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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.

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.

A progression of Cardinals left-handed relievers

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

Cardinals-Brewers factoids

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

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.

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.

The Cardinal Nation post-draft minor league activity

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

“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.

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 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.

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.

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 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.

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.

“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: 03/16

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

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.

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.

Photos from Cardinals Legends Camp

Link to Ricky Horton’s photos from St. Louis Cardinals Legends Camp, underway in Jupiter, FL.

Why do Pujols’ age questions persist?

A reminder that suspicions about Albert Pujols’ age remain, ten years after he first became a major leaguer.

Cardinals new dynamic ticket pricing plans set

The St. Louis Cardinals have selected the vendor for their new dynamic ticket pricing starting in 2011.

Cardinals Winter Warm-Up Sunday and Monday photos

St. Louis Cardinals player and executive photos from Sunday and Monday’s final two sessions of the 2011 Winter Warm-Up

Cardinals Winter Warm-Up Saturday player photos

The title says it all. St. Louis Cardinals player photos from Saturday’s first day of the 2011 Winter Warm-Up.

Cardinals Caravan stop in Champaign

Photos from the St. Louis Cardinals Caravan visit to Champaign, IL on Friday

TCN blog reader top stories of 2010: Final voting

Readers complete their selection of top stories of the year for the 2010 St. Louis Cardinals.

TCN blog reader top stories of 2010: Voting for #5

Readers select their top stories of the year for the 2010 St. Louis Cardinals.

TCN blog reader top stories of 2010: Voting for #4

Readers select their top stories of the year for the 2010 St. Louis Cardinals.

TCN blog reader top stories of 2010: Voting for #3

Readers select their top stories of the year for the 2010 St. Louis Cardinals.

TCN blog reader top stories of 2010: Voting for #2

Readers select their top stories of the year for the 2010 St. Louis Cardinals.

TCN blog reader top stories of 2010: Voting for #1

Readers select their top stories of the year for the 2010 St. Louis Cardinals.

The Cardinal Nation Blog top stories of 2010 #1: The collapse

The St. Louis Cardinals were expected to repeat as division-winners in 2010. Instead, they missed the playoffs entirely.

Setting the 2011 Cardinals batting order

Looking for clues as to the most likely batting order for the 2011 St. Louis Cardinals.

Cardinals organization roster matrix: 2010-11 off-season

The St. Louis Cardinals full system roster view reflects changes made during the entire 2010-11 off-season.

Could Dan Uggla become another Fernando Vina?

Even considering a trade for Florida’s Dan Uggla would require a major change in strategy for the St. Louis Cardinals, but it has been done before.

Cardinals choosing Skip over Brendan

The St. Louis Cardinals look to upgrade at shortstop over second base for 2011.

St. Louis returns to Springfield for spring exhibition

The St. Louis Cardinals will be taking on their Double-A club in Springfield, MO on March 29.