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I thought it was dead.
I thought that after a season filled with the laziest trope the Cardinals evoked, we were finally done. We wouldn't have to see it ever again and we would all be the better for it.
Than I click on the Sporting News 'Hot Stove 2013' for the Cardinals and there it is. The phrase that SCREAMS that what you're about to read is nothing more than filler.
Here's the leade: No Albert Pujols? No Tony La Russa? No problem for rookie manager Mike Matheny and the Cardinals, who came within one win of reaching the World Series.
No LaRussa. No Pujols. No Problem.
It's been ubiquitous, long after it should have been. The Cardinals were indeed a different team in 2013. But even without the hall of fame manager and the former best player in baseball, the Cards still had enough talent to be a playoff team... just maybe not a World Series team.
It was cute in April, when we were still getting to know t...
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I can honestly say that I fell in love with this system while researching it for the Top 15 list. It is one of the most underrated systems in the game and I am a huge fan of the organization’s 2012 amateur draft. The club has a collection of high ceiling arms and bats as well as some potentially useful high floor players.
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11 years ago this past Sunday on November 11, 2001, disgraced juicehead Mark McGwire mercifully retired as a member of the St. Louis Cardinals. The then 37-year-old McGwire, a 12-time All-Star who swatted a home run at a record pace … Continue reading →
Nobody in minor league baseball had a better on-base percentage in 2012 than Mike O’Neill. The 24-year-old St. Louis Cardinals outfield prospect had a .458 OBP in 520 plate appearances, which is notable for a pair of reasons: His name doesn’t appear on top-prospect lists and his eye-popping on-base numbers weren’t a fluke.
At the University of Southern California, O’Neill...
I think I've been able to distill the real disappointment of 2012.
As we've moved on from the NLCS debacle and accepted the ultimate fate of the Cardinals, the reason that we've been unable to let this fully go is boring, but true.
We don't have anything to look forward to until April.
See, I told you it was stupid simple...
As the San Francisco Giants showed in their run to the 2012 World Series title, a good pitching staff is possibly the biggest factor in winning a championship. The St. Louis Cardinals have good, young pitchers, but they could also use an upgrade at shortstop.
To make that improvement, the team will likely have to give up some of its stock of young pitching talent no matter what...
Hot News for C Yadier Molina
In our continuing series of interviews with St. Louis Cardinals prospects competing in the Arizona Fall League, we speak with outfielder Mike O’Neill.
Was the St. Louis Cardinals hiring of Mike Matheny last year the start of a new trend? Is he a trailblazing hire that other general managers in MLB will mimic?
With what is happening in the MLB and the recent hiring of Walt Weiss as the Colorado Rockies manager, the trend seems to be continuing.
Last year, there were two "true" rookie managers that were hired, Robin...
A look back of the performances of the pitchers selected by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 2012 MLB First-Year Player Draft.
The St. Louis Cardinals come into the 2012 offseason having won a World Series in 2011 and falling one game short of returning to the Fall Classic in 2012. The team, for the most part, is set at almost every position. They have publicly said they will be exploring the option of upgrading the middle infield, the only two spots on the team that anyone can easily look at and say...
ST. LOUIS - Cardinals fan Andy Mauch didnt want to believe it when Albert Pujols left for the Anaheim Angels last winter. So he didnt.
He wouldnt talk about it, his father Larry says. He didnt believe it. He denied it and would lie for him and say, Oh hes coming back. But we told him, Andy hes not. Hes over it now.
What baseball team Pujols plays for couldnt have been more meaningless...
Tonight the Baseball Writers Association of America will announce the winners of the American and National League Manager of the Year award. This award has been given out annually to best major league skipper in each league since 1983, when Chicago White Sox manager, Tony LaRussa, took first honors in the AL and Los Angeles … Continue reading »