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    August 1, 2014

    Who Wants to Buy Chris Carpenter's Palm Beach Mansion? (VIDEO)

    Don't let that $625,000 price tag fool you. To buy former St. Louis Cardinals ace Chris Carpenter's 3,335-square-foot home, you'll need to pony up another hundred thou' or so just for the country-club membership. Just like all the residents of the BallenIsles Country Club, Carpenter bought a member ... More >>

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    October 31, 2012

    Yadier Molina Adds to His Trophy Case

    Yesterday afternoon, the Rawlings Gold Glove award winners were announced, and the St. Louis Cardinals managed only one winner from their 2012 squad. Yadier Molina, catcher extraordinaire, was that lone honoree, as the Redbird backstop nabbed his fifth consecutive award. It was, quite possibly, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 19, 2012

    Midseason Reviews for Preseason Predictions -- Individual Awards Edition

    You know, the All-Star break has come and gone. The second half (I should really put that in quotation marks, but screw it), of the baseball season is well and truly underway. I had a dozen different things I was planning on writing while the break was going on, all kinds of progress reports an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2012

    Blues' Jaroslav Halak and Brian Elliot Named Top NHL Goalie Tandem

    I wrote yesterday about the Blues' brain trust of head coach Ken Hitchcock and General Manager Doug Armstrong both winning awards for themselves at the NHL Awards this week. And certainly, having those two names out there as the tops in their respective jobs brings plenty of prestige to the Blues or ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 29, 2012

    Lance Lynn Gets Back on Track

    For the first month of the season, Lance Lynn looked every inch a Cy Young award candidate. In winning his first six starts of the year, Lynn amassed a 1.40 ERA, a 3.36/1 K/BB ratio, and held opponents to a .507 OPS. He gave up two runs in exactly one start; the other five he gave up just one or zer ... More >>

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    April 3, 2012

    Cy Young, MVP Predictions for 2012 MLB

    You know, as a semi-professional sportswriter there are a few things toward which I am genetically predisposed. (Why semi-professional? Because I do get paid, but my talent and behavior are both, well, somewhat short of what is usually termed professionalism.) I love to hear myself talk, for one thi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2011

    Seven Flyers Make Belleville News-Democrat All-Area First Team

    Jennifer SilverbergLamontiez Ivy was named all-area first-team quarteback. Jeremy Nicholson was named first-team punter and honorable mention running back and kicker.​Today, the Belleville News-Democrat released their all-area football teams. The East St. Louis Senior High Flyers, whom we covered ... More >>

  • News

    November 10, 2011
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    November 2, 2011

    World Series Collectible Says Pujols Won MVP, Series Lasted 6 Games

    Click image for larger view.​Anyone else out there confused by the television commercials this week from The company is blanketing the St. Louis airwaves with ads for its 2011 World Series collectible (right) that includes a ball and a plaque commemorating the Cardinals' eleventh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 31, 2011

    Chris Carpenter: The REAL World Series MVP

    In Carp we trust.​You know what's really a dick move? Just a couple days after a thrilling, beautiful victory in the World Series, and just one day after a parade that brought together thousands of strangers in the streets to celebrate a shared joy, taking to task the guy who won the Most Valuable ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2011

    Farmhaus Crashes Cards Celebratory Clubhouse

    Via TwitterEric Scholle of Farmhaus with World Series MVP David Freese​The cook from Farmhaus hadn't expected to make it into the clubhouse of the World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals last night, let alone come face to face with hometown hero and series MVP David Freese. So when he asked Free ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2011

    Webster Vies For D-3 College World Series Bid

    Conference Player of the Year Anthony Gemma​The Webster University baseball team pulled off an upset this week in the 2011 NCAA Division III South Regional Championship tournament by knocking off No. 1 seed Christopher Newport, the No. 2-ranked team in the nation by After dropp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2011

    The Opening Day Crystal Ball: 2011 MLB Predictions

    I actually dressed up like this to write this post. I predict the itching of this beard will soon drive me to madness. ​Just a bare handful of hours, now, until the Cardinals' 2011 season gets underway. Plenty of ink and bytes have been spilled talking about what the season may bring, lots of it r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2010

    Adam Wainwright: Always a Bridesmaid, Never a Cy

    commons.wikimedia.orgAdam Wainwright, contemplating the most likely candidates to beat him out for future Cy Young awards. ​I wonder if Cy Young Award Winner Announcement Day is just like the worst day of the year for Adam Wainwright. The way some people have particularly sad anniversaries marked ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 28, 2010

    Better Luck Next Year, Adam Wainwright​The Curse of 2010 has taken away our hopes for playoff glory. Sadly, it appears it's also going to take away any hope we might have for seeing our players win much in the way of personal postseason hardware too. Jaime Garcia has already been shut down for the season, and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 24, 2010

    Jaime Garcia and The Rookie of the Year Award

    Every caption I think of comes off sounding like a threat to send mailbombs to Baseball Writers of America members, so I'm just going to quit trying. ​So over the weekend, I was sitting alone in my darkened shack watching any and all sports coverage I could find on the television. (This is standar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2010

    Phillies' Ryan Howard Isn't Coming to St. Louis Anytime Soon -- Signs $125 Million Contract

    Image SourceA photo of Ryan Howard where he isn't playing baseball.​Today, Philadelphia Phillies management cemented its commitment to first-baseman (and St. Louis area native) Ryan Howard with a $125 million, five-year contract, with a bonus structure that could result in the slugger earning $1 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2010

    St. Louis Sports Hall of Fame Confirms Blues' Place as City's Red-Headed Stepchild

    Missing: Brian Sutter's teeth and more Blues players in the St. Louis Sports Hall of Fame.​Need more proof that St. Louis is a "baseball town"? Check out the names (below) of the athletes and broadcasters inducted yesterday to the inaugural class of the new St. Louis Sports Hall of Fame. Ten of th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 24, 2009

    Albert Pujols Wins MVP Award​Bill James has called him the perfect player, and this year, the voters apparently agreed. Albert Pujols won his third MVP award today, second in a row, by a unanimous vote. In other news, the sun came up today in the East, much as had been expected. Pujols nearly d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 20, 2009

    The Cy Young Shutout

    Cy Young agrees with me. It's a shame his namesake award didn't go to a Cardinal. Hell, he even played for the Cardinals for awhile! If anything, I'll bet he's even MORE pissed than I am!​Sigh. What? Oh, no. Nothing. No, I'm fine. It's just... no, never mind. Well, I mean, it's just that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2009

    Chris Carpenter, the Comeback Kid

    Carpenter, shortly after being shot by an opposing player. He went on to throw 6 2/3 shutout innings later that day. ​Chris Carpenter was named yesterday the National League Comeback Player of the Year by Major League Baseball. It shouldn't come as a shock to anyone, of course, considering Carpent ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2009

    Albert Pujols' Comments Lost in Translation -- Again?!

    Wikimedia Commons​Near the end of 2006, a tempest boiled over in the local sports teapot when Albert Pujols, in an interview with reporters in his native Dominican Republic, opined that maybe he, and not Ryan Howard, was entitled to that season's Most Valuable Player award, by virtue of the fact t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 9, 2009

    WTF? Obama Wins NHL's Lady Byng Trophy, Too? Lady Byng Memorial Trophy would look swell on Unreal's desk, n'est-ce pas?​Unreal thinks we are just as worthy of the Nobel Peace Prize as President Obama. We have just as frequently expressed our support for world peace, though it's tru ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2009

    A Serious Number of Amazing Things About Chris Carpenter

    Chris Carpenter is 11-0 since the beginning of July. In that time, he has held opponents to a batting line of .240/.286/.312, good for an OPS of .598. Basically, Chris Carpenter turns every major league hitter into a slightly more potent batter than this guy. Chris Carpenter is one of only two ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2009

    The Blues Lose, but the Future is Still Bright

    Okay, so it wasn't all that surprising, to see the Blues get eliminated last night. You get down three games to none, and you're going to get eliminated. It's just going to happen. I was hoping that they could avoid the sweep, but it wouldn't have mattered anyway. The Blues were toast. It was, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2009

    Blues End-of-Season Awards

    To get your mind temporarily off last night's loss to the Canucks in Game 1 of the playoffs, and your cursing Roberto Luongo's name for the ridiculous saves he made, I wanted to hand out the regular season hardware. Mostly, I want to give out the awards before the playoffs have a chance to cloud my ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2009

    Slimmed-Down Albert Pujols on Sports Illustrated Cover

    The last time Albert Pujols was in the national spotlight was back in November, when he won the National League MVP award. Back then, just a few days before turkey day and almost two months removed from the season, it looked like El Hombre, as some are prone to call the slugger, had laid into the de ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 12, 2009

    "Corky, This is Rickey. Rickey Needs Your Vote."

    You know what? I was just going to let this whole thing pass without comment, because I've seen it everywhere else. But I can't. I just can't. It's just too damn much for me. Rickey Henderson is going into the Hall of Fame today. However, the greatest lead-off hitter in the history of the game ... More >>

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    December 21, 2008

    Baseball Card of the Week: Special Dock Ellis (1945-2008) Edition

    Dock Ellis, who in 1970 pitched a no-hitter for the Pittsburgh Pirates while tripping on acid, died Friday, December 19.In 2005 Ellis was the subject of a very good profile by Keven McAlester in the Houston Press. McAlester's piece begins with this anecdote:Thirty-five years ago, on June 12, 1970, P ... More >>

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    December 7, 2008

    "Hey Bud, Let's Party": The Official Khalil Greene Welcome Post

    Well, the trade is official, and Khalil Greene is now a member of the St. Louis Cardinals. The more I think about it, the more excited I'm getting over the potential this deal has to turn out as a big win for the Cards. I'm a big fan of Greene's defense, and while he's not so much on the walking (on ... More >>

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    November 26, 2008
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    November 25, 2008

    Awards Time: The Best of the Cardinals and the Cardinal Blogs

    I've spoken in the past of the United Cardinal Bloggers project, I know. Well, see, it's the time of year when those of us who take part in such things all gather 'round the flickering monitor screen and take a vote. We vote on things large and small, exquisite and banal. And then, when all the vote ... More >>

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    November 21, 2008

    Baseball Card of the Week: Dustin Pedroia

    Today, we finish up our cardboard tour of the 2008 Award Winners with the American League Most Valuable Player. We had a Pujols card a while back, so rather than duplicate Albert, I thought we'd go with the mouse that roars, Dustin Pedroia.

  • Blogs

    November 20, 2008

    2008 MVP Albert Pujols Shafted by the Media -- Again

    They're at it again. On Monday, November 17, the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA) announced that Albert Pujols had won the 2008 National League Most Valuable Player Award. The announcement was followed, of course, by a spirited round of bleating from the sports press -- who are, let ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2008

    Albert Pujols, Kevin Slaten, Ryan Ludwick and the '08 MVP

    Well, the writers got it right. Hallelujah. And yet, even as I celebrate Albert Pujols winning his supremely deserved second MVP Award, I still just can't let go and simply be happy about the results. Even thought Jack is wearing this shirt for Kobe, it's still pretty cool. I bet he's a Pujol ... More >>

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    November 14, 2008

    Baseball Card of the Week: 2008 AL Cy Young Winner Cliff Lee

    'Tis the season of awards, the season when, each year, the magical faeries at the Baseball Writers Association of America vote on the various awards given out to players throughout the land. (Well, technically, the magical faeries that actually play and manage the games vote on some of them, and the ... More >>

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    November 7, 2008

    Yadier Molina: Gold Glove Winner and Card of the Week Inductee

    On Wednesday, Yadier Molina won the first Rawlings Gold Glove Award of his career. That award, though, was merely a prologue to the honor that Yadi is about to receive today, when he is featured in the Baseball Card of the Week. What we have here is a 2006 Yadier Molina card by Bowman. It wa ... More >>

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    September 26, 2008

    Baseball Card of the Week: Howard, Pujols Battle for MVP

    We hear a lot 'round these parts about just how underrated Albert Pujols is. We hear how he should have half a dozen MVP awards by now, how he's putting up numbers that almost no one in the history of the game has, and how no other player in the game of baseball right now even begins to intimidate o ... More >>

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    July 1, 2008

    Welcome Back, Mark Mulder

    Welcome back, Mr. Mulder. It may have only been an inning. It may have come with a six-run lead. It may have only been a tease, yet another heartbreak just waiting to happen. Nonetheless, Mark Mulder took the mound on Monday night, and it was good.

  • Blogs

    May 30, 2008

    It Hurts to Say It: The Case for Lance Berkman for MVP

    All right. This is really, really going to hurt me to say, but I figure I just need to do it quickly, like ripping off a bandage. Get it out there in the open. Here goes. Lance Berkman should win the MVP award this year. Oh, God. What have I done? How am I going to live with myself? Last Night ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2008

    San Diego's Weak Offense Evident Against Cards

    It wasn't supposed to be like this for the Padres; not at all. San Diego came into this year with a pitching staff that boasted last year's Cy Young award winner (Jake Peavy) at the top, one of the best road pitchers in all of baseball as the Number 2, (Chris Young) and a Number 4 who's won more g ... More >>

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    December 4, 2006

    What's Pissing Pujols Off Today?

    from www A new development in the "Snubbed Pujols" tempest: Late last night USA Today sportswriter Bob Nightengale posted a brief item headlined "Pujols to apologize over MVP comments". (For the backstory, see last Thursday's STLog post "Pujols Remarks Lost in Translation?") ... More >>

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    November 30, 2006
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    November 30, 2006

    Pujols Remarks Lost in Translation?

    The lead sports story on Pujols says MVP should come from playoff team By Dionisio Soldevila ASSOCIATED PRESS Albert Pujols thinks he was snubbed. The Cardinals' slugger is upset he lost out to Philadelphia's Ryan Howard for the National League MVP award, saying Wednesday the hono ... More >>

  • News

    November 16, 2005

    The Times, They Are A-Changin'

    But St. Louis sportswriters unapologetically cast MVP ballots

  • News

    September 21, 2005

    Good Sports

    Skeet shooting? Women's hockey? Lindenwood's got it.

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    September 29, 2004
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    September 24, 2003

    Best College Athlete

    Brad Smith
    University of Missouri

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    September 27, 2000

    Best St. Louis Ram

    Marshall Faulk

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    September 27, 2000

    Best St. Louis Blue

    Chris Pronger

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