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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.

Remember why Wacha is with St. Louis and be thankful

Simply put, the St. Louis Cardinals have Michael Wacha because they don’t have Albert Pujols. This gift is set to keep on giving for many years to come, but even in 2013, it has been a good deal.

Don’t forget to thank Pujols for Wacha

Spring pitching phenom Michael Wacha would likely not be a St. Louis Cardinal had Albert Pujols remained.

Musial’s career numbers being chased

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

Should Cardinals #5 be retired alongside #10?

The St. Louis Cardinals have retired Tony La Russa’s number 10. Should Albert Pujols be similarly honored in the not-too-distant future?

Comparing Pujols and Adams in the AFL

Excitement about St. Louis Cardinals prospect Matt Adams sent me back to the records to compare his Arizona Fall League results with Albert Pujols’ 11 years earlier.

Musial and Pujols: Deferred money and personal services

Former St. Louis Cardinals greats Stan Musial and Albert Pujols had some off-field financial similarities in their contracts.

The Angels tweak the Cardinals again

A new Albert Pujols-related tempest has ensued over billboards in California.

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.

What if Albert Pujols isn’t Albert Pujols?

Should Albert Pujols be kept out of the Hall of Fame if he was found to have lied about his age and identity?

Where’s Molina? Playing softball with Pujols

St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina and shortstop Rafael Furcal are with their ex-teammate Albert Pujols in the Dominican Republic.

Cardinals 2012 Winter Warm-Up leftovers

Some final thoughts from this past weekend’s annual St. Louis Cardinals fan festival.

Cardinals at the 2007 All-Star Game: Who remains?

Of the seven members of the St. Louis Cardinals pictured at the 2007 All-Star Game, not a one remains in his job today. A potential partial reunion in 2012 could be odd, to say the least.

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 #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.

Cardinals fans living the Pujols grief model

Different St. Louis Cardinals fans are handling the aftermath of Albert Pujols’ change of baseball teams much differently.

Two years of Albert Pujols age and contract coverage

Recapping the final two years of former St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols’ tenure with the team through a series of previously-posted articles.

It’s ok. Just don’t insult us, Albert. It was about the money.

Former St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols is now a member of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. He says it is a matter of the heart, but all signs point to dollars.

Unusual Pujols rookie card hoard at auction

315 copies of a rare Albert Pujols rookie baseball card are up for auction as a set. Our expert weighs in on this unique collection.

A new Pujols-Cubs bromance with Theo?

Is reported interest by the Chicago Cubs in free agent Albert Pujols a new chapter of an old story?

St. Louis Cardinals arbitration offer predictions

How many draft picks might the St. Louis Cardinals pick up by making offers of arbitration Wednesday night?

Miami sideshow leads to more Pujols age questions

The ongoing subject of Albert Pujols’ age continues to make the papers, still without any substantiation.

Some very different Albert Pujols splits

You thought you had seen every stat? How about hitting results based on the bat used?

More on Pujols’ World Series Game 3 hitting marks

All-time ranking of some of St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols’ hitting feats accomplished Saturday night in Game 3 of the 2011 World Series.

Pujols ties MLB greats with three-homer performance

St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols had a performance for the ages on Saturday night, hitting three home runs against the Texas Rangers in a 16-7 win in Game 3 of the 2011 World Series.

Cardinals Monday leftovers worth consuming

First baseman Albert Pujols and the St. Louis Cardinals logged a number of milestones in their NLCS Game 2 victory Monday night.

Pujols cracks top ten MLB post-season homer, RBI lists

With a huge game in NLCS Game 2 Monday night, St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols moved into the MLB career top ten in post-season home runs and RBI.

Jocketty-TLR-Pujols in Cubbie blue?

Could the St. Louis Cardinals’ 2006 World Champion GM-manager-star trio be lured to Chicago’s North Side?

What course will the Cardinals chart next?

With declining attendance and the future of Albert Pujols to be determined, how will the St. Louis Cardinals approach this off-season?

Pujols chasing hit milestones, too

St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols is moving up career hit lists while improving his 2011 totals as well.

Pujols, Cardinals continue historically high double play rate

Both Albert Pujols and his St. Louis Cardinals team lead the National League in an unenviable category.

Is Pujols worth 20 wins per season?

Comparing the St. Louis Cardinals’ record with and without Albert Pujols.

Carpenter and Pujols need to party like it is 2005

The St. Louis Cardinals badly need a major dosage of the Chris Carpenter and Albert Pujols of old.

Pujols consecutive walkoff homers in extras a rare feat

Sinking the Chicago Cubs with walkoff home runs in extra innings on Saturday and Sunday put St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols in select company.

What if Pujols follows Helton’s career trajectory?

Colorado’s Todd Helton eventually renegotiated his nine-year contract downward after his performance declined. Would Albert Pujols do the same?

D-Money chasing Big Mac and The Machine

In terms of crucial RBI for the St. Louis Cardinals, Daniel Descalso’s 2011 start trails only Mark McGwire and Albert Pujols in the last 60 years.

Where will the Pujols-Hendry bromance lead?

Speculation that Albert Pujols may end up as a Chicago Cub starting in 2012 is growing and the two sides are contributing.

Pujols as part owner of the Cardinals: Not so fast!

Examining inhibitors that might keep Albert Pujols from being granted an ownership stake in the St. Louis Cardinals.

The $64,000 (or perhaps $300 million) question

Is Albert Pujols’ impending free agency affecting his results on the field? The first of our reader contest submissions digs into the question.

Pujols, Cardinals grounding into double plays at record pace

Albert Pujols and his St. Louis Cardinals are leading MLB in an unenviable stat, grounding into double plays.

Cardinals offensive explosion continues

The St. Louis Cardinals pounded the ball once again Friday night, led by Albert Pujols and Lance Berkman.

Albert Pujols’ 2011 by the numbers

The St. Louis Cardinals superstar first baseman and his team are struggling in the early going.

John Hart and Harold Reynolds answer Cardinals questions

MLB Network analysts John Hart and Harold Reynolds answer St. Louis Cardinals questions in support of their 30 Clubs in 30 Days Cardinals segment.

Cardinals concerned about Albert Pujols’ age?

A national writer is quoted as saying the t. Louis Cardinals have concerns about the accuracy of their superstar’s age.

Fan optimism slipping about Pujols’ Cardinals future

Results from a series of reader polls on the subject of St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols’ contract.

Could Pujols’ situation end up like Jeter’s?

Bad feelings remain in New York even after a new deal with Derek Jeter was done. Could the same thing happen in St. Louis with Albert Pujols?

Build your winning bid for Albert Pujols

Readers can select the components of their best contract offer to soon-to-be free agent Albert Pujols.

Pujols and the 2004 wayback machine

Looking back at three big Albert Pujols stories from seven years ago.

Seven years ago today: Announcing Pujols’ new contract

On February 18, 2004, I broke the story of an event that was unprecedented in Major League Baseball.

Pujols and the money: What to believe?

Differing reports on the specifics of the Albert Pujols contract negotiations leave no clear answers.

Pujols’ contract remarks from spring 2009 and 2010

What did St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols say about his contract in spring training camps during the most recent two springs?

Pujols’ shadow means 10 more months of winter

Once Albert Pujols saw his shadow, his contract saga was assured of continuing for months.

Stacking Pujols up against other career Cardinals

Putting Albert Pujols’ opportunity to remain a life-long St. Louis Cardinal into games-played context.

February 16 Pujols-Cardinals media scenarios

How might the story unfold if the St. Louis Cardinals and Albert Pujols are unable to come to contract terms by the reported deadline of February 16?

Why are some surprised by the Pujols no-trade rumor?

The national media and a segment of St. Louis Cardinals fans reacted strongly to a rumor that Albert Pujols would veto any trades. Why were they surprised?

Pujols’ endorsement earnings grew four-fold last year

St. Louis Cardinals Albert Pujols’ endorsement earnings have grown to about half his baseball salary, but the first baseman still dropped in the 2011 Power 100.

Projected top five St. Louis Cardinals stories of 2011

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

Pujols and the Cardinals: Is it a matter of trust?

Thoughts about why the Albert Pujols contract negotiations with the St. Louis Cardinals appear to be moving so slowly.

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.

OPS+ from the Cardinals’ big three

Looking at OPS+ marks by the St. Louis Cardinals’ top three hitters over the Albert Pujols years.

Could a new Cardinals MV3 appear in 2011?

How does the current middle of the St. Louis Cardinals lineup compare to their 2004 predecessors?

Cardinals hot stove update: 12/07/10

A series of quick updates on St. Louis Cardinals subjects currently in the news.

Could Jeter be the missing link or another Tino?

One columnist suggests the St. Louis Cardinals should sign Derek Jeter to replace Albert Pujols.

Cardinals hot stove update: 11/16/10

A series of quick updates on St. Louis Cardinals subjects currently in the news.

A decade of Cardinals Gold Glove and Silver Slugger excellence

With 21 Gold Glove Awards over the last ten years, the St. Louis Cardinals almost doubled the next closest team and added another 13 Sliver Slugger Awards.

Has Pujols’ negotiating stance changed?

St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols now says he wants to get a new contract done before the 2011 season begins.

Pujols’ odds of signing slipping under 50 percent?

Could the St. Louis Cardinals’ chance of keeping Albert Pujols beyond 2011 be heading south?

Pujols in Boston and La Russa 2.0

Calling out a pair of interesting articles about the St. Louis Cardinals star player and his former teammate (along with his current manager, sort of).

Pujols’ 2010 quick hits and misses

Some statistical highlights and just-misses in another stellar season for St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols.

Pujols ties Aaron in 40-115 seasons at six

St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols continues to put his name among MLB’s greats, this time for combined seasons of 40 home runs and 115 RBI.

MLB’s most 40 home run seasons

Albert Pujols is competing with some of baseball’s greatest ever as he compiled his sixth 40 home run season in 2010.

Pujols’ historic 36-36

Albert Pujols already has more 36 doubles-36 home run seasons than anyone in MLB history.

Cardinals top 20 career multi-home run game leaders

Who is trailing Albert Pujols and Stan Musial with the most multiple-home run games in St. Louis Cardinals history?

Pujols ties MLB career lead in 30-30 power seasons

St. Louis Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols now has as many 30 doubles-30 home run seasons as anyone in MLB history.

Pujols reaches 400 home runs in fifth fewest at-bats

St. Louis Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols became the 47th member of MLB’s 400 home run club, doing it in fewer at-bats than all but four of them.

Pujols third youngest to reach 400 home runs

St. Louis Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols has become the 47th member of MLB’s 400 home run club, doing it faster than all but two of them.

Pujols fans need to watch Votto… and Infante?

Could an unexpected challenger ruin the chase for the Triple Crown?

Pujols joins a more elite list than 400 homers

Albert Pujols hit his 33rd home run of the season Monday night. How does that stack up in the history books?

Matt Holliday and Albert Pujols chasing Curt Flood

In the last half-century, no St. Louis Cardinals hitter has had more seasons of four or more four-hit games than Curt Flood.

Pujols and Holliday deliver with two out

The two big bats in the St. Louis Cardinals lineup have been driving in runs with two outs in 2010.

Breaking down Pujols’ declining slugging percentage

What Albert Pujols is swinging at, where and resulting contact rate leads to a lower slugging percentage in 2010.

Pujols breaks big home run game knot with McGwire

Albert Pujols had his fourth three-home run game on Sunday. Mark McGwire had just three as a St. Louis Cardinal.

Pujols extends decade multi-RBI game lead

Ho hum. Albert Pujols drove in multiple runs in Thursday’s game – again.

Three Cardinals on pace for 100 RBI

Three St. Louis Cardinals hitters have at least 24 RBI through the team’s first 39 games and are on pace for 100 RBI seasons.

Pujols’ four runs scored put him in elite company

When he crossed the plate four times on opening day, Albert Pujols tied for the fourth-most such games in St. Louis Cardinals history.

La Russa reacts to Pujols-Howard trade rumor

St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa didn’t mince words when asked about the Ryan Howard-Albert Pujols trade rumor.

Albert Pujols: On his contract

Wanting to set the record straight about his contract status, the Cardinals first baseman takes his story directly to the fans.

Projected Top Five St. Louis Cardinals Stories of 2010

A look ahead to the top projected stories across the Cardinal Nation in 2010.

The Cardinal Nation Blog top stories of 2009 #2: The repeat MVP

The continued greatness of Albert Pujols was not taken for granted as he earned his third NL Most Valuable Player Award in 2009.

What if Albert Pujols becomes Mark Teixeira?

If the Cardinals ever reach the point of considering the unthinkable, trading Albert Pujols, Mark Teixeira’s history provides an important lesson.

Time to act on the Holliday-Pujols contract FUD

Why the conditions may be right for the St. Louis Cardinals to move to lock up Albert Pujols.

The Pujols Hardware Count – 2008/2009

How many awards will Albert Pujols take home this season?

McGwire, Pujols and “30 million-plus”

Comparing and contrasting Mark McGwire’s recent comments about Albert Pujols’ value with a famous 2001 interview critical of escalating MLB player salaries.

On Holliday’s protection of Pujols

Some doubt the presence of Matt Holliday in the Cardinals lineup benefited teammate Albert Pujols.

Reheating Cardinals NLDS game one leftovers

Historically-based factoids from the Cardinals’ NLDS game one loss Wednesday night.

Is Pujols out of the Triple Crown race?

Though the odds are clearly against him, Albert Pujols still has a chance to match Ducky Medwick.

The sun shines on Albert, but not on Sunny Jim

The Cardinals current RBI leader has nothing on an under-recognized former great from the 1920’s and 1930’s.

Albert and Babe

Albert Pujols’ 2009 home run, doubles, RBI and stolen base output matches only a select few in MLB history

Pujols, Wainwright on way to triple milestones

Average, home runs and RBI for hitters. Wins, strikeouts, ERA for pitchers. The quick measures of a balanced and successful season.

Pujols’ four-on-base, no-hit oddity

Albert Pujols leads the Cardinals in every other statistical category, so why not in obscure ones, too?