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The 2012 St. Louis Cardinals weren’t exactly the Running Redbirds of old, but showed a slightly greater propensity to steal bases than in recent seasons.
They improved in this area despite the loss of Albert Pujols, the somewhat surprising club leader in base stealing in two of the previous three years. 2011 team steals leader Tyler Greene was dealt away during 2012.
Centerfielder Jon Jay led the 2012 club with 19 stolen bases in 26 attempts. That is the most by a Cardinal in the last four seasons – since Cesar Izturis swiped 24 bags in 2008.
Jay was joined by three teammates with double digit steal totals in 2012 – Carlos Beltran (13 of 19), Yadier Molina (12 of 15) and Rafael Furcal (12 of 16). The team hasn’t had that many different players with at least 10 steals since 2005. Greene just missed joining them, having stolen nine bases in 11 attempts before his trade to Houston.
As a team, the 2012 Cardinals’ total of 91 was their greatest since the Tony Womack (26) and Regg...
BEST OF MAXIM
The St. Louis Cardinals need to improve their middle infield for 2013. Few, if anyone, would dispute that. The challenge is how to best go about it.
As I have commented here, I believe the preferred path should be to acquire a long-term answer at shortstop. There does not appear to be such a player near the majors currently within the organization.
Columnist Joe Strauss of the Post...
So I'm trolling around some St. Louis Cards news on the Internet when I come across an article on SB Nation about Lance Berkman possibly heading back to the Houston Astros.
Houston? Those dirty dogs? I mean, I thought Berks got a taste of the filet and wouldn't want round steak anymore. But to each their own.
The article went on to explain that the talks...
As the offseason gets into full swing, many fans are wondering what is going to happen with St. Louis Cardinals free agents Kyle Lohse and Lance Berkman. Neither will likely be back in St. Louis, but where will they land?
If you look forward to next year just a little bit, the startling realization that ace Adam Wainwright will be a free agent in 2013 will hit you square in...
ST. LOUIS - The famous Rally Squirrel that darted across the field while Skip Schumaker was batting last October surfaced again Monday when his trading card sold for 157.50 on EBay.
The card - a 2012 Topps Baseball Variation Proof Card - made headlines in January when it was announced that a limited number of Schumakers cards would prominently feature the squirrel and not the Cardinals...
Adam Wainwright is fixing to get paid. He’s under contract for $12 million in 2013, but he likes St. Louis enough that he’ll give them a chance to sign him this offseason, according to Derrick Goold’s Monday piece in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Finding a comp for his contract talks depends heavily on how you weight his different defining characteristics. Is he just a great...
Hot News for C Yadier Molina
John Mabry moves up to replace Mark McGwire as the St. Louis Cardinals' hitting coach for 2013. Blaise Ilsley has been promoted from Memphis to be the new bullpen coach.
The St. Louis Cardinals made several changes to their coaching staff this week before free agency gets started. That’s not huge news, but it might be more than the team changes to its player roster during the offseason.
Hitting coach Mark McGwire said Friday he will take the same position with the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Cardinals also announced earlier in the week that bullpen...
FOX Sports NEXT Field Reporter Inna Lazarev queries TheCardinalNation.com Publisher Brian Walton about needs the St. Louis Cardinals may address during this off-season and how their 2013 roster may change as a result.
ST. LOUIS - The Cardinals have tabbed assistant hitting coach John Mabry as the replacement for hitting coach Mark McGwire, who left to take the same position with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The club has also promoted Triple-A Memphis pitching coach Blaise Ilsley to the bullpen coach position with the big league team. Ilsley, 48, spent five seasons with Memphis and replaces former...
A look back of the performances of the position players selected by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 2012 MLB First-Year Player Draft.
ST. LOUIS - As Mark McGwire phoned his former students this past weekend to inform them he would be accepting an offer to become the Los Angeles Dodgers hitting coach, their reaction was one of disappointment but also happiness.
Orchestrator of the National Leagues best offense during his three-year run as Cardinals hitting coach from 2010-2012, McGwires successful return to baseball...
Twice a year the group known as the United Cardinal Bloggers gather virtually to discuss the topics that are on everyone’s minds.
The torch gets passed daily to the next person to ask a question while the group of bloggers all sound off with their opinions The November roundtables have come around and I-70′s turn has come to pass. This year, we wanted to play to the optimists...
A year ago, the free agent of free agents, Albert Pujols, was available to any team in baseball. OK, realistically he was only available to the few that could afford to offer him an insane amount of money, but nonetheless...This year's 1B crop is riddled with mediocrity and high-stakes gambles at the top-end.
1. Mike Napoli - Napoli is also my top-ranted catcher and, in my...