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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.

Is Descalso the New “Secret Weapon”?

St. Louis Cardinals infielder Daniel Descalso has matched a career feat previously accomplished by Jose Oquendo, among others.

Cardinal Talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: Solving the Cubs

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.

Matheny on the Grind of One-Run Cardinals Games

St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny discusses learning and grinding through his club’s many one-run games this season.

Cardinals Increased Run Scoring Translates to Wins

What has changed to drive an 8-2 stretch by the St. Louis Cardinals is increased run scoring.

Cardinal Talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: Extending the Streak

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.

Where are the Cardinals’ Winning Streaks?

The St. Louis Cardinals haven’t won four games in a row in over two months, yet remain a Wild Card leader.

Tuesday Marks FOX Sports Midwest’s Annual “This One’s for You”

Annual special St. Louis Cardinals game broadcast connects local families with troops stationed overseas.

Cardinal Talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: Making Hay at Home?

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.

NL Central is MLB’s Tightest Four-Team Race Since 2006

Four teams in the National League Central Division are separated by just 5 ½ games, tightest since the 2006 NL West.

Cardinal Talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: Baltimore Bound

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

Will 2014 Cardinals’ Run Scoring Mirror 1973 Mets?

The St. Louis Cardinals are track to make the playoffs despite being near the bottom of run scoring, something that has not been accomplished in over 40 years.

Cardinal Talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: After the Trades

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

Cardinals Make Hall of Fame Induction a Pay Event

$18 tickets for the St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame induction ceremony on August 16 are now on sale.

Cardinals Telecasts Top-Ranked in St. Louis, No. 2 in MLB

St. Louis Cardinals games on FOX Sports Midwest are the No. 1-rated programming in prime time with the second-highest ratings in Major League Baseball.

Cardinals Log a Losing Record in Series Openers

The 2014 St. Louis Cardinals need to find a way to be more competitive in the first game of series. Scoring more runs would be a nice start.

Help United Way While Helping Yourself to Cardinals Baseball

Hall of Fame induction, Chris Carpenter bobbleheads and special-price tickets make August 15-16 a great time to head to Busch Stadium for St. Louis Cardinals baseball.

Cardinal Talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: HoF, Lottery and Cubs

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.

Will a Devalued Taveras Follow Rasmus’ Path Out of Town?

Is Oscar Taveras heading for a Colby Rasmus-like scenario in which he is devalued before being traded away?

Draw a Bulls Eye on Cardinals Hitters

Never before have as many St. Louis Cardinals batters been hit by opposing pitches than in 2014’s first half. The Cards also seem to retaliate less often than other clubs.

Cardinal Talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: Coming Out of the Break

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

Cardinals First-Half Hitting Does Not Stand Test of Time

The St. Louis Cardinals hitting in the first half of the 2014 was among the worst in the last century.

Talking with Washington University on the Cardinals

St. Louis’ Washington University has a student-operated blog focusing on the St. Louis Cardinals. I answered a series of questions about the team for them.

Cardinals First-Half Pitching Compares Well

By some measures, the St. Louis Cardinals pitching in the first half of the 2014 was among the best in the last century.

Cardinal Talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: Heading into the Break

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.

Lynn Joins Gibson, Dean in First-Half Win Success

Lance Lynn has won at least 10 games in his first three first halves in the St. Louis Cardinals rotation – a rare feat.

On Cardinals Mulder, Garcia and Lynn

The cries of concern over the contract the St. Louis Cardinals gave injured left-hander Jaime Garcia are reminiscent of those expressed over Mark Mulder six years ago.

Cardinal Talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: Heading Back Home

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.

Cardinal Talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: Tough Road Traveled

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.

After Cardinals Injuries, Oddsmaker Establishes New Division Favorite

With 2/5 of the rotation out with injuries, the St. Louis Cardinals are no longer one oddsmaker’s favorite to win their division.

Handicapping Cardinals Wednesday Rotation Options

Looking at who might make the start for the St. Louis Cardinals in Jaime Garcia’s place on Wednesday.

From Where Will Cardinals Roster Replacements Come?

From St. Louis to Class-A Peoria, the Cardinals system has 23 players on the disabled list and is down seven healthy players across its active rosters.

Cardinal Talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: Runs Too Scarce

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 Finally Get Back to Scoring Six

The St. Louis Cardinals did a good job of scoring runs in bunches in April, but have not been very good since. Maybe Monday is the start of a trend.

Cardinal Talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: Shutouts Mean Wins

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 organization roster matrix: 2014 draft and short season

The St. Louis Cardinals’ full system view by position and level reflects the 2014 draft plus rosters for short-season play with all organization players listed by level and position.

Cardinals Triple Plays Are Not Game Changers

Rarely if ever does a St. Louis Cardinals game change its trajectory after the defense executes a triple play.

Cardinal Talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: Scoring Woes Continue

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.

With Perfect Night, Carpenter Joins Some Big Cardinals Names

St. Louis Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter became the 21st player in team history to reach base every time in a game with at least six plate appearances.

Will Taveras Overcome the Weight of Unrealistic Expectations?

Too many seem to be expecting too much too soon from St. Louis Cardinals outfield prospect Oscar Taveras.

Cardinal Talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: Has Progress Stalled?

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.

Without KC, the American League Owns the Cardinals

No matter which American League teams the St. Louis Cardinals play, Kansas City is the only one they can consistently beat.

Cardinals Log Ninth Shutout of 2014

Lance Lynn joined Adam Wainwright with his complete game shutout for the 2014 St. Louis Cardinals Tuesday night.

WHO News Talk Radio: Yankee Invasion Looming

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: Leveraging the Home Stand

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

Cardinals’ Opponent Miscues Mean Walkoff Wins

The final play of over half of the St. Louis Cardinals’ walkoff wins this season and last was a mistake by their opponent. This rate is historically high.

Talking St. Louis Cardinals Prospects and More on WGEM

St. Louis Cardinals prospect talk and more with Josh Houchins of WGEM Sportscenter on ESPN 1440 radio in Quincy, Ill.

The Benefits of Cardinals Bunting

The St. Louis Cardinals made a major effort to add team speed in 2014. It had rarely been evident until Saturday.

Cardinal Talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: The Braves Arrive

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.

The Wizard and Jimmy Ballgame Talk Defense

Retired St. Louis Cardinals greats Ozzie Smith and Jim Edmonds share their thoughts on defense this week on FOX Sports Midwest.

Is the Cards’ schedule an excuse, an explanation or irrelevant?

The St. Louis Cardinals played 26 of their first 38 games away from home and are just .500 overall. How much did the schedule play into the record?

Adams, Peralta and Craig are Cardinals RISP strugglers

Three key hitters for the St. Louis Cardinals are not producing consistently with runners in scoring position.

Cardinal Talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: Still On The Road

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.

Later evaluation of Rasmus trade still holds promise

The 2011 Colby Rasmus trade was a shocker to many, but the St. Louis Cardinals may benefit further in the future from the deal.