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Brian Walton's news and commentary on the St. Louis Cardinals (TM) and their minor league system

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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.

Cardinals players hearing it from fans

A guest editorial on direct observations of the decline in decorum from St. Louis Cardinals fans.

Cardinals organization roster matrix: 2011 short season

The St. Louis Cardinals full system view reflects rosters for the 2011 regular season and short-season clubs.

Men, not machines

A reminder that player criticism should always have its bounds.

What’s in a name?

Trying to get the little things right – including first names of St. Louis Cardinals’ minor leaguers.

Cardinals minors first half all-stars: 2011 versus 2010

Looking at St. Louis Cardinals mid-season minor league all-stars at three levels from last season and this.

The Cardinal Nation post-draft minor league activity

The Cardinal Nation site has been an especially busy place since the draft.

Join the Cardinals in helping out Joplin

Fans can join the Springfield and St. Louis Cardinals in donating to help those in need.

“Whiny Birds” shirts take sides in Cards-Reds rivalry

A Cincinnati business is profiting from the bad feelings between the St. Louis Cardinals and Cincinnati Reds.

Cardinals offense not helping overcome blown saves

The St. Louis Cardinals are blowing ninth-inning leads at a record pace, but aren’t receiving any help via offensive comebacks.

Catch Cardinals minor leaguers on YouTube

St. Louis Cardinals minor league teams are using YouTube to directly share information.

Four different Cards relievers with saves in last four wins

Who will be the next closer of the day for the St. Louis Cardinals?

Cardinals approach team record for runs in an inning

The St. Louis Cardinals’ sixth-inning offensive explosion on Thursday night ranked among their biggest ever.

Cardinals need 2001 results in 2011

The St. Louis Cardinals once made the playoffs with a 7-9 record over their first 16 games. This year, they are 8-8.

Cardinals with no compensation picks in 2011 draft

A lack of top free agents lost means the St. Louis Cardinals have no extra selections in the 2011 draft.

Tracking the St. Louis Cardinals hit parade

The St. Louis Cardinals offense is showing signs of life for the first time this season, with a quartet of 14-hit games.

Help the Cardinals help the needy in Japan

The St. Louis Cardinals and their fans are being active in support of Japanese earthquake and Tsunami victims.

David Freese increases his total of three-RBI games

Over his first 95 major league games, St. Louis Cardinals third baseman David Freese already logged has five contests with three or more RBI.

Ex-Cardinals 2011 season-opening census

Where 76 former St. Louis Cardinals major and minor leaguers are now playing.

Cardinals hitters versus Giants starting pitchers

How St. Louis Cardinals batters have fared against the three San Francisco Giants starting pitchers they will face this weekend.

Cardinals organization roster matrix: 2011 regular season

The St. Louis Cardinals full system view reflects full-season club rosters for the 2011 regular season and Extended Spring Training invitees.

Cardinals win-loss streaks signal season result

When Tony La Russa’s St. Louis Cardinals had more losing skids than winning streaks, they missed the post-season each time. 2010 continued that pattern.

Cardinals Minor League Spring Training Notebook: 04/03

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

Cardinals Minor League Spring Training Notebook: 04/02

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

Cardinals Minor League Spring Training Notebook: 04/01

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

Polls: How would you deal with Matt Holliday’s absence?

A series of questions to determine what you would do if you were the St. Louis Cardinals, having to decide how to deal with Matt Holliday’s unexpected time out of the lineup.

Cardinals Minor League Spring Training Notebook: 03/31

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

Cardinals Minor League Spring Training Notebook: 03/30

Highlights from Wednesday’s St. Louis Cardinals minor league spring training games from Jupiter and Port St. Lucie, Florida. Kyle Lohse had a day to forget.

Cardinals Minor League Spring Training Notebook: 03/29

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

Nationals could pull Cardinals from Jupiter orbit

The Florida’s East Coast futures of the Washington Nationals and St. Louis Cardinals may be linked.

Cardinals Minor League Spring Training Notebook: 03/27

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

Cardinals Minor League Spring Training Notebook: 03/26

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

Cardinals losing spring record not good for regular season

Only twice in 15 years did Tony La Russa’s St. Louis Cardinals leave Florida with a losing record. Neither regular season ended well.

Cardinals Minor League Spring Training Notebook: 03/25

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

Cardinals Minor League Spring Training Notebook: 03/24

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

ZiPS says Cardinals have easiest 2011 MLB schedule

Well-known projection system indicates the St. Louis Cardinals have the weakest slate of opponents in all of baseball. That may not be good news.

Forbes ranks St. Louis Cardinals #11 in team value

The St. Louis Cardinals are the 11th-most valuable team in Major League Baseball, according to Forbes Magazine.

Cardinals Minor League Spring Training Notebook: 03/23

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

“The Predictalator” places Cardinals second

A mathematical modeling process pegs the 2011 St. Louis Cardinals as a second-place team.

Cardinals Minor League Spring Training Notebook: 03/22

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

Cardinals Minor League Spring Training Notebook: 03/21

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

Cardinals Minor League Spring Training Notebook: 03/20

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

Cardinals Minor League Spring Training Notebook: 03/19

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

Cardinals Minor League Spring Training Notebook: 03/18

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

Cardinals Minor League Spring Training Notebook: 03/17

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

Cardinals Minor League Spring Training Notebook: 03/16

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

Cardinals first-game minor league lineups

Four St. Louis Cardinals minor league clubs face off Wednesday in their first official spring action.

Nationals moving interest putting pressure on Cardinals

The St. Louis Cardinals may lose another nearby spring training opponent in the Washington Nationals.

64 former Cardinals in big league spring camps

Our annual spring roster census identifies 64 ex-St. Louis Cardinals players competing for roster spots on other clubs.

How many Cardinals minor league cuts may be coming?

Like every year, the St. Louis Cardinals have more minor league players under contract than roster spots to place them. We dig into the numbers.

Will La Russa use underdog status as a motivator?

The loss of Adam Wainwright has a significant impact on the gamblers’ view of the 2011 St. Louis Cardinals.

Fan optimism slipping about Pujols’ Cardinals future

Results from a series of reader polls on the subject of St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols’ contract.

Cardinals organization roster matrix: 2011 spring training

The St. Louis Cardinals full system roster view reflects rosters for 2011 spring training.

Cardinals World Series odds slipping

Once at 14/1 odds of winning the 2011 World Series, the St. Louis Cardinals are now at 20/1.

Who controls the Memphis Redbirds and AutoZone Park?

A New York-based private equity firm took over control of the St. Louis Cardinals’ Triple-A franchise as well as their ballpark.

Rochester group cuts Batavia losses but says 2011 is it

The Batavia Muckdogs are attracting interest and are expected to be sold this year. Where they will play in 2012 remains an open question.

Balancing top prospects and winning baseball

Having well-liked prospects is good for an organization, but minor league teams still need to be competitive.

Still flipping out over Flip

The St. Louis Cardinals risked a small missed opportunity cost in releasing infielder Felipe Lopez in September. It looks like it didn’t matter.

Catch Cardinals in the Caribbean Series

The annual Caribbean Series begins today with two St. Louis Cardinals players playing prominent roles.