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Walton on the Air Twice on Friday

Joining The Press Box show on St. Louis’ KFNS 590 The Fan to discuss St. Louis Cardinals prospects and later in the day with the Marty and Miller Show on Mediacom and Sirius XM to cover the big-league club.

Cardinals Organization Roster Matrix: 2017 Short Season

The St. Louis Cardinals’ full system view by position and level reflects all transactions during short season play in 2017.

Talking Cardinals 2017 Draftees

Saturday morning St. Louis Cardinals minor league talk with radio host DJ Cleary in Paducah, Kentucky.

Talking Cardinals Baseball on WGEM

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

Talking Cardinals Baseball with Marty and Miller – 6/5/17

St. Louis Cardinals talk with Marty Tirrell and Ken Miller of the Marty and Miller Show on Mediacom and Sirius XM.

Cardinals’ Odds Remain Second in Division, but With Progress

The St. Louis Cardinals have the sixth-lowest odds to win National League and still trail the Chicago Cubs in the Central Division, but are making up ground – at least in the odds.

Talking Cardinals and Braves with Bill Shanks

St. Louis Cardinals, Atlanta Braves and Matt Adams talk with the host of the Bill Shanks Show in Macon, Georgia.

Talking Cardinals Baseball with Ken Miller – 5/15/17

St. Louis Cardinals talk with Ken Miller of the Marty and Miller Show on Mediacom and Sirius XM.

Cardinals Fantasy Talk on SiriusXM

Brian Walton joined SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio to discuss multiple fantasy baseball topics including the 2017 St. Louis Cardinals outfield.

Talking Cardinals Prospects on Derby Day

Saturday morning St. Louis Cardinals minor league talk with host DJ Cleary in Paducah, Kentucky.

Cardinals Hall of Fame Class of 2017 to be Announced Friday

2017 St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame induction class to be announced in pregame special Friday on FOX Sports Midwest.

Talking Cardinals Prospects on KFNS

Brian Walton joined The Press Box show on St. Louis’ KFNS 590 The Fan to discuss St. Louis Cardinals prospects close to the majors.

Talking Cardinals Baseball with Ken Miller – April 17

St. Louis Cardinals talk with Ken Miller of the Marty and Miller Show on Mediacom and Sirius XM.

Cardinals Organization Roster Matrix: 2017 Regular Season

The St. Louis Cardinals’ full system view by position and level reflects all transactions during regular season 2017.

Talking Cardinals Regular Season on WGEM

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

Cardinals Opening Day Ceremony on FOX Sports Midwest

Live one-hour special from Busch Stadium will include traditional appearances by the Clydesdales, St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Famers and player motorcade.

Heavy Hitting on the Cardinals – March 28, 2017

I joined host Matt Berger on the evening radio show, The Heavy Hitters, to discuss a variety of St. Louis Cardinals topics.

Matheny Says His Words Could Put His Players at Risk

St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny admires how Bill Belichick deals with the media, but would that be addressing the right problem?

Over/Under Props on Individual Cardinals Results in 2017

Bovada’s overs/unders on various St. Louis Cardinals pitchers’ and hitters’ results during the upcoming 2017 season.

Cardinals Organization Roster Matrix: 2017 Spring Training

The St. Louis Cardinals’ full system view by position and level reflects all transactions during spring training 2017.

Heavy Hitting on the Cardinals – March 9, 2017

I joined hosts Dan Buffa and Matt Berger on their evening radio show, The Heavy Hitters, to discuss a variety of St. Louis Cardinals topics.

Cardinals Remain Sixth in NL Odds, Second in Division

The St. Louis Cardinals have the sixth-lowest odds to win National League and trail the Chicago Cubs in the Central Division.

Over-Under on 2017 Cardinals Wins at 84 ½

The St. Louis Cardinals have the sixth-highest over-under of National League squads, a total that would likely not be enough for them to make the playoffs.

What is Really Behind the Move to Shorten MLB Games?

The subject of shortening Major League Baseball games was addressed several times during the St. Louis Cardinals’ season-opening telecast.

Cardinals Double Up on Spring Training #98

The lack of other options apparently led the St. Louis Cardinals to assign the same number to two players in spring training camp.

Cardinals Reyes 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 ramifications of the injury to St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Alex Reyes.

New World Series Odds Suggest Cardinals to Miss Playoffs Again

The St. Louis Cardinals have the sixth-best odds of National League squads to win the World Series in a playoff format that includes just five teams per league.

2017 Cardinals Spring Training Number Assignments

The St. Louis Cardinals are just about out of numbers to assign players in spring training.

Reliving Two Low Moments in Cardinals World Series History

14 new postings of classic radio broadcasts include a pair of St. Louis Cardinals World Series losses – one close and one blowout.

The Comprehensive Cardinals Correa Chronicle on Houston Hacking

A detailed timeline of 47 events from when Chris Correa was hired by the St. Louis Cardinals through MLB commissioner Rob Manfred’s recent public statement.

A Daybreak Dose of Walton on the Cardinals

I joined host Dan Buffa on his morning radio show, Daybreak Dose, to discuss a variety of St. Louis Cardinals topics.

Revisiting Correa’s Time Table of Cooperation

It seems that former St. Louis Cardinals scouting director Chris Correa’s willingness to cooperate with investigators had its limits.

Revenue Increase and MLB Hard Cap Could Aid Cardinals

What is essentially a hard cap in the new CBA is already limiting MLB team spending. Clubs with payroll flexibility and financial muscle could prosper – like the St. Louis Cardinals.

Early 2017 Cardinals Spring Training Broadcast Schedule

The major part of the St. Louis Cardinals spring training television plans have not been disclosed, but we have some early-announced games.

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

St. Louis Cardinals photos from Monday’s final session of the 2017 Winter Warm-Up at St. Louis’ Hyatt Regency at the Arch.

Cardinals Winter Warm-Up Photos: Sunday, 1/15/17

Selected St. Louis Cardinals player and executive photos from Sunday’s first day of the 2017 Winter Warm-Up at St. Louis’ Hyatt Regency at the Arch.

Projected Top St. Louis Cardinals Stories of 2017

A look ahead to what may be the top stories surrounding the St. Louis Cardinals in 2017.

Past Predictions: TCN Blog’s Top Five Cardinals Stories of 2016

A look back at the top projected stories across the St. Louis Cardinals world in 2016 from last January.

Changes in Cardinals Winter Warm-Up Autograph Prices for 2017

Our annual view of autograph prices for the St. Louis Cardinals’ annual winter fan charity event. and changes from year to year.

TCN Blog 2016 Top Story #1: Taking October Off

Coming off the expectations that followed a 100-win 2015, the St. Louis Cardinals had a disappointing 2016.

TCN Blog 2016 Top Story #2: Free Agent Fowler Finalized

The St. Louis Cardinals stepped out of their comfort zone, committing to center fielder Dexter Fowler for the next five years.

TCN Blog 2016 Top Story #3: International Shopping Spree

The St. Louis Cardinals have spent over $16 million in an unprecedented shopping spree on international free agents – and they may not be done.

TCN Blog 2016 Top Story #4: Oh Saves Season

The seamless closer transition from Trevor Rosenthal to Seung-hwan Oh may have been the most unheralded factor in the St. Louis Cardinals’ ability to remain in the 2016 Wild Card race until the end.

TCN Blog 2016 Top Story #5: Martinez Means Ace

The mantle of the ace of the St. Louis Cardinals has been passed from Adam Wainwright to Carlos Martinez.

TCN Blog 2016 Top Story #6: Molina Defies “Aging Core” Label

Yadier Molina of the St. Louis Cardinals not only caught a career-high innings in 2016, he had a very good season at the plate.

FOX Sports Midwest’s Annual Cardinals Christmas Marathon Returns

Yearly look back features five of the best St. Louis Cardinals games of 2016.

TCN Blog 2016 Top Story #7: Diaz’ Emergence

The St. Louis Cardinals’ third choice at shortstop, Aledmys Diaz, went on to a very solid and unexpected rookie campaign.

TCN Blog 2016 Top Story #8: Holliday’s St. Louis Finale

The St. Louis Cardinals decided to part ways with a long-time anchor of their lineup, outfielder Matt Holliday.

Buchholz Trade Makes Garcia Take Look Better

Comparing two recent trades of veteran starting pitchers with a year remaining on their contracts seem to come out in favor of the St. Louis Cardinals over the Boston Red Sox.

TCN Blog 2016 Top Story #9: Correa Convicted, No Cardinals Closure

A former St. Louis Cardinals executive is in prison for illegal access into Houston Astros’ systems, but months later, the club awaits its punishment.

TCN Blog 2016 Top Story #10: More Matheny

Weeks after his first playoff miss in five years, St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny received a three-year contract extension.

The Cardinal Nation Blog’s Top 10 Stories of 2016 Countdown

Annual series looking back at the top news items affecting the St. Louis Cardinals over the previous 12 months.

Inside Cardinals at Winter Meetings on FOX Sports Midwest

FOX Sports Midwest takes fans inside the Winter Meetings with Cardinals Confidential special.

Why Allen Cordoba Will Not Follow Jabari Blash

Considering a recent example to project the San Diego future of Rule 5 pick Allen Cordoba from the St. Louis Cardinals.

Can Austin Wilson Become Luke Voit?

The St. Louis Cardinals added a once-hot prospect in the Rule 5 Draft, but is he even as good as their current Double-A first baseman?

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.