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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.

Cardinals Lose an Ace in Adams

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

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?

Is Descalso the New “Secret Weapon”?

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

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.

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?

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.

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.

Springfield introduces Hall of Famer costumes

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

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.

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: 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.

Young Cardinals hometown pride

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

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.

La Russa managing tree dying out

Tony La Russa will almost surely enter the Hall of Fame in 2014, but he did not groom many coaches to be future MLB managers.

La Russa’s age accelerates his Hall chances

Retired St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa will appear on his first Hall of Fame ballot next month.

Red, Brock Peterson, Mike Ryba and George Watkins

On Saturday night, Brock Peterson became the oldest St. Louis Cardinal to collect an RBI in his first MLB at-bat since at least 1935.

Matheny to manage first double-header

A look back at St. Louis Cardinals double-headers since 1996.

Rumor: Don’t be surprised to see TLR managing the Angels

A St. Paul columnist thinks Tony La Russa could become the next manager of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

Carpenter, Lohse and Dave Duncan’s impact

Comparing ERAs of St. Louis Cardinals pitchers with and without Dave Duncan as pitching coach.

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.

Molina’s Foundation 4 short four teammates for benefit

Four St. Louis Cardinals players will not be participating in catcher Yadier Molina’s charity events in Daytona Beach this weekend as expected.

La Russa video game funding strikes out

An initial attempt to raise cash for a new generation of Tony La Russa-branded Baseball video games has failed.

La Russa favors post-series handshakes

MLB special assistant Tony La Russa would like to see greater sportsmanship exhibited by players as post-season series conclude.

Red, Whitey and Tony to appear in Cooperstown Saturday

Hall of Famers Red Schoendienst and Whitey Herzog plus Tony La Russa to appear at Saturday Hall of Fame Awards Presentation.

Separated at birth: Billy Bob and Dave Duncan?

The film adaptation of the best-seller “Three Nights in August” is slated to have Billy Bob Thornton playing Tony La Russa’s long-time confidante and pitching coach Dave Duncan.

Tony La Russa, future oil baron?

The former St. Louis Cardinals manager is seemingly everywhere – including North Dakota oil fields.

What’s with all the helmet throwing, anyway?

A specific epidemic of bad behavior toward umpires has hit baseball this week.

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?

TLR may bleed Dodger blue if Cohen has enough green

Reports have Tony La Russa becoming an executive with the Los Angeles Dodgers if Steve Cohen is the winning bidder.

Boras and La Russa together – eight nights only

A top player agent and a World Series-winning manager will appear on a Sunday evening television program

Red, Whitey, TLR to be honored in Cooperstown

Title-winning St. Louis Cardinals managers Red Schoendienst, Whitey Herzog and Tony La Russa will be honored together at the National Baseball Hall of Fame on July 21.

Oquendo is right where he belongs

Long-time St. Louis Cardinals third base coach Jose Oquendo explains why be once asked out as the club’s bench coach.

A rookie manager and the media

First-year St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny will be dealing with the media in a more intense manner than ever before. How will both sides react?

Red Schoendienst celebrates his 89th birthday

St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Famer Red Schoendienst is still in uniform after 70 seasons in professional baseball.

Cardinals planning White House visit

The World Champion St. Louis Cardinals are reportedly making plans to visit the White House on January 17.

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.

Projected top five St. Louis Cardinals stories of 2012

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

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 #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?

Oquendo’s return good for Cardinals, maybe not for his managerial aspirations

Third base coach Jose Oquendo will remain on the 2012 St. Louis Cardinals staff, but may be limiting his managerial chances by doing so.

On St. Louis Cardinals number 11 on 11/11/11

Jose Oquendo is the longest holder of the number 11 in St. Louis Cardinals history, but how much longer will that be?

Catching up on La Russa’s and Freese’s television appearances

Videos of recent St. Louis Cardinals World Champions television appearances.

Two of a record 65 Cardinals relief changes that did not work

The St. Louis Cardinals set a post-season record for the most pitching changes, but two of them made on Monday night did not work as intended.

Time to end the MLB in-game interviews

St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa criticized the umpiring on camera during Sunday’s NLDS Game 2.

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?

La Russa film company partner in legal trouble

A venture capital firm in partnership with Tony La Russa’s Red Bird Cinema may be forced into bankruptcy

Umpire Gibson’s Cardinals run-ins continue

Greg Gibson has ejected Tony La Russa three times in the last four years and been involved in other controversial plays affecting the St. Louis Cardinals.

La Russa still in general manager mode

St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa covets left-handed reliever Arthur Rhodes and made it known to everyone.

White Sox avoid Rasmus to clear way for La Russa?

Chicago Tribune columnist Phil Rogers sees Wednesday’s trade centering on Colby Rasmus and Edwin Jackson much differently than others.

La Russa: Rasmus still not listening to coaches

In a Tuesday afternoon video, the manager of the St. Louis Cardinals expresses continued concern over his centerfielder Colby Rasmus.

Tony La Russa on Colby Rasmus’ outside help

The manager of the St. Louis Cardinals discusses challenges facing his struggling centerfielder Colby Rasmus as well as where he sees the responsibility resides

La Russa works weather and rules to advantage

St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa maneuvered through the rules and the weather to secure a pitching advantage against Dusty Baker and Cincinnati in Friday’s game one.

Tony La Russa roast to first air Friday on FOX Sports Midwest

Video highlights of the Baseball Writers’ dinner roast are also posted at FOXSportsMidwest.com.

Failing to clarify La Russa’s 2011 batting order

With the best of intentions, I tried to clear up lineup questions with the 2011 St. Louis Cardinals by asking the manager himself.

Tony La Russa Roasted

Quotes from the Tony La Russa roast in St. Louis on Monday night as Billy Bob Thornton, Steve Kline and Bobby Knight levied shots at the long-time St. Louis Cardinals manager.

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 #19: New farm director and minor league improvement

The Cardinals promoted a new farm director and filled key open positions following a minor league season of improvement on the field.

The Cardinal Nation Blog top stories of 2010 #20: Marty Mason’s firing

The St. Louis Cardinals fired their bullpen coach and promoted his replacement from within.

How can Oquendo get experience without having experience?

How MLB managerial openings were filled and how St. Louis Cardinals third base coach Jose Oquendo stacked up.

Cardinals hot stove update: 11/16/10

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

Ex-Cardinals Oberkfell and Oquendo competing for Mets job

Two former St. Louis Cardinals infielders with ties to the Mets are among the candidates for the open New York managerial job. Do they have a chance?

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).

As the Duncan (re-)turns?

The indefinite waiting to learn of future plans has moved from the manager of St. Louis Cardinals to pitching coach Dave Duncan.

Was McGwire worth six more runs in 2010?

Comparing Mark McGwire’s 2010 St. Louis Cardinals offense to Hal McRae’s 2009 version shows six more runs scored but a 6% drop in home runs.

Where will the Cardinals coaching carousel stop?

The St. Louis Cardinals have decided upon their manager for 2011, but three coaching positions remain unsettled.

Marty Mason’s on-field scorecard

Performance of his relief pitchers was not the reason the St. Louis Cardinals fired bullpen coach Marty Mason.

Differing views on Tony La Russa’s contract

One theory suggests Tony La Russa should not sign a one-year contract to return to the St. Louis Cardinals. I disagree with the logic.

Is Oquendo on the managerial carousel?

Is St. Louis Cardinals third base coach Jose Oquendo a good candidate to move up?

Gaston not impressed by La Russa

Toronto’s outgoing manager Cito Gaston doesn’t have much good to say about Tony La Russa.

Team Tony vs. Team Colby – What about Team Cardinals?

Fans are taking sides in support of the St. Louis Cardinals manager or his centerfielder, but what about the team?

Bissinger Blasts Birds

Buzz Bissinger, author and friend of Tony La Russa, makes a series of comments critical of the St. Louis Cardinals organization.

La Russa pal Bissinger rips Sweet Lou

One of the oddest and most famous of Twitter personalities aims a series of shots directly at the manager of the Chicago Cubs.

La Russa “Housecat Housecall” appearance on Saturday

St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa and family to appear on feline-focused television show Saturday morning.

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.

La Russa sinks floating realignment speculation

A wild idea reportedly offered up in an MLB brainstorming session seems to have many overly concerned while a key member in the room denies it even came up.

Would La Russa and Torre have been the Yankees’ dream team?

Joe Torre recounts the story of how the Yankees wanted him as GM and Tony La Russa as manager back in October 1995. Imagine how the MLB landscape might have changed.

Cardinals loaded up the middle – with coaches

The St. Louis Cardinals coaching staff is full of former middle infielders, starting with the manager.

Will post-dugout La Russa return to Chicago?

Recent remarks by Tony La Russa rekindle questions about his post-managing future.

Projected Top Five St. Louis Cardinals Stories of 2010

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

Reviewing the predictions: TCN Blog’s top five Cardinals stories of 2009

A look back at the top projected stories across the Cardinal Nation in 2009 from one year ago.

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.

La Russa needed coaching, too

Just as when Mark McGwire spoke out, St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa is catching considerable heat for what he said and did not say.

La Russa dreams of activating McGwire (honest)

Cardinals manager Tony La Russa wants Mark McGwire to become a late-season pinch-hitter and expects him in St. Louis next weekend.

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.

Theories for McGwire’s delay

Why has Mark McGwire’s coming out party remained in his most familiar place – limboland?

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.

Help La Russa help Selig improve the game

An errant tweet pre-announced a new MLB initiative. You can get in on the ground floor.

Cardinals lose important instructor Radison

St. Louis minor league hitting master Dan Radison is moving to the Washington Nationals as their first base coach.

Cardinals minor matters: November 16

A collection of recent St. Louis Cardinals-related links of interest with a little commentary sprinkled in.

La Russa turns down a cold Natty Light

St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa reportedly declined an offer from the Washington Nationals to interview for their managerial job.

Cardinals minor matters: November 1

A collection of recent St. Louis Cardinals-related links of interest with a little commentary sprinkled in.

Can the Cardinals carry an 800-pound hitting coach?

Will Mark McGwire become the next St. Louis Cardinals’ hitting coach? Could he do it without shedding his considerable personal baggage first?

More on La Russa’s future

A San Francisco article offers additional insight into Tony La Russa’s future plans.

Don’t blame McClellan for blowing Wainwright’s 20th win

St. Louis’ ugly and costly loss on Friday night has to be hung on the manager.

Could a World Series win drive La Russa and Duncan out?

At least one recent Cardinal thinks a World Series win would set up a “leave on top” scenario for the manager and pitching coach.

Cardinals top minor league manager – Chris Maloney

No Cardinals minor league skipper with at least six years of service has won a higher percentage of regular season games than Chris Maloney.