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Who to Believe on the Freddie Freeman Rumors?

Reports conflict as to whether the Atlanta Braves looked into trading first baseman Freddie Freeman.

Could Andrelton Simmons Become Another Ozzie Smith?

There are similarities between the age 26 trades of Ozzie Smith in late 1981 and Andrelton Simmons this week.

Cardinals Organization Roster Matrix: 2015-2016 Off-Season

The St. Louis Cardinals’ full system view by position and level incorporates free agency and reflects rosters during the 2015-2016 off-season.

Talking Cardinals Prospects from Arizona Fall League

Brian Walton went on Brian Stull’s St. Louis Baseball Weekly radio show to discuss St. Louis Cardinals prospects competing in the Arizona Fall League.

Molina’s Mansions

St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina and his family recently moved into larger quarters.

Randal Grichuk’s Powerful 2015 in a Historical View

By several measures, Randal Grichuk’s rookie season was among the best by a young high-strikeout power hitter in MLB history.

Disconnecting Pete Kozma and Aledmys Diaz

Expanding on a Twitter discussion with a person who wanted Pete Kozma off the St. Louis Cardinals during the season.

Piscotty’s First 60 Games Among Best in Cardinals History

St. Louis Cardinals outfielder/first baseman Stephen Piscotty has tied for the sixth-most doubles by any player in team history through their first 60 MLB games.

A History of Cardinals Substance Suspensions

Catcher Cody Stanley’s second suspension is the 32nd affecting the St. Louis Cardinals since 2005.

Stacking up Stephen Piscotty’s First 30 Games in Cardinals History

St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Stephen Piscotty has tied for the fourth-most extra-base hits of any player in team history through their first 30 MLB games.

Cardinals Hall of Fame Induction to Air on FOX Sports Midwest

One-hour, tape-delayed special recapping the St. Louis Cardinals 2015 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremonies premieres Monday, August 17.

Carpenter’s Hot Streak Silences Craig Comparisons

Many of those comparing Matt Carpenter to Allen Craig are singing a different tune now that the third baseman is out of his earlier slump.

Cardinals Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Details

George Kissell, Curt Flood, Bob Forsch and Ted Simmons to be honored at Enshrinement Ceremony. Free, non-ticketed ceremony takes place at 2 p.m. on August 15th at Fox Sports Midwest Live! in Ballpark Village. Cardinals Fantasy Talk on SiriusXM

Brian Walton joined’s nightly show on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio to discuss the 2015 St. Louis Cardinals from a fantasy point of view.

Cardinals Fans All-Star Grumblings Unwarranted

I do not see merit in several common complaints being aired by some St. Louis Cardinals fans about the 2015 All-Star Game.

Why Isn’t Stephen Piscotty a First Baseman?

The St. Louis Cardinals backed off on an earlier plan to see if Stephen Piscotty can handle first base, but now they could really use him there.

Nielsen Tops Reyes and Kaminsky at Palm Beach

The Palm Beach Cardinals starter with the best ERA isn’t who you think.

Cardinals Rumored to be on Two July 2nd Signees

The St. Louis Cardinals may be in the lead to sign two top 40 international prospects.

Cardinals Organization Roster Matrix: 2015 Draft and Short Season

The St. Louis Cardinals’ full system view by position and level incorporates the 2015 Draft and reflects rosters for 2015 short season play.

Matt Carpenter on his July Youth Camp, His Dad and His Future

St. Louis Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter discusses his post-playing aspirations, his July Youth Camp in Wildwood, Missouri and the impact of his father, Rick.

Bumping into Boras

My chance encounter with famed agent Scott Boras in the Dallas airport on Friday.

Holliday Enters New Top 10 On-Base List

St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday has reached base in 45 consecutive games, tied for 10th all-time for the team.

Cardinals Memorial Day Pregame to Include Special Features

FOX Sports Midwest’s Memorial Day plans include tributes to those who have served our country. Cardinals Fantasy Talk on SiriusXM

Brian Walton joined’s nightly show on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio to discuss the 2015 St. Louis Cardinals from a fantasy point of view.

Holliday’s Season-Opening On-Base Streak in Cardinals Top 15

Matt Holliday has reached base in all 23 St. Louis Cardinals games in which he has played in 2015.

Carpenter’s Early Doubles Pace Would be Historic

A major difference in Matt Carpenter last season was a drop in two-base hits. They are back in the early going in 2015.

KXnO FOX Sports Radio: Wainwright’s Injury Aftermath

Brian Walton discusses Adam Wainwright’s injury and the St. Louis Cardinals with Ross Peterson and Chris Williams of KXnO FOX Sports Radio 1460 in Des Moines.

Kaminsky Bests Moya in Top Prospect Showdown

Two top-three prospects in the St. Louis Cardinals and Detroit Tigers systems faced off on Thursday night.

Cardinals Organization Roster Matrix: 2015 Regular Season

The St. Louis Cardinals’ full system view by position and level reflects rosters for the 2015 regular season.

Grichuk vs. Pham vs. Kelly for Cardinals Final Bench Spot

The St. Louis Cardinals have three very different players as apparent competitors for the final spot among its season-opening reserves.

On Pham, Kelly, Roster Cuts and the Cardinals Disabled List

Like all MLB clubs, the St. Louis Cardinals must keep one eye on the rule book while managing the spring training roster.

Cardinals Organization Roster Matrix: 2015 Spring Training

The St. Louis Cardinals’ full system view by position and level reflects rosters for 2015 spring training.

Wainwright’s 2014 First-Half Dominance

St. Louis Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright tied for the 2014 MLB lead in shutouts despite pitching in pain in the second half.

One Less Cardinals Retired Number is Good

The St. Louis Cardinals have re-issued Mark McGwire’s number 25 to bench coach David Bell.

Why Carlos Martinez Cannot be Traded

The St. Louis Cardinals pitcher carries the memory of his late friend and teammate Oscar Taveras with him. In 2015, how could that be anywhere other than in St. Louis?

Former Cardinal Faszholz Named Concordia Hall of Famer

Though Jack Faszholz was only briefly a St. Louis Cardinal, he had a very successful career as an educator and coach.

Adams’ Number Retired by Slippery Rock

The St. Louis Cardinals first baseman’s university retired his number in a recent ceremony.

Barkley, La Russa and Analytics

Here it is 2015, and yet there are still some who cannot or will not accept the value of analytics in the business of sports.

MLB Needs to Get Selling on Pace of Game

Pace of game could be an issue with a future generation of baseball fans, but if so, MLB needs to explain before the idea is taken down from within.

Banks, Musial, McGee Among Never Ejected MLBers

The late Hall of Famers Ernie Banks and Stan Musial are joined by Willie McGee in the top 20 of MLB’s greatest gentlemen on the field of play.

Cardinals, Jay Running Out of Contract Time

An arbitration hearing will be held this month if outfielder Jon Jay and the St. Louis Cardinals cannot agree on the amount for his 2015 contract.

Cardinals Garcia and Orozco in Caribbean Series

Palm Beach outfielder Anthony Garcia and Peoria coach Dernier Orozco are representing Puerto Rico and Venezuela, respectively, in the 2015 Caribbean Series.

Two Dodgers Respect and Target Cardinals

Los Angeles Dodgers Yasier Puig and Clayton Kershaw each made recent comments noting their club’s failures to eliminate the St. Louis Cardinals in the post-season.

Interview: Stan Musial Biographer Joseph Stanton

Exclusive interview with Stan Musial biographer Joseph Stanton.

Keith Hernandez Should Not Be Considered a Met Only

Consider a player’s team Hall of Fame credentials rather than discarding his candidacy because he starred for another team, too.

About Tony Cruz and Bob Uecker

Thinking about two St. Louis Cardinals reserve catchers a half-century apart.

Recapping Cardinals Awards from Writers’ Dinner

A series of St. Louis Cardinals were honored at last Sunday night’s Baseball Writers’ Association Dinner.

Reds-Cardinals Had Their Own “DeflateGate” in 2009-2010

Remembering a series of escalating incidents that began with accusations of improperly rubbed up baseballs in 2009 and 2010.

Cardinals Assign Numbers to Reynolds, Belisle, Walden

The St. Louis Cardinals’ newest additions have official uniform numbers for 2015.

Matt Carpenter’s Dad Rick Wins National Coaching Honor

The father of St. Louis Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter is the nation’s top high school baseball coach in 2014.

Cole Hamels and the Doppelgangers

A star baseball player and a television car show host could be brothers – though they are not.

Marco Gonzales’ Dad Becomes Minor League Manager

The father of St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Marco Gonzales, Frank Gonzales, will be managing in the Northwest League in 2015.

Eight Reasons Why the St. Louis Cardinals Could Want More Pitching

The St. Louis Cardinals are reportedly looking at one of three top pitchers to add to their rotation. Here are some potential reasons why.

Three New Arizona First-Time Managers Have Cardinals Ties

Former St. Louis Cardinals Mark Grudzielanek and Joe Mather are among new managers in the Arizona Diamondbacks minor league system.

James Shields and St. Louis Cardinals Non-Rumor Surfaces

A misrepresentation of a Ken Rosenthal remark lead to a new and unfounded rumor, this time connecting James Shields and the St. Louis Cardinals.

Projected Top Five St. Louis Cardinals Stories of 2015

A look ahead to what may be the top stories surrounding the St. Louis Cardinals in 2015.

Past Predictions: TCN Blog’s Top Five Cardinals Stories of 2014

A look back at the top projected stories across the St. Louis Cardinals world in 2014 from last January.

TCN Blog 2014 Top Story #2: Oscar Taveras’ Death Not About Baseball

St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Oscar Taveras died in October in his native Dominican Republic. His girlfriend also was killed in an automobile accident due to his drunken driving.

TCN Blog 2014 Top Story #4: Dodgers Dispatched in DS

The St. Louis Cardinals once again eliminated the Los Angeles Dodgers from MLB’s post-season as Matt Carpenter starred with the bat and Yasiel Puig wore the black hat.

TCN Blog 2014 Top Story #5: Quick Move to Add Heyward

The St. Louis Cardinals addressed their right field need by acquiring Jason Heyward from the Atlanta Braves.

TCN Blog 2014 Top Story #6: Peralta’s Positives

Through year one of Jhonny Peralta’s four-year contract, the risk taken by the St. Louis Cardinals in bringing in the controversial veteran shortstop paid off.

TCN Blog 2014 Top Story #7: The Lackey Trade

At the July 31 deadline, the St. Louis Cardinals added pitcher John Lackey and a minor leaguer for pitcher Joe Kelly and 1B/OF Allen Craig.

TCN Blog 2014 Top Story #8: Wong Perseveres

Rookie second baseman Kolten Wong persevered through demotion, injury and post-season benching to post a very strong rookie season for the St. Louis Cardinals.

TCN Blog 2014 Top Story #9: Another Cy Miss

Once again, St. Louis Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright was a top candidate for the National League Cy Young Award, but again fell short in 2014.

TCN Blog 2014 Top Story #10: Right Field Rub

The St. Louis Cardinals received painfully little offense from the important right field position in 2014.

TCN Blog 2014 Top Story #11: Losing 2/5 of the Rotation

The St. Louis Cardinals had to make a series of adjustments to their rotation, including two trades, due to major injuries to Michael Wacha and Jaime Garcia.

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.

Cardinals Confidential: Inside the Winter Meetings on FOX Sports Midwest

New special takes viewers behind the scenes at the Winter Meetings with St. Louis Cardinals executives.

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.

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.

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 #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.

How did the Cardinals Fare with Kantrovitz as Top Scout?

Responding to reader comments about the state of the St. Louis Cardinals system related to Dan Kantrovitz’ three drafts as scouting director.

Is Anna the Cardinals New Castro?

For each of the last two winters, the St. Louis Cardinals bestowed a 40-man roster spot on a free agent signee that led me to scratch my head as to why.

KXnO FOX Sports Radio: Hot Stove Heyward Talk

Brian Walton discusses the Jason Heyward trade and the St. Louis Cardinals offseason with Ken Miller of KXnO FOX Sports Radio 1460 in Des Moines.

Beware of the “Reverse Drew”

The last time the Braves and Cardinals swapped a major league outfielder, Atlanta made a huge mistake – one they are still living down 11 years later. Could the reverse happen now?

Three Cardinals Receive Mention in AFL Top Tools

St. Louis Cardinals prospects C.J. McElroy, Sam Tuivailala and Tyrell Jenkins are among 2014 Arizona Fall League players with a standout tool.

Why the Cardinals Need a “Lackey” Right Fielder

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

Cardinals Lose an Ace in Adams

Veteran minor league pitching coach Arthur (Ace) Adams is leaving the St. Louis Cardinals for the Houston Astros.

NL SS Gold Glove Disconnect Suggests Peralta Slighted

SABR Defensive Index ranks Marlins shortstop 14th, yet Adeiny Hechavarria was in the top three of the final Gold Glove Award scoring. The metrics placed Cardinal Jhonny Peralta third.

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.

Cardinal Talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: Remembering Oscar

Brian Walton’s and Pat Parris’ discussion about Oscar Taveras of the St. Louis Cardinals with Ken Miller of KXnO FOX Sports Radio 1460 in Des Moines.

Astros Lure Away Cardinals Scout Charlie Gonzalez

The Houston Astros will make St. Louis Cardinals area scout Charlie Gonzalez a special assistant.

Will the Cardinals Add Their Own Don Zimmer?

Will the St. Louis Cardinals look to add a more experienced bench coach to assist manager Mike Matheny?

Does Knocking Down Taveras Help Anyone?

The St. Louis Cardinals are not happy with outfielder Oscar Taveras and now we know, too.

Is Pat Neshek on Edward Mujica’s Trail?

The St. Louis Cardinals’ most dependable reliever during most of the season, Pat Neshek, is scuffling when the team needs him most. It is reminiscent of the Edward Mujica situation in 2013.

Cardinals First Base Options Could be Expanded

Why do the St. Louis Cardinals seem to have so many outfielders and so few first basemen?

Is Descalso the New “Secret Weapon”?

St. Louis Cardinals infielder Daniel Descalso has matched a career feat previously accomplished by Jose Oquendo, among others.

Waino’s Big Year Slipping Away

Two recent data points indicate St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright’s Cy Young Award chances are declining.

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.

Will a Devalued Taveras Follow Rasmus’ Path Out of Town?

Is Oscar Taveras heading for a Colby Rasmus-like scenario in which he is devalued before being traded away?

Lynn Joins Gibson, Dean in First-Half Win Success

Lance Lynn has won at least 10 games in his first three first halves in the St. Louis Cardinals rotation – a rare feat.

Will Joe Kelly Be the Cardinals Wild Card?

If the St. Louis Cardinals add another starting pitcher via trade, could that mean a different role for Joe Kelly?

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.

Handicapping Cardinals Wednesday Rotation Options

Looking at who might make the start for the St. Louis Cardinals in Jaime Garcia’s place on Wednesday.