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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.

Does a big September lead mean Cardinals October success?

2009 is the third time this decade that the St. Louis Cardinals entered the final month with a double-digit lead. That hasn’t yet meant much in October.

Cardinals and September not made for one another

The St. Louis Cardinals have not played well in recent Septembers. That doesn’t mean they will fail in October, however.

Top Cardinals minor league managers – 1966 to present

Re-starting an earlier series by reviewing the top St. Louis Cardinals minor league managers in a number of statistical categories

Will Duncan end up like Rolen?

This isn’t the first time that off-field issues may be driving away an important member of the St. Louis Cardinals

Why would La Russa be a candidate for Mets GM?

This idea looks to be a match made in… well, not heaven. That’s for sure!

Maloney guides Memphis back from the dead

Chris Maloney’s Memphis Redbirds have clawed back from 8 ½ games out to take their division lead.

Holliday and more: Recapping the last week

Offering a personal angle on the major stories last week across the Cardinal Nation and digging up some old ones, too

Does the Cardinals’ signing of Joe Williams have a deeper meaning?

At least one well-placed writer sees continued conflict between the Cardinals major league staff and the organization’s player development function.

The Cardinals organization roster matrix: VSL version

The St. Louis Cardinals system rosters are refreshed to reflect the start of the regular season of the Venezuelan Summer League.

La Russa’s coaching legacy: Part two

The Cardinals manager’s staffs have been very static in recent years. It is a two-edged sword.

Where is La Russa’s legacy being passed? – Part one

Should the extent of a coach’s tree be a part of how he is assessed with the greats?

Was Boggs’ hook too quick?

St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa pulled starter Mitchell Boggs after 4 1/3 innings of two-run ball on Wednesday.

The Cardinals organization roster matrix: regular season

A complete listing of all 282 players currently known to be under contract in the St. Louis Cardinals organization from top to bottom by level and position.

Cardinals pitcher hitting ninth – a good thing?

Tony La Russa has made a change to the bottom of the St. Louis Cardinals lineup again, though it is not cut and dried.

Molina’s bigger moment

St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina powered his Puerto Rican team to a big World Baseball Classic victory Monday night. He cares. Why don’t you?

Three more Cardinals injuries ahead this spring?

Looking at a typical number of disabled St. Louis Cardinals players to start the season and wondering about any possible correlation with the team’s won-loss record.

La Russa’s lineups – a historical view

A 13-year analysis of St. Louis Cardinals Manager Tony La Russa’s defensive deployment of his starters as well as his starting lineups.

Cardinals in the Appalachian League – 1975 to present

The second of six in-depth looks at St. Louis Cardinals minor league franchises continues with their Appalachian League entry, the Johnson City Cardinals.

Cardinals in the New York-Penn League – 1981 to present

The first of six in-depth looks at St. Louis Cardinals minor league franchises begins with the New York-Penn League

Quiz: Cardinals 2008 lineups and starts by position

A dozen questions to test your knowledge of how St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa deployed his line-up in 2008.

La Russa’s lineup combinations increasing

The St. Louis Cardinals manager’s use of different daily lineups is trending upward and 2009 is shaping up to offer more of the same.

Cardinals emergency pitchers – 1996-2008

Since Tony La Russa has managed the St. Louis Cardinals, he has called upon non-pitchers to take the mound eight different times. The most recent three were by Aaron Miles. Who will get the mop-up job in 2009?

Cardinals minor matters – February 8

St. Louis Cardinals-related news includes the Caribbean Series, “A-Fraud”, Joe Torre, MLB Network, TLR on scouts vs. stats, Todd Worrell, Scott Gorgen and more!

Cardinals arbitration history – 1974-2008

With Rick Ankiel and Ryan Ludwick heading for arbitration hearings, how have the St. Louis Cardinals fared in these salary disputes over the years?

Cardinals minor matters – January 30

Continuing a semi-regular series of quick hits on and links to recent St. Louis Cardinals baseball news on the ‘net.

Mac declines La Russa’s suggestion to speak up

Tony La Russa suggested Mark McGwire come to spring training – and answer questions from the media. Big Mac passed on both.

Cards minors strength and conditioning intern program continues

An innovative program to provide better support for minor league prospects enters its third season in 2009.

Most influential Canadians in baseball include three Cards

Believe it or not, there is a Top 100 Most Influential Canadians in Baseball list and three with St. Louis ties, Larry Walker, Dave McKay and Stubby Clapp, made the cut.

Ex-Cardinals: Where are they now? – John Rodriguez

Former St. Louis Cardinals outfielder John Rodriguez returns to his original organization while Chris Duncan’s brother takes a career hit.

McClellan Still Prefers to Start

St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Kyle McClellan would like to return to starting in 2009, but the decision is not in his own hands.

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.

PJ in PR: Finishing in Style

St. Louis Cardinals prospect P.J. Walters further improves his stock with a solid pitching performance in the Puerto Rican Winter League.

Cardinals: Where are they Now? – Ken Oberkfell

Former St. Louis infielder Ken Oberkfell remains loyal to the New York Mets as many Cardinals fans remain loyal to him.

WBC: See Pujols an Extra Time this Spring

Albert Pujols and the Dominican Republic World Baseball Classic team will train near the St. Louis Cardinals in Jupiter, Florida and will play each other in a March 5 exhibition.

Tony La Russa Still Loves Colby Rasmus

Brian Walton looks in on the relationship between St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa and top prospect Colby Rasmus.

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.)

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