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Reader poll – Which two should be Cardinals Hall of Famers?

A pre-vote for your two favorites among the eight to appear on the first St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame ballot.

TCN Blog 2012 top story #18: McGwire leaves St. Louis for LA

The St. Louis Cardinals’ hitting coach and former star left one home for another with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

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?

D-Money chasing Big Mac and The Machine

In terms of crucial RBI for the St. Louis Cardinals, Daniel Descalso’s 2011 start trails only Mark McGwire and Albert Pujols in the last 60 years.

Why McGwire’s Hall of Fame vote total dropped

Former St. Louis Cardinals slugger Mark McGwire is losing ground in his Hall of Fame candidacy.

The Cardinal Nation Blog top stories of 2010 #18: Big Mac’s return

The St. Louis Cardinals’ former slugger became their hitting coach, apologized for the past, and moved ahead.

Cardinals and the 2011 Hall of Fame vote

Considering the candidacies of four former St. Louis Cardinals on the 2011 Hall of Fame ballot.

Cardinals hot stove update: 11/30/10

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

Was McGwire worth six more runs in 2010?

Comparing Mark McGwire’s 2010 St. Louis Cardinals offense to Hal McRae’s 2009 version shows six more runs scored but a 6% drop in home runs.

Where will the Cardinals coaching carousel stop?

The St. Louis Cardinals have decided upon their manager for 2011, but three coaching positions remain unsettled.

An exit strategy for Big Mac?

A signal from the St. Louis Cardinals camp that hitting coach Mark McGwire may not return in 2011.

Pujols reaches 400 home runs in fifth fewest at-bats

St. Louis Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols became the 47th member of MLB’s 400 home run club, doing it in fewer at-bats than all but four of them.

Pujols breaks big home run game knot with McGwire

Albert Pujols had his fourth three-home run game on Sunday. Mark McGwire had just three as a St. Louis Cardinal.

Roger Dean Stadium protects McGwire’s backside

“Tasteless” radio station stunt targeted at Mark McGwire leads to banishment.

Fleischer losing clients

The man behind the Mark McGwire media plan has lost a couple of high-profile gigs.

Mark Twain to replace Mark McGwire?

The name of the venerable author and humorist may be added to the highway currently honoring the former St. Louis Cardinals slugger.

The McGwire family’s shortest book ever

In an odd twist, the wrong McGwire may turn out to be the family’s anti-steroid spokesman.

Mark, Jay and Dad

Jay McGwire’s book is coming out. Here is hoping his family members aren’t actually surprised.

Bonds’ ex-media expert pans Cardinals McGwire plan

Former Giants media relations director labels any plan “naïve” that keeps Mark McGwire from answering further questions about his past.

Projected Top Five St. Louis Cardinals Stories of 2010

A look ahead to the top projected stories across the Cardinal Nation in 2010.

McGwire needs to separate coaching from the Hall

Diffusing the ongoing outrage over Mark McGwire may require a clarification of the end objective.

La Russa needed coaching, too

Just as when Mark McGwire spoke out, St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa is catching considerable heat for what he said and did not say.

The Cardinal Nation Blog top stories of 2009 #9: The return of Big Mac

In a major surprise, former slugger Mark McGwire was introduced in October as the club’s new hitting coach, and in early 2010, stepped out of the shadows.

McGwire falls on sword, but that isn’t enough for all

One aspect of Mark McGwire’s tearful interview on MLB Network is a stumbling block to many – his view of the impact of steroids on his results.

La Russa dreams of activating McGwire (honest)

Cardinals manager Tony La Russa wants Mark McGwire to become a late-season pinch-hitter and expects him in St. Louis next weekend.

Theories for McGwire’s delay

Why has Mark McGwire’s coming out party remained in his most familiar place – limboland?

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?

Mark McGwire: A polarizing figure

Summarizing the trenches dug over the return of Mark McGwire.

Was McGwire good for Holliday?

Matt Holliday’s Oakland results following Mark McGwire’s winter instruction leave some major questions as to its effectiveness.

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?

McGwire, Pujols and “30 million-plus”

Comparing and contrasting Mark McGwire’s recent comments about Albert Pujols’ value with a famous 2001 interview critical of escalating MLB player salaries.

James says Cooperstown should expect steroid players

The “father of sabermetrics” Bill James explains why he thinks players from baseball’s steroids era will eventually reach the Hall of Fame.

Pujols’ 2009 multi-homer games approach Big Mac land

With two more multiple home run games, Albert Pujols would tie Mark McGwire for the most in a Cardinals season

First Cards home run trifecta in almost two years

Until Friday, the St. Louis Cardinals hadn’t hit three home runs in an inning since July of 2007.

Duncan a student of swing doctor McGwire

St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Chris Duncan is hitting the ball like in the old days. Several of his doctors should probably be credited, including one without a medical degree – Mark McGwire.

A-Rod: So Sad

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

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.

McGwire’s Hall of Fame Support Erodes

Former St. Louis Cardinals slugger Mark McGwire, tainted by steroids suspicion, loses ground in the 2009 Baseball Hall of Fame voting.