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Cardinals minors all-star representation down

The number of St. Louis Cardinals minor league selections for all-star and elite competitions was down 18 percent from 2008.

Cardinals minors won-loss record backslides

After a robust 60 games-over-.500 total in 2008, the top six Cardinals minor league clubs posted their fourth losing mark in five years in 2009.

Cardinals spur Houston in-season managerial changes

The last two Astros managers lost their jobs when St. Louis arrived in town.

Cardinals early September results mean next to nothing

Looking at the results of the first dozen games in September by world champions this decade.

Cardinals end long Triple-A, Double-A playoff drought

It has been 24 years since the Cardinals’ top two farm clubs have been in the post-season at the same time

Roger Dean Stadium name to remain

The Cardinals Florida facility’s name will remain through 2017

Batavia franchise may be nearing its end

A 2008 New York-Penn League championship did not stem the flow of red ink from the Batavia Muckdogs’ operation

Cardinals crush classy closers

The St. Louis Cardinals have fared very well against elite closers recently

St. Louis and Memphis: Like father, like son

Calling out stat sheet similarities between the St. Louis Cardinals and their Triple-A affiliate, the Memphis Redbirds

Minor league affiliates are miles away

Looking at the distances of Cardinals minor league affiliates compared to their NL Central peers

Maloney guides Memphis back from the dead

Chris Maloney’s Memphis Redbirds have clawed back from 8 ½ games out to take their division lead.

Cardinals employ two top athletic trainers

The St. Louis Cardinals employ two 2009 Minor League Athletic Trainers of the Year, Chris Conroy and Tim Steinhaus

Scout.com Cardinals site gets new name

The Birdhouse has become The Cardinal Nation, while The Cardinal Nation blog… remains The Cardinal Nation blog!

Mediocre starters dominating Cardinals

The title pretty much says it all.

Is publishing players’ home addresses going too far?

Riverfront Times did just that with some current and former Cardinals. Their wrists were slapped as a result. Was it warranted?

Memphis’ emperor has no clothes

A corporate management group has taken over operations of the Memphis Redbirds and AutoZone Park. Guess what is coming next?

Cardinals Triple-A All-Star Game history

Jess Todd is the Cardinals organization’s 38th player named to the Triple-A All-Star Game since its 1988 inception.

Time to admit there WAS “dry powder”

Despite what some think, the St. Louis Cardinals are spending money. Where is all the “DeWallet” whining now?

DSL Cardinals Report: June 29, 2009

Josh Jones’ weekly report on the 2009 Dominican Summer League Cardinals.

VSL Cardinals Report: June 28, 2009

Josh Jones’ weekly report on the 2009 Venezuelan Summer League Cardinals.

Jason Stidham to sign with Cardinals

The St. Louis Cardinals’ eighth-rounder’s coach says his junior infielder is turning pro.

The Cardinals organization roster matrix: Short-season update

The St. Louis Cardinals system rosters are refreshed to reflect the three US-based short-season clubs: Batavia, Johnson City and the Gulf Coast League Cardinals.

Gulf Coast League Cardinals opening roster

The 2009 season-opening roster for the Gulf Coast League Cardinals.

Cardinals New York minutes – 06/23/09

Reporting from the new Citi Field in New York as the Cardinals visit the Mets.

Walton on KXnO FOX Sports Radio Tuesday

Catch Brian Walton live on KXnO FOX Sports Radio Des Moines at 5:30 P.M. Central today, Tuesday.

Batavia Muckdogs opening roster

The 2009 season-opening roster for the Batavia Muckdogs of the New York-Penn League.

Johnson City Cardinals opening roster

The 2009 season-opening roster for the Johnson City Cardinals of the Appalachian League.

DSL Cardinals Report: June 22, 2009

Josh Jones’ weekly report on the 2009 Dominican Summer League Cardinals.

VSL Cardinals Report: June 21, 2009

Josh Jones’ weekly report on the 2009 Venezuelan Summer League Cardinals.

Productive Cardinals Balks

St. Louis Cardinals runners have scored as a result of each of their last three balks received.

Tentative Batavia opening roster

The initial roster for the 2009 New York-Penn League Batavia Muckdogs.

Cardinals Monday transactions: Niko, Luis DLC down

The St. Louis Cardinals made three roster moves from A-Advanced Palm Beach down to short-season Batavia.

DSL Cardinals Report: June 15, 2009

Josh Jones’ weekly report on the 2009 Dominican Summer League Cardinals.

VSL Cardinals Report: June 14, 2009

Josh Jones’ weekly report on the 2009 Venezuelan Summer League Cardinals.

The Dominican Summer League Cardinals Report: June 8, 2009

Josh Jones’ weekly report on the 2009 Dominican Summer League Cardinals.

The Cardinals organization roster matrix: DSL update

The St. Louis Cardinals system rosters are refreshed to reflect the start of the regular season of the Dominican Summer League.

VSL Cardinals Report: June 7, 2009

Josh Jones’ weekly report on the 2009 Venezuelan Summer League Cardinals.

Cardinals Minor Matters: June 2

A collection of recent St. Louis Cardinals-related links of interest with a little commentary mixed in.

Venezuelan Summer League Cardinals Report: 05/31/09

Josh Jones’ second weekly report on the 2009 VSL Cardinals.

Tandem starting ends early in Quad Cities

The St. Louis Cardinals are dropping their use of tandem starting pitchers in their second of two full-season affiliates where deployed.

Open letter from Dr. Mike Marshall

The former Cy Young Award-winning pitcher turned doctor and pitching coach responds to recent articles related to his interaction with the St. Louis Cardinals

Venezuelan Summer League Cardinals Report: 05/24/09

Josh Jones is providing weekly reports on the VSL and DSL Cardinals this season. Here is his first.

Cardinals inherited runners in context

The St. Louis Cardinals’ relievers are leading the world in lowest percentage of inherited runners scoring. That is good, but not the end-all.

The Cardinals organization roster matrix: VSL version

The St. Louis Cardinals system rosters are refreshed to reflect the start of the regular season of the Venezuelan Summer League.

Is not signing minor league vets really the Cards’ problem?

Complaints that the St. Louis Cardinals didn’t sign enough veterans to minor league contracts do not hold water.

The Cards’ 25th man, the DH and MLB indecision

A take off on a current issue as a way to reconcile a long-standing inconsistency across MLB.

Quad Cities alters tandem rotation

The Quad Cities River Bandits of the Midwest League have dropped from five tandem pairings to four

Palm Beach tandem starters done

The A-Advanced Palm Beach Cardinals abandoned tandem starting pitching three weeks earlier in 2009.

Cardinals short bench cut in half

Ryan leaves Thursday’s game with a tight hamstring after Greene sits out with a tight forearm. How might the St. Louis Cardinals compensate?

Why cutting Cardinals errors is important

Committing the most errors in MLB over a season doesn’t rule out making the playoffs, but it sure is rare.

Breaking the early Cardinals-Cubs “tie”

Head-to-head stats from the six Cardinals-Cubs games to date indicates a leader among “equals”.

Hill the Homeless Hitman

Springfield Cardinals utilityman Steven Hill is leading the Double-A Texas League in batting average, slugging and OPS.

Cards early attendance down more than MLB average

Depending on how you look at it, St. Louis Cardinals average attendance is down either 9.4% or 5.1% year-to-year.

Unlikely leader Descalso trying to help Springfield

With the worst pitching in the Texas League, the Springfield Cardinals are trying to outscore their opposition. They’re being led by an unexpected source, second baseman Daniel Descalso.

One in a row for Springfield’s green staff

The entire Double-A bullpen for the Cardinals are new to the level this season and their early results reflect the difficulties in making the jump.

Cardinals are atop the stat sheets

The St. Louis Cardinals are hitting and pitching well in the early going of the 2009 season.

The Cardinals organization roster matrix: regular season

A complete listing of all 282 players currently known to be under contract in the St. Louis Cardinals organization from top to bottom by level and position.

Cardinals minor league opening rotations

Starting pitchers for Memphis, Springfield, Palm Beach and Quad Cities to open the 2009 season.

Walton on KXnO FOX Sports Radio Wednesday

Catch Brian Walton on KXnO FOX Sports Radio in Des Moines on Wednesday, April 8 at 2:30 p.m. Central time.

Palm Beach Cardinals 2009 opening roster

The Palm Beach Cardinals of the A-Advanced Florida State League have announced their season-opening roster.

Projecting the Palm Beach Cardinals roster

Not yet having the roster for the St. Louis Cardinals A-Advanced club won’t stop us from speculating.

Springfield Cardinals 2009 opening roster

The Springfield Cardinals of the Double-A Texas League have announced their 24-man season-opening roster.

Cards minors spring game reports – April 3

St. Louis Cardinals minor league spring training game action from Friday, April 3.

Memphis Redbirds 2009 opening roster

The Memphis Redbirds of the Triple-A Pacific Coast League have announced their season-opening roster.

Quad Cities River Bandits 2009 opening roster

The Quad Cities River Bandits of the Single-A Midwest League have announced their season-opening roster.

Cards minors spring game reports – April 2

St. Louis Cardinals minor league spring training game action from Thursday, April 2.

Cards minors spring game reports – April 1

St. Louis Cardinals minor league spring training game action from Wednesday, April 1.

Cardinals minor matters – April 1

Reactions to what others are saying about the St. Louis Cardinals.

Cards minors spring game reports – March 31

St. Louis Cardinals minor league spring training game action from Tuesday, March 31.

Cards release seven more minor leaguers

The St. Louis Cardinals made seven minor league player releases on Tuesday morning.

Cards minors spring game reports – March 30

St. Louis Cardinals minor league spring training game action from Monday, March 30.

Cardinals in NL Tout Wars fantasy drafts

How St. Louis Cardinals players were treated in the Tout Wars industry drafts in New York over the weekend.

Cards minors spring game reports – March 29

St. Louis Cardinals minor league spring training game action from Sunday, March 29.

Cards minors spring game reports – March 28

St. Louis Cardinals minor league spring training game action from Saturday, March 28.

Cards minors spring game reports – March 27

St. Louis Cardinals minor league spring training game action from Friday, March 27.

Cardinals minors working rosters – March 27

The St. Louis Cardinals’ 2009 full season minor league rosters are beginning to take shape.

Cards minors spring game reports – March 26

St. Louis Cardinals minor league spring training game action from Thursday, March 26.

Cards minors spring game reports – March 25

St. Louis Cardinals minor league spring training game action from Wednesday, March 25.

Cards minors spring game reports – March 24

St. Louis Cardinals minor league spring training game action from Tuesday, March 24.

Cards minors spring game reports – March 23

St. Louis Cardinals minor league spring training game action from Monday, March 23.

Cards minors spring game reports – March 22

St. Louis Cardinals minor league spring training game action from Sunday, March 22.

Cardinals pitcher hitting ninth – a good thing?

Tony La Russa has made a change to the bottom of the St. Louis Cardinals lineup again, though it is not cut and dried.

Cardinals minor league franchise census since 1974

The eighth look at St. Louis Cardinals minor league franchises offers a summary of all locations by season over the last 35 years.

Cards minors spring game reports – March 20

St. Louis Cardinals minor league spring training game action from Friday, March 20.

Cards minors spring game reports – March 19

St. Louis Cardinals minor league spring training game action from Thursday, March 19.

Cardinals in the Gulf Coast, Arizona and Pioneer Rookie Leagues

The seventh in-depth look at St. Louis Cardinals minor league franchises continues with their complex rookie league club, currently the Gulf Coast League Cardinals.

Cards minors spring game reports – March 18

St. Louis Cardinals minor league spring training game action from Wednesday, March 18.

Cardinals in Triple-A – 1977 to present

The sixth in-depth look at St. Louis Cardinals minor league franchises continues with their Triple-A entries, currently the Memphis Redbirds of the Pacific Coast League.

Khalil Greene’s springs point to regular season success

During spring training, new St. Louis Cardinals shortstop Khalil Greene has been either really good or really bad. It seems to transfer to his regular seasons, as well.

Cardinals in Double-A – 1966 to present

The fifth in-depth look at St. Louis Cardinals minor league franchises continues with their Double-A entry, currently the Springfield Cardinals of the Texas League.

Cardinals in the Florida State League – 1966 to present

The fourth of six in-depth looks at St. Louis Cardinals minor league franchises continues with their Class A-Advanced Florida State League entry, currently the Palm Beach Cardinals.

Quad Cities: Cardinals top minor league club has a long history

The St. Louis Cardinals Single-A entry, currently the Quad Cities River Bandits, is their top affiliate in terms of wins and playoff appearances. This is the third of six in-depth looks at the history of the Cardinals system’s minor league clubs.

Cardinals not alone in cutting payroll

The St. Louis Cardinals’ projected player payroll is down $8.6 million from 2008, very close to the average for clubs in the top half of spending across MLB.

Cardinals in the Appalachian League – 1975 to present

The second of six in-depth looks at St. Louis Cardinals minor league franchises continues with their Appalachian League entry, the Johnson City Cardinals.

Cardinals in the New York-Penn League – 1981 to present

The first of six in-depth looks at St. Louis Cardinals minor league franchises begins with the New York-Penn League

A quarter century of Cardinals minor league results

A new series highlighting St. Louis Cardinals minor league results system-wide from 1984 through 2008.

Spying on Cardinals reader’s queries – February 18

Looking at what readers are currently asking about the St. Louis Cardinals through a search of their web queries.

Cardinals minor matters – February 11

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

Cardinals first-year players and rookies – 1996-2008

Breaking down which St. Louis Cardinals players debuted during the Tony La Russa years and which exhausted their rookie status in the process.

How about some relief around here?

Digging into the numbers to try to understand how the 2008 St. Louis Cardinals bullpen went south.