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Another View to Make the Cardinals Competitive for 2017

There are multiple paths the St. Louis Cardinals could take to try to close the gap with the Chicago Cubs. Some are more dramatic and risky than others.

One Big Rea$on Why Carson Kelly Should Open 2017 in the Minors

Other than obvious experiential benefits, the St. Louis Cardinals have financial incentive to delay the permanent arrival of catcher Carson Kelly.

Could Molina Follow Pujols’ Path Out of St. Louis?

One to two years ahead of potential free agency, Yadier Molina’s agent plans to discuss the catcher’s long-term future with the St. Louis Cardinals.

Why the Cardinals Should Try to Extend Seung-hwan Oh’s Contract

St. Louis Cardinals closer Seung-hwan Oh is just one season into his US career, but is also just one year away from free agency. I make my case for trying to extend the relationship.

Making 1/3 of a Billion Commitment to the Cardinals

What might it cost for the St. Louis Cardinals to go all-in on player acquisition this winter? One proposal suggests a third of a billion commitment is needed.

SDI Shows Why No Cardinals Won Gold Gloves

SABR’s defensive metrics, 25 percent of the Gold Glove Award scoring, were not kind to the 2016 St. Louis Cardinals.

TCN’s 2017 Cardinals Top 50 Prospect Countdown Begins

The Cardinal Nation’s 12th annual St. Louis Cardinals prospect ranking has begun.

Cardinals Organization Roster Matrix: 2016-2017 Off-Season

The St. Louis Cardinals’ full system view by position and level reflects rosters and transactions during the 2016-2017 off-season.

2017 Cardinals Spring Schedule – November 7 Version

17 St. Louis Cardinals spring training games have been tentatively scheduled, including 15 in the Grapefruit League.

Cardinals Hot Stove Returns to FOX Sports Midwest

Special off-season St. Louis Cardinals programming returns to the club’s television home, FOX Sports Midwest.

Partial Unofficial Look at 2017 Cardinals Spring Schedule

10 St. Louis Cardinals spring training games have been tentatively scheduled, including eight in the Grapefruit League.

Diaz Not Moved Up in Cardinals Lineup until 2nd Quarter

What if red-hot rookie shortstop Aledmys Diaz had batted higher in the St. Louis Cardinals lineup before the season was one-quarter over?

Gambling Suspension Hampers Cardinals Seung-hwan Oh

South Korea’s best reliever, Seung-hwan Oh, has not been invited to pitch for his country in the 2017 World Baseball Classic.

Cardinals Downturn Reflected in Attendance, TV Ratings

The 2016 St. Louis Cardinals missed the playoffs while experiencing fewer fans in attendance and lower television ratings compared to 2015.

Cardinals Talk on InsideSTL Radio 590 The Fan

Brian Walton joined The Press Box show on InsideStLcom and Radio 590 The Fan in St. Louis to discuss the St. Louis Cardinals and the minor leagues.

Don’t Expect Regular Cardinals Minor League Telecasts

Late in the season, FOX Sports Midwest picked up the feed of a Johnson City Cardinals telecast, but it was a one-off event.

Shaky Siegrist Secures St. Louis Save

St. Louis Cardinals left-handed relief pitcher Kevin Siegrist saved a key game for St. Louis in Denver Monday night, but gave up another home run in a marathon 32-pitch ninth inning.

Cardinals Post First Losing Home Record in 17 Years

The 2016 St. Louis Cardinals are assured of just the second losing home schedule since current ownership took over in 1996 and first since 1999.

Cardinals Win Titles at All Three Short-Season Levels

St. Louis Cardinals minor league affiliates are 2016 league champions at all three levels of short-season play in the US – short-season Class-A, Rookie and Complex. Has this ever been done before?

The Cardinal Nation’s Season Recaps and Top Players of 2016

For the 11th year, we roll out The Cardinal Nation’s choices as the top players in the St. Louis Cardinals system following a recap of each team’s season.

Vote Now for Your 2017 Cardinals Top Prospects

Join in reader voting for top St. Louis Cardinals prospects on The Cardinal Nation message board.

Cardinals World Title Odds Shorten

Coming into September, the 2016 St. Louis Cardinals have shorter post-season odds compared to the month before.

Leake’s Shingles is Serious Matter

St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Mike Leake has been placed on the disabled list with shingles, a potentially serious condition.

Cardinals Hall of Fame Induction on FOX Sports Midwest

One-hour, tape-delayed special premieres Sunday and replays throughout August and September.

Poll: How Should Cardinals Best Use Alex Reyes?

Alex Reyes is dominating in long relief while the St. Louis Cardinals starters are struggling. Should a change be made?

Heavy Workloads Catching up with Rosenthal, Maness and Siegrist?

Has heavy workload over the last three seasons led to injury problems faced by three key St. Louis Cardinals relievers?

Cardinals Hitters Missing from BA Best Tools

There is an imbalance among St. Louis Cardinals representing in Baseball America’s annual Top Tools surveys, with hitting noticeably absent.

The Cardinals Need a Straw to Stir their Drink

Since the departure of Albert Pujols almost five years ago, the St. Louis Cardinals have not had a clear leader. I think it shows in their play and results.

Cardinals Minors Talk on InsideSTL Radio 920

Brian Walton joined The Mole Hole on InsideStLcom and CBS Sports Radio 920 in St. Louis to discuss the St. Louis Cardinals minor league system.

Cardinals 2016-2017 International Bonus Update

Which July 2nd players have been signed by the St. Louis Cardinals, how much did they receive and how much will it cost the team overall?

Final Look at 2016 Cardinals Draft Spending

The St. Louis Cardinals spent over $9.5 million on top talent acquired in the 2016 First-Year Player Draft.

Wednesday Cardinals All-Star Break Marathon on FOX Sports Midwest

FOX Sports Midwest will replay five of the most memorable Cardinals games of the first half of 2016 on Wednesday, July 13.

Walton on Reyes on The Afternoon Drive

Brian Walton discusses Alex Reyes’ immediate future and the tradeoffs involved with bringing him to St. Louis.

How Should Gold Glove Affect Kelly’s Prospect Ranking?

St. Louis Cardinals prospect Carson Kelly won the 2015 minor league Gold Glove Award at catcher. How much should that improve his prospect status relative to others?

How Good is Matt Carpenter’s .500 June OBP?

Putting St. Louis Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter’s June on-base mark into historical context.

Cardinals Organization Roster Matrix: 2016 Draft and Short Season

The St. Louis Cardinals’ full system view by position and level incorporates the 2016 Draft and reflects rosters for 2016 short season play.

Cardinals 2016 Draft Signing Bonus Update

The St. Louis Cardinals are done with their heavy lifting from the 2016 Draft, with over a half-million dollars to use on tougher signs from the latter rounds.

Cardinals Draft and Minors Talk on InsideSTL Radio 920

Brian Walton joined The Press Box Show on InsideStLcom and CBS Sports Radio 920 in St. Louis to discuss the St. Louis Cardinals draft and minor league system.

What Kind of Player Should Kolten Wong Be?

Is seven games at Triple-A enough to reverse two months of shaky offense and to learn a new position defensively?

Wainwright On Pace for Cardinals Pitching RBI Record

St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright already has 10 RBI through his club’s first 61 games in 2016, a historic pace.

Carpenter Chasing Musial’s Four-Hit Record

St. Louis Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter is trying for his third straight four-hit game at Milwaukee on Wednesday.

Cardinals Fantasy Talk on SiriusXM

Brian Walton joined SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio to discuss the 2016 St. Louis Cardinals from a fantasy point of view.

Hot Take on Carpenter’s Paternity Leave Creates Furor

A fantasy writer took a shot at MLB’s paternity rules, but it looked to many as much more.

The Cardinals Need More Baders and DeJongs This June

There is a consistent lack of home runs across the St. Louis Cardinals minor league system, with a pair of 2015 draftees powering the one club doing well.

Get “Taking Flight” for Father’s Day

Rob Rains’ new book on the building of the St. Louis Cardinals will be a perfect Father’s Day gift for your Dad.

Dave Duncan for Cardinals Hall of Fame

Making Cooperstown is going to take time for former St. Louis Cardinals pitching coach Dave Duncan, but there is no reason he could not be inducted into the team’s Hall of Fame as soon as 2017.

Inconsistent Active Duty Policy Creates Pro Athlete Problems

The case of St. Louis Cardinals pitcher and former U.S. Navy officer Mitch Harris illustrates numerous issues with active duty service commitments.

Scout.com Cardinals Fantasy Talk on SiriusXM

Brian Walton joined Scout.com’s daily show on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio to discuss the 2016 St. Louis Cardinals from a fantasy point of view.

Wong Strives to Out-Homer Grichuk

St. Louis Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong bets that he can hit more home runs than teammate Randal Grichuk.

Cardinals Long Ball Heroics in Historic Context

How the St. Louis Cardinals’ single-game home run prowess in 2016 stacks up in team history.

Ex-Cardinals Peralta and Edwards Take Long Route to Bigs

Two released St. Louis Cardinals farmhands went to independent ball, switched positions and became Major Leaguers.

Molina’s Extra-base Power is Back

St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina’s 90 plate appearance extra-base hit drought is far in the past.

Fryer Passes Altman for Cardinals Initial Consecutive Hits Record

Catcher Eric Fryer’s six hits in his first six at-bats as a St. Louis Cardinal breaks a mark set in 1963.

Joey Butler and Lessons of Early Success

The St. Louis Cardinals have an unexpected early season star in Jeremy Hazelbaker, causing a reminder of a similar emergence and rapid decline of another long shot, Joey Butler, last season.

Cardinals Organization Roster Matrix: 2016 Regular Season

The St. Louis Cardinals’ full system view by position and level reflects moves during 2016 full-season ball.

Cardinals Hitters Still Received their Spring At-Bats

Almost all key hitters on the 2016 St. Louis Cardinals did not take fewer at-bats this spring compared to 2015.

My (Pretend) St. Louis Cardinals Prop Bets for 2016

Assessing 22 possible over and under bets for players on the 2016 St. Louis Cardinals.

Cardinals Team Payroll in MLB Top 10 for Second Time Since 2005

The St. Louis Cardinals’ player payroll grew by $22.8 million over last season, placing them ninth overall in MLB.

Plan Your Cardinals Opening Day with FOX Sports Midwest

FOX Sports Midwest to carry nearly 10 hours of St. Louis Cardinals programming on opening day.

Talking Cardinals Spring Training on WGEM

St. Louis Cardinals talk with Josh Houchins of WGEM Sportscenter on ESPN 1440 Radio in Quincy, Illinois.

Cardinals Organization Roster Matrix: 2016 Spring Training

The St. Louis Cardinals’ full system view by position and level reflects moves during spring training 2016.

2016 Cardinals Hall of Fame Balloting Begins

Fan voting for two modern era players to enter the St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame in 2016 has opened.

Vintage 1959 Cardinals-Dodgers Game Telecast

Rare game footage of Stan Musial and other St. Louis Cardinals taking on the 1959 Los Angeles Dodgers.

All the Cardinals’ Catching Eggs are in Kelly’s Basket

Carson Kelly looks to be the only catcher in the St. Louis Cardinals system with a reasonable shot at being ready to replace Yadier Molina in two to three years.

Braves Could Balance Florida’s East Coast

If the Atlanta Braves move to Palm Beach, six area clubs would make a more convenient operation for all.

2016 St. Louis Cardinals Spring Training Key Info

The basic baseball information you will need to plan your spring training trip to Jupiter, Florida to see St. Louis Cardinals major and minor league players in action.

Early Line has Cardinals at 87.5 Wins, Cubs at 89

The Atlantis Casino has issued its early over/under win totals for the 2016 Major League Baseball season. Another tight National League Central race could be ahead.

Cardinals Lead MLB in Youthful Manager-Bench Coach Combo

The ages and experience levels of 30 Major League Baseball managers and 30 bench coaches are reviewed in context of the St. Louis Cardinals’ pair.

The Saturday Evening Post’s Baseball, The Glory Years!

A new collector’s edition magazine celebrates nearly 200 years of America’s favorite pastime with illustrations, rare photos and original stories.

A Different Bender Becomes a Hall of Famer

Jack Bender, a very successful town ball pitcher who turned down the St. Louis Cardinals, has been named to the Nebraska Baseball Hall of Fame.

2016 Cardinals Spring Training Number Assignments

The St. Louis Cardinals have a new arrival wearing number 3, the lowest number for spring training. Many other changes from 2015 to 2016 are all noted here.

Expanding 2016 Cardinals Spring Training Broadcast Schedule

A major part of the St. Louis Cardinals spring training television plans have been disclosed, but there is still more ahead.

Comparing Cardinals and Cubs Aging Cores

The Chicago Cubs have the same number of six-plus year players of comparable age as the allegedly “aging” St. Louis Cardinals.

Cardinals Winter Warm-Up Photos: Monday, 1/18/16

St. Louis Cardinals photos from Monday’s third and final session of the 2016 Winter Warm-Up at St. Louis’ Hyatt Regency at the Arch.

Cardinals Winter Warm-Up Photos: Sunday, 1/17/16

Selected St. Louis Cardinals player and executive photos from Sunday’s second day of the 2016 Winter Warm-Up at St. Louis’ Hyatt Regency at the Arch.

Cardinals Winter Warm-Up Photos: Saturday, 1/16/16

Selected St. Louis Cardinals player and executive photos from Saturday’s first day of the 2016 Winter Warm-Up at St. Louis’ Hyatt Regency at the Arch.

Cardinals Winter Warm-Up Specials on FOX Sports Midwest

FOX Sports Midwest will produce two shows from the St. Louis Cardinals Winter Warm-Up.

Projected Top St. Louis Cardinals Stories of 2016

A look ahead to what may be the top stories surrounding the St. Louis Cardinals in 2016.

Feds Hurting Cardinals with Limited Hacking Disclosure

Questions linger about who else may have known about former St. Louis Cardinals executive Chris Correa’s illegal access into Houston Astros computer systems.

Past Predictions: TCN Blog’s Top Five Cardinals Stories of 2015

A look back at the top projected stories across the St. Louis Cardinals world in 2015 from last January.

TCN Blog 2015 Top Story #1: 100 Wins

Behind strong pitching, the St. Louis Cardinals prevailed in baseball’s toughest division to log the game’s most wins in 2015 and take their third consecutive division title.

TCN Blog 2015 Top Story #2: Losing to the Cubs

The Central Division Champion St. Louis Cardinals fell to the Wild Card Chicago Cubs in the National League Division Series.

TCN Blog 2015 Top Story #3: Coming in Second (for Free Agents)

The St. Louis Cardinals just missed out on three of their top free agent targets during the 2015-2016 off-season.

TCN Blog 2015 Top Story #4: Historically Great Pitching

The 2015 St. Louis Cardinals pitching staff posted the lowest team ERA in Major League Baseball since 1988.

TCN Blog 2015 Top Story #5: The FBI Investigation

In shocking and embarrassing news, the St. Louis Cardinals found themselves under Federal investigation for illegal access into the Houston Astros internal systems.

TCN Blog 2015 Top Story #6: The Rookie Outfield Trio

The 2015 St. Louis Cardinals received unexpected levels of contribution from three first-year outfielders – Randal Grichuk, Stephen Piscotty and Tommy Pham.

TCN Blog 2015 Top Story #7: Lackey the Interim Ace

With ace Adam Wainwright missing most of the 2015 season for the St. Louis Cardinals, veteran John Lackey stepped into the void.

TCN Blog 2015 Top Story #8: Overcoming Pitching Injuries

The 2015 St. Louis Cardinals led MLB in WAR lost due to injury, yet posted a historically-low team ERA.

TCN Blog 2015 Top Story #9: Carpenter’s Consistency

Despite a fatigue scare, St. Louis Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter paced his 100-win team’s offense in 2015.

TCN Blog 2015 Top Story #10: Rosenthal Steps Up

St. Louis Cardinals closer Trevor Rosenthal upped his game in 2015, setting the new franchise single-season saves record.

TCN Blog 2015 Top Story #11: Outfield Churn

Expected to be stable in 2015, instead the St. Louis Cardinals outfield turned into a major area of churn with uneven performance, especially in center.

Changes in Cardinals Winter Warm-Up Autograph Prices for 2016

Preliminary autograph details for the 2016 St. Louis Cardinals Winter Warm-Up have been posted on the team’s official website.

TCN Blog 2015 Top Story #13: Cardinals Hall of Fame Inductees

Four individuals joined the St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame during 2015 – Ted Simmons, Bob Forsch, Curt Flood and George Kissell.

Christmas Eve Cardinals Marathon on FOX Sports Midwest

FOX Sports Midwest will run its annual St. Louis Cardinals marathon on Christmas Eve.

TCN Blog 2015 Top Story #14: Mike Leake Signing

Right-handed pitcher Mike Leake has become the newest member of the St. Louis Cardinals rotation.

TCN Blog 2015 Top Story #15: Jaime Garcia’s Comeback

Left-handed pitcher Jaime Garcia led the 2015 St. Louis Cardinals rotation in ERA and number of doubters.

TCN Blog 2015 Top Story #16: Carlos Martinez’ Breakout

23-year-old Carlos Martinez stepped forward to become one of the most effective starters in the St. Louis Cardinals rotation.

TCN Blog 2015 Top Story #17: Billion Dollar TV Contract

The St. Louis Cardinals agreed to a new 15-year television deal with FOX Sports Midwest running through 2032.

TCN Blog 2015 Top Story #18: Alex Reyes’ Suspension

The St. Louis Cardinals’ top prospect made a second blunder with marijuana use, slowing his impressive march toward the majors.

TCN Blog 2015 Top Story #19: First Base (Mis) Fortune

The St. Louis Cardinals had especially discouraging offensive results from their collection of first basemen in 2015.