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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.

TCN blog 2013 top story #15: The Craig-Adams two-step

The St. Louis Cardinals’ cleanup hitter went down in early August, but a rookie stepped up to help fill the void.

TCN blog 2013 top story #16: Missing Motte

The St. Louis Cardinals’ closer sat out the entire 2013 season, but the team thrived anyway.

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.

TCN blog 2013 top story #18: Beltran walks again

The St. Louis Cardinals’ top home run hitter in 2012 and 2013 has left the club as a free agent.

TCN blog 2013 top story #19: Oscar’s ongoing ouchie

One in the top handful of prospects in all of baseball did not make his major league debut for the 2013 St. Louis Cardinals due to injury.

TCN blog 2013 top story #20: Matheny’s extension

The St. Louis Cardinals gave their young and successful manager a contract extension this fall.

2014 Cardinals tender/non-tender predictions

Three eligible St. Louis Cardinals should receive contract offers for 2014, but one may not.

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.

“What’s with the name, Jhonny?”

Questions about the spelling of his first name have followed new St. Louis Cardinals shortstop Jhonny Peralta for over a decade.

Jhonny Peralta pros and cons for the Cardinals

Rumors have a deal between free agent shortstop Jhonny Peralta and the St. Louis Cardinals close. Early views from fans have been mixed.

DeWitt deservedly among St. Louis Sports Hall inductees

St. Louis Cardinals principal owner Bill DeWitt Jr. is among 16 St. Louis Sports Hall of Fame inductees.

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.

Musial family looking for Texas poet

A search is underway for the author of a poem written about Stan Musial and left at his grave.

Stan Musial online auction nets $1.2 million

Stan the Man’s personal memorabilia generated strong bidding via a recently-completed online auction.

Why didn’t we take Wacha?

Checking with other clubs being asked by fans and media why they passed on Michael Wacha in the 2012 draft.

Stan Musial Collection auction underway

The online auction of Stan Musial’s memorabilia runs through Saturday, November 9.

Cardinals organization roster matrix: 2013-2014 off-season

The St. Louis Cardinals full system view reflects rosters for the 2013-2014 off-season.

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.

Cardinals’ Lynn just misses out on big Super 2 payout

St. Louis Cardinals right-hander Lance Lynn fell short of arbitration eligibility by three days.

The obstruction rule and call

Game 3 of the 2013 World Series ended on a very unusual play that the umpires got right.

The Red Sox already knew Baby Pedro well

The Boston Red Sox originally signed pitcher Carlos Martinez but the St. Louis Cardinals picked him up after his original contract was voided.

On Michael Wacha and Steve Carlton

Two high-profile 22-year-old pitchers for the St. Louis Cardinals faced the Boston Red Sox in the World Series – 46 years apart.

Wacha boldly goes where no man has gone before

St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Michael Wacha has put his name in the post-season record books.

Summarizing Baseball America’s top Cardinals prospects by league

12 St. Louis Cardinals players are listed 13 times among Baseball America’s top prospects by league.

Agent says Chris Carpenter will retire

According to his agent, St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Chris Carpenter will retire as an active player.

Poll: Who are your Cardinals NLCS starting pitchers?

Who should start for the St. Louis Cardinals in Games 1 and 2 of the NLCS in St. Louis this weekend?

Lou Brock-related St. Louis Cardinals trivia

With Hall of Famer Lou Brock throwing out the ceremonial first pitch prior to Wednesday night’s Game 5 of the National League Division Series, researcher Tom Orf offers up a quick and timely bit of trivia.

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.

Counting out the Cardinals Kelly is not new, but still a bad idea

The St. Louis Cardinals are starting Joe Kelly on Sunday against Pittsburgh’s Francisco Liriano. Many chalked up a Pirates’ win in advance. I am not so sure.

Wacha joins other Cardinals ever so close to a no-hitter

Instead of Michael Wacha joining Bud Smith and Jose Jimenez as St. Louis Cardinals rookies who threw no-hitters, he stands with Alan Benes and Rick Wise among those who lost a no-hit bid in the ninth inning.

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.

Matt Holliday, Mr. 30/20

Outfielder Matt Holliday reached the 30 doubles, 20 home runs plateau for the eighth season, four-plus times with the St. Louis Cardinals.

Yadier Molina’s four seasons in one

Considering the potential impact of Yadier Molina’s knee problems on him, his MVP hopes and his team’s won-loss record.

Carpenter helps keep Cardinals triples alive

Matt Carpenter is on pace to accrue the most triples by a St. Louis Cardinals hitter since at least 2001.

Who was the best minor league acquisition in Cardinals history?

The St. Louis Cardinals have acquired many players over time, but which minor league addition became the best as a major leaguer?

Cardinals on more national mid-season prospect lists

Looking at the placement of four St. Louis Cardinals prospects on six national prospect lists.

Gonzalez is the Cardinals’ first 2013 drug suspension – sort of

The St. Louis Cardinals went almost 12 months between drug suspension announcements, but signed two already-suspended players in the interim.

Musial memorabilia auction set for October

Hundreds of Stan the Man’s baseball-related treasures are going up for auction.

Kozma is what we thought he is

The offense from St. Louis Cardinals shortstop Pete Kozma has been on a free fall since his surprising September of 2012.

Puig pulls ahead of Miller in NL Rookie of Year odds

According to Bovada, St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Shelby Miller is no longer the gamblers’ favorite to win the National League Rookie of the Year Award, as Yasiel Puig is staking his claim.

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.

Cardinals on national mid-season prospect lists

Looking at the placement of four St. Louis Cardinals prospects on four national prospect lists.

Siegrist hits the record books before allowing a run

Left-handed pitcher Kevin Siegrist set a St. Louis Cardinals record and placed on the MLB top 10 all-time list for scoreless appearances to open a career.

Charting Chris Carpenter’s comeback

How might St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Chris Carpenter’s path to return to the majors be scheduled?

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.

Workload worries for Beltran, Molina and Wainwright

Looking at how season-to-date at-bats and innings pitched could end for three key St. Louis Cardinals All-Stars.

Cardinals place four in mid-season top 50 prospect rankings

Four St. Louis Cardinals farmhands have placed in mid-season national top 50 prospect lists.

Oscar Taveras speaks

The St. Louis Cardinals’ top hitting prospect, currently with Triple-A Memphis, discusses his game.

Yadier Molina joins New Balance team

St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina will be endorsing New Balance athletic shoes.

Marco Gonzales can do more than pitch

The St. Louis Cardinals top draft pick received recognition as college baseball’s top two-way player in 2013.

Candidates to replace Taveras in the Futures Game

Who might represent the St. Louis Cardinals on the World roster in the MLB Futures Game if Oscar Taveras cannot play?

Why are Taveras and Wong in the Futures Game?

Considering possible reasons for the St. Louis Cardinals to repeat their 2012 All-Star Futures Game participants.

Cleto lost via waivers – expect more of the same

In what I see as an expected element of ongoing improvement, the St. Louis Cardinals lost another player via waivers on Sunday, pitcher Maikel Cleto.

Cardinals organization roster matrix: 2013 short-season

The St. Louis Cardinals system view reflects rosters for 2013 short-season play with all organization players listed by level and position.

Shelby Miller leads NL Rookie of Year odds

According to Bovada, St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Shelby Miller is the favorite to win the National League Rookie of the Year Award, but Yasiel Puig is making a move.

Pete Kozma, Michael Wacha and the . . . Play of the Decade?

One play can make a difference in the career of a young and promising pitcher.

Matheny’s distaste with pitching up and in

St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny discusses his concern over pitchers throwing near batters’ heads.

Greenwood absorbs odd double-whammy on Monday

St. Louis Cardinals minor league left-handed pitcher Nick Greenwood absorbed a double-whammy on Monday, with losses at two different levels of play, in two different roles.

Very special Musial tribute jerseys coming to Springfield

The Springfield Cardinals will wear, then auction off commemorative Stan Musial jerseys on Sunday, June 16.

Carpenter sets a painful St. Louis Cardinals record

Matt Carpenter has taken the lead on an unenviable St. Louis Cardinals career list – most hit by pitches in a game. We look back at other oft-plunked Cardinals.

Play like a Cardinal, Play like an MVP

In a very controversial move, St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina was ejected on Sunday. It wasn’t the first time.

Matheny to manage first double-header

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

What should the Cardinals do with Mitchell Boggs?

One of MLB’s top set up men in 2012 is struggling badly in 2013. What should be done about it?

Will Michael Wacha meet or exceed Joe Magrane?

The career WAR of fast-risers to St. Louis points to Joe Magrane as closest to average. Will new arrival Michael Wacha meet or exceed Magrane’s results?

Wacha to join Carpenter and Drew as Cardinals’ fastest risers

A look at the players who reached the St. Louis Cardinals the soonest after being drafted.

Tyler Lyons, Andy Rincon and Dizzy Dean

Looking at effective first-game starters in St. Louis Cardinals history who also collected a hit.

The cowardice of Twitter users claims another

Former St. Louis Cardinals reliever Chris Perez was forced to delete his Twitter account due to angry Cleveland Indians fans.

Poll: Which Cardinals pitcher is most likely to get sent down?

The St. Louis Cardinals will apparently have to option out a pitcher on Wednesday. Who do you think it will be?

Who should start for St. Louis in Garcia’s spot?

Reviewing various starting pitching options for the St. Louis Cardinals in Jaime Garcia’s absence.

Miller, Wainwright with best pair of Cards starts in over 50 years

Game scores put recent St. Louis Cardinals pitching dominance of Shelby Miller and Adam Wainwright into historical perspective.

The price of National League first basemen

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

The Shelby Miller lists

Comparing Shelby Miller’s almost-perfect game to others in St. Louis Cardinals team and Major League Baseball history.

MLB’s Bud-induced hangover

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

Will 2013 be the last of Mujica?

The current closer of the St. Louis Cardinals, Edward Mujica, is eligible to become a free agent following this season.