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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?

What if the Cardinals had traded more prospects?

Comparing the rankings of prospects traded for major leaguers at the non-waiver deadline to St. Louis Cardinals prospects.

Cardinals having run-scoring problems

Since the All-Star break, the St. Louis Cardinals have scored no more than three runs in all six games.

Cardinals last at-bat road comeback wins

A look back at a rare, but satisfying method of winning a baseball game.

MLB All-Star Final Vote process loses any credibility

The lengths to which Major League Baseball is going to generate interest in the All-Star Game have crossed the line, in my opinion.

Cardinals run-scoring in consecutive innings

When the St. Louis Cardinals can score in four consecutive innings, they generally win.

Be the Cardinals GM: Who to trade?

Who should the St. Louis Cardinals consider making available in trade and which prospect should they keep?

Be the GM: What do the Cardinals need most?

What need should the St. Louis Cardinals address first in the trade market?

Cardinals organization roster matrix: 2012 short season

The St. Louis Cardinals full system view reflects rosters for the 2012 regular season and short-season clubs.

What is new at The Cardinal Nation?

Taking notice of new St. Louis Cardinals-related content on the main site, TheCardinalNation.com.

Cardinals prepare for designated hitter in Detroit

Due to the schedule, the St. Louis Cardinals are the last MLB team to deploy the designated hitter in 2012. Here’s how they fared in the past against Tigers pitching.

New I-40 Cup to recognize Cardinals-Brewers Triple-A annual winner

Two National League Central clubs’ top farm teams have created a tangible remembrance of the season victor between the Memphis Redbirds and Nashville Sounds.

How rough was the Cardinals’ last 30 days?

Looking back at the St. Louis Cardinals’ play over the last 30 days does not provide comfort.

Astros improving while Cardinals winning less in minors

Comparing two rivals’ minor league systems results over the first two-plus months of the 2012 season.

The Cardinals could do well to consider State College

The St. Louis Cardinals New York-Penn League club spent just one year in Pennsylvania, back in 2006, but the time might be right to consider it again.

Varied Cardinals weekend ahead in New York

In a series changing daily, the St. Louis Cardinals will be visiting the New York Mets for four games starting Friday.

Which Cardinals injury will prove to be worst?

Vote for which player injuries will have the greatest impact on the 2012 St. Louis Cardinals.

More Cardinals World Series replica ring promotions coming

Five more chances coming to pick up your copy of the 2011 St. Louis Cardinals World Series ring.

A progression of Cardinals left-handed relievers

Looking back at St. Louis Cardinals’ season-opening left-handed relief pitchers since 1996.

Batavia game gets Pettitted-out

A Sunday Triple-A game has been moved for the second time, with the most recent reason being most unusual.

17 strikeouts one off Cardinals worst outing ever

St. Louis Cardinals hitters had an unusually futile day with strikeouts on Thursday.

MLB schedule changes could limit I-70 Series

As a part of MLB schedule changes starting in 2013, the St. Louis Cardinals and Kansas City Royals may no longer play six times annually.

St. Louis Cardinals checkup: April 2012

Looking back at how the National League Central leaders performed in April and ahead to their May schedule.

Third and fourth chances for World Champs ring coming

Another chance to receive a free World Championship replica ring is coming in both St. Louis and Springfield.

To err is human, but the 2012 Cardinals do it rarely

Through the first 17 games, the St. Louis Cardinals are playing much improved defense.

Second chance for replica Cardinals World Series ring

2,000 Springfield Cardinals fans will receive their own collectible version of the major league club’s World Series rings on Thursday.

Friday Cardinals home opener festivities

All the details behind the St. Louis Cardinals 2012 home opener this Friday, April 13.

Furcal, the other Greene and why March doesn’t matter

An Opening Day reminder that spring training results aren’t worth much of anything.

Cardinals organization roster matrix: 2012 full-season

The St. Louis Cardinals system view reflects rosters for 2012 full-season play with all organization players listed by level and position.

Cardinals minor league spring training notebook: 04/01

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

Cardinals minor league spring training notebook: 03/31

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

Cardinals minor league spring training notebook: 03/30

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

Cardinals minor league spring training notebook: 03/29

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

Cardinals minor league spring training notebook: 03/28

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

Cardinals minor league spring training notebook: 03/27

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

Cardinals minor league spring training notebook: 03/26

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

Cardinals minor league spring training notebook: 03/25

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

Cardinals minor league spring training notebook: 03/24

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

Cardinals minor league spring training notebook: 03/23

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

Cardinals minor league spring training notebook: 03/22

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

Cardinals minor league spring training notebook: 03/20

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

Cardinals minor league spring training notebook: 03/19

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

Cardinals minor league spring training notebook: 03/18

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

Cardinals minor league spring training notebook: 03/17

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

Cardinals minor league spring training notebook: 03/16

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

MLB social media policy answers some questions, opens others

Major League Baseball has defined its Social Media Policy. The nation’s labor-management arbitrators may be getting more work as a result.

Potential buyer for AutoZone Park kicking the tires

The city of Memphis is looking into purchasing the home of the Triple-A Memphis Redbirds.

Milwaukee’s Melvin still crying in his beer

Breaking down complaints from Milwaukee GM Doug Melvin about the impact of September roster sizes on the St. Louis Cardinals making the 2011 post-season.

Memphis Redbirds adding jumbo HD video board

The St. Louis Cardinals’ Triple-A club in Memphis will be featured on a new scoreboard, the largest in minor league baseball.

How many games will the 2012 Cardinals win?

The gamblers have established opening betting lines on how many games each MLB club will win this coming season. Do you agree or disagree?

Roles of social media and the media itself continue to evolve

A look around the changing intersection of St. Louis Cardinals major and minor league baseball, Twitter and Facebook.

Cardinals exhibit coming to Clinton Museum

A St. Louis Cardinals-themed exhibit is coming to President Bill Clinton’s museum in Little Rock.

No long-term solution for substandard Johnson City ballpark

There is little money to undertake long-postponed, but needed repairs to the home of the Johnson City Cardinals of the rookie-level Appalachian League.

St. Louis Cardinals winter topic fatigue

Vote on which recent St. Louis Cardinals-related topic has been most beaten to death in your opinion.

Cardinals organization roster matrix: 2012 spring training

The St. Louis Cardinals full system view reflects rosters for 2012 spring training with all organization players listed by level and position.

Who cares about a face of the Cardinals franchise?

Some apparently believe the St. Louis Cardinals need a clear leader to replace Albert Pujols. I am not one of them.

Cardinals Winter Warm-Up photos: Sunday, 1/15

St. Louis Cardinals photos from Sunday’s second session of the 2012 Winter Warm-Up at St. Louis’ Hyatt Regency at the Arch.

Cardinals invite 19 NRIs to major league camp

19 St. Louis Cardinals players have been invited to major league spring training camp as non-roster invitees.

Cardinals Winter Warm-Up shows on FOX Sports Midwest

FOX Sports Midwest will produce two 30-minute shows from the 2012 Cardinals Winter Warm-Up.

Cardinals players on Twitter – January 2012 update

A regular update of St. Louis Cardinals major and minor league players on Twitter.

The Cardinal Nation Blog 2011 top story #4: Historic regular season comeback

No team in history overcame a Wild Card deficit of 10 or more games to win the World Series – until the 2011 St. Louis Cardinals did it.

Batavia Muckdogs sale reinforced by continued Rochester losses

Another year of operating loss from the Batavia Muckdogs increases the likelihood the New York-Penn League team will be sold.

Cardinals Winter Warm-Up autograph prices up selectively

Autograph prices at the St. Louis Cardinals fan event, Winter Warm-Up, are slightly up for 2012, though post-season heroes are up substantially.

A dream Cardinals job – for the right person

MLB.com is looking to hire stats stringers, digital scorers for games, for the 2012 season for several clubs, including the St. Louis Cardinals.

Memphis Redbirds being prepared for sale

The St. Louis Cardinals Triple-A affiliate and its ballpark may soon be formally placed on the market.

The Binghamton Redbirds?

Several dominoes would need to fall for the St. Louis Cardinals’ New York-Penn League affiliate to end up in Binghamton, NY in 2013, but it could happen.

Reviewing the new book Wild Cards: The St. Louis Cardinals Stunning 2011 Championship Season

Reviewing the new book about the 2011 St. Louis Cardinals World Champions, penned by accomplished author Rob Rains and enhanced by dozens of full-page photos.

Cardinals organization roster matrix: 2011-2012 off-season

The St. Louis Cardinals full system view reflects rosters for the 2011-2012 off-season.

2004 Cardinals NL Championship ring on auction

Now is your chance to bid on an authentic 2004 St. Louis Cardinals National League Championship ring and other team memorabilia.

Cardinals World Series items to go on display in Cooperstown

Jerseys, spikes, caps and bats from the St. Louis Cardinals’ run to the World Championship will be displayed at the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Rains’ new book on 2011 Cardinals season now available

Accomplished St. Louisan Rob Rains has written a new book about the 2011 St. Louis Cardinals World Champions.

Cardinals familiar with Rangers at the Triple-A level

Many St. Louis and Texas players have faced off before – in the Triple-A Pacific Coast League.

Cardinals announce NLDS roster

The St. Louis Cardinals have announced their NLDS roster, consisting of 11 pitchers and 14 position players.

Putting Cardinals double plays into perspective

How the 2011 St. Louis Cardinals’ rate of hitting into double plays compares to other teams past and present.

Milwaukee cleaned up when St. Louis could not

Looking at the splits to help understand why Milwaukee is leading the National League Central and St. Louis is not.

Rochester to wait another year for Batavia sale

If the St. Louis Cardinals’ New York-Penn League affiliate is not sold over the winter, Rochester Community Baseball will be back to operate the Batavia Muckdogs for a fifth year.

Cardinals shadowy complaints reflect badly

Apparently legitimate concerns over late afternoon shadows making play dangerous could have been handled more discreetly by the St. Louis Cardinals.

Cardinals join MLB in offering tickets to emergency personnel

The St. Louis Cardinals are making a free ticket offer on 9/11/11 to emergency first responders.

Bid on Memphis Organ Donor Night Jerseys

One of the Memphis Redbirds’ Organ Donor Night Jerseys could be yours!

What is the biggest problem with the 2011 Cardinals?

Vote for what you believe has been the biggest inhibitor to the St. Louis Cardinals’ 2011 season.

Win free pairs of tickets to Cardinals Social Media Night

The Cardinal Nation is giving away two pairs of tickets to a special evening at Busch Stadium.

When the Cardinals said goodbye to first place

A look at when Tony La Russa’s St. Louis Cardinals clubs let go of first place for the last time.

Memphis Redbirds Organ Donor Night jerseys

The Triple-A Memphis Redbirds held Organ Donor Night at AutoZone Park on Saturday, August 13. We have the proof!

Cardinals-Brewers factoids

The St. Louis Cardinals are stranding twice as many runners when playing Milwaukee than against their other opponents.

Memphis’ organ-themed jerseys – the real thing

As Memphis’ Organ Donor Night nears, the artist mockups of the special jerseys to be worn have been supplanted by the real thing.

Cardinals fail to register long winning streak

The St. Louis Cardinals have not been able to win five consecutive games this season. Not cracking off a long streak has not served them well in the past.

Ejections rise with temperatures

A recent study shows tempers are shorter in Major League Baseball when the heat is on.

Cardinals walk off losses on record pace

With over two months of play remaining, the 2011 St. Louis Cardinals have already taken as many walk off losses as in 13 of Tony La Russa’s 15 full seasons as manager.

Checking back on Cardinals releases

Auditing an earlier estimate of 2011 player churn across the St. Louis Cardinals system.

Memphis Redbirds to play their guts out

The St. Louis Cardinals’ Triple-A affiliate is planning a most unique promotion on August 13.

Opening up a Cardinals 40-man roster spot

What move might the St. Louis Cardinals make to clear space on their 40-man roster for a fresh pitcher?

Cardinals players on Twitter

More and more major and minor league players across the St. Louis Cardinals organization are using Twitter to share news.