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Is Pujols out of the Triple Crown race?

Though the odds are clearly against him, Albert Pujols still has a chance to match Ducky Medwick.

The sun shines on Albert, but not on Sunny Jim

The Cardinals current RBI leader has nothing on an under-recognized former great from the 1920’s and 1930’s.

Carpenter approaching Gibson superiority

Cardinals pitcher Chris Carpenter’s win, low hits allowed and strikeout rates are now in Bob Gibson territory. That is a pretty rare place, indeed.

Will Duncan end up like Rolen?

This isn’t the first time that off-field issues may be driving away an important member of the St. Louis Cardinals

Molina approaching Cards catching single-season steals leaders

The Cardinals post-1932 franchise season record for stolen bases by a catcher is held by three men. Believe it or not, Yadier Molina is approaching – fast.

Carpenter’s historic strikeout-to-walk ratio

In 2009, St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Chris Carpenter is delivering the best season in franchise history in terms of strikeout-to-walk ratio

Will Cincy’s deadline trades pay off with a wild card?

Cincinnati seems the only National League team out of playoff contention that made a big trade acquisition.

Pujols moves up on list of Cards last at-bat winning hits

Albert Pujols’ last at-bat game-winning hit on Wednesday was the 28th of his career

Holliday and more: Recapping the last week

Offering a personal angle on the major stories last week across the Cardinal Nation and digging up some old ones, too

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.

Carp’s scoreless games can’t touch Gibby

Chris Carpenter’s 12th scoreless eight-inning outing Friday night puts him “just” 55 behind the great Bob Gibson

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

“The Heart and Soul of St. Louis Cardinals Baseball”

Hall of Famer Stan Musial made a rare appearance at Tuesday’s MLB All-Star Game.

All-Star FanFest Free Ticket Trivia Contest Question #1

The first in a series of questions that will earn one respondent a pair of free tickets to the All-Star FanFest concerns Stan Musial

Bob Gibson: “Who will buy my memories?”

Former St. Louis Cardinals great Bob Gibson is selling his baseball memorabilia at auction.

Pujols extends Cards two-RBI game lead

Albert Pujols has 285 two-or-more RBI games this decade, the most by any Cardinal.

Carpenter extends stingy streak

St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Chris Carpenter has gone ten games and counting without allowing more than six hits or three runs.

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.

Rasmus among youngest Cards with four hits in a game

With four hits on Friday, Colby Rasmus is only the 15th youngest Cardinal since 1954 to accomplish the feat.

Carpenter’s current streak approaches Gibson in 1968

Chris Carpenter can tie a 41-year-old St. Louis Cardinals record with a fifth consecutive shutout start on Saturday.

Cards double digit strikeouts – where have they gone?

Chris Carpenter is the only active pitcher to collect ten or more strikeouts in a game for the St. Louis Cardinals. It hasn’t always been a rarity, however.

A Decade of Cardinals Grannies

Putting Albert Pujols’ Saturday grand slam into historical context.

Using Woody to estimate Carp’s return

Like Chris Carpenter today, former St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Woody Williams was shelved by a ribcage injury back in 2002.

Perdomo’s moves from StL to SF to SD reinforce mistake

Reliever Luis Perdomo, the primary reminder of the Anthony Reyes era, has been claimed off waivers by San Diego

Cardinals youth movement continues through NRIs

Colby Rasmus and David Freese will be the most St. Louis Cardinals non-roster players to make their MLB debut to open a season since 1998 and tie for tops in the La Russa era.

Cardinals minor matters – March 19

Bits of news from around the baseball world on former St. Louis Cardinals players.

Franklin’s blown saves – joke or no joke?

2008 St. Louis Cardinals closer Ryan Franklin defends his record. He probably should have just kept quiet.

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.

Cardinals minor matters – March 1

Short bursts of St. Louis Cardinals-related news from all over the web.

The Cardinals’ hole at second base

Aaron Miles and Adam Kennedy are no longer St. Louis Cardinals second basemen. The answer to which one may be more greatly missed could be surprising.

Cardinals emergency pitchers – 1996-2008

Since Tony La Russa has managed the St. Louis Cardinals, he has called upon non-pitchers to take the mound eight different times. The most recent three were by Aaron Miles. Who will get the mop-up job in 2009?

Who gets Cardinals number seven?

With second baseman Adam Kennedy on the waiver wire, what will the St. Louis Cardinals do with the uniform number 7?

Cardinals minor matters – February 11

St. Louis Cardinals news include three former hurlers finding new homes, three additional spring training invites and more.

Cardinals spring training second base failures

Trying 30-something year old second basemen off the scrap heap in spring training in recent years hasn’t proven to answer St. Louis Cardinals’ needs.

Cardinals minor matters – February 8

St. Louis Cardinals-related news includes the Caribbean Series, “A-Fraud”, Joe Torre, MLB Network, TLR on scouts vs. stats, Todd Worrell, Scott Gorgen and more!

A-Rod: So Sad

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

Cardinals arbitration history – 1974-2008

With Rick Ankiel and Ryan Ludwick heading for arbitration hearings, how have the St. Louis Cardinals fared in these salary disputes over the years?

Cardinals minor matters – February 5

Amaury Marti struggling in Mexico, Larry Bigbie’s 15 minutes of fame, Skip Schumaker at second base and Tyler Johnson heads west.

Cardinals “walk year” results: fact or urban legend?

Do St. Louis Cardinals players deliver better results in their final pre-free agency season?

Cardinals minor matters – February 4

Dates for Ankiel and Ludwick arbitration hearings, Choi contract clarification, club out of money and more St. Louis Cardinals news.

Going beyond three years just feels wrong

The St. Louis Cardinals may have some good reasons to be nervous about going beyond three years on player contracts.

Cardinals minor matters – January 30

Continuing a semi-regular series of quick hits on and links to recent St. Louis Cardinals baseball news on the ‘net.

Cardinals unnecessary second and third base intrigue

Recent actions by the St. Louis Cardinals front office are causing already-wary fans to wonder what is going on.

The 2008 All Ex-Cardinals Team

56 players that were once St. Louis Cardinals property played elsewhere in the majors last season, to be joined by 15 more next year. How many of them were really a loss to the organization?

Cardinals minor matters – January 22

Continuing a semi-regular series of quick hits on and links to recent St. Louis Cardinals baseball news on the ‘net.

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.

The Cardinals “Let ‘em Go” Team

Looking back at some of the wise player departures from the St. Louis Cardinals this decade.

The lost art of Cardinals strikeouts

Big strikeout games from St. Louis Cardinals pitchers have become a very rare occurrence, but it wasn’t always that way.

Cardinals minor matters – January 15

A series of quick hits on and links to recent St. Louis Cardinals baseball news.

2008 Cardinals-Phillies weirdness

In just nine games against the Philadelphia Phillies last season, four St. Louis Cardinals milestones occurred, from the positive to the negative to the weird.

Cardinals LOOGYs: Isn’t there more to it?

Considering alternate methods to gauge the comparative effectiveness of the St. Louis Cardinals’ new left-handed relievers for 2009.

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.

Most influential Canadians in baseball include three Cards

Believe it or not, there is a Top 100 Most Influential Canadians in Baseball list and three with St. Louis ties, Larry Walker, Dave McKay and Stubby Clapp, made the cut.

Smith over Ford, August 1986

A reader asks a question to settle a brotherly bet that takes us back to 1986 and Ozzie Smith’s greatest-ever defensive play.

Jerry Hairston, Jr.: Cards come up short again

The St. Louis Cardinals have missed out on another free agent. This time it is versatile infielder/outfielder Jerry Hairston, Jr.

Ex-Cardinals: Where are they now? – John Rodriguez

Former St. Louis Cardinals outfielder John Rodriguez returns to his original organization while Chris Duncan’s brother takes a career hit.

Top 20 Cardinals Stories of 2008: #1-5

Brian Walton’s look back at the biggest stories across the St. Louis Cardinal Nation during 2008 continues with the top five.

Top 20 Cardinals Stories of 2008: #6-10

Brian Walton’s look back at the biggest stories across the St. Louis Cardinal Nation during 2008 continues with those ranked six through ten.

Where Were You in ’82?

On Tuesday, starting at 10:00 a.m. Central, MLB.com is running a free replay of the St. Louis Cardinals Game 7 win over the Milwaukee Brewers in the 1982 World Series. Where were you, Cards fans?

Top 20 Cardinals Stories of 2008: #11-15

Brian Walton’s look back at the biggest stories across the St. Louis Cardinal Nation during 2008 continues with those ranked 11 through 15.

Eleven Cardinals Rookies Debuted in 2008

During the 2008 regular season, the St. Louis Cardinals called up eleven different players from the minors for their first exposure to the big leagues, the most in the Tony La Russa era.

Kennedy and LASIK: The eyes have it. Or do they?

St. Louis Cardinals second baseman Adam Kennedy had laser eye surgery last off-season. Did it matter? Should it?

Top 20 Cardinals Stories of 2008: #16-20

A look back at the biggest stories across the St. Louis Cardinal Nation during 2008 begins with numbers 16 through 20.

Ex-Cardinals News: Mulder, Edmonds, Looper

Former St. Louis Cardinals Mark Mulder, Jim Edmonds and Braden Looper are in the news as all three search for new 2009 homes.

2005 Taguchi > 2008 Fukudome

A family Holiday debate led to a surprising conclusion about the recent contribution levels of two Japanese outfielders, one a St. Louis Cardinals reserve from a few years back and the other a Chicago Cubs starter in 2008.

Knoedler signing invokes memories of Dizzy Dean

I reported the St. Louis Cardinals signing of Justin Knoedler almost a month ago. Everyone else finally realized it yesterday. Shameless commercial follows…

Looper arbitration decision could impact Fuentes

The cost of acquiring Brian Fuentes or any other Type A free agent went up due to the Cardinals’ decision to not offer Braden Looper arbitration. Is it part of a bigger plan?

Mark Mulder: What comes after “fooled me twice”?

Mark Mulder is supposedly making progress in his recovery. The St. Louis Cardinals should run screaming in the other direction. Better yet, they should encourage the Cincinnati Reds to get into the game for the perennially-rehabbing lefty. It seems only fitting.

Cardinals: Where are they Now? – Ken Oberkfell

Former St. Louis infielder Ken Oberkfell remains loyal to the New York Mets as many Cardinals fans remain loyal to him.

Cards Non-Tender Flores, Johnson and Miles

The St. Louis Cardinals did not offer contracts to lefty relievers Randy Flores and Tyler Johnson, making them free agents, saving money and opening roster spots. Infielder Aaron Miles was also cut loose. Could the Twins and Nick Punto (pictured) partially be to blame? How might the Cards fill the openings?

Selling Anthony Reyes for $50K

Brian Walton relives the loss of Anthony Reyes as the St. Louis Cardinals lose Luis Perdomo and Cody Haerther and add Russ Haltiwanger in the Rule 5 Draft.

WBC: See Pujols an Extra Time this Spring

Albert Pujols and the Dominican Republic World Baseball Classic team will train near the St. Louis Cardinals in Jupiter, Florida and will play each other in a March 5 exhibition.

Will Friday be Flores’ Last Day with St. Louis?

Brian Walton is wondering if St. Louis Cardinals reliever Randy Flores will be given his walking papers on Friday.

Links to Cardinals “Best of” Lists

Lists of some of the top current St. Louis Cardinals minor leaguers and past major leaguers. (Remember to click on the title to see the entire post.)

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