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Jhonny Peralta pros and cons for the Cardinals

Rumors have a deal between free agent shortstop Jhonny Peralta and the St. Louis Cardinals close. Early views from fans have been mixed.

Could the Memphis Mets be in the future?

New news from Memphis indicates another Major League club has expressed interest in acquiring the Triple-A Redbirds and AutoZone Park.

Join The Cardinal Nation and Peoria Chiefs in support of Illinois tornado relief

Donate to tornado relief in person at Peoria’s Dozer Park or via a special online auction that includes a one-year subscription to The Cardinal Nation.

Key players in the proposed Memphis baseball sale

Looking at the impending sale of the Memphis Redbirds and AutoZone Park from the perspective of key participants.

Why the Cardinals could afford Tulowitzki and Ellsbury

The 2014 St. Louis Cardinals seem to have room to take on payroll and build what could be an unstoppable lineup.

Cardinals organization roster matrix: 2013-2014 off-season

The St. Louis Cardinals full system view reflects rosters for the 2013-2014 off-season.

AutoZone Park sale plan “fairly close”

A plan to clear the major hurdle in the proposed sale of AutoZone Park and the Memphis Redbirds is almost ready.

Cardinals open at 10/1 odds to win 2014 World Series

Initial odds for next year’s World Series indicate two new favorites.

Cardinals rank eighth in one view of system rankings

Baseball America has used a formula to order minor league organizations based on top prospects by league.

Why do foreign substances have to be a gray area?

Major League Baseball’s rule on the use of foreign substances by pitchers is clear. Enforcement is not.

Cardinals and Red Sox World Series odds

Looking the odds associated with the 2013 World Series.

Help the United Way and win World Series Game 3 tickets

The United Way of Greater St. Louis is raffling off prime tickets for Saturday’s World Series Game 3 at Busch Stadium.

Cardinals have longest odds among MLB’s final four

Looking at how the odds to win the two pennants and the World Series have shifted since April. As the LCS opened, the St. Louis Cardinals had the longest odds of the final four.

Parabola Power: Field Geometry Helps the Cardinals Win

Could the power of the parabola be a contributor to the success of the St. Louis Cardinals?

Help the United Way and win NLCS Games 1/2 tickets

The United Way of Greater St. Louis is raffling off prime tickets for Friday and Saturday’s NLCS Games 1 and 2 at Busch Stadium.

Cardinals improve again in Major League Baseball odds

Looking at how the odds to win the two pennants and the World Series have shifted since April. For the St. Louis Cardinals, the odds are continuing to move in the right direction.

Help the United Way and win NLDS Game 2 tickets

The United Way of Greater St. Louis is raffling off two pairs of prime tickets for Friday’s NLDS Game 2 at Busch Stadium.

Memphis, Springfield, Peoria schedules for 2014

Three of the top four minor league affiliates of the St. Louis Cardinals have released their 2014 schedules.

Cardinals-Brewers, Reds-Pirates probable pitchers

Weekend pitching matchups for key games in the National League Central race.

Cardinals improving in Major League Baseball odds

Looking at how the odds to win the NL Central, two pennants and the World Series have shifted since April. For the St. Louis Cardinals, the odds have turned back in the right direction.

Yadier Molina’s four seasons in one

Considering the potential impact of Yadier Molina’s knee problems on him, his MVP hopes and his team’s won-loss record.

Cardinals sliding in September Major League Baseball odds

Looking at how the odds to win the two pennants and the World Series have shifted since April. For the St. Louis Cardinals, the odds are heading in the wrong direction.

2014 St. Louis Cardinals schedule PDF

Single-page version of the St. Louis Cardinals 2014 schedule.

Comparing Cardinals, Reds, Pirates schedules

How the three National League Central Division combatants’ schedules line up based on results to date.

The tale of two Cardinals seasons remaining

The St. Louis Cardinals are entering a 2 ½ week stretch of games against playoff clubs that could shape their post-season plans.

Memphis Redbirds leaving Omaha and Iowa behind in 2014

The Pacific Coast League is re-aligning for 2014, with the St. Louis Cardinals’ top affiliate changing divisions.

Johnson City remains top market in Cardinals system

According to new rankings from SportsBusiness Journal, Johnson City, Tennessee is the 35th-best market in minor league sports.

Poll: Which reliever should the Cardinals add?

Vote on which Triple-A reliever you think the St. Louis Cardinals should call up on Thursday.

How Major League Baseball odds have shifted in-season

Looking at how the odds to win the six Major League Baseball divisions, the two pennants and the World Series have shifted since April.

How rough is the Cardinals current stretch historically?

The St. Louis Cardinals have lost seven in a row, including four straight at Pittsburgh, with run scoring at a premium. Just how bad is it?

Forbes: Memphis Redbirds is eighth-most valuable MiLB franchise

A new Forbes report pegs the St. Louis Cardinals Triple-A franchise as being worth $29 million.

AutoZone Park among nominees for Best Minor League Ballpark

Readers can vote for their Best Minor League Ballpark, with Memphis’ AutoZone Park among the nominees.

Charting Chris Carpenter’s comeback

How might St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Chris Carpenter’s path to return to the majors be scheduled?

Cardinals organization roster matrix: 2013 short-season

The St. Louis Cardinals system view reflects rosters for 2013 short-season play with all organization players listed by level and position.

Cardinals World Championship odds improve

The odds of the St. Louis Cardinals winning the World Series have improved from 16/1 to 8/1 since the start of the season, according to bookmakers.

Greenwood absorbs odd double-whammy on Monday

St. Louis Cardinals minor league left-handed pitcher Nick Greenwood absorbed a double-whammy on Monday, with losses at two different levels of play, in two different roles.

Very special Musial tribute jerseys coming to Springfield

The Springfield Cardinals will wear, then auction off commemorative Stan Musial jerseys on Sunday, June 16.

Peoria Chiefs, Caterpillar unveil Dozer Park logo

The St. Louis Cardinals Class-A affiliate’s newly-re-named stadium now has its graphic representation.

St. Louis Cardinals records through May 15

Checking the relative early season performance of recent St. Louis Cardinals clubs.

Peoria Chiefs bailout plan approved by City Council

The St. Louis Cardinals’ Midwest League affiliate will receive an additional $7.35 million to remain afloat.

Checking the 2013 MLB odds lines

Who are the leaders among the oddsmakers to win (or be fired) across Major League Baseball in 2013?

St. Louis Cardinals starters pitch counts

A look at how deeply St. Louis Cardinals starting pitchers are going into their games based on pitch counts.

Memphis Redbirds, AutoZone Park sale may have a ways to go

The rumored sale of the Memphis Redbirds and its state of the art stadium may hinge on the City of Memphis.

Bob Dylan tour to stop at two Cardinals minor league venues

Memphis’ AutoZone Park and Peoria’s Chiefs Stadium will host The AmericanaramA Festival of Music in June.

St. Louis Cardinals bunting – 2000 to present

Answering some questions about St. Louis Cardinals bunting results in recent seasons raises more questions.

Is bunting overrated?

An oft-used, oft-second guessed play deployed by the St. Louis Cardinals is questioned by the Tampa Bay Rays manager.

Cardinals organization roster matrix: 2013 full-season

The St. Louis Cardinals system view reflects rosters for 2013 full-season play with all organization players listed by level and position.

Poll: St. Louis Cardinals hitting leaders in 2013

Readers can vote on a series of hitting-related questions regarding the St. Louis Cardinals.

Polls: St. Louis Cardinals pitching leaders in 2013

Readers can vote on a series of pitching-related questions regarding the St. Louis Cardinals

How many games will the 2013 Cardinals win?

One view comes from Baseball Prospectus, adjusting its projections for the number of wins for each club along with their odds of reaching the post-season.

Cardinals minor league spring training notebook: 03/30/13

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

Cardinals minor league spring training notebook: 03/29/13

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

Cardinals minor league spring training notebook: 03/28/13

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

Cardinals minor league spring training notebook: 03/27/13

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

Cardinals minor league spring training notebook: 03/26/13

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

Cardinals minor league spring training notebook: 03/25/13

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

Cardinals minor league spring training notebook: 03/24/13

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

Cardinals minor league spring training notebook: 03/23/13

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

Cardinals minor league spring training notebook: 03/22/13

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

Cardinals minor league spring training notebook: 03/21/13

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

Cardinals minor league spring training notebook: 03/20/13

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

Cardinals minor league spring training notebook: 03/19/13

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

Cardinals minor league spring training notebook: 03/18/13

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

Cardinals minor league spring training notebook: 03/17/13

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

Cardinals minor league spring training notebook: 03/16/13

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

Cardinals minor league spring training notebook: 03/15/13

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

Cardinals minor league spring training notebook: 03/14/13

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

Cardinals minor league spring training notebook: 03/13/13

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

Potential reserves for the Cardinals reserves

Who might be next in line if one of the five projected season-opening position player reserves on the St. Louis Cardinals is injured?

On World Baseball Classic participation and funding

Documenting and dissecting a recent twitter exchange about the World Baseball Classic.

When does rooting for prospects cross the line?

A prospect-related question for fans of Tampa Bay, Atlanta, Washington, Texas, etc…

Local paper against Peoria Chiefs bailout

The Peoria Journal Star has come out against additional public funding to help rescue the ailing Peoria Chiefs ball club.

Changes in Cardinals minor league radio broadcast booths

Double-A Springfield needs a new radio voice as one is added in Triple-A Memphis.

Peoria Chiefs facing financial troubles

The St. Louis Cardinals’ new-old Class-A affiliate, the Peoria Chiefs, is struggling with stadium-related debt.

FOX Sports Midwest doubles Cardinals spring telecasts to 10

The television home of the St. Louis Cardinals, FOX Sports Midwest, has increased its number of televised spring training games to 10 in 2013.

Base-tossing Wellman in VW Super Bowl commercial

Springfield hitting coach Phil Wellman reprises his famous base-throwing tantrum in a Super Bowl commercial.

Is the Cardinals’ window of opportunity closing?

Could 2013 offer the St. Louis Cardinals’ best chance in the near future of going all the way again?

Cardinals Winter Warm-Up photos: Saturday, 1/19/13

Selected St. Louis Cardinals player and executive photos from Saturday’s first day of the 2013 Winter Warm-Up at St. Louis’ Hyatt Regency at the Arch.

2013 Cardinals Winter Warm-Up shows on FOX Sports Midwest

FOX Sports Midwest will produce two 30-minute shows from the 2013 Cardinals Winter Warm-Up.

Help young Cardinals by being a host family in Peoria

The St. Louis Cardinals’ Class-A Midwest League club in Peoria is looking for families to open up their homes to players this coming summer.

TCN Blog 2012 top story #1: NLDS comeback over Washington

In the 2012 National League Division Series, the St. Louis Cardinals came back to defeat the favored Washington Nationals.

Cardinals initiate action to protect “Rally Squirrel” mark

The St. Louis Cardinals want to stop a company’s application to trademark the term “Rally Squirrel.”

Will Mo play the prospect market this winter?

The St. Louis Cardinals are well-stocked in an in-demand commodity this off-season, but will they exploit their advantage?

Comparing Cardinals Winter Warm-Up autograph prices

Autograph prices at the St. Louis Cardinals fan event, Winter Warm-Up, are flat for 2013, though there will be many fewer freebies.

TCN Blog 2012 top story #19: Texas League Champs in Springfield

The St. Louis Cardinals’ Double-A affiliate in Springfield, MO took home its first Texas League title.

TCN Blog 2012 top story #20: Returning to Peoria and State College

The St. Louis Cardinals changed two Class-A affiliates for the 2013 and 2014 seasons, returning to familiar locations.

Cardinals Top 40 prospect countdown begins Monday, 12/3

The Cardinal Nation’s top prospect list for 2013 will be unveiled over the next 40 days.

Mets return to GCL a positive for the Cardinals

The St. Louis Cardinals should again have a fourth Gulf Coast League opponent in 2013 with the New York Mets returning to the rookie-level league.

2013 Cardinals Legends Camp accepting enrollments

Registration is open to the 2013 St. Louis Cardinals Legends Camp, to be held in Jupiter, Fla. in January.

What is your opinion of the Cardinals uniform changes?

A simple vote on the new alternate uniform to be worn by the 2013 St. Louis Cardinals and other minor changes.

Cardinals organization roster matrix: 2012-2013 off-season

The St. Louis Cardinals full system view reflects rosters for the 2012-2013 off-season.

Cardinals open at 14/1 to win 2013 World Series

Six teams are viewed to have a better chance to take next year’s World Series ahead of the St. Louis Cardinals.

“Dropping” into Memphis’ AutoZone Park

The St. Louis Cardinals Triple-A Memphis Redbirds club tried a sticky ticket promotion.

Long Cardinals post-season run-scoring droughts

While scoring one run in their final 28 innings set a new post-season futility mark for the St. Louis Cardinals, similar problems occurred previously.

Jason Motte nearing a very unusual record

Jason Motte has every one of the St. Louis Cardinals saves in 2012 and is on track to become only the sixth closer ever to do so.

Troy Tulowitzki versus Chris Carpenter?

Could minor league fans see two recovering MLB heavyweights meet in Springfield on Saturday?

Memphis Redbirds wearing patient-designed jerseys for charity

St. Louis Cardinals Triple-A players are wearing patient-designed jerseys in honor of the 50th anniversary of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Astros mulling future of Tal’s Hill

A long-time rival of St. Louis is considering big changes off the field as well as on.

Cardinals, Braves taking different rotation route toward Wild Cards

The St. Louis Cardinals and Atlanta Braves may have both considered a six-man rotation, but the latter is doing it.

On bad Cardinals losses and making the post-season

Is one decisive defeat an isolated incident or an indication of a bigger problem?