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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?

Not exactly Runnin’ Redbirds, but improvement in 2012

The 2012 St. Louis Cardinals stole the most bases in eight seasons with the best success rate in nine years.

Ex-Cardinals greats Marion and Breadon on Hall of Fame ballot

A former owner and shortstop behind some very successful St. Louis Cardinals clubs of the past will soon receive another chance at induction to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Should pitcher Rick Ankiel and the Cardinals re-unite?

Rick Ankiel is reportedly considering a return to the mound. Does he owe St. Louis rights of refusal? Should the Cardinals consider him?

Cardinals organization roster matrix: 2012-2013 off-season

The St. Louis Cardinals full system view reflects rosters for the 2012-2013 off-season.

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.

Is Ozzie Smith wrong to sell off his memorabilia?

Hall of Fame shortstop Ozzie Smith announced plans to sell much of his memorabilia and plans the throw out the first pitch for NLCS Game 4 Thursday night.

On this date in Cardinals history: October 10

The St. Louis Cardinals won their first World Series on this date in 1926 behind a most unlikely hero – Grover Cleveland Alexander.

How would you replace Jaime Garcia?

Considering the St. Louis Cardinals’ roster alternatives if Jaime Garcia is out.

Cardinals first-ever playoff loss with 10-strikeout starter

Adam Wainwright struck out 10 Washington Nationals, but his St. Louis Cardinals lost on Sunday.

Switch-hitting Beltran’s unusual feat

St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Carlos Beltran hit a home run from each side of the plate on Sunday, a rare occurrence.

On this date in Cardinals history: September 29

On this date in 1963, the greatest St. Louis Cardinal player of all time, Stan Musial, played in his final game.

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.

Lance Lynn a throwback to Ernie Broglio

Lance Lynn has done something no other St. Louis Cardinals pitcher has accomplished since 1960.

Molina becomes 2012 Cardinals’ fifth 70-RBI man

The 2012 St. Louis Cardinals reached another offensive balance milestone on Saturday, this one in run production.

Are expectations for Carpenter too high?

Vote on what you think would be an acceptable result from St. Louis Cardinals Chris Carpenter’s 2012 debut.

Molina, Simmons and Cardinals 20 home run hitters

Five 2012 St. Louis Cardinals have 20 or more home runs, but one, catcher Yadier Molina, really stands out.

Will Lohse’s win rate translate into Cy Young success?

Looking at the top winning pitchers in recent seasons to evaluate one aspect of Kyle Lohse’s 2012 Cy Young Award candidacy.

Musial’s career numbers being chased

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

On this date in Cardinals history: September 16

This date in 1924 was arguably the biggest day in Hall of Famer Jim Bottomley’s career.

Cardinals may soon have first-ever five 20-home run hitters

The St. Louis Cardinals have three hitters with 20 or more home runs and two more with 19. We look at how that distribution stacks up in team history.

St. Louis Cardinals “catcher’s ERAs”

Looking at runs scored against the St. Louis Cardinals by the catcher then behind the plate.

On Jason Motte and home run balls

Looking into St. Louis Cardinal Jason Motte’s numbers compared to other MLB closers.

On McGwire and Berkman – at second base?

Why couldn’t the 2012 St. Louis Cardinals re-use a lineup trick first deployed by Tony La Russa in September 2000?

2012 St. Louis Cardinals reach historic heights at second base

The identity of the tallest men to ever play second base for the St. Louis Cardinals may be very surprising. We’ve seen three this season alone.

Carpenter, Miller and playoff-race piggybacking

Will Chris Carpenter return to starting in September for the St. Louis Cardinals? Who might his pitching partner be?

On Shelby Miller, major leaguer

Reversing field, the St. Louis Cardinals reportedly plan to have Shelby Miller make his major league debut in September.

Why Pete Kozma over Ryan Jackson?

Wondering why the St. Louis Cardinals elected to promote shortstop Pete Kozma over Ryan Jackson on Friday.

Would you use Lohse to force an early decision from Wainwright?

The St. Louis Cardinals’ two best pitchers this season are heading for free agency this fall and next. Should the team try to lock up the second before losing the first?

It is time for us to stop taking Kyle Lohse for granted

St. Louis Cardinal Kyle Lohse has quietly put together one of the best seasons among National League pitchers.

Holliday, Craig rack up the RBI

Two of the St. Louis Cardinals biggest RBI men padded their totals on Sunday.

Don’t forget about Carlos Martinez

How does Carlos Martinez’ Double-A results stack up against more highly-touted prospects Shelby Miller and Trevor Rosenthal?

Garcia joins list of five dominant Cardinals lefties

On Sunday, Jaime Garcia became the sixth left-hander in St. Louis Cardinals history to strike out at least 10 and walk no one in a game.

Cardinals lose Friday in an unusual manner

The St. Louis Cardinals lost Friday night for only the 18th time in team history when their opponent did not have a run batted in.

What to do when Jaime Garcia returns?

The St. Louis Cardinals will need to make a change to their rotation when Jaime Garcia returns on Sunday. Vote on your preference.

On Shelby Miller’s turnaround

Whether it was a delayed benefit from a no-shake rule or seeing others pass him, St. Louis Cardinals top prospect Shelby Miller has experienced a turnaround recently.

The cost of letting Octavio Dotel go

A look at some estimates at the costs involved in the 2012 St. Louis Cardinals keeping or not keeping reliever Octavio Dotel.

Fully appreciating Octavio Dotel

Wondering how much difference one short-duration member of the 2011 St. Louis Cardinals would have made to the 2012 club.

Matt Carpenter producing as a pinch-hitter

St. Louis Cardinals rookie Matt Carpenter is delivering like a veteran pinch-hitter off an inexperienced bench.

Another angle on a Wainwright extension

A couple of other comparative contact cases to consider in the context of Adam Wainwright.

If the Cardinals can’t keep Wainwright, what is the best consolation prize?

Considering various timing and action alternatives by the St. Louis Cardinals regarding Adam Wainwright’s contract.

How much will it take for the Cardinals to keep Wainwright?

Looking at Adam Wainwright’s contract situation in comparison to other big deals across MLB.

Could Jon Jay be traded?

Wondering out loud if the St. Louis Cardinals would consider a trade of their centerfielder for pitching for the second consecutive season.

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.

On Cardinals pitchers speed to the majors

Looking at pace to the majors in innings-pitched, rather than calendar time.

What does the Trevor Rosenthal promotion mean?

Looking at the St. Louis Cardinals pitching prospect’s surprising jump from Double-A to the majors from multiple angles.

Don’t miss Thursday Darryl Kile special

The late St. Louis Cardinals pitcher is being remembered a decade after his passing in a Thursday night television special.

Barret Browning’s historic perfect start

To begin his MLB career, the St. Louis Cardinals reliever has gone four games of 4 1/3 innings without allowing a single baserunner, tying a record.

Cardinals “minor league guy” is a Canuck, eh?

The St. Louis Cardinals top position player prospect, outfielder Oscar Taveras, carries a Canadian passport.

MLB All-Star Final Vote process loses any credibility

The lengths to which Major League Baseball is going to generate interest in the All-Star Game have crossed the line, in my opinion.

Two homers in one inning against Cards pitching not that rare

Wednesday night marked the 17th time since 2000 that two different St. Louis Cardinals pitchers allowed home runs in the same inning.

Molina chasing Simmons for best HR season by a Cardinals catcher

Through 75 games, only one catcher in St. Louis Cardinals history had more home runs than does Yadier Molina this season.

Could it be déjà vu for the 2012 Cardinals and trading?

Will right-handed pitcher Shelby Miller join former top organizational prospect Colby Rasmus as trade bait for the St. Louis Cardinals?

Cardinals organization roster matrix: 2012 short season

The St. Louis Cardinals full system view reflects rosters for the 2012 regular season and short-season clubs.

Lance Lynn tops Dizzy Dean but still chases Bob Gibson

OK, it was just one stat over two starts, but St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Lance Lynn logged two rare high-strikeout games.

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.

Who is your Cardinals’ sixth starter?

Jaime Garcia’s health remains a concern for the St. Louis Cardinals. Vote on how to replace him if needed.

Tony La Russa, future oil baron?

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

Has Salas hit The Verducci Effect?

An ineffective Fernando Salas has been sent down to Triple-A Memphis. Was his increased workload in 2011 a factor?

Beltran’s big May continues

Carlos Beltran is approaching one of the 10 most productive Mays in recent St. Louis Cardinals history.

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?

On this day in Cardinals history: May 13, 1958

St. Louis Cardinals star Stan Musial collected his 3,000th hit 54 years ago today, on May 13, 1958, at Chicago’s Wrigley Field.

Interview with Cardinals Hall of Fame shortstop Ozzie Smith

Exclusive interview with the Hall of Fame shortstop in which we discuss St. Louis Cardinals past and present.

How rare is a stolen base by a Cardinals pitcher?

Jake Westbrook did something Thursday that has occurred only 64 times prior – a St. Louis Cardinals pitcher stealing a base.

Should MLB players and social media mix?

Can professional athletes and fans get too close to one another for their own good?

Where would the Cardinals be without Lohse and Westbrook?

Two starters some fans wanted the St. Louis Cardinals to get rid of are leading the staff in the early going in 2012.

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.

Where is Matt Adams, already?

Despite the current injury situation of the St. Louis Cardinals, their top first base prospect remains at Triple-A. I believe that is the right way to go – at least for now.

Cardinals all-time Scrabble leaders by decade

The top Scrabble-scoring names by decade in St. Louis Cardinals team history.

Looking through Rosenthal-colored glasses

No first-time player in St. Louis Cardinals major league camp this spring was talked about more than right-handed pitcher Trevor Rosenthal.

Cardinals organization roster matrix: 2012 full-season

The St. Louis Cardinals system view reflects rosters for 2012 full-season play with all organization players listed by level and position.

Cardinals log of minor league suspensions grows

Cody Stanley is the 24th name on the St. Louis Cardinals minor league drug suspension list since 2005.

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.

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.

Cardinals sixth starter, what took you so long?

On Monday, the St. Louis Cardinals moved Lance Lynn from relieving to starting. Why did they wait for an injury to another?

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

Cardinals spring phenom named Matt will return to earth

For the second consecutive spring, the St. Louis Cardinals top minor league hitter is standing out in major league camp. Let’s not get carried away, though.

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.

Review of a review: Sloan Sports Analytics Conference

A recommendation to read a summary of an important event covering off-field aspects of sports, especially baseball.

Brock named to College Baseball Hall of Fame

Lou Brock to join yet another Hall of Fame, this one for the collegiate game.

Brock opens Cardinals museum exhibit in Little Rock

The new exhibit of St. Louis Cardinals memorabilia at the Clinton Library in Little Rock has opened.

The Molina contract: What the writers are saying

A scan of national and local sportswriters’ opinions on the Yadier Molina contract and its potential impact on other impending free agent catchers.

Molina’s contract extension – How do you feel?

If you were running the St. Louis Cardinals, would you have given catcher Yadier Molina a five-year, $75 million contract extension?

Time to stand down on Molina’s contract

Why not let Yadier Molina and the St. Louis Cardinals work on a new deal without such a high level of sensitivity?

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.

2012 Cardinals finding unexpected motivation

The many questions about recovering from significant off-season losses seem to be strengthening the 2012 St. Louis Cardinals’ resolve.

Poll: When will Shelby Miller arrive in St. Louis?

Vote on when you think the St. Louis Cardinals’ top prospect will make his major league debut.

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.

Ira is not just Mrs. Bill DeWitt III

The wife of the president of the St. Louis Cardinals runs an urban music label.

Defending Yadier Molina

Followers of the St. Louis Cardinals had differing views of catcher Yadier Molina’s update on his contract situation upon his reporting to spring training.

Cardinals where are they now? – LaPoint and Ryde

The paths of a St. Louis Cardinals pitching star from the 1980s and a failed big-bonus outfield signing from 2007 have come together in Rockland County, New York.

The St. Louis Cardinals Canadian MVP

Which Canadian-born player contributed the most to the St. Louis Cardinals?

Ex-Cardinal Cormier to enter Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame

Former St. Louis Cardinals left-handed pitcher Rheal Cormier is a new Canadian Baseball Hall of Famer.

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.

Topps: Rally Squirrel card does not replace Schumaker

Despite reports to the contrary, the Topps Rally Squirrel baseball card does not replace Skip Schumaker’s regular 2012 card.