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Brian Walton's news and commentary on the St. Louis Cardinals (TM) and their minor league system

Post archive for ‘Top Stories of the Year’

The Cardinal Nation Blog top stories of 2009 #3: Cy close and closer

Chris Carpenter and Adam Wainwright led the St. Louis Cardinals pitching staff all season long but fell short in individual recognition.

The Cardinal Nation Blog top stories of 2009 #5: The failed finish

The 2009 St. Louis Cardinals won their division handily, but carried a final-month slump into a quick post-season exit.

The Cardinal Nation Blog top stories of 2009 #6: The successful odd couple, Mo and TLR

Working together, the manager and GM brought great results for the 2009 St. Louis Cardinals.

The Cardinal Nation Blog top stories of 2009 #7: Penny for Pineiro

Will Brad Penny become the 2010 St. Louis Cardinals’ version of 2009’s Joel Pineiro, the unsung hero?

The Cardinal Nation Blog top stories of 2009 #8: Franklin the finisher

A big question turned into a strength of the 2009 Cardinals as Ryan Franklin seized the closer’s job and solidified the bullpen.

The Cardinal Nation Blog top stories of 2009 #9: The return of Big Mac

In a major surprise, former slugger Mark McGwire was introduced in October as the club’s new hitting coach, and in early 2010, stepped out of the shadows.

The Cardinal Nation Blog top stories of 2009 #11: Third base turmoil

Eight different players had a piece of the St. Louis Cardinals’ starting third base job in 2009. None of them did much of anything with it.

The Cardinal Nation Blog top stories of 2009 #12: Duncan’s disc, discord and departure

Trying to return from disc replacement surgery in his neck proved to be too much for Chris Duncan, who was traded to Boston in late July for middle infielder Julio Lugo in a move that unearthed a number of issues.

The Cardinal Nation Blog top stories of 2009 #13: Memphis and Springfield success

The youngest Triple-A and Double-A clubs in baseball both made the playoffs, the first time that was accomplished by Cardinals’ clubs in a quarter of a century.

The Cardinal Nation Blog top stories of 2009 #14: Whitey to the Hall

Whitey Herzog, the leader of the 1980’s St. Louis Cardinals, was elected to Baseball’s Hall of Fame.

The Cardinal Nation Blog top stories of 2009 #15: Shortstop shuffle

No one could have predicted how the shortstop position would have evolved for the 2009 St. Louis Cardinals.

The Cardinal Nation Blog top stories of 2009 #16: Change in centerfield

The 2009 St. Louis Cardinals’ centerfield featured a transition from the veteran to the kid along with some interesting twists.

The Cardinal Nation Blog top stories of 2009 #17: John Smoltz

The St. Louis Cardinals again added a future Hall of Fame pitcher nearing the end of his career but it didn’t end like in 1926.

The Cardinal Nation Blog top stories of 2009 #18: Shelby Miller

The St. Louis Cardinals ventured into unfamiliar territory when making their first-round pick in the 2009 draft.

The Cardinal Nation Blog top stories of 2009 #19: Minors coaching turnover

Major changes occurred among the Cardinals minor league coaching ranks following an uneven 2009 season.

The Cardinal Nation Blog top stories of 2009 #20: Wagner Mateo

The sweetest amateur free agent signing in St. Louis Cardinals team history quickly went sour.

Projected Top Five St. Louis Cardinals Stories of 2009

The final article in Brian Walton’s series looking back at the biggest stories across the St. Louis Cardinal Nation during 2008 and now, looking ahead to 2009.

Top 20 Cardinals Stories of 2008: #1-5

Brian Walton’s look back at the biggest stories across the St. Louis Cardinal Nation during 2008 continues with the top five.

Top 20 Cardinals Stories of 2008: #6-10

Brian Walton’s look back at the biggest stories across the St. Louis Cardinal Nation during 2008 continues with those ranked six through ten.

Top 20 Cardinals Stories of 2008: #11-15

Brian Walton’s look back at the biggest stories across the St. Louis Cardinal Nation during 2008 continues with those ranked 11 through 15.

Top 20 Cardinals Stories of 2008: #16-20

A look back at the biggest stories across the St. Louis Cardinal Nation during 2008 begins with numbers 16 through 20.

Links to Cardinals “Best of” Lists

Lists of some of the top current St. Louis Cardinals minor leaguers and past major leaguers. (Remember to click on the title to see the entire post.)