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Cardinals to don 1929 uniforms on Sunday

The St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs will wearing throwback uniforms from 1929 on Sunday night’s nationally-televised game.

Cardinal Talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: On the road again

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

How does Matt Adams’ Wednesday blast stack up?

Matt Adams’ Wednesday home run was the longest of the season hit at Busch Stadium.

Cardinals place eight in Sickels’ 2014 top 150

The St. Louis Cardinals continue to be well-represented in John Sickels’ national prospect rankings.

Two losses would put Cardinals in biggest April hole since 1988

Playing red-hot first-place Milwaukee offers opportunity as well as danger for the St. Louis Cardinals’ division title hopes.

Cardinal Talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: Finally home

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

Cardinals RBI leaders on pace for just 81

In just four of the last 45 years did the St. Louis Cardinals’ team RBI leaders through 22 games have fewer than in 2014.

Guess who is leading the Cardinals in hitting?

Who would have guessed that after three weeks, big first baseman Matt Adams would be leading the St. Louis Cardinals in batting average and multi-hit games?

Finding Cardinals broadcasts on Monday and Wednesday

This week, two of the four St. Louis Cardinals games from New York overlap with Blues hockey, so alternate broadcast arrangements have been made.

Lynn is the only undefeated 10+win March-April pitcher in MLB history

All Lance Lynn does in the early going each season is win games – at a historic rate.

Cardinal Talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: East coast swing

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’s Milwaukee gem in historical context

Lance Lynn dominated hot-starting Milwaukee’s lineup Monday night. He has done the same kind of thing before.

Six-inning Joe Kelly may have been a better idea

Articulating a concern different from some others with how Friday’s St. Louis Cardinals home loss was managed.

Cardinal Talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: Cleaning up on the Cubbies?

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 Hall of Fame and Museum grand opening

Brian Walton’s first-hand photo gallery of a very important event in St. Louis on Monday.

Cardinal Talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: Pittsburgh and beyond

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 regular season

The St. Louis Cardinals’ full system view by position and level reflects rosters for the 2014 regular season.

Cardinal Talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: Opener and beyond

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.

Would the Cardinals consider a Julio Teheran-type deal?

It seems like Major League Baseball clubs are locking up talented young pitchers earlier and earlier. The St. Louis Cardinals surely have candidates, but should they leap?

The weight of expectations on Cardinals shortstops

The bar was set too high for St. Louis Cardinals shortstop Pete Kozma. Is it happening again for Aledmys Diaz?

I am from Missouri on Aledmys Diaz

The St. Louis Cardinals landed a top Cuban free agent middle infielder, but how good is Aledmys Diaz?

Saturday 3/8 Cardinals television may be a mistake

One schedule says the Cardinals-Nationals game on Saturday, March 8 will be on MLB.tv, but another does not.

How to catch both Cardinals Friday split squad games

With two St. Louis Cardinals games being played simultaneously on Friday, here is how to ensure you can watch both.

Talking Cardinals Hall of Fame with Marilyn Green

A guy normally asking the questions has the shoe on the other foot in a Q&A session about the new St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame.

Reader poll – Which two should be Cardinals Hall of Famers?

A pre-vote for your two favorites among the eight to appear on the first St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame ballot.

Cardinals organization roster matrix: 2014 spring training

The St. Louis Cardinals’ full system view by position and level reflects rosters for 2014 spring training.

FOX Sports 1 adds Wednesday Cardinals spring telecast

New network FOX Sports 1 will be carrying selected spring training games, including three this week. The St. Louis Cardinals will be featured on Wednesday, March 5

Is Craig a better buy than Freeman?

Two players with similarities are going to be earning very different salaries for at least five years, starting with this season.

MLB on FOX national schedule includes 10 Cardinals games

With the announcement of FOX’s schedule for 2014, 10 more St. Louis Cardinals can be watched by a national audience.

What might the Cardinals learn from the Braves and Kimbrel?

Atlanta has locked up its closer, Craig Kimbrel. By the end of this season, the St. Louis Cardinals will have to decide the contract fate of Jason Motte.

Ex-Cardinals, now Angels doing their thing

Checking what two former St. Louis Cardinals crucial to the club’s 2011 World Championship are up to.

Aledmys Diaz, meet Pete Kozma

Comparing results with the bat between a prospective St. Louis Cardinals shortstop and a former one.

Carlos Martinez’ starting role this spring is business as usual

St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Carlos Martinez is preparing this spring as a starting pitcher. Some may be reading more into that than they perhaps should.

How much fire is behind the Cardinals’ Aledmys Diaz smoke?

The St. Louis Cardinals appear to be “in” on a hot Cuban infield prospect. Will they get their man?

Talking Cardinals with Miller Park Prospects

Brian Walton’s interview on the St. Louis Cardinals running on Milwaukee Brewers-based site Miller Park Prospects.

WHO News Talk Radio: More Cardinals talk on a new stage

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

Rob Johnson takes Aaron Miles to the next level

One former St. Louis Cardinals position player-turned emergency pitcher has reportedly made the move for good. Could another be far behind?

Cardinal Talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: Pre-camp overview

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.

Nielsen: St. Louis has the top local fan base in MLB

Newly-released report from The Nielsen Company indicates more St. Louisans watch, attend or listen to their Major League Baseball team’s games than in any other city.

Updated 2014 Cardinals home and away spring broadcast schedule

2014 spring training television and radio plans from the St. Louis Cardinals and their opponents.

Why Chris Carpenter fans should pull for Josh Beckett

Two star pitchers have battled a debilitating nerve condition. One is still fighting the fight – with the support of the other.

Score Matheny’s autograph at Baseball Bash

February 21 event at Jupiter, Florida will offer fan access to the St. Louis Cardinals manager and selected players.

Holliday wants free agent compensation rules changed

St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday joins those who feel some Major League Baseball free agents are being unfairly restricted.

Identifying late-blooming Cardinals prospects

A look back at prospect rankings of five St. Louis Cardinals-developed future major leaguers.

Looking back at Law’s number 10 Cardinals prospects

Reviewing the last name on ESPN’s Keith Law’s most recent six St. Louis Cardinals top 10 prospect lists.

Cardinals are cost-efficient, but not the best

A look at wins versus player payroll spending might lead to an unexpected conclusion about the recent success of the St. Louis Cardinals.

Ozzie and Gibson discuss their most memorable games

Two St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Famers to recount their most unforgettable games on MLB Network.

2014 Cardinals spring training number assignments

You know who wears number 4 for the St. Louis Cardinals, but who is that guy wearing number 91 in spring training?

Counting down to Cardinals Truck Day

If you can’t wait for pitchers and catchers to report to spring training, here is an even shorter countdown to follow.

Pierce makes third Cardinals suspension since August

In the last five months, three St. Louis Cardinals minor leaguers have failed drug tests.

Cardinals Winter Warm-Up photos: Monday, 1/20/14

St. Louis Cardinals photos from Monday’s third and final session of the 2014 Winter Warm-Up at St. Louis’ Hyatt Regency at the Arch.

Cardinals Winter Warm-Up photos: Sunday, 1/19/14

Selected St. Louis Cardinals player photos from Sunday’s second day of the 2014 Winter Warm-Up at St. Louis’ Hyatt Regency at the Arch.

Cardinals Winter Warm-Up photos: Saturday, 1/18/14

Selected St. Louis Cardinals player and executive photos from Saturday’s first day of the 2014 Winter Warm-Up at St. Louis’ Hyatt Regency at the Arch.

Proposed Astros-Blue Jays Florida complex hits a snag

The proposed southeast Florida location for the new spring training home of the Houston Astros and Toronto Blue Jays is off the table and the St. Louis Cardinals could be indirectly impacted.

Of course, three eligible Cardinals filed for arbitration

St. Louis Cardinals Peter Bourjos, Jon Jay and Daniel Descalso are following the defined process to establish their 2014 salaries via MLB’s arbitration process.

Cardinals to appear on ESPN at least seven times

The St. Louis Cardinals will appear on ESPN twice during spring training and at least five times during the regular season through July.

How Motte could help Martinez become 2014’s Wacha

Returning reliever Jason Motte could enable Carlos Martinez to become a key late-season boost to the 2014 St. Louis Cardinals rotation.

NLCS managers leverage success into security

Both skippers from the 2013 NLCS, Don Mattingly of the Dodgers and Mike Matheny of the Cardinals, have since scored multi-year contract extensions.

2014 Cardinals home and away spring broadcast schedule

Partial spring training television and radio plans from the St. Louis Cardinals and their opponents.

Are the Reds and Cardinals heading in opposite directions?

The Cincinnati Reds are having trouble finding the money to keep key players, unlike their divisional rival from St. Louis.

Guest opinion: Why not two Cardinals Triple-A teams?

One of our regular readers has a suggestion for how the St. Louis Cardinals could create more playing time for their top prospects.

Projected top five St. Louis Cardinals stories of 2014

A look ahead to what may be the top stories surrounding the St. Louis Cardinals in 2014.

Past predictions: TCN blog’s top five Cardinals stories of 2013

A look back at the top projected stories across the St. Louis Cardinal nation in 2013 from last January.

Young Cardinals hometown pride

Year-end articles from emerging St. Louis Cardinals players’ hometown papers.

TCN blog 2013 top story #1: Stan Musial’s passing

On January 20, the greatest St. Louis Cardinals player of all time died.

TCN blog 2013 top story #2: Back on top of the National League

The 2013 St Louis Cardinals recaptured the National League Central Division crown for the first time since 2009 and tied for the best record in Major League Baseball.

TCN blog 2013 top story #3: Molina’s MVP bid

The days when some pundits trashed the St. Louis Cardinals for signing catcher Yadier Molina for a five-year, $75 million contract have long passed.

TCN blog 2013 top story #4: Matt Carpenter’s rise

All Matt Carpenter did in 2013 was learn a new position and serve as the National League champion’s leadoff hitter, amassing the most hits and runs scored in the league.

TCN blog 2013 top story #5: Wainwright’s continuing leadership

Adam Wainwright began the year with the news that he would have to lead the St. Louis Cardinals rotation without mentor Chris Carpenter. He carried a heavy load, leading MLB in innings pitched and tying for the National League wins with 19.

TCN blog 2013 top story #6: La Russa’s unanimous Hall selection

16-year, now-retired manager of the St. Louis Cardinals, Tony La Russa, will be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

2014 Cardinals Winter Warm-Up autograph prices

Some autograph prices at the St. Louis Cardinals fan event, Winter Warm-Up, are slightly up for 2014, though there will more freebies.

TCN blog 2013 top story #7: Miller’s puzzling rookie year

The St. Louis Cardinals relied on a rookie starter in the post-season, but it wasn’t the one most people expected. Still, the Cards would not have made it that far without Shelby Miller.

TCN blog 2013 top story #8: Wacha’s emergence

The St. Louis Cardinals ended up relying on a rookie starter in the post-season, but it wasn’t the one most people expected.

TCN blog 2013 top story #9: Chris Carpenter finally gives in

The 2013 St. Louis Cardinals did not have their veteran ace for the second consecutive year. Following the season, with his contract up, Chris Carpenter decided to retire.

TCN blog 2013 top story #10: Seamless closer transition

The St. Louis Cardinals unexpectedly replaced their closer multiple times during 2013 – and did so without much turbulence.

TCN blog 2013 top story #11: Young bullpen guns

The St. Louis Cardinals had to place unexpected responsibility on a trio of bullpen rookies in 2013 – and they answered.

TCN blog 2013 top story #12: The Freese-Bourjos trade

Following the 2013 season, the St. Louis Cardinals traded away two top 2011 contributors in an attempt to improve their 2014 play in centerfield.

TCN blog 2013 top story #13: Steady, unsteady rotation middle

Looking into the 2013 seasons of four members from the middle of the St. Louis Cardinals rotation.

TCN blog 2013 top story #14: Peralta, PEDs and penalties

The St. Louis Cardinals added a new shortstop but the size of the contract given a previously-suspended PED user alarmed some across the game.

TCN blog 2013 top story #15: The Craig-Adams two-step

The St. Louis Cardinals’ cleanup hitter went down in early August, but a rookie stepped up to help fill the void.

TCN blog 2013 top story #16: Missing Motte

The St. Louis Cardinals’ closer sat out the entire 2013 season, but the team thrived anyway.

TCN blog 2013 top story #17: Eventful external minor league ownership

The St. Louis Cardinals’ minor league clubs not owned by them have been in the news during 2013.

Don Mattingly on St. Louis Cardinals sign stealing

Apparently, bad blood remains from the 2013 National League Championship Series.

Mark Mulder, Jim Palmer and unretiring

Former St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Mark Mulder is attempting a comeback, something Hall of Famer Jim Palmer once tried, too.

What might be next for the Memphis Redbirds and AutoZone Park?

If the current sale proposal unravels, what could happen to the Memphis Redbirds and AutoZone Park?

TCN blog 2013 top story #18: Beltran walks again

The St. Louis Cardinals’ top home run hitter in 2012 and 2013 has left the club as a free agent.

The Mariners can only hope for Cardinals-like stability

The Seattle Mariners have been in the MLB headlines this week, but not always for the right reasons.

TCN blog 2013 top story #19: Oscar’s ongoing ouchie

One in the top handful of prospects in all of baseball did not make his major league debut for the 2013 St. Louis Cardinals due to injury.

TCN blog 2013 top story #20: Matheny’s extension

The St. Louis Cardinals gave their young and successful manager a contract extension this fall.

Counting down The Cardinal Nation blog’s top 20 stories of 2013

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

Cardinals Hot Stove Report debuts Wednesday on FOX Sports Midwest

New off-season show focused on the St. Louis Cardinals will run through mid-January.

Annual Cardinals Top 40 prospect countdown underway

The Cardinal Nation’s top prospect list for 2014 is being unveiled over the next 40 days.

2014 Cardinals tender/non-tender predictions

Three eligible St. Louis Cardinals should receive contract offers for 2014, but one may not.

Cardinals bring home extra holiday cash in postseason shares

A postseason share for the 2013 National League Champion St. Louis Cardinals totaled over $228,000.

“What’s with the name, Jhonny?”

Questions about the spelling of his first name have followed new St. Louis Cardinals shortstop Jhonny Peralta for over a decade.

Jhonny Peralta pros and cons for the Cardinals

Rumors have a deal between free agent shortstop Jhonny Peralta and the St. Louis Cardinals close. Early views from fans have been mixed.

Could the Memphis Mets be in the future?

New news from Memphis indicates another Major League club has expressed interest in acquiring the Triple-A Redbirds and AutoZone Park.

DeWitt deservedly among St. Louis Sports Hall inductees

St. Louis Cardinals principal owner Bill DeWitt Jr. is among 16 St. Louis Sports Hall of Fame inductees.

First partial view of 2014 Cardinals spring training schedule

The last of the Major League Baseball awards for 2013 have been announced, celebrated and debated. As the Arizona Fall League has come to its close, winter ball will be the only live baseball activity to keep us going until spring. The good news is that spring, as defined by players reporting to camp, is […]

Key players in the proposed Memphis baseball sale

Looking at the impending sale of the Memphis Redbirds and AutoZone Park from the perspective of key participants.