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Big Changes Coming to The Cardinal Nation Blog

As hopefully all of you know by now, The Cardinal Nation is leaving the Scout network at the end of June, returning to independent operation. The details can be found in an article at the main site with a more detailed question and answer set located on the message board. If you have not read them, please do so, as they provide important details – and then return here. Link to article...
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June 24, 2017

Walton on the Air Twice on Friday

Though I had really hoped to take the latter part of Friday off, it did not come to pass. It is of my own doing, but I could not resist when I was contacted by Brian Hoffman and Brenden Schaeffer, who were covering for Frank Cusumano on The Press Box show on KFNS 590 the Fan in St. Louis. In the following segment, we discussed some of the minor leaguers we might see in St. Louis...
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June 24, 2017

Cardinals Organization Roster Matrix: 2017 Short Season

With the official opening of the short-season phase of the minor league schedule, it is time for another refresh of the Roster Matrix. This reflects moves during the second half of the regular season in 2017. The previous matrix reflects the rosters as they evolved from the end of 2017 spring training until mid-June. If you are new to the blog and not familiar with the Cardinals...
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June 19, 2017

Cardinals Fantasy Talk on SiriusXM

On Sunday afternoon, I joined host Kyle Elfrink to discuss a number of current baseball topics from a fantasy perspective on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio, Sirius channel 210 and XM channel 87. The subject touched upon during this excerpt, extracted from a longer interview, is my take on the St. Louis Cardinals having Matt Carpenter lead off, what may be wrong with Orioles star...
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June 19, 2017

Talking Cardinals 2017 Draftees

On Saturday morning, I joined host DJ Cleary’s weekend sports radio show in Paducah, Kentucky. The primary subject was a look at the St. Louis Cardinals’ 2017 draft, both their penalty situation as well as key players selected. We also discussed a few of the top short-season players preparing to take the field this coming week as well as how the challenges facing the major league...
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June 17, 2017

Talking Cardinals Baseball on WGEM

On Tuesday morning, I joined Josh Houchins on WGEM ESPN 1440 Radio. The subject was news about the St. Louis Cardinals’ recent moves, headlined by the coaching and roster changes. Among the other hot topics included the status of manager Mike Matheny, the chances of Jose Oquendo returning to St. Louis and the potential of the Cardinals being sellers at the end of July. Josh is the...
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June 13, 2017

Talking Cardinals Baseball with Marty and Miller – 6/5/17

On Monday afternoon, I joined Marty Tirell and Ken Miller in our regular series to discuss the St. Louis Cardinals. Marty and Ken anchor the long-standing Marty and Miller Show out of Des Moines. In the time since our last talk, the Cardinals have won just six of 19 games, yet remain just 2 1/2 games out of first place. We discussed the reasons why and what may be ahead. The talk...
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June 06, 2017

Cardinals’ Odds Remain Second in Division, but With Progress

The newest updates 2017 Major League Baseball league and division odds have been released by Bovada, www.Bovada.lv. The St. Louis Cardinals have the 10th lowest odds across MLB to win the World Series. Their 25/1 odds are the same as where they were in January, but better than in May, Odds to win 2017 World Series 11/3/16  12/7/16  2/13/17 5/3/17 6/1/17 Houston Astros 16/1 12/1 14...
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June 02, 2017

Talking Cardinals and Braves with Bill Shanks

With frequent trade partners the St. Louis Cardinals and Atlanta Braves doing it again this past weekend, I joined long-time friend Bill Shanks on his Macon, Georgia-based radio show on Monday afternoon. The primary subject was the Matt Adams–Juan Yepez trade and how the former would fit in his new home in Atlanta. We also discussed players we thought would have been more likely...
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May 23, 2017

Talking Cardinals Baseball with Ken Miller – 5/15/17

On Monday afternoon, I joined old friend Ken Miller for the third time this season to discuss the St. Louis Cardinals. Ken and Marty Tirrell anchor the long-standing Marty and Miller Show out of Des Moines. Compared to last month, when the main subject was whether the Cardinals could recover from their dreadful 3-9 start, the mood was brighter this time. We talked about what is...
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May 15, 2017

Cardinals Fantasy Talk on SiriusXM

On Sunday afternoon, I joined host Kyle Elfrink to discuss a number of current baseball topics from a fantasy perspective on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio, Sirius channel 210 and XM channel 87. The subject touched upon during this excerpt, extracted from a longer interview, is my take on the St. Louis Cardinals outfield situation, a look at three recently-changed closers jobs in...
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May 14, 2017

Talking Cardinals Prospects on Derby Day

While much of the sports world was focused on Louisville, Kentucky for the 143rd running of the Kentucky Derby on Saturday, I was busy further west in the Bluegrass State, talking about a game played on the natural turf. That morning, I joined host DJ Cleary’s weekend sports radio show in Paducah, Kentucky. The primary subject was a look back at top St. Louis Cardinals minor league...
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May 06, 2017

The Case Against a 30-Man MLB Roster

Former Cincinnati Reds and Washington Nationals general manager Jim Bowden (who was among this past week’s ESPN layoffs, by the way) recently wrote that he is in favor of 30-man rosters with 25 players designated active for any game and no September call ups. The latter issue – September additions allegedly disrupting playoff races – is a common rallying point for larger rosters...
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April 30, 2017

Cardinals Hall of Fame Class of 2017 to be Announced Friday

FOX Sports Midwest press release The St. Louis Cardinals 2017 Hall of Fame induction class will be announced on FOX Sports Midwest in a 30-minute special on Friday, April 28, at 6 p.m. CT. FOX Sports Midwest play-by-play announcer Dan McLaughlin hosts the show, joined by Cardinals chairman Bill DeWitt Jr. and President Bill DeWitt III. Fans selected two players for induction from...
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April 27, 2017

Talking Cardinals Prospects on KFNS

On Tuesday morning, I joined acting hosts Brenden Schaeffer and Brian Hoffman, who were covering for Frank Cusumano on his morning show, The Press Box, on St. Louis’ KFNS 590 The Fan. We discussed the performances of multiple Cardinals minor leaguers and when we might see them in St. Louis, how long until Tyler Lyons is brought back from his rehab assignment, what the Cardinals...
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April 20, 2017

Talking Cardinals Baseball with Ken Miller – April 17

On Monday afternoon, I joined old friend Ken Miller for the second time this season to discuss the St. Louis Cardinals. Ken and Marty Tirrell anchor the long-standing Marty and Miller Show out of Des Moines. As one would expect, the discussion focused on the surprisingly poor 3-9 start by the Cardinals in 2017. I admit that I struggled when Ken asked me to identify the team’s number...
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April 18, 2017

Revisiting the WBC and Cardinals Spring Attendance

At the conclusion of spring training, I wrote an article contrasting the record winning mark of the St. Louis Cardinals in 2017 Grapefruit League action with the almost 20 percent drop in average home attendance compared to 2016 and a record per-game low achieved at Jupiter’s Roger Dean Stadium in the two decades of Cardinals action that has been held there. An open question was...
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April 12, 2017

Cardinals Organization Roster Matrix: 2017 Regular Season

With the official opening of the minor league season, it is time for another refresh of the Roster Matrix. This reflects moves during regular season 2017. The previous matrix reflects the rosters as they evolved during 2017 spring training. If you are new to the blog and not familiar with the Cardinals organization roster matrix, here is quick summary: As 2017 regular season play...
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April 06, 2017

Talking Cardinals Regular Season on WGEM

On Tuesday morning, I joined Josh Houchins on WGEM ESPN 1440 Radio. The subject was news about the St. Louis Cardinals’ recent moves, headlined by the new contracts for Yadier Molina and Stephen Piscotty and the potential impact on others. Among the other hot topics included Kolten Wong, Aledmys Diaz’ ceiling as well as some of the prospects most likely to reach St. Louis this season...
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April 04, 2017

Cardinals Opening Day Ceremony on FOX Sports Midwest

FOX Sports Midwest press release FOX Sports Midwest will televise the St. Louis Cardinals’ 2017 Opening Day pregame ceremony live to fans throughout the region on Sunday, April 2. The one-hour special will begin at 6:30 p.m. CT. The Cardinals’ opener against the Chicago Cubs that night at 7:30 p.m. will be carried exclusively by ESPN as part of Major League Baseball’s national TV...
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April 01, 2017

Cardinals Minor League Spring Training Notebook: 03/29/17

Welcome back to our ninth year of providing results and much more from St. Louis Cardinals minor league spring training games here at The Cardinal Nation Blog. This year, I am joined in these recaps by TCN writer Derek Shore. Following are the highlights from the Cardinals minor league games held on Wednesday. With Memphis traveling home for their Thursday exhibition with St. Louis...
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March 31, 2017

Heavy Hitting on the Cardinals – March 28, 2017

Monday evening, I joined host Matt Berger on the St. Louis evening radio show, The Heavy Hitters, on @590TheFan and @InsideSTL. As always, it was a busy 14-minute chat as we ran through a number of St. Louis Cardinals spring training-related subjects. Topics included the strengths and weaknesses of the club, the changing outfield situation, the Kolten Wong controversy, Yadier Molina...
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March 29, 2017

Matheny Says His Words Could Put His Players at Risk

Based on recent events, communications, said to be Mike Matheny’s strength, is under increased scrutiny – both by the St. Louis Cardinals manager himself and others. One of the too-many live dugout interviews conducted by ESPN during Tuesday’s Cardinals game at Port St. Lucie versus the New York Mets was with Matheny, now in his sixth year. The talk was during the bottom of the third...
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March 28, 2017

Over/Under Props on Individual Cardinals Results in 2017

Over/under targets on over 500 Major League Baseball player’s individual stat lines for the 2017 regular season have been released by Bovada, www.Bovada.lv. Here are the ones specific to the St. Louis Cardinals. Sound off below on which ones you would be most interested in taking. Personally, I would be all over the Carlos Martinez overs. I would take the under on Yadier Molina batting...
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March 28, 2017

Cardinals Minor League Spring Training Notebook: 03/27/17

Welcome back to our ninth year of providing results and much more from St. Louis Cardinals minor league spring training games here at The Cardinal Nation Blog. This year, I am joined in these recaps by TCN writer Derek Shore. Following are the highlights from the Cardinals minor league games held on Monday against the Nationals. Memphis and Springfield joined St. Louis on the road...
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March 27, 2017
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