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Roy Oswalt and Cardinals number 44

If pitcher Roy Oswalt signs with the St. Louis Cardinals, will his familiar number 44 be available?

Finalizing the fans’ contract offer to Yadier Molina

Readers can vote for salary and number of years making up their best contract offer to St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina.

Pujols to be ESPN The Magazine’s cover boy

Now we can learn the inside story of Albert Pujols’ signing from the perspective of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

What if Albert Pujols isn’t Albert Pujols?

Should Albert Pujols be kept out of the Hall of Fame if he was found to have lied about his age and identity?

Cardinals organization roster matrix: 2012 spring training

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

Video: David Freese takes Babe Ruth Award

St. Louis Cardinals third baseman David Freese was recognized again for his 2011 post-season, this time by the New York chapter of the BBWAA.

Where’s Molina? Playing softball with Pujols

St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina and shortstop Rafael Furcal are with their ex-teammate Albert Pujols in the Dominican Republic.

How much should the Cardinals offer Yadier Molina?

Readers can vote for their salary and number of years limits in their hypothetical offers for St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina.

Yadier Molina and Walker Cooper

What might we learn from a time in history when the St. Louis Cardinals got rid of the best catcher in the National League instead of paying him what he deserved?

Cardinals 2012 Winter Warm-Up leftovers

Some final thoughts from this past weekend’s annual St. Louis Cardinals fan festival.

Cardinals Winter Warm-Up photos: Monday, 1/16

St. Louis Cardinals photos from Monday’s third and final session of the 2012 Winter Warm-Up at St. Louis’ Hyatt Regency at the Arch.

Cardinals Winter Warm-Up photos: Saturday, 1/14

Selected St. Louis Cardinals player photos from Saturday’s first day of the 2011 Winter Warm-Up at St. Louis’ Hyatt Regency at the Arch. Two executives are also included.

Cardinals pitcher Romero settles tainted supplement lawsuit

Left-handed pitcher J.C. Romero believes justice has been served by his lawsuit against several drug companies being settled out of court.

Off-the-wall Cardinals story ideas for 2012

Seven lower-odds storylines possibly ahead for the 2012 St. Louis Cardinals. Or not.

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.

Reviewing the predictions: TCN Blog’s top five Cardinals stories of 2011

A look back at the top projected stories across the Cardinal Nation in 2011 from one year ago.

The Cardinal Nation Blog 2011 top story #2: Pujols leaves

St. Louis Cardinals’ superstar first baseman Albert Pujols left behind his only home as a professional for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

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 #5: NLDS win over Phillies

The heavy underdog St. Louis Cardinals defeated the team with baseball’s best record, the Philadelphia Phillies, in the first round of the 2011 playoffs.

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?

The Cardinal Nation Blog 2011 top story #9: Berkman’s rebirth

Long-time Houston Astros star Lance Berkman enjoyed a career revitalization in St. Louis in 2011.

The Cardinal Nation Blog 2011 top story #10: Freese’s fantastic finish

St. Louis Cardinals’ third baseman David Freese won the Most Valuable Player Award in both the National League Championship Series and the World Series.

The Cardinal Nation Blog 2011 top story #11: Young position players emerge

Three young position players made significant contributions along the way to the St. Louis Cardinals’ 2011 World Series title.

The Cardinal Nation Blog 2011 top story #12: Young relievers emerge

Three rookie pitchers not on the roster to open the season contributed to the St. Louis Cardinals World Championship push.

The Cardinal Nation Blog 2011 top story #13: Wainwright’s lost season

How many clubs could lose one of their top two starters for the entire season and still win the World Series? The 2011 St. Louis Cardinals could and did.

The Cardinal Nation Blog 2011 top story #14: Luhnow hired by Houston

The St. Louis Cardinals have to replace their amateur scouting and draft leader as Jeff Luhnow takes over as the general manager of the Houston Astros.

The Cardinal Nation Blog 2011 top story #15: Changes up the middle

The St. Louis Cardinals starting middle infielders to begin 2011 did not last the season, with more change likely for 2012.

The Cardinal Nation Blog 2011 top story #16: Out went the old in the pen

Four veteran relievers began the 2011 season with the St. Louis Cardinals but they did not perform and were soon gone, replaced by younger men.

The Cardinal Nation Blog 2011 top story #17: Closer changes

Eight different relievers collected saves and four of them lost the closers job, but the 2011 St. Louis Cardinals secured the conversions when they were needed the most.

The Cardinal Nation Blog 2011 top story #18: Molina’s best season?

The St. Louis Cardinals catcher had his top year as a hitter, though his defensive metrics were down. Oh yeah, his team won the World Series and he is heading toward free agency.

The Cardinal Nation Blog 2011 top story #19: Chris Carpenter’s extension

The St. Louis Cardinals and their veteran rotation anchor have good reasons to stay together for two more seasons.

The Cardinal Nation Blog 2011 top story #20: Jaime Garcia’s extension

The St. Louis Cardinals locked up their most promising young major league pitcher for as many as six years into the future.

Cardinals fans living the Pujols grief model

Different St. Louis Cardinals fans are handling the aftermath of Albert Pujols’ change of baseball teams much differently.

What should the Cardinals do with non-tender decisions?

The St. Louis Cardinals are faced with Monday decisions on whether or not to offer 2012 contracts to four players. What would you do?

Two years of Albert Pujols age and contract coverage

Recapping the final two years of former St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols’ tenure with the team through a series of previously-posted articles.

It’s ok. Just don’t insult us, Albert. It was about the money.

Former St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols is now a member of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. He says it is a matter of the heart, but all signs point to dollars.

Unusual Pujols rookie card hoard at auction

315 copies of a rare Albert Pujols rookie baseball card are up for auction as a set. Our expert weighs in on this unique collection.

Cardinals minor league home paper reports

Links to news about St. Louis Cardinals minor leaguers, primarily from their hometown papers.

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?

St. Louis Cardinals arbitration offer predictions

How many draft picks might the St. Louis Cardinals pick up by making offers of arbitration Wednesday night?

Miami sideshow leads to more Pujols age questions

The ongoing subject of Albert Pujols’ age continues to make the papers, still without any substantiation.

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.

Matheny is youngest, but not really youngest

New Cardinals manager Mike Matheny becomes the youngest current manager in MLB, but only 14th-youngest St. Louis skipper in the last century.

Some very different Albert Pujols splits

You thought you had seen every stat? How about hitting results based on the bat used?

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?

Cardinals organization roster matrix: 2011-2012 off-season

The St. Louis Cardinals full system view reflects rosters for the 2011-2012 off-season.

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

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

Remembering Bob Forsch’s greatness

Several best games of the late St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Bob Forsch are remembered.

Former Cardinal P.J. Walters welcomes newborn

A new son has joined the family of ex-St. Louis Cardinals pitcher P.J. Walters.

Cardinals World Series Game 6 and Game 7 factoids

Putting St. Louis’ 10-9 World Series Game 6 win into historical context while looking ahead to Friday’s Game 7.

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.

More on Pujols’ World Series Game 3 hitting marks

All-time ranking of some of St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols’ hitting feats accomplished Saturday night in Game 3 of the 2011 World Series.

Pujols ties MLB greats with three-homer performance

St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols had a performance for the ages on Saturday night, hitting three home runs against the Texas Rangers in a 16-7 win in Game 3 of the 2011 World Series.

Cardinals World Series Game 2 pitching leftovers

Looking at Thursday’s pitching performances by Jaime Garcia and Jason Motte of the St. Louis Cardinals in historical context.

Looking forward to a Cardinals designated hitter for once

After an .071 average from their designated hitters in the 2004 and 2006 World Series, the St. Louis Cardinals can look to more from Allen Craig in 2011.

Carpenter ties Gibson in Cardinals post-season wins

Chris Carpenter’s seventh post-season win tied him with Hall of Famer Bob Gibson for the most in St. Louis Cardinals history.

Cardinals Monday leftovers worth consuming

First baseman Albert Pujols and the St. Louis Cardinals logged a number of milestones in their NLCS Game 2 victory Monday night.

Pujols cracks top ten MLB post-season homer, RBI lists

With a huge game in NLCS Game 2 Monday night, St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols moved into the MLB career top ten in post-season home runs and RBI.

Was Carpenter’s the best clutch playoff start in Cardinals history?

Looking at the best playoff pitching performances in the history of the St. Louis Cardinals.

Greinke gives Cardinals additional motivation

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

Freese has a night for the record books

St. Louis Cardinals third baseman David Freese drove in four runs Wednesday night. Only one player had more RBI in a post-season game in team history.

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.

Vote for your Cardinals NLDS starting pitchers

The St. Louis Cardinals have a number of choices as they set their playoff rotation. Who would you start and why?

Carpenter’s lack of support includes more double plays

No NL pitcher has more no-decisions in 2011 than St. Louis Cardinal Chris Carpenter. The offense is hitting into more double plays and scoring fewer runs when he takes the mound.

Molina joins top four doubles-hitting Cardinals catchers of all time

St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina is only the fourth catcher in team history to collect 30 doubles in a season.

Can the Cardinals break “The Curse of Octavio Dotel”?

The St. Louis Cardinals’ well-traveled reliever previously joined four teams in pennant races. None of the them reached the playoffs.

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?

Ex-Cardinal Andy Benes points to team’s problems

A former St. Louis Cardinals pitcher says the Pujols contract situation and lack of vocal leadership has affected the current team’s results.

Chris Carpenter’s contract extension: Pro and con

The St. Louis Cardinals and pitcher Chris Carpenter have reportedly agreed to continue their long marriage for two more years. Is it good or bad news?

Before Rzepczynski came Mierkowicz

The St. Louis Cardinals’ current Scrabble point champion tied a former player from 1950.

Eck joins Pepsi MAX Field of Dreams roster

Former Cardinals closer and Hall of Famer Dennis Eckersley is voted onto 11-man dream team.

Scoring the Cardinals’ “Scrabble”

In Scrabble scoring, how does Marc Rzepczynski stack up compared to others in the St. Louis Cardinals organization?

What course will the Cardinals chart next?

With declining attendance and the future of Albert Pujols to be determined, how will the St. Louis Cardinals approach this off-season?

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

Carpenter’s support ranks among MLB’s worst

St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Chris Carpenter could present a strong case if he chose to sue his teammates over lack of support.

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.

Torre calls Molina act disrespectful

MLB’s head for on-field matters wants players to show more respect for the game while supporting umpires in his remarks.

Jackson joins Cardinals double-digit runs yielded list

New St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Edwin Jackson was roughed up for ten runs against first-place Milwaukee on Wednesday.

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.

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.

Colby Rasmus trade: What he and others are saying

The St. Louis Cardinals dealt centerfielder Colby Rasmus to the Toronto Blue Jays in an eight-player deal on Wednesday.

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.

Silent Colby Rasmus?

Like a St. Louis Cardinals outfield predecessor from 30 years ago, Colby Rasmus has chosen not to speak with the media.

Tony Rasmus is not acting alone

The father of St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Colby Rasmus is not the player’s only outside source of hitting instruction.

Eckersley on closing and the Cardinals

Exclusive interview with Hall of Fame closer Dennis Eckersley in which we discuss closing, the St. Louis Cardinals’ pitching, the manager’s tenure and more.

Keith Hernandez and his overbearing father/hitting coach

An earlier St. Louis Cardinals hitting star relied on his father for regular hitting instruction, like Colby Rasmus is today.

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

Pujols chasing hit milestones, too

St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols is moving up career hit lists while improving his 2011 totals as well.

Where would the 2011 Cardinals be without Berkman?

Once thought to be washed up, Lance Berkman has been a savior for the St. Louis Cardinals.

Pujols, Cardinals continue historically high double play rate

Both Albert Pujols and his St. Louis Cardinals team lead the National League in an unenviable category.

Opening up a Cardinals 40-man roster spot

What move might the St. Louis Cardinals make to clear space on their 40-man roster for a fresh pitcher?

Bitter blogger Chass rips another Hall of Famer Gibson

Upcoming Curt Flood HBO special serves as Trojan horse for a writer’s attack on an ex-star player.

Cardinals-Reds match-up means Fourth of July fireworks ahead

On Monday, Chris Carpenter and Johnny Cueto take each other on once again.

Carpenter throws most pitches since 1998

St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Chris Carpenter is being asked to do more, much more, and so far, is responding. Can the 36-year-old keep it up?

Relief for Cardinals relief

Two St. Louis Cardinals relievers did their jobs Tuesday night, but one once again did not.

Is Pujols worth 20 wins per season?

Comparing the St. Louis Cardinals’ record with and without Albert Pujols.