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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.

Brewers, Lucroy Draw All-Star Attention Any Way Possible

The Milwaukee Brewers are pushing their all-star catching candidate Jonathan Lucroy by attacking his competition, St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina.

Cardinals organization roster matrix: 2014 draft and short season

The St. Louis Cardinals’ full system view by position and level reflects the 2014 draft plus rosters for short-season play with all organization players listed by level and position.

With Perfect Night, Carpenter Joins Some Big Cardinals Names

St. Louis Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter became the 21st player in team history to reach base every time in a game with at least six plate appearances.

Will Taveras Overcome the Weight of Unrealistic Expectations?

Too many seem to be expecting too much too soon from St. Louis Cardinals outfield prospect Oscar Taveras.

Cardinals Log Ninth Shutout of 2014

Lance Lynn joined Adam Wainwright with his complete game shutout for the 2014 St. Louis Cardinals Tuesday night.

Talking St. Louis Cardinals Prospects and More on WGEM

St. Louis Cardinals prospect talk and more with Josh Houchins of WGEM Sportscenter on ESPN 1440 radio in Quincy, Ill.

The Benefits of Cardinals Bunting

The St. Louis Cardinals made a major effort to add team speed in 2014. It had rarely been evident until Saturday.

The Wizard and Jimmy Ballgame Talk Defense

Retired St. Louis Cardinals greats Ozzie Smith and Jim Edmonds share their thoughts on defense this week on FOX Sports Midwest.

Adams, Peralta and Craig are Cardinals RISP strugglers

Three key hitters for the St. Louis Cardinals are not producing consistently with runners in scoring position.

Celebrating George Kissell, the Hall and The Cardinal Way

The St. Louis Cardinals’ most influential teacher ever was passed over in the organization’s 2014 Hall of Fame selections.

Later evaluation of Rasmus trade still holds promise

The 2011 Colby Rasmus trade was a shocker to many, but the St. Louis Cardinals may benefit further in the future from the deal.

How does Matt Adams’ Wednesday blast stack up?

Matt Adams’ Wednesday home run was the longest of the season hit at Busch Stadium.

Cardinals place eight in Sickels’ 2014 top 150

The St. Louis Cardinals continue to be well-represented in John Sickels’ national prospect rankings.

Springfield introduces Hall of Famer costumes

The St. Louis Cardinals Double-A club in Springfield has commissioned three interesting new characters.

Cardinals RBI leaders on pace for just 81

In just four of the last 45 years did the St. Louis Cardinals’ team RBI leaders through 22 games have fewer than in 2014.

Guess who is leading the Cardinals in hitting?

Who would have guessed that after three weeks, big first baseman Matt Adams would be leading the St. Louis Cardinals in batting average and multi-hit games?

Lynn is the only undefeated 10+win March-April pitcher in MLB history

All Lance Lynn does in the early going each season is win games – at a historic rate.

Lynn’s Milwaukee gem in historical context

Lance Lynn dominated hot-starting Milwaukee’s lineup Monday night. He has done the same kind of thing before.

Six-inning Joe Kelly may have been a better idea

Articulating a concern different from some others with how Friday’s St. Louis Cardinals home loss was managed.

Cardinals organization roster matrix: 2014 regular season

The St. Louis Cardinals’ full system view by position and level reflects rosters for the 2014 regular season.

Would the Cardinals consider a Julio Teheran-type deal?

It seems like Major League Baseball clubs are locking up talented young pitchers earlier and earlier. The St. Louis Cardinals surely have candidates, but should they leap?

The weight of expectations on Cardinals shortstops

The bar was set too high for St. Louis Cardinals shortstop Pete Kozma. Is it happening again for Aledmys Diaz?

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?

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.

Is Craig a better buy than Freeman?

Two players with similarities are going to be earning very different salaries for at least five years, starting with this season.

What might the Cardinals learn from the Braves and Kimbrel?

Atlanta has locked up its closer, Craig Kimbrel. By the end of this season, the St. Louis Cardinals will have to decide the contract fate of Jason Motte.

Ex-Cardinals, now Angels doing their thing

Checking what two former St. Louis Cardinals crucial to the club’s 2011 World Championship are up to.

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?

Rob Johnson takes Aaron Miles to the next level

One former St. Louis Cardinals position player-turned emergency pitcher has reportedly made the move for good. Could another be far behind?

Why Chris Carpenter fans should pull for Josh Beckett

Two star pitchers have battled a debilitating nerve condition. One is still fighting the fight – with the support of the other.

La Russa makes a third 2014 Hall of Fame date

Retired manager Tony La Russa will enter the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame in May.

Score Matheny’s autograph at Baseball Bash

February 21 event at Jupiter, Florida will offer fan access to the St. Louis Cardinals manager and selected players.

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.

Identifying late-blooming Cardinals prospects

A look back at prospect rankings of five St. Louis Cardinals-developed future major leaguers.

Looking back at Law’s number 10 Cardinals prospects

Reviewing the last name on ESPN’s Keith Law’s most recent six St. Louis Cardinals top 10 prospect lists.

Ozzie and Gibson discuss their most memorable games

Two St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Famers to recount their most unforgettable games on MLB Network.

Could the Verducci Effect turn Wacha from rescuer to rescued?

Will the increase in St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Michael Wacha’s workload in 2013 lead to 2014 problems?

Pierce makes third Cardinals suspension since August

In the last five months, three St. Louis Cardinals minor leaguers have failed drug tests.

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.

TLR’s best fit may be a dual-president alignment

Tony La Russa wants to be a baseball team executive. Here is how it might best work out.

Cardinals Winter Warm-Up photos: Monday, 1/20/14

St. Louis Cardinals photos from Monday’s third and final session of the 2014 Winter Warm-Up at St. Louis’ Hyatt Regency at the Arch.

Cardinals Winter Warm-Up photos: Sunday, 1/19/14

Selected St. Louis Cardinals player photos from Sunday’s second day of the 2014 Winter Warm-Up at St. Louis’ Hyatt Regency at the Arch.

Cardinals Winter Warm-Up photos: Saturday, 1/18/14

Selected St. Louis Cardinals player and executive photos from Saturday’s first day of the 2014 Winter Warm-Up at St. Louis’ Hyatt Regency at the Arch.

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.

How Motte could help Martinez become 2014’s Wacha

Returning reliever Jason Motte could enable Carlos Martinez to become a key late-season boost to the 2014 St. Louis Cardinals rotation.

NLCS managers leverage success into security

Both skippers from the 2013 NLCS, Don Mattingly of the Dodgers and Mike Matheny of the Cardinals, have since scored multi-year contract extensions.

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.

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.

Young Cardinals hometown pride

Year-end articles from emerging St. Louis Cardinals players’ hometown papers.

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 #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.