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Grichuk vs. Pham vs. Kelly for Cardinals Final Bench Spot

The St. Louis Cardinals have three very different players as apparent competitors for the final spot among its season-opening reserves.

On Pham, Kelly, Roster Cuts and the Cardinals Disabled List

Like all MLB clubs, the St. Louis Cardinals must keep one eye on the rule book while managing the spring training roster.

Scout.com Cardinals Fantasy Preview on SiriusXM

Brian Walton joined Scout.com’s nightly show on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio to preview the 2015 St. Louis Cardinals from a fantasy point of view.

Cardinals Organization Roster Matrix: 2015 Spring Training

The St. Louis Cardinals’ full system view by position and level reflects rosters for 2015 spring training.

Odds Have Cardinals Back on Top of Cubs

The Chicago Cubs no longer have shorter odds than the St. Louis Cardinals to win the 2015 World Series.

Wainwright’s 2014 First-Half Dominance

St. Louis Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright tied for the 2014 MLB lead in shutouts despite pitching in pain in the second half.

WHO News Talk Radio: Off-Season Catch-Up

Brian Walton’s discussion about the St. Louis Cardinals with Chuck Reed and Jim Walden of WHO News Talk Radio 1040 in Des Moines.

Cardinals Regular Season Single Game Tickets to Go On Sale

The St. Louis Cardinals have announced when 2015 regular season single game tickets can be purchased.

One Less Cardinals Retired Number is Good

The St. Louis Cardinals have re-issued Mark McGwire’s number 25 to bench coach David Bell.

Why Carlos Martinez Cannot be Traded

The St. Louis Cardinals pitcher carries the memory of his late friend and teammate Oscar Taveras with him. In 2015, how could that be anywhere other than in St. Louis?

Saying Final Goodbyes to 2014 Cardinals Free Agents

Updating the status of 18 members of the St. Louis Cardinals system in 2014 who became free agents.

Former Cardinal Faszholz Named Concordia Hall of Famer

Though Jack Faszholz was only briefly a St. Louis Cardinal, he had a very successful career as an educator and coach.

Adams’ Number Retired by Slippery Rock

The St. Louis Cardinals first baseman’s university retired his number in a recent ceremony.

How Do 88 to 89 Wins from the St. Louis Cardinals Sound?

The over/under for wins from the 2015 St. Louis Cardinals is currently set at 88 ½.

15 Cardinals Spring Training Games on MLB Network

15 St. Louis Cardinals spring training games will be shown on MLB Network – three live and 12 on a delayed basis.

2015 Cardinals Spring Training Number Assignments

You know who wears number 4 for the St. Louis Cardinals, but who has been assigned the highest number for spring training?

Al Michaels Sounds Off On 1987 World Series Sound Level

National broadcaster accuses the Minnesota Twins of pumping in artificial noise during the 1987 World Series.

Cardinals, Jay Running Out of Contract Time

An arbitration hearing will be held this month if outfielder Jon Jay and the St. Louis Cardinals cannot agree on the amount for his 2015 contract.

Cardinals Garcia and Orozco in Caribbean Series

Palm Beach outfielder Anthony Garcia and Peoria coach Dernier Orozco are representing Puerto Rico and Venezuela, respectively, in the 2015 Caribbean Series.

Two Dodgers Respect and Target Cardinals

Los Angeles Dodgers Yasier Puig and Clayton Kershaw each made recent comments noting their club’s failures to eliminate the St. Louis Cardinals in the post-season.

Interview: Stan Musial Biographer Joseph Stanton

Exclusive interview with Stan Musial biographer Joseph Stanton.

Recapping Cardinals Awards from Writers’ Dinner

A series of St. Louis Cardinals were honored at last Sunday night’s Baseball Writers’ Association Dinner.

Poet Joseph Stanton on Cardinal Points

Interview with the author of a fun book on St. Louis Cardinals history, told via verse.

Reds-Cardinals Had Their Own “DeflateGate” in 2009-2010

Remembering a series of escalating incidents that began with accusations of improperly rubbed up baseballs in 2009 and 2010.

Cardinals Assign Numbers to Reynolds, Belisle, Walden

The St. Louis Cardinals’ newest additions have official uniform numbers for 2015.

Cardinals Winter Warm-Up Photos: Monday, 1/19/15

St. Louis Cardinals photos from Monday’s third and final session of the 2015 Winter Warm-Up at St. Louis’ Hyatt Regency at the Arch.

Cardinals Winter Warm-Up Photos: Sunday, 1/18/15

Selected St. Louis Cardinals player and executive photos from Sunday’s second day of the 2015 Winter Warm-Up at St. Louis’ Hyatt Regency at the Arch.

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

Selected St. Louis Cardinals player and executive photos from Saturday’s first day of the 2015 Winter Warm-Up at St. Louis’ Hyatt Regency at the Arch.

Is Waiting the Hardest Part for Cardinals Rotation?

How crucial is it really for the St. Louis Cardinals to add another front-line starting pitcher right now?

Evolving 2015 Cardinals Spring Training Broadcast Schedule

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

Eight Reasons Why the St. Louis Cardinals Could Want More Pitching

The St. Louis Cardinals are reportedly looking at one of three top pitchers to add to their rotation. Here are some potential reasons why.

Three New Arizona First-Time Managers Have Cardinals Ties

Former St. Louis Cardinals Mark Grudzielanek and Joe Mather are among new managers in the Arizona Diamondbacks minor league system.

James Shields and St. Louis Cardinals Non-Rumor Surfaces

A misrepresentation of a Ken Rosenthal remark lead to a new and unfounded rumor, this time connecting James Shields and the St. Louis Cardinals.

Projected Top Five St. Louis Cardinals Stories of 2015

A look ahead to what may be the top stories surrounding the St. Louis Cardinals in 2015.

Past Predictions: TCN Blog’s Top Five Cardinals Stories of 2014

A look back at the top projected stories across the St. Louis Cardinals world in 2014 from last January.

2015 Cardinals Winter Warm-Up Autograph Prices

Some autograph prices at the St. Louis Cardinals charity fan event, Winter Warm-Up, are up slightly for 2015.

TCN Blog 2014 Top Story #1: Another Central Division Title

The 2014 St. Louis Cardinals spent five months in second place before taking over first in September and winning their second straight National League Central Division title on the final day of the season.

TCN Blog 2014 Top Story #2: Oscar Taveras’ Death Not About Baseball

St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Oscar Taveras died in October in his native Dominican Republic. His girlfriend also was killed in an automobile accident due to his drunken driving.

TCN Blog 2014 Top Story #3: Giants Squash Cardinals

The St. Louis Cardinals were again eliminated from MLB’s post-season by the eventual champion San Francisco Giants.

TCN Blog 2014 Top Story #4: Dodgers Dispatched in DS

The St. Louis Cardinals once again eliminated the Los Angeles Dodgers from MLB’s post-season as Matt Carpenter starred with the bat and Yasiel Puig wore the black hat.

TCN Blog 2014 Top Story #5: Quick Move to Add Heyward

The St. Louis Cardinals addressed their right field need by acquiring Jason Heyward from the Atlanta Braves.

TCN Blog 2014 Top Story #6: Peralta’s Positives

Through year one of Jhonny Peralta’s four-year contract, the risk taken by the St. Louis Cardinals in bringing in the controversial veteran shortstop paid off.

TCN Blog 2014 Top Story #7: The Lackey Trade

At the July 31 deadline, the St. Louis Cardinals added pitcher John Lackey and a minor leaguer for pitcher Joe Kelly and 1B/OF Allen Craig.

TCN Blog 2014 Top Story #8: Wong Perseveres

Rookie second baseman Kolten Wong persevered through demotion, injury and post-season benching to post a very strong rookie season for the St. Louis Cardinals.

TCN Blog 2014 Top Story #9: Another Cy Miss

Once again, St. Louis Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright was a top candidate for the National League Cy Young Award, but again fell short in 2014.

TCN Blog 2014 Top Story #10: Right Field Rub

The St. Louis Cardinals received painfully little offense from the important right field position in 2014.

TCN Blog 2014 Top Story #11: Losing 2/5 of the Rotation

The St. Louis Cardinals had to make a series of adjustments to their rotation, including two trades, due to major injuries to Michael Wacha and Jaime Garcia.

Christmas Day Cardinals Marathon on FOX Sports Midwest

On Christmas Day, FOX Sports Midwest will replay five of the most memorable regular-season Cardinals games of 2014.

TCN Blog 2014 Top Story #12: Losing the Most Valuable Asset

Somehow, the St. Louis Cardinals managed to remain in the playoff race for almost two months while Yadier Molina was injured.

Cardinals Confidential: Inside the Winter Meetings on FOX Sports Midwest

New special takes viewers behind the scenes at the Winter Meetings with St. Louis Cardinals executives.

TCN Blog 2014 Top Story #13: La Russa Enters Cooperstown

The long-time manager of the St. Louis Cardinals, Oakland A’s and Chicago White Sox, Tony La Russa, was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in July.

New World Series Odds Reflect Cubs Optimism While Cardinals Fall

The Chicago Cubs now have better odds than the St. Louis Cardinals to win the 2015 World Series.

TCN Blog 2014 Top Story #14: Centerfield Consistency

Prior to the season, if anyone had forecast consistency in centerfield for the 2014 St. Louis Cardinals, they probably would have been referring to Peter Bourjos, not Jon Jay.

TCN Blog 2014 Top Story #15: Four National League All-Stars

The 2014 St. Louis Cardinals had four National League All-Stars, plus their manager. The only two to appear in the game had a rough night.

TCN Blog 2014 Top Story #16: Carpenter’s Cardinals Commitment

St. Louis Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter inked a six-year contract this past spring, but his results were down in 2014.

Scherzer-Cardinals Speculation is All In a Word

Changing one small word turned a “run of the mill” off-season speculation article into major rumor news. Too bad it is apparently erroneous.

TCN Blog 2014 Top Story #17: Rosenthal’s Rocky Road

St. Louis Cardinals closer Trevor Rosenthal usually got the job done in 2014, but it was often a wild ride.

TCN Blog 2014 Top Story #18: Change in Scouting Director

The St. Louis Cardinals remained in-house to replace Dan Kantrovitz as director of scouting with Chris Correa.

TCN Blog 2014 Top Story #19: Cardinals Hall of Fame Introduced

The St. Louis Cardinals finally implemented a team Hall of Fame, with 26 individuals already inducted.

TCN Blog 2014 Top Story #20: Ballpark Village Opens

A major enhancement to the Busch Stadium experience finally came to life in April.

The Cardinal Nation Blog’s Top 20 Stories of 2014 Countdown

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

TCN’s Cardinals Top 40 Prospect Countdown Begins Monday, 12/1

The Cardinal Nation’s top prospect list for 2015 is being unveiled over the next 40 days.

Cardinals Hot Stove Show Returns to FOX Sports Midwest

FOX Sports Midwest’s weekly off-season St. Louis Cardinals programs begin on Wednesday, November 26.

How did the Cardinals Fare with Kantrovitz as Top Scout?

Responding to reader comments about the state of the St. Louis Cardinals system related to Dan Kantrovitz’ three drafts as scouting director.

Is Anna the Cardinals New Castro?

For each of the last two winters, the St. Louis Cardinals bestowed a 40-man roster spot on a free agent signee that led me to scratch my head as to why.

KXnO FOX Sports Radio: Hot Stove Heyward Talk

Brian Walton discusses the Jason Heyward trade and the St. Louis Cardinals offseason with Ken Miller of KXnO FOX Sports Radio 1460 in Des Moines.

FOX Sports 1670 Radio: The Heyward-Miller Trade

Brian Walton’s discussion about the St. Louis Cardinals-Atlanta Braves trade with Bill Shanks of FOX Sports 1670 Radio in Macon, Georgia and Scout.com.

Beware of the “Reverse Drew”

The last time the Braves and Cardinals swapped a major league outfielder, Atlanta made a huge mistake – one they are still living down 11 years later. Could the reverse happen now?

Three Cardinals Receive Mention in AFL Top Tools

St. Louis Cardinals prospects C.J. McElroy, Sam Tuivailala and Tyrell Jenkins are among 2014 Arizona Fall League players with a standout tool.

Why the Cardinals Need a “Lackey” Right Fielder

The St. Louis Cardinals need offensive help, but seem worried about potential additions blocking others.

Unofficial 2015 Cardinals Spring Training Schedule: 11/10 Update

23 of 27 expected St. Louis Cardinals spring training games have been tentatively scheduled, including 22 in the Grapefruit League.

Cardinals Lose an Ace in Adams

Veteran minor league pitching coach Arthur (Ace) Adams is leaving the St. Louis Cardinals for the Houston Astros.

NL SS Gold Glove Disconnect Suggests Peralta Slighted

SABR Defensive Index ranks Marlins shortstop 14th, yet Adeiny Hechavarria was in the top three of the final Gold Glove Award scoring. The metrics placed Cardinal Jhonny Peralta third.

Cardinals organization roster matrix: 2014-2015 off-season

The St. Louis Cardinals’ full system view by position and level reflects the 2014-2015 free agents with all organization players listed by level and position.

Cardinals 2015 World Series Odds Open at 2014 Worst Point

The first cut of an oddsmaker puts the St. Louis Cardinals 2015 World Series odds as long as at any point during 2014.

Cardinal Talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: Remembering Oscar

Brian Walton’s and Pat Parris’ discussion about Oscar Taveras of the St. Louis Cardinals with Ken Miller of KXnO FOX Sports Radio 1460 in Des Moines.

Astros Lure Away Cardinals Scout Charlie Gonzalez

The Houston Astros will make St. Louis Cardinals area scout Charlie Gonzalez a special assistant.

Cardinal Talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: Looking Ahead

Brian Walton’s weekly discussion about the St. Louis Cardinals with Ken Miller of KXnO FOX Sports Radio 1460 in Des Moines.

Partial Unofficial Look at 2015 Cardinals Spring Schedule

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

Will the Cardinals Add Their Own Don Zimmer?

Will the St. Louis Cardinals look to add a more experienced bench coach to assist manager Mike Matheny?

Cardinal Talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: Pivotal NLCS Game 4

Brian Walton’s weekly discussion about the St. Louis Cardinals with Ken Miller of KXnO FOX Sports Radio 1460 in Des Moines.

ESPN 99.1 Radio: Pivotal LCS Game Threes

Brian Walton’s discussion about the St. Louis Cardinals with Jeff Thurn of ESPN 99.1 Radio in Sioux Falls.

Does Knocking Down Taveras Help Anyone?

The St. Louis Cardinals are not happy with outfielder Oscar Taveras and now we know, too.

Cardinal Talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: Setting Up the NLCS

Brian Walton’s weekly discussion about the St. Louis Cardinals with Ken Miller of KXnO FOX Sports Radio 1460 in Des Moines.

Oddsmakers Weigh in on NLCS, World Series

Courtesy of Bovada.lv, here are the most recent odds for the Major League Baseball post-season as they relate to the St. Louis Cardinals.

Cardinals on FOX Sports Midwest Ratings No. 1 in MLB

In 2014, St. Louis Cardinals broadcasts on FOX Sports Midwest scored the highest ratings in Major League Baseball.

Is Pat Neshek on Edward Mujica’s Trail?

The St. Louis Cardinals’ most dependable reliever during most of the season, Pat Neshek, is scuffling when the team needs him most. It is reminiscent of the Edward Mujica situation in 2013.

Cardinal Talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: NLDS is Finally Here

Brian Walton’s weekly discussion about the St. Louis Cardinals with Ken Miller of KXnO FOX Sports Radio 1460 in Des Moines.

Cardinals Fans Guide to MLB Postseason Streaming

Under certain conditions, all Major League Baseball post-season games can be watched for the first time via live streaming.

Cardinals Slide in Oddsmakers’ Post-Season View

The St. Louis Cardinals’ odds to win the National League and World Series grew from last week to this in one oddsmaker’s view.

Cardinal Talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: Sorting Out the Possibilities

Brian Walton’s weekly discussion about the St. Louis Cardinals with Ken Miller of KXnO FOX Sports Radio 1460 in Des Moines.

Cardinals Minor League Attendance Healthy Overall in 2014

Five of six St. Louis Cardinals minor league affiliates experienced an increase in attendance this past summer.

Cardinals Hold Third Place in Oddsmakers’ NL View

The St. Louis Cardinals remain the heavy favorite to take the division, but are third in the NL in one oddsmaker’s view.

Cardinal Talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: Not the Final Nine

Brian Walton’s weekly discussion about the St. Louis Cardinals with Ken Miller and Jim Brinson of KXnO FOX Sports Radio 1460 in Des Moines.

WHO News Talk Radio: Post-Season Peeking

Brian Walton’s discussion about the St. Louis Cardinals with Chuck Reed and Jim Walden of WHO News Talk Radio 1040 in Des Moines.

Cardinal Talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: Last Homestand

Brian Walton’s weekly discussion about the St. Louis Cardinals with Ken Miller and Jim Brinson of KXnO FOX Sports Radio 1460 in Des Moines.

Vote now for your 2015 Cardinals top prospects

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

Cardinal Talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: Pulling Ahead

Brian Walton’s weekly discussion about the St. Louis Cardinals with Ken Miller and Jim Brinson of KXnO FOX Sports Radio 1460 in Des Moines.

Cardinals First Base Options Could be Expanded

Why do the St. Louis Cardinals seem to have so many outfielders and so few first basemen?

Cardinals Back to Oddsmakers’ Division Favorite

The St. Louis Cardinals are once again one oddsmaker’s favorite to win their division.