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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?

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.

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?

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.

Aledmys Diaz, meet Pete Kozma

Comparing results with the bat between a prospective St. Louis Cardinals shortstop and a former one.

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?

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.

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.

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.

Don Mattingly on St. Louis Cardinals sign stealing

Apparently, bad blood remains from the 2013 National League Championship Series.

Mark Mulder, Jim Palmer and unretiring

Former St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Mark Mulder is attempting a comeback, something Hall of Famer Jim Palmer once tried, too.

It is easy to cry “foul” over prospering cheaters

It will be interesting to see if Major League Baseball and its players’ union could develop new penalties that would limit lucrative free agent contracts given to previously-suspended PED users.

Soriano joins two Cardinals in pair of 50-RBI stops in same season

Only five players in MLB history have driven in 50 runs for two different clubs in the same season and two of them are St. Louis Cardinals.

Still say “no” to seven years, $134 million of Tulo

The rumors linking Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitski and the St. Louis Cardinals are getting stoked up early this year, but the same red flags remain.

PED/Biogenesis suspensions, integrity of the game and Jhonny Peralta

A guest column from blingboy asking a nagging question about how players should react to suspensions.

The price of National League first basemen

Comparing recent contracts of Allen Craig, Paul Goldschmidt and Anthony Rizzo.

MLB’s Bud-induced hangover

Can Major League Baseball owners live without Bud Selig? Are they ever going to try?

Upset about Trout’s salary? Then change the CBA

Major League Baseball’ labor agreement defines what pre-arbitration players can be paid – even for a player who may be the best in the game.

Cardinals, for all you do, this Bud is not for you

While pitcher Bud Norris has enjoyed success against the St. Louis Cardinals, his record against their key rivals and away from Houston causes considerable concern.

Will the Cardinals ride the Ronny Cedeno rollercoaster?

A new rumor has the St. Louis Cardinals among teams interested in inconsistent free agent infielder Ronny Cedeno.

Don’t blame the BBWAA or the Hall for the steroid era

Baseball writers and the Hall of Fame itself take the heat for a problem that was not of their own making. MLB needs to step in and demonstrate leadership in dealing with the legacies of players from the steroid era.

ESPN offers yet another bad Cardinals trade idea

Two weeks bring two ridiculously one-sided trade ideas from the world-wide leader in which the St. Louis Cardinals would play the victim.

ESPN’s Bowden wants Cards to pay heavy CarGo fee

Former general manager Jim Bowden thinks the St. Louis Cardinals should trade their two best pitching prospects plus Jon Jay to the Colorado Rockies for Carlos Gonzalez.

New York writer’s idea of Beltran to Yankees shot down

An unrealistic trade proposal sending Carlos Beltran to the New York Yankees apparently cooked up by a New York Post writer was rejected by the St. Louis Cardinals.

Bruce’s Silver Slugger should have gone to Holliday or Beltran

A look at the numbers indicates a 2012 National League Silver Slugger Award was given to the wrong outfielder.

Should the Cardinals trade starting pitching for a shortstop?

If you were running the St. Louis Cardinals, would you be willing to give up one of your top pitching prospects for a shortstop? Would you have a choice?

Wainwright calls wild card win while Chipper shrugs

If St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright is looking ahead to the National League Division Series, Atlanta third baseman Chipper Jones doesn’t appear concerned about it.

Musial’s career numbers being chased

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

Humber surpasses Wainwright – for one day at least

Philip “Perfect Game” Humber entered baseball’s history books on Saturday. Like Adam Wainwright, he is a Tommy John survivor, but one who took a long route to success.

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?

Greinke gives Cardinals additional motivation

On the eve of NLCS Game 1, Milwaukee starter Zack Greinke ripped St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Chris Carpenter.

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.

Holliday’s hard slide aok with Byrd

Chicago Cubs outfielder Marlon Byrd supports a slide by St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday that took out his teammate Starlin Castro on Saturday.

What about baseball’s realignment?

Recapping some of the key elements of the rumored MLB realignment proposals with a chance to express your opinion.

Heat turned up in Wrigleyville

The Cubs’ general manager may be in trouble and the team is floundering under his choice as skipper.

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?

Gomes-Wainwright and anger displacement

Many in the Cardinal Nation are upset over Adam Wainwright’s injury. Should they be angry at the Reds’ Jonny Gomes, too?

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?

The Cardinal Nation Blog top stories of 2010 #9: The fight in Cincinnati

The St. Louis Cardinals experienced both highs and lows during a series sweep in Cincinnati on August 9-11.

What is behind a proposal for MLB players to become owners?

Why would a former commissioner want Major League Baseball players to push for team ownership shares?

Cardinals hot stove update: 11/30/10

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.

Rasmus for Uggla? Really?

According to a media report, the Florida Marlins expected Colby Rasmus from the St. Louis Cardinals in return for Dan Uggla.

Cardinals hot stove update: 11/16/10

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

Could Dan Uggla become another Fernando Vina?

Even considering a trade for Florida’s Dan Uggla would require a major change in strategy for the St. Louis Cardinals, but it has been done before.

Tejada is far from a no-brainer for the Cardinals

There is a lot of buzz about soon-to-be free agent infielder Miguel Tejada possibly heading to St. Louis. No one is talking about a major fly in the ointment, however.

Rumor: Sox offering a joyless Ludwick for Rasmus?

Word is that the White Sox are targeting St. Louis Cardinals centerfielder Colby Rasmus in trade, with Chicago offering a player with a very familiar profile and red flags attached.

Six questions not asked to Bud Selig

There is a much better chance that the commissioner of Major League Baseball might actually share some valuable information if asked a few tough questions.

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?

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.

The Cardinals’ Bud Norris club

The St. Louis Cardinals have been held to no runs by 11 opposing starters in the first 59 games in 2010.

Garrett Jones, the Pirates’ Ryan Ludwick

The Pirates and Cardinals right fielders this weekend traveled long roads before achieving major league success.

Did Lopez risk a “Canseco” by pitching injured?

St. Louis Cardinals infielder Felipe Lopez took the mound with a sore elbow, not disclosing pre-existing discomfort until afterward. Was he tough or careless?

Another bad Bud idea: More MLB wild cards

Major League Baseball’s commissioner sees more Wild Card teams as “very attractive.”

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.

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.

When chasing dollars lead to regretted outcomes

There may be something for Matt Holliday to learn from this week’s Johnny Damon saga and a similar story from over two decades ago.

Cardinals lessons from Teixeira, the Yankees and stealth mode

Can the St. Louis Cardinals learn anything from a dissection of the New York Yankees’ 2008 pursuit of Mark Teixeira?

It’s about time for Mo to channel his inner Theo

The St. Louis Cardinals are getting to the point where they need to force Scott Boras to declare his hand regarding Matt Holliday.

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.

An Atkins-Holliday comp

A pair of former big bats from the Colorado Rockies are now free agents. The St. Louis Cardinals are thinking about at least one of them.

Is the international draft inching closer to reality?

Recent comments attributed to management and the union are positive, but will they actually get to work on it?

MVP Mauer vs. Cy also-ran Carpenter smacks of inconsistency

Minnesota’s Joe Mauer missed the first month and won the AL MVP in a landslide while Chris Carpenter lost the NL Cy Young Award because he missed 30 games.

Changing Cy Young scoring doesn’t change winner

Using an MVP-like scoring system for the Cy Young Award keeps Tim Lincecum on top.

Are the Jays stalking the Cardinals?

Toronto has made a habit of claiming former Cardinals off the waiver wire. Could the two rekindle trade talks, too?

Cardinals minor matters: November 1

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

McGwire, Motives and Money

Why might Bud Selig be looking at Mark McGwire differently than he does at Barry Bonds and Alex Rodriguez?

Cardinals Minor Matters: June 2

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

The Cards’ 25th man, the DH and MLB indecision

A take off on a current issue as a way to reconcile a long-standing inconsistency across MLB.

Cardinals minor matters – April 21

What others are saying about the St. Louis Cardinals and their NL Central rivals.

Mudslingers again take aim at Pujols

St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols is unquestionably the top name in baseball still untainted by proof of steroids use. That just makes him a bigger target for unsubstantiated allegations.

Reyes exhausts Cards’ dry powder

The St. Louis Cardinals’ signing of reliever Dennys Reyes may signal the end of any more spending until at least mid-season.

Pedro for Cardinals closer?

A rumor has surfaced that the St. Louis Cardinals might be considering an offer to veteran Pedro Martinez to be their 2009 closer. That seems a bad idea for many reasons.

Kansas City’s own Skip skips camp

The St. Louis Cardinals aren’t the only club trying to convert an outfielder to second base this spring. In fact, they weren’t even the first to consider the idea for 2009.

Selig’s plans often lead nowhere

Some fans are worried that MLB Commissioner Bud Selig will try to re-write the record books due to the steroids scandals. Realistically, they have little reason for concern.

Steroid epidemic’s roots in race, says columnist

Writing for FoxSports.com, columnist Jason Whitlock believes he has linked the origin of the steroids era to race. I can neither express how strongly I disagree with him nor understand why he went there, anyway.

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!

A-Rod: So Sad

The only positive outcome from the steroids allegations against Alex Rodriguez was apparently the test itself.

Jerry Hairston, Jr.: Cards come up short again

The St. Louis Cardinals have missed out on another free agent. This time it is versatile infielder/outfielder Jerry Hairston, Jr.

Cardinals one of three in Kawakami hunt

In the race to sign Japanese free agent pitcher Kenshin Kawakami, the St. Louis Cardinals are competing with the Orioles and Twins, according to a Sunday report from Japan.

Top 20 Cardinals Stories of 2008: #11-15

Brian Walton’s look back at the biggest stories across the St. Louis Cardinal Nation during 2008 continues with those ranked 11 through 15.

Teixeira Signing Helps Cardinals with Pujols?

Mark Teixeira’s signing with the New York Yankees means the biggest spending club in baseball is set at first base for the next eight seasons. Albert Pujols is tied to the St. Louis Cardinals for only the next three.

Odalis Perez: Better off with the Enemy

The St. Louis Cardinals would be better off if free agent left-hander Odalis Perez lands in the National League Central – with one of their competitors!

Cardinals consider two Japanese pitchers

The St. Louis Cardinals are considering a pair of 33-year-old Japanese free agent pitchers that are outside of the expensive posting process, Kenshin Kawakami and Koji Uehara.

Looper arbitration decision could impact Fuentes

The cost of acquiring Brian Fuentes or any other Type A free agent went up due to the Cardinals’ decision to not offer Braden Looper arbitration. Is it part of a bigger plan?

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