Cardinals have tied the club-record best start since 1900.

Cardinals World Series 8-disc set trivia: “Minors up the middle”

Correctly answer a multi-part St. Louis Cardinals-related trivia question and win a free 2011 World Series Champions Collectors Edition DVD Set from The Cardinal Nation Blog and A+E Networks Home Entertainment/MLB Productions.

Cardinals World Series Game 6 DVD Set trivia: “Mo’s beginnings”

Correctly answer a multi-part St. Louis Cardinals-related trivia question and win a free Baseball’s Greatest Games: 2011 World Series, Game 6 DVD Set from The Cardinal Nation Blog and A+E Networks Home Entertainment/MLB Productions.

Cardinals World Series 8-disc set trivia: “No Mr. 30-30”

Correctly answer a multi-part St. Louis Cardinals-related trivia question and win a free 2011 World Series Champions Collectors Edition DVD Set from The Cardinal Nation Blog and A+E Networks Home Entertainment/MLB Productions.

Cardinals World Series Game 6 DVD Set trivia: “RBI kings”

Correctly answer a multi-part St. Louis Cardinals-related trivia question and win a free Baseball’s Greatest Games: 2011 World Series, Game 6 DVD Set from The Cardinal Nation Blog and A+E Networks Home Entertainment/MLB Productions.

Cardinals World Series 8-disc set trivia: “Chicks dug me early”

Correctly answer a multi-part St. Louis Cardinals-related trivia question and win a free 2011 World Series Champions Collectors Edition DVD Set from The Cardinal Nation Blog and A+E Networks Home Entertainment/MLB Productions.

Cards World Series Game 6 DVD Set trivia: “We’ll see you tomorrow night!”

Correctly answer a multi-part St. Louis Cardinals-related trivia question and win a free Baseball’s Greatest Games: 2011 World Series, Game 6 DVD Set from The Cardinal Nation Blog and A+E Networks Home Entertainment/MLB Productions.

Win more Cardinals World Series DVD sets at The Cardinal Nation Blog

An even bigger giveaway than last time! Pre-registration to answer St. Louis Cardinals-related trivia questions is required.

Cardinals all-time Scrabble leaders by decade

The top Scrabble-scoring names by decade in St. Louis Cardinals team history.

Cardinals minor league spring training notebook: 03/28

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

Cardinals minor league spring training notebook: 03/27

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

Cardinals minor league spring training notebook: 03/26

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

Cardinals minor league spring training notebook: 03/25

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

Cardinals minor league spring training notebook: 03/24

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

Cardinals minor league spring training notebook: 03/23

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

Cardinals minor league spring training notebook: 03/22

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

Cardinals minor league spring training notebook: 03/20

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

Cardinals minor league spring training notebook: 03/19

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

Cardinals minor league spring training notebook: 03/18

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

Cardinals minor league spring training notebook: 03/17

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

Cardinals minor league spring training notebook: 03/16

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

Cardinals spring phenom named Matt will return to earth

For the second consecutive spring, the St. Louis Cardinals top minor league hitter is standing out in major league camp. Let’s not get carried away, though.

Red, Whitey, TLR to be honored in Cooperstown

Title-winning St. Louis Cardinals managers Red Schoendienst, Whitey Herzog and Tony La Russa will be honored together at the National Baseball Hall of Fame on July 21.

40-plus Cardinals players, 30-plus articles

Looking for spring training articles for every player on the St. Louis Cardinals roster.

Review of a review: Sloan Sports Analytics Conference

A recommendation to read a summary of an important event covering off-field aspects of sports, especially baseball.

The Molina contract: What the writers are saying

A scan of national and local sportswriters’ opinions on the Yadier Molina contract and its potential impact on other impending free agent catchers.

St. Louis Cardinals all-time All-Scrabble team

The top Scrabble-scoring names by position in St. Louis Cardinals team history.

Eighth Cardinals spring telecast added

MLB Network’s spring slate of St. Louis Cardinals games includes one incremental telecast and seven alternate broadcasts.

Time to stand down on Molina’s contract

Why not let Yadier Molina and the St. Louis Cardinals work on a new deal without such a high level of sensitivity?

Cardinals pitchers helping pitchers

Pitching veterans on the St. Louis Cardinals are working alongside prospects in spring training.

Sorting out Cardinals spring uniform numbers

Who is wearing what uniform number in 2012 St. Louis Cardinals spring training camp?

23 of 28 Cardinals 2012 spring games on TV or radio

If one is flexible, broadcasts of 23 of 28 St. Louis Cardinals spring training games in 2012 can be found.

Fewer Cardinals spring training telecasts in 2012

Current plans for total television broadcasts of St. Louis Cardinals spring training games are down – from almost one-third of the games last year to just 25 percent in 2012.

Defending Yadier Molina

Followers of the St. Louis Cardinals had differing views of catcher Yadier Molina’s update on his contract situation upon his reporting to spring training.

Cardinals where are they now? – LaPoint and Ryde

The paths of a St. Louis Cardinals pitching star from the 1980s and a failed big-bonus outfield signing from 2007 have come together in Rockland County, New York.

The St. Louis Cardinals Canadian MVP

Which Canadian-born player contributed the most to the St. Louis Cardinals?

Red Schoendienst celebrates his 89th birthday

St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Famer Red Schoendienst is still in uniform after 70 seasons in professional baseball.

Union holding up expanded MLB playoffs

One month remains for Major League Baseball owners and players to agree whether or not to add a second Wild Card per league in 2012.

St. Louis Cardinals open virtual museum

The St. Louis Cardinals have a new online museum designed to help fill the gap until the physical one is re-opened someday.

Roy Oswalt and Cardinals number 44

If pitcher Roy Oswalt signs with the St. Louis Cardinals, will his familiar number 44 be available?

Finalizing the fans’ contract offer to Yadier Molina

Readers can vote for salary and number of years making up their best contract offer to St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina.

Pujols to be ESPN The Magazine’s cover boy

Now we can learn the inside story of Albert Pujols’ signing from the perspective of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

Cardinals organization roster matrix: 2012 spring training

The St. Louis Cardinals full system view reflects rosters for 2012 spring training with all organization players listed by level and position.

Video: David Freese takes Babe Ruth Award

St. Louis Cardinals third baseman David Freese was recognized again for his 2011 post-season, this time by the New York chapter of the BBWAA.

Buy your St. Louis Cardinals spring training tickets now

St. Louis Cardinals 2012 Spring Training single game tickets go on sale to the public today, Saturday, January 21.

How much should the Cardinals offer Yadier Molina?

Readers can vote for their salary and number of years limits in their hypothetical offers for St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina.

Yadier Molina and Walker Cooper

What might we learn from a time in history when the St. Louis Cardinals got rid of the best catcher in the National League instead of paying him what he deserved?

Predicting the Cardinals non-roster invitees

Readers can guess which non-roster players will be invited to St. Louis Cardinals spring training camp.

Cardinals planning White House visit

The World Champion St. Louis Cardinals are reportedly making plans to visit the White House on January 17.