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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Silent Colby Rasmus?

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

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.

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.

Theriot’s chase of Rajah, The Man and The Machine ends

The 20-game hitting streak of St. Louis Cardinals shortstop Ryan Theriot ended on Wednesday night, short of past team greats.

Dual six-RBI night elicits memories of “The Sandberg Game”

Colby Rasmus and Aubrey Huff both had six RBI on Thursday night. It was only the third time in history a St. Louis Cardinal and opponent did it in the same game.

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.

Bill White remembers what the Civil Rights Game is about

The former St. Louis Cardinals first baseman looks back at the difference between baseball’s integration and desegregation.

Boggs’ 3-for-3 in saves a good start, but not unusual

St. Louis Cardinals closer Mitchell Boggs is 3-for-3 in saves, but so were 45 other Cardinals since 1950.

Eduardo Sanchez cannot top John Goody Urrea

An almost-forgotten name from the 1970’s had an unbelievable start closing games.

Jaime Garcia’s Sunday gem in historical context

Looking at historical comparisons to St. Louis Cardinals’ left-hander Jamie Garcia’s complete-game four hit shutout with nine strikeouts on Sunday.

Former Cardinals hitting coach Mitchell Page dies at 59

Ex-St. Louis Cardinals hitting coach passed away in his sleep, reports former student Eduardo Perez.

Can Ramon Vazquez become Abraham Nunez?

I hear all the early St. Louis Cardinals camp excitement about third baseman Matt Carpenter, but my thoughts are elsewhere, back in 2005.

Losing 20-game winners have not been kind to the Cardinals

While the St. Louis Cardinals have twice experienced the loss of a 20-game winner for the entire next season, neither case turned out well.

Stacking Pujols up against other career Cardinals

Putting Albert Pujols’ opportunity to remain a life-long St. Louis Cardinal into games-played context.

Stand for Stan Day remembered

Selected photos from the St. Louis Cardinals’ Stand for Stan Day, last October 2.

2/15 Musial White House ceremony to be streamed live

Stan Musial’s Medal of Freedom presentation can be seen by all over the internet.

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 #8: The real Man

2010 was a big year for the greatest St. Louis Cardinal ever, Stan Musial.

The Cardinal Nation Blog top stories of 2010 #12: Herzog to the Hall

Whitey Herzog entered Baseball’s Hall of Fame and his number was retired by the St. Louis Cardinals in July.

The Cardinal Nation Blog top stories of 2010 #15: Young bench, veteran stopgaps

Starting in June, the St. Louis Cardinals called on five minor league castoffs with below-average results.

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.

OPS+ from the Cardinals’ big three

Looking at OPS+ marks by the St. Louis Cardinals’ top three hitters over the Albert Pujols years.

Could a new Cardinals MV3 appear in 2011?

How does the current middle of the St. Louis Cardinals lineup compare to their 2004 predecessors?

Cardinals hot stove update: 12/07/10

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

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.

Carpenter takes 2010 Vicente Palacios Award

Intended only in fun, this award honors the highest level of hitting futility by a St. Louis Cardinals pitcher in a season.

Wainwright repeats as Allen Watson Award winner

Adam Wainwright again takes our annual recognition for the top hitting performance by a St. Louis Cardinals pitcher.

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.

Ex-Cardinals Oberkfell and Oquendo competing for Mets job

Two former St. Louis Cardinals infielders with ties to the Mets are among the candidates for the open New York managerial job. Do they have a chance?

Pujols in Boston and La Russa 2.0

Calling out a pair of interesting articles about the St. Louis Cardinals star player and his former teammate (along with his current manager, sort of).

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.

Will the Cardinals’ young outfielder play every day?

Another talented outfielder from the past was traded away by the St. Louis Cardinals.

Unearned runs link Garcia with Magrane and Forsch

A historical view of St. Louis Cardinals unearned runs by pitcher.

Cardinals top 20 career multi-home run game leaders

Who is trailing Albert Pujols and Stan Musial with the most multiple-home run games in St. Louis Cardinals history?

The Lohse-Suppan tandem

Why not pair up a couple of St. Louis Cardinals’ five-inning starters every fifth day?

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.

Matt Holliday and Albert Pujols chasing Curt Flood

In the last half-century, no St. Louis Cardinals hitter has had more seasons of four or more four-hit games than Curt Flood.

Hall of Fame Sunday thoughts

Anger over MLB’s Hall of Fame Sunday games and wonder about ESPN’s Sunday night choice.

Cardinals starters exiting games early

St. Louis Cardinals starters have gone five innings or less in four consecutive games.

Jeff Suppan solid in Cardinals return

Analyzing returned St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Jeff Suppan’s four-inning outing on Tuesday evening.

Suppan is a bad option, but not that bad

The St. Louis Cardinals added Milwaukee’s reject, Jeff Suppan. How much trouble will ensue?

Cepeda enters new Latin Baseball Hall of Fame

Ex-St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Orlando Cepeda is a Latin Baseball Hall of Famer.

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.

A dozen strikeouts for Wainwright not enough

Adam Wainwright pitched a great game for the St. Louis Cardinals against the San Diego Padres on Tuesday night, but great wasn’t great enough.

Gibson watches Penny’s grand slam

Brad Penny is now one of a select group of St. Louis Cardinals pitchers with a grand slam. Bob Gibson, who watched Penny’s shot Friday night, has two.

Garcia on Fernando’s rookie track

St. Louis Cardinals rookie Jaime Garcia’s 2010 start invokes memories of another left-hander from Mexico who made his MLB debut 30 years ago, Fernando Valenzuela.

Garcia invokes early memories of another “Lefty”

Of course it is early, but Jaime Garcia’s 2010 start matches that of a couple of Hall of Famers, including one named “Lefty.”

Carp’s 10K report

Chris Carpenter added his name to an exclusive list on Thursday night with his second consecutive ten-strikeout game for the St. Louis Cardinals.

The Cardinals’ Mike Leakes

Brothers Lindy and Von McDaniel along with Bob L. Miller joined the St. Louis Cardinals in the 1950’s without playing in the minor leagues first.

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.

Would La Russa and Torre have been the Yankees’ dream team?

Joe Torre recounts the story of how the Yankees wanted him as GM and Tony La Russa as manager back in October 1995. Imagine how the MLB landscape might have changed.

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.

Long-living former Cardinals

Stan Musial isn’t the oldest or even second-oldest former St. Louis Cardinals player living. The latter is the relatively-unknown Freddie Schmidt.

Gotay and the goats

A look at St. Louis Cardinals second base non-roster invitees over the last five seasons.

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.

When Musial didn’t wear number 6

A search through baseball history is underway to identify a most unusual Stan Musial photo.

McGwire needs to separate coaching from the Hall

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

Can Edmonds follow Lankford’s sequel?

Just as his Cardinals centerfield predecessor Ray Lankford did, Jim Edmonds wants to return after a year out of the game.

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.

The Cardinal Nation Blog top stories of 2009 #14: Whitey to the Hall

Whitey Herzog, the leader of the 1980’s St. Louis Cardinals, was elected to Baseball’s Hall of Fame.

The Cardinal Nation Blog top stories of 2009 #17: John Smoltz

The St. Louis Cardinals again added a future Hall of Fame pitcher nearing the end of his career but it didn’t end like in 1926.

Theories for McGwire’s delay

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

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.

Breadon outshines Busch and DeWitt as Cardinals owner

Passed over in the Hall of Fame veterans committee vote was the winningest St. Louis Cardinals owner ever, Sam Breadon.

Don’t retire Herzog’s number – a different approach

Rather than retiring the number of every new Hall of Famer, the St. Louis Cardinals need a two-tiered system.

Herzog follows top Cardinals managers to Cooperstown

Whitey Herzog and the other six most-winning St. Louis Cardinals managers in club history are either in or locks for the Hall of Fame.

Cardinals minor matters: November 16

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

Breadon among deserving Hall of Fame candidates

The St. Louis Cardinals owner during a record period of prosperity is being considered for election to Baseball’s Hall of Fame.

Herzog back on Hall of Fame ballot

Former Cardinals manager Whitey Herzog is again up for Veterans Committee voting for the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Brock next Cardinal to sell off collection

St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Famer Lou Brock is currently auctioning off 78 memorabilia items.

Wellemeyer takes 2009 Vicente Palacios Award

Intended only as fun, this award has been created to honor the highest level of hitting futility by a St. Louis Cardinals pitcher in a season.

(Brief) History of the Cardinals Allen Watson Award

Looking at past good-hitting pitchers on the St. Louis Cardinals.

Wainwright wins 2009 Allen Watson Award

Creating a new award to recognize the best-hitting St. Louis Cardinals pitcher during the previous season.

Curt Flood memorabilia auction planned

Many items owned by the late Cardinals outfielder Curt Flood will soon be sold at auction.

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?

Cardinals Minor Matters: October 25

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