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TCN Blog 2014 Top Story #12: Losing the Most Valuable Asset

Somehow, the St. Louis Cardinals managed to remain in the playoff race for almost two months while Yadier Molina was injured.

TCN Blog 2014 Top Story #14: Centerfield Consistency

Prior to the season, if anyone had forecast consistency in centerfield for the 2014 St. Louis Cardinals, they probably would have been referring to Peter Bourjos, not Jon Jay.

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.

TCN Blog 2014 Top Story #16: Carpenter’s Cardinals Commitment

St. Louis Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter inked a six-year contract this past spring, but his results were down in 2014.

TCN Blog 2014 Top Story #17: Rosenthal’s Rocky Road

St. Louis Cardinals closer Trevor Rosenthal usually got the job done in 2014, but it was often a wild ride.

TCN Blog 2014 Top Story #18: Change in Scouting Director

The St. Louis Cardinals remained in-house to replace Dan Kantrovitz as director of scouting with Chris Correa.

The Cardinal Nation Blog’s Top 20 Stories of 2014 Countdown

Annual series looking back at the top news items affecting the St. Louis Cardinals over the previous 12 months.

Projected top five St. Louis Cardinals stories of 2014

A look ahead to what may be the top stories surrounding the St. Louis Cardinals in 2014.

Past predictions: TCN blog’s top five Cardinals stories of 2013

A look back at the top projected stories across the St. Louis Cardinal nation in 2013 from last January.

TCN blog 2013 top story #1: Stan Musial’s passing

On January 20, the greatest St. Louis Cardinals player of all time died.

TCN blog 2013 top story #2: Back on top of the National League

The 2013 St Louis Cardinals recaptured the National League Central Division crown for the first time since 2009 and tied for the best record in Major League Baseball.

TCN blog 2013 top story #3: Molina’s MVP bid

The days when some pundits trashed the St. Louis Cardinals for signing catcher Yadier Molina for a five-year, $75 million contract have long passed.

TCN blog 2013 top story #4: Matt Carpenter’s rise

All Matt Carpenter did in 2013 was learn a new position and serve as the National League champion’s leadoff hitter, amassing the most hits and runs scored in the league.

TCN blog 2013 top story #5: Wainwright’s continuing leadership

Adam Wainwright began the year with the news that he would have to lead the St. Louis Cardinals rotation without mentor Chris Carpenter. He carried a heavy load, leading MLB in innings pitched and tying for the National League wins with 19.

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.

TCN blog 2013 top story #7: Miller’s puzzling rookie year

The St. Louis Cardinals relied on a rookie starter in the post-season, but it wasn’t the one most people expected. Still, the Cards would not have made it that far without Shelby Miller.

TCN blog 2013 top story #8: Wacha’s emergence

The St. Louis Cardinals ended up relying on a rookie starter in the post-season, but it wasn’t the one most people expected.

TCN blog 2013 top story #9: Chris Carpenter finally gives in

The 2013 St. Louis Cardinals did not have their veteran ace for the second consecutive year. Following the season, with his contract up, Chris Carpenter decided to retire.

TCN blog 2013 top story #10: Seamless closer transition

The St. Louis Cardinals unexpectedly replaced their closer multiple times during 2013 – and did so without much turbulence.

TCN blog 2013 top story #11: Young bullpen guns

The St. Louis Cardinals had to place unexpected responsibility on a trio of bullpen rookies in 2013 – and they answered.

TCN blog 2013 top story #12: The Freese-Bourjos trade

Following the 2013 season, the St. Louis Cardinals traded away two top 2011 contributors in an attempt to improve their 2014 play in centerfield.

TCN blog 2013 top story #13: Steady, unsteady rotation middle

Looking into the 2013 seasons of four members from the middle of the St. Louis Cardinals rotation.

TCN blog 2013 top story #14: Peralta, PEDs and penalties

The St. Louis Cardinals added a new shortstop but the size of the contract given a previously-suspended PED user alarmed some across the game.

TCN blog 2013 top story #15: The Craig-Adams two-step

The St. Louis Cardinals’ cleanup hitter went down in early August, but a rookie stepped up to help fill the void.

TCN blog 2013 top story #16: Missing Motte

The St. Louis Cardinals’ closer sat out the entire 2013 season, but the team thrived anyway.

TCN blog 2013 top story #17: Eventful external minor league ownership

The St. Louis Cardinals’ minor league clubs not owned by them have been in the news during 2013.

TCN blog 2013 top story #18: Beltran walks again

The St. Louis Cardinals’ top home run hitter in 2012 and 2013 has left the club as a free agent.

TCN blog 2013 top story #19: Oscar’s ongoing ouchie

One in the top handful of prospects in all of baseball did not make his major league debut for the 2013 St. Louis Cardinals due to injury.

TCN blog 2013 top story #20: Matheny’s extension

The St. Louis Cardinals gave their young and successful manager a contract extension this fall.

Counting down The Cardinal Nation blog’s top 20 stories of 2013

Annual series looking back at the top news items affecting the St. Louis Cardinals over the previous 12 months.

Projected top five St. Louis Cardinals stories of 2013

A look ahead to the top projected stories across the Cardinal Nation in 2013.

Reviewing predictions: TCN Blog’s top five Cardinals stories of 2012

A look back at the top projected stories across the Cardinal Nation in 2012 from one year ago.

TCN Blog 2012 top story #1: NLDS comeback over Washington

In the 2012 National League Division Series, the St. Louis Cardinals came back to defeat the favored Washington Nationals.

TCN Blog 2012 Cardinals top story #2: The NLCS collapse

Needing just one win to return to the World Series, the St. Louis Cardinals lost three straight to San Francisco in the National League Championship Series.

TCN Blog 2012 Cardinals top story #3: Wild Card win in Atlanta

In the first-ever National League Wild Card game, the St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Atlanta Braves on the road.

TCN Blog 2012 Cardinals top story #4: Molina, team MVP

Veteran St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina continues to improve each season. 2012 was no exception.

TCN Blog 2012 Cardinals top story #5: Lohse’s contract year

Veteran right-hander Kyle Lohse made what appears to be his final St. Louis Cardinals season a memorable one.

TCN Blog 2012 top story #6: Matheny’s managerial rookie year

On November 13, 2011, Mike Matheny was named as the new manager of the St. Louis Cardinals, replacing retired Tony La Russa. While his club was unable to repeat as World Champions, the 42-year-old had a solid first season in the job. Prior to his hire, Matheny had been a special assistant to general manager [...]

TCN Blog 2012 Cardinals top story #7: The Class of 2006

Two young St. Louis Cardinals players assumed major roles for the 2012 playoff-bound club, centerfielder Jon Jay and first baseman Allen Craig.

TCN Blog 2012 Cardinals top story #8: Berkman’s fade

Another major contributor to the St. Louis Cardinals 2011 World Championship missed most of 2012 due to a series of injuries.

TCN Blog 2012 top story #9: Carp’s injury and comeback

The St. Louis Cardinals relied heavily on Chris Carpenter in 2011, but the veteran right-hander was unavailable for much of 2012.

TCN Blog 2012 top story #10: Five in the first round

St. Louis Cardinals had five selections in the first round of the 2012 draft, their most in over two decades.

TCN Blog 2012 top story #11: All-star Lynn wins 18 games

In his first year in the St. Louis Cardinals’ rotation, second-year pitcher Lance Lynn led his team in victories.

TCN Blog 2012 top story #12: Motte logs every save

The St. Louis Cardinals ninth-inning relief situation changed 180 degrees between 2011 and 2012.

TCN Blog 2012 top Cardinals story #13: Mujica’s mound magic

The 2012 St. Louis Cardinals made an under-the-radar trade at the deadline that met their needs perfectly, adding reliever Edward Mujica.

TCN Blog 2012 top story #14: Kozma’s surprising September

The 2012 St. Louis Cardinals had a surprise standout at shortstop during the final weeks of the season – former first-rounder Pete Kozma.

TCN Blog 2012 top story #16: Kelly steps in and delivers

Twice, rookie right-hander Joe Kelly moved into the rotation for others and delivered for the 2012 St. Louis Cardinals.

TCN Blog 2012 top story #17: Miller’s time finally arrives

The St. Louis Cardinals’ top prospect made his major league debut in September.

TCN Blog 2012 top story #18: McGwire leaves St. Louis for LA

The St. Louis Cardinals’ hitting coach and former star left one home for another with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

TCN Blog 2012 top story #19: Texas League Champs in Springfield

The St. Louis Cardinals’ Double-A affiliate in Springfield, MO took home its first Texas League title.

TCN Blog 2012 top story #20: Returning to Peoria and State College

The St. Louis Cardinals changed two Class-A affiliates for the 2013 and 2014 seasons, returning to familiar locations.

Counting down The Cardinal Nation Blog’s top 20 stories of 2012

Annual series looking back at the top news items affecting the St. Louis Cardinals over the previous 12 months.

Off-the-wall Cardinals story ideas for 2012

Seven lower-odds storylines possibly ahead for the 2012 St. Louis Cardinals. Or not.

TCN Blog reader top Cardinals stories of 2011

Readers vote to select their top stories of the year for the 2011 St. Louis Cardinals.

Projected top five St. Louis Cardinals stories of 2012

A look ahead to the top projected stories across the Cardinal Nation in 2012.

Reviewing the predictions: TCN Blog’s top five Cardinals stories of 2011

A look back at the top projected stories across the Cardinal Nation in 2011 from one year ago.

The Cardinal Nation Blog 2011 top story #1: 11th World Championship

In 2011, the underdog St. Louis Cardinals won their 11th championship of Major League Baseball.

The Cardinal Nation Blog 2011 top story #2: Pujols leaves

St. Louis Cardinals’ superstar first baseman Albert Pujols left behind his only home as a professional for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

The Cardinal Nation Blog 2011 top story #3: La Russa retires

The St. Louis Cardinals’ managerial stability has ended with the retirement of Tony La Russa.

The Cardinal Nation Blog 2011 top story #4: Historic regular season comeback

No team in history overcame a Wild Card deficit of 10 or more games to win the World Series – until the 2011 St. Louis Cardinals did it.

The Cardinal Nation Blog 2011 top story #6: NLCS win over Brewers

The St. Louis Cardinals defeated NL Central rival and 2011 Division champion Milwaukee Brewers in the Championship Series.

The Cardinal Nation Blog 2011 top story #7: Mo’s man Matheny

The St. Louis Cardinals have a new manager and several new coaches, ushering in a new era for the defending champions.

The Cardinal Nation Blog 2011 top story #8: The Rasmus trade or the title trade?

How important was the Colby Rasmus trade in helping the 2011 St. Louis Cardinals become World Champions?

The Cardinal Nation Blog 2011 top story #9: Berkman’s rebirth

Long-time Houston Astros star Lance Berkman enjoyed a career revitalization in St. Louis in 2011.

The Cardinal Nation Blog 2011 top story #10: Freese’s fantastic finish

St. Louis Cardinals’ third baseman David Freese won the Most Valuable Player Award in both the National League Championship Series and the World Series.

The Cardinal Nation Blog 2011 top story #11: Young position players emerge

Three young position players made significant contributions along the way to the St. Louis Cardinals’ 2011 World Series title.

The Cardinal Nation Blog 2011 top story #12: Young relievers emerge

Three rookie pitchers not on the roster to open the season contributed to the St. Louis Cardinals World Championship push.

The Cardinal Nation Blog 2011 top story #13: Wainwright’s lost season

How many clubs could lose one of their top two starters for the entire season and still win the World Series? The 2011 St. Louis Cardinals could and did.

The Cardinal Nation Blog 2011 top story #15: Changes up the middle

The St. Louis Cardinals starting middle infielders to begin 2011 did not last the season, with more change likely for 2012.

The Cardinal Nation Blog 2011 top story #16: Out went the old in the pen

Four veteran relievers began the 2011 season with the St. Louis Cardinals but they did not perform and were soon gone, replaced by younger men.

The Cardinal Nation Blog 2011 top story #17: Closer changes

Eight different relievers collected saves and four of them lost the closers job, but the 2011 St. Louis Cardinals secured the conversions when they were needed the most.

The Cardinal Nation Blog 2011 top story #18: Molina’s best season?

The St. Louis Cardinals catcher had his top year as a hitter, though his defensive metrics were down. Oh yeah, his team won the World Series and he is heading toward free agency.

The Cardinal Nation Blog 2011 top story #19: Chris Carpenter’s extension

The St. Louis Cardinals and their veteran rotation anchor have good reasons to stay together for two more seasons.

The Cardinal Nation Blog 2011 top story #20: Jaime Garcia’s extension

The St. Louis Cardinals locked up their most promising young major league pitcher for as many as six years into the future.

Counting down The Cardinal Nation Blog’s top 20 stories of 2011

Annual series looking back at the top news items affecting the St. Louis Cardinals over the previous 12 months.

Projected top five St. Louis Cardinals stories of 2011

A look ahead to the top projected stories across the Cardinal Nation in 2011.

TCN blog reader top ten stories of 2010: The results

The top stories of the year for the 2010 St. Louis Cardinals as selected by the readers of this blog.

Reviewing the predictions: TCN Blog’s top five Cardinals stories of 2010

A look back at the top projected stories across the Cardinal Nation in 2010 from one year ago.

TCN blog reader top stories of 2010: Final voting

Readers complete their selection of top stories of the year for the 2010 St. Louis Cardinals.

TCN blog reader top stories of 2010: Voting for #5

Readers select their top stories of the year for the 2010 St. Louis Cardinals.

TCN blog reader top stories of 2010: Voting for #3

Readers select their top stories of the year for the 2010 St. Louis Cardinals.

TCN blog reader top stories of 2010: Voting for #2

Readers select their top stories of the year for the 2010 St. Louis Cardinals.

The Cardinal Nation Blog top stories of 2010 #1: The collapse

The St. Louis Cardinals were expected to repeat as division-winners in 2010. Instead, they missed the playoffs entirely.

The Cardinal Nation Blog top stories of 2010 #2: Holliday’s signing

Though agent Scott Boras took Matt Holliday into free agency one year ago, the outfielder returned to the St. Louis Cardinals via the biggest contract team history.

The Cardinal Nation Blog top stories of 2010 #3: The big trade

The Ryan Ludwick for Jake Westbrook trade was one of the biggest and arguably the most surprising story of the St. Louis Cardinals’ 2010 season.

The Cardinal Nation Blog top stories of 2010 #4: The Pujols decade

Completing his first decade as the on-field leader of the St. Louis Cardinals, first baseman Albert Pujols racked up a series of milestones during 2010.

The Cardinal Nation Blog top stories of 2010 #5: La Russa and Duncan return

The long-time manager-pitching coach duo will be back leading the St. Louis Cardinals in 2011 despite a difficult 2010.

The Cardinal Nation Blog top stories of 2010 #6: The Penny/Lohse injuries

On consecutive days in late May, starters Brad Penny and Kyle Lohse went down with injuries that would wreck their personal seasons and arguably that of the St. Louis Cardinals.

The Cardinal Nation Blog top stories of 2010 #7: Adam the new ace

Performance on the field in 2010 seemed to confirm the passing of the torch of ‘the ace of the St. Louis Cardinals’ from Chris Carpenter to Adam Wainwright.

The Cardinal Nation Blog top stories of 2010 #8: The real Man

2010 was a big year for the greatest St. Louis Cardinal ever, Stan Musial.

The Cardinal Nation Blog top stories of 2010 #9: The fight in Cincinnati

The St. Louis Cardinals experienced both highs and lows during a series sweep in Cincinnati on August 9-11.

The Cardinal Nation Blog top stories of 2010 #10: Puma or Elvis?

The St. Louis Cardinals added veteran Lance Berkman to be their 2011 right fielder.

The Cardinal Nation Blog top stories of 2010 #11: Garcia’s emergence

Rookie left-hander Jaime Garcia surged onto the scene for the St. Louis Cardinals, winning 13 games and finishing third in the National League Rookie of the Year vote.

The Cardinal Nation Blog top stories of 2010 #12: Herzog to the Hall

Whitey Herzog entered Baseball’s Hall of Fame and his number was retired by the St. Louis Cardinals in July.

The Cardinal Nation Blog top stories of 2010 #13: The muddled middle

Middle infield play was a major concern for the 2010 St. Louis Cardinals. Not everyone is comfortable with the changes made for 2011.

The Cardinal Nation Blog top stories of 2010 #14: An even worse year at third

Third base was a major problem for the St. Louis Cardinals for the second consecutive season.

The Cardinal Nation Blog top stories of 2010 #15: Young bench, veteran stopgaps

Starting in June, the St. Louis Cardinals called on five minor league castoffs with below-average results.

The Cardinal Nation Blog top stories of 2010 #16: Zack Cox’ major league deal

The St. Louis Cardinals’ first pick in the 2010 draft received near-record money and a major league contract.

The Cardinal Nation Blog top stories of 2010 #17: Not trading Colby Rasmus

The St. Louis Cardinals’ second-year outfielder went through some bumps and bruises on and off the field.

The Cardinal Nation Blog top stories of 2010 #18: Big Mac’s return

The St. Louis Cardinals’ former slugger became their hitting coach, apologized for the past, and moved ahead.