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Cardinals Organization Roster Matrix: 2016 Draft and Short Season

The St. Louis Cardinals’ full system view by position and level incorporates the 2016 Draft and reflects rosters for 2016 short season play.

Get “Taking Flight” for Father’s Day

Rob Rains’ new book on the building of the St. Louis Cardinals will be a perfect Father’s Day gift for your Dad.

Inconsistent Active Duty Policy Creates Pro Athlete Problems

The case of St. Louis Cardinals pitcher and former U.S. Navy officer Mitch Harris illustrates numerous issues with active duty service commitments.

Cardinals Organization Roster Matrix: 2016 Regular Season

The St. Louis Cardinals’ full system view by position and level reflects moves during 2016 full-season ball.

My (Pretend) St. Louis Cardinals Prop Bets for 2016

Assessing 22 possible over and under bets for players on the 2016 St. Louis Cardinals.

Plan Your Cardinals Opening Day with FOX Sports Midwest

FOX Sports Midwest to carry nearly 10 hours of St. Louis Cardinals programming on opening day.

Cardinals Minor League Spring Training Notebook: 03/31/16

Highlights from Thursday’s St. Louis Cardinals minor league spring training games from Jupiter and Port St. Lucie, Florida.

Cardinals Minor League Spring Training Notebook: 03/30/16

Highlights from Wednesday’s St. Louis Cardinals minor league spring training games from Jupiter, Florida.

Cardinals Minor League Spring Training Notebook: 03/29/16

Highlights from Tuesday’s St. Louis Cardinals minor league spring training games from Jupiter, Florida.

Cardinals Minor League Spring Training Notebook: 03/28/16

Highlights from Monday’s St. Louis Cardinals minor league spring training games from Jupiter, Florida.

Cardinals Minor League Spring Training Notebook: 03/27/16

Highlights from Sunday’s St. Louis Cardinals minor league spring training games from Jupiter, Florida.

Cardinals Minor League Spring Training Notebook: 03/26/16

Highlights from Saturday’s St. Louis Cardinals minor league spring training games from Jupiter, Florida.

Cardinals Minor League Spring Training Notebook: 03/25/16

Highlights from Friday’s St. Louis Cardinals minor league spring training games from Jupiter, Florida.

Cardinals Minor League Spring Training Notebook: 03/24/16

Highlights from Thursday’s St. Louis Cardinals minor league spring training games from Jupiter, Florida.

Cardinals Minor League Spring Training Notebook: 03/23/16

Highlights from Wednesday’s St. Louis Cardinals minor league spring training games from Jupiter, Florida.

Cardinals Minor League Spring Training Notebook: 03/20/16

Highlights from Sunday’s St. Louis Cardinals minor league spring training games from Jupiter, Florida.

Cardinals Minor League Spring Training Notebook: 03/19/16

Highlights from Saturday’s St. Louis Cardinals minor league spring training games from Jupiter, Florida.

Cardinals Minor League Spring Training Notebook: 03/18/16

Highlights from Friday’s St. Louis Cardinals minor league spring training games from Jupiter, Florida.

Cardinals Minor League Spring Training Notebook: 03/17/16

Highlights from Thursday’s St. Louis Cardinals minor league spring training games from Jupiter, Florida.

Cardinals Organization Roster Matrix: 2016 Spring Training

The St. Louis Cardinals’ full system view by position and level reflects moves during spring training 2016.

2016 St. Louis Cardinals Spring Training Key Info

The basic baseball information you will need to plan your spring training trip to Jupiter, Florida to see St. Louis Cardinals major and minor league players in action.

Early Line has Cardinals at 87.5 Wins, Cubs at 89

The Atlantis Casino has issued its early over/under win totals for the 2016 Major League Baseball season. Another tight National League Central race could be ahead.

Tennessee Smokies Ownership Group Assumes Management of Johnson City Cardinals

The Johnson City Sports Foundation is out and Boyd Sports LLC is in managing the Johnson City Cardinals.

Comparing Cardinals and Cubs Aging Cores

The Chicago Cubs have the same number of six-plus year players of comparable age as the allegedly “aging” St. Louis Cardinals.

TCN Blog 2015 Top Story #17: Billion Dollar TV Contract

The St. Louis Cardinals agreed to a new 15-year television deal with FOX Sports Midwest running through 2032.

Cardinals Hot Stove Show Returns on FOX Sports Midwest

Cardinals Hot Stove returns to FOX Sports Midwest on Wednesday, Nov. 25

Cardinals Organization Roster Matrix: 2015-2016 Off-Season

The St. Louis Cardinals’ full system view by position and level incorporates free agency and reflects rosters during the 2015-2016 off-season.

How the Cardinals Could Fix their Bench in 2016

Overworking key players during the 2015 regular season appears to have been a factor in the St. Louis Cardinals’ early playoff exit. Here are some ideas how to address that for 2016.

What Good is a Cardinals Bench that Isn’t Used?

Getting more rest for key players was a stated objective of the 2015 St. Louis Cardinals. Their inability to carry through became painfully evident in September and October.

Ex-Cardinals Still Coaching for Houston in 2016

Six of eight former St. Louis Cardinals coaches working for the Astros will be back with Houston next season.

2015 National League Post-Season Schedule

Dates, times, locations, television coverage plans for all National League playoff clubs through the 2015 World Series.

Cardinals Very Good and Bad in SABR Defensive Index

How the St. Louis Cardinals stack up in the most recent National League defensive rankings.

Reclaiming St. Louis Cardinals Uniform Numbers

The uniform numbers of former St. Louis Cardinals who left the club in 2014 have all been reissued.

The Cardinal Nation’s Season Recaps and Top Players of 2015

For the 10th consecutive year, we roll out The Cardinal Nation’s choices as the top players at each level of the St. Louis Cardinals system from the summer, following season recaps by affiliate. The series runs each day from September 14 through the month of October.

The Sky Did Not Fall on the Cardinals on the West Coast

Despite dire predictions from some fans, the St. Louis Cardinals completed a successful West Coast road trip at 7-3.

Why No St. Louis Cardinals Trades?

Tough weekend losses by the bullpen have more St. Louis Cardinals fans demanding a trade to help the offense.

Cardinals Organization Roster Matrix: 2015 Draft and Short Season

The St. Louis Cardinals’ full system view by position and level incorporates the 2015 Draft and reflects rosters for 2015 short season play.

Get Six Months for Price of One at The Cardinal Nation

Raising awareness about a special one-day only membership deal that is the best we’ve ever offered.

Book Review: If These Walls Could Talk: St. Louis Cardinals

Veteran writer Stan McNeal has penned an entertaining new book about the St. Louis Cardinals.

Cardinals Low-Hit Games Piling Up

The 2015 St. Louis Cardinals managed just four hits Tuesday night, the eighth time this season their offense has struggled to that extent.

Cardinals Odds Shorten in NLC but Lengthen for World Series

After two months of the 2015 regular season, the St. Louis Cardinals odds to win the 2015 National League Central are down to 1/3.

Peoria’s Dozer Park Going National

Three nationally-televised Minor League Baseball games in June should hold special interest to St. Louis Cardinals fans.

AutoZone Park Ranked Second in all of MiLB

According to a new survey, the Memphis Redbirds’ home is second among all minor league baseball venues.

Cardinals World Series Odds Shorten to Second in MLB

After a month of the 2015 regular season, only the Los Angeles Dodgers have shorter odds than the St. Louis Cardinals to win the 2015 World Series.

Seven Consecutive Wins is Cardinals’ Best under Matheny

Since Mike Matheny became manager, the St. Louis Cardinals had lost seven straight, but never won seven in a row until now.

Memphis Redbirds Going National Again in 2015

CBS Sports Network’s slate of 10 national Minor League games will include one Memphis Redbirds contest.

Cubs Odds Lengthen to Third in Division

The Chicago Cubs are now looking up at both the St. Louis Cardinals and Pittsburgh Pirates in odds to win the 2015 National League Central.

Cardinals Organization Roster Matrix: 2015 Regular Season

The St. Louis Cardinals’ full system view by position and level reflects rosters for the 2015 regular season.

Cardinals Minor League Spring Training Notebook: 04/03/15

Highlights from Friday’s St. Louis Cardinals minor league spring training games from Florida.

Cardinals Minor League Spring Training Notebook: 04/02/15

Highlights from Thursday’s St. Louis Cardinals minor league spring training games from Florida.

Cardinals Minor League Spring Training Notebook: 04/01/15

Highlights from Wednesday’s St. Louis Cardinals minor league spring training games from Florida.

Cardinals Minor League Spring Training Notebook: 03/31/15

Highlights from Tuesday’s St. Louis Cardinals minor league spring training games from Florida.

Cardinals Minor League Spring Training Notebook: 03/30/15

Highlights from Monday’s St. Louis Cardinals minor league spring training games from Florida.

Cardinals Minor League Spring Training Notebook: 03/29/15

Highlights from Sunday’s St. Louis Cardinals minor league spring training games from Florida.

Cardinals Minor League Spring Training Notebook: 03/28/15

Highlights from Saturday’s St. Louis Cardinals minor league spring training games from Jupiter, Florida.

Cardinals Minor League Spring Training Notebook: 03/27/15

Highlights from Friday’s St. Louis Cardinals minor league spring training games from Jupiter, Florida.

Cardinals Minor League Spring Training Notebook: 03/26/15

Highlights from Thursday’s St. Louis Cardinals minor league spring training games from Jupiter, Florida.

Cardinals Minor League Spring Training Notebook: 03/25/15

Highlights from Wednesday’s St. Louis Cardinals minor league spring training games from Jupiter, Florida.

Cardinals Minor League Spring Training Notebook: 03/24/15

Highlights from Tuesday’s St. Louis Cardinals minor league spring training games from Jupiter, Florida.

Cardinals Minor League Spring Training Notebook: 03/23/15

Highlights from Monday’s St. Louis Cardinals minor league spring training games from Jupiter, Florida.

Cardinals Minor League Spring Training Notebook: 03/22/15

Highlights from Sunday’s St. Louis Cardinals minor league spring training games from Jupiter, Florida.

Cardinals Minor League Spring Training Notebook: 03/21/15

Highlights from Saturday’s St. Louis Cardinals minor league spring training games from Jupiter, Florida.

Cardinals Minor League Spring Training Notebook: 03/20/15

Highlights from Friday’s St. Louis Cardinals minor league spring training games from Jupiter, Florida.

Cardinals Minor League Spring Training Notebook: 03/19/15

Highlights from Thursday’s St. Louis Cardinals minor league spring training games from Jupiter, Florida.

Cardinals Scout Rodny Jimenez Passed Away

A member of the St. Louis Cardinals scouting staff from the Dominican Republic left us too soon.

Spikes Receive NYPL Championship Rings in Florida

2014 New York-Penn League champion State College Spikes players, coaches and staff honored before St. Louis Cardinals’ Spring Training game.

Cardinals Organization Roster Matrix: 2015 Spring Training

The St. Louis Cardinals’ full system view by position and level reflects rosters for 2015 spring training.

Odds Have Cardinals Back on Top of Cubs

The Chicago Cubs no longer have shorter odds than the St. Louis Cardinals to win the 2015 World Series.

Cardinals Regular Season Single Game Tickets to Go On Sale

The St. Louis Cardinals have announced when 2015 regular season single game tickets can be purchased.

Why Not a Minor League Taxi Squad?

Instead of placing healthy minor leaguers on the disabled list, why not legitimize the practice?

How Do 88 to 89 Wins from the St. Louis Cardinals Sound?

The over/under for wins from the 2015 St. Louis Cardinals is currently set at 88 ½.

Cardinals Winter Warm-Up Photos: Monday, 1/19/15

St. Louis Cardinals photos from Monday’s third and final session of the 2015 Winter Warm-Up at St. Louis’ Hyatt Regency at the Arch.

Cardinals Winter Warm-Up Photos: Sunday, 1/18/15

Selected St. Louis Cardinals player and executive photos from Sunday’s second day of the 2015 Winter Warm-Up at St. Louis’ Hyatt Regency at the Arch.

Cardinals Winter Warm-Up Photos: Saturday, 1/17/15

Selected St. Louis Cardinals player and executive photos from Saturday’s first day of the 2015 Winter Warm-Up at St. Louis’ Hyatt Regency at the Arch.

Is Waiting the Hardest Part for Cardinals Rotation?

How crucial is it really for the St. Louis Cardinals to add another front-line starting pitcher right now?

2015 Cardinals Winter Warm-Up Autograph Prices

Some autograph prices at the St. Louis Cardinals charity fan event, Winter Warm-Up, are up slightly for 2015.

TCN Blog 2014 Top Story #20: Ballpark Village Opens

A major enhancement to the Busch Stadium experience finally came to life in April.

Three Cardinals Receive Mention in AFL Top Tools

St. Louis Cardinals prospects C.J. McElroy, Sam Tuivailala and Tyrell Jenkins are among 2014 Arizona Fall League players with a standout tool.

Cardinals organization roster matrix: 2014-2015 off-season

The St. Louis Cardinals’ full system view by position and level reflects the 2014-2015 free agents with all organization players listed by level and position.

Cardinals 2015 World Series Odds Open at 2014 Worst Point

The first cut of an oddsmaker puts the St. Louis Cardinals 2015 World Series odds as long as at any point during 2014.

Cardinals Slide in Oddsmakers’ Post-Season View

The St. Louis Cardinals’ odds to win the National League and World Series grew from last week to this in one oddsmaker’s view.

Cardinals Minor League Attendance Healthy Overall in 2014

Five of six St. Louis Cardinals minor league affiliates experienced an increase in attendance this past summer.

Cardinals Hold Third Place in Oddsmakers’ NL View

The St. Louis Cardinals remain the heavy favorite to take the division, but are third in the NL in one oddsmaker’s view.

Cardinal Talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: Not the Final Nine

Brian Walton’s weekly discussion about the St. Louis Cardinals with Ken Miller and Jim Brinson of KXnO FOX Sports Radio 1460 in Des Moines.

Memphis a Hit Everywhere Except the Gate

Memphis Redbirds attendance dropped 23 percent this season and is down 45 percent over the last decade.

Cardinals Back to Oddsmakers’ Division Favorite

The St. Louis Cardinals are once again one oddsmaker’s favorite to win their division.

Matheny on the Grind of One-Run Cardinals Games

St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny discusses learning and grinding through his club’s many one-run games this season.

Cardinals Increased Run Scoring Translates to Wins

What has changed to drive an 8-2 stretch by the St. Louis Cardinals is increased run scoring.

Where are the Cardinals’ Winning Streaks?

The St. Louis Cardinals haven’t won four games in a row in over two months, yet remain a Wild Card leader.

Tuesday Marks FOX Sports Midwest’s Annual “This One’s for You”

Annual special St. Louis Cardinals game broadcast connects local families with troops stationed overseas.

NL Central is MLB’s Tightest Four-Team Race Since 2006

Four teams in the National League Central Division are separated by just 5 ½ games, tightest since the 2006 NL West.

The Game that Never Happened in a Season that Never Concluded

The 20-year anniversary of the start of the 1994 Major League Baseball strike brings back unpleasant memories.

Will 2014 Cardinals’ Run Scoring Mirror 1973 Mets?

The St. Louis Cardinals are track to make the playoffs despite being near the bottom of run scoring, something that has not been accomplished in over 40 years.

Cardinals Log a Losing Record in Series Openers

The 2014 St. Louis Cardinals need to find a way to be more competitive in the first game of series. Scoring more runs would be a nice start.

Join TCN and TCN Blog in Supporting Alana Subleski

Among the items in a benefit auction is a three-month subscription to The Cardinal Nation.

Talking with Washington University on the Cardinals

St. Louis’ Washington University has a student-operated blog focusing on the St. Louis Cardinals. I answered a series of questions about the team for them.

New Features at The Cardinal Nation

A number of start-of-month features at The Cardinal Nation focus on minor league standouts in the St. Louis Cardinals system.

After Cardinals Injuries, Oddsmaker Establishes New Division Favorite

With 2/5 of the rotation out with injuries, the St. Louis Cardinals are no longer one oddsmaker’s favorite to win their division.

From Where Will Cardinals Roster Replacements Come?

From St. Louis to Class-A Peoria, the Cardinals system has 23 players on the disabled list and is down seven healthy players across its active rosters.

Cardinals Finally Get Back to Scoring Six

The St. Louis Cardinals did a good job of scoring runs in bunches in April, but have not been very good since. Maybe Monday is the start of a trend.